Rites set for Mable Combs



Mable Gibson Combs, 96, of Isom, died August 14 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. A daughter of the late Harrison and Letha Pigman Gibson, she was the widow of Curtis Combs. She was the mother of the late Ronnie “Boe” Combs and Milton Combs, and a grandmother of the late Melody Kelly. Mrs. Combs […]

Services set for Jacky Potter



Jacky Warren Potter, 74, died August 15 at his home at Jackhorn. A son of the late Sherman G. and Thursie Akers Potter, he was a brother of the late Cecil Potter, Mabel Lawson, Virgil “Joe” Potter, Elia Meade, Clifford Potter, Gracie Ruth Potter, Earl Potter, Bradley Gray Potter, Bobby Ray, and Nannie Colleen. Surviving are his wife, Inez “Net” […]

Charlie Whitaker dies at 84



Funeral services for Charlie Whitaker, 84, of Cornettsville, will be held today, August 17, at 11 a.m. at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial will follow in the Brown-Sorrell Cemetery at Blackey. A son of the late Press and Mattie Campbell Whitaker, he died August 14 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Surviving are his wife, Christine Brown Whitaker; two sons, […]

Debt collectors commit robbery



Some corporations engage in such abusive consumer rip-offs that they’re just plain evil. But then there are some profiteers that dig even deeper into the dark void of their corporate souls to achieve the ultimate status: TRULY EVIL. Consider the gang of debt collection firms that are thugglishly and lawlessly rampaging across the country ruthlessly abusing consumer rights and common […]

Political Cartoon



Politics as Olympian aim



Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles will not be eligible to run for president until 2032, although Michael Phelps hits 35 years old in 2020. After watching these Olympians display so many traits we admire — persistence, discipline, grace, goal orientation, resilience, and inner strength — perhaps we should consider drafting one of them some day. It is both […]

Olympic spirit?



To watch some of the coverage, you might think that the Olympics proves that the greatest athletes of every country on the globe, plus the refugees, can come together and put aside the various religious, ethnic and historic rivalries that divide us. Not so fast. There was the incident of the Lebanese delegation not allowing the Israeli athletes. And there […]

Right to hunt under threat



In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or one’s income. This inequity led English jurist William Blackstone to complain in the late 18th century that “50 times as much property (is required) to enable a man to kill a partridge as to vote […]

Pokeman panic



New York has become the first state in the country to ban sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go, thus solving a problem that did not exist: Predators preying on kids via Pokemon. In the wake of two state senators proposing that level 2 and 3 sex offenders be banned from playing the popular new phone game, New York Gov. Andrew […]

The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, August 19, 1926 Beginning September 1, the L&N Railroad will make a slight change to the schedule of its McRoberts to Hazard train. The train will now pick up morning passengers in Hemphill before it goes to McRoberts. After picking up passengers in Hemphill, the train is now […]


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