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News

How a Syrian refugee put mark on Letcher Co., eastern Kentucky

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sixty years before Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered the release of chemical weapons on his own people and the U.S.  More...

What comes next for ‘broke’ county?

The Letcher Fiscal Court will have to start over on finding a way to fill a $1.3 million hole in its budget. More...

Big coal firms ask Trump to stick with climate pact

Some big American coal companies have advised President Donald Trump’s administration to break his promise to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement — arguing that the accord could provide their best forum for protectin More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907   More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS APRIL 10 - 14   More...

Moments and Memories of WHS

1970  Math contest held  More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

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Health

Weight swings may be risky for overweight heart patients

CHICAGO  Losing and regaining weight repeatedly may be dangerous for overweight heart patients, a study suggests.  Heart attacks, strokes and death were more common in patients whose weight changed the most over four years.  More...

Serotonin syndrome hits mood, muscles

DEAR DR. ROACH: After being on Paxil for about 15 years, it wasn’t working anymore. My doctor decreased my dose, and I slowly started Viibryd. The first week I felt great. When I increased the dose of Viibryd, I began feeling sick. More...

45% in U.S. carry HPV

Health officials say nearly half of U.S. More...

Obituaries

Freda Bartuka succumbs at 89

Freda Bartuka, 89, died April 3 at her home in Whitesburg.  A daughter of the late Edgar Wright and Grace Owens Obroff, she was the widow of John Bartuka.  More...

Services held for Earl Taylor

Earl Taylor, 67, of Isom, died April 6 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  Mr. Taylor was a son of the late William and Lake Tyree Taylor and the father of the late Latisha Taylor. More...

Jeffrey Breeding, 56, dies

Funeral services for Jeffrey Dean Breeding, 56, of Neon, will be held at 1 p.m. today, April 12, in Whitesburg. More...

Effort to require coal, gas firms pay county fees fails in tie vote

Ward: Lack of action helps rich firms at expense of citizens, county workers

County residents may soon be forced to pay dramatically higher property taxes, County Judge/Executive Jim Ward warned this week after the Letcher County Fiscal Court voted down what Ward believed to be the best option for dealing with the county&rsqu More...

Murder trial set to begin next Monday

Jury selection begins next week in the murder trial of James Richard Huffman IV, who is charged in the New Year’s 2014 death of Michael Hogg of Kingscreek in downtown Whitesburg.  More...

Opinions

Fiscal court protects coal and gas firms, ignores county needs

Again this week, the Letcher Fiscal Court demonstrated that it is incapable of solving the county’s financial problems.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Upholding American values more important that politics

WASHINGTON  On Aug. 20, 1998, American Tomahawk cruise missiles hit sites in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. More...

Sports

Fleming-Neon grad is Division I coach

By now, most local sports fans know the story of Matthew Figger, the Jenkins native who was just named head basketball coach at Austin Peay University after helping coach the South Carolina Gamecocks to the Final Four in Phoenix earlier this month. More...

In praise of Rob Bromley

Vaught’s Views

For the last 40 years Rob Bromley has covered University of Kentucky sports — along with other things — for WKYT-TV (Channel 27) in Lexington. However, he announced last week he was retiring at the end of September.  More...

Struttin’ Time:

$47.50 per year for seniors to hunt?

Well, the big day is here and it is not turkey season that I am talking about.  More...

Families & Friends

Children just don’t play outside anymore

Oh, I woke up the morning of April 9 to a beautiful, sunny day. So bright and so peaceful out with no cars passing and no children playing. More...

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK

— Carrie Hall, of Whitesburg, a nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner at Mountain Comprehensive Health Care, was having her hair done when she had to rush to Whitesburg Appalachian Region More...

Beekeeping is subject of workshop

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event. www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center.  More...

Entertainment

A Spring-Inspired Easter Brunch

Sweet ideas for a bright, seasonal spread

Spring is blooming on your Easter table. From yellow chick cupcakes to blueberry French-toast casseroles, there are plenty of ways to wow your brunch guests with simple seasonal recipes.  More...

Asparagus is perfect for spring recipes

Nothing says “spring is here” like a beautiful bunch of crisp asparagus. While asparagus is available year-round, it’s much better when purchased locally.  More...

Chicken thighs with onions and olives make great meal

A richly flavored and warming meal is still very welcome at this time of year.  More...