October 22, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

County, cities set different nights for trick-or-treating

Trick-or-treating will take place on two different nights in this area. Children in Letcher County will be permitted to go trick-or-treating on Friday, October 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. More...

Features

Nature hike scheduled on Red Fox Trail, site of the 1892 'Killing Rock Massacre'

One of the most colorful chapters in the history of southeastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia depicts the events surrounding the "Killing Rock Massacre" which occurred on the south side of Pine Mountain in 1892 when five members of the Ira Mu More...

'Appalachia' grows to include counties in flatlands

CARLISLE, Ky. Tabbatha Tubbs laughs at the thought of Washington politicians decreeing her hometown Appalachian. After all, there's not a mountain in sight from this gently rolling countryside best known for its thoroughbred horse farms. More...

Opinions

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Says attacks from fiscal court members 'false and unfounded'

To the Editor: When I accepted this voluntary position as a commissioner on the Letcher County Water Board, I did so to help the people of Letcher County, including the Cumberland River area, obtain clean, affordable water. More...

Kentucky shifting toward the Democrats

Those sounds you heard last week were the political furniture banging around as the electoral landscape tilted further in favor of Democrats, even in Kentucky. More...

Sports

Cougars idle after rout of East Ridge

The Letcher County Central Cougars easily defeated East Ridge last Friday and now play a waiting game to see who they will meet in the playoffs as the rest of the regular season winds down. More...

Injury-bitten Cats will face Gators

LEXINGTON Kentucky lost running back Derrick Locke for the season when an MRI showed torn knee ligaments Monday, a week after the Wildcats lost receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. to a similar injury. And Locke's not the only injured starter for Kentucky. More...

Gabby's Fishing Fever

Trolling lakes can bring big results

With crappie now moving to find an area with a stable water level and suitable temperature, there will be some crappie in fairly shallow water and some in deeper water. More...

Families & Friends

Homesick for mountains

I just want to tell all of your readers that I am so homesick for the mountains of Eastern Kentucky that it is driving me crazy. More...

Dance, party set at Legion

The Whitesburg American Legion Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a Halloween dance and costume party on Friday, October 31, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. More...

Sponsors bring trailer loads of items for thrift shop

Eolia

Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Jonnathan Riggins

Funeral services for Jonnathan William Riggins, 38, of Greenville, S.C., were held October 18. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery West. Born in Greenville, S.C., he was a son of Benjamin Franklin Riggins and Deborah Marshall. He died October 14. More...

Curwood Potter Jr. buried at Mayking

Funeral services for Curwood Potter Jr., 64, were held October 16 at the Hemphill Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Haven of Rest Cemetery at Mayking. More...

Christine Honshul Paynter, 80, dies

Former Vicco resident Christine Honshul Paynter, 80, of Redford Township, Mich., died October 19. More...

Man quits post on water commission as form of protest

Fiscal court doesn't act to fill position left open by decision

The Letcher Fiscal Court this week declined to appoint a new member to the Letcher County Water and Sewer District's Board of Directors to replace Lonnie Buchanan, a Cumberland River area resident who resigned in protest of the court's treatment of More...

Mayor says no property owner will be forced to be part of city

Whitco property owners who don't want to be annexed into the City of Whitesburg and receive services such as fire and police protections will have their wishes honored, Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft said. More...

News

Two plead guilty to drug counts

Two Jenkins men pleaded guilty in Letcher Circuit Court last week to possessing prescription narcotics illegally. More...

LARGE CROWD SEES JANSON

Nashville musician and songwriter Chris Janson blew on his harp near the end of his show at Summit City in Whitesburg on Saturday while drummer Darren Rayl helped out on guitar. More...

Old railroad bridges get work

City workers are making four old railroad bridges in Whitesburg accessible for walking and bicycling around town. More...

Columns

Strange But True

• As we get closer to the election on Nov. 4, it might be a good time to remember the following observation from American author Norman Mailer: "I don't trust a man who uses the word evil 18 times in 10 minutes. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

October 23, 1958 First-aid and mine rescue teams representing the Big Sandy- Elkhorn Coal Mining Institute made an excellent showing at the statewide contest held in Lexington on Oct. 18. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A colleague might offer to open a door for you professionally. But before you walk through it, be sure this "favor" isn't attached to an obligation you might find difficult to discharge. 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

Pressing for autism insurance laws

CHICAGO In Washington state, Reza and Arzu Forough pay more than $1,000 a week for behavior therapy for their 12-year-old autistic son. In Indiana, Sean and Michele Trivedi get the same type of therapy for their 11-year-old daughter. More...

An egg is a great nutritional bargain

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Are eggs harmful? I've been told not to eat more than two a week. I read, however, that eggs are good for us. — M.D. ANSWER: The daily cholesterol limit has been set at 300 mg. More...

Frequently Asked Questions:

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common but serious condition that often affects people with diabetes. Your doctor should be checking your blood pressure at every visit. Why is it important to keep blood pressure under control? More...

Patchwork

Coming to Summit City

The Swells will play in downtown Whitesburg at the Summit City Lounge on Thursday, October 23. More...

Grasstowne to perform

WMMT's "Bluegrass Express Live" will present Grasstowne in concert at the Appalshop Theater in downtown Whitesburg on Thursday, November 6. More...

Outrage to perform

Outrage will play Friday, Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at a Halloween dance and costume party 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...