The Speaker speaks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now claiming that intelligence officials misled her about the use of waterboarding when she was briefed in 2002. Previously, it was reported that she, as the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee at the time, had been told about waterboarding as an interrogation technique and had raised no objections to it — a claim that […]

New standards for credit-card decency

The Senate this week passed a bill to put a leash on the nastiest credit-card company tactics. Lenders warn that changing the rules will make it harder for people to get credit. And a good thing that will be. Rest assured, we’ll all adjust. The House has already passed its own credit-card legislation, and it, too, will curb some of […]

New coach named

The new head basketball coach at Letcher County Central High School said he came to Whitesburg for the opportunity to work in school administration, be competitive and to be closer to family. Robert Hammonds, 36, said he left West Jessamine High School because of the “opportunity to be in administration and (Letcher Central) being a new school and being able […]

Water board left without acting boss

The already-rudderless Letcher County Water & Sewer District is now without an acting captain. Jim Murtaugh, who for many years had overseen many of the Water & Sewer District’s day-to-day tasks, had been the district’s interim director since former director Greg Pridemore left last year to take a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency. On April […]

Fiscal court taking look at ‘last house’ road rule

The Letcher Fiscal Court is taking action to determine which county-maintained rural roads can legally be paved all the way to the last house on the route. Paving public roads only to the point where they lead to the “last house in the hollow” has been a subject of controversy in Letcher County for many years. The issue came up […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 21, 1959 Both major Democratic candidates for governor will be in Letcher County Saturday as the state primary campaign draws to a close. Lt. Gov. Harry Lee Waterfield will speak in Whitesburg at 11 a.m. and in Jenkins at 7 p.m. Bert T. Combs will speak in Jenkins at 11 a.m. and at the Isom stockyards at 1 p.m. […]

Car Talk

Tom and Ray settle an argument

Dear Tom and Ray: Once, on a very long, boring trip, my passenger and I were reduced to asking each other dumb questions. We came upon one question that we couldn’t settle. Imagine that I’m driving along at highway speed with the air conditioner on and the windows closed. A hummingbird that was caged in the back seat gets loose, […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

Miss Dugan, a landmark at W.H.S., to retire July 1 Miss Ann Dugan, the home economics teacher at Whitesburg High School since 1934, will retire July 1, 1960 completing 26 years of continuous service. Miss Dugan came to the Whitesburg school under the George Reed Bill, which required the school to put $500 for equipment, her salary being paid by […]


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Untangling personal problems might take more time than the impatient Lamb expected. B ut it’s important to hang in there until all those knotty situations are straightened out. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You still need to work out last-minute snags in your dealings with a rival. Hold your ground despite a perceived […]


RECAPS - 5/18-5/22

ALL MY CHILDREN — Jesse found the victim of a gunshot wound, and then fired at a fleeing suspect but hit another person by accident. Liza revealed her plan to fake a pregnancy so she can adopt Amanda’s baby and pass it off as her own. Someone confessed to the murder, but Ryan was doubtful that the confessor really was […]

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