Fiscal court votes 5-1 to kill controversial ‘bathroom bill’

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted five to one this week to end its controversial plan to try to pass a local ordinance that would make it a crime for transgender citizens to use public restrooms that match their gender identities. Last month, magistrates and Judge/Executive Jim Ward voted unanimously to direct Letcher County Attorney Jamie Hatton to determine whether […]

Gators, gorillas, tragedy and pain

There has been an outpouring of online sympathy for the parents of the boy who was killed by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando, Florida, which just goes to show that sometimes the Internet has a heart, and sometimes it calls for blood. The question is why. In contrast with the half a million people who signed a […]

Community Calendar

June 22 — When Opportunity Knocks resource fair at 11 a.m. at Pine Mountain Grill sponsored by Kentucky Small Business Development Center. Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Event is free and seating is limited. Pre-registration required at tinyurl.com/j9rdjtf, Shawn Rogers at (859) 257-7662 or email movingforwardletcher@ksbdc.org. . June 24 — Shooting match at 2 p.m at the American Legion. […]

Daniel: ‘This is not Paintsville anymore’

Linebacker Kash Daniel knew playing football at Kentucky and in the Southeastern Conference would be a big adjustment. What the former Paintsville High School star did not know was just how big it would be. “It has been challenging mentally every day to prepare yourself to go work and do everything you have to do 100 miles per hour no […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

Thursday, June 24, 1926 The Bell Telephone Company will soon take over operation of the East Kentucky Telephone Company at Pikeville and is negotiating to take over the Whitesburg Telephone Company. . The L&N Railroad says it will spend $2.5 million over the next few months for locomotives, passenger cars and other equipment to serve the region. . The Whitesburg […]

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTYROCK, POP, BLUES,RAP, CHRISTIAN, JAZZRICH ROBINSON (guitaristwith Black Crowes and Bad Company); Tue., July 19 at AppalshopTheater in Whitesburg. Tickets, $45,available at www.summitcitylounge.com. For ticket information callpromoter Greg Napier at 1-606-434-8648.GLENN HUGHES (formerly ofDeep Purple and Trapeze) withspecial guest JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR; Wed., August 24 at AppalshopTheater in Whitesburg. For ticketinformation call promoter GregNapier at 1-606-434-8648. COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS,LORRIE […]

Struttin’ Time:

‘Carl’ won’t be along for next trip

The weather has forced Carl and myself to go deep into the last day of the hunt, hunting in North Platte, Neb., with Closman Outfitters. Tom King, our guide, had done everything right, except letting Carl kill a Jake on the first morning of the hunt. We had endured everything bad that Mother Nature could have thrown at us — […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You clever Ewes and Rams love nothing more than to rise to a challenge. So, by all means, if you feel sure about your facts, step right up and defend your side of the issue. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’ve done some great work recently. Now it’s time to reward yourself with […]

Doing the ‘Hanky Panky’

1. What group released “Hanky Panky” in 1966? 2. Who released “All Strung Out.” 3. Name the group that released “Is This What I Get for Loving You?” 4. This artist wrote and recorded “Sunshine on My Shoulders”? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “Because it takes more than an effort to stay away from you, It’d take […]

Race to Chase heating up

The summer portion of the Sprint Cup schedule will get underway this weekend at Sonoma’s road course, and with the dropping of its green flag there will only be 11 races left for a driver to become Chase eligible. Ten drivers have already won a race this season, including seven different winners in the last seven races, and each one […]