March 12, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Starlite owner pleads guilty to 9 counts

License to sell drinks reinstated pending action by state agency

permitted to sell alcoholic drinks again after its owner and an employee pleaded guilty to 12 misdemeanor charges of violating the state's liquor-by-the-drink laws. More...

News

Jobless rate up, but still third-lowest in KRADD

Letcher County's jobless rate has grown as 636 additional people are now without jobs, statistics released this week by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training show. More...

Lawmakers say no to tougher rules on mountaintop mines

FRANKFORT Lawmakers in Kentucky have rejected a proposal that could have stopped mining companies from blasting off mountaintops to expose the rich coal deposits that have been a mainstay of the state's economy since the industrial revolution. More...

Region's hemlocks focus of meeting

The survival of hemlock trees is at stake in this region because of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. This harmful insect has recently been sighted in many locations in eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia. More...

Columns

Car Talk

Air bags work even if the car is turned off

Dear Tom and Ray: Will an air bag deploy if the vehicle is running but not moving? For instance, you are waiting at a red light minding your own business, and a vehicle plows into your grill. Will the air bag deploy? More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years March 13, 1958 Representatives of the State Department of Education will come to Letcher County late this month to talk over school problems with local school officials and other citiz More...

Moments in Time

• On March 10, 1876, the first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when inventor Alexander Graham Bell summons his assistant in another room by saying, "Mr. 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.

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 own where I live on Little Colley. More...

Health

Brand-name pill prices up 7%

WASHINGTON Drug makers increased their prices last year by an average of 7.4 percent for brand-name medicines most commonly prescribed to the elderly, according to the advocacy group AARP. More...

To Your Good Health

Optimism about breast cancer OK

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have never seen you address ductal carcinoma, in situ, of the breast. My daughter, 46, has it and just had a second incision to get clean borders. I am optimistic about my daughter's recovery. She is scheduled for radiation. More...

Virtual colonoscopy preferred

ATLANTA Medical experts are recommending that a less invasive procedure known as a virtual colonoscopy and a stool DNA test join the arsenal of screenings for colon cancer in the hopes that more people would get checked out. More...

Obituaries

Services are set for Astor Lewis

Funeral services for Astor Lewis, 94, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Hurricane Gap Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Astor Lewis Family Cemetery at Gilley. More...

Rites held for Clayton Hatton

Funeral services for Clayton "Claty" Hatton, 79, of Whitco, were held March 5 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the R.B. Caudill Cemetery at Whitco. More...

Polly Ann Gibson, 88, is buried at Colson

Funeral services for Polly Ann Duncil Gibson, 88, were held March 3 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in the Colson Cemetery. A daughter of the late Ezra and Ella Pigman Everidge, she was born in Letcher County. More...

Plea okayed in '98 death of newborn

Formal sentencing is set for next month in Pike Circuit Court for a mother who has pleaded guilty in the 1998 death of her infant daughter. Delania Hylton Fields pleaded guilty to third-degree fetal homicide on February 22. More...

Court, legislators doing battle over severance funds

A fight over how Letcher County's coal severance tax money should be spent has broken out between five of six members of the Letcher Fiscal Court and the two state legislators who represent the county. More...

Man charged after trying to invade home at Cowan

A Redfox man, who police say is connected to recent church burglaries, was arrested by the Letcher County Sheriff's Department this week after an attempted burglary on Cowan. Michael W. More...

Opinions

Wants legislators to let people vote on gambling issue

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following letter was written to members of the Kentucky General Assembly by award-winning columnist Billy Reed, a proponent of supporting the state's horse industry through the legalization of casino gambling. More...

Political Cartoon

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McCain appears to be running for W's 3rd term

WASHINGTON Liberals who have sung the praises of John McCain in the past confront a fascinating test of consistency, integrity and political commitment now that McCain is the virtually certain Republican nominee. It could be an amusing moment. More...

Sports

Commodores stop Cougars

Well, it was crunch time for the Letcher Central Cougars or, as I like to call it, the 14th Region Tournament. More...

It's Perry's time

Player earns respect of coach, fans

LEXINGTON The skinny, mild-mannered kid is gone. Oh, Perry Stevenson is still skinny. Two years of burger binges and weight lifting in an attempt to give the Kentucky forward some bulk haven't really done the trick. More...

Season will change at Bristol

The Sprint Cup Series has now had stops at Daytona, California, Las Vegas and Atlanta, which are all over a mile and a half in length and all offer up what you would call clean racing. More...

Families & Friends

Old Man Winter proves that he's still the one in charge

Northeast Ohio

Greetings from the cold snowy city of Lorain. March 3 was a sunny warm day, in the high 60s, but by evening, Old Man Winter just had to let us know he's still in charge. Practically all schools and places were closed March 4. More...

Soup bean dinner goes well

Kingscreek

A couple Sundays ago while we were all gone to church, our neighbors Ronnie W. and Vickie Jones's home was broken into. It happened between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. More...

Cold weather cancels church services

Cowan

We sure had a cold weekend with not much going on. Carl Bennett came over and we had lunch together. Church was called off at Little Cowan and probably other places as well due to the very cold weather. 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...

New show asks, who is most evil?

Evil is in the eye of the beholder. More...

Alan Jackson returns to country core

FRANKLIN, Tenn. Alan Jackson presses a plastic jug to his lips and takes a big swig. "I live about 10 minutes from here. This is all right. I'll be home in time to watch the news I reckon. More...