Six-year-old Gracie Duncan (pictured) and Everett Duncan caught these 11 rainbow trout July 19 at Norton, Va.

Writer is sure glad to be back home

Big Cowan

First of all to tell you a little bit about myself, I was born here and moved to Indiana when I was 12 years old. I am the daughter of the late Jasper and Mary Fields of Big Cowan. I recently moved back to my grandmother’s old place. My sister, Kathy Wolfe, had been doing the news but because of […]


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 HACKENSAW BOYS; Thu., Aug. 7 in Whitesburg at Summit City (214 Main St.). […]

Miner dies after being hurt in scoop mishap

A southeastern Kentucky coal miner has died after being injured in an accident involving a scoop earlier this month. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says in a preliminary report that 45-year-old Joseph D. Roberts was riding on top of a scoop on July 17 when he was injured at the Butcher Branch Mine near Beverly in Bell County. The […]


RECAPS - 7/28-8/1

ALL MY CHILDREN — Adam plotted against JR. Ryan tried, but he couldn’t stop thinking about the woman he loves, Greenlee. Krystal comforted Colby and urged her to go to Jesse with the truth about Richie’s death, but she refused. Adam turned the tables on JR at the board meeting. When the kids continued to keep the truth from him, […]

When should a child get cell phone?

New cancer warning adds wrinkle to raging parenting debate

NEW YORK When Amy Morris’ twin boys, then 11, went on an academic trip to Washington last year, she agreed to give them cell phones at the program’s request. But this summer she was dismayed to learn that girls at her 8-year-old daughter’s day camp were using cell phones they’d taken along in their backpacks. “We were outraged,” says the […]

Reunions • Reunions

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. WHS CLASS OF ’63 — The Whitesburg High School Class of 1963 will hold its 45th class reunion Sept. 26-27. All arrangements […]

Free movie set

A free movie sponsored by the Jenkins Planning Committee will be shown Friday, August 1, at 8:30 p.m. Those attending should bring a lawn chair or blanket to the Jenkins Park for the event. The Jenkins softball team will have a concession stand.

Miley steps from behind ‘Hannah’

NEW YORK Hannah Montana may be the most potent phenomenon in Hollywood right now — bigger than Batman, bigger than Brangelina. Yet these days, the girl who truly fascinates is not Hannah, but Miley Cyrus. The 15-year-old face of the billion-dollar Disney franchise is no longer a star for just the tween set: She’s intriguing people who turn the pages […]

Letcher one of only 10 counties where jobless rate has dropped

Steady employment in the energy industry has helped Letcher County to become one of only 10 counties in Kentucky where the unemployment rate is lower now than it was a year ago. Letcher County reported a jobless rate of 7.7 percent in June, down from 8.4 percent in the same month in 2007. While the latest figure is up slightly […]