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April 23, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Fiscal court looks to buy McRoberts school bldg.

Letcher County’s government is interested in buying the vacant McRoberts Elementary School. More...

Features

Hunting eggs at drive-in

My dad always said that people in Letcher County were “hard up for entertainment” right up until he died. More...

Volunteers being urged to use caution while on roads cleaning up trash

Plastic bottle may have been a ‘meth lab’

Methamphetamine use is on the rise in Letcher County and police warn those who participate in roadside trash pickup events to be on the lookout for discarded items used to make meth. More...

SPRING SUN-SATION

If you were lucky enough to be looking off the North side of Pine Mountain near Whitesburg early Saturday night you were treated to this scene just before the sun set for the evening. (Photo by Todd Bentley) More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

April 23, 1964 The first beam was put into place in the new Letcher County Courthouse after more than four months of demolition and foundation work. . More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be tempted to be more assertive when dealing with a job-related matter. But a carefully measured approach works best at getting the cooperation you’re looking for. More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS –APRIL 21– 25

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Oliver and Aly kissed by the Forrester pool. She opened up about herself to her new love. Later, Oliver and Aly played in the pool with an underwater camera. More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name.

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net More...

Health

Study: Pot brings brain change

A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. More...

Age doesn’t rule out prostate surgery need

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 88 years old and in good health except for a small stroke I had a year ago with no lingering deficiencies. I have had an enlarged prostate for most of my adult life, but a biopsy showed no cancer. More...

Kids get codeine in ER, risk and all

Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests. More...

Entertainment

Jenkins sets ‘Cruise In’ opener

The Jenkins Cruise In and Burnouts 2014 season opener will be May 3 at 4 p.m. in the Jenkins City Park. There is no charge for admission and no entry fees. The event is open to all customs, classics, cars, trucks, bikes. More...

Horseshoe, cornhole events set

Horseshoe tournaments and cornhole tournaments will be held April 27 at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post in Whitesburg. The matches are sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call 634-1459 or 633-2834. More...

Alabama Shakes tour mate Lee Bains III will perform in Whitesburg Thursday

Birmingham, Alabama-based rock band Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are back on the road in support of their forthcoming second record, Dereconstructed, and will appear later this week at Summit City in Whitesburg. More...

With poor market, high costs, Arch is losing on each ton of coal mined here

Arch Coal Inc. mines in Kentucky and elsewhere in Central Appalachia were able to sell coal for slightly more than the cash cost of mining it during the first quarter of 2014. More...

Wet weather headed here, may remain several days

AccuWeather.com reports a large storm will form over the eastern half of the nation next week and will bring a swath of unsettled conditions that lasts for days. More...

Third suspect pleads guilty in Drad Fleming murder

A Pert Creek man has admitted to having a role in the 2012 murder of Dradrick “Drad” Fleming. More...

News

Jenkins council slowed by too few showing up

Although it still hasn’t been able to hold its April meeting after three attempts, the Jenkins City Council did convene for an “informal” session this week so that a Lexington accountant could review the audit of city finances he ha More...

Clearing county, state roads cost big $$ in Letcher

A winter season punctuated by a polar vortex, sub-zero temperatures, and nasty snow and crippling ice storms created more than a traveling nuisance for Kentucky residents. More...

Criminal Justice ‘Craze Camp’ open to students ages 12 to 15; FBI, other agencies to take part

A Criminal Justice Career Craze Camp open to those ages 12 to 15 wanting a chance to learn about potential careers will be held at the Technical Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College June 19 to June 22. The sessions will be from 10 a.m. More...

Opinions

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Hunger still does exist in Kentucky

If you are reading this over breakfast and have enough to eat, consider yourself fortunate. Because in Kentucky, many residents do not always know where they will get their next meal, The Courier-Journal’s Chris Kenning reported recently. More...

Backroom budget not good for state

Hope and cynicism are running neck and neck in the race to give eastern Kentucky a better future. Cynicism surged when Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. More...

Sports

Mom: NBA is ‘best decision’ for Randle

Kentucky forward Julius Randle took a lot of time and talked to a lot of people before deciding to leave after one season for the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections. More...

Lady Cavs get 3 of 4

The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers participated in the Lyndel Potter Memorial Tournament in Pikeville this past weekend and finished 3 and 1. Jenkins 3East Ridge 1 More...

NASCAR’s early winners

Easter weekend brought the first open weekend of the Sprint Cup season after eight races, but even in that short period of time there have been several teams and drivers establish themselves as legitimate contenders for this year’s title. More...

Families & Friends

APRIL BABY

Makinley Faith Cornett-Adams was born April 17 to Jasmine Cornett of Whitesburg and Robert Adams of Mayking. She is the granddaughter of Robert and Ashley Cornett, the late Rhonda Cornett, Lisa Adams and the late Ray Adams Jr. More...

Photo

Fourth grader Andy Riley is the winner of the West Whitesburg Elementary School spelling bee and advanced to the district spelling bee. He is the son of Frank Riley and Ami Watts Riley. More...

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The Little Divas from the Dance Gallery of Pikeville attended the JamFest National Dance Competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on March 30. The group won first in jazz and second in hip hop. More...

Obituaries

Pat Gish buried at Thornton

Funeral services for Patricia Ann Burnett Gish, 87, were held April 17 at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the family cemetery at Thornton. She died April 13 at her home at Thornton. More...

Memorial services set for Gary Bates

Memorial services for Gary Wayne Bates, 57, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Beaver Creek at Kite, will be held at Rebecca Church in Kite at 11 a.m., April 26. More...

Mary Newell dies at 86

Mary Powell Geiger Newell, 86, of Maysville, died Saturday, April 19, at the Maysville Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. Born in Ashland to the late William Lewis Geiger, Jr. and Mary Cathryn Pollitt Plummerm, she was the widow of Joe P. More...