Boys defeat Crusaders, get blasted by Patriots

There was an ample supply of heroes in Letcher County Central’s 72-69 district win January 16 over the visiting Crusaders of June Buchanan School. In avenging their 35-34 loss at JBS on Jan. 6, the Cougars evened their district record at 2-2 and tied with the Crusaders for the important second spot behind Knott County Central in the district standings. […]

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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 I hope this question is not edited out of Speak Your Piece. Why were the police called to the Hemphill Community Center a couple of […]

Premature heartbeats extremely common

DEAR DR. ROACH: I went to a walk-in clinic because I had chest pain. They did an EKG and saw extra beats (PVCs). They recommended I go to a cardiologist, and he put me on a heart monitor, which showed that I had 5,000 extra beats within 24 hours. He had me come back in two weeks and did an […]

James Holcomb services held

Funeral services for James “Jay” E. Holcomb, 85, of Tiffin, Ohio, will be held at 10 a.m. today, January 21, at the Grave Baptist Church in Ohio. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery in Ohio. Born in Whitesburg to the late James and Lennie Cook Halcomb, he died January 17 at Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center in Tiffin, Oho. […]

Conway touts his fight against power company in campaign stop here

Attorney General Jack Conway kicked off his gubernatorial campaign last week with a three-day tour in eastern Kentucky. During his stop in Whitesburg, at Icing on the Cake on Jan. 14, Conway told a group mostly consisting of Letcher County politicians that many of them including Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward had “been awfully good to me.” “Jim’s going […]

Fiscal court asked to surrender $300,000 in severance tax funds to help pay for 4-county shelter

Magistrates also vote in favor of ‘roundabout’ for Whitesburg

The Letcher County Fiscal Court was presented with a request this week regarding $300,000 in coal severance tax funding that was allocated for the construction of an animal shelter several years ago. The project was put on hold last year after it was determined that the plans to fund operation of the shelter were no longer viable. Originally, several coal […]

New rule should improve reporting of infections in Ky.

Kentucky will have a new weapon, in the form of data, to fight infections acquired in hospitals and other health-care facilities, with legislative approval of a regulation that changes the way antibiotic-resistant infections such as MRSA and C. difficile are reported. The new rule comes at a time when Kentucky has the third highest rate of MRSA bloodstream infections in […]

Rites held for Noll Davis, Sr.

Noll Davis, Sr., 96, of Dunham, died January 16 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Roda, Va., to the late Arnolldus and Julia Ann Collinsworth Davis, he was the widower of Betty Thompkins Davis. He was the father of the late Nilean Davis, Ernest Ray Davis and Noll Davis, and a grandfather of the late Crystal Davis, George Earl […]

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Ruby Collins dies in Hazard

Ruby Nell Combs Collins, 74, of Jenkins, died January 17 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard. Born in Whitesburg to the late John and Rosa Mae Whitaker Stidham, she was the widow of Raymond Combs, and later married Hiram Collins, who survives her. She was a sister of the late Kathleen Edwards, Lucille Holbrook, George Stidham […]