JFK, 100 years on



We cannot imagine John F. Kennedy on his 100th birthday. For all of us, he will always be a man in his 40s, exuding the vigor that became one of his trademark words, pronounced in his distinctively New England way. He was a student of history whose rhetoric gloried in the future, challenge and change. He became an icon even […]

The wonderful world of Wall St.



Ever since I got sideswiped and have been driving a rental car, I’ve been without my Pandora stations, and suddenly I’m stuck listening to the news again. The traffic has never seemed worse. The news seems hardly real: terror; disaster; more people under investigation; the president telling the Russians that James Comey is a nut job (who tells the Russians […]

Do we want this?




There is a deep and abiding desire among many of our elected officials and government agencies to opt out of any contact with the press. They say they can tell their story more accurately and fairly than the news media. We shall be the first to admit that the news media is not always fair and not always accurate. However, […]

The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, June 2, 1927 The death list from the terrific storm that swept through Letcher County Saturday night has mounted to 16, with reports saying it might reach 20. Property damage cannot be estimated. Houses are damaged beyond repair; livestock and poultry drowned, and whole farms practically ruined. The […]

SPEAKING OF SOAPS



REC APS MAY 2 9 THROUGH JUNE 2 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Wi t h his heart on his sleeve, Saul asked Sally to forget about Thomas and to consider him as a partner instead. During their meeting, Thomas felt as though Ridge was asking him to choose between his family and Sally. Hoping that Ridge was not […]

Everett Vanover’s classic car days



When I returned from my tour overseas in 1955, I was assigned to Travis Air Force Base, Calif. It was during the jet age in the Air Force. My new job was noncommissioned officer of all Military Air Transport Service (MATS) bases. With my new job, I would have quarters on base. For the first time, there were no wars. […]

Now Here’s a Tip



• Picnic cooler 101: Frozen juice cartons make awesome slushies once they start thawing. You’ll also want to pack your cooler with water and lots of healthy snacks like cheese sticks, apples, sliced oranges and grapes. Remember that your kids will likely make friends at the beach or park, so bring extra. • M.B. in Texas writes: “I have a […]

Community calendar



June 2 — The Letcher County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon at Las Penas restaurant in Whitesburg. All Letcher County teachers, retired, or retiring, are invited to attend. . June 2 — A program to build more active communities will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Letcher County Extension Office. Mark Fenton will speak about […]

Hattons, Trents visit cemeteries



Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. I’ve had a good week. My son Rob came for a weekend visit and we went to visit the cemeteries of my mom and dad, my brother Eddie Howard, my grandmother Maggie Fields and others, and the American Legion Cemetery on Pine Mountain. Rob, Bill Hatton and I went. It was good […]

Thanks for all the birthday wishes



Good morning everyone! It is morning as I start this column. It is rather a cool, rainy morning in the Ohio Valley area. I’ve turned my furnace on for a little while to take the chill out of the house I made a mistake in my column, and thanks to Hayward Day for letting me know. It should have been […]


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