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, […]

Top recruit Wall picks UK

RALEIGH, N.C. John Wall, one of the nation’s most sought-after high school recruits, has decided to play for John Calipari and Kentucky. The point guard from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh had been pursued by numerous schools including Duke, Kansas and Miami. But he has committed to play join Calipari and the Wildcats, according to several media reports. […]

Remember planting corn and beans?

Remember when you were just a little towhead growing up and all the things you did to help make a hard life a little better and how hard your neighbors worked too? I remember hearing that memorable “whoa, gee, haw, get up” all day long, and not too far away. Early the next morning you could hear that familiar clack, […]

Now here’s a tip

• Need a tablecloth for your picnic table on a windy day? Just use a twin-size fitted sheet. It goes on easy, and the elastic keeps it on the table in even the hardiest gusts. It’s a snap to remove, too. • “For those of you who like to walk your dog at night, like I do, wrap the sides […]

Strange But True

– It was American comedian, actor, and writer George Burns who made the following sage observation: “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.” – If you’re like the average American, you watch a whopping 4 hours and 44 minutes of television every […]

Plan now for a better future

May is Older Americans Month, and the theme for this year’s observance is “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow.” While much of the theme’s emphasis is on the need for aging Americans to take care of their physical well-being to ensure a healthy future, the theme can also apply to their financial well-being. Not only personal finances, but how older […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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