Legislature has ‘created a mess,’ school supt. says

About 300 school employees from Letcher County joined an estimated 10,000 teachers from across the state in Frankfort earlier this week, angry over the pension bill and determined for lawmakers to hear their voices on education funding. But if Republican lawmakers thought some additional funding in the new state budget might soften the anger of teachers over pension changes passed […]

Burglary, drug cases dominate grand jury’s new indictment list

Burglary and drug charges dominated the Letcher Grand Jury report this week, topped by the theft of $11,000 worth of woodworking tools. The grand jury charged Stanley “Bub” Caudill Jr., 41, of 601 Burton Hill, Blackey with theft of a .410-gauge shotgun and hand tools, saws and other construction materials valued at $10,000 or more belonging to Larry Blair. He […]

Prison OK’d; property purchases come next

Construction of the proposed federal prison at Roxana could begin in 12 months. U.S. Representative Harold “Hal” Rogers said the Bureau of Prisons will begin buying the land that will comprise the 700-acre site of the new prison, which will take roughly a year. The BOP will also begin to work with local officials on infrastructure improvements that may be […]

Local candidates address tourism

Of the eight counties that make up the eastern border of Kentucky, only one has a smaller tourism economy than Letcher County. In 2016, tiny Martin County, with a population barely more than half that of Letcher County and a water system so bad it made the national news this week, had about half as much economic impact from tourism […]

School teachers did the right thing

Kentucky teachers and state employees said Republican leaders’ pension bill was pure sewage. As it turns out, they were right. On March 29, four weeks after the deadline for new bills to be filed and after leadership had said the pension bill was dead, Republican leaders in the House stripped the contents from a Senate bill on sewer system regulation […]

Political Cartoon

Are two sides that different?

The searing political and social divides in our country encourage a search for the magic key. We want a Big Idea that will explain why we disagree so passionately — on gun control, abortion, taxes and lots of other things — and also why we seem to loathe those whose beliefs diverge from our own. A few weeks ago, Robert […]

Technology took magic of our youth and won’t return it

Technology has become The Grinch who stole our childhood wonder. It was announced recently the Toys ‘R’ Us chain will be closing its doors across the country. This is a sad day for those like me who grew up in the 1970s and ‘80s and remember what it was like to visit one of the behemoth monuments that were basically […]

The fashion of Silicon Knavery

How did it come to this? How was Mark Zuckerberg able to prance the globe vacuuming up the ad revenues that rightly belonged to the news organizations providing his content? How did he not notice the unauthorized use of Facebook subscribers’ data by the Trump campaign? And how did he get away with making billions off the undermining of democracy […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, April 5, 1928 Three new brick school buildings — at Blackey, Fleming and Whitesburg — will be dedicated during separate ceremonies next week. The Blackey building will be dedicated first, on April 12 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony in Fleming at 7 p.m. on the same […]

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