Economy kills radio auction, Lions Club says

Was a fixture here since 1963; ‘50 to 60’ won’t get free glasses

Citing the “current state of our local economy and the war on coal,” the Whitesburg Lions Club will not hold its annual radio auction for the first time in more than 50 years. The Lions Club has held the radio auction each fall since 1963 as a way of raising funds to buy eyeglasses for underprivileged children. After the first […]

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Grand jury indicts 18 more



The Letcher Grand Jury has named six people in indictments charging them with introducing dangerous contraband into the Letcher County Detention Center on October 18. Charged with complicity to promoting contraband (first degree) are Randall Napier, 31, of 274 Blackey Drive, Isom; Jessica Maggard, 32, of 245 Crab Tree Road, Redfox; Tracy Ann Waddell, 39, of 444 Cleo Loop, Mayking; […]

Early paper next week



The Mountain Eagle will publish one day early next week to give its readers early access to local “Black Friday” advertisements. Instead of being on newsstands and online Wednesday morning, both editions will appear on Tuesday morning. As a result, deadlines for display advertising, classified advertising and news will also be moved up one day. Persons wishing more information on […]

Fiscal court is closing senior citizens centers



In a long and contentious meeting, the Letcher Fiscal Court took action to cut its budget deficit, which is the result of drastic reductions in coal severance tax receipts. Much of the discussion at the court’s November meeting Monday night focused on reducing expenditures in the Senior Citizens Program and adjusting rates for sanitation services. The court also heard comments […]

Calipari is pleased with Humphries

Vaught’s Views

When John Calipari flew to Indiana to watch Isaac Humphries play last season, he said it was during the “worst snowstorm” he encountered last year. “I almost didn’t even go,” said Calipari. Once he landed, he called former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps and current Irish coach Mike Brey who told him it never snowed like that. “That’s when I […]

FIRST DEER



Faces in the crowd

Sports in Kentucky

Thanksgiving draws near. Facial expressions among the familiars makes an interesting “people watch.” • Bobby Petrino. Cautious smile. Still contrite in public and less the braggart he once was, Petrino has orchestrated a four game win streak, assured an invitation to post season. Two games to go, Louisville Cardinals are about increasing their bowl game payday. • Louisville fans. Happy […]

NASCAR’s Final Four




It took almost 10 months, 35 races and a seven-hour rain delay before NASCAR could determine the four Sprint Cup drivers that would go to Homestead-Miami this weekend with the opportunity to run for the series title. Jeff Gordon had already punched his ticket into the final with his victory at Martinsville, but the seven remaining Chase drivers entered Sunday’s […]

Struttin’ Time:

Boy, 13, wins a major challenge

I love stories like this one. My little buddy Nick Burke Mason, a 13-year-old eighth grader, already knows what it is like to stay the course in life. Nick took on a major challenge when he went archery hunting at the Baker farm near Nancy, Kentucky last week. Although the farm itself is level, it is like the top of […]


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