Booker, Cats too much for Vols





Devin Booker had 18 points and seven rebounds as No. 1 Kentucky picked up its defense in the second half and extended the best start in school history Tuesday night with a 66-48 victory over Tennessee. Kentucky is 26-0 for the first time, though the Wildcats finished the 1953-54 season with a 25-0 mark. It also matches the best start […]

Training leads to job for Mayking man



Trevor Napier of Mayking wasn’t sure of his life’s path until Letcher County Area Technology Center vocational teacher Tom Dollarhide steered him into the heating and air conditioning field of work. Napier knew he wanted a career that involved the outside and Dollarhide knew his interests. Napier is thankful he heeded his teacher’s advice and grateful for an internship he […]

Political Cartoon



Look to future

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Our country is undergoing a rapid energy transformation. The decline in coal jobs cannot truthfully be blamed only on the EPA and President Obama. The coal industry’s switch from deep mining to controversial surface mining had already led to more mechanization, lower manpower needs, and greater environmental destruction. Natural gas prices have dropped. Oil production is up, […]

Journalists and thin skins




Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way. “Look,” he said, “we politicians may have thin skins, but you guys in the media have no skins.” He had a point. Media figures don’t usually deal very well with disapproval. Most didn’t enter the field […]

Wishing the best for Brian Williams



Newsrooms are snake pits. I say this with great affection. Newsrooms are tribal and competitive, fueling pettiness in the most honorable people. Editors cling to turfs like dictators policing their borders, and sometimes they mistake intimidation for management. As for reporters, they make their living asking questions and telling stories and too often turn their curiosity onto the private lives […]

Why Americans aren’t spending



A new report on consumer spending shows that consumers are not spending. Economists thought that the savings from cheaper gasoline — hundreds of dollars a year for most — would be hauled to the stores. But nongasoline retail spending didn’t budge last month, flat after falling a bit in December, according to the Commerce Department. The strengthening job market and […]

Vaccine opposition has ebbed and flowed over the centuries





They’re considered one of mankind’s greatest medical achievements, yet people have balked at vaccines almost since the time of the first vaccination — in 1796, when an English country doctor named Edward Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy against smallpox. In the mid-1800s, people protested in the streets of Victorian England after the British government began requiring citizens to get the […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, February 15, 1945 The American Legion of Whitesburg, Douglas Day Post No. 152, is erecting an honor roll at Whitesburg, acknowledging all the men and women in service from Letcher County. The work is continuing in a vacant lot near the L&N Railroad depot. . Corporal Johnny Tackett and Private First Class Louis Tackett Jr. met in Belgium recently, […]

Salome’s Stars



ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Having second thoughts could be a good thing, even if you’re determined to go through with your plans. You might find it worthwhile to take a fresh look at how things have been set up. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Financial matters could continue to be a problem until you’re able to straighten […]


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