2014-05-07

‘Bulldog’ says good-bye to job he’s held for most of 40 years



As you might imagine, Donald “Bulldog” Cummings has learned plenty of secrets about people while picking up their garbage over much of the past 40 years. But don’t look for him to tell what he knows anytime soon. “What you see in garbage you don’t tell,” Cummings said on the eve of his retirement from the Whitesburg Sanitation Department. “I […]

The Hillary difference




There are two majorities in the country right now. One disapproves of President Obama. The other is still inclined to vote Democratic. The key question for the 2014 elections is whether voting this fall — and Obama’s approval ratings — can come into line with the electorate’s broader Democratic leanings? There is also this: Obama’s difficulties do not appear to […]

Services held for William Gibson



William “Gib” Gibson, 70, died April 27 at the Huntington Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. Born in Thornton to the late Willie and Mary Ann Bates Gibson, he was the widower of Martha Maynard Gibson. He was the father of the late William J. Gibson and Walter Gibson, and a great-grandfather of the late Tamiah Baker. Mr. Gibson was […]

Things I wasn’t supposed to see

Points East

If you had asked me as recently as two weeks ago to make a list of things I expected to see on the first Monday in May of 2014, two of the things that I actually did see would not have been on the list even if you’d required that it contain at least 500 items. I’d have been a […]

Election set for LCCHS Council



Nominations for parent members of the Letcher County Central High School Council for 2013- 2014 are due to Michelle Craft, school secretary, in the school office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. Nomination forms are available at the school for those interested in being candidates. Voting will be held on Thursday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to […]

Mine group, firms want courts to stop new rule designed to slow black lung



The mining industry is seeking a court review of the Obama administration’s new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines. The National Mining Association, the Alabama Coal Association and others filed the petition May 1 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District in Atlanta. The NMA has also asked the Labor Department’s […]

He’s back, this time with glasses



He’s back. And, this time, he has eyeglasses. Yes, Rick “Oops” Perry, is back, pitching himself for another presidential run. What fun! Who can forget the Texas governor’s nationally televised pratfall during a 2011 presidential debate, when he couldn’t remember the third federal agency he intended to ax? Well, he later sniffed on Fox & Friends, “If anybody’s looking for […]

Speak Your Piece

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Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. 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 People, please take my word and get out of Letcher County while you can. Coal is not your friend. I sat there about two months […]

Pool lift ready at Whitesburg



A handicap pool lift was recently installed at the Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool. “It’s something that we have wanted to do for some time for our physically challenged people so they can enjoy the pool as well as everyone else,” said Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft. “Now, that we have some money we were able to do that. It’s so […]

Bike Nite is set for May 10 in Whitesburg



Whitesburg Bike Nite will be held on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony honoring veterans at the Letcher County Veterans Memorial Museum. The public is invited. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the event for a ride to the Hazard Veterans Home at noon to visit and talk with residents. Main Street in downtown Whitesburg […]