Don’t surrender to recession stress

Do recessions make people sicker? Some studies say yes, some say no. The better question might be, “How is this recession affecting health?” Not in a good way, comes the answer. This recession — depression? — seems different. This recession is messing with our heads. When the economic arrows first turned downward, a crop of silver-lining stories contended that health-habits […]


4-H Teen Council will meet

A 4-H Teen Council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Letcher County Extension Office. All Letcher County teens that have been in 4-H or would like to be in 4-H and be a part of this group are invited to attend! For more information, contact Vickie Caudill at 633-2362.


GOVERNOR’S CUP — The Jenkins Elementary School academic team recently competed in the Governor’s Cup and won first place overall. The team also took first place in Quick Recall and received the C. Hume Sportsmanship Award. Each member of the team also placed in a category. Coaches are Ken Flanary and assistant Lynn Gilliam. Pictured are (back, left to right) […]

Services held are for Ralph McFall

Funeral services for Ralph McFall, 66, were held March 6 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Reynolds Cemetery at Seco. A son of the late Ted and Eliza Potter McFall, he was a brother of the late Ray McFall, Nancy Watts, Shirley Collins and Teddie Harper. Surviving are a brother, Silas McFall and wife, Regina of […]

House approves oil, gas measure

FRANKFORT Kentucky lawmakers have approved a resolution that calls for a study to determine which state parks and other governmentowned properties sit on oil and natural gas reserves. The measure passed the House on Tuesday by a vote of 90-5. The Senate approved the measure last month 36-0. A companion bill that would allow the state to lease the reserves […]

Some savings, at least

We commend Gov. Steve Beshear for showing appropriate fiscal restraint regarding this year’s Kentucky Derby. On March 4, Beshear announced that his Kentucky Derby breakfast will be scaled back because of the economy and the state’s budget shortfall. Attendees will be required to pay $1 per item, abandoning the traditional free buffet that costs the state about $70,000 a year. […]

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E-m@il address In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mteagle@tgtel.com I’m calling about the photograph in the paper showing the pit of oil and stuff of that sort made by the drilling of a natural gas well near Whitesburg: Damon White of the […]


    This very large egg was laid by a yellow buff hen which just turned one year old and is owned by Eva Sexton of Low Gap Branch at Little Colley. She has nine hens and a rooster, which she says are "almost pets." She fixed a pillow on which the hens lay their eggs. She says they won’t […]

To perform

The Aftershock Band will host a party at the Jenkins American Legion on Saturday, March 14. The show starts at 9 p.m. Membership is not required to attend the dance, but you must be at least 21 years old. Admission is $5 per person.