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"He's a good kid. He just has a problem with stealing cars."

I came across this quote in World magazine. A Florida woman said this after her 15-year-old brother was convicted four times for stealing cars. In addition to this, he was also convicted for cocaine distribution, marijuana possession, and larceny. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years July 18, 1957 The City of Cumberland is planning a huge celebration for its 40th birthday, to be held at the city park on August 4. More...

Strange But True

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Columns

Media Beat

Media historically ignores the consequences of going to war

As the political turmoil over the Iraq war escalates in Washington, it is a faint shadow of the horrendous violence that was unleashed on people in Iraq starting with the invasion more than 50 months ago. More...

Points East

Like miners, paper boys no longer work ponies

When I first started selling GRIT newspaper back in the 1950s, Dad was employed by a mining company operating in the head of Blair Branch that used ponies to pull coal cars into and out of the mines. More...

Idling for long periods is wasteful but not harmful

Dear Tom and Ray: I heard a caller on your show describe sitting in her car for 20 minutes while it idled so she could run her air conditioner and listen to her stereo. I couldn't have been the only one who cringed at that, could I? More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday.

E-m@il address 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: mteagle@tgtel.com I have two things I would like to comment on. More...

Health

Life is not fair to fat kids

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Overweight children are stigmatized by their peers as early as age 3 and even face bias from their parents and teachers, giving them a quality of life comparable to people with cancer, a new analysis concludes. More...

Identifying Alzheimer's disease

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: On TV, a commentator said Alzheimer's disease is known as the disease of the four A's. What are those four A's? - M.C. ANSWER: I don't know. More...

How to become fit before this year's Heritage Festival

More and more in our culture we are relying on simple cures for our problems. More...

Patchwork

Entertainment

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...

Is video game competition made for TV?

Organizers, including DirecTV, hope new league catches on like poker tour

LOS ANGELES Four race cars barrel down a virtual track, jostling for position. Announcers shout their commentary over growling engines until a winner speeds past a checkered flag. The frenetic race televised on DirecTV wasn't a NASCAR event. More...

State fair announces free concerts

Several top artists from various musical genres - country, Christian, rock, oldies and pop - will bring their high-energy entertainment to Kentucky for the 2007 Kentucky State Fair FREE concert lineup. More...

Court agrees to help fund ARH addition

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted after considerable discussion this week to allocate $100,000 in coal severance tax funds to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. More...

Grand jury indicts 14

Fourteen people are named in felony indictments returned last week by a Letcher County grand jury. More...

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MEMORY MOTEL - The old Suburban Motel in downtown Whitesburg was reduced to a pile of rubble this week. The structure is being demolished to make room for the new Letcher County Health Department. More...

News

Correction

Grand jury will determine whether man will be tried in shooting death at Deane

Authorities have "probable cause" to continue to pursue criminal charges against a 36- year-old Deane man who shot a Thornton man to death on July 3, Letcher District Judge Jim Wood has ruled. More...

Airport is focus of meeting

Have you heard that Letcher County is working to get an airport, but you're not sure where it would be located or whether it's even needed? Do you want to know how big the airport would be and who would pay the cost of construction? More...

Rogers says specialty license plate is 'grim reminder' of drug problem

Officials unveiled a new specialty license plate this week that will remind travelers of the need to "Keep Kids Drug-Free." That's the slogan on the new plate introduced Monday by Fifth District Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers during a ceremony in More...

Opinions

Keep blue dogs barking the bark

"Go ahead!" the gremlins hiss into Democratic ears. "Spend and borrow. The Republicans did it. Don't be a goody-two-shoes about this 'pay-as-you-go' stuff." The gremlins are hard at work trying to throw a wrench into the Democrats' Paygo resolve. More...

Liberals must give a break to conservative hypocrites

WASHINGTON Perhaps because no one else will do it, I want to offer a qualified defense of Sen. David Vitter, the socially conservative Louisiana Republican who now faces a bit of a problem. More...

Beauty & beast

Fred Thompson, would-be presidential candidate, is 64 years old and looks it. His wife, Jeri, is two years younger than one of his daughters and looks even younger than her 40 years. They have had two babies together since they married in 2002. More...

Sports

Jeff Sagarin could settle these issues

Jeff Sagarin is the numbers man who ranks college football and basketball teams for USA Today and the NCAA. More...

Stewart wins when heat is on

CHARLOTTE, N.C. When Denny Hamlin refused to quietly take teammate Tony Stewart's criticism, it marked a rare occasion of a young driver not rolling over for the two-time NASCAR champion. More...

NASCAR sponsors now on move

It has been a couple of weeks since Dale Jr. More...

Families & Friends

Eolia school plans back-to-school event

Eolia

Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach. And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. More...

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TO MARRY - Katrina N. Shepherd of Whitesburg, and Will Whisenant of Douglasville, Ga., announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. More...

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PAGEANT WINNER - Albany Caudill recently won the title of Miss Breathitt County Fair 4th of July. She will represent Breathitt County in the County Fair State Pageant in Louisville in January. More...

Obituaries

Christine Kiser, 59, buried at Payne Gap

Funeral services for Christine Vanover Kiser, 59, of Payne Gap, were held July 13 at the Sandlick Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in the Bob Potter Cemetery at Payne Gap. More...

Alice Mae Hayes dies

Funeral services for Alice Mae Hayes, 77, of Jenkins, were held July 16 at Carty Funeral Home. Burial was in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens at Big Stone Gap, Va. More...

Services are held for Emma Smith, 74

Funeral services for Emma Evelyn Smith, 74, of Pikeville, were held July 16 at St. George Catholic Church. Burial was in the Adams family cemetery at Burdine. A daughter of the late Lee and Lovelee Ervin Adams, she was born at Burdine. More...