Lizzie Ann Bates, daughter of Pearlie Bates of Thornton and the late Josh Wampler, shared her August 17 birthday party with her niece, Autumn Wampler, who turned four years old the same day. They celebrated with family and friends. Autumn is the daughter of Joshie and Vickie Wampler of Isom and granddaughter of Pearlie Bates and the late Josh Wampler, […]


This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. Always check with the venues listed before traveling long distances. ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN MIC HARRISON (Southern and roots rock); Thu., Oct. 2 in Whitesburg at Summit […]

Morris holds record for hosting longest-running bluegrass shows

Paul Morris is the host of two radio shows on WXKQ — the longest-running bluegrass shows in the world. He has just completed 33 seasons of bluegrass, old-time country, and gospel music on radio. Morris, who served as Letcher County’s Extension Agent for Agriculture for more than 23 years, first went on the radio in 1975 as host of a […]


A hummingbird examined a feeder in Jenkins earlier this week before diving ahead for a sweet treat. (Photo by Christ Anderson)

A tribute to Edley Hampton

While growing from the innocence of childhood into an adult, we are usually taught — or should be taught — to respect our elders, and I have tried to do that. But now that I am an elder myself, I am made to wonder whatever became of those teachings. There is only a void where those teachings used to be. […]

Cassel and Opal Boggs have new house trailer

Big Cowan

Della Maggard is having trouble with her legs, poor circulation. Hope she gets to feeling better soon. Late happy August birthday to Gillis Dollarhide, also to Mike Tyree. Emma Adams went to Kingsport, Tenn., to visit with her son, Chris, who teaches and lives there over Labor Day weekend. Our prayers go out to Alice Boggs, who worked at Whitaker […]

Patty Loveless rebounds with new CD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. NASHVILLE, Tenn. Starting in 2005, life took a hairpin turn for Patty Loveless. She lost her mother-in-law, her brother had a stroke and, when it seemed things couldn’t get much worse, her mom died. She wound up taking a threeyear break from music. “I was trying to heal,” Loveless says softly from the back of a dim, empty […]

Children’s dentists honored by national dentistry group

Two children’s dentists with Letcher County ties have been honored by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Dr. Jenny Ison Stigers was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year at the AAPD’s 61st annual session in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes a pediatric dentist who has made significant contributions to the dental profession and the specialty of pediatric dentistry through […]

MSHA wants drug tests

FRANKFORT Hourly workers in one of the nation’s most hazardous occupations, underground mining, would face mandatory drug testing under a proposal that’s been in the works for more than two years. The move by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is in reaction to concerns initially raised by coal operators in Appalachia, a region that has struggled with what […]

Moments in time

• On Sept. 11, 1857, Mormon guerillas murder 120 emigrants at Mountain Meadows, Utah. The guerillas persuaded the emigrants that they had convinced nearby Piute Indians to let them go if they would surrender their arms. At a pre-arranged signal, the Mormons opened fire on the unarmed male emigrants, while the Piutes reportedly murdered the women. • On Sept. 10, […]