July 16, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Tim Easton will appear in Whitesburg July 23

Top-quality music returns to Letcher County next week when singer-songwriter Tim Easton takes the stage at Summit City in Whitesburg on Wednesday, July 23. More...

Overseas steel companies are snapping up coal interests

Are they the new U.S. Steel, Bethlehem?

CHARLESTON, West Virginia It has been more than a century since J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and other U.S. More...

Many new laws affect children

FRANKFORT Teachers, coaches and priests convicted of sex crimes against children face longer prison sentences under new laws which took effect earlier this week. More...

Columns

Moments In Time

• On July 19, 1799, a French soldier in Egypt discovers the Rosetta Stone, a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing in Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. More...

Car Talk

If you want to save gas, turn the car off

Dear Tom and Ray: This is a question I have always thought I knew the answer to, but now I am searching for a concrete answer, and who better to turn to? More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 17, 1958 The Whitesburg Development Association called today for a general cleanup in town which would feature the tearing down of shacks, garages, toilets, chicken coops or other buildings no longer in use. Circuit Clerk W.L. 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

Little athletes suffering adult injuries

WASHINGTON A 14-year-old gymnast with a stress fracture in her lower back. A 12-year-old who tore his ACL in a soccer game. A 16- year-old runner with a leg stress fracture. A 15-year-old who tore his meniscus playing basketball. More...

Cholesterol drugs recommended for some 8-year-olds

CHICAGO For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems. More...

Fat men are found to have bad sperm

BARCELONA, Spain Too many fatty foods are dangerous not only to men's waistlines, but to their sperm production. More...

Patchwork

John Berry to headline Jenkins festival

Country music singer/ songwriter John Berry will serve as the headliner of the 2008 Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival, which will take place August 21-23 at Jenkins City Park. More...

Tyme to perform

East KY Tyme will play at the Hemphill Community Center on Friday, July 18, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Astor Taylor at 633-2708. More...

Outdoor drama offers musical entertainment

"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine," the 45th annual adaptation of the John Fox Jr. novel, can be seen at the June Tolliver Playhouse in Big Stone Gap, Va., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. More...

Death penalty being asked

Commonwealth's Attorney Edison G. Banks II recently filed motions seeking the death penalty for two of the three people charged with beating an elderly Fleming-Neon man to death in April. More...

Man used copperheads as weapon, officers say

A Letcher County man was charged with terroristic threatening early Saturday morning after he threatened police with two copperhead snakes. More...

Jury indicts 13

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 13 people in 16 indictments including a man and a woman who are charged with arson. More...

News

Man accused of selling poisonous snakes

A 36-year-old Mayking man is scheduled to make his first appearance in court next week to answer nearly 80 charges filed against him after a two-year undercover investigation focusing on the illegal possession, importation and buying and selling of More...

Rail crossing to close

A CSX railroad crossing on KY 7 near Deane at the Knott/ Letcher County line will be closed for repairs on Wednesday, July 23. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. More...

Letcher can apply for ARC mini-grant

Letcher County is eligible to apply for funding support through The Center for Rural Development for an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) mini-grant for strategic planning or implementation of a community development plan identified through an More...

Opinions

McConnell's threat to Medicare system

Last week Sen. More...

4-day school weeks are okay, but at what cost?

Some Kentucky school districts, Jenkins Independent for one, have moved from a five- to a four-day school week. More...

Larger numbers of U.S. citizens go without care

While politicians have been debating endlessly over the best ways to reform the American health care system, the plight of American patients has rapidly worsened. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Hoops stars look at UK, UofL

Summer is baseball time, right? In Kentucky ... maybe. July is basketball camps too, South Georgia to central Ohio to Louisville to Princeton, New Jersey. More...

Ex-Red Hamilton sets mark

NEW YORK Fans at Yankee Stadium were chanting Josh Hamilton's name and the theme music from "Rocky" was blaring over the loudspeakers. Alas, the Texas Rangers' comeback kid had nothing left. More...

Ryan Newman says he will leave Penske

MOORESVILLE, N.C. Ryan Newman, projected as a possible teammate for fellow Indiana native Tony Stewart on the two-time NASCAR champion's new team, will leave Penske Racing at the end of the 2008 season. More...

Families & Friends

Bessie Day of Little Cowan visiting relatives in Ohio

Cowan

Seems like my news keeps getting less and less. Not many are coming or going like we used to have. Several attended church at Little Cowan. Elder Brad Dutton and his wife came from Louisa. It's always good to see them. More...

ONE YEAR OLD

Grant Edward Barto celebrated his first birthday on July 5. He is the son of Derek and Sally Barto of Whitesburg and the grandson of Calvin and Susan Barto of Lyndon and Freddy and Sarah Oakes of Thornton. More...

Church members build a ramp for Phyllis Whitaker

Jeremiah

Just a quick little column this week since I'm writing at the last minute. Congratulations to Aaron and Becky Blair of Burton Hill who have a brand new baby. The little one was a few weeks early and only weighed a little over four pounds. More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Mary E. Roberts

Mary E. Roberts, 79, died July 10 at her residence in Allentown, Penn. Born in Thealka, she was the daughter of the late Ruby Wyatt and Ora Dewey Spears. She was the wife of the late Reade A. Roberts. Mrs. More...

Funeral services are held for Charles Litts

Funeral services for Charles Nicholson "Tiny" Litts, 84, of Wise, Va., were held July 15. Burial was in the Laurel Fork Cemetery at Mayking. Born at Jenkins, he was a son of the late Joseph L. and Charmie Chapman Litts. More...

Services are held for Vernon Brown

Vernon E. Brown, 73, of Bellevue, Ohio, died June 27. Born in Whitesburg, he was a son of the late Robert Brown Sr. and Angeline Adams Brown. He was the grandfather of the late Nicolas Vernon "Nic" Brown. More...