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Funeral set for wreck victim, 37

Funeral services will be held Friday for a 37-year-old Burdine man who died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Neon early Sunday morning.  Kentucky State Police say a 1994 Ford F-250 pickup truck went off KY Highway 805, hit a tree More...

Isom store is robbed

After demanding money from an Isom Double Kwik employee early Sunday morning, a man armed with a hammer left the convenience store on foot with a cash register drawer containing $404.59, Kentucky State Police say.  The suspect entered the conven More...

Features

PIT STOP

A flock of gulls descended on Elkhorn Lake at Jenkins last week during a break in the wintry weather.   More...

Bronze Star Medal finally makes way to Sheriff Webb

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb was surprised last week when he opened a package containing a Bronze Star Medal.  “It was very emotional because it brought back memories,” said Webb. More...

LOOK WHO’S VISITING

A deer showed up outside the kitchen window of the Roxana home of Donna and Mike Watts during the most recent winter storm. (Photo by Donna Watts)   More...

Columns

Dillinger’s escape creates sensation

The Way We Were

On March 3, 1934, gangster John Dillinger, broke out of the “escape proof” Crown Point, Indiana jail after threatening jail personnel with a wooden gun he had whittled since he was arrested there for allegedly killing a police officer.&nb More...

A young Letcher Co. woman’s first view of Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Estevah Webb, daughter of Mountain Eagle founder Nehemiah M. Webb, left her job as bookkeeper of the newspaper and job printing company in 1934 to move to Washington, D.C.  More...

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, March 8, 1934  More...

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Speak Your Piece

Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name.

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday.  In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net   More...

Health

Officials fear effects of new painkiller

A new narcotic pain pill is being released to the market this month, and critics are begging the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its decision, fearing its addictive qualities and overdose potential.  More...

Teen helps scientists study her own mysterious disease

First the teenager survived a rare cancer. Then she wanted to study it, spurring a study that helped scientists find a weird gene flaw that might play a role in how the tumor strikes.  More...

Older dads linked to psyche woes

Older fathers may face higher risks than previously thought for having children with psychiatric problems, including bipolar disorder, autism and attention defi- cits, according to the largest study to examine the potential links.  More...

Entertainment

Pageant planned April 12

The Hillbilly Days Festival Pageant will be held at 11 a.m., April 12, at Pike County Central High School. The pageant will include 12 age divisions for girls and six age divisions for boys, and the attire is Sunday best and hillbilly wear. More...

Will Caudill & Route 7 to play

Will Caudill & Route 7 will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, March 8. The show will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old.   More...

X-Plicit will rock Legion Saturday

The rock band X-Plicit will perform Saturday night at American Legion Post No. 152, located on Pine Mountain near Whitesburg.  Admission is $5, with the event beginning at 9 p.m. More...

NOPE, THAT’S NOT A NEW DRUG DOG

Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr. and his pet Lolly Dog stopped by the office of Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb last week while driving through eastern Kentucky. More...

Dad charged with assisting son, 15, in beating of boy

Father, 39, is one of 8 indicted here

A 39- year- old Isom man is charged by the Letcher County Grand Jury with helping his 15-yearold son severely beat another juvenile at the Letcher County Recreation Center in Whitesburg last week.  More...

News

Letcher residents targets of telephone scam artists

If it seems too good to be true, it could be a scam.  “If you get a check from a lottery or anything that you have to send money back, it is a scam,” said Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb.  More...

Scholarships being offered

The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee is accepting applications for the 2014 fall semester. The scholarship applications are available at www.mountainheritagefestival. com under the applications heading. More...

Farmers’ Market meeting planned

A planning meeting for the Letcher County Farmers’ Market will be held at 6 p.m., March 6, at the Letcher County Extension Office. For more information, call Valerie Horn at (606) 634- 9468 or Ben West at (606) 632-9368.   More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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Bill for statewide smoking ban now stalled in House

The bill for a statewide smoking ban has stalled, with the prime sponsor saying House leaders are blocking a vote to protect members who have told the sponsor they would vote for it, but have told the leaders they don’t want a vote because they More...

Underdog 1, Bully 0

It’s all too easy to find people willing to mistreat others because they can.  More...

Sports

Player ‘mans-up’ in coach’s absence

The future of the Kentucky Wildcats?  Projections came last week not from a coach, but from a kid who did the “man-up” thing and offered Big Blue fans hope.  Aaron Harrison, the rookie who solos too much on-court, faced the musi More...

Girls survive district tourney

The Letcher Central Lady Cougars struggled but still managed to claim their third straight 53rd District title last week in Hindman by outlasting both June Buchanan School and Knott County Central.  More...

Rolling the dice for a win

It only took the second stop on the Sprint Cup schedule to figure out that the new format for determining who would make it into the Chase would change what we would see on the track. More...

Families & Friends

Adamses welcome new baby girl

Jeremiah

Just a little column on this cold, snowy day; it’s hard to get motivated with this weather.  More...

HUNTER

Nick Whitaker, 12, of North Carolina, killed a nine-point deer in November while visiting with his grandmother, Ruby Jean Roark, at Gordon.   More...

Maggards mark 24th anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello everyone! Hoping all are well.  Seems like my family is on the mend. At least they are all home from the hospital. Still lots of doctor’s appointments. Praying they all will be well soon. More...

Obituaries

Joint services held for Fikes

Joint memorial services were held February 8 in Louisville for Madge Kincer Fike, 89, who died January 20, and her widower, Robert H. Fike, who died February 3, just two weeks after his wife.  Burial was in Eglon, W.Va.  Mr. More...

Rites held for Jimmy Spangler

Jimmy D. Spangler, 75, died February 21 at his home in Whitesburg.  A son of the late Carl and Bessie Collins Spangler, he was a brother of the late Billy Spangler.  He was a member of Whitesburg Masonic Lodge No. More...