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News

Police still trying to find out who killed and ‘skinned’ dog

Police still do not know what killed a pet dog whose body was found in a Jeremiah neighborhood, apparently “skinned” of all its hair.  “I can’t believe someone would do that,” Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said More...

Polls open here at 6 a.m. next Tuesday; 28 are on the ballot

The race for Letcher County coroner has been the most highly contested in the May Primary Election to be held here next Tuesday (May 17).  Two Democrats and three Republicans filed to run for coroner after Marty Baker resigned from office last S More...

AP Fact Check: Can Trump save coal?

Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer. More...

Sports

50 years later, Kingsport track continues to thrill

Kingsport Speedway may be known as “The Concrete Jungle” today, but that concrete surface that it is now known for has not always been the case. In 1965, the speedway opened as a high-banked dirt track. More...

Why UK should go to bowl in ’16

Vaught’s Views

After failing to get to a bowl the last two years despite having great chances to do so each year, University of Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops knows many fans are disgruntled and need to see improvements on the field to believe again in the football pro More...

Victory eludes Truex Jr.

Saturday night at Kansas Speedway in the GoBowling 400, Martin Truex Jr. was clearly the class of the field. More...

Families & Friends

Marissa Taylor receives UNITE scholarship

A Jenkins teenager is among 23 high school seniors selected to receive “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $34,500 for being champions for anti-drug efforts. More...

Breakfast planned at Whitesburg church for kids May 21

The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee is hosting a character breakfast at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church fellowship hall from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. More...

Bike ride planned May 14

Whitesburg Bike Nite and the Seventh Sons Motorcycle Club will sponsor a bike ride Saturday, May 14. Sign up begins at 11 a.m. and pull out is at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Letcher County Food Pantry. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Lawrence C. Wampler, 76

Graveside services for Lawrence Creed Wampler, 76, of North Carolina, were held May 9 Crafts Cemetery in Mayking.  Born in Mayking to the late Sally Adams Wampler and Emmitt Bascom Wampler, he died May 6 at Wake Forest Medical Center in North Ca More...

Rites set for Faye Lowe

Faye Lowe, 79, of Little Colley, died May 7 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center.  A daughter of the late Dave and Martha Sizemore Cook, she was the widow of Arnold Lowe and the mother of the late Earl Lowe and Earlena Lowe.&nbs More...

Genivee Norris succumbs at 86

Funeral services for Genivee Norris, 86, were held May 9 in Whitesburg.  A daughter of the late Dewey and Martha Combs Maggard, she was born in Isom. More...

Federal study finds county at high risk of HIV/hep C spread

Letcher County ranks 50th of nation’s 3,144 counties in ‘needle’ disease risks

Our county is one of the nation’s 50 most vulnerable to an outbreak of HIV or hepatitis C from intravenous drug abuse.  More...

City leaders hear about ‘needle exchange’ needs

Letcher County and the state of Kentucky are part of a growing epidemic of hepatitis C and HIV, with both diseases spreading by an increase in the sharing of needles for intravenous drug use.  More...

Opinions

Impressed by Wilder

Letter to the editor

To the Editor:  Those of us living in Letcher County want a community with meaningful, well-paying jobs. Those of us who live here see a future in this county and we are willing to work hard for it.  More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Police get break in ‘Crime of the Century’

Eighty-four years ago this week — on May 12, 1932 — the body of 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., the eldest son of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, was discovered in a New Jersey field. More...

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

Thursday, May 13, 1926  The Kentucky & West Virginia Power Company has consolidated with the big Appalachian Electric Power Company, thus becoming one of the strongest and most extensive utilities in the South.  .  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Home conditions still demand attention. Also, keep an open mind about a sudden question of trust involving a close friend. All the facts are not yet in. More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name.

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...

Health

Robot stitches up patient; are automated ER’s next?

Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings. More...

Acid reflux surgery can have side effects

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am so tired of gastric juices coming up and spraying my mouth. I am currently on a “last resort” medicine. My doctor wants to try it for three weeks. More...

THE NUMBERS GAME:

Knowing Your Blood Pressure

You may know that high blood pressure puts you at risk for many serious complications with diabetes. You’ve probably been told repeatedly to work at keeping your blood pressure at a reasonable level.  More...