April 9, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Study: Hospital generates $14.9 million locally

Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital spends about $14.9 million each year on staff salaries and on the purchase of local supplies and services, according to a new study prepared for the Kentucky Hospital Association. More...

Features

Pioneers traveled through Scuttle Hole Gap

One of the most colorful eras in the history of Letcher County was the period ca. 1890-1912. From the time the early settlers came into the region in the early 1800s, the people lived off the land. More...

Wellmont to Jenkins: More hospital work coming

Wellmont Inc. announced this week that more renovations are coming to Jenkins Community Hospital. More...

Opinions

How green was NAFTA?

About 17 years ago, a New England business reporter answered the phone and found a friendly Texan on the other end. More...

Political Cartoon

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Grace and acceptance

It started with my hands. They hurt. They were numb and tingling, and the pain went up and down my arms. I did not like it. I am a worrier, not a whiner. More...

Sports

Trout will be stocked here in two lakes

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says it will stock 2,000 rainbow trout in Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap on April 15. More...

Blue oval is still in the game

Sometimes lost in the excitement of the Sprint Cup season is the fact that the driver's championship is not the only title being contested over the long 36-race schedule. More...

CHAMPION WRESTLER

Eight-year-old Thomas Roberts of Luttrell, Tenn., won the Tennessee State Wrestling Championship on March 22. One week later on March 29, he was the winner of the 2008 AAU National Wrestling Bantam Weight Championship. More...

Families & Friends

Have we been having sarvis winter?

Whitesburg

Hello, everyone, hope everything is going well for all of you. We've sure had a lot of rain. The sunshine sure looks good. I need to be going yard work real bad. I've used the rain for an excuse. My garden crop is doing really well. More...

BROTHER AND SISTER

Nathan Ingram is pictured holding his new baby sister, Kristen Emily Ingram, who was born March 18 to Chris and Rebecca Ingram of Linefork. Grandparents are Carl and Cinda Ingram of Linefork, and Richard and Marsha Blair of Letcher. More...

Families welcome new babies

Blackey

Congratulations to my daughter, Jennifer, and Damian Miller of Elk Creek on the birth of their precious baby boy, Kaleb Nathaniel Miller. He was born on April 3. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. More...

Dogs were hunting when trooper shot them, owner says

A Kentucky State Police trooper shot and killed two hunting dogs after their loud barking disturbed his sleep, the owner of the dogs has charged. More...

It's a scam, sheriff says

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb is warning the public of a possible scam asking people to donate to the sheriff's department. "No way are we soliciting funds for this office," said Webb. More...

News

Hard times hit timber industry in Appalachia, elsewhere

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Global economics and the housing bust are throwing a relentless string of problems at the mom-and-pop sawmills and logging companies that make up much of the nation's hardwood lumber industry. More...

New budget includes projects here

Water projects to get majority of $6.4 million in severance funds

Over $6.4 million in coal severance funds will flow into Letcher County under the state budget plan approved last week, said Senator Johnny Ray Turner, D-Drift. More...

Spring means snakes are out crawling here

The songbirds are returning, the daffodils have bloomed and more and more, the snakes are crawling. After all, it's spring in Kentucky, so it's time to expect more activity from our legless reptile friends, right? More...

Columns

The way we were

April 10, 1958 County Judge Arthur Dixon today called a special meeting of fiscal court to consider purchasing voting machines for use in most Letcher precincts in the November election. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Rumors of a change in the workplace could make you a mite uneasy about going ahead with implementing your ideas. Best advice: Ignore the talk and proceed as planned. More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS - 4/7-4/11

ALL MY CHILDREN - Ryan found Annie's divorce papers and asked for another chance. She tore up the papers and left in tears. More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

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

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. More...

Health

Esophagus damage, cancer rising with longterm heartburn

WASHINGTON Chronic heartburn is a daily acid bath for the esophagus, and complications from it are on the rise. New U.S. government figures show a worrisome increase in esophagus disorders from severe acid reflux. More...

Findings support shocking devices and CPR

CHICAGO Having a defibrillator at home can help a heart attack survivor live through a second crisis, but so can cardiopulmonary resuscitation and at a much lower cost. More...

Pills for high blood pressure can prevent strokes, heart attacks

CHICAGO Two big studies offer good news to people with high blood pressure, finding that novel ways to use cheap drugs already on the market can lower their risk of heart attacks, stroke and death - even if they are very old. 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...

Elvis Costello, Elton John will host music show on Sundance

NEW YORK Music giants Elvis Costello and Elton John are joining forces for a talk-and-tunes series to air on Sundance Channel. More...

'Animal magnetism' on display in two-part edition of 'Nature'

Birds do it. Bees do it. And neither they nor the rest of the animal kingdom (besides humans) need a sex manual or Freudian analysis to get it right. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Raymond Fields

Raymond Raleigh Fields of Whitesburg, died March 31 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was 81 years old. Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Matthew C. and Allie Frazier Fields. More...

Pina Phillips, 86, dies in Michigan

Pina Dickenson Phillips, 86, died April 1 at Oakwood South Shore Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Mich. A daughter of the late Worley and Callie Stallard Dickenson, she was the widow of Columbus "Lum" Phillips. More...

Margie Watts is buried at Hallie

Margie Caudill Watts, 61, died April 1 at her home at Hallie after a long illness. She was a daughter of Georgia Caudill and the late Kermit Caudill. Mrs. Watts retired last year from the Letcher County Board of Education after 38 years. More...