27 bridges here rated ‘deficient,’ statistics show



About 17 percent of Letcher County’s 155 bridges are rated “structurally deficient,” according to 2006 statistics from the Federal Highway Administration. The statistics show that 59 bridges in Letcher County are rated okay, while 27 bridges – or 17.4 percent – are rated as deficient. The statistics don’t identify which bridges are okay or deficient. A bridge is typically judged […]

Rising abuse of hydrocodone reveals itself in damaged lives



Rising abuse of hydrocodone reveals itself in damaged lives When his craving for painkillers got to be too much, Steve Dotson lay down and let his wife drive a car over his leg. It hurt, but he didn’t think about the pain. He concentrated on the medicated bliss that would follow. Soon, he lost his house, the state took his […]

Police in Whitesburg, Neon warn of scams



Police in Whitesburg, Neon warn of scams Police in Whitesburg and Fleming-Neon are advising residents to lock their doors and be on the lookout for two scam artists who have been visiting homes in the area. “Don’t answer the door if you don’t know people,” said Whitesburg Police Chief Scott Adams. Adams said a man and woman riding in an […]

Cell phone in the AC unit – it’s all the rage



Dear Tom and Ray: My daughter has a uniquely equipped ’91 Toyota Corolla. It now features a cell phone IN the air-conditioning unit! The car doesn’t have louvers that direct the air, so the air comes through an open space on the dash. Anyway, she suddenly slammed on the brakes, and the cell phone, which was sitting on the passenger […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

August 8, 1957 The Whitesburg City Council will meet again Monday to try to find some source of revenue to keep the city from going in a financial hole between now and January 1. A financial statement presented at the council’s regular meeting Monday night showed the city’s general fund already has a deficit of $164.66. The city has $2,007 […]

New moms going to infant formula too soon



ATLANTA Nearly three-quarters of new mothers in the United States are breast-feeding their babies, but they are quitting too soon and resorting to infant formula too often, federal health officials said. A government survey found that only about 30 percent of new moms are feeding their babies breast milk alone three months after birth. At six months, only 11 percent […]

Testing After Eating



When you have diabetes, it is important to test your blood sugar. In the past, testing blood sugar was advised before meals and bedtime. This helped people make sure they were taking the right amount of insulin. Now research has shown that testing blood sugar levels after eating is also an important part of diabetes care. After-Meal Testing Why are […]

Rules flexibility urged for users of Accutane



WASHINGTON Health advisers are urging slightly more flexibility in rules designed to prevent pregnancies among women taking an acne drug that has caused birth defects – even though women taking the drug still are getting pregnant. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration decided last week that minor changes would ease access to Accutane and its generic competitors without further […]

Letcher miner says speaking up resulted in discrimination



A Letcher County coal miner claims he has been targeted by the company he works for because he spoke out against unsafe working conditions at one of the company’s mines. Charles Howard, of Roxana, filed a complaint with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration last week saying he was being discriminated against by Cumberland River Coal Company, whose office […]

Local store’s ‘pop tab’ collection helps families of sick children stay at Ronald McDonald House



The Food World IGA grocery store in Whitesburg has collected more than 100,000 tabs from aluminum soft drink cans in the past four months to benefit families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington. “A great number of the participants that stay at the Ronald McDonald House are from our part of the world. If it is helping […]


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