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+ When asked to name their favorite flavor for a dessert or a sweet snack, 52 percent of Americans say it’s chocolate. Vanilla and berry flavors are tied for second place, but they each got only 12 percent of the vote. + It’s notoriously difficult to define pornography (“I know it when I see it”), but the origin of the […]

Former Blackey postmaster dies

Mable Bates Back, 91, longtime Letcher County resident and former postmaster at Blackey, died May 20 at St. Joseph Hospice Care Unit in Lexington. A daughter of the late Can and Cora Bates, she was the widow of Clyde Back. She was a member of the Beaumont Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Mrs. Back attended Caney College and Pikeville College and […]

Expect to see UK, UofLon TV

Question asked most frequently in college sports today: Will football ever have a playoff system to rival basketball’s Big Dance? Answer: Not if, but when. And When scored a first down last week. University of Florida president Bernie Machen, whose national championship football program (and basketball twice) must have worker bees pushing money around with a steam shovel these days, […]


To list reunions in The Mountain Eagle’s weekly reunion column, send information in writing to Reunions, The Mountain Eagle, Box 808, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. Information must be received by Friday to be included in the following week’s issue. F-NHS CLASS OF ’97 – The Fleming-Neon High School Class of 1997 will hold its 10- year reunion at 7 p.m., June […]

Lewis, Sturgill families welcome new baby

Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have over come the world. John 16:13 The last day of our yard sale we still had about three truckloads […]

Questions arise about fall TV

NEW YORK The world stood still recently as the broadcast networks unveiled their new schedules. Everyone rejoiced at the announcement that, no, NBC wasn’t axing “Law & Order,” while “Veronica Mars” fans grieved at news of its demise. Viewers began counting the days until Kelsey (“Frasier”) Grammer and Patricia (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) Heaton return to us paired in the Fox […]

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+ On May 31, 1870, Professor Edward Joseph De Smedt of the American Asphalt Pavement Company, New York City, receives two patents for his invention of the first practical version of sheet asphalt. On July 29 of the same year, the first road pavement of sheet asphalt was laid on William Street in Newark, N.J. + On June 2, 1886, […]

Remodeling finished

HOOVER’S GRAND RE-OPENING – After weeks of remodeling, Hoover’s Furniture celebrated its new look with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25. “I would like to say thank you to the Dawahare organization for having faith and confidence in our city and our county to invest and re-invest in our economy to upgrade their store,” said James W. Craft, Mayor of […]

Letcher AAU squad takes second in state tourney

The Letcher County Cougars Girls’ AAU 12 and under team finished its season as runner-up in the state tournament with a record of 17-8. The team is coached by Kelvin Eldridge, Kenny Cornett, Keith Collins, and Abbie Adams. The Cougars faced Knott County’s Fire and Ice in the final game of the Kentucky Girls’ AAU 12 and Under State Basketball […]


A celebration for the 90th birthday of Pelma Blair Dixon will be on Saturday, June 9, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Jenkins Public Library. She and her late husband, Dennis, moved to Jenkins in 1956. After 26 years as a second-grade teacher at Burdine Elementary, she retired to become more active in her community. Pelma has served as president of […]