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Grand jury indicts 8

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned eight felony indictments, two of which accuse a man of cashing checks on a non-existent Blue Diamond Coal Company payroll account.  More...

Features

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, July 6, 1944  John C. Howington of Jenkins has been killed in action somewhere in the Pacific. Jim Howington was notified of his son’s death by a telegram received June 30.  .  More...

Taking a turn of corn to the mill

Note: This writing is based on a conversation with Letcher County native Kenneth Blair.   The Monroe S. Blair family lived in the hollow behind Letcher Elementary School. More...

Moments and Memories of WHS

1995  More...

Columns

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your Aries leadership qualities can help bring order out of all that confusion, whether it’s on the job or in the home. But be careful to guide, not goad, others into following you.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – JUNE 30 – JULY 4

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Maya took the focus off her transgression by playing the voice recording of Oliver to Rick and Caroline. More...

Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Amos in the Old or New Testament or neither?  2. From Exodus 16, what wilderness did the Israelites come unto between Elim and Sinai? Nod, Lot, Dan, Sin  3. 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

Flu spray best for children

When it comes to flu vaccines, a federal panel says a squirt in the nose is better than a shot in the arm for young children.  The advisory panel has voted to advise doctors that FluMist nasal spray is a bit better at preventing flu in healthy y More...

Cut the nerve, end the pain?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 85 and in fairly good health, but I am in my ninth year of extremely painful postherpetic neuralgia. Instead of diminishing, the pain is increasing. It could be that the gabapentin (600 mg, three times daily) is wearing off. More...

3-D scans find more breast cancer

3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn’t known. More...

Entertainment

Sundy Best excited about playing free here on 4th

Sundy Best is no stranger to Whitesburg. The Lexington country rock duo has performed here quite a few times, even before releasing their two successful albums, “Door Without a Screen” and “Bring Up the Sun.”  More...

4th brings fireworks, music to Letcher

Fireworks celebrations are planned in four Letcher County communities to commemorate Independence Day.  A fireworks display paid for by the Isom Days Committee will begin at dusk on July 3 at the Isom Fairgrounds. More...

Fish fry, campout planned

The American Legion Post #152 in Whitesburg will have a fish fry and weekend campout on July 4. The event will include a corn hole tournament, porch picking, volleyball and horseshoes. More...

Change could mean Eolia, Partridge area may get water sooner

In an effort to speed up access to treated water for residents of the Cumberland River area, the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District has voted to hire a Lexington engineering firm to do the work needed to make the prospe More...

Stolen golf balls could fill two bathtubs, say Jenkins police

Jenkins City Police found “enough golf balls to fill up a couple of bathtubs” when they arrested a Virginia man and charged him with stealing about $17,000 worth of golfing equipment, clothing and accessories over a two-year period from t More...

Acker murder case being revisited this week on TV

A highly-publicized murder that took place in Letcher County 29 years ago next month is the subject of an episode of a television show that will debut Thursday night at 10 on the Investigation Discovery network.  More...

News

Man faces 19 burglary counts

A Cromona man is scheduled to appear in Letcher District Court Thursday to answer to 19 burglary charges.  Dylan M. More...

No suspects in theft of Jeep from fire dept.

Police are looking for a Jeep that was stolen from the Mayking Volunteer Fire Department late last week.  The white, four- door 1998 model Jeep Cherokee with official Kentucky license plate 7916 was reported missing at 6:45 a.m. More...

Man charged after search OK’d

Sheriff ’s office says oxycodone pills, record haul of fake pot found

Police found more than 600 packs of synthetic marijuana and more than 500 oxycodone tablets hidden inside a Payne Gap residence Sunday evening.  “This is the biggest find of synthetics in Letcher County history,” said Lt. More...

Opinions

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Militarization of our police is continuing

Let’s check our weaponry: 93,000 machine guns — check! — 533 planes and helicopters — check! 180,000 magazine cartridges — check! 44,000 night-vision goggles — check! More...

For the love of country

Every four years, at some point in the presidential campaign, one candidate says something that leads the other to accuse him (or her) of challenging his (or her) patriotism, and then we have a 48-hour spat over who called who unpatriotic, and then w More...

Sports

LCC football practice begins

Physicals for football practice at Letcher County Central High School will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., Thursday, July 10, at the high school. Participants must have parental permission. More...

Tennis classic set July 11-13

The Whitesburg Tennis Classic will take place July 11 to 13 at the Whitesburg City Courts. The entry deadline is 6 p.m., Monday, July 7. Play will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, July 11.  More...

Returning players excite Calipari

Kentucky coach John Calipari is “excited” having familiar faces on the Wildcats roster next season.  It hasn’t happened that often during his tenure in Lexington.  More...

Families & Friends

Lynchs visited by a furry creature

Blair Branch

Hello all. I hope this finds each of you happy and healthy. Michael, the boys, and I are doing okay. I’ve been battling allergies, but otherwise we are all as fine as frog’s hair. More...

GRADUATE

Chris Gilley, son of Burdell and Geraldine Gilley, was graduated from Liberty University with a master of theology degree. He is married to Angela Jacob Gilley and the couple have two daughters, Natasha and Mischa. More...

Gibson reunion a success

Cowan Creek

The Gibson reunion was a success. I got to see lots of family members that I had not got to talk to in a long time. I got to pass off the traveling gift that we take on the cousin trip. I hauled it around for a year. More...

Obituaries

Underwood dies at 63

Relatives and friends of former Whitesburg resident Thomas P. “Tom” Underwood gathered in Danville on Sunday to remember his life.  More...

Services held for Judy Godsey

Judy Mae Godsey, 65, died June 25 at her home at Camp Branch.  Born in Hazard to the late Aster and Martha Couch Brewer, she was the mother of the late Sandra Godsey Meade and a sister of the late Carlos Brewer and Shirley Brewer.  More...

Maxine Back Cornett dies at 84

Maxine Back Cornett, 84, of Red Star, died June 20 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  She was a daughter of the late Willie J. and Alice Dixon. She was the widow of Pearl B. More...