Trump touts his new coal plan

WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the country billions of dollars. The proposal broadly increases the authority given to states to decide how and how much to regulate […]

Community calendar

August 25 — The Little Shepherd Drama will give its closing performance of the season at 8 p.m. The gates open at 7 p.m. Concessions are available. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 606-832-1453, or email: littleshepherd@windstream.net. . August 28 — The Southeast Kentucky Chapter of the National Black Lung Association will meet at 2 p.m. at the Letcher […]

UK has been recruit’s ‘dream school’

Vaught’s Views

Alonzo Crowder was not surprised when New Jersey five-star wing Kahlil Whitney verbally committed to Kentucky, because the star player had not even started high school when he let Crowder know UK was his “dream school” even then. “I have known Kahlil for the last four years. He played for me coming out of eighth grade,” said Crowder. “We really […]


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The black lung epidemic that is sweeping Appalchia is the subject of town meeting here

Coal miners and family members impacted by black lung disease, medical professionals, legal experts, and community advocates will gather in Whitesburg this week to talk about the recent resurgence of black lung disease. The event will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday (August 23) at the Letcher County Extension Office, located above the Whitesburg bypass at 478 […]

Family all suffer from cancer

I hope all is well with everyone in Mountain Eagle land at this time. I haven’t heard any news at the time of writing. I do know that it has been very hot and humid for us. The news of all the bad things in our country and others is hard to think about. I just can’t understand why everyone […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing from bank can produce

You are probably like me and many other people if you grew up loving to fish when you were young but had to fish from the bank most of the time. We had fishing boats later on, but learned to fish for bluegill at lakes like Buckhorn Lake and Cherokee Lake in Tennessee. I pretty much grew up on and […]


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The best pickled corn ever is made in Letcher County

At last count, at which point we lost count, Loretta and I had given away 32 aromatically ripe cantaloupes and I had eaten or am still in the process of devouring eight more. She has taken at least three of four not included in the count down to Friends of Paint Lick to share for lunch with her fellow volunteers […]

Moments in Time

• On Aug. 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces overwhelm American militiamen and march unopposed into Washington, D.C. Most congressmen and officials had already fled. The British officers dined that night at the deserted White House as the British troops began setting the city aflame. • On Aug. 25, 1835, the first in a series of six […]