Neon council hears woman’s complaint

Fleming- Neon water customer Rebecca Allen alleged discrimination and brought a billing complaint before the Fleming-Neon City Council at its March meeting. She said the discrimination was the result of a “feud” over what she referred to as “stolen makeup” with a water department worker. Allen, who sells makeup part time, freely admitted her water bill had been delinquent. However, […]

Rites held for Melvin Potter

Funeral services for Melvin Carol Potter, 69, of Jackhorn, were held March 9 at the Hemphill Baptist Church. Burial was in the Reuben Potter Cemetery at Jackhorn. A son of the late John and Rosie Tolliver Potter, he was married to the late Linda Kay Hall Potter. He died March 5 at Pikeville Medical Center. Mr. Potter was also preceded […]

Tammy Barnett dies at 58

Tammy Gail Barnett, 58, died March 12 at her home in McRoberts. Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of the late James Robert and Pauline Wilson Barnett. Surviving are a daughter, Jaimie Day of Richmond; a son, Bobby Wayne Stamper and wife Nikki of Pikeville; a sister, Sherry Bailey and husband Barry of McRoberts; four brothers, Gary Wayne Barnett […]

Haymond man, 27, charged with having sex with girl, 15, and injecting her with meth

A 27-year-old Haymond man has been charged with having sex with a 15-yearold girl and injecting her in the neck with methamphetamine. Homer Rose IV was arrested February 8 on charges of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, custodial interference, endangering the welfare of a minor, and sexual misconduct. However, when he arrived in court for his preliminary hearing on […]

Services held for Alice Kincer

Alice Kincer, 94, died March 7 at Whitesburg Hospital. A daughter of the late Lee and Lona Adams Kincer, she lived for many years at Mayking, but in recent years, because of ill health, she had been a resident of Letcher Manor Nursing Home. She loved all the caretakers there and called them “her girls” and they called her “Granny”. […]


Keep foxes away from the hens

Everyone was talking about the total eclipse in 2017, but the Kentucky Legislature is trying to create its own version this year by shielding local governments and school districts from much needed “sunshine.” This is the first step toward leaving the public in the dark. And the timing couldn’t be more ironic. This week is National Sunshine Week. Started 13 […]

Brother’s death saddens family

Hello to everyone in Mountain Eagle land. It’s been a long time since I’ve written to the Eagle. News has been plenty, but lots of it has been sad news. My brother Joe Gibson passed away on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2018. It was so sudden and all the family has been so heartbroken. I have been trying for […]

An Easy, Excellent Easter

A FAMILY FEATURES mazing food is the centerpiece of most holiday gatherings. This Easter, impress guests with your culinary talent by making simple dishes simply amazing. With a little special attention, even the most basic foods can evolve into dishes worth sharing with loved ones. Most chefs agree that spices and seasonings are essential elements of your kitchen arsenal. This […]

‘… When we all do better’

My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn’t know it — didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s rich democratic ethos. But he knew about bankers who regularly squeezed small business families like ours with usurious interest rates. He knew how rough it was for a local business to fight off deep-pocketed […]