Letcher County’s grocers don’t expect any shortages

Letcher County grocery stores tried to reassure people today in a week when food, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer hoarders have run amok. While there has been a proliferation of photos on social media showing empty grocery shelves that have led to some empty shelves here, stores here say that for the most part, they don’t expect shortages, at least […]

County picks CANE Kitchen for jail meals

Inmates won’t be preparing the meals in the Letcher County Jail any more. The Letcher Fiscal Court voted unanimously Monday night to accept the bid of Community Agricultural Nutritional Enterprise (CANE Kitchen) of Whitesburg to provide meals for the jail. Only one other bid came in for food service from the jail, from Kellwell, of Beattyville. Kellwell is a national […]

State orders theaters, gyms, salons closed amid outbreak


Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday ordered the closure of theaters, gyms, hair salons and many other businesses where people gather, taking new action in a bid to contain the new coronavirus. Beshear’s order, which takes effect by 5 p.m. Wednesday, exempts a cross-section of businesses that will be allowed to stay open. The exempted list includes grocery stores, banks, […]

Virus dominates Frankfort activity

Although there are dozens of issues still unresolved during this year’s legislative session, the outcome of most if not all depends on a single word we have all learned over the past two weeks — coronavirus. The actions much of the country has taken this month in response to this fast-moving virus are unprecedented, at least in modern times. Many […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

10 misconceptions about 1918 flu, the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ EDITOR’S NOTE: Before the coronavirus COVID-19 was declared a pandemic last week by the World Health Organization, the last such event that hit eastern Kentucky was the Spanish flu pandemic, when 150 Letcher County residents lost their lives during a three-month period in 1918, beginning in October and ending in […]

Now here’s a tip!

• Turn on the hot water for three or four minutes to loosen debris on shower walls. It’s much easier to clean when the tile is warm and steamy. • Here’s a great storage solution: screw a metal magazine holder to the inside of a cabinet door. Do this in the bathroom to store a hair dryer or other hair […]



THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — The wedding guests settled their emotions at the end of Thomas and Zoe’s wedding. Carter wished that Zoe would find herself at the altar again with someone who truly loves her. Steffy commended Douglas for his bravery. Ridge apologized to Brooke who took this opportunity to move in for a kiss. Douglas got “crafty” […]

Follow flu tips to stay safe from coronavirus

Senior News

We can’t turn on the news now without hearing about the new virus that’s sweeping the world. Coronavirus, now called COVID 19, is a serious virus that came out of China. At this point the virus has spread to more than 30 countries and there have been over 2,800 deaths. Protecting ourselves from COVID-19 is much like how we avoid […]

Moments in time

• On March 22, 1765, in an effort to raise funds to pay off debts, the British government passes the Stamp Act. It levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the colonies, from newspapers and pamphlets to playing cards and dice. • On March 21, 1804, the Napoleonic Code is approved in France. […]

Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Zechariah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Which prophet said God is like a green tree giving shelter to those who trust Him? Joel, Hosea, Joshua, Solomon 3. What man had seven sons who always celebrated their birthdays with a feast? Solomon, Job, Hanun, Jonah 4. From Exodus 2, who became a […]