Latest threat to coal: Colombian imports

Coal imports to the U.S. are rising sharply even as coalmines close throughout Central Appalachia. A big reason: price. It costs $26 a ton to ship coal from Central Appalachia to power plants in Florida compared with $15 a ton to get coal from a mine in Colombia, according to research firm IHS Energy. Labor costs are lower in Colombia, […]

You can help make your court system work better

To the Editor: I am your citizen representative to the Kentucky Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission (KAJC). The KAJC is focused on making it easier for ordinary citizens to access the Kentucky courts with civil issues. One of my roles is to present your perspective on interactions with the civil courts of Kentucky and your thoughts on how to […]

Talent contest planned

The Mountain Heritage Festival will once again sponsor Letcher County’s Got Talent. The festival committee is looking for all kinds of talent — singers, dancers, musicians, jugglers, comedians, and animal acts. The committee is looking for at least 20 acts to participate. Five different acts will perform each night with one winner chosen each night. The winners will compete on […]

Cowan Community Center to celebrate 50th year anniversary

The Cowan Community Action Group, Inc., will celebrate 50 years the Cowan Community Center has been providing for many needs of Cowan and surrounding communities. This celebration will take place on Saturday, October 25, at the Cowan Center, beginning at 2 p.m. The event will feature speakers from the community as well as guests from out of town who have […]

Former Jenkins man writes book on MSHA

Former Beth-Elkhorn Corporation official and Mine Safety and Health Administration director David A. Zegeer explains his unique vantage point in a recently released book entitled, “INSIDE MSHA: The Formative Years of the Mine Safety and Health Administration.” As the leader of the federal agency that oversees mine safety in the United States from 1983- 1987, Zegeer gives the reader insight […]

Resenting the educated ‘elite’

When I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson, I thought, “What a nice man.” He was on the TV screens at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, where he’s director, urging us to behold the wonder of — to use the biblical term — the heavens. That impression only grew on seeing his television show, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Here he bursts with […]

Half marathon to be held on Pine Mountain Aug. 23

A half marathon will be held on Pine Mountain Saturday morning. “Master of the Mountain — Run to Kingdom Come”, sponsored by the Pine Mountain Trail Conference, begins at 8 a.m. on Aug. 23 near Whitesburg at the U.S. 119 trailhead of Little Shepherd Trail. The 13.1-mile race ends at Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland. All half-marathon finishers will […]

Services held for Delmus Stamper

Delmus “ Baby Doll” Stamper, 61, died August 9 at Lahser Hills Nursing Home in Southfield, Michigan. Born in Letcher County to the late Verlin and Alpha Breeding Stamper, he was a brother of the late Elmer Stamper, Margaret Stamper Adkins and Emma Jean Stamper Kimberly. Surviving are a son, Dale Stamper and wife Jamie of Michigan; a daughter, Jannell […]

New bakery went through 1,000 cupcakes on the day it opened

Cousins Becky Pigman and Kendra McIntosh were surprised to sell 1,000 gourmet cupcakes in five hours Monday during the grand opening of their bakery on Main Street in Whitesburg. In honor of National Cupcake Day on Monday, cupcakes, regularly priced at $2.25 each, were $1 apiece at Icing on the Cake, located in the Quillen Drugstore building which most recently […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, August 22, 1934 “The day is not far distant when Mayking will teem with thousands of people and all kinds of business,” predicts Mountain Eagle editor and publisher Nehemiah M. Webb. The punch that will put Mayking more on the map starts this week with an ad in The Eagle announcing the sale of the Mayking Coal Company property, […]