James Jackson dies at 52

James Lee Jackson, 52, died February 2 in Pikeville. A son of the late James Lee Jackson and Barbara Brigham Harris, he was a brother of the late Janice Tackett, Sherry Tackett and Loretta Jackson. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are three sisters, Donna Newell of Clay City, Cathy […]

Garden seeds sold best on bad days

Points East

At this writing, it is just past 4 p.m. on Groundhog Day, 2013 and already nearly dark. Unless he was sitting under the booger light at the end of my driveway, the celebrated whistle pig will not see his shadow in much of Kentucky today. The sky, in fact, became so overcast and filled with restless, wandering snow that our […]

Mattie Sizemore, 76, succumbs

Funeral services for Mattie Sizemore, 76, of Whitesburg, will be held at 1 p.m., February 7, at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial will be in the American Legion Cemetery in Whitesburg. A daughter of the late Johnny Green and Maggie Addington Ross, she was married to the late William K. Sizemore and was a sister of the late Emmitt Clark and […]

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Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. 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 To the best father in the world: Happy birthday, Dad. I love you so very much. May your day be full of joy and happiness. […]

A common sense crop for our common good

Four years ago, Michelle Obama picked up a shovel and made a powerful symbolic statement about America’s food and farm future: She turned a patch of White House lawn into a working organic garden. That was a great move, earning kudos from just about everyone this side of Monsanto and the pesticide lobby. But now, as she begins another four […]

‘Baby bust’ is bunch of baloney

America’s alleged “baby bust” is pushing the country over “a demographic cliff.” So argues Jonathan V. Last in The Wall Street Journal. Stacking one highly debatable claim on the next, Last builds a palace of hooey, in the basement of which sits a conservative agenda that’s not very conservative. Here are the agreed-on facts: America’s fertility rate — the number […]


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