Some ‘problems’ don’t really exist

It has become increasingly clear that many of the proposals now being considered in the Capitol are solutions looking for problems that do not exist. The ongoing attempt by Governor Bevin and other legislative leaders to reform our two main public retirement systems is the best-known example. These leaders’ desire for change, however, ignores a stubborn fact: The bipartisan reforms […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

1989 WHS Mountain Heritage float This year Whitesburg High School did their float as a Sailboat. Its title was Success Begins in the Mountains. Mrs. Roark was the leader and organizer, Mrs. Thomas spent her planning periods helping, Mr. Holbrook did all of the measurements, Mr. Roe helped with organizing, Mrs. Barker helped buy materials, and Mr. Richardson and his […]

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Flood damage top talk at court meeting

After a week of dealing with flooding and damage caused by high water, the Letcher County Fiscal Court discussed the problems it faces to make county roads and bridges safe and functional again. Judge/ Executive Jim Ward praised the long hours and hard work he said was put in by county workers who were already understaffed, and the willingness of […]

Unexpected grace is treat

Every so often, my two sisters and I manage to carve out enough time to meet at a restaurant for a meal we don’t have to cook. We eat, of course, and pick at one another’s plates, but it’s about so much more than food. We convene, in person, to share updates from our lives in ways that unfold when […]

Citizens urged to attend Thursday meeting about best way of getting water to Cumberland River area

After getting through the extreme cold weather in January with very little damage to water lines, the Letcher County Water and Sewer District wasn’t so fortunate in the recent floods. At the district’s February meeting, District Manager Mark Lewis told the Board of Directors that flooding caused by the recent heavy rains caused a number of problems and district work […]

Why Johnny can’t jump

Uht-oh. A study in Ireland has found that kids are losing the agility and basic physical skills we used to take for granted — skills such as jumping, running, being able to catch a ball. An Irish Times article titled “Why are so many 12-year-olds unable to run, jump or catch?” was prompted by a study at Dublin City University […]

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 Weren’t the blooming Pamper trees lovely during the recent flooding? Does Letcher County have a litter warden? If so, is it an appointed […]

‘It’s going to wipe it out.’

Oscaloosa couple fear home, already threatened by slide on state road, will be crushed if rains come

Near the community of Oscaloosa, Anthony and Ramona Stamper are moving their belongings out of their home of 24 years as KY 588 threatens to tumble down an embankment and destroy their doublewide trailer. Orange barrels and traffic cones have cut the road down to one lane as a large crack in the asphalt that is longer than the Stampers’ […]

Gish award presented to newspaper family

The Cullen family of northwest Iowa was presented earlier this month with the 2017 Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism earlier this month at the Iowa Newspaper Association convention. The award is named for the couple that published The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg for more than 50 years and is presented by the […]