Black lung report reveals a system that isn’t working

I have mixed emotions about the Center for Public Integrity winning its first Pulitzer Prize for the investigative report by Chris Hamby on black lung. The series focused on the southern West Virginia coalfields and miners who are suffering and dying from black lung, while the top lawyers, doctors, coal operators and hospitals are paying big bucks to each other […]

Eugene Shepherd dies at 94

Funeral services for Eugene Shepherd, 94, will be held at 3 p. m. today (Wednesday) at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Whitesburg. The son of the late Dewey and Dora Frazier Shepherd, he died May 10 at his home at Partridge. He was the widower of Mary Caudill Shepherd, and the brother of […]

Dolly releases her best in years

Audio review

Dolly Parton, “Blue Smoke” (Sony Masterworks) Dolly Parton, at age 68, creates her best album in more than a dozen years by returning to the bluegrass-flavored sound that worked so well for her at the turn of the century. “Blue Smoke” succeeds partly because the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s songwriting pen remains sharp. “Unlikely Angel” and the family […]

Rites held for Rose Dingus

Rose Florence Dingus, 84, of Jenkins, died May 10 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Jenkins to the late Kelly and Thelma Brown Williams, she was the widow of the Reverend Bobby Ray Dingus. She was the mother of the late Robert Dingus and Charles Dingus, a grandmother of the late Fon Jay Adkins, and a sister of the […]

Showing grace in humiliation

How refreshing to hear Monica Lewinsky recount the depth of her shame. When it was revealed in 1998 that she had provided then- President Clinton with oral sex, Lewinsky now writes in Vanity Fair, she “was arguably the most humiliated person in the world.” How many ambitious women these days wouldn’t take that lemon of embarrassment and turn it into […]


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. MIDDLE COWAN — The Middle Cowan Community reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 4, at the […]

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY ROCK, POP, BLUES, RAP, CHRISTIAN, JAZZ WOUNDED WARRIORS PROJECT BENEFIT featuring Cory Harris, Tyler Childers, Kori Breeding, Josh Pennington and Taylyn Combs; Fri., May 16 at Streetside Bar & Grill in Whitesburg. MARK KNIGHT; Fri., May 16 in Whitesburg at Summit City. HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS; Thu., May 22 in Whitesburg at Summit City. SWEAR AND SHAKE (folk rock band […]

Brook Johnson earns degree

Cowan Creek

Hope everyone has enjoyed the beautiful weather as much as I have. Spent the weekend with Donna Watts at the lake at the Powell Valley Resort. It’s nice not to do anything but ‘relax.’ That’s what I call a Mother’s Day. We came home on Sunday to enjoy family time. Mother’s Day is a day for all mothers and we […]

Don’t overdo the Mom thing

“Let me tell you a little bit about the job, to get started with,” begins the human resources interviewer on a video that’s gone viral. “It’s not just a job. It’s sort of probably the most important job. The title that we have going right now is director of operations, but it’s really kind of so much more than that.” […]

Events set at Hemphill Senior Ctr.


May events at the Hemphill Senior Citizens Center: May 14, we will have a picnic at Letcher Manor in Whitesburg; May 22, we will be attending and participating in the Senior Games. The Senior Games will be held at the Knott County Sportsplex. May 29 will be the monthly potluck luncheon. Anyone 60 years of age or over is invited […]