Homemakers Club holds December meeting


I’ll just write a little column this week since I’m running short on the deadline again. A large crowd recently attended the final service for Flarie Caudill. The many family and friends attending were a testament to how well loved she was. The family had dinner together after the funeral at the Blair Branch Church. Coman, Gary, Ernie and Reed […]


Thor Evan Darrell Caudill celebrated his first birthday Dec. 14. His parents are Alice Runyon and Brad Caudill of Isom. He is the grandson of William and Kathy Runyon of Isom, Lynn Caudill of Fisty, and Ricky Caudill of Vicco. His great-grandparents are Barbara Runyon of Frenchburg and the late Francis “Bud” Runyon, Inas Smith of Phelps and the late […]

Madeline Cornett buried at Linefork

Funeral services for Madeline Cornett, 87, of Linefork, were held December 14 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Wesley Roark Cemetery at Linefork. A daughter of the late Wesley and Cannie Campbell Roark, she died December 12 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was the widow of Mack Cornett. Mrs. Cornett was a sister of the late Bob […]

Feds propose stopgap communications plan for mines

CHARLESTON, W.Va. America’s 600 underground coal mines would have to spend an estimated $278 million installing sophisticated electronic communications and tracking equipment under a new federal proposal requiring operators to file plans by next June with the Mine Safety and Health Administration. MSHA’s idea is a compromise of sorts: the communications portion would require equipment that doesn’t qualify as wireless […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

December 18, 1958 County Judge Arthur Dixon said today he will ask Gov. A.B. Chandler to declare that an emergency exists in Letcher County because of the serious unemployment problem. Gov. Chandler Wednesday proclaimed such an emergency in Harlan County and said he would do so for other counties in eastern Kentucky, including Letcher, if he were requested to do […]

Teams play well against powers

It’s round ball time again in the mountains and the Letcher Central Cougar girls’ team as well as the boys’ already have some games under their belts. The girls are off to a 4-1 start, thanks in part to the new faces on the team as well as the returning players from last year. The girls were in action last […]


Children at Mayking Head Start recently enjoyed a program presented by Jenay Hall, children’s librarian at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg. The children listened as a book was read to them, and made a Christmas card. Each child also received a book and a candy cane.

Gifts are under Engles’ Christmas tree

Northeast Ohio

Dear friends, I owe so many letters I thought I would sort of get a head start this way. It is such a busy time right now and I have so much to do, and when one goes so at a snail’s pace, I just can’t keep up. I do hope this finds all well, staying warm and looking forward […]

Ernest Meade, 70, buried at Jackhorn

Former Letcher County resident Ernest Riley Meade, 70, died December 1 at his home in Eva, Tenn. Born at Neon, he was a son of the late Floyd Jr. and Callie Meade and the widower of Ella Sexton Meade. He was a brother of the late Amanda Joyce Chance, and the stepfather of the late Joanne Spicer. Surviving are his […]

State wants coal tax

LOUISVILLE Gov. Steve Beshear says it is appropriate to divert millions of dollars in coal severance tax money away from the state’s coal-producing counties to help with a $456 million budget shortfall. But Beshear said he is “open” to discussing the issue with state legislators. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported part of Beshear’s plan for balancing the state budget is to […]