2019-07-10 E-Edition

New solar panels are already saving firm $200 per month

Seth Long clicked a button on his laptop and a graph popped up showing the amount of electricity HOMES Inc. is buying from Kentucky Power, and the amount it’s selling back to the utility from solar panels installed last month. As of last week, the agency expected to make the payment on the $70,000 loan it got to buy the […]

Jail workers will get pay hikes, too

Letcher County Jail workers will join the rest of county employees in getting a two-percent cost-of-living raise. Jail employees had been left out of the pay increase given to other county workers last week when members of the Letcher County Fiscal Court mistakenly thought they had already gotten raises. Jailer Burt Slone told the court at a special called meeting […]

Bankrupt coal firm could face charges

Sources say criminal charges could be filed against Blackjewel and Revelation Energy after the coal company allegedly failed to pay employee withholding taxes, retirement contributions, child support withholdings and insurance premiums, and also clawed back money from banks that had already been paid to employees for wages. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks said no one has yet approached him about […]

Salome’s Stars

For week of July 15 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your Aries leadership qualities can help bring order out of all that confusion, whether it’s on the job or in the home. But be careful to guide, not goad, others into following you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Applying a more personal view to a job-linked issue could […]

7 hurt in Jenkins wreck

Seven people were injured, and two had to be flown to Pikeville after a two-vehicle collision at Jenkins on Saturday. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Jenkins Police said that so far the only thing that is sure is that the two vehicles collided at the intersection of KY 3086 and US 23, apparently when one driver […]

MCHC’s is forming ‘drum circle’ to let ‘people to have fun’

I don’t want to workI just want to bang onmy drum all day – ToddRundgren Work might not let you bang on your drum all day, but Mountain Comprehensive Health Care will let you bang on your drum all evening on Fridays. The healthcare nonprofit is opening up the parking lot of the old Whitesburg High School for a drum […]

The faces of Blackjewel

Bankruptcy and lockout go deeper than numbers on a ledger

GILLETTE, Wyoming The numbers are attentiongetting: 580 Wyoming coal miners locked out while 1,700 Blackjewel employees overall are in limbo as the company attempts to save itself through Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Those 580 workers at the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in Campbell County operate the fourth and sixth largest thermal coal mines in the world, respectively. They […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1929 A 25-year-old newlywed man from Dunham drowned last Tuesday evening after friends threw him into the deep end of Elkhorn Lake at Jenkins during an impromptu celebration of his marriage. Gabe Hughes was wed to 18-year-old Jose May Davis two weeks ago at the Presbyterian […]

TV is over the moon with Apollo 11 shows

LOS ANGELES The 1969 moon landing turned an achievement seen only in the imagination and sci-fi movies into a most improbable television event, a live broadcast starring Neil Armstrong and a desolate landscape. The astounding images from more than 200,000 miles away mesmerized viewers, a feat TV hopes to replicate leading up to the Apollo 11 mission’s 50th anniversary on […]