Car Talk

Changing the front brakes not so easy

Dear Tom and Ray: In my infinite wisdom, I woke up early one Saturday morning and decided I would do something productive with my weekend. Even though I’ve never attempted any sort of car repair in my life, I decided to change the front brake rotors on my 2006 Ford Ranger. I bought all the tools necessary for the job, […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

September 22, 1960 The Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce this week asked Gov. Bert Combs to do something about the strip mining situation in Letcher County. In a three-page letter, the Chamber went on records as supporting the purposes and sentiments of a petition circulated here this month which asked the governor to call the legislature into special session to enact […]

Salome’s Stars



ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A workplace change doesn’t seem to have turned out quite as you’d hoped. Never mind: Just treat yourself to a healthy dollop of that Aries self-confidence, and you’ll soon view things diff erently. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Some of the support you might have hoped for in a difficult situation might not […]

Moments in Time



• On Oct. 10, 1845, The United States Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Md., with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors. The curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy and French. • On Oct. 5, 1892, the Dalton gang attempts to rob two banks simultaneously in Coffeyville, Kan., but meets resistance from townspeople. As the […]

Our ancestors worked hard, ate well



It looks as though fall of the year is just around the corner, leastways, my bones says it is. I really don’t mind the cold as much as the slick roads, especially my driveway. There seems to be a good crop of apples and peaches this year, but when you go to the market to buy either one you get […]

Moments and Memories of WHS



Miss WHS Shirley Maggard, Runner Up Esteva Collier; Mr. WHS Renious Day, Runner Up Charles Polly; Best Dressed Girl Louise Morris, Runner Up Jean Spangler; Best Dressed Boy Larry Ison, Runner Up Carl Hall; Prettiest Girl Phyllis Caudill, Runner Up Shirley Maggard; Handsomest Boy Benny Jones, Runner Up Woody Breeding; Best Personality Girl Joyce Bates, Runner Up Vanda Adams; Best […]

Now here’s a tip



• When raking leaves, use this handy-dandy hint: Rake your leaves directly onto a sheet you’ve spread on the ground. Gather up the corners and drag to your compost area. Or bag most of it, then shake the excess into a bag using the same gathering motion. • In a pinch, you can use an old shoulder pad as a […]

Author will be here this week with books on life in Haymond



A Letcher County native has written two books detailing her account of growing up in a coal camp in Haymond during the 1930s. Sarah L. Cornett-Hagen, a coal poet who resides in southern Oregon, writes about family rituals and traditions such as quilting, weaving and knitting in “Life Notes from a Kentucky Woman: The Coal Camp.” “The Land, The Land, […]

Mountain Heritage Festival Schedule of Events

Theme: Say What?

September 22 Whitesburg Day Food Booths And Crafts Booths Main Street, Whitesburg 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Flowerpot art displayed throughout town. Contact: Leigh Lewis Blankenbeckler 633-2407 Old Time Country Dinner Sponsored By Letcher County Homemakers In Support Of Ovarian Cancer Screening Program Extension Center, 478 Extension Dr., Whitesburg 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Soup Beans & Cornbread, Kraut & Wieners, Desserts […]

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – 9/20-24

ALL MY CHILDREN Æ JR told Annie that he was onto her tricks. Asher attacked Caleb to keep him from discovering that he’d been accessing Caleb’s computer. Jesse made another arrest in David’s murder. Tad told Liza he was proud of her new position. Kendall was sentenced to 250 hours of community service for stealing Liza’s briefcase. Zach agreed to […]


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