John Edwards will visit here

Will be first trip here by major presidential hopeful since RFK

Letcher County is scheduled to receive a visit from a major presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 40 years. John Edwards announced this week that he will bring his Democratic presidential campaign to Whitesburg next Wednesday (July 18) as part of his “Road to One America Tour.” It will mark the first time a top candidate has visited […]

Tax collections up dramatically in wake of firm buying old bills

Collection of delinquent property taxes has increased dramatically in Letcher County since an out-of-state company began buying up old tax bills late last year. Records obtained this week from the offices of Letcher County Court Clerk Winston Meade indicate that the collection of late tax payments and the fees that go with them is up about $500,000 for the first […]

Road will close for one day

Highway 805 at Haymond is scheduled to be closed tomorrow (Thursday) to allow maintenance workers to install a cross culvert under the road. The closing will affect KY 805 from mile point 4 to mile point 5 at Haymond, just above Austin Road going toward Jenkins. Billy Smallwood, superintendent of the Letcher Maintenance Garage, said the work should start about […]

Murder charge filed in shooting at Deane

A judge was expected to decide today (Wednesday) whether authorities have enough evidence to pursue an indictment against a Letcher County man who is charged with murdering his neighbor. Bobby G. Collins, 36, of Deane, is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Letcher District Court at 10:30 a.m. Collins was arrested on Independence Day by Kentucky State Police […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years July 11, 1957 Letcher County may have new voting machines for use in the Nov. 5 general election. County Judge James M. Caudill is entering into negotiations to lease-purchase automatic voting machines for use in the county. The Methodist Leaguers beat the Baptist Bobcats in a hard-fought Little League […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You clever Ewes and Rams love nothing more than to rise to a challenge. So, by all means, if you feel sure about your facts, step right up and defend your side of the issue. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’ve done some great work recently. Now it’s time to reward yourself with […]


RECAPS – 7/9 – 7/13 ONE LIFE TO LIVE – Cole hurries out of the storage room, causing Miles to freak that his secret that he’s hiding Todd will be exposed. But Cole remains silent about seeing Todd, terrified that Marty will be hurt if he speaks up. Miles hallucinates a ghostly Spencer telling him to move Todd, prompting Miles […]

Guitar Hero 2 to expand

Videogame review

Mix up some rock ‘n roll, freaky hairdos, and a great air guitar, and you have a video game that gives you a reason to rock out! This video game is Guitar Hero 2 and if you haven’t seen people jamming out at Wal-Mart with some Rolling Stones, Kiss, Queens of the Stone Age and many more rock bands, you […]

Ike swears he’ll never again sit down on a large snake

If you find it difficult to read this column because of misspellings and a general sense of disorganization, it’s because I still have a bad case of the jitters and because I’ve spent the last hour or so making sure my heart is still beating instead of trying to beat newspaper deadlines with an intelligent piece of writing. The reason […]

Building a better burger must begin on the inside

Hamburgers simply weren’t intended to be health food. That’s because good burgers are built from a more-fat-is-better premise. The meat for instance. Not only doesn’t lean ground beef hold together well on the grill, it also tends to dry out and have less flavor than higher fat varieties. Then there’s the toppings. Great burger toppings happen to be loaded with […]

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