Woman not convicted of sexual abuse

An article in last week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle, headlined “Couple convicted of sexually abusing girl, 7,” reported that a Letcher Circuit Court jury found a Deane couple guilty of sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl after a three-day trial that ended July 16. Carroll Paul Jackson, 30, of 60 Candle Drive, Deane, was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse. Susan […]

Backpacks offered

Manna From Heaven Outreach Inc. will sponsor a backpack giveaway for school children in all grades Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included in the giveaway are school supplies, clothing and food. The Manna From Heaven building is located across from the Myra Post Office. For more information, contact Lois or Ralph, (606) 639-0651.

Moments and Memories of WHS

On Thursday, after the junior class gave a very good play, the freshmen and sophomores were asked to remain in the auditorium. The juniors and seniors were called later in the day. Everyone was somewhat puzzled but we soon found out it was something we had been needing long before now. That was a pep talk on backing our team. […]

Swine flu could hit up to 40%

ATLANTA In a disturbing new projection, health officials say up to 40 percent of Americans could get swine flu this year and next and several hundred thousand could die without a successful vaccine campaign and other measures. The estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are roughly twice the number of those who catch flu in a normal […]


Montana Shae Eldridge celebrated her third birthday in June, along with her sister Savannah Grace who turned two years old that month. They enjoyed a Dora the Explorer party at Carr Creek Lake with family and friends. They are the daughters of Ryan and Tasha Eldridge of Campbranch and granddaughters of Scotty and Maggie Eldridge of Campbranch and Melissa Hall […]

Son Volt’s latest oozes heat

Son Volt, “American Central Dust” (Rounder) Son Volt’s newest album “American Central Dust” oozes the kind of sultry alt-country heat that seeps into your ears. Leader Jay Farrar may get less attention than Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, his bandmate in seminal ’90s band Uncle Tupelo, but his talent as a singer-songwriter is abundantly clear on “Dust.” Farrar’s world-weary twang and poetic, […]

School system has already rehired most

All school employees who received letters of non-renewal in May will be rehired for this coming school year, members of the Letcher County Board of Education were told this week. “I think by the end of the week everyone that was laid off will be hired back,” Supt. Anna Craft told the board at its July meeting. “We thought that […]


Students in the Jenkins Head Start summer program went to the top of the mountain at the Kentucky Virginia border to cloud gaze recently. They also enjoyed visiting the Ben Caudill Camp Memorial, where the flags and the monuments provided a history lesson. Pictured are John Addington, Gage Bolen, Erin Anderson, Miracle Jenkins, Ethan Mullins, Kaylin Whitt, Jaylin Whitt, Kasey […]

Coal firms coping with low demand

Coal producers are making further cuts in production as the recession throttles demand for energy and steel, undermining second quarter sales and profits, three of the nation’s largest producers said this week. Abingdon, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources blamed the weakness for a 77 percent decline in its second-quarter profit. Rivals Foundation Coal Holdings and International Coal Group said they continued […]

Number, type of polyps determine next exam

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you talk about colon polyps? I had polyps removed during a colonoscopy. My doctor recommends another colonoscopy in three years. I have retired, and my insurer has declined to cover my colon because I had something removed from it. I will have to pay for the colonoscopy. When I was working, the insurance company insisted on […]