A second wave of reflection

For decades, an old metal sign used to hang over the toolshed at the coal-fired plant where my father worked. Now it sits on top of the bookcase in my campus office. It is about 2 feet by 3 feet in size and painted dark green with large white block letters that read: THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE IS A CAREFUL […]

Strange but True

• It was Italian novelist, philosopher and university professor Umberto Eco who made the following sage observation: “Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.” • The average (presumably non-bearded) man will shave at least 20,000 times over the […]

Rites held for Harold Cantrell

Harold “Lucky” Cantrell, 70, died January 25 at his home in Fleming-Neon. Born in Fleming, he was a son of the late Woodrow and Bessie Isabell Cantrell. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Ann Kincer, Mable Kincer and Aubrey Franklin, and three brothers, Robert Cantrell, Ernie Cantrell and Randy Cantrell. Surviving are his wife, Linda Cantrell; […]

Much sacrificed, gain modest

“America is roaring back,” Donald Trump pitched to the global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland. Those back home should be asking two questions: How loud, really, is that roar? (The economy’s, not Trump’s.) And what price are Americans paying for his approach to growth? The Davos billionaires are not unimpressed by the opportunities offered by the grand deregulator. If the […]

Funeral held for Dotson, 91

Funeral services for Clarence Dotson Jr., 91, were held January 26 at the People’s Fundamental Baptist Church of Dunham. Burial was in the Dotson Cemetery in Pound, Va. A son of the late Clarence E. and Hattie Ellen Taylor Dotson, he was the widower of Allois Evanoff Dotson. He died January 22 at his home in Jenkins. Mr. Dotson was […]

Charlene Anderson, 59, dies

Funeral services for Charlene Anderson, 59, were held January 27 at the Forgiven Ministries Church in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Obey Fields Cemetery at Cowan. Born in Jenkins to Novella Banks Sturgill Halcomb and the late Monroe Sturgill, she died January 19 at Deane. Surviving in addition to her mother are her stepfather, Herbert Halcomb of Thornton; three daughters, […]

Family of WWII vet still helping others

To the Editor: I would like to thank the family of Willard Blankenship for the generous donation of $1,500 for food baskets, ten baskets before Christmas and five baskets after Christmas. Willard passed away last Christmas of 2016. Willard and his family had been doing this for several years. I got acquainted with Willard a few years back while driving […]

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 If the person who shot the little dog January 22 in Neon is even literate enough to read, much less capable of comprehension […]

Lindsay Boggs succumbs at 57

Funeral services for Lindsay Lee Boggs, 57, of Little Cowan, were held January 27 at the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. Burial was in the Thomas family cemetery at Little Cowan. A son of Lee Boggs of Little Cowan and the late Mary Lou Thomas Boggs, he died January 23 at Cowan. He was a brother of the late Randy […]

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