42 jobs lost in Jenkins



Letcher County and the City of Jenkins were left reeling this week after learning that as many as 42 men and women are now jobless after one Jenkins business shut down entirely and another severely trimmed its workforce. The biggest hit came Tuesday morning after Canada-based Ferus Inc. announced the “immediate and permanent closure” of its liquid nitrogen plant at […]

New circuit judge won’t be appointed until early 2016



Letcher County citizens probably won’t know who their new circuit court judge will be until next year. The office of Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said this week that the new Letcher circuit judge would most likely be appointed by the governor’s office in early 2016. Matt Bevin will be sworn in as governor on December […]

Child among 3 organizing toy and clothing drives here



Three different individuals are organizing blanket and toy drives in Letcher County. Four-year-old Chloe Wright is collecting new toys, stuffed animals, games, gift cards and coats for the less fortunate children of Letcher County. Chloe, the daughter of Mark and Ellena Wright, of Jenkins, is also collecting new Bibles to be donated to the Kentucky Kids Bible Mission. Hats, gloves […]

Court delays action on financial crisis



The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted to take no action to reduce programs in response to suggested cuts in the county budget at a special called meeting Thursday morning. The magistrates did take at least one step to cut the fat in their own reimbursements by terminating repayment of mileage expenses for in-county travel. The decisions came as the result […]

Now is the time to take a break




Here comes the holiday season. It’s a month-long season of friends, family and spiritual reflection, and a time to decompress from our usual helter-skelter lives. It kicks off with Thanksgiving: the one holiday on our calendar that’s meant to be a calm, familyoriented time to get away from all the hubbub of life and reflect on our blessings, right? “Good […]

Political Cartoon



A soft-hearted tough guy?




WASHINGTON Just when his fellow Republican presidential candidates most need to listen closely to what he has to say, Chris Christie finds himself knocked off the main debate stage. If the Republicans did listen to Christie, they might not have to complain about how their encounters have become a blend of a professional wrestling match and a hallway argument among […]

Florida’s favorite sons




The news reports that Jeb Bush’s super PAC is ready to go after his former protege, Marco Rubio, come as no surprise. With Donald Trump hitting a ceiling and Ben Carson risking his credibility and trustworthiness in a fight with the media, the focus is finally shifting to the “real” candidates, and the question of who is going to emerge […]

Facing the robot tsunami




Robots make the perfect employee. They don’t complain, they don’t get sick, and, as of this writing, they don’t have babies. When robots can do the job in today’s economy, they get the job. When they can’t, a human must suffice. You still need a human to make the perfect latte, ask security questions at the airport and, for the […]

The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, November 12, 1925 A slate fall in an underground coal mine at Kona has taken the life of Sam Newsom, 23. Newsom was married and had several children. . Many Letcher County residents are praying for the speedy recovery of Whitesburg undertaker Remus N. Swisher, who fell ill […]


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