Whitesburg may join opiods suit

The Whitesburg City Council voted Tuesday night to authorize Mayor James Wiley Craft to join a lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies over the effects on the communities caused by opioid abuse. A presentation from Texas based law firms involved in the case was discussed by the council during its March meeting Tuesday night. Cities, counties and Native American tribes across […]

Services set for Shirley Taylor

Shirley Joann Taylor, 72, died March 11 at her home in Whitesburg. She was a daughter of the late Will and Hazel Adams Jent. Surviving are three sons, Sammy Kiser, Danny Kiser, and Gary Kiser, all of Democrat; two daughters, Pamela Simmons of Democrat, and Marie Rittenhouse of Jeremiah; a sister, Debbie Stidham of Deane; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. […]

Memorial service set Robert Lark

Robert Lark, 68, of Jeremiah, died January 12 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. A son of the late Paul and Audrey Banks Lark, he was a brother of the late Kay Boggs. Surviving are five sons, Robbie Lark of Greenville, S.C., Scott Lark of North Vernon Ind., and Shane Lark, Jason Lark and Travis […]

Rotarians are updated on needle exchange program

Eugene Slone, Chairperson for Letcher County United for Substance Abuse Prevention, presented the needle exchange program to Whitesburg Rotary Club members during the Feb. 27 Rotary meeting. The program, approved by the local health department, Letcher County Fiscal Court, and Whitesburg City Hall, is scheduled to begin April 1. It will operate through the Letcher County Health Department. The program […]

Speak Your Piece

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. E-m@il address 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 applaud the efforts of groups and people who stand up and attempt to help those with addiction. The opioid pandemic has touched […]

Indictment is served on Jenkins man after release from hospital

A Jenkins man was arrested last week on a twomonth old indictment warrant for sexually assaulting a four-year-old child. Justin L. Bullock, 25, of Brickyard Hill, was charged on February 8 with firstdegree sodomy for allegedly engaging in “deviate sexual intercourse” with the toddler. Bullock had not been arrested earlier due to a hospital stay, officials said. His indictment had […]

Community calendar

March 15 — A meeting open to all American Electric Power customers will be held at 6 p.m. in the Circuit Courtroom in the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg. Those attending will discuss ideas for the battle against the high cost of electricity. For more information, call Freddy Coleman at 633-2972. March 17 — A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be […]

90th birthday party for Lee Sexton

Beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16, the Campbells Branch Community Center will host a 90th birthday party for renowned banjo player Lee Sexton. Lee Sexton is known for his banjo playing, teaching and storytelling from Linefork to Carnegie Hall. Everyone is invited to come to the community center to help him celebrate his birthday. There will be food, music […]

Pancake breakfast being offered

On Saturday, March 24, from 8 to 11 a.m., the Letcher County Extension Office in Whitesburg will host a pancake breakfast with locally made maple syrup, country ham and a drink for $5 per person. All proceeds will go to Extension Activities. For more information call the office at 633-2362.

Tammy Barnett dies at 58

Tammy Gail Barnett, 58, died March 12 at her home in McRoberts. Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of the late James Robert and Pauline Wilson Barnett. Surviving are a daughter, Jaimie Day of Richmond; a son, Bobby Wayne Stamper and wife Nikki of Pikeville; a sister, Sherry Bailey and husband Barry of McRoberts; four brothers, Gary Wayne Barnett […]