Letcher jobless rate continues to drop

Employers in Letcher County hired 19 new workers between October and November as the county’s jobless rate fell from 9.9 percent to 9.6 percent. Letcher County’s labor force increased to 7,909 last month, up from 7,890 the month before, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The latest […]

My kidney stones

This morning I had an ultrasound of my kidneys. I’ve had kidney stones most of my adult life. I’ve had three operations and one basket catch, and have passed many stones over the years. In the late ‘50s, I had my first kidney stone attack. I was driving to work from my quarters on Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and […]

Blood drive set at Jenkins Jan. 5

The Kentucky Blood Center Bloodmobile will be the Jenkins Fire Department from 12:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. Those who donate blood before Jan. 31 will also be eligible to win a home entertainment center. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. […]

Exercising On The Road

Suspect wanted in attempted robbery near Jenkins

Authorities are looking for the driver of a small tan car — believed to be a Toyota Corolla — who is wanted in connection with an attempted robbery near Jenkins Wednesday morning. Kentucky State Police say the car, which has a “Friends of Coal” registration plate, was used as a getaway car by a man who attempted to rob another […]


The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years December 28, 1961 A new group of county officials is to take over the Letcher County courthouse this week. They include County Judge James M. Caudill, County Court Clerk Charlie Wright (reelected), County Atty. Stanley Hogg, Sheriff Lewis Hall, Tax Commissioner Sam Webb, County Commissioners Beckham Bates, John Skaggs […]

New hydrocodone pills worry abuse experts

NEW YORK Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation’s second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse. The new pills contain the highly addictive painkiller hydrocodone, packing up to 10 times the amount of the drug as existing medications such as Vicodin. Four companies […]


Mercer Brack Quillen turned eight on Dec. 8. He celebrated by going to a University of Kentucky basketball game with some fellow Cub Scouts. He is the son of Brack and Kristin Quillen of Sergent, and has a sister, June Karyn Auillen, 2. His grandparents are Herman Quillen of Whitesburg, and the late Karen Quillen, formerly of Pensacola, Fla.

2011-12-28 E-Edition