Rites held for Jamie Sturgill



Jamie Sturgill, 42, died July 20 in Whitesburg. Born in Treaton, Mich., he was the son of James and Anna Sturgill of Ermine and Phyllis and Clifford Cook of Hanover, Ind. Surviving in addition to his parents are four sons, Kodi and Kori, both of Lily, and Trey and Cameron, both of Georgetown; two daughters, Tia Sturgill of Little Colley […]

Registration scheduled for LCCHS students



The first day of school for students enrolled in Letcher County Public Schools is Aug. 10. Letcher County Central High School’s first bell rings at 8:12 a.m. Registration dates for LCCHS seniors are: last names starting with A-C, 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 1; last names starting with D-J, 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 1; last names starting […]

Gotta scare them all!



By now, even if you have not yet played “Pokemon Go,” you are more aware of it than your own breathing. You have read that the app has been more downloaded than any other app, ever, and that it has actually convinced kids to leave the house to go play outside — a miracle! But you have probably also heard […]

Political Cartoon



Philadelphia vs. Cleveland



PHILADELPHIA After a raucous Republican convention nominated the very conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson’s campaign ran an advertisement quoting William Scranton, Pennsylvania’s moderate governor, describing “Goldwaterism” as a “crazy-quilt collection of absurd and dangerous positions.” Welcome to what will certainly be one of the central themes of the Democratic National Convention. Donald Trump’s nomination at a dark […]

After Bernie



The fervent prayer of old-line Democratic operatives and corporate funders is that the Sanders Storm will dissipate now that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination, thus allowing politics — as — usual to reestablish its grip on the system. Here’s why I think they’re dead wrong: First, whatever else you think of Clinton, she’s certainly smart, savvy, and accomplished, and […]

The cure to some VA waits has created several new ills



We who oppose calls to privatize the work of the Veterans Affairs Department are sorely tested at times. Complaints two years ago of unreasonably long waits for care at VA health facilities led to “reforms” in several VA programs. In 2013, applications for VA disability benefits were piling up, with some claims languishing for over a year. The remedy — […]

The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, July 29, 1926 The first political speech made by a woman in Letcher County drew a large crowd to the courthouse in Whitesburg last night (July 28) to hear Mrs. John W. Langley, who is seeking election to U.S. Congress in Kentucky’s 10th Congressional District. Later last night, […]

Raising allergies



As Uncle Stevie Craft used to say, “If it ain’t one thing set on aggravating me to death, it’s half a bushel otherns. Points East I’m pretty sure I know exactly what he was talking about. I know, too, that complaining about them does not do a single thing to alleviate the aggravations and that most people are too busy […]

Jenkins board sets new rules



Participation in graduations, prom, and athletic programs will be tied to attendance in the coming year at Jenkins Independent Schools. At the July meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education, the board voted unanimously to accept the Student Handbook code that requires students to maintain a 90 percent attendance average with no more than two suspensions to participate […]


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