Hi-tech simulator helps students prepare for nursing aide careers

The Letcher County Area Technology Center has a new life-sized interactive human simulator to help students learn how to diagnose illnesses. “By having this new piece of equipment, we can expand the program,” said Vivian Back, instructor of the nurse aide and medical assisting programs at the Letcher County Area Technology Center. “He is so real life and he is […]

Dollar Store will sell beer

Whitesburg’s new Dollar General Store is expected to be the next retail outlet given a license to sell beer and malt-based drinks. Dollar General Partners placed a legal advertisement in this week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle stating its intention to apply for a malt beverage retail beer license no later than December 10, 2012 at its business located at […]

Late woman’s daughter, grandchildren indicted

Four among 12 charged by grand jury here

A daughter and three grandchildren of an elderly Neon woman who died last month have been indicted on charges of complicity to the abuse of an adult and complicity to the neglect an adult. The indictments of Teresa Maggard, 50; Serenna Maggard, 22; Matthew Maggard, 20, and Sherman Maggard, 20, are among 20 true bills returned by the Letcher County […]


Della Maggard, Oma Hatton mark birthdays


Hello everyone, hope you are doing well. We are having some nice weather now, but it changes so fast we’d better not get used to it. Late happy birthday to Della Maggard on Nov. 20. My birthday was the day before, the 21st. I’ve known Della for a long time. I’m not telling our age. We are not old! I […]

Children enjoy Christmas gifts


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. We wish to extend deepest sympathy to the families […]

Looking other way didn’t pay this time

It is not unusual for mining companies to be fined for safety violations, and if those violations are believed to be a major cause of a mining accident resulting in deaths and/or serious injuries to miners, then those fines can be quite steep. Much more rare, however, is charging mine operators with felonies as a result of mining accidents. Two […]

Prosecutors signal a bold new move

Federal prosecutors have signaled a bold new move up the corporate ladder in their investigation of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster that killed 29 West Virginia coal miners in 2010. A former executive of Massey Energy, which ran the mine but has since been acquired by another company, has been accused of criminal conspiracy in hiding lethal safety violations […]

Political Cartoon

Better days at Donna’s Diner

Less than a month before the presidential election, a little diner just a short drive from my house made front-page news in The New York Times. What happened next might make you feel a little better about America if you’re worried that we just don’t care enough about our neighbors anymore. First, the backstory: Donna Dove has been running Donna’s […]