Restore budget cuts for seniors

To the Editor: Governor Steve Beshear has proposed cutting the state budget to make the books balance. His proposed cuts include some $3 million for home-based services caring for Kentucky’s senior citizens. Unless members of the General Assembly put the money back in, these cuts could limit personal choices for aging parents and relatives and force many into nursing homes. […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 19, 1959 Letcher County is broke again. There is no money left in the budget to pay any “casual bills” but there is a little bit of money with which to pay utility bills and other fixed charges, according to Deputy County Clerk Nick Wright. Thinking of running for mayor of Whitesburg in 1961? Better listen first to Arthur […]

Car Talk

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a fairly beat-up 1994 Mustang GT 5.0 convertible. It was made the last year they made the 5.0 in the newer, more curvaceous body style. Through childhood, I was a car girl and a Mustang enthusiast. So when it came time for me to buy my first car out of college in 1995, I […]


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Some unsettling facts about a past situation could come to light. And while you’d love to deal with it immediately, it’s best to get more information to support your case. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A straightforward approach to a baffling situation is best. Don’t allow yourself to be drawn into an already […]


RECAPS - 2/16-20

ALL MY CHILDREN — Greenlee’s motorcycle went crashing into the ravine and despite valiant efforts, she drowned in the icy waters and was presumed dead. Zach took responsibility for driving the car even though it was Kendall behind the wheel. Ryan vowed to make Zach pay for killing Greenlee. Sinclair accused Annie of tampering with the brakes on Greenlee’s bike. […]

Swinging bridge led to one-room school

I have a lot of fond memories of going to school in a single-room schoolhouse about 2 1/2 miles above Blackey on the River Road. The old building was turned into a church for awhile before its demise, a wonderful way to end its career. Two of the teachers I remember best are Earl Hogg and Eunice “Poss” Bates. A […]

Sports in Kentucky

Meeks making case as SEC's best player

A riddle: How can a magazine headline be half right, half wrong? Answer: The Sporting News, February 16. Headline: Meeks isn’t Kentucky’s No. 1, but he’s the most efficient guy in college hoops. Five days after the TSN headline, Patrick Patterson watched in sweats as his efficient roommate lit up Arkansas with 45 points. As he has been this season, […]

Letcher Central boys drop 2

Well, it was another big game for the Letcher Central Cougars Feb. 10 as the Hazard Bulldogs came to town. The Bulldogs are the favorite to win the 14th Region and the Cougars were in for a fight as they usually are when these two teams tangle. The Bulldogs are led by star guard Josh Whitaker (who is the son […]

Kenseth storms to 500 win

The week leading up to the Daytona 500 is such a huge buildup to the race that in many ways when the checkered flag finally does wave on Sunday it has a certain sadness to it. Even though it is only the first race of a long and sometimes grueling 36- race schedule, every other race after the 500 is […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

When you are planning a wintertime fishing trip, one of the most important things that you need to keep in mind is the location you are going to be fishing. When I say location, I don’t just mean the area of the lake that you want to fish but also the lake itself. Wintertime angling can be tough enough to […]

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