Court agrees to help fund ARH addition

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted after considerable discussion this week to allocate $100,000 in coal severance tax funds to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. The vote came during the court’s July meeting Monday after Ellen Wright, chief executive officer of the Whitesburg hospital, showed the court an architect’s drawings of a proposed women’s health center, which is part of an $8 […]

Youth forum with Edwards will be open to public in Whitesburg

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will be in Whitesburg today (Wednesday) for the next-to-last stop of three-day “Road to One America” tour. Edwards will take part here in a youth-led forum on drug abuse and other problems caused by poverty. The forum, which is open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Appalshop Theater. Seating […]

Grand jury indicts 14

Fourteen people are named in felony indictments returned last week by a Letcher County grand jury. The true bills handed up to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright on July 12 charge four county residents with obtaining or attempting to obtain controlled substances by fraud. Operation UNITE Detective James Glen Caudill testified in all four cases. Alvena Kay Sexton, 40, of […]


MEMORY MOTEL – The old Suburban Motel in downtown Whitesburg was reduced to a pile of rubble this week. The structure is being demolished to make room for the new Letcher County Health Department.

“He’s a good kid. He just has a problem with stealing cars.”

I came across this quote in World magazine. A Florida woman said this after her 15-year-old brother was convicted four times for stealing cars. In addition to this, he was also convicted for cocaine distribution, marijuana possession, and larceny. For those of you who haven’t read last week’s article, I am questioning the notion that children are naturally good. In […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years July 18, 1957 The City of Cumberland is planning a huge celebration for its 40th birthday, to be held at the city park on August 4. Betty Jo Collins and Worley Sexton were injured when the car in which they were riding overturned. Family members said Sexton was teaching […]

Strange But True

It was 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert who made the following sage observation: “Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.” You probably are aware of the fact that slugger Babe Ruth held the record for the most home runs; you might not know, though, that he also held the record for […]

Now here’s a tip

• “To keep the fabric belts in place on my daughters’ shorts and pants, I stitched the center of the belt to the back loop of the garment. The bow never pulls to one side, or falls off! It’s great for keeping them with the right pair of pants or shorts.” – O.S. in Wisconsin • “I bought one of […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Aspects favor socializing with family and friends, but an irksome workplace situation could intrude. No use grumbling, Lamb. Just do it, and then get back to the fun times. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) There’s still time for you Ferdinands and Fernandas to relax and sniff the roses. But a major work project […]


RECAPS – 7/16 – 7/20 GENERAL HOSPITAL – Kate spills her guts to Sonny, confessing that there are times when she regrets having chosen business over a family but also admits that it was way too late in the game to change her direction. She says she’s terrified that her secret being exposed would cost her everything, but Sonny assures […]

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