An open letter to Letcher County citizens from the volunteer fire depts. serving them

Editor’s Note: Letcher County’s rural volunteer fire departments are having financial difficulties and must come up with new ways of raising operating revenue. Those fire departments address the problems they face and the steps they are thinking about taking to help them survive in the following open letter to county residents. Dear residents and business owners of Letcher County: There […]

Wants cemetery to be better maintained

To the Editor: My name is Danielle Duke, and I was a lifelong resident of Letcher County before I moved to Georgetown in July of 2011. Today I am writing in regards to an upkeep and maintenance issue I am experiencing at Green Acres Cemetery, across from Walmart in Whitesburg. Both of my grandfathers have been buried there for years, […]

Grants include $4.5 million for Letcher Co. prison project

The federal government has awarded $10.5 million in grants to support two projects in Letcher and Pike counties. U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers made the announcement late last week during the Saving Our Appalachian Region’s conference in Pikeville. Rogers said $4.5 million will pay for a water line extension project in Letcher County that will serve 100 residents and a […]

Letcher woman faces felony theft charge in case of missing dolls

A 38-year-old Colson woman is charged with theft of more than $500 after she allegedly took “three collectible dolls” without their owner’s permission. Shannon Nease, of 767 Camp Fork Road, was served with a summons ordering her to appear in Letcher District Court on September 19 to answer charges contained in a criminal complaint filed by the owner of the […]

Mouse finds its way into car

What would you do if you were driving along on your way to take your grandkids to school and one of them yelled, “Granny, there’s a mouse in the car!” Well, believe it or not I kept my cool and didn’t mess on myself or scream or anything crazy. I kept driving until I pulled into Martha Jane Potter Elementary […]

Heavy rain causes flood concerns

I’m feeling so much sadness this week as I try to write. Watching the funeral procession of John McClain on TV is very sad. His family having to give up their courageous father and be left here to wait. They’re going, one day in the future, to be with him again. Then we get more bad news of one of […]


To list reunions in The Mountain Eagle’s weekly reunion column, send information in writing to Reunions, The Mountain Eagle, P.O. Box 808, Whitesburg, KY 41858. Information must be received by Friday to be included in the following week’s issue. ROARK — The annual Roark family reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Kingscreek Fire Department from 1 to […]

Now Here’s a Tip

• “I like a dark wash on my jeans and have found the perfect pair fitwise, but after repeated washing they tend to lighten up. I use an in-washer dye to freshen up the color, and my jeans go back to dark blue in a snap. You can do the same with once-black pants or T-shirts that have turned faded […]


RECAPS: SEPT. 3 – 7 GENERAL HOSPITAL ENCORE EPISODE REAIRED: — The members of Port Charles mourned the loss of Detective Nathan West in a tribute episode. Alexis was outraged. Julian looked to Drew for help. Kim felt helpless. Joss remained hopeful. Cameron took advantage of a situation. Kim shared a devastating secret. Drew was flummoxed. Cameron was crestfallen. Sam […]

Moments in Time

• On Sept. 7, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, the American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe’s flagship Eagle in New York Harbor. The Turtle was an 8-foot-long wooden submersible with lead ballast for balance. • On Sept. 3, 1783, the American Revolution officially comes to an end when […]

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