Gov. Bevin will choose from 7 to fill PVA term

The exam given by the Revenue Cabinet last week was based on verbal and mathematical skills. There was no study guide. The test had orgininally been scheduled for December 9, but was postponed. Hall, of Cromona, died at age 63 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard after a long illness. A son of the late […]

Letcher County had its share of interesting news in 2016

Following is a recap of all the top stories covered by staff members of The Mountain Eagle during the year of 2016. The list appears in chronological order. January 6 — County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said he had not given up on recycling, after the fiscal court shut down the county recycling center and laid off its three employees; Allen […]

New version of RECLAIM Act introduced in Senate

Coal county residents haven’t given up on seeing the passage of the RECLAIM Act — legislation meant to free a billion dollars from the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to help spur economic development in communities hurting from the downturn in the coal industry, Kentucky Public Radio reports. “ The original RECLAIM Act was introduced in February by Kentucky Congressman […]

Players believe Cats can win bowl

Vaught’s Views

Instead of having to travel from Florida to Kentucky to see her son, Kentucky offensive lineman Nick Haynes, play as she usually does, DeDe Haynes will be able to stay in Florida to watch UK play in Saturday’s TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville. However, being in Florida for a bowl game is not what has her most excited about UK football. […]

Series has a name

NASCAR announced during the week of the Champion’s Banquet in Las Vegas that it had come to an agreement with Monster Energy to become the entitlement sponsor of the sanctioning body’s premier series beginning in 2017. That was about all of the information that either side would give during the announcement, but this week the two not only announced the […]

A year-end remembrance Harry LaViers Jr.


When Tom Gish, the longtime editor of The Mountain Eagle, was accused of being anti-coal, he would firmly disagree. “This newspaper is pro-coal,” he would say. “We just want it done right.” When he said that, he had Harry LaViers Jr., in mind. Four generations of the LaViers family — Henry, Harry, Harry Jr., and two of Harry Jr.’s sons […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, December 30, 1926 Christmas Eve was the occasion of a shooting in Whitesburg between police officers and two men they sought to arrest. The officers are Letcher County Deputy Sheriff J.D. Blair, U.S. Prohibition Officer Clark Day, and Whitesburg Police Officer Fred Chancy. The suspects are Crit Morgan […]

Charter schools in eastern Kentucky?

President–elect Donald Trump has appointed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. She grew up in Michigan and still lives there. Her father built a fortune in the auto supply parts business. She is a Michigan philanthropist, political activist, and Republican fund-raiser, who is married to Dick DeVos, heir to the Amway fortune. DeVos was educated at Holland Christian High School […]

Warrior gave generously to people of Letcher Co.

To the Editor: This county lost another warrior on December 11, 2016. My friend’s name was Willard Blankenship. He was an old Burdine, Ky., boy who served in WWII and Korea. He had 22 years in service. He served with the 82nd Airborne. He was a tough man with a soft heart. He and his family have been providing Christmas […]

Praise for Food City

To the Editor: I would like to thank Food City of Whitesburg and my daughter Cindy Fleming and other employees, some who came in on their day off to help put together and gave a generous discount on 15 food baskets and 10 hot meals to help people in this area for Christmas. I would also like to ask everyone […]

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