Double Jeopardy Smoking and Diabetes

If you smoke, you already know two things: It’s bad for your health, and it’s very hard to quit. But now, there have never been more resources available for people who want to quit smoking. So even if you’ve tried to quit before, it may be time to try again. Increased Complications Studies have shown that the risk for cardiovascular […]


Public must be in on rebuilding region’s economy

A year ago, Governor Beshear and Congressman Rogers announced the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) process as a way to involve eastern Kentuckians in planning a new economic future given the decline in coal and the region’s other longstanding economic challenges. On September 23, the SOAR leadership team will meet at Natural Bridge State Park to review the economic development […]

Can Congress do right thing?

There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. In early January 1991, the Senate and the House staged searching and often eloquent debates over the first President Bush’s decision to […]

The measles are back, thanks to selfish parents

No, it’s not a rock group. You’re lucky if you can’t remember. It’s a disease that was gone, and now it’s back. So, by the way, is whooping cough, another dreaded childhood disease that had been effectively wiped out. Every child is supposed to be immunized before they start kindergarten. Children with medical issues, such as a weakened immune system, […]

How not to get your country back

The tea party mantra, “I want my country back,” resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared. Older and mostly white members of the far right tend to see themselves as model Americans who worked […]

Early writing by Harry M. Caudill is young soldier’s look at North Africa

Editor’s note: On September 21, 1944, about 20 years and nine months before his book “Night Comes to the Cumberlands” was published by Little Brown and Company (January 30, 1964), late Whitesburg attorney and Appalachian author Harry M. Caudill wrote one of his first published articles. Caudill, then a private in the U.S. Army, agreed to write the article, entitled […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, September 20, 1934 A nine-year-old McRoberts boy is charged with murder in the beating death of a 10-year-old boy. Virgil Holbrook is accused of murdering the son of Jesse Adams, who was reared on Middle Linefork. Police say the Holbrook and Adams boys were driving cows from a pasture in the McRoberts area when a fight broke out after […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Travel plans could be interrupted by the re-emergence of a workplace problem that was never quite fully resolved. Deal with it at once, and then take off on that well-deserved trip. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Aspects favor cultural activities for sensuous Bovines. Attend a concert or an art show. Better yet, create […]


RECAPS Sept. 15 – Sept. 19

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Armed with incriminating information against Quinn, Liam sought out Hope to find out if it would change her mind about remaining married to Wyatt. Quinn gave Wyatt insight into what was going on in her mind during her stint in rehabilitation. Liam confronted Quinn about being in Paris and pushing Ivy into the Seine. […]

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