Hollywood came calling in 1996

Nearly 20 years ago, on August 28, 1996, The Mountain Eagle carried the news of the Letcher Fiscal Court’s vote to allow the producers of “Fire Down Below” to use a county-owned tipple site located at the mouth of Cowan Creek as a prop for the movie, starring Steven Segal, Marg Helgenberger, Kris Kristofferson, and Harry Dean Stanton. The county […]

Exchange between reader, editor offers look at pre-Civil War life here

Note: The following writings, which appear in the August 19, 1926 edition of The Mountain Eagle, indicate just how hard it must have been to live life in Letcher County before the Civil War, when the Kentucky mountains were isolated in ways that seem unbelievable today. The first part is a letter to the editor, with the second part consisting […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The typically tidy Ram or Ewe might want to butt out until things are settled on the home front. But get involved and let your Ovine sense of order help restore domestic tranquility. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovine’s flair for fine-tuning complicated fiscal dealings comes in handy when an unexpected financial […]


RECAPS AUGUST 15 – 19 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Mortified that her heated conversation with Julius was overheard, Sasha thanked Thomas for coming to her defense with an affectionate gesture. Eric’s family voiced their outrage concerning Quinn’s return to Forrester Creations, especially a furious Steffy. Liam used the situation with Quinn and Eric to his advantage by taunting […]

Homemakers visit Harlan County

The Letcher Area Homemakers loaded up last Tuesday and drove over to Lynch, Benham and Cumberland. We looked around the Miner’s Museum, took in some thrift stores and an antique and craft store located in Benham Old Fire Station and had lunch at Charlotte’s Sandwich and Dinner diner. We enjoyed the outing and some came home with a great deal […]


McQueen speaks to Rotarians

Jeremy McQueen, cofounder and chief executive officer of Mountain Tech Media, introduced Whitesburg Rotary members to the new media services company located in Whitesburg. MTM provides multimedia production, web design, social media management and advertising packages, graphic design, photography, screen printing, networking solutions, and specialized crowd-sourcing solutions. MTM offers marketing and client services to organizations and businesses across Appalachia and […]

Lou Whitaker dies at 69

Lou Whitaker, 69, died August 13 at Baptist Health Hospital in Madisonville. Born in Kingscreek to the late Altie and Arthur Stidham, she was the widow of Ira Whitaker. She was a sister of the late Hubert Stidham, Alvin Stidham, Eula Stidham, Lula Boggs Fields, Evelyn Banks and Pearl Banks. Surviving are a daughter, Vicki Taylor and husband Arthur; three […]

Loren Field succumbs at 85

Funeral services for Loren Fields, 85, of Charlestown, Ind., were held August 5 in Charlestown. Burial was in the Charlestown Cemetery. A son of the late Noah and Mary Eldridge Fields and the widower of Vivian Fields, he was born in Letcher County. He died July 31 at Kindred Rolling Hills Healthcare in New Albany, Ind. He was also preceded […]

Rites held for Patsy Ann Sexton

Patsy Ann Sexton, 50, of Isom, died August 12 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Mitchell and Shirley Triplette Brock. Surviving are her husband, Dwayne Sexton; three sons, Cody Brown of Whitesburg, and Christopher Brown and Cassius Sexton, both of Isom; a stepson, Stephen Sexton of Isom; two daughters, Jessica Eversole of Seco and […]

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