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February 25, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Jenkins trims 3 days for now

Students in the Jenkins Independent Schools System will lose at least three days of their scheduled spring vacation because of the number of weather-related days they have already missed. More...

Police chief announces his plea of guilty

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields pleaded guilty recently in Perry District Court to a driving while intoxicated charge filed against him last November. More...

Features

Appalachia report cites progress, plenty of challenges 50 years later

The agency created five decades ago to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped county economies grow with nearly $4 billion in spending, but the region still lags in key measures of educational, economic and physical well-being, according to a new stu More...

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, February 25, 1915 More...

Moments and Memories at WHS

1965

What freedom means to me, by Patty Sue Gibson The four freedoms we enjoy under our American flag are freedom of speech; freedom of the press; freedom of choice and freedom of religion. More...

Columns

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Change is still dominant for Rams and Ewes, both in the workplace and their private lives. This is also a good time to look at a possible relocation if that has been one of your goals. More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS: 2/23 - 2/27

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Eric stood his ground in his support of Rick and his position as CEO despite opposition from Ridge and the rest of the employees at Forrester Creations. More...

Driving with parking brake on can cause all your brakes to fail

Car Talk

Dear Car Talk: 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

Anti-vaccine moms respond

One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse. More...

Blood pressure readings change

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old man with high blood pressure. I take a calcium-channel blocker and a diuretic to control it. I am concerned about systolic readings that can vary 10-12 points when I take my blood pressure five-10 minutes apart. More...

‘Superbug’ cases tied to scope

A “superbug” outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the U.S. every year. More...

Entertainment

Blues-rock band from Texas will perform two shows here

Amber Farris was inspired to become a guitar player and singer as a youngster after seeing Kentucky native Wynonna Judd perform at the Texas State Fair. More...

Coming events

This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. More...

An Allmans’ embarrassment

1. What was the original title of “I Saw Her Standing There”? 2. Who wrote “Alfie,” and why? 3. Which group released “Straight from the Heart”? 4. What is “Big Yellow Taxi” about? More...

Students, teachers lose spring breaks

Letcher board takes all 5 days

The Letcher County Board of Education has cancelled spring vacation for students and teachers for the second year in a row. More...

Sheriff, staff busy with calls for help

Police Beat

Monday, February 22 • At 10: 41 p. m., a caller from Rodie Lane, Sandlick, reports to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office that his wallet has been lost or stolen. More...

‘A bad situation’

Water lines freeze, burst, creating havoc

County and city water departments throughout Letcher County are searching for leaky pipes and monitoring the water levels in tanks. “Most tanks are low,” said Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward. More...

News

Meetings planned

Grow Appalachia will meet at the Cowan Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 28, and a Letcher County Farmers Market meeting will take place at the Letcher County Extension Office at 6 p.m., Monday, March 9. More...

Meeting will look at 4-lane plan for road into Jenkins

State transportation offi cials are inviting residents of Jenkins and others interested in the KY 805 reconstruction project to attend a public meeting set for March 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jenkins Fire Department. More...

House OK’s $3.3 billion loan for teachers’ pension fund

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved the largest loan in state history to help rescue the troubled teacher’s retirement system. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Population loss worries Kentucky’s top schools chief

The urbanization of America and the loss of population in rural areas is causing problems for schools in those areas, some of which are caught up in a downward spiral due to job losses, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says on his blog. More...

Which Mitch do we believe?

After he won re-election last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id. More...

Sports

Fun is watching Kentucky grow up

Here’s to watching Kentucky’s team grow up. v Against Auburn: 25 assists. v Trey Lyles came around a low post pick by Karl Anthony Towns with energy and expectation instead of nonchalance ... More...

GLIDING IN FOR TWO

Former Letcher County schoolboy Cameron Justice went up for an easy two points against the outmanned Jenkins Cavaliers Monday night in the opening round of the boy’s 53rd District Tournament at Letcher County Central High School. More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Thinking about smallmouth bass

The weather has been very bad lately and has made it hard to get out and do anything including fishing. The most sought after fish this time of year is the smallmouth bass for most anglers. A lot of them like to fish for crappie also. More...

Families & Friends

BIRTHDAY

Maggie Little turned five years old on January 22. She celebrated her birthday with a party at the Letcher County Recreation Center. She is the daughter of Phillip and Beth Little of Little Cowan. More...

Weather cancels luncheon

Kentucky Laureate RHO Sorority met January 5 at the lovely home of Cheryl Hill. More...

Things not always spelled as they sound

Points East

The critics simply will not let me be. More than a dozen of them have written to explain that I misspelled “seng” in recent columns. “It’s sang,” they insist. More...

Obituaries

Tena Hampton-Smith dies at 47

Tena Marie Hampton- Smith, 47, of Okolona, died January 27 in Shepherdsville. A daughter of Harold and Lou Anna Hampton, she was graduated from Southern High School, JCC, and was an artist and photographer. More...

Rites held for Kenneth Eldridge

Kenneth Eldridge, 83, died February 21 at his home in Milan, Ind. Born in Carcassonne, he was the son of the late Colonel and Angelina Caudill Eldridge. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude Hicks, and a brother, Clyde Eldridge. More...

Services held for Lillie Hale

Lillie Moss Campbell Hale, 89, of Jeremiah, died February 17 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. More...