City’s oldest barber shop closes

When Jerry Collins turned the key to lock the City Barber Shop for the final time on December 29, it offi cially marked the end of the oldest barber shop in Whitesburg and one of the oldest continuous businesses in Letcher County. Collins, 63, said he isn’t retiring, but had to close the shop located in the basement of a […]

Mine closes after inspectors issue 5 ‘failure’ orders

A Letcher County coal mine is stopping production after being issued 23 citations and seven orders by federal mining regulators during an “impact” inspection. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration conducted the inspection at TRC Mining Corp. No. 2 mine, located on the Right Fork of Beaver at Deane, on Nov. 27. Included in the citations and orders issued […]

Gas well permits fell to only six here in ’12

Only six permits were issued for natural gas wells in Letcher County in 2012, down from 67 the year before. According to data provided by the Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas, three of the six permits — all for horizontal wells — were obtained by the EQT Corporation, the largest natural gas explorer in Appalachia. The last permit for […]

The Home Place

Corn on the cob with some butter is a popular side dish, but there’s so much more you can do with fresh, juicy corn. These recipes make the most of sweet corn from Florida and will have your family asking for more. “Sweet corn is a really versatile ingredient,” said Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of […]

A lighter take on French onion soup, via Italy

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and hosted Food Network shows. Everybody loves French onion soup, and with good reason. Caramelized onions swimming in a rich beef broth flavored with a splash of red wine or brandy and topped with broiled Gruyere cheese? Every warm, gooey mouthful lights up your taste buds […]

Marlow Tackett had a big Christmas giveaway


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well and had a very merry Christmas. I enjoyed mine very much. My son Astor came in and took me home with home to Georgetown for three days. I had never spent Christmas away from home. I had a very good time. My family missed me and I had lots of gifts waiting […]

Rites held for Mary Lou Whitaker

Mary Lou Whitaker, 67, of Louisville, died December 26, at St. Mary’s and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville Born in Hazard to the late Vernie and Verna Dixon Caudill, she was a sister of the late Josephine Bell. She was a librarian at Hillview Public Library in Louisville. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Hansford Whitaker; a son, Leander Whitaker […]

Now here’s a tip

• Too many dishes and cups and not enough cabinet space? Try rotating your serving pieces as you would a wardrobe. Use different patterns for different seasons. • “When you need to quickly clean the microwave and there is stuck-on food, thoroughly saturate a washcloth or dishrag with water and microwave it for about a minute. Leave it in the […]

How much has changed here in 49 years?

Journalism has been famously described as “the first rough draft of history.” Nearly 50 years ago, Tom and Pat Gish wrote the following editorial for the January 2, 1964, issue of The Eagle. When we rediscovered it recently, we realized that it is both a timeless piece of heartfelt journalism and truly a rough draft of history — the history […]

The way we were

From our January 2, 1919 edition

Jan. 3, 1963 The Mountain Parkway, the first four-lane divided highway to penetrate the eastern Kentucky mountains, is scheduled to be opened to traffic January 14. The section is 43 miles long and will be a toll road with two toll plazas between Campton and Winchester. . Radio Station WTCW of Whitesburg says it will increase its power from 1000 […]

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