Best present was call from old friends

Points East

Late in the evening on Christmas Eve I was in bed enjoying this year’s entries to my pal, Fred Beste’s, most recent publication of his tome called “The Wonderful Book of Wonderful Letter s, Volume 22 ” wherein a hundred or so “writers” from across the country contribute essays about whatever is on their mind and, also, wherein, we having […]

Allen Henderson buried at Jenkins

Allen Lee “Hubbie Jr.” Henderson, 61, of Dunham, died December 22, at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born at Payne Gap, he lived many years in Maryland, where he worked for a bakery, before returning to Letcher County. A son of Ada Viola Henderson of Millers, Md., and the late Lester L. Henderson, he was a member of the Burdine Church […]

Nine players from Jenkins are all-district

Nine football players at Jenkins High School have been named to the Class A District 7 all-district football team by the district coaches. Matt Langdeau has been named the best defensive lineman. Also named to the all-district football team from Jenkins High are receiver Matthew Johnson, defensive linemen Nick Fleming and David Walker, and defensive back Matt Gross. Selected for […]


Suspicious reader asks about maintenance cost

Dear Tom and Ray: Today I took my 2005 Prius in for its 55,000-mile routine service. I have been basically faithful in getting service done on schedule since getting it new in May of 2005. In addition to the routine maintenance items, they suggested: (1) MAF (Mass Air Flow?) Sensor, $52; (2) Service Throttle Body, $89.95; (3) Vent Service, $70; […]

Kicking Butts

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health. However, as a person with diabetes, smoking carries special risks. You greatly increase the danger of diabetes related complications. Smoking interferes with the timing and effects of insulin, making it difficult to control blood glucose levels. In addition, it raises blood glucose levels and further contributes to poor blood glucose control. […]


Maddox Ryan Dawayne Adams was born December 4 at the Whitesburg hospital. He is the son of Hali Sturgill and Matthew Adams, both of Isom. His grandparents are Paula and Dawayne Sturgill, also of Isom, and Dwight Adams of Richmond.

Meade rites held

Kevin Meade, 35, of Letcher Manor Nursing Home, died December 22 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A son of the late Harvey C. Meade and Geneva Knight, he is survived by a half-sister, Colen Craft of Ohio, and two halfbrothers, Teddy Ray Knight of Ohio, and Carl Vernon Knight of Lexington. Funeral services were held December 26. Burial was in […]

Oil-gas employees charged in central Kentucky scheme

LEXINGTON Six officials from two related oil and gas companies have been charged in Kentucky with defrauding investors of more than $3 million. The six were arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Lexington, and all pleaded not guilty. They’re charged in an indictment with conspiring to create a scheme to defraud investors from several states who purchased shares in […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 1, 1959 Polio costs continue to be high in Letcher County. Obligations of $14,067.48 have been incurred thus far this year by the Letcher County Chapter of The National Foundation in assisting with the medical care of 39 patients, according to Tom Gish, chapter chairman. S.J. Bates of Whitesburg, stepped in this week where the Red Cross refused to […]


Brylee Laurel Wall was born December 22 to Rachel and Clay Wall of Meridian, Miss. She is the granddaughter of Ray and Angie Jensen of Payne Gap, and Bruce and Jill Wall of Jackson, Miss. She is the great-granddaughter of Irmgard Rose of Payne Gap.