The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, May 17, 1928 Old Tobe, the old mule that has pulled more feet of lumber than any other mule in Letcher County, is being sent to the barn by the folks at the Whitesburg location of Hazard Lumber and Supply Company. Like so many of Old Tobe’s fellow […]

Former Jenkins softball stars reunite

Former Jenkins softball standout Mercedes Boggs is reuniting with former Jenkins softball head coach April Damron Charles at the University of Pikeville. Boggs signed a letter of intent to play at UPike during a ceremony Sunday at McRoberts. Boggs played softball under Coach Charles for eight years at Jenkins, tallying impressive stats along the way. Those include four All-District selections, […]

Haywood Cornett dies at 65

Haywood Cornett, 65, of Linefork, died May 1 at Tri Cities Nursing Home in Cumberland A son of Reo Halcomb Cornett of Linefork and the late Jason Cornett, he was a brother of the late Major Cornett and Ada Cornett. Surviving in addition to his mother are five brothers, Arthur Bee Cornett of Gordon, Emory Cornett and Jason Cornett Jr., […]

Women delivered library books here on horses in 1938

Their horses splashed through iced-over creeks. Librarians rode up into the Kentucky mountains, their saddlebags stuffed with books, doling out reading material to isolated rural people. The Great Depression had plunged the nation into poverty, and Kentucky — a poor state made even poorer by a paralyzed national economy — was among the hardest hit. The Pack Horse Library initiative, […]

Candidates on county’s litter problem

Since late winter and early spring flooding, something old is blooming again in Letcher County — roadside and creek-bank litter. Readers have called and stopped in at The Mountain Eagle office to complain about ditches and streams in their neighborhoods, and the Eagle staff has noticed it as well. But some have said it is people’s imagination that the litter […]

Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Joppa in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What businesswoman from Thyatira opened her home to Paul and saints after her conversion? Rachel, Keturah, Lydia, Shiprah 3. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there will be your … also.”? Love, Heart, Faith, Friends 4. From 2 Samuel 18, whose hair became tangled […]

Selling loaves of bread

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center. John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts meets at the Center on Tuesdays. They attended competition on May 5 in Louisville. They participated in 15 events and won 15 medals at the Derby State Championship Tournament. Congratulations to these great competitors!!! We are so proud […]

Jenkins is welcoming new business to park

A groundbreaking ceremony was to be held Wednesday (today) for the new Hunt Brothers Pizza terminal and warehouse at Gateway Industrial Park in Jenkins. Mayor Todd Depriest made the announcement at the May meeting of the Jenkins City Council and said he hopes this will help to entice other companies to use the location of the park at the intersection […]

Tree foliage has come to life

Hello everyone and happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers etc. Oh what beauty my eyes behold as I look across the hayfield from my house. The lush foliage of the trees have seemed to come to life overnight The redbud trees are slowly fading as the leaves are starting to form. My iris is sparsely blooming, but this time […]

Little-known benefits to exercise

Source: Natalie Jones, UK physical activity program coordinator At one time or another, we have all heard that exercise has benefits. Some of the most common benefits we tend to hear about are how exercise can help lower your risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, but the benefits only start there. It may sound funny […]