PBS catches up with former Letcher students

About 45 years ago, Wendy Ewald, then a new teacher in Letcher County, started a groundbreaking photography program with elementary school students here. Monday, people across the country will get to share the memories of the students via a new film from Appalshop that will air on the PBS series POV Docs. Portraits and Dreams, named for Ewald’s 1985 book […]

2nd road OK’d for race, trash charge denied

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has voted to add another road to the course for a second road rally to held September 18 and 19. The court authorized the closing of Tolson Creek Road in the Roxana area of Letcher County and using it as an additional racecourse. Registration for the rally will be Wednesday, September 16, in Whitesburg, and […]

Trump and the convention

To the Editor: I submit this with full respect for anyone who loves Donald Trump but because I am perplexed by his behavior regarding Russia. At the Republican National Convention last week, what was not said is maybe more important that what was said. Donald Trump touted himself as a law and order president, but he never mentioned that on […]

Wreck fatal to Jeremiah man, 75

Funeral services have not yet been set for a Jeremiah man killed in a head-on collision on Monday. Lowell Ison, 75, died and David Day, 30, the driver of the other vehicle, was seriously injured in a collision on U.S. 119 North at Mayking Monday morning, Kentucky State Police said. The incident occurred about 10 a.m. just north of the […]

Many are canning, freezing fruits and vegetables from their garden this year


Last week I had to run by Martha Jane Potter Elementary to pick up some masks I had custom made by Missy Lucas. I thought I would see if I could take some pictures of my old classroom and see some of the teachers that are still there that I worked with. It broke my heart that because of this […]

Emma Bates finds unique way to preserve wildlife

Emma Bates, a 2019 Rogers Scholar, found a way to repurpose a common cosmetic tool to help with wildlife preservation. Bates, a student at Letcher County Central High School, donated 300 recycled makeup applicator wands to Mountain View Wildlife Rehabilitation that will be used to clean off oils and other contaminants from wildlife animals. She coordinated the “Assisting Wildlife One […]

‘Babes’ are causing trouble

Points East

Loretta just told me that she could not understand why anyone would want to eat garden green beans, just now-picked tomatoes, cornbread and cottage cheese for supper four days in a row, especially if said eater had numerous other choices. For example, I could have had a three-egg Western omelet laced with onions, bell peppers, fresh tomatoes and anything else […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1910 Reports from most sections of Letcher County indicate that corn crops are going to be very light this year, perhaps not more than half the normal crop. s “Find enclosed $2 for the bird. One dollar at a time is not enough. I must have the Eagle,” writes Charles Hall Jr. of Norton, Va., in a […]

Thornton man faces multiple federal gun and drug charges

A Thornton man already charged with multiple state drug and gun charges in Letcher County will be arraigned in October on federal drug trafficking charges. Roger Lee Miles, 50, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamines. Miles was arrested in January as a result of a search warrant Letcher County Sheriff […]

Now here’s a tip!

• “Whenever a stew or soup recipe calls for whole herbs to be used and then taken out later, I put them in a tea infuser. I could never seem to get them all before, and inevitably someone would be served a whole bay leaf or such. This makes it foolproof.” — J.R. in Georgia • You can use an […]