2014-02-26

Hillary too old? For what?



The esteemed political writer Charlie Cook recently produced a column titled “Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?” Despite couching his thoughts with a mention that if Clinton were to run, she would be the same age as Ronald Reagan when he was first elected president, 69, he did venture over the sexism line. The giveaway came toward the end […]

Jenkins schools to close June 2

For sale: McRoberts Elementary

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education voted at its February meeting to sell the McRoberts Elementary School building and to set June 2 as the closing date for the current school year. The board authorized Superintendent Deborah Watts to dispose of the property by selling it at bid. All bids will be subject to Kentucky Department of Education approval […]

Girl, 13, is four-time spelling champ



For the fourth time — and the third year in a row — Brooke Saurer has advanced to the state spelling bee. Saurer, an eighth grader at Whitesburg Middle School, won the Letcher County District Spelling Bee Friday by correctly spelling the word “fastidious.” Last March, Saurer received a trophy, a $1,500 savings bond and a $25 Amazon gift card […]

Rabbit Run planned April 11



The Cowan Elementary School seventh grade class will host a 5K Rabbit Run/One Mile Bunny Walk at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 11. The race will begin at Cowan School, run up Little Cowan and return to the school. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. inside the school. Guaranteed T-shirts must be registered by March 28. Cost is $20. Applications […]

Needed: Explanation on the cold weather

Points East

My brother Keith ( Keeter) probably planted peas on one of those warm days last week and I would not be at all surprised to find out that brother Steve did, likewise, try to be the first two fellows in Letcher County to actually be digging the soil in their 2014 gardens. Keeter’s father-in-law, the late Dock Mitchell, used to […]

Beekeeping class



A beginning beekeeping class will be held on Monday, March 3, at the Letcher County Extension Office in Whitesburg. The class will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and there is no charge. To reserve a space, call Shad Baker at (606) 633-2362.

Letcher man says helping in Haiti changed his life



My recent trip from Letcher County to Haiti for missionary work was an amazing experience — and one I would highly recommend for anyone. I went with a group from Three Forks Baptist Association, based in Hazard and affiliated with the Children’s Lifeline organization. It took five hours and rides on two airplanes to make it there. We flew from […]

Playing softball at 85 years old



This photo of me was taken after I pitched the first game of a double-header against a Sacramento team. My Suisun Valley Golden Senior Slow Pitch Softball Club is sponsored by Syar Industries of Napa, Calif., the largest construction company in northern California. I ran their printing department for 49 years, part and full time, during and after I retired […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, March 1, 1934 The L&N Railroad is advertising the following prices for one-way passenger train tickets on Pullman cars from Whitesburg: to Hazard, 63 cents; to Jackson, $1.30; to Irvine, $2.14; to Winchester, $2.37; to Lexington, $2.65; to Cincinnati, $3.92; to Louisville, $3.92, and to Knoxville, Tenn., $5.31. . Letcher County’s indebtedness has grown to $1,050,713.78, a report from […]

Letcher students named to HCTC President’s List



The following Hazard Community and Technical College students from Letcher County have been named to the President’s Honor List for the fall semester. Those honored are Larry Wayne Blair II of Isom, Tiffani Dawn Caudill of Blackey, Olivia Jade Collins of Premium, Ryan Skyler Johnson of Neon, Scott Allen Johnson of McRoberts, Bobby Joseph Kincer of Mayking, Seldon Kincer of […]