December 3, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

ARH psychiatric center says murder suspect needs freed

A hearing will be held in Letcher Circuit Court next week to determine whether a psychiatric center in Hazard must continue to treat an elderly Letcher County man who still hasn't been tried for two murders he allegedly committed more than five yea More...

News

Letcher 1 of 6 counties where jobless rate down from this time last year

Letcher County is among only six Kentucky counties where unemployment fell between October 2007 and October 2008. Letcher County is now tied with Knott County for the lowest jobless rate in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District. More...

Judge sentences Collins to 2-1/2 years in prison

A Democrat man has been sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison for shooting his best friend to death after an alcohol-fueled argument on July 3, 2007. More...

Police say scam artists working in Letcher Co.

Kentucky State Police are looking for three men who recently conned an elderly Letcher County couple out of $900. More...

Sports

UK, Western score big wins

Sports in Kentucky

As ugly, but important, as Kentucky wins over Kansas State and West Virginia were, Western Kentucky's stunner against No. 3 Louisville was handsome in patience, smarts, efficiency and toughness. More...

Cats hope to build off Vegas win

LEXINGTON Patrick Patterson's hope before this season was "no drama." So far, the Kentucky forward has gotten his wish. Barely. More...

Lady Cougars spoil Harlan opener

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars were not the most hospitable of visitors Monday evening when they edged newly consolidated Harlan County High School 51-46 to initiate the Lady Black Bears' inaugural season. More...

Families & Friends

Mustard greens are still in the vegetable garden

Northeast Ohio

I'm having to get this ready early as Catharine is going out of town. 'Twill be a short, short bit o'news. Is everyone feelin' a kinship with the Thanksgiving turkey (stuffed)? We had our dinner at Golden Corral with Bill and Redia as our guests. More...

BIRTHDAYS

Madison Fugate celebrated her sixth birthday with a Halloween party at her home with family and friends. She is the daughter of Leslie Williams of Linefork and Alfred Fugate Jr. of Hazard. More...

Christmas auction planned at Blackey

A Christmas auction will be held at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 4, at the Blackey Community Center. Proceeds from the auction, which is sponsored by the Letcher/ Blackey Fire Department, will go to purchase toys and treats for neighborhood children. More...

Obituaries

Services are set for Joan Millard

Funeral services for Joan Lewis Millard, 77, will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Versailles. More...

Letha Everidge succumbs at 96

Letha "Granny" Everidge, 96, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died November 22 after a long illness. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late David and Martha Brown Hall. More...

Phyllis Conklin succumbs at 70

Phyllis C. Robbins Conklin, 70, died November 26 at her home in Jenkins after a long illness. Born and reared in Jenkins, she was the daughter of the late Thurston and Margie Robbins. More...

Councilman says he's been getting threats on his life

A Jenkins City Council member says he has been the subject of death threats and is the victim of a conspiracy being conducted against him because of some of the stands he has taken at council meetings. More...

EPA backs rule easing way for dumping mining waste

The Environmental Protection Agency, rejecting pleas from state governors and environmental groups, signed off this week on making it easier to dump mountaintop mining waste near rivers and streams. More...

Opinions

He was an advocate

To the Editor: I recently read in the national news of the passing of Mr. Gish of The Mountain Eagle. Mr. Gish was an advocate for the people of Letcher County and honest government. The Eagle was his voice. More...

Columns

Now here's a tip

• This year, some friends and I came up with the brilliant idea of having a Christmas card swap. We all have leftovers from years gone by, but we can't remember whom we sent them to. We got together for coffee and swapped leftover cards. More...

Car Talk

Studded tires not necessarily safer in winter

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a car question, about which I am sure I'm correct, but I need one of you to point that out to my husband — and if I am by chance wrong, then he never needs to know! More...

Feds offering help to buy converter boxes

Question: I heard that my television may stop working next year when stations switch from analog to digital. Do I have to buy a new TV? Answer: You don't have to upgrade to a new television in order to continue getting broadcast signals. 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

Inhalers must be green by Dec. 31

WASHINGTON Asthma inhalers go "green" in the United States on Dec. 31, which will force patients still using the old-fashioned kind to make a pricey and even confusing switch. More...

Is insomnia better than sleeping pills?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am on Lunesta, a prescription sleeping pill for insomnia. The nurse practitioner wanted me to take half a pill every third night, but that didn't work for me. I have to take half a pill every night. More...

1 in 5 young adults suffers from personality disorder

CHICAGO Almost one in five young American adults has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse alcohol or drugs, researchers reported this week in the most extensive study of its kind. More...

Patchwork

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...

New show offers different look at music

NEW YORK During an interview with Elton John for the debut of his new Sundance Channel show "Spectacle," Elvis Costello didn't ask about stage costumes, boyfriends or "Island Girl." Instead, the conversation turned to Laura Nyro, Leon Russell and More...

An impressive (2nd) comeback by Britney

Audio review

Britney Spears, "Circus" (Jive) — It's time for another Britney Spears comeback: Call this one the remix version. More...