Budget negotiators take money from lt. gov.

FRANKFORT Lawmakers looking for ways to balance a $19 billion state budget said Tuesday they’re eliminating a $30,000-a-year housing allowance for Democratic Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, a relatively small appropriation that was first proposed by Senate Republicans. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo acquiesced, saying he sees no need for the state to continue paying the stipend since Abramson commutes from […]

Don’t buy this mechanic’s song and dance

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: I’ve been a fan for years. I had a great 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, which I always had serviced at a local muffler/repair shop. Last year, I gave the car to my daughter in Michigan. When she took it to her own mechanic for a tuneup, he discovered that all eight fuel-injector clips had broken off […]

Arts, crafts workshop set

There will be a two-day arts and crafts workshop on April 27 and 28 at the Letcher County Extension Office at 478 Extension Drive in Whitesburg. Classes offered on Friday, April 27, will include basket making, $30; painted gourds, $40; and stained glass, $25. Classes offered on Saturday, April 28, will include basket making, $30; painted gourds, $40 for a […]

Surgery reverses diabetes

CHICAGO New research gives clear proof that weight-loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure diabetes, and doctors say it should be offered sooner to more people with the disease — not just as a last resort. The two studies, released this week, are the first to compare stomach-reducing operations to medicines alone for “diabesity” — Type 2 diabetes brought on […]

Rites are held for James Tucker

James Mack ‘ Jimmy’ Tucker, 79, of Neon, died March 21 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Fleming to the late James Walter ‘Bill’ and Elsie Hall Tucker, he was a lifelong resident of Neon. He was the owner of Tucker’s Café for 40 years, and also worked at National Mine Supply. He was graduated from Fleming High School […]

Fight at motel involves five, results in arrests of two men

Two Whitesburg men were arrested Sunday evening for fighting at a Whitesburg motel. Jerry G. Collins II, 28, of 10 Bulldog Drive, and Christopher S. McClain, 30, of 157 Smoot Creek, were both charged with seconddegree assault. Collins was also charged with second- degree criminal mischief, menacing and resisting arrest. Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron said five people […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

March 29, 1962 State Senator Archie Craft of Whitesburg will take office as United States marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky at ceremonies in Washington. . Whitesburg Attorney Harry M. Caudill is the author of an article on strip mining which appears in The Atlantic Monthly, a national magazine. . President John F. Kennedy proposed a program to Congress […]

Services held for Christina Smith

Funeral services for Christina Rena Smith, 28, of Partridge, were held March 21 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. A daughter of the late Glenna Reyna Creech Sturgill, she died March 17 in Cumberland. She was a niece of the late Gloria Adams and Judy Rose. Surviving are her stepfather, Ray Sturgill of Cumberland; a half-sister, Savannah Smith, Richmond; a […]

Is it breast cancer?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: The receptionist at my doctor’s office called to give me the report on a mammogram I had taken. She said that it showed calcifications and that the doctor wanted it repeated in six months. Why? Are calcifications indications of cancer? If they are, I’d like to get this taken care of immediately. I am becoming a nervous […]

Rob Campbell marks 87th birthday


Our unusually warm weather seems to have caused all the spring flowers and trees to bloom at the same time, and much earlier than normal. Even the dogwood trees have started to bloom. Hopefully we don’t have a hard freeze which would hurt all the fruit trees. Many have begun yard mowing and Weed-eating and other outdoor jobs. Toby and […]