The ‘Peanuts’ gang are the stars of large W’burg nativity scene



As the holiday season approaches, children — and adults too — expect to see extravagant window displays in front of the dental office of Dr. David Narramore in downtown Whitesburg. “After Santa’s workshop, people kind of expect it,” said Narramore. “Kids got to have something to look at. If kids like it, then we have hit our mark.” About a […]

Enrollments still strong at schools despite jobs crisis



Despite coal industry layoffs and a high unemployment rate, both school districts in Letcher County have yet to see a dramatic decrease in student enrollment. Letcher County Public Schools is down seven students from the beginning of the 2013–2014 school year. The district had an enrollment of 3,223 in August and 3,216 at the end of the third month of […]

Grand jury charges six in beating at jail

21 are named in 26 new indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned 26 indictments naming 21 people, including six men charged in the jail assault of Donald Lee Shepherd Jr. on November 9. Robert Steve Hamilton Jr., 29, of 351 Crossover Road, Mayking; Jimmy Wayne Cook II, also known as “Scrappy,” 33, of 172 Ragweed Road, Whitesburg, and Cecil James Slone, 33, of 13215 Hwy. […]

Police say suspect was in act of burning copper he’d stolen



Police say a 20-year-old Roxana man was burning copper near his residence when police arrived to serve outstanding warrants. Alvin Joseph Slone, 20, of 2708 Mill Branch Road, was arrested Nov. 26 and charged with violating probation. Slone was also charged with receiving stolen property. “There’s been a rash of thefts and burglaries in the Roxana community during the past […]

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Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net My wife is about as lovable as a wet mop. When we go to bed it is like sleeping with a wet mop. I think […]

Political Cartoon



Dear SOAR: Our region needs a new CCC – now



Next Monday morning in Pikeville (Dec. 9), Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers will convene the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) summit they have organized hoping to finding new solutions to the same problems eastern Kentucky has been facing since at least the 1920’s, chiefly high unemployment brought on by the ups and downs of the coal industry. […]

The heart of Francis’s mission




Christianity has often been used over the centuries to prop up the powerful. But from the beginning, the Christian message has been subversive of political systems, judgmental toward those at the top, and demanding of all who take it seriously. Pope Francis has surprised the world because he embraces the Christian calling to destabilize and to challenge. As the first […]

Will we pay more for ‘made in USA’ or does patriotism end at cashbox?



Wow, this T-shirt costs only $8. Great color. Problem is, your finger could punch a hole through it. In most Americans’ shopping experience, colors change and styles come and go, but there’s one constant: low quality and a sweatshop-country label. Lot’s been said lately about a flickering comeback in American apparel manufacturing. Wal-Mart vows to raise its meager buying of […]

Still thanking



Things to be thankful for after Thanksgiving. Be glad… 1) You were not crushed while attempting to buy a flat-screen TV. (If you were crushed, please skip to item 15. And — sorry.) 2) You presumably understand how to use your flat-screen TV. That’s not a minor achievement if you have more than three remotes. So celebrate your know-how, and […]


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