Services are held for Audrey Baker



Audrey S. Baker, 88, of Jenkins, died June 13 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born at Blackey to the late John and Ellen Morgan Sizemore, she was the widow of Kenneth Baker. She was a grandmother of the late John Michael Baker, and a sister of the late Leatrice Griffin. She worked for more than 50 years at Whitesburg ARH. […]

Thirty-seven words



It was 40 years ago that Congress passed the Education Amendments of 1972. Tucked into the bill was an amendment sponsored by then-Sen. Birch Bayh, which provided: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity […]

Political Cartoon



About change or restoration?




He had just been through the roughest patch of President Obama’s re-election struggle and yet senior adviser David Axelrod seemed, if not quite serene, then at least amiably stoic. Chatting in his spartan office at the Obama campaign’s mother ship in downtown Chicago last week, Axelrod reflected on a pep talk he had delivered the previous day to the operation’s […]

$$$ ruining democracy



Leave it to Bill Moyers, one of America’s most useful citizens, to sum up our country’s present political plight in a succinct metaphor: “Our elections have replaced horse racing as the sport of kings. These kings are multibillionaire corporate moguls who by divine right — not of God, but (of the Supreme Court’s) Citizens United decision — are now buying […]

Right thing, wrong reason



In helping young illegal immigrants stay in the country, President Obama did the right thing for the wrong reason and in a strange context. Obama decreed that illegal immigrants who came here as children could stay without fear of deportation, if the following conditions are met: They’ve been in the country for at least five years. They’re in school or […]

The dangers of running on empty

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: I am a 76-year-old woman, recently engaged to an 80-year-old man. We are truly best friends and agree on everything, except one thing. He drives a 2004 Lincoln Town Car that we affectionately call the “Pimp Mobile.” He won’t fill up the gas tank until the light comes on and it pings. I tell him this […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

June 21, 1962 Two separate fires caused property losses estimated at nearly $100,000 within 24 hours this week. A vacant building at Haymond once occupied by Letcher General Wholesale Co. but not now in use burned to the ground, and the blaze caused damage to an adjoining grocery store and to a service station and homes across the road. The […]

‘Watermelon day’ will be here soon



July 4 will be here soon, and I hope everyone has a safe holiday. This is one holiday our Congress couldn’t change, as well as Christmas and New Year’s, to get a threeday weekend. It is time to give thanks and be merry, a time to celebrate our freedom. Since it is in the middle of the week and with […]

Barbara Huff buried at Kingscreek



Funeral services for Barbara Lou Huff, 68, of Kingscreek, were held June 13 at Kingscreek Community Church. Burial was in the Roark family cemetery at Kingscreek. She died June 10 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late Parrott and Lona Day Roark, she was the widow of Carlos Huff, and a sister of the late Genevia Roark […]


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