Mayor says Neon’s creeks need dredged in wake of flooding

Mayor Susan Polis said last week’s flooding of downtown Neon served as a reminder that creeks flowing through the town need cleaning. “The creeks just couldn’t hold the water,” said Polis. “Our creeks need to be dredged in the worst way. We have been trying ever since I was mayor of this town to come up with who could do […]

Jenkins board meets coach

New Jenkins High School football coach Larry Maggard met the Jenkins Independent School Board and presented a computer slide show with his goals and aspirations for this year’s team and future teams at the boar d’s June meeting. Maggard told the board he has high hopes for the current crop of players and feels they will be competitive immediately. He […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

June 25, 1959 Suits seeking more than $4,000,000 in damages against the United Mine Workers union were filed by nine eastern Kentucky coal companies Tuesday. The Federal District Court suits asking $4,184,200 charge the UMW strike which began March 9 resulted in loss of markets and profits and property damage. The dynamiting of a railroad bridge leading to the nonunion […]

10 Tips for Making Exercise a Habit

Exercise is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You probably know the importance of exercise to your good health, but finding the time to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle is often a problem. Here are 10 easy tips to help make exercise a part of your daily life. 1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Stair climbing is […]

Russell Co. cabin offers peace, quiet

Me and part of my family went down to Lake Cumberland this past weekend. We only spent two nights at the cabin, but it was nice to go somewhere where we could enjoy a little peace and quiet if just for a little while. The cabin is in Russell County, out in the boondocks, so to speak. I noticed that […]

Dam appears safe for now, judge says

A water dam specialist with the state Division of Water is scheduled to inspect an old silt pond on Company Branch at Craft’s Colly this week after county officials declared a state of emergency over fears the dam might collapse. An overflow culvert located near the center of the dam, estimated to hold six-million gallons of water, stopped up on […]

Help offered to veterans

A field representative of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 13, to assist veterans and their dependents filing for federal and state veterans benefits. There is no charge for this service. For more information, call (877) 856-0004.

Car Talk

Wants advice on safely pulling a prank

Dear Tom and Ray: My name is Victor, and as an upcoming college freshman, in a fit of my newfound freedom, I want to add a comical touch to my car (when and if I ever get one). I was thinking about gluing a coffee mug onto the roof of my car right above the driver’s seat, as if I […]

LaMontes visit from Mississippi


We are having beautiful summer weather. Some people are beginning to have some vegetables from their gardens. We have had a good season so far. Several attended church at Little Cowan on Sunday. Not many coming or going, since many of our people are gone. Get well wishes to our niece, Juanita Pitts in Tennessee, who has been pretty sick. […]

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a countrybluegrass band, will perform at the Gordon Fire Department on Saturday, June 27, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The group will also be at the Tom Owens Farm on Sunday, June 28, at 1 p.m., for a picnic. For more information, call Astor Taylor, (606) 633-2708, or visit www.eastkytyme.com.