ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER BUS



A bus carrying U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and members of her team rolled into Whitesburg Monday afternoon where they were greeted by a crowd of about 80 supporters. The visit by Grimes came almost exactly one week after incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell visited. Both have been in Letcher County twice this year. (Photo by Sally Barto)

Mayor, 1 opponent attend forum held on SKCTC campus



Candidate participation was poor but attendance was high at a Tuesday night forum for Whitesburg’s three mayoral and 10 city council candidates. The candidates who did participate spent nearly an hour answering questions submitted in advance as well as several that were asked by audience members. Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft and challenger Jason Griffith both answered questions asked of […]

Popular LCC student remembered for her smile, energy



Therman and Barbara Begley want their 18-year-old daughter Casey to be remembered for her beautiful smile. Casey Renee Hope Begley, who was born with spina bifi da, died Saturday at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. “Everybody who has ever come in contact with Casey knows that she has a beautiful smile,” said Mr. Begley. “She was always happy […]

Circuit jury convicts Camp Branch man charged in the abuse of a girl less than 12



A Letcher Circuit Court jury has convicted a Camp Branch man of first-degree sex abuse and is recommending that he serve six years in prison. The jury determined that Carl David Adams, 39, of 124 Cookville Road, was guilty of sexually abusing a female juvenile under the age of 12 in 2013. Floyd County Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris served […]

Middle schoolers advance to state playoffs



Happy Chandler picks baseball over Senate



SIXTY-NINE YEARS AGO — On October 29, 1945, former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator A.B. “Happy” Chandler, shown here presenting Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams with the American League’s most valuable player award, resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate to devote his full attention to his job as Major League Baseball Commissioner. While Chandler continues to be recognized […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, October 29, 1914 Letcher County voters will be asked to answer this question when they go to the polls to vote November 3: “Are you in favor of issuing bonds of Letcher County for the purpose of building roads and bridges in Letcher County?” The Mountain Eagle is among the county’s businesses and institutions urging citizens to vote for […]

Political Cartoon



Readers deserve facts in ‘coal war’ election coverage



Over the last few months, I’ve actually enjoyed avoiding the parachute journalism that’s always done this time of year by people with titles like “national correspondent” or “political editor”. The television ads are bad enough, and now we’ve got to endure career campaign consultants insulting each other via social media. So it would be nice if we had more actual […]

The secrets behind 2014




There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as what’s in the news. Underappreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are not in play this year. In planning its effort to take control of the Senate, Republicans shrewdly launched […]


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