Wednesday, February 5 • At 12:23 p.m., a Mayking area resident calls the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department to request that something be done with a dog at Bottom Fork that has bitten two children. The complaint has been referred to the Letcher County Animal Control Officer, who will contact Sheriff Danny Webb by telephone. • At 12:59 p.m., a […]


An exhibit of paintings by artist Jeff Chapman-Crane is on display in the gallery of the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland Campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Works by the painter, who lives in Eolia, will be on display until early April. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and […]

Services held for Randy Breeding

Funeral services were held in Lexington Monday for Letcher County native Troy Randall “Randy” Breeding, 59, who died unexpectedly in Lexington on February 14. Born in Hazard in May 1954, Breeding, a graduate of Whitesburg High School and Transylvania University, was a son of the late Van Blain and Joy Wray Frazier Breeding, formerly of Isom. Since January 2013, Breeding, […]

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Combs and Turner say they share no blame in high bills

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: In the last few weeks, it has been suggested that we and our fellow state legislators somehow bear at least partial responsibility for the recent rate hike by Kentucky Power. Nothing could be further from the truth. In case there is any doubt, let us be clear: Nearly everyone we serve with in the General Assembly is […]

An idea for conservatives, too

There is a magnificent public policy that achieves many of the goals conservative politicians regularly extol. These include promoting work over dependency, reducing the cost of social welfare programs, fostering economic growth and strengthening families . The policy in question is raising the minimum wage. The only mystery is why so few conservative politicians see the issue this way. Rank-and-file […]

Women, worrying

So there’s a study out that “proves” that women worry more than men. Like we didn’t know that. Like we women don’t spend most of our waking hours (and being worried, of course, most of our hours are waking) fretting our female hearts out, using this delightful template: “Did I remember to pay the credit card on time, or are […]

Stop insulting the workers

Beating down low-paid workers is not only not nice but also not necessarily good for business. And though some arguments against raising the minimum wage are debatable, others are simply insulting. The national minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. Back in 1968, it was $10.77 in today’s dollars. So President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum to $10.10 is […]

Wall Street mobs

Assume that you ran a business that was found guilty of bribery, forgery, perjury, defrauding homeowners, fleecing investors, swindling consumers, cheating credit card holders, violating U.S. trade laws and bilking American soldiers. Can you even imagine the kind of punishment you’d get? How about zero? Nada. Nothing. Zilch. No jail time. Not even a fine. Plus, you still get to […]

‘In a dither’ at Carr Creek in 1964

The Way We Were

Correspondent Mabel Kiser wrote in the February 20, 1964 edition of The Mountain Eagle that “Carr Creekers are all in a dither again this spring over the proposed dam at the mouth of Carr Creek. Emotions are varied . . . Young folks love a change of scenery, but for older citizens it is sometimes a catastrophe.” These two photos […]

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