May 21, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Another local post office in peril

Another Letcher County post office is about to close. The Linefork Post Office will suspend its services May 30. A community meeting to discuss the closure of the Linefork Post Office is set for 6 p.m. May 22 at the Linefork House of Prayer. More...

Stricken

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a longtime supporter of Appalachia, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. See related story inside. More...

News

Miner may have cut live cable

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Federal investigators believe a West Virginia coal miner was cutting a live cable when he was electrocuted last week. More...

Editor's action causes court meeting to turn ugly

A meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court took an ugly turn this week after a newspaper editor was given the floor to deliver a politically-motivated attack against one of the county's five magistrates. More...

Letcher 7th worst in seatbelt usage

Letcher County has the seventh worst safety belt usage rate in Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 52 percent of Letcher County residents buckled up in 2007, with the state average being 72 percent. More...

Sports

Gabby's Fishing Fever

Advice on fishing for pre-spawn bass

Now is the time of year that the lakes have reached summer pool and the waters in the shallows have reached the temperatures that the bass will start moving in and out of shallow areas looking for a spot to spawn. More...

Gearing up for 100 extra miles of racing

Sunday's running of the Coca-Cola 600 is one of the crown jewels that makes up the Sprint Cup schedule. 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

Summer's awful bites and stings

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Every summer, I go camping and fishing with three friends. We've been doing it for 10 years. I enjoy it, but mosquito bites make it hellish. I'm a mosquito magnet. My friends rarely are bitten, but I am covered with bites. More...

Exercise helps teens avoid breast cancer when they're adults

WASHINGTON Get your daughters off the couch: New research shows exercise during the teen years - starting as young as age 12 - can help protect girls from breast cancer when they're grown. More...

SUMMER BARBECUING

Everyone loves a barbecue, but those fun summer get-togethers can derail your diet and possibly raise your blood sugar and blood pressure. This does not mean you have to give up barbecues just because you have diabetes. More...

Obituaries

Eller, 76, dies in Kingsport

David Herbert "Herb" Eller, 76, of Jenkins, died May 18 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., after a short illness. Born in Clintwood, Va., he was a son of the late D.J. and Mary Eller. More...

Services held for Fred Richard Spangler

Funeral services for Fred Richard Spangler were held May 20 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in the Spangler family cemetery in Whitesburg. Spangler, 79, was a son of the late Alvin and Alta Craft Spangler and was born in Letcher County. More...

Gaynell Begley dies at 91; was storekeeper, leader

Evelyn Gaynell Caudill Begley of Blackey died May 14 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. She was 91 years old. A daughter of the late C.B. More...

Turner, Smith win

Clinton easily defeats Obama in presidential race

Hillary Clinton, Bruce Lunsford, Johnny Ray Turner, and Ancel "Hardrock" Smith were the big winners in Letcher County's primary election Tuesday. More...

Charges filed against students

Criminal charges have been filed against six Letcher County Central High School students who were involved in three separate pranks that took place on the last day of the school year. "These students wanted to do something to be remembered by. More...

Deputy killed in ’58 in line for honors

A Letcher County sheriff 's deputy who was killed in the line of duty in 1958 is being honored for his work nearly 40 years later. More...

Opinions

Hurting schools

When the General Assembly passed the state budget last month, the public schools - like everything else - took a hit. Lawmakers congratulated themselves that the hit wasn't as bad as it could have been, but there's not much consolation in that. More...

Obama's 'problem'? It's not so easy

Once again the American media's compulsion to entertain rather than to understand has projected Appalachia to center stage of national politics. More...

Political Cartoon

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Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 22, 1958 Coal mine fatalities in Kentucky totaled 14 during March, a record low for the month since records have been kept. The total of fatalities for the January-March period was reduced from 135 in 1957 to 75 this year. More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS - 5/19-23

ALL MY CHILDREN - Dixie's spirit urged Jake to stay in Pine Valley for Tad's sake. Zach wanted JR's help investigating who ran him down and then framed JR for the crime. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you might prefer moving forward at a steady pace, it might be a good idea to stop and reassess your plans. You could find a good reason to make a change at this time. More...

Families & Friends

Duane and Anna Yonts will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 24

Cowan

Seems like news time comes around fast as usual. There is not too much going on. There are many odd jobs after the winter season. Our seasons go by fast and especially as you get older. I noticed a few gardens being planted as I went to church. More...

American Legion to hold Memorial Day services

Memorial Day observances will be held Sunday, May 25, by members of Whitesburg American Legion Post 152 at 36 cemeteries in Letcher County. More...

Services are held for Darrell Wright

Funeral services for Darrell Paul Wright, 58, of Neon, were held May 16 at the Seco Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in the McRoberts Cemetery. Born at McRoberts, he was a son of the late Orville and Mae Holland Wright. More...

Patchwork

Chris Janson shows why he's considered future star

Chris Janson has written songs with Bobby Braddock, whose "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" are among the greatest country music songs ever written. More...

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...

Chesney criticizes award change

LAS VEGAS Kenny Chesney won entertainer of the year for a fourth straight time Sunday, then promptly took issue with the way the Academy of Country music awarded the honor: through fan votes. More...