Ward warns about more hard times: ‘Coal is back down’

The hard times that have fallen on Letcher County’s finances are not likely to get better soon, if predictions from the state are accurate. At Monday’s meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court, Judge/Executive Jim Ward told the court that he has been informed that while mineral tax receipts from natural gas should stay steady, tax receipts from coal mining […]

Hotter weather expected

With temperatures already in the high 80s to low 90s for the past 10 days, it’s expected to get even hotter through Sunday. Especially on Friday and Saturday, when the heat index is expected to rise to dangerous levels, residents should stay indoors or stay in the shade when possible. Daytime high temperatures in Whitesburg since July 11 have ranged […]


Mrs. Banks wrote about Little Cowan for 31 years

Funeral services were held Tuesday for long-time Mountain Eagle community correspondent Elsie Caudill Banks of Cowan. Mrs. Banks wrote a weekly column in the newspaper for 31 years. She was 102 years old at her death. She came from a line of long-lived people. A brother, Cassel, lived to 103. Her grandfather, Isham Caudill, was born when George Washington was […]

Looking forward to seeing the Kingscreek Bluegrass Festival

Howdy folks! How’s everything in your corner of the world? I wish whoever stole my energy would bring it back as I sure need it this morning. The past two weeks have really told its tale on me. First, my son was in the hospital for three days with pneumonia and then my children’s dad had a fall, causing a […]

SKCTC joins employment program

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) is joining forces with Cengage and Jobs for the Future, a grantee funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, to help employ older youth and adults who need a high school diploma in coalimpacted communities to secure employment in computer and medical IT fields. The college will provide students with access to the computer […]

Services held for Ramona Collier

Ramona Collier, 73, of Columbus, Ind., died July 14 at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Collier was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Born in Whitesburg to the late James and Banzel Hammonds Adams, she was a sister of the late Cornelius “Neal” Adams. She enjoyed spending time with her family at Norris Lake, going […]

Session to address dementia behavior

An educational session, Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., July 27, at Letcher Manor Nursing and Rehab in Whitesburg. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will provide information about medical management and social and behavioral strategies to address behaviors among individuals with dementia. Registration is required. To pre-register […]

In Memory of

Another July 4th has come and gone. And it got pretty noisy around this neck of the woods. We used to see the fireworks at different locations, but quit going after we lost our beloved son, Steve. He would call us and when we answered he would say, “How you all doin?” Then he would ask us if we wanted […]

Canning demonstration draws crowd

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center. We had a sweet gathering of folks as we continued with the Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project. It was the best crowd we have had since the project started in May. We learned how to can green beans, cook over the open fire, […]

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