Don’t expect jobs mining coal soon, McConnell warns

President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to roll back environmental regulations and revive the coal industry shouldn’t be taken to mean that miners in eastern Kentucky will be returning to work anytime soon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Coal Association President Nick Carter have cautioned. Speaking at a press conference in Louisville late last week, McConnell said it is not […]

Democrats must drop their use of identity politics

What follows here is remarkably similar to what I had planned to write after an expected Hillary Clinton victory: Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics. That’s because at a certain point, “inclusivity” takes on the air of exclusivity. Clinton’s fervent messaging to Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, Muslims, the LGBT community and women went beyond […]

Speak Your Piece

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. E-m@il address 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 Hmm. Seems to me that if every person in the county paid a dollar a week tax, the county’s deficit would be pretty […]

Cross Country Bluegrass to play at Hemphill Ctr.

Check out our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/ Hemphill-Community- Center Schedule of events: The Senior Fellowship will continue each week on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Don’t be lonely! Come hang out with this youthful fun loving group. Never a dull minute! Friday Nite Pickin’ Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. will feature Cross Country […]


The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, November 11, 1926 Some of the “choicest building lots” will be offered for sale to the public on November 20. The 150 lots, being referred to as the College View Addition, are located on the Elijah Banks tract on Hampton Branch, “one mile above the lively town of […]

Community calendar

November 19 — Appalachian Strings will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The show will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old. . November 19 — The Carcassonne square dance will be held at the Carcassonne Community Center at 7 p.m. This is the […]

Services held for Roger Noble

Roger Dale Noble, 65, of Dry Fork, died November 10 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. He was a son of the late Roscoe and Cecilia Fugate Noble. Surviving are two sons, Roger Noble Jr. and Richard Noble, both of Dry Fork; a daughter, Tammy Noble of Dry Fork; two brothers, Clabe Noble of Knott […]

Firefighters still watching 1,200-acre blaze at Jenkins

A light rain on the night of November 8 gave firefighters a brief respite from wildfires here, but as the ground dried out, fires rekindled. As of November 15, there were no fires classed as uncontrolled in Letcher County, but the Kentucky Division of Forestry is still monitoring the 1,200-acre Number 1 Hill fire, which crept all the way round […]

Ford pulls plug on the Edsel