Bear euthanized after mishap

A black bear was euthanized Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a car at Ermine. The female yearling was injured at about 12:15 p.m. after being hit while crossing U.S. 119. The bear lay on the shoulder of the highway for about 20 minutes before managing to crawl under a guardrail and hobble to a ditch at the foot of […]

Why the nation needs health care laws

“Home-Health Firms Blasted.” The headline refers to a Senate Finance Committee finding that major providers of home-based services to Medicare patients were bilking the government program. Big time. Paying for nurse and therapist visits to patients’ homes was supposed to cut down on high hospital charges. But the three biggest home-health giants have been abusing the system by gaming the […]


Services are held for Jim R. Wagner

Jim R. Wagner, 86, died October 4 at his home at Mayking. A son of the late Charlie and Lettie Wagner, he was preceded in death by a grandchild and a greatgrandchild. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Ethel Pace Wagner; 10 children, Charles Wagner and wife Barbara, Diann Bolling and husband Oliver, Gloria Pike and husband Hubert, Shelia […]

Cougars will try to rebound from lopsided defeat

After suffering the most lopsided loss in the team’s short history, the Letcher County Central Cougars have some major regrouping to do before they host rival Perry County Central at Ermine this Friday. The Cougars traveled to Harlan County to take on the undefeated Black Bears in the Friends of Coal Bowl in what was Letcher Central’s first district contest […]


1,400 Letcher Co. warrants put into electronic system

Letcher County’s new electronic warrant management system will decrease the time it takes to issue and serve warrants, according to Letcher County officials. The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office funded the implementation of eWarrants in Letcher County as part of a $ 3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) grant awarded to the Office of Attorney General in 2009. The […]


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E-m@il address In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net I have been watching the Jenkins City Council meeting on the Letcher County Government Channel. It looks to me like someone left the gate unlocked at the funny farm and one of their […]

Seasons aren’t the only things that change

Many people enjoy watching the changing seasons, and in many parts of the country we find ourselves at that time of the year when the shifting from one season to another seems most enjoyable. In many parts of the country, the lush green foliage gradually fades to an autumn rainbow of yellow-orangered brown. Cool air brings light jackets out of […]