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Hot classroom was better than hot job

Unlike many kids today, I couldn't wait for classes to start back when I was a schoolboy. And I used to pray for snow, not so much to get a day off in mid-winter but to make the school year last as long as possible into warm weather. More...

Features

County high schools fail to meet goals set in math

No Child Left Behind data was released Tuesday

Jenkins High School and Letcher County Central High School both have failed to reach goals set under under the No Child Left Behind Act, according to data released this week by the Kentucky Department of Education. More...

Jenkins council delays action on fee increase

Business owners in Jenkins will not join residential customers in paying higher sanitation fees — at least for now. More...

Opinions

Destined to fail

Exactly a year ago — on August 6, 2007 — the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah caved in, trapping six coal miners. Here in eastern Kentucky we're a long way from Utah, but any mine disaster feels close to home. More...

Political Cartoon

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Candidates concurring on a bad idea for U.S.

Offshore drilling 'would not impact domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030.' — U.S. Energy Department

In a rare burst of bipartisan consensus, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama have agreed on a dreadful proposal: Open more of America's fragile coastlines to offshore oil drilling. How is it awful? Let me count the ways. 1. More...

Sports

Gabby's Fishing Fever

Plastic worms are secret weapons

Many good bass anglers say they have a favorite or a secret bait that will catch bass when nothing else will. And I bet you most of them will say it's a certain size or color of plastic worm. More...

QB Pulley booted from UK grid team

LEXINGTON Curtis Pulley's off-field problems never allowed him to live up to his on-field promise. More...

Points leader Busch keeps focus on wins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Kyle Busch can't win everywhere, proven by two horrendous races this season at Pocono Raceway. The Sprint Cup Series points leader ran out of gas Sunday and wound up a frustrating 36th. More...

Families & Friends

JULY BIRTHDAYS

Kaiden Barker celebrated his third birthday on July 4. His brother, Byron Barker, turned 13 years old on July 24. They are the sons of Michael Barker and Vada Rogers. More...

Hannah Ison enjoys playing with kittens

Jeremiah

During the July 4 holiday, Dorse and Gwen Fields had all of their kids in visiting. They had a good time playing corn hole and catching up with each other. More...

JULY BABY

Aaron Walker Blair was born July 9 to Aaron and Becky Blair of Jeremiah. His grandparents are Mary Jane and Tom Back of Jeremiah, and Sue and Hank Blair of Letcher. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Erin Marie Warden

Funeral services for Erin Marie Warden, 26, were held June 20 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Sexton Cemetery at Jeremiah. More...

Edith Marie Collier is buried at Seco

Funeral services for Edith Marie Collier, 77, were held August 3 at the Seco Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in the Whitaker Cemetery at Seco. A daughter of the late Barney and Margaret Price Phillips, she was born at Seco. More...

James Lee Littrell is buried at Deane

Funeral services for James Lee Littrell, 31, of Isom, were held August 2 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Riley Bentley Cemetery at Deane. He died July 29 at Pikeville Medical Center. More...

School meal prices will increase some

The Letcher County Board of Education has approved increases in the price of school meals. School officials say the decision shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with rising fuel and food costs. More...

Lone mine blast survivor calls for safety chambers

The lone survivor of an underground explosion that killed five coal miners in Kentucky two years ago said this week he believes most of his co-workers would have survived if the federal government had required protective chambers stocked with oxyge More...

News

Back on track

Five cars of a loaded coal train derailed in Letcher County on Sunday morning, damaging the rail cars and track and blocking the busy coal loader at the Sapphire Preparation Plant at Camp Branch. More...

U.S. legal groups blast justice in Massey case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The American Bar Association and other legal groups believe a West Virginia Supreme Court justice was wrong to hear a $76.3 million case involving a key booster of his 2004 election campaign. The leading U.S. More...

Some don't like MSHA's plan for airtight refuges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. More...

Columns

The way we were

August 7, 1958 Letcher Fiscal Court has refused to approve appointment of a county patrol. The magistrates said that if they couldn't pay themselves they couldn't pay patrolmen. More...

Car Talk

Wife doesn't need to worry about cars gas tank location

Dear Tom and Ray: My wife wants to buy a Honda Fit, but now she is worried about the gas tank. It is located under the front seat rather than under the trunk. Is this dangerous? More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A longtime situation starts to move into a new phase. The question for the uncertain Lamb right now is whether to move with it. Facts emerge by midmonth to help you decide. 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

Treating prostate cancer harmful to men over 75

NEW YORK Doctors should stop routine prostate cancer screening of men over 75 because there is more evidence of harm than benefit, a federal task force advised this week in a new blow to a much scrutinized medical test. The U.S. More...

Study: Sleep better, live longer

WASHINGTON Shakespeare once called sleep the "balm of hurt minds." Bodies, too, apparently. More...

A 'dream pill' for lazy people?

NEW YORK Here's a couch potato's dream: What if a drug could help you gain some of the benefits of exercise without working up a sweat? Scientists say there is such a drug — if you happen to be a mouse. More...

Patchwork

Tyme to perform

East KY Tyme will play at the Kentucky Ridge Runners Bluegrass Festival in West Liberty on Thursday, August 7. More...

Is it wrong to speak your mind?

NEW YORK When Katherine Heigl opens her mouth, people listen. They don't always like what they hear. If the media loves a celebrity lightning rod, then Heigl certainly delivers the goods. 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...