Letcher soldier was there 50 years ago

On November 22, 1963, former Letcher County Sheriff Ben B. Taylor, who held the rank of sergeant first class in the Green Berets, was selected to accompany the caisson of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated two days before. Taylor is the third soldier seen behind the horse. More coverage of the anniversary of JFK’s death appears inside this […]

The Way We Were

Taylor marched beside JFK caisson

The following report appeared in The Mountain Eagle after the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 and buried three days later. Sgt. 1st Class Ben B. Taylor, son of Mrs. Mattie Taylor of Millstone, was in a group of 20 men who went from Ft. Bragg, N.C., to Washington, D.C., for the funeral […]

Hog killing time stirs memories

Points East

It’s hog killing time on Blair Branch and I’m betting that John Wayne Blair already has one or two in his smokehouse and probably another one fixing to meet its demise this weekend. Brother Keeter told me he helped John Wayne butcher one last year that was so big they had to use a bulldozer to drag it from the […]

Lentena Wright dies at Pikeville

Lentena Wright, 73, of Dana, died November 16 at Pikeville Medical Center. A retired coal miner, he was a son of the late George and Maxie Wallace Wright. He was the father of the late Edward Lynn Wright and Annette Wright Tharp, and a brother of the late Orville Wright, Aldon Wright, Corbin Wright, Dessie Mae McMahan, Blanche Burdette, Evelyn […]

Bankruptcy filings involving Letcher citizens at new high

With job opportunities continuing to dwindle across the region, a record number of Letcher County residents filed for federal bankruptcy protection between October 9 and October 31. At least 36 county residents are named in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases filed last month in U.S. District Court in Pikeville. Of that number, eight couples and eight individuals filed […]

Eagle: Death ‘A tragic loss’

NOTE: The following editorial about the death of President John F. Kennedy and its potential effect on Letcher County and the rest of southeastern Kentucky was written by editor and publisher Tom Gish. It appeared in the Nov. 21, 1963 edition of The Mountain Eagle under the headline “A tragic loss.”. The paper was two days late that week because […]

Berea honors Letcher couple

Berea College has presented its 2013 Distinguished Alumni award to Dean and Nina Cornett of Blackey. The award presentation was held Nov. 8 in the Baird Room of the Berea College Alumni Building. Mr. Cornett is a native of Blackey. Mrs. Cornett grew up in southwest Virginia and West Virginia. The two were honored for both their career achievements and […]

Christmas bazaar

A Christmas bazaar will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., Nov. 25, at the Blackey Community Center. Handmade items, arts and crafts, and antiques, chili, homemade soup and hot cider will be sold. For more information, call 634-2530 or 633-7874.

Magistrates get tax answer

Letcher County magistrates who seek a partial exemption from the Whitesburg occupational tax were told this week they will probably have to file the necessary paperwork themselves and document the amount of time they spend working in the city in order to qualify. At the November meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court, County Attorney Jamie Hatton told the court he […]

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, November 18, 1943 What is considered one of the nicest school buildings in the county was destroyed by fire last week. The Mayking Grade School, swept by fire of unknown origin on the night of Nov. 11, was built by the WPA program and valued at $25,000. Supt. Martha Jane Potter said the building was insured and should be […]