Wife, her lover charged in Fleming murder

Dradrick Fleming will no longer be able to dote on his two young sons or go hunting or fishing or riding four-wheelers through the hills — all things he liked to do when he wasn’t at work operating a roofbolting machine in an underground coal mine. Every simple pleasure Fleming enjoyed was taken from him last week when he was […]

Whitesburg voters OK wider range of alcohol sales

For the second time in five years, voters in the City of Whitesburg have given their nod of approval to a ballot initiative concerning the sale of alcohol. “I think the vote demonstrated how the people who live in Whitesburg see a promising future for the city — an attitude that’s also shared by many who work here or have […]

July 4 edition will print early

The July 4 edition of The Mountain Eagle will go to press on Monday, July 2, and be for sale on newstands and delivered to the post office on Tuesday, July 3. Deadlines for news and advertising submissions are Friday, June 29. For more information call 633-2252.

Despite layoffs, jobless rate stays lower here

Letcher County’s workforce received a lot of bad news and some good news during the last week. Among the bad news was the announcement that Arch Coal Inc., one of the world’s largest coal producers, would lay off about 600 miners at its Kentucky operations. While the majority of the operations to be closed are mines that produce thermal coal […]

Jobless can find assistance here under one roof at ‘Benefits Fair’

If you are facing financial hardship because of the recent downturn in the coal industry or other factors, Whitesburg-based Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation is extending a hand this week to help you find any assistance to which you may be eligible. MCHC, which operates the Whitesburg Medical Clinic and other facilities in Letcher, Perry, Harlan and Owsley counties, is hosting […]

Percy Sledge headlines local July 4 celebrations and fireworks displays

Fireworks celebrations are planned in three Letcher County communities to commemorate Independence Day. A fireworks display paid for by the Isom Days Committee will begin at dark on July 3 at the Isom Fairgrounds. The City of Whitesburg’s Independence Day festivities at River Park begin at 1 p.m. on July 4 with inflatables, fire truck rides and a farmer’s market. […]

Neon approves budget

The Fleming-Neon City Council met in a called meeting Monday night and passed the second reading of its budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. The budget calls for expenditures of $244,343.68 against revenues of $244,987.33 with a surplus of $643.65. The council accepted bids for sidewalk repairs. Blair Construction submitted the only bid for $36,850, but the city only had $21,000 […]

Three’s company

Archie Fields home from hospital

Big Cowan

Hello everyone. Hoping all had a good week. My brother, Archie Ray Fields, is home from the hospital and doing well. If my son Mike keeps his sugar down and everything goes well, he will have surgery on his foot (planter wart) on July 11 at Jackson. Agnes Maggard still has a cast on her foot and now she has […]


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