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Neon chief wants citizens to address police directly instead of using Facebook

Fleming-Neon Police Chief Mike Dingus wants the town’s citizens to contact the police department when they have a law enforcement issue rather than posting it on social media websites such as Facebook or Topix.  More...

Features

Home on Walters Branch brought feeling of safety

I have always heard that as you get older your mind goes back to your youth; I have now lived long enough to find that it is true. More...

Attitudes, laws against pit bulls soften

For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America’s most dangerous dog — the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dogfighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks More...

Natural gas not living up to promises

America’s plan to use more natural gas to run power plants, make chemicals, drive vehicles and heat homes may not go as smoothly as expected.  There’s plenty of natural gas in the ground, everyone seems to agree. More...

Columns

Where beaten candidates used to go after elections

The Way We Were

“At this particular season of our political ‘whirligig,’ the Bull Hole is more or less talking about,” The Mountain Eagle’s founding editor and publisher, Nehemiah M. More...

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, March 16, 1944  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ll want to discourage well-meaning but potentially ill-advised interference in what you intend to accomplish. Your work has a better chance to succeed if it reflects you.  More...

Speak Your Piece

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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

Millions now puffing e-cigs; Does ‘vaping’ help or harm?

On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood in New York City’s Manhattan, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze.  More...

Family itches to be rid of pinworms

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Two of my children, a boy in the second grade and a girl in kindergarten, have been scratching their behinds for a week. I mentioned this to my neighbor, and she said they probably have pinworms. More...

SUPPORT GROUPS: A Helping Hand

Whether a person is newly diagnosed with diabetes, has been diagnosed for years, or is the parent of a child with diabetes, support groups can be an invaluable resource. Different groups serve different purposes.  More...

Entertainment

Barter Theatre to stage romantic comedy March 23

Barter Theatre will stage a new romantic comedy, “I Do, I Do, I Do,” Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. More...

Church plans tour to Israel

A Faith Based Expeditions tour of Israel will take place May 12 to May 23 with an optional extension to Jordan May 23 to May 26. More...

Knife making class offered

A knife making class will be offered at the Kentucky School of Craft beginning on Wednesday, March 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. with blacksmith Dan Estep. More...

Breaking News - 3/17/2014 4:55 PM

Man held after shooting death - Free Access

A 37-year-old Blackey man was shot and killed early Sunday night during an argument at Boothill Road in the community of Letcher. Kentucky State Police say David Ritchie, 37, was shot and killed after Ritchie assaulted a 47-year-old Cornettsvill More...

Restaurant will be first with alcohol in Jenkins

The Las Peñas restaurants will soon expand into the City of Jenkins.  Charles Caldwell, who owns and operates the Las Peñas in Whitesburg, made the announcement Monday at a meeting of the Jenkins City Council. More...

Schools move closer to getting 10 snow days forgiven by state

A House committee has approved a bill that would forgive public schools up to 10 missed school days because of winter weather.  State Rep. More...

News

Insect seminar being hosted by Extension Office

A seminar on home- or building-invading insects will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 17 at the Letcher County Extension Office.  Dr. Mike Potter and Dr. More...

Career fair set at HCTC

A career fair will be held at Hazard Community and Technical College on Tuesday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 123 of the First Federal Center. High school students, college students and people throughout the community are invited.  More...

Jobs for seniors

Paid job- training assignments are available for low-income seniors 55 years old and older who live in Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Leslie Letcher, Perry or Pike counties. More...

Opinions

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Governor’s race begins in earnest

The slow-starting 2015 race for governor finally began last week in a noisy factory on the north side of Lexington, where former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner declared his candidacy.  More...

Meaning what they say?

Are conservatives interested in new ideas, or are they merely infatuated with the idea of new ideas? Are they really reappraising their approach, or are they trying to adjust their image just enough to win elections?  More...

Sports

NASCAR changing qualifying rules

Moving swiftly to address driver safety concerns, NASCAR on Tuesday banned cool-down laps and will start allowing teams to hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road — the first major changes to the popular new knockout qualifying forma More...

Dean’s Cougars to hit diamond here March 19

The state high school baseball season starts March 13, but the defending 14th Region champions, the Letcher County Central Cougars, will not open their season until March 19 when they play at home against Leslie County.  More...

Simple call by crew chief led to win for Keselowski

Sometimes it is a daring move pulled off by a driver in the closing laps of a Sprint Cup race that propels a driver to victory lane, while other times it can be a simple call by a crew chief as the laps wind down that captures the checkered flag.&nbs More...

Families & Friends

Welcome to springtime, I hope

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Welcome to springtime, I hope! I sure hope winter is about over. I went seven days not getting out of my yard.  More...

Baby shower held for Lucinda Creech

Eolia

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.   More...

BIRTHDAY

Sarah Yeary Lewis of Partridge is celebrating her 22nd birthday today (Wednesday). She is the wife of Dannie Lewis and the daughter of Geraldine Yeary and the late Ray Yeary. She will be graduated in May with a degree in radiology.   More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Hargus Baker

Funeral services for Hargus ‘Bo’ Baker, 60, of Thornton, were held March 7 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. More...

Phillip Baker succumbs at 62

Phillip Dean Baker, 62, died March 3 at his home at Craft’s Colly.  A son of the late Chester Everett and Pet Marie Baker, he was a brother of the late Ralph Baker.  He had worked as a coal miner for Golden Oak Mining Co., and enjoyed More...

Colley was born here

Folice Colley, 71, of Commiskey, Ind., died February 24 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Ind.  Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Elmer and Martha Adams Colley and the widower of Kathy Wright Colley. More...