September 24, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

County moves forward with loan for rec center

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has voted five-to-one to proceed with a loan agreement that would allow the county to borrow as much as $6 million from the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO) for construction of a county recreation center on th More...

Features

Community activist, volunteer dies in mishap at home

A Letcher County environmental and government watchdog died this week after a freak accident near his home at Elk Creek, near Blackey. John Cleveland, 55, died after a tree he was cutting fell on him. More...

Fueling up with natural gas

First it was ethanol made from corn. Then ethanol made from twigs and stems and trash. Then, the future was going to belong to hydrogen. Now, the alternative fuel flavor of the month in Washington is natural gas. More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

September 25, 1958 A motorcade, sponsored by the Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce, will go to Frankfort Tuesday to talk with State Highway Commissioner Ward Oates about the need for a new bridge in Whitesburg. More...

Locking out a possible problem

Dear Tom and Ray: My wife and I have had a "spirited discussion" about this question. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The changing season brings new experiences as well as challenges for the ever-adventurous Aries. Your social life expands, as do the opportunities at your workplace. 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

Hospice breaks ground on new Hazard facility

Hospice of the Bluegrass - Mountain Community held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Hospice Free-standing Inpatient Facility in Hazard on Sept. 17. More...

Should we test our kids?

Opinions mixed on screening for breast cancer gene

CHICAGO Women are going for breast cancer gene testing in record numbers, forcing more parents to face a tough question: Should we test the kids? More...

Leaky heart valve not always serious

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Six years ago, I had a heart attack that resulted in triple bypass surgery, and I had to have my mitral valve replaced. More...

Patchwork

Blue Highway will perform at Appalshop

WMMT's "Bluegrass Express Live", an Alltech Festival, will present Blue Highway in the Appalshop Theatre in downtown Whitesburg, on Thursday, Oct. 9. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the performance will start at 7:30 p.m. More...

South Mountain Boys to perform at Norton

South Mountain Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27 at The Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1 1/2 miles west of Norton. For more information, call (276) 679-3541. More...

Outrage to perform at American Legion

Outrage reunited will play its debut performance Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Whitesburg American Legion. The group includes Tony Shortt on drums and vocals, Gary Slone on guitar and vocals, and David Crawford on bass. More...

PSC will choose water and sewer board members

It apparently will be up to the Kentucky Public Service Commission to choose two new board members for the Letcher County Water and Sewer District. More...

Man to be tried for murder

A jury trial is set to begin next week for a 37-year-old Deane man charged with shooting a friend to death after a night of drinking beer together on July 3, 2007. More...

News

Judge gives McClain 20 years

A 35-year-old Ovenfork woman was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison for helping her ex-boyfriend murder a 40- year-old Partridge woman in March 2005. More...

Cougars in our region?

According to the Eastern Cougar Foundation, an eight-pound spotted female cougar kitten was killed in eastern Kentucky in June 1997 when a man driving a pickup truck hit it on Highway 850 in western Floyd County. More...

Jenkins delays action on garbage proposal

Jenkins Mayor D. Charles Dixon said he hopes the city will be able to take action on a controversial proposal to adjust garbage rates for local businesses at its regular monthly meeting on October 6. More...

Opinions

Ousted chairman says water district 'hijacked by politics'

To the Editor: Over the years I have wondered why it is that so many hardworking people in Letcher County seem to have a fatalistic attitude when it comes to improving their circumstances and making our community a better place to live. More...

Political Cartoon

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Bush's final moment

It takes a major crisis for a lame duck president, especially one whose popularity is as low as George W. Bush's, to take center stage during a hard-fought presidential campaign. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Hoops stars of yesteryear gather at Wayland

Basketball players in Kentucky who own one-name recognition that spans more than half a century are as rare as a comet fly by — made precious because time, anecdotal history and written words smooth a path for the likes of Kelly Coleman, Fred More...

Cougars got little fight from Tigers

The Letcher County Central Cougars out-clawed the Clay County Tigers 41-14 on Friday to rebound from a tough onepoint loss to Perry Central the week before. The Tigers are led by their Mr. Football candidate, senior quarterback Zack Lewis. More...

CHEERING THE COUGARS

Arianna Collins, left, and Lindsey Kincer are members of the Letcher County Central High School cheerleading squad. More...

Families & Friends

COUPLE WEDS

Melissa Cooper and Dustin Paul Wright were married August 16 at Burdine Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Benny McCall officiating. The bride is the daughter of David Cooper of Panama and Lorie Mousel of Iowa. More...

EIGHT MONTHS OLD

Racen Gage Adams is the son of B.J. and Brande Adams. He has a brother, Kane Wampler. More...

Francine Caudill recovering from heart bypass surgery

Jeremiah keep forgetting to mention

Since I skipped a column last week, I seem to have forgotten what I planned to write this week - oh, well. Francine Caudill is doing pretty well after recently having heart bypass surgery. She had to stay in St. More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Karen Haynes

Funeral services for Karen Haynes, 52, of Cynthiana, formerly of Ermine, were held September 18 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Thornton Cemetery. More...

Services held for William Kincer Sr.

William Kincer Sr., 75, of Hellenwood, Tenn., died September 17. Born at Kona, he was a son of the late Joseph and Lula Webb Kincer. He was married to the late Margaret Ann Cantrell Kincer. More...

John Watts dies

John Watts, 90, of Hallie, died September 18. He was a son of the late Eli Watts and Polly Ann Watts Campbell. More...