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Features

Dow sets record high after breaking 3,000

This week in 1991 — on December 31 — Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the year at a record high of 3168.83. The photo above was taken Nov.  More...

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, January 6, 1955  More...

When classes were held at Sycamore

John Hampton (1869–1944) was reared on Doty Creek near Jeremiah. His daughter, Vina Hampton Blair, said that he went to school in a log building near the mouth of Spring Branch just upriver from Hissy Caudill’s lake. More...

Columns

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) That lower-than-acceptable performance you’re getting from others in your group might be the result of miscommunication. If so, correct it before serious problems arise later on.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS: 12/29 – 1/2

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Liam gets heated when Ivy informs him about her most recent interaction with Rick. More...

Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Benaiah in the Old or New Testament or neither?  2. 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 2:20 are among the Bible’s verses to focus on “what” in a new year? 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

Study on docs may save lives

Doctors joke that if you’re going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. More...

Pancreatitis means giving up alcohol

DEAR DR. ROACH: I went to the emergency ward with severe chest pains and bloating. I was sure I was having a heart attack. After tests, a CT scan revealed I had pancreatitis; also, my potassium was low and sodium was critically low. More...

Battle with cancer inspires song

As their son battled childhood cancer, parents Turner and Tara Simkins kept their hearts set on limitless possibilities.  They faithfully prayed. Family, friends and strangers surrounded them with love. More...

Entertainment

Bluegrass Circle to perform

Bluegrass Circle will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 3. 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...

VFW plans New Year’s Eve dance

Whitesburg VFW Post #5829 will host a New Year’s Eve dance with Dirt featuring Chris Isaac and Richard Amburgey. The dance will begin at 9 p.m., Dec. 31. More...

Year gave viewers good shows both on regular TV and online

From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries “ The Honorable Woman” on SundanceTV to Syfy’s goofy “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air.  More...

Jenkins will get fireworks show New Year’s Eve

The citizens of Jenkins will get to ring — or blast —the New Year in with a fireworks show after all.  Carl “King” Addington, whose delivery of $2,100 worth of fireworks was turned down by city officials last week, now sa More...

Arson is suspected

Kentucky State Police are investigating a house fire on Christmas Day as a suspected arson.  Greg Kincer, of 388 Licking Rock Branch, Craft’s Colly, was attending a family gathering at First Baptist Church in Whitesburg when a neighbor cal More...

News

Wise County again considers providing water to Letcher Co. for C’land River area

The Wise County, Va., Public Service Authority is again considering the possibility of furnishing drinking water to Letcher County residents who live in the Cumberland River area of Letcher County.  More...

Autism group buys iPads

Letcher County’s Autism Awareness Advocates recently raised money for iPads for children with autism in the community. More...

Pay attention to deadlines for college financial aid

High school seniors should keep track of deadlines for applying for college financial aid. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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There can be no letup in protecting the lives of miners

What others are thinking

Since 29 miners died April 5, 2010, in the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia, federal safety officials say the coal industry is on pace for an all-time low in workrelated deaths.  It is our fervent hope that More...

Separating myth from fact in debate over right-to-work

An example of how political myths evolve to simplify a complex issue …

If one were to believe its advocates, so-called right-to-work laws are just the panacea for Kentucky’s ailing economy.  Anytime someone starts claiming a simple fix to a complex issue, it is a good idea to look at some of his or her claims More...

Sports

40-0 is now possible

It’s official now you can commence with the 40–0 talk and you can attach the name of ”The Unselfish Cats” to this 2014-15 UK team and more than likely the Monday after the first weekend in April you can tweak that to “Th More...

LCC drops three

The Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars lost all three games scheduled in this past weekend’s FNB Holiday Bash in Bowling Green. The Lady Cougars lost 68-64 to Russell County in the first game Dec. More...

Magical team

Mixing metaphors. If there is a Secretariat out there today — talent, poise, flowering personality and national attention, it’s housed in Lexington. More...

Families & Friends

Single-parent homes

During a recent dinner with my daughter, Nora, we got into an interesting discussion about Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his Brown Bag story.  More...

Family gathered for Christmas

Southern Ohio

Happy New Year!  So hard to believe another year has come and gone. More...

Photo

The West Whitesburg Elementary School dance team won a competition at Fleming- Neon Middle School on Dec. 7. The dance team was named overall grand champion. The dance team also was first in elementary pom and first in elementary school props.  More...

Obituaries

Chester Stewart dies at 87

Chester Stewart, 87, of Jenkins, died December 24 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  Born in Wise County, Va., he was a son of the late Matthew and Bertha Killen Stewart, and the widower of Ruth Mullins Stewart. More...

Services held for Patricia Webb

Patricia Ann Crisel Webb, 55, of Mayking, formerly of Wayne, W.Va., died December 24, at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.  Born in Huntington, W.Va., she was a daughter of Hilda Booten Johnson of Lavalette, W.Va., and the late W More...

Services held for Ethel Banks

Funeral services for Ethel Banks, 98, were held December 23 at Peaceful Hills Cemetery at Ice.  A daughter of the late Emmitt and Hettie Hampton Halcomb, she died December 20.  She was the widow of Boyd Banks Jr., the mother of the late Mar More...