Obama can’t duck tough ones

  WASHINGTON President Obama’s lieutenants would love it if all the networks ran a crawl line at the bottom of the screen during news broadcasts that kept repeating: "The economy, health care, energy, education. The economy, health care …" Then there’s reality. Over the past few weeks, the past has ensnared the present, deflecting attention from Obama’s domestic priorities and […]

Ethnic politics boost Sotomayor chances

WASHINGTON On the often bumpy road to confirmation to the nation’s highest court, Sonia Sotomayor has a crucial dynamic smoothing her path: ethnic politics. Republicans, at sea as a party and having lost ground with Hispanic voters, the fastest-growing segment of the population, will have a hard time defeating the woman who would be the first Hispanic justice. And the […]

Dick Cheney?

  Come on, my Republican friends, you can do better than this. From Rush Limbaugh (who doesn’t want the job) to Mike Steele (who wanted it until he got it) back to Dick Cheney? Has anyone heard of new faces, new ideas, "change" — all the things Americans voted for overwhelmingly? The fact that the president was rebuked by his […]

Cars: What we need vs. what we want

  The new fuel-efficiency and emission standards may lead to smaller cars with lighter engines. This is not what consumers prefer, auto analysts tell us.   They may be right that Americans want big, cheap cars. They also want free gasoline, clean air and complementary cocktails in coach. Meanwhile, they don’t want to send their money to petrofinanced terrorists. And […]

Sewer plan killed, county could lose $1.37 million grant

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District will lose $1.37 million because of a failure to obtain the necessary easements to lay sewer lines in the Blackey/Jeremiah area unless funding agencies can be convinced to reallocate the money for other projects within the county. Stephen Caudill of Bell Engineering told the Water and Sewer District’s board of directors at its […]


Third graders from Jenkins Elementary are making the most of learning and having a good time by participating in an end-of- the-year thematic unit called “Camp Learned A Lot.” Students of teachers Sonya Stewart and Amanda Damron have been reviewing concepts that have been taught throughout the year, while enjoying a camping experience. Activities have included completing class work while […]

Fire chief retiring

Fire Chief Truman Thompson is retiring from his position after working at the Whitesburg Fire Department for 34 years. “It’s time for me to step down and let the younger generation come in,” said Thompson. Thompson, who spent the last 11 years as fire chief, said he is retiring for health reasons and would like to spend more time with […]

Indictments name 7

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named seven people in eight indictments, including a woman charged with carrying the narcotic hydrocodone into the Letcher County Jail. The grand jury says Angela Holbrook, 31, of 1413 Smoot Creek Road, Whitesburg, took eight tablets of hydrocodone into the jail on February 27. She is also charged with being a persistent felony offender. […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 28, 1959 Bert Combs carried Letcher County by 264 votes over Harry Lee Waterfield in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. The official county showed 2,084 votes for Combs, 1,820 for Waterfield. Former Kentuckians who now live in Michigan will hold their annual picnic Saturday, June 15, at Capitol Park in Wyandotte, Mich. This is the third […]