Why would Trump tap Perry for Energy Sec.?

Perk up people — for I bring you tidings of great joy: Gov. “Oops” is back! Yes, Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who specialized in putting the “goober” in gubernatorial, is being brought back from well-earned obscurity in rural Texas to join the menagerie of characters in “The Donald Show.” For us lovers of low political comedy, Perry is […]

Jenkins Schools using a new education technique

The Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative’s Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) has given a number of resources to teachers across the region. ARI’s goal is to help teachers prepare students to become innovative, lifelong learners who will graduate with the tools and skills required to compete globally in an everchanging world. Jenkins Independent Schools Innovative Coordinator Christle Carter and Instructional Supervisor Serena […]


Rites held for Darrell Heiston Sr.

Darrell Evan Heiston Sr., 52, died December 6 at his home in Thornton. He was a son of the late Robert Wayne Heiston and Evelyn Lois Mullins Heiston Burke, and the stepson of Oscar Burke. Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Heiston; two sons, Darrell Evan Heiston Jr., and wife Luetta of Haymond, and Adam Dewayne Heiston and wife Mahala of […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, December 16, 1926 Apples, oranges, candy and nuts are the most-requested gifts Santa Claus is being asked to bring to Letcher County children whose “Letters to Santa” are published in this week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle. “I am a little boy and I want a car, an […]

Blankenship services held

Funeral services for Willard M. Blankenship, 95, North Augusta, S.C., who entered into rest December 11, 2016, will be conducted Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from the Posey Funeral Chapel in North Augusta, S.C. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens with full military honors. A native of Burdine, he was a son of the late Clarence and Sadie […]

Speak Your Piece

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 I would like to say thank you to Dolly Parton. God bless you Dolly. I always knew your heart was in the right place since you wrote that song, ‘Coat of Many Colors.’ […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

1958 Alice “Noon” Collier b. 10/28/1939: Food – Shrimp and French Fries; Drink – Pepsi; Song – Don’t; Expression – Is That Right? Ambition – “Ity” and I to marry twin brothers; Pep Club, Bible Club, Wildlife Club, Nurses Club, Tri-HI-Y Club, Library Club. Della “ Ity” Collier b. 10/28/1939: Food – Shrimp and French Fries; Drink – Pepsi; Song […]

Ex-UK great said he was a ‘mean boy’ in early letter to Santa

Editor’s note: When former University of Kentucky basketball great Johnny Cox was growing up in Neon, he wrote the following “Letter to Santa” for publication in the December 13, 1956 edition of The Mountain Eagle. Cox was a 10-yearold fourth-grader at Neon Grade School when he wrote to Santa that he was a “mean boy” who would Dear Santa Claus: […]

Services planned for Wanda Back

Wanda Lee Cornett Back, 71, died December 11 at her residence at Colson. She was a daughter of the late I.D. and Alma Frazier Cornett, and a sister of the late Norma Jean Dalton and Emma Thomas. Surviving are her husband: Phillip “Pee Wee” Back; two sons, Robert Back and wife Tabitha, and Jason Back and wife Bridget, all of […]