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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, August 24, 1924  Among the items appearing in a front-page column entitled “Local News Field” were these:  • We regret much to learn of the drowning of young Edgar Blevins in the lake at Jenkins Sunday.  More...

Moments and Memories of WHS

1958  Some of the members of the class were:   More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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Better broadband is vital for E.Ky., state expert says

There is more talk than usual about the need to create jobs and a more diverse economy in eastern Kentucky because of the coal industry’s decline.  More...

Mental illness and suicide hit our ‘winners’ as well

When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought — for a moment — “but he had everything.” As if suicide is a “choice.”   More...

Sports

Stewart found roots on Sprint car tracks

When Jason Leffler was killed in a Sprint car crash last summer, Tony Stewart passionately defended the grassroots racing of America.  More...

UK team’s talent level unmatched

The University of Kentucky’s all-star basketball team is in the sunny Bahamas this week letting Mark Stoops and his football team enjoy some alone time.  More...

Struttin’ Time:

Wanted: 50 squirrels for breakfast gravy

Sometime we really can’t see the forest for the trees. Such was the case the other day when my friend Rick Hardy and I went scouting for squirrels (the season opens August 16) and deer and wild turkey (seasons open September 6).  More...

Families & Friends

Mother, son share birthday

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope everything is going well for all of you. So many of my family are having health problems. My sister Louise is not doing well, and Kathleen Brock has so many things wrong with her. More...

Army days for Wesley Yonts

Wesley Yonts was born on the cool frosty morning of March 2, 1921 on Millstone Creek in Letcher County to Martin Van Buren and Rosie Alafair Yonts.  More...

BIRTHDAY

Hannah Nicole Ruth Profitt celebrated her eighth birthday on July 31 with a Barbie at the Lake party with friends and family. She is the daughter of Ralph and Patty Profitt of Little Colley and has an older brother, Scott. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Owen Bates

Owen Bates, 75, of Winchester, Ind., died July 6 at Pine Knoll Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.  More...

Mitchell Brown dies at 61

Mitchell Robin Brown, 61, died August 5 at his home in Surfside Beach, S.C.  A son of the late William and Hazel Brown of Ice, he was a graduate of Whitesburg High School and attended technical school in Indianapolis, Ind. More...

Harrison Robinette buried at Thornton

Funeral services for Harrison Robinette, 68, of Elizabethton, Tenn., were held August 12 at Letcher Funeral Home. More...

12 now seeking 3 mayoral seats

A total of 12 candidates met this week’s filing deadline to run for the three mayoral seats in the Letcher County towns of Fleming-Neon, Jenkins and Whitesburg.  The deadline for candidates to file to have their names on the ballot in the More...

Boy, 13, charged after firing pellets at school; one shot hits principal

A 13- year- old boy has been charged with eight counts of wanton endangerment and one count of fourth-degree assault after police say he used a pellet gun to fire rounds from a window of his apartment toward West Whitesburg Elementary School. More...

News

Letcher Co. Police Beat

Thursday, August 7  • At 12:31 p.m., a deputy with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department is assigned to be present at a Dunham home while a woman is there to retrieve her personal belongings.  More...

Neighborhood tiff ends up in court where Wright says trees must be cut

A neighborhood squabble has resulted in a Letcher County physician being court-ordered to cut trees and remove flowerbeds that have caused the narrowing of a street in the Parkway Estates subdivision at Little Dry Fork near Whitesburg.  More...

Alpha boss: Appalachian slump here to stay

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. More...

Columns

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Despite your Aries penchant for wanting to tackle a problem head-on, you might want to take a little more time to see how a current situation develops. It could surprise you.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – AUG. 11 – AUG. 15

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Kristen is shocked when she realizes what Daniel has in store for her. A jealous Theresa warns Eve to stay away from Brady. More...

Strange But True

• A newspaper reporter once asked General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces during World War II and later president of the French Fifth Republic, if he was happy. More...

Speak Your Piece

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

Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.  More...

Stretching helps ease back pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife suffered from spinal stenosis. She had a cortisone shot, which helped for 90 days. She had regular physical therapy meetings. She was in constant pain, but insisted on playing tennis (against her doctor’s wishes).  More...

The threat of the Ebola virus

The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined.  The next few weeks will be critical, said Dr. More...

Entertainment

Names, histories sought

The theme for the 2104 Mountain Heritage Festival is “Letcher County: Where the highest of dreams begin.” The festival committee is asking for the submissions of names and a brief history of people who were reared in Letcher County and ha More...

Want to help recreate Jackson’s ‘Thriller’?

Have you ever watched one of the many re-creations of Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” scene on YouTube and thought it looked like fun?  Now is your chance to dress up as a zombie and perform the famous dance to Thriller in More...

To perform

Appalachian Strings will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, August 16. 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...