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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

County’s first commercial coal mine opened in 1895 near Bottom Fork, Mayking From The Mountain Eagle’s February 20, 1930 edition comes this story about Letcher County’s first commercial coal mine that opened at Bottom Fork, Mayking, in 1895. In the year 1895, on Webb’s Branch of Bottom Fork, Dr. David L. Webb, a wellknown citizen of that creek, opened the […]

Highlights of F.N.H.S.

2005 How does it feel being a member of the last graduating class of Fleming-Neon High School? It feels pretty darn good- Jason Bolling. It’s a great honor and a great achievement, but I’ll miss the traditions-Travis Cantrell. It ’s monumental. It makes me very sad but proud at the same time, I’ll miss it-Brittany Hunsaker. It’s a great honor […]

WHS class members planning reunion


I was so happy to be one of the nine that met at Pine Mountain Grill this past Saturday to start planning our Whitesburg High School reunion this year. Believe it or not, it will have been 45 years since I graduated from high school. Well, you all may believe it, but I surely don’t. As we sat there just […]

Growing up in Letcher County

My grandfather, Daniel Short, was a captain in the Civil War from Virginia. After the war he was owner of a boarding house on Main Street, Jenkins, for the coalminers. His daughter, my mom, Cinda Short, was the chief cook. My dad, Randolph Vanover, was one of the miners and married Mom. I was their first-born. Next door to us […]

B.D. Collins marks his 90th birthday

B.D. “Mayo” Collins of Crab Orchard W.Va., celebrated his 90th birthday on February 5. A son of the late Willie and Bridie Collins, he grew up in Democrat. Mr. Collins is a U.S. Army veteran. He worked for B.H. Mott and Sons as a core driller all over the United States and retired about 10 years ago. He is married […]

Your prayers will be much appreciated

Points East

Every time I write a column about one personal health problem or the other, I read it back and sound like I’m whining. A colleague once told me, after I had asked about a mutual friend, “Don’t ask him how he’s doing unless you really want to know and you’d best not be in a hurry because the answer is […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1940 An unusually large crowd gathered Monday at the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg for the examining trial of Luther Johnson, the liquor store owner who is charged with murdering Kimmer Donalds of Seco on January 21. As a result of the hearing, the charges against Johnson have been referred to the grand jury. . The Kentucky […]

Flooding brings back memories from the 60’s

Southern Ohio

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! As I have been watching the posts of the flooding in those mountains I call home, my heart has ached for everyone who is in the path of those small streams that have become rivers. Raging water is something that at times cannot be held back, even with the strongest of barriers. I hope and pray […]

Helping Kentuckians live healthier lives

Within the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, we are fortunate to house the Kentucky Nutrition Education Program, two U.S. Department of Agriculture programs that provide nutrition related educational resources to limited-resource audiences. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) help them live high quality lives and raise healthy families. NEP is […]

Free workshops being planned

The Letcher County Extension Service will hold three free workshops next week. At noon on February 18, attendees will learn the basics of gardening and how to start their own garden transplants. A cooking class will take place at 1:30 on February 19 and zippy corn chowder and broccoli chowder will be made. Making Valentine sweets and treats is the […]

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