Black lung problem worsens

“Epidemiologists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say they’ve identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported, a cluster that was first uncovered by NPR 14 months ago,” Howard Berkes and Adelina Lancianese report for NPR, saying it reflects “a kind of mining disaster in slow motion” in the Central Appalachian coalfield. “In a […]

Granddaughter selects wedding dress

Happy Valentine’s Day! Once again we are back in the deep freeze in this little corner of the Ohio Valley area. One day this week it was rather nice and I sat on my porch swing for a short time. Wednesday was mild, except the wind would blow you away if you didn’t hang on. I have two friends in […]

The fakest of fake

“Dear News Media: Yesterday while jogging, I noticed a squirrel on my neighbor’s lawn. I got to my driveway, and there he was again. I am positive he was plotting to bite my calf, leave me for dead and use my sneakers to make a vacation home. Please warn other citizens!” That’s about the caliber of the Facebook posts by […]

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 The lower part of our county has been forgotten. It’s Wednesday evening and our mountain on Carcassonne still has ice on it and […]

Fred Young dies at 82

Fred Young, 82, of Neon, died January 30 at Pikeville Medical Hospital. Born in Letcher County to the late Ike and Millie Young, he was the widower of Mary Ann Young and a brother of the late Elbert Young, Elmer Young, Ike Young, Jr., Claude Young, and Callie Young. Mr. Young was a deacon of the Payne Gap Freewill Baptist […]

Clean energy, dollars both green

Some of the nation’s fiercest winds tear across the 100-odd miles separating Casper and Rawlins, making Wyoming a potential colossus of wind power. So why is Wyoming the only state to tax wind power? Ask the politicians representing America’s biggest producer of coal. Or simpler, check their donor list. “There is a real feeling that Wyoming is not open for […]

Services held for Karleigh Bates

Karleigh Michelle Bates, 2, of Haymond, died January 24. A daughter of Anthony and Courtney Bates of Haymond, she was a niece of the late Bridget Mullins. Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers, Hayden Fulton of Millstone, and Blake Bates of Sergent; a sister, Mia Bates of Sergent; grandparents, Nettie Bentley of Rutledge, Tenn., Jeffery Reach of […]

Ex-UK great says players should stay

It’s not going to happen, but John Calipari’s players should pay attention to some advice from former Wildcat Patrick Patterson about the 2018 draft. Patterson was on UK’s 2010 team that lost in the Elite Eight. He’s now in his eighth year in the NBA and after the Cats lost at Missouri Saturday he posted this on Twitter: “I would […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, February 9, 1928 A Blackey outlaw who escaped from the Letcher County Jail during the confusion caused when a lynch mob forcibly removed a black man from a cell and later murdered him in Virginia has been captured and sentenced to three years in the state penitentiary. Clarence […]

Points East: About ‘geese’ and ‘heebie-jeebies’

Speaking of geese, of which we were speaking here recently, one astute reader, Jay Bertram, has informed me that there is no such thing as Canadian geese. They are technically called Canada geese. Since most of the Canada geese we see here are locally born, I suppose we should call them Kentuckian geese if we insist on using an “ian” […]