Donald Brunty dies at 76

Donald Brunty, 76, of Whitesburg, died August 25 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard. A son of the late John and Ivory Dean Brunty, he was the widower of Francine Brunty, and later married Jean Collins Brunty, who survives him. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Ronald Lee Brunty of Letcher and Charles […]

Sue Hall injured in fall


Hello again! Can you believe we are staring September right in the face? To me it seems like this has been one of the shortest summers of all time. I haven’t been very many places this summer, and before you can turn around the weather will turn to cold and snowing and I sure won’t be going anywhere. The weather […]

Moments and Memories of WHS


1972 Brooms Have you ever wondered who cleans up the spitballs you shot in English class? The butter you “accidentally” dropped under your friend’s shoe in the lunchroom? Well, “custodians” are what they’re called, but in reality, they’re sweepers, dusters, wipers, dumpers, fixers, and all ‘round Mr. Cleans. Without this group of hardworking men, the environmental quality would soon discourage […]

Strange But True


• It was Scott Adams, best known as the creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip, who made the following observation: “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant.” • According to the Oxford English […]

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS: AUG. 27 – 31 GENERAL HOSPITAL — Sonny considered his next steps. Griffin gained a little insight. Ava felt backed into a corner. Sam offered words of encouragement. Jordan got an idea. Oscar paid a visit to Sonny. Kim shared an update on Nelle. Julian attempted to put Brad at ease. Nina was under distress. Felicia received distressing news. […]

Moments in Time

• On Aug. 31, 1888, the first known victim of London serial killer “Jack the Ripper” is found murdered in the city’s impoverished Whitechapel district. At least four more women were found murdered in similar fashion over the next few months. In 1892, with no leads found and no more murders recorded, the Jack the Ripper file was closed. • […]

Now Here’s a Tip

• Whenever I’m at the dollar store, I make sure to pick up an assortment of general purpose greeting cards. People really love to get snail mail. There’s just something about a colorful envelope addressed to you sitting in the mailbox that makes you smile. So I send cards for special occasions and often for no reason at all. The […]

The Way We Were

New school plans told

An architect’s drawing of the new Letcher Consolidated School was released by architect D.E. Perkins of Harlan in late August 1958 and published on the front page of the September 4, 1958 edition of The Mountain Eagle, which is pictured at right. Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1938 Linefork area residents […]

TVA announces study to find if its coal plants have a future

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced a new study to help it decide the future of coal fired plants in Tennessee and Kentucky. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports TVA President Bill Johnson announced last week that the utility is projecting a decline in demand for electricity and is beginning a six-month study to assess its entire generating […]

Panel looks at growing black lung problem


Even as coal production in Central Appalachia has declined, and employment has plummeted, the rates of (pneumoconiosis) black lung disease have not only gone up, but the cases that are being identified are much more severe than in past years when more miners were employed. At Town Hall: The Black Lung Epidemic Sweeping Appalachia, which was held last Thursday at […]


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