High school umps remain jailed on trafficking charges

Two Kentucky high school sports officials were still being held in the Letcher County Jail on felony drug charges late Tuesday, four days after they were arrested at their homes and charged with trafficking in the painkiller oxycodone. Joseph Jay ‘J.J.’ Wright, 39, a softball and baseball umpire from McRoberts, and Tommy Hutton, 60, a state championship basketball referee and […]

Webb was teacher, fireman

Funeral services for an elementary school teacher and firefighter were held Sunday at the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Michael Conley Webb, 46, of Goose Creek, suffered a massive heart attack hours after he had responded to an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) wreck at Millstone on the night of April 26. Webb was pronounced dead at 9:25 a.m. on April 27 by […]

Miner sues employer

A Letcher County coal miner and safety activist has filed a lawsuit in Letcher Circuit Court against Cumberland River Coal Company (CRCC), alleging the company laid him off in May 2009 because he made safety complaints to federal and state mine safety enforcement agencies. Charles Scott Howard of Roxana filed the lawsuit on Monday. Howard worked on the day shift […]


Rob Lowe’s memoir reveals love of acting

“Stories I Only Tell My Friends” (Henry Holt), by Rob Lowe. Imagine a 10- year- old Rob Lowe boldly knocking on the door of Liza Minnelli’s suite in a Columbus, Ohio, hotel. “In most other areas of my life, I am slightly behind the curve, retiring, sometimes unsure,” he recounts in his autobiography, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.” “But […]

Movie roles await ‘FNL’ star

NEW YORK For fans of TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” the sight of a groggy Taylor Kitsch is a familiar one. On the acclaimed small-town Texas drama, Kitsch plays the hard-drinking Tim Riggins, who perpetually rolls out of bed bleary-eyed. The reason Kitsch was a little sluggish at a recent morning interview at a Manhattan hotel, though, is because he had […]

Coming events

About this guide This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. Always check with the venues listed before traveling long distances. LETCHER COUNTY ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN KEVIN ABERNATHY BAND; Sat., May 7 in Whitesburg […]


Mushroom hunters find a copperhead

Deanna Brown of Oregon has been visiting her parents Sheila and Roger Brown in Virginia, and grandparents Juanita and Earl Profitt of Cowan. Deanna works in a nature conservatory. She, Juanita and Earl visited her great-aunt Virginia Brown one afternoon. Ben Miller of New York also came in for a visit with his parents, Doris and Charles Miller, and grandparents, […]

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