At work in 2013 Interim Session

94th District State Rep. Leslie Combs, right, a Pikeville Democrat who represents Letcher County, spoke Monday with Rep. Ron Crimm, a Louisville Republican, before the start of the November meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue in Frankfort. (Photo by Mike Sunseri)

‘Wild Turkey on the Rocks?’

Much we believe about turkeys is not true. Myth No. 1: They were served at the “first Thanksgiving” feast in Plymouth, Mass. There’s no evidence for that. The Plymouth Colony governor, an observer wrote, “sent foure men on fowling” for the dinner. Fowling is an Old English reference to waterfowl. So ducks and geese were probably on the menu, not […]

Smiths mark their 58th anniversary


Hope everyone is doing well and has a happy Thanksgiving. So many are expecting out of town family to visit and may their journeys be safe. Belated anniversary wishes to Homer and Ruth Smith. I think it was their 58th. I hope I’m right on that. Rodney and Geraldine Ison have been under the weather. If they’re not at Blair […]

Study: Eat nuts, live longer

Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study. Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality. Researchers tracked […]

2013-11-27 E-Edition

Beshear, Rogers release agenda for S.O.A.R. meet

Job creation, entrepreneurship, tourism, lifelong learning, and leadership development will be among the topics discussed at the “S.O.A.R.: Shaping Our Appalachian Region” summit next month. Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have released the daylong conference agenda. Already, more than 1,100 people have registered to attend the summit, which will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the East […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

November 28, 1963 The Kentucky Legislature has passed a resolution asking that the proposed community college be located at Hazard. Both Gov. Bert T. Combs and incoming governor Ned T. Breathitt had committed themselves to putting the college in Letcher County. Raymond Collins, who served as co-chairman of a committee which tried to get the old Stuart Robinson School approved […]

Owen Gibson dies at age 41; is a son of county magistrate

Funeral services for Owen Gibson, 41, of Cowan, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Faith Community Church in Whitesburg. Burial will be in the Gibson family cemetery at Cowan. A son of Codell Gibson of Ermine and Carlene Sturgill Gibson Oliver of Paris, he was a grandson of the late Owen and Geneva Sturgill and Codell and […]

Plantar fasciitis causes pain in heel

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This is the second time I have had plantar fasciitis. The first time was more than five years ago. A doctor outlined a program for me, but I have forgotten the details. Will you give me a refresher course? — L.O. ANSWER: “Plantar” is the sole of the feet. The plantar fascia is a band of sturdy […]

Retirement doesn’t interest brothers, 79 & 80

Willis “Yogi” Caudill, 79, and his 80-year-old brother Charles don’t have plans to retire from Childers Oil Company any time soon. When Willis Caudill says he will “retire when I’m 105,” you get the feeling he is not joking. After all, he still works about 50 hours a week, mostly maintaining car washes in neighboring Pike County. Willis Caudill has […]