Court abandons new trash plan

County will continue picking up garbage, but layoffs may occur

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted 3-2 this week to stop its earlier plan to hire an outside waste collection company to take over the operation of the county’s sanitation department. The court took the unexpected action at its December meeting Monday night after Jeremiah resident Dale Johnson questioned the plan during a portion of the meeting set aside for […]

Group says it may take break after bringing gifts for 8 years

A group composed of residents of Michigan and Kentucky is considering taking a break after eight years of giving Christmas presents to needy families in Letcher County. Letcher County native Mary Martin Hendrian, her husband Jim and her cousins Henry and Janet Madden of Isom started delivering presents to people in Letcher County in 2000. Mary Hendrian, who grew up […]

Global warming

To the Editor: Global warming is caused by many things. Let’s begin after World War II when they dropped a bomb on Japan. After all these wars, Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, they used chemicals and sprayed Agent Orange out in the air. Not accounting for the chemicals they used in this war right now and these nuclear plants […]

Fasting may be helpful in fighting heart disease

Mormons have less heart disease – something doctors have long chalked up to their religion’s ban on smoking. New research suggests that another of their “clean living” habits also may be helping their hearts: fasting for one day each month. A study in Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints is based, found that people who […]



This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. Always check with the venues listed before traveling long distances. ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN KID ROCK with REVEREND RUN; Fri., March 14 in Bristol, Tenn., at Viking […]


Man wanted sex for drugs

Police say a Haymond man was trying to trade drugs for sexual favors when he was arrested in a Neon parking lot last week. Paul Mullins, 66, was arrested in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store at Neon Junction after Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy Mickey Stines said he saw Mullins shaking a pill bottle at two women. Stines […]


Tom and Ray settle father-son squabble

Dear Tom and Ray: My car-knowledge-challenged son lives in North Conway, N.H. His job is about 300 yards from his apartment. Instead of walking, he starts his car every day and drives the three minutes to work. I told him that this is bad for his new Subaru Impreza. He was not impressed. He insists that it is better to […]

Feds to test health savings accounts for poor

The Bush administration intends to test the effectiveness of health savings accounts for the poor in a trial in which someone making $20,000 a year could get health coverage for about $19 a week. Bush has long pushed health savings accounts as a way to slow the rising cost of medical care and extend basic coverage to the uninsured. Under […]