Teacher thinks now is time to build better ‘electric bike’



Randall Adams caused a stir among drivers in Letcher County last week – not because of his driving ability but because of his method of getting to town. The 55-year-old who teaches diesel mechanics at the Letcher County Vocational School changed his mode of transportation last week from a pick-up truck to an “electric bike.” “These gas prices are crazy. […]

Bolling tells court to follow rules on hiring, spending



County Attorney Harold Bolling has called on the Letcher Fiscal Court to follow regulations more closely when hiring personnel and spending county funds. “You can’t just decide to let somebody work,” Bolling told the court at its May meeting. “You bid out contracts. You have to have terms of employment.” Bolling also told the court that county funds can’t be […]

Coal firm wants lawsuit heard in federal court



Consol of Kentucky says a lawsuit filed against the company by 11 Letcher County residents should be heard in federal court instead of Letcher Circuit Court. The lawsuit, filed in Whitesburg on April 9, charges that “noxious” mud and dust coming from Consol’s mining operations and coal preparation plant on Kentucky Route 7 near Deane has harmed their health and […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 30, 1957 One hundred thirty-three seniors were graduated from Whitesburg High School at commencement ceremonies Friday night in the school gymnasium. Hoover Dawahare, president of the Whitesburg Jaycees, announced that the first dog vaccination clinic will be held in Jenkins, June 1 in front of the Railroad Depot at 2 p.m. Donations to the Letcher County Chapter of the […]

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+ When asked to name their favorite flavor for a dessert or a sweet snack, 52 percent of Americans say it’s chocolate. Vanilla and berry flavors are tied for second place, but they each got only 12 percent of the vote. + It’s notoriously difficult to define pornography (“I know it when I see it”), but the origin of the […]

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+ On May 31, 1870, Professor Edward Joseph De Smedt of the American Asphalt Pavement Company, New York City, receives two patents for his invention of the first practical version of sheet asphalt. On July 29 of the same year, the first road pavement of sheet asphalt was laid on William Street in Newark, N.J. + On June 2, 1886, […]

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RECAPS – 5/28 – 6/1 ALL MY CHILDREN – Ryan admits to Annie that he and Greenlee shared a kiss. That’s all Annie needs to know to think that Ryan is having second thoughts about being married to her. Ryan tries to convince her that she’s the only one for him. Greenlee humiliates Babe by telling all that Babe is […]

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might have to turn your Arian charm up a few degrees if you hope to persuade that persistent pessimist to see the possibilities in your project. Whatever you do, don’t give up. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A “tip” about a co-worker’s “betrayal” might well raise the Bovine’s rage levels. But before […]

Explore the real-world settings of three favorite stories



Three families visited the real-world settings that inspired fictional children’s stories. Follow their itineraries to take your own book-based tour. – FamilyFun magazine PORTLAND, OREGON THE BOOKS: Beverly Cleary’s novels THE FAMILY: Shannon Riggs and kids Sabrina, 12, and Jake, 10 THE TOUR: Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood is the fictional home of Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins, and it was the […]

Two summer page turners to check out



We asked some Time For Kids kid reporters to weigh in on summer’s hottest new books. BOOK: “Kimchi & Calamari,” by Rose Kent GENRE: Fiction, 220 pages BASIC STORYLINE: This book is about a 14-year-old adopted Korean boy named Joseph, who is stuck in the middle of what he calls an “ethnic sandwich.” He feels caught between his Korean heritage […]


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