The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 29, 1959 Another school study apparently will get under way in Letcher County soon. A spokesman for the recently organized Letcher County Council for Education said today the council has decided that committees from five Letcher County areas should be appointed to study existing school problems in the county and to make recommendations for improvement. The Court of Appeals […]

Irene Banks retires after serving public 33 years

After 33 years of working in downtown Whitesburg, Irene Banks has given up her job in banking so she can spend more time sewing and cooking. “I just turned 62 and decided I would take any early retirement,” said Banks, whose last day of work as branch manager at Community Trust Bank’s Main Street location was on January 23. “I […]

It’s getting close to lettuce planting time

Southern Ohio

Howdy everyone! We are still trying to endure the freezing temperature around here although we don’t have the snow that Emma Engle has. I hope she doesn’t want to share it as I have come to know Emma is a very caring and sharing person. My water pipes are finally thawed out and there’s nothing better than to be able […]

Mayking officials respond

Two top officials with the Mayking Volunteer Fire Department asked to meet this week with Mountain Eagle reporter William Farley so they could refute what they refer to as unfair allegations made against the department during a public meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court. Mayking Fire Department Board Chairman Arius Holbrook Jr. and Fire Chief Archie Crawford III met with […]

Shooters fire from horses

CHARLESTON, W.Va. A television Western wouldn’t be a television Western if at least one character didn’t shoot a six-gun while riding a horse at full gallop. If a group of southern West Virginia horse enthusiasts have their way, they’ll get the chance to experience what they’ve seen on TV so many times. They met over the weekend in Beckley to […]


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Taking some time out of your usually busy social life could be just what you need to help you focus on putting those finishing touches on your plans for a possible career change. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A misunderstanding about a colleague’s suggestions could create a delay in moving on with your […]

Many quilts have become priceless family heirlooms

What makes Kentucky quilts so special? I recently reviewed a book published in 1998 by the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead. In the book, Kentucky Quilts: Roots and Wings, Shelly Zegart wrote an essay about the history surrounding the quilting art form. Ms. Zegart reflected on the collection of short stories published in 1907, Aunt Jane of Kentucky. The […]

Services are held for Jerry Amburgey

Funeral services for Jerry Michael Amburgey, 53, of Isom, were held January 25 at the Lighthouse Church. Burial was in the Amburgey-Gibson Cemetery at Pistol City. A son of the late Arnold and Gladys Slone Amburgey, he was a brother of the late Chester Amburgey, Denny Amburgey, James Culton Amburgey, Larry Brady Amburgey, Thelma Webb, and Janice Faye Baker. He […]

Rites are held for Marie Back

Funeral services for Marie Back, 85 of Lexington, were held January 24. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Born at Roxana, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Verda Shepherd. She was the widow of Kenneth Back, and the mother of the late Stephen A. Back. She died January 20 in Atlanta, Ga. Surviving are a daughter, Janet […]

Coal dust rule on hold

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Proposed rules that would allow more modern dust monitors in U.S. coal mines may be delayed by President Barack Obama’s order requiring federal agencies to halt pending regulations while his administration reviews them. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says the U.S. Department of Labor is working to identify rules affected by the directive and take […]