An underwater treasure trove

Deep in the Atlantic Ocean, explorers have found what may be the most valuable sunken treasure in history. This spring, a company called Odyssey Marine Exploration announced that its deep-sea divers had raised 17 tons of colonial-era coins from a shipwreck in the sea. The more than 500,000 silver and gold pieces were flown by cargo jet to a secret […]

Graduation brings pain

What is it about graduation that brings out the worst in parents? Reading the reports of Caroline Giuliani’s high-school graduation, with her father and his wife sitting stone faced while she received her diploma, ducking out early without congratulating her, avoiding his ex-wife and his son, brought back to me some of the most painful memories of my life. You […]


Combs family welcomes new baby boy

I would like to apologize to those who gave me yard sales and events that needed to be in last week’s Eagle. I forgot that Monday would be Memorial Day and I didn’t get my column in early. So hopefully it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience to those having yard sales and the Indian Bottom singing that was to […]


Diana, Lee Roy Combs mark 23rd anniversary

My sympathy to the family of Ray Back of Blackey. He died at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital on May 30. Ray was such a nice person. He will be missed by a lot of people. His wife, Beulah, has been having health problems also. Ray was 86. B.J., Shanna, Emmy, and Gavin Adams of Carcassonne went to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., […]

Letcher County butterflies featured on “Kentucky Life”

A uniquely American singing tradition and a look at some of the rare butterfly species of Kentucky are featured on the next edition of “Kentucky Life” airing Saturday, June 16, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 17, at 4:30 p.m. on KET. First, “Kentucky Life” travels to Oldham County to experience shape note or “sacred harp” music. Strictly a cappella […]

A cheesy gift for Dad

Dress up a snack for Dad: cheese and crackers in full Father’s Day fashion. YOU WILL NEED Crackers (we used RyKrisp) American cheese slices Pepperoni Red or green bell pepper Yellow mustard Scallions For each shirt, top a cracker with a rectangle of cheese. Next, cut shirt details, such as a collar, pocket, tie or button seam, out of cheese, […]

Says county judge is violating ethics code

To the Editor: At the May meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court, Judge/Executive Jim Ward presented major changes to the Ethics Code. As a member of the group that wrote the original Ethics Code in 1995 and as the chairman of the first Ethics Board, I am alarmed. Judge Ward guts the definition of “Family Member,” “Nepotism,” and “Financial […]

Bible School set

Vacation Bible School is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., June 11-15, at the Burdine Church of God of Prophecy for ages 4 to 12. Buses will be provided. Jeff Slone is pastor of the church. For more information, call 832-4974 or 832-4750.

Sherd Martin celebrates 100th birthday

News from the Ermine Senior Citizens Center: Hello from Ermine. We have so many exciting things to tell since our last writing. The Ermine seniors experienced their first Letcher County Senior Citizens Prom last week. James and Barbara Hall were Ermine King and Queen 2007. Janice Foster was Ermine Princess 2007, and Leroy Sexton was Ermine Prince 2007. Twentyeight seniors […]

Camp meeting set

A camp meeting will be held at 5 p.m., June 9, at the Whitesburg Freewill Church. Several churches will come together for services with special singing, preaching, and a fish fry. Those attending may bring a dessert. For more information, call 633-0995 or 832- 1593. Johnny Collier is pastor of the church.