This year’s session will last only 30 days

This week, the General Assembly heads back to the Capitol to begin the 2019 Regular Session. These odd-year meetings of the House and Senate are still relatively new, with this being the 10th one since voters made them possible in 2000. Kentucky was actually one of the last states to have its legislature meet annually; now, only four still have […]

Estill Blair dies at 69

Estill Blair, 69, died December 30 at his home in Jeremiah. He was a son of the late Ben and Bessie Blair. Mr. Blair was a member of Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church for the last 18 years. He is survived by his wife, Alma Rose Blair; a stepdaughter, Christy Duke- Kincaid and husband Steven Kincaid of Versailles; two […]


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E-Verify is top enforcement tool. Reopen government and use it!

We who follow immigration policy closely know that the wall is a dumb idea. Closing much of the government over it is dumber still. Why is the wall a dumb idea? It would be expensive. It’d be unsightly. It’d be environmentally destructive. More to this point, it’d be ineffective. First off, an estimated 40 percent of those here illegally arrived […]

Rites held for Myrtle Ihrig

Myrtle Stewart Ihrig, 93, died December 31 at her home in Whitesburg. A daughter of the late George and Delphia Meade Stewart, she was the widow of Charles Ihrig. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul Stewart, and two sisters, Mavis Baker and Lila Peach. Surviving are a son, William Ihrig and wife Margie of Kingscreek; a […]


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Political Cartoon

Letcher County’s new fiscal court

NEW COURT – The Letcher County Fiscal Court sat for the first meeting of its first term Tuesday at a special called meeting to repeal actions taken by the previous court in December. Pictured are (left to right at table) District 3 Magistrate Maverick Cook, District 4 Magistrate William “Cheddy” Smith, Judge/Executive Terry Adams, District 1 Magistrate Jack Banks (talking […]


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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1909 As many as 700 horses were hitched along the cross streets of Whitesburg on Monday as a large number of people arrived in town for the opening of Letcher Circuit Court. . The Mountain View Hotel is now open in Whitesburg and doing good business. It is located in the Webb house at the corner of […]