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Ex-deputy says he’s not guilty of charges

Former Letcher County Sheriff ’s deputy Brian Damron pleaded not guilty this week to theft-related charges and was ordered to return to court on July 14 for a pre-trial conference.  Damron, 38, entered the plea during a short arraignment h More...

Features

Highlights of Fleming-Neon HS

1938-39  Highlights by  Wanda Hawley and Kathleen Reed  The Hi-Y boys held their initiation Tuesday night, Nov. 17, in the gym. Several boys were initiated. The boys were shown a rather tough time.  More...

Opinions

Struttin’ Time:

She still might get squirrels for gravy

The years are catching up with me. I tried to go squirrel hunting the other morning but made it much past my truck, as the humidity was so high I was wet with sweat in a matter of minutes. More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Thursday, June 4, 1925 Jim Anderson was seriously, if not fatally, injured in a mine motor accident. He was taken to Jenkins hospital.   More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Choosing to work with someone you once thought might have been disloyal is a courageous move. The logical next step is to talk things out so there’ll be no reason for raising suspicions again.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Eric was on the receiving end of ultimate betrayal when he learned that his family members are plotting to take over Forrester Creations. More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak your Piece

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday.  E-m@il address  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...

Families & Friends

History comes alive at West Whitesburg

West Whitesburg Elementary School fifth-grade students researched famous people in history and portrayed them during a living history museum held May 29 in the school library. More...

Group chisels away at task of opening old railroad tunnel below Pound Gap

Charlie Holbrook remembers trying to get a job back in the Forties when the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway started to blast a 3,600-foot tunnel through Pine Mountain to carry coal from mines in Pound through to Jenkins.  More...

Grads include 3 from Letcher

The University of Pikeville College of Arts and Sciences honored 13 new professional social workers, including three from Letcher County, during an inaugural pinning ceremony.  Students were pinned by social work faculty during a special candle- More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Leslie Ann Williams

Leslie Ann Quillen Williams, 67, of Jeffersonville, Ind., died May 22.  A daughter of the late Dr. More...

Memorial set

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., June 7, at Charlie Logan Cemetery which is located near the Letcher-Knott county line. For more information, call Buell Craft at 633-5462.   More...

John Paul Reynolds dies at 65

John Paul Reynolds, 65, died April 25 at his home in Rutledge, Tennessee.  Formerly of Isom, he was the seventh son of the late Jerry and Carrie Winklemen Reynolds, and was also preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.  He was a re More...

Breaking News - 6/8/2015 9:45 AM

New buyer expected to purchase TECO Coal by July 3 - Free Access

Cambrian Coal Company’s long effort to buy TECO Coal Company has fallen through, but TECO’s parent firm announced Monday morning that it is now in negotiations to sell the company to a “new buyer” that has the “financial capability” required to compl More...

Decision on prison won’t be revealed until late summer

Letcher County residents may have to wait until the end of the summer to find out whether or not a federal prison will be constructed in Letcher County.  More...

Rhino says layoffs are coming

A company with operations in the Deane area of Letcher County says it is temporarily idling most of its mines in central Appalachia.  Rhino Resource Partners says it gave 60-day notices to 192 employees that they may be laid off.  Company P More...

News

County attorney says program helps drivers

Letcher County Attorney Jamie Hatton this week introduced Drive Safe Kentucky (DSK), a new program to teach and refresh safe driving techniques and review Kentucky traffic laws.  More...

Woman face six counts after Whitesburg wreck

A 35-year-old Ermine woman faces six counts of second-degree wanton endangerment after the car she was driving was involved in a two-vehicle wreck in Whitesburg.  Eva Jenelle Brown was arrested at 11: 48 p. m. on June 1. More...

Police looking for Isom bandit

Police are looking for a man who robbed an Isom convenience store early Tuesday morning.  Kentucky State Police received a call at 3:45 a.m. telling of a robbery at Isom Double Kwik. More...

Sports

Dreams of finding old baseball cards

Sports in Kentucky

Remember a cloudy June day at Grandma’s house? Soft rain that caused puddles, not streams? More...

Signs to play baseball at Pikeville

Jordan Rose, who led the Letcher County Central Cougars baseball team this year in hits, batting average, on-base percentage, stolen bases, and runs scored, has signed to play college baseball at the More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Bluegill are a favorite fish to catch

Bluegill have always been one of my favorite fish to catch, and when you hook some really big bluegill it is something special.  More...

Health

Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands in jail? Where to hold arm for ‘BP’ reading

The evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets — and rapists who’ve long remained free may finally face justice.  More...

This week’s health tips!

Cut the crap! Avoid carbonated beverages, processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sugars and flavors while grocery shopping. I am going to try and put up a tip daily for healthy eating and living.   .  More...

Understanding The Secret Symptom: Cause Of Diabetes-Related Impotence

There are many well-known complications that can occur for a person with diabetes. Yet, often men with diabetes are uncomfortable discussing the issue of impotence with their doctor or pharmacist.  More...

Entertainment

Alan Lomax’s famed collection is focus of Appalshop festival in Whitesburg this weekend

Over the course of 50 years, from 1933 to 1983, pioneering folklorist Alan Lomax collected some 60 hours of recordings in or relating to the Commonwealth of Kentucky — ballads, lyrics, banjo breakdowns, fiddle tunes, religious material, childre More...

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell team for second album since 2013; tour will make a stop in Lexington

NEW YORK   Even though the server got his order wrong, Rodney Crowell waits patiently for his egg-white omelet. More...

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY ROCK, POP, BLUES, RAP, CHRISTIAN, JAZZ STEVE WIK $ SOUL FUNK; Thu., June 4 in Whitesburg at Summit City. BLACK BOTTOM ROAD; Sat., June 13 at 7 p.m. ERIC MARTIN (lead singer for Mr.  More...