‘A bad situation’

Water lines freeze, burst, creating havoc

County and city water departments throughout Letcher County are searching for leaky pipes and monitoring the water levels in tanks. “Most tanks are low,” said Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward. “It’s just a bad situation.” Ward said Tuesday that the county’s tank levels are decent, but not good. Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest said water was turned off to two sections […]

Hold hysteria on food agency

As things now stand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees steaks, chicken thighs and eggs out of their shells. The Food and Drug Administration keeps an eye on salmon, apples and eggs in their shells. Fifteen government entities now supervise food safety, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

Things not always spelled as they sound

Points East

The critics simply will not let me be. More than a dozen of them have written to explain that I misspelled “seng” in recent columns. “It’s sang,” they insist. It’s a “sang hoe,” not a “seng hoe” and I have been admonished that, by growing up in the hills, I oughta have sense enough to know that. Actually, even here […]

Sisters gather in Florida


Hello everyone out in Mountain Eagle land, to all the folks in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina. I have not written to The Eagle in such a long time. Thoughts are just running through my mind today, and hoping everyone is well and staying warm. I’ve been here in Florida since Dec. 2014, and been pretty busy […]

Police chief announces his plea of guilty

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields pleaded guilty recently in Perry District Court to a driving while intoxicated charge filed against him last November. “I want the public to know,” Fields said of his decision Tuesday to announce his guilty plea through The Mountain Eagle. “I think you need to do a story and let the people know. Some people thought […]

Courting terror one teenager at a time

When I was 15, my mother let me take the bus to Lynn, a small city about five miles from our house and two blocks from my father’s office. I was pretty pleased with myself because otherwise my independence was limited entirely by my leg strength. This week, three girls that age — Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and […]

Only 46% of Letcher women held jobs between 2009-2013

Number far below U.S. average; 56% of men here had work

Only 46 percent of Letcher County women between the ages of 25 and 54 held jobs during a four-year period ending 2013, a number that is 24 percent lower than the national average. In the United States, 70 percent of women ages 25 to 54 worked between the years 2009 and 2013, compared to 74 percent in 1999, reports the […]

Highlights of Fleming-Neon Hi


Ideal man teacher Masculine figure, Wayne Bowling; Personality, Raymond Isaac; Eyes, Edward Evanoff; Nose, James Craft; Complexion and hair, Jan Anderson; Smile, ??; Lips, Cortiss Honeycutt. Ideal woman teacher Figure, Ruby Adams; Eyes, Pat Taylor; Nose, Madonna Quillen; Legs, Martha McIntyre; Hair, Sue Frazier; Personality, Willene Tubbs; Complexion, Gaylene Bowling; Smile, ??. Cheerleaders for 1968 Allenda Long is the daughter […]

Fun is watching Kentucky grow up

Here’s to watching Kentucky’s team grow up. v Against Auburn: 25 assists. v Trey Lyles came around a low post pick by Karl Anthony Towns with energy and expectation instead of nonchalance … turned into the lane, impeccably timed pass delivered — score and one. v Tyler Ulis’s mid-floor nolook assist to Willie Cauley-Stein against Auburn was freshman-ofthe year-worthy. v […]

Appalachia report cites progress, plenty of challenges 50 years later

The agency created five decades ago to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped county economies grow with nearly $4 billion in spending, but the region still lags in key measures of educational, economic and physical well-being, according to a new study. The exhaustive report ordered up by the Appalachian Regional Commission cites progress in some categories — poverty rates have […]