Citizens urged to be on lookout for drug dangers

In the past few years, Letcher and other counties in eastern Kentucky have made positive efforts to combat the drug epidemic that has laid waste to much of central Appalachia and adjacent areas that are hit hard by the decline in industrial jobs. One of the efforts Letcher County has adopted is to support a needle exchange program to supply […]

Moments in Time

• On Nov. 8, 1895, in his lab in Germany, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen becomes the first person to observe X-rays while testing whether cathode rays could pass through glass. Rontgen received numerous accolades for his work, including the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901. • On Nov. 9, 1938, German Nazis launch a campaign of terror against Jews […]

Maine voters approve first-of-a-kind measure

PORTLAND, Maine Maine voters on Tuesday approved a measure allowing them to join 31 other states in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the signature health bill of former President Barack Obama. The referendum represented the first time since the law took effect that the question of expansion had been put in front of U.S. voters. Some 11 million […]

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Astor Fields dies at 40

Astor Grant Fields, 40, died November 3 at his home at Cowan. He was a son of Astor Fields Jr. and Judy Sexton Fields. Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Pamela Dawes and husband John of Jenkins; a niece, Sierra Dollarhyde; and a nephew, Greg Dollarhyde. Funeral services for Mr. Fields were held November 7 at Letcher […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, November 10, 1937 Led by gubernatorial candidate Flem Sampson, Republicans swept their way to victory in Letcher County and elsewhere in Kentucky in Tuesday’s general election. Sampson easily defeated Democratic challenger J.C.W. Beckham, winning Letcher County by about 3,328 votes and Kentucky by 30,000 votes. Sampson, of Barbourville, […]

Man charged with arson is 1 of 6 indicted by jury here

A Haymond man charged with setting fire to a building owned by a neighbor is among six people named in the most recent indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The incident allegedly occurred July 13 at Highland Branch. James A. Webb, 52, of Highland Branch, “started a fire or caused an explosion with intent to destroy or damage […]

Jerry Pace dies in Indiana

Funeral services for Jerry R. Pace Sr., 77, will be held November 11 in Whitesburg. Burial will follow at the Vernon Pace Cemetery at Pine Creek. Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on November 10. A son of the late Vernon C. and Delcie Mae Craft Pace, he was born in Whitesburg. He died November 5 at […]

Is your mechanic’s throttle body recommendation legit?

Dear Car Talk: What the heck is a throttle body? We have a 2007 Toyota 4Runner with 85,000 miles and a 2011 Toyota Venza with 45,000 miles. Our local Toyota dealer is pushing us to service the “throttle body.” I agreed to do it on the 4Runner, but I want to check with you before agreeing to have the throttle […]

City seeking second grant to help with hotel project

The City of Whitesburg will seek $2.4 million in additional grant money for the Daniel Boone Hotel to build a penthouse suite and a rooftop event space, among other upgrades the nearly century-old hotel. The money would come from a pilot project of the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program approved by Congress in 2015. The pilot project, pushed by local […]