Rock painting and hunting has ‘blown up’ here

Barns across the South used to have signs painted on the roofs that said, “See Rock City.” Now a Facebook page is getting thousands of people to “See Rock County.” Pre-school children to senior citizens are painting rocks, hiding them around the county, then posting clues to their whereabouts on a Facebook page called “Letcher County Rocks.” Some people paint […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, August 18, 1927 A lawsuit has been filed contesting the results of the August primary election for Letcher Circuit Court Clerk. Incumbent Jody P. Adams was awarded a three-vote victory in the Republican race, but J.H. Hogg claims he is the true winner. The vote was recorded on […]

Martha Jane Smith dies at 85

Martha Jane Smith, 85, died August 14 at her residence at Jeremiah. A daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Lillian See Baker, she was the widow of William Douglas Smith. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Carol Smith. Surviving are two sons, William D. Smith Jr. and wife Dina of Barstow, Calif., and Benjamin D. […]

Ceremony for new Jenkins fire truck

How the times have changed

The following commentary appeared in the August 21, 1947 edition of The Mountain Eagle, decades before the production of goods used daily by many Kentuckians was shipped overseas to foreign countries.

Eclipse to darken Letcher, Jenkins schools

In ancient times, people saw solar eclipses as a sign of impending doom. In Letcher County this year, it’s a sign that schools will be closed. A total solar eclipse will occur across a broad swath of the United States on August 21, and Kentucky falls right in the middle of that area. In the Bowling Green area, the sun […]

Eclipse is ‘great opportunity’

Next Monday (August 21) brings to us Letcher Countians a great opportunity to see a total eclipse of the sun, perhaps the best opportunity in the remainder of most of our lives. The umbra (area of darkness) of this solar eclipse enters the United States through Oregon and travels southeastward. It passes through Missouri, western Kentucky, central and southeastern Tennessee, […]

Now Here’s a Tip

• “If you are going on vacation, leave a plastic baggie filled with ice cubes in your freezer. When you return, if the baggie is filled with a single chunk of ice, you’ll know your power was interrupted long enough to spoil your food while you were away.” — G.L. in Missouri • Here’s another moving tip: Bundle clothing on […]

UK coaches still high on Blake Bone

Vaught’s Views

He was a four-star recruit in high school and All-State selection in South Carolina not only in football, but also basketball for two seasons. He picked Kentucky over offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi. Many expected Blake Bone to give UK a needed playmaker. At 6-5, he was the big, athletic target quarterbacks like. But in three […]

Xanax pills led to stealing spree, woman tells deputy

Police say a Blackey woman was charged with theft after she went on a Xanax-fueled “stealing spree” near her home recently. Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Alisha Congleton arrested Amy Sexton after Sexton admitted to stealing a gas can, a chainsaw, a lawnmower battery, a battery charger, and a weed trimmer from her neighbors on the night of July 26. […]