Mayor stalls demolition plan



Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft this week declared a moratorium on the issuance of a work permit that would allow contractors to begin tearing down the old KYVA Motor Company building on Madison Street. Craft took the action Monday, four days after the Letcher County Conservation District’s governing board voted abandoned plans to renovate the building to use for its […]

Court is asked to OK weaker code of ethics



The Letcher County Fiscal Court this week approved the first reading of an ordinance that greatly weakens a county government code of ethics that has been in place for a number of years. The ordinance read at the court’s May meeting on Monday guts rules on nepotism, but broadens the financial disclosure requirements for volunteers who serve on three county […]

U.S. 119 construction should be ‘fully underway’ within 2 years



Construction should be fully underway within two years on a $101 million project to reconstruct 9.6 miles of U.S. Route 119 in Letcher County. That’s the message a state transportation official delivered to the U.S. 119 Pine Mountain Task Force at a meeting held here to discuss the status of the project to rebuild the road between Oven Fork and […]

Firm buys building



An oil and gas service company has completed its purchase of a “spec” building the county erected several years ago at the Gateway Industrial Park at Jenkins. Letcher County Economic Development Director Joe DePriest told the Letcher County Fiscal Court at its May meeting on Monday night that Drillers LLC now owns the building. DePriest said the company, which has […]

Volkswagen emblems reignite youthful desire to collect them



Dear Tom and Ray: I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time, and I thought you might be able to help. When I was a kid growing up in the Bronx, I had a fascination with the emblems on VWs and used to steal them. They popped off easily with a screwdriver. I’m not proud of having done […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 23, 1957 Mrs. Virginia Combs was elected “Woman of the Year” and honored at a banquet at the V.F.W. Post Saturday night. Mrs. Combs was nominated by the Woman’s Club, and was selected by a panel of judges as the winner. Donuts are on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 33 cents a dozen. May 25, 1967 Letcher County […]

SPEAKING OF SOAPS



RECAPS – 5/21 – 5/25 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL – Phoebe confronts Ashley about accusing Ridge of murder. Rick goes to Ridge’s office to investigate and is caught by Phoebe. Phoebe tells him to let go of the accusations against Ridge. Storm hopes that Brooke can get a confession from Stephanie to help Nick. Brooke takes a compassionate path […]

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A stubborn refusal to go ahead on a project mystifies colleagues who expected more flexibility. But once you explain your position, they’ll understand and even applaud you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A relationship seems to be stuck in the same place. Now it’s up to you, dear Bovine, to decide how far […]

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+ Lots of people like to rent a limousine for special events – proms, weddings, reunions, whatever. There’s one that’s not available to the public, though: the world’s longest limo, found (where else?) in California. The Cadillac is 100 feet long, has 26 wheels and comes equipped with a king-size waterbed and a swimming pool with – seriously! – a […]

What’s a preacher to do?



I realize some people may be thinking, “This preacher talks about sin an awful lot.” Okay, I agree that I have been spending a good deal of time on the subject. But I’m not convinced it’s too much time. I believe the old saying that people must hear the bad news before they can understand the good news. It’s the […]


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