City gets $500,000 to start rebuilding its historic hotel

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $500,000 to the City of Whitesburg to help stabilize the city-owned Daniel Boone Hotel on Main Street. In what it terms the “Whitesburg Daniel Boone Hotel Stabilization project,” the ARC said the funds “will be utilized to make immediate and urgent repairs to stabilize the historic, brick Daniel Boone Hotel — which represents the […]

Three comforting thoughts

It’s still hard wrapping my brain around the words “President Donald Trump” — but there are strategies for moving in that direction. Indeed, I’ve come up with three comforting thoughts about the next how-many years. 1) Trump has no fixed principles. He’s not a real conservative, which presents some interesting possibilities for those of a more liberal bent. For example, […]

Community calendar

January 25 — The Blackey Library Book Club will discuss “Re Jane” by Patricia Park at 6 p.m. . January 25 — Appalachian Strings will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old. . January 26 — The LEGO Club will […]

Gary “Razor” Duncan dies at 60

Gary Everette “Razor” Duncan, 60, died January 17 at his home at Millstone. Born in Norton, Va., to the late Everette Ernest Duncan, Jr. and Hazel Morene Seals Duncan, he was a brother of the late Ray L. Duncan. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, and was an avid horseshoe player. Surviving are three daughters, […]

New MRI machine is included in $3.8 million project at ARH

How big is the Whitesburg hospital’s new MRI machine? Big enough that it had to be delivered through a hole in the roof instead of through a door! The new machine — officially known as the Siemens Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine — was delivered to the hospital on January 20. The delivery was quite remarkable because it was placed in […]

New MSHA rule

ARLINGTON, Va. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced this week it would issue its Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. The new rule was published in the Federal Register on Monday and will go into effect on May 23. The final rule improves miner safety and health in three […]

Jenkins board picks leaders

By WILLIAM FARLEY The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education will begin the year with a new board chair and vice chair, and a full complement of members. At Monday’s meeting, longtime board member Eileen Sanders was elected chairman and Brenda DePriest was elected vice-chair. Appointed members Paulette Sexton and Chris Bentley were also sworn in. Both Sanders and DePriest […]

Services held for Nora Banks

Funeral services for Nora Carol Banks, 57, were held January 22 in Wise, Va. Burial was in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap, Va. A daughter of the late Leonard Ray Banks, she died January 18 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. She was the mother of the late Angel Nicole Maggard, and a sister […]

Suspect arrested after he’s found hiding in Seco closet

A Whitesburg man who had been on the Letcher County Sheriff Department’s most wanted list since running from an “active meth lab” last week was arrested Tuesday after he was found hiding in the closet of a Seco home. The suspect, Chris Brown, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and fleeing and evading police after he was arrested by sheriff ’s […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, January 27, 1927 Notice has been given to all Klansmen of Letcher County, both men and women, concerning a joint meeting of Neon Klan No. 102 at Neon Union Church on February 21 at 7 p.m. An announcement of the meeting says all Klansmen are urged to attend […]