Driver injured after Jenkins garbage truck rolls

A City of Jenkins garbage truck came to a rest across the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 at Dorton on Monday after a crash which sent the driver, city employee Ben Smith, to the hospital. Kentucky State Police Trooper Darren Stapleton said Smith told emergency personnel that he heard a loud “pop” come from the truck, after which he lost […]

What about the V.A. scandal?

The unofficial end of summer, Labor Day, may serve as a bookend to a scandal that exploded around the unofficial start, Memorial Day. We speak of the very long wait times to see primary care providers at veterans hospitals and, more seriously, the doctoring of records by some hospital administrators to hide that reality. Back in May, this writer erred […]

Jenkins board tables contract, raises fees

In the first meeting with newly appointed Superintendent Freddie Bowling, the Jenkins Independent Board of Education addressed several “new school year” issues and tabled the contract with Wise County Schools that allows for Jenkins High Students to attend vocational classes at Wise County Vocational School until interstate legal language can be ironed out. High school Principal David Lee told the […]

Signs of depression and its symptoms

Depression can include a combination of symptoms, Mayo Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology points out. Listed below are some the warning signs: • Feelings of sadness, emptiness or unhappiness • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities, such as sex • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too […]

Jury to decide if shooting was in self-defense

‘I didn’t deserve to get shot,’ son says after being wounded by dad

Kentucky State Police will ask the Letcher County Grand Jury to determine whether a 56-year-old Mayking man was standing his ground in self-defense when he shot and wounded his 29-year-old son late Sunday night. Police say David Oliver “ Big Dave” Fugate shot David Oliver “Little Dave” Fugate Jr. inside the elder Fugate’s home in the Cram Creek community of […]

The Way We Were

The August 26, 1954 edition of The Eagle carried this story.

Then-Letcher County Sheriff Robert B. Collins, acting on a tip, discovered one of the largest moonshine stills in the history of Letcher County on August 21, 1954. The still was located near Eolia at the home of Willard Sturgill. The following account of the raid appeared in the August 26, 1954 edition of The Mountain Eagle. Willard Sturgill of Eolia, […]

Water board saves cash with radio-read meters

The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District learned that the district has seen a considerable savings in the amount of man-hours it takes to read all the water meters in the entire district since switching to a radio-read system. District Manager Mark Lewis reported that in the first use of the radio-read system, which reads […]

ENERGY DRINKS: Are They Worth The Hype?

Energy drinks seem to be everywhere — in advertisements, in the hands of celebrities, and in the soda aisles at your local market. But are they worth the hype, and more importantly, are they safe for people with diabetes? The Short Answer: No! Energy drinks — Red Bull, Monster, Adrenaline Rush and Venom to name a few — mostly consist […]

Trooper loved helping others

A retired Kentucky State Police trooper will be remembered for his dedication to raising money for KSP outreach programs. Bennett David Combs, 55, of Ice, died August 23 at his residence after a long illness. In honor of Combs’s commitment to Trooper Island, KSP Post 13 in Hazard recently established the TPR Bennett David Combs Award. Recipients will be Post […]

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, August 30, 1934 Mrs. Vicey Ingram, 98, regarded as the oldest woman in Letcher County, died at her home on Dry Fork of Linefork. “Only a remnant of the folks who lived and ruled back before the Civil War remain with us,” Mountain Eagle editor and publisher Nehemiah M. Webb writes of Mrs. Ingram’s passing. “Aunt Vicey was one […]