The Way We Were

Trial, escape big news in ’52

This week in 1952, much of the county was still abuzz with talk about the wife of a murder defendant who helped foil an inmate’s escape from the decrepit Letcher County Jail the week before. Mrs. Carl Swanager was visiting her husband in the jail on Sunday, August 3, 1952, when she saw a prisoner — later identified as Charles […]

Strange but true

• It was Napoleon Bonaparte who made the following sage observation: “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” • If you’re pregnant in Switzerland, don’t tell anyone the name you plan to give your baby; it’s considered to bring bad luck. • Smugglers will never stop trying to find creative ways to transport illicit goods from one part of the […]

Reader to supply tape of song

Southern Ohio

Hello again everyone! How’s everything in your corner of the world? Wish I could say great in this neck of the woods, but there’s just so much sadness anymore and I let affect me when I know there’s nothing I can do. If it isn’t sickness, it is death. I received a very pleasant phone call and it really was […]

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, August 10, 1933 Readers are asked to keep in mind that on August 19 and 20, the funerals of the four deceased wives of J.C. Brown will be preached at the family cemetery at Dry Fork. . Letcher County’s primary elections were held amidst much controversy Saturday and vote totals remained very slow coming in from the county’s 53 […]

Speak Your Piece

Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name.

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. 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: mtneagle@bellsouth.net For all who had anything to do with getting rid of my stuff at the America Legion: You know who you are, and I hope […]

Billy Mullins receives Rotary scholarship

The 2013 Rotary Club of Whitesburg Scholarship of $1,000 was presented to Billy Gene Mullins, son of Billy and Charlotte Mullins of McRoberts, by Rotary President Larry Whitaker on Aug. 6. Mullins was graduated from Jenkins High School in May as salutatorian of his class with a 4.14 grade point average and a composite ACT score of 31. While in […]

Pine Mountain Trail Race set for Aug. 24

The Pine Mountain Trail Master of The Mountain 13.1 Trail Race will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 24 at Little Shepherd Trail. The race will begin at the parking lot just off US 119 in Whitesburg on top of Pine Mountain and travel 13.1 miles on a paved singlelane trail along the Little Shepherd Trail to Kingdom Come State […]

Extension office offers workshop

A monthly diabetic workshop will be held at 1 p.m. on August 21 at the Letcher County Extension Office, located off of Stone Ave and the Whitesburg By-pass. Jackie Fraley, registered dietitian from Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, will host the free workshop. Call 633-2362 for more information.

To perform

Appalachian Strings will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 17. The show will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old.

Reunions • Reunions

To list reunions in The Mountain Eagle’s weekly reunion column, send information in writing to Reunions, The Mountain Eagle, P.O. Box 808, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. Information must be received by Friday to be included in the following week’s issue. HATTON — The Hatton family reunion will be held at the Cowan Community Center beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August […]