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Don’t fall for their ‘uniforms’

The Victorian era gave birth to a very unpleasant custom called slumming. Parties of swells in London and New York would descend on impoverished neighborhoods as a form of entertainment. In addition to breaking up the tedium of their posh lives, the adventure made them feel superior. A much updated version of slumming has been taking place in Manhattan, where […]

Who’s on first?

Depending on which poll you believe, Obama is either up by 3, 7 or 9 points, or down by 1, 3 or 5. Or none of the above. Figuring out who’s going to be on first in November (which is the only time that counts) is not something you can do just by looking at a photograph of where people […]

The slippery slope of advice

At the risk of reading a lot — and I mean a LOT — into one cautionary little tale, today we examine a recent article in The New York Times: “A Surprising Risk for Toddlers on Playground Slides.” Turns out that extremely loving, extremely cautious parents who, rather than let their kids navigate the slide on their own, put them […]

What’s making this old farm tractor stall?

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: Do you ever address questions about old farm tractors? Our 1945 Farmall- A starts well and runs well for about 10-20 minutes, but then it starts to miss and then stalls out, typically while going up a slope — even a small one. Along with our local mechanic, we checked out the carburetor (the original Schebler), […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 17, 1962 The Coffey House restaurant opened this week in Whitesburg in space in the Daniel Boone Hotel formerly occupied by the City Café. The new operators are Mr. and Mrs. Cossie Quillen and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Coffey, who also operate the Quillen Drug Store in Whitesburg. . Goebel Ritter, who has been basketball coach at Hazard High […]


To list reunions in The Mountain Eagle’s weekly reunion column, send information to Reunions, The Mountain Eagle, Box 808, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. Information must be received by Friday to be included in the following week’s issue. < b> The Whitesburg High School Class of 1972 will hold its 40-year reunion September 14 and 15. On Friday there will be a […]

Chicken, rib dinners June 1

The Cancer Crusaders will hold a barbeque dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 1. A chicken dinner is $8 and a rib dinner is $10. Dinners may be preordered by May 23 and delivery is available to businesses in the Whitesburg area. All proceeds will benefit the Letcher County Relay for Life. To preorder, call Ken Sexton […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might have to turn your Arian charm up a few degrees if you hope to persuade that persistent pessimist to see the possibilities in your project. Whatever you do, don’t give up. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A “tip” about a co-worker’s “betrayal” might well raise the Bovine’s rage levels. But before […]


RECAPS –5/14-5/18 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL . Rick was perplexed about why Caroline was avoiding him so he asked Hope to find out the truth for him. Stephanie warned Brooke that Hope and Liam’s marriage might not be happening too soon. Brooke confronted Liam about ripping up the annulment papers. Hope learned that Caroline thought Rick might be gay. […]

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