Mary Eva Spicer dies at 101

Mary Eva Craft Spicer, 101, died June 21 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. Born in Norton, Va., to the late Grant and Rachel Craft, she was the widow of Obie L. Spicer, and had lived for many years at Bottom Fork. She was a grandmother of the late Denise Spartman, and a sister of the late Nathaniel Craft, […]

Moments in Time

• On July 14, 1789, Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress built in 1370 that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of terror in which King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette were executed. • On […]

What the AG’s report says

Following is the full text of the Kentucky Attorney General’s finding that the Letcher County Board of Education was in violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act. The school board voted Monday night to appeal the decision, which is binding, to Letcher Circuit Court. 13-OMD-086 June 7, 2013 In re: The Mountain Eagle/ Letcher County Board of Education Summary: Letcher […]

Board should heed AG’s decision, stop meeting illegally

What do you do if the state’s top law enforcement officer issues a lengthy decision informing you that you’re in violation of the Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings Act? If you’re the Letcher County Board of Education, you violate the law again just as soon as you get the chance and then vote to appeal the decision at a […]

Ways we overpay for healthcare

Little victories in curbing health care costs can add up. In truth, they seem little only next to the titanic $2.6 trillion Americans spend a year on health care. So let us salute them. Case in point, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Medpac) proposes ending a ridiculously expensive practice: Medicare paying hospital outpatient departments vastly more than it does doctors […]

The Way We Were

Death verdict took 2 minutes

In addition to being happy they’re not from Texas, which is soon scheduled to hold its 500th execution since 1982, Roger Dale Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge, the last two convicted killers sent to Kentucky’s Death Row from Letcher County, should also thank their lucky stars they were tried here in Summer 1986 instead of Fall 1937. On May 23, […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Don’t be Sheepish about asking questions and demanding answers. You not only gain needed information, but also respect for your steadfast search for the truth. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A money problem that shows up early in the week is expeditiously resolved by savvy Bovines who know how to turn a momentary […]


RECAPS – 6/24-6/28

ALL MY CHILDREN — Cassandra was back with family and friends in Pine Valley, but faced a long road of recovery as she started her withdrawal from drugs. Dr. Anders denied Dixie’s request to be her counselor through the process even though Angie put in a good word for her. David scored points with both Angie and Jesse by making […]

Good year for apples and berries


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. We sure have been having some nice weather. I’ve been noticing the apple trees. If nothing happens to them, there will be a lot of apples, and also a lot of berries. That will be good. I went to the funeral of Hazel Rayburn the other day. I didn’t really know her, […]

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