Prescription painkiller deaths slow down some

Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers are still rising in the U.S., but not like they used to — probably because of new restrictions on methadone, according to government scientists. In 2011, there were more than 41,000 drug overdose deaths nationwide, up from more than 38,000 the previous year. More than half of those deaths are from prescription or over-thecounter medicines. […]

Cornhole match set for Sept. 21

A cornhole tournament will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 21, at the American Legion Post in Whitesburg. The match is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call 634-1459 or 633-2834.

Rites held for Virginia Back

Funeral services for Virginia Dare Back, 86, of Letcher, were held September 13 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in Lewis Back Cemetery at Letcher. A daughter of the late H.D. and Anna Dixon Caudill, she died September 11. She was the widow of Bertle Back, and was also preceded in death by three sisters and six brothers. […]

LCC again looking to bounce back

The Letcher County Central Cougars lost in crushing fashion for the second consecutive week, this time 34-33 to visiting to Pike County Central. LCC had a first and goal at the Pike Central 4-yard line up by seven points with less than three minutes left. The Cougars turned the ball over on downs and Pike Central marched 92 yards for […]

Lessie Fleming dies at 87

Lessie Johnson Fleming, 87, died September 9 at her home at Jackhorn. Born at Hartley to the late Kennis and Caldonia Johnson, she was the widow of Clinton Fleming. She was the mother of the late Keith Fleming, and was also preceded in death by four siblings, Lonnie, Connie and Roscoe and Evon. She was a member of the Church […]

Help wash formaldehyde out of baby’s hair for good

In the U. S. alone, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what’s commonly called “makeup.” But lipstick, blush, mascara, etc. are not the only kind of makeup the cosmetic giants are peddling. For years, their lobby- ists, lawyers and PR agents have been making up facts, stories, half- truths and whole lies to […]

Now here’s a tip

• “Wax drippings from candles can be scraped off of most hard surfaces with the side of a credit card.” — T.E. in Kansas • To prevent garbage cans from filling with water during rainstorms, drill several holes in the bottom, near the sides. This also will help bags to come out of the can easier. • “Use fluoride toothpaste […]


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. The Buckhorn Alumni Association will host the Buckhorn Reunion on Oct. 17, 18, and 19, 2014. Activities will include music, dancing, […]

Stoops not satisfied

Kentucky’s three overtime loss at The Swamp was reason for Big Blue Nation to settle for and savor a feel-good-open-date this week, right? Wrong. Coach Mark Stoops was not satisfied. Graybeard UK fans who have endured a parade of too many Bear Bryant wannabes over seven decades and too few Rodger Bird and Art Still caliber athletes, may now have […]

Retired Teachers to meet Sept. 19

The Letcher County Retired Teachers will meet at noon on Friday, Sept.19, at Parkway Restaurant. Agenda items will include information from the Fall Upper Kentucky River Retired Teachers’ Conference and insurance updates. All LCRTA members are invited.