December 31, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Just a second, 2009 — the Earth needs to catch up

AT THE GREENWICH PRIME MERIDIAN, England Just a second, 2009. It's going to take a little longer to say goodbye to the worst economic year since the Great Depression, but all for good cause. More...

Landowners sue TVA for $165M over spill

KINGSTON, Tenn. A group of land owners sued the Tennessee Valley Authority for $165 million on Tuesday over a dike burst that spilled more than a billion gallons of coal ash sludge. More...

Columns

CLICK and CLACK TALK CARS

Suspicious reader asks about maintenance cost

Dear Tom and Ray: Today I took my 2005 Prius in for its 55,000-mile routine service. I have been basically faithful in getting service done on schedule since getting it new in May of 2005. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 1, 1959 Polio costs continue to be high in Letcher County. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be busier than you had expected right now. But between the socializing rounds and the workplace tasks, there are opportunities for special moments with that certain someone. 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. Our address is: mteagle@tgtel. More...

Health

Top 'country doc' makes house calls

YOAKUM, Texas In this sleepy country town, which sprang up around a railroad junction and the start of the Chisholm trail, folks give out their phone numbers by the last four digits, the annual Tom-Tom festival culminates with the crowning of the More...

Blame sleep apnea for daytime fatigue

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have lived with my boyfriend for a year, and we are going to get married soon. One obstacle to marriage for me is his snoring. It's so loud that I cannot sleep with him. More...

Oldest man in the U.S. dies in California at 112

SAN FRANCISCO George Francis, the nation's oldest man, who lived through both world wars, man's first walk on the moon and the election of the first black president, has died. He was 112. Francis died Dec. 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...

Hollywood happy with past year

LOS ANGELES Hollywood loves breaking box-office records, yet studio executives aren't griping that their 2008 lineup will fall a bit shy of the all-time high set a year earlier. More...

Postal service lifts curtain on '09 stamps

WASHINGTON Lucy and Ethel lose their struggle with a chocolate assembly line. Joe Friday demands "just the facts" with a penetrating gaze. A secret word brings Groucho a visit from a duck. More...

Horse trail work raises concerns

An environmental group is calling for a federal investigation to determine whether endangered species were harmed in the construction of a portion of the new Pioneer Horse Trail in Letcher County. More...

County is 1 of only 3 where jobless rate fell

Letcher County is one of only three Kentucky counties where unemployment rates fell over a 12- month period ending in November. Jobless rates increased in 116 other Kentucky counties during the same period and remained the same in one. More...

News

Thornton man among 11 killed in holiday accidents

A Thornton man was one of at least 11 people who were killed in traffic crashes in Kentucky during the Christmas holiday period. Deputy Letcher County Coroner Wallace Bolling Jr. said Jimmy P. More...

Wreck fatal to Letcher native

Funeral services were held at Ermine last week for a former Letcher County woman who was killed while on her way to attend church services in Tennessee on December 21. More...

Woman faces drug charges

A Cram Creek woman has been charged with illegally selling one drug that gets users high and another that helps recovering addicts avoid the pains of withdrawal. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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End 'P.P.M.' now

To the Editor: I went to Whitesburg to pay my taxes last week and everywhere I looked were signs of P.P.M. (poor planning and management). First, I asked Danny Webb why I saw so many third-time felons on the street. More...

A long row to hoe

To the Editor: With much reading of progressive syndicated columnists and other good literature, I'm running late again. But I must applaud your editorial in the October 29 edition of The Eagle. More...

Sports

Resurgent Wildcats off to races

LEXINGTON Jodie Meeks sat in a chair, hands resting on his knees. He had just scored 32 points in Kentucky's 102-58 rout of Tennessee State last week when a voice floated in from down the hallway. More...

Sports in Kentucky

New year brings new possibilities

New year, new hope, new dreams, new possibilities, a new president who knows how the game should be played. And a classic quote and a Maybe You Missed This. NEW. President-Elect Barack Obama: "Nothing like a good pick-up game of basketball. More...

Cougars get two big wins

The Cougars hosted the Engineers from Estill County in a big game on Dec. 27. More...

Families & Friends

Best present was call from old friends

Points East

Late in the evening on Christmas Eve I was in bed enjoying this year's entries to my pal, Fred Beste's, most recent publication of his tome called "The Wonderful Book of Wonderful Letter s, Volume 22 " wherein a hundred or so "writers" from across More...

DECEMBER CHILD

Maddox Ryan Dawayne Adams was born December 4 at the Whitesburg hospital. He is the son of Hali Sturgill and Matthew Adams, both of Isom. His grandparents are Paula and Dawayne Sturgill, also of Isom, and Dwight Adams of Richmond. More...

DECEMBER BABY

Brylee Laurel Wall was born December 22 to Rachel and Clay Wall of Meridian, Miss. She is the granddaughter of Ray and Angie Jensen of Payne Gap, and Bruce and Jill Wall of Jackson, Miss. More...

Obituaries

Allen Henderson buried at Jenkins

Allen Lee "Hubbie Jr." Henderson, 61, of Dunham, died December 22, at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born at Payne Gap, he lived many years in Maryland, where he worked for a bakery, before returning to Letcher County. More...

Meade rites held

Kevin Meade, 35, of Letcher Manor Nursing Home, died December 22 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A son of the late Harvey C. More...

Services are held for Elmer Hogg

Funeral service for Elmer Hogg, 83, of Whitesburg, were held December 28 at the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in the American Legion Cemetery in Whitesburg. More...