January 21, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

County wants Attorney General to investigate fire dept.

The Letcher Fiscal Court adopted a resolution this week asking the Kentucky Attorney General's Office to investigate allegations that the Mayking Volunteer Fire Department has become more concerned with promoting gambling than with fighting fires. More...

New Whitesburg Wastewater Plant operational

After more than five years and millions of dollars, the new Whitesburg Wastewater Plant is on line and treating sewage. More...

Opinions

What the new president needs

President Barack Obama will no doubt ask for many things in the coming weeks — from Congress, from the states, from banks and businesses, and from the American people. More...

Political Cartoon

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The teachings of George W. Bush

WASHINGTON For many of us, the end of George W. Bush's presidency did not come quickly enough. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

UK breakthrough may have come

University of Kentucky fans may have witnessed a breakthrough moment last week. Says here, didn't happen in Knoxville. Scene: Second half against Georgia. UK had a large secondhalf lead when Jodie Meeks broke free on a three-on-two fast break. More...

Cougars win three straight

After losing two games in the WYMT Mountain Classic, the Letcher County Central Cougars were back in action in three games last week. More...

Lady Cougars win at JBS lose to Breathitt County

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars easily defeated June Buchanan Thursday night, Jan. More...

Families & Friends

Eddie Wolfe, son involved in accident

Big Cowan

Eddie Wolfe had an accident at Mountain Comprehensive Care the other day and tore up his car. He was not injured, but his son, Thomas, went to the emergency room and had x-rays, but was okay. More...

TEXAS BABY

Leah Grace Nicely was born Dec. 17. She is the daughter of SPC Jeremy and Melissa Nicely of Copperas Cove, Tex. Her grandparents are Wayne and Tammy Turner of Linefork, and Stan and Carolyn Nicely of Wallins. More...

LCC students participate in All District Band concert

Six students from Letcher County Central High School are members of High School All District Band. More...

Obituaries

Willis Troy Gibson buried at Mayking

Willis Troy Gibson, 77, died January 15 at his home in Ashland. A son of the late Robinette and Nannie Kincer Gibson, he was married to Mary York Gibson. More...

James Everidge dies in Michigan

Funeral services were held recently for a Letcher County native who died in Michigan. Services for James Lloyd Everidge, 83, of South Rockwood, Mich., were held in Flat Rock, Mich., on December 23. More...

Rites held for James Gordon Lewis

James Gordon Lewis, 33, died January 13 in Whitesburg. A son of Shelia Wampler Boggs and the late Gordon Lewis, he was born in Michigan City, Indi., and was a member of the 1994 Whitesburg High School graduating class. More...

Father says son deserves apology after court ruling

The father of a Letcher County man who will be released from prison soon after his conviction for reckless homicide was overturned is demanding an apology from local police and court officials who prosecuted his son. More...

Gas company apologizes for damage

A natural gas company drilling wells and constructing pipelines in Letcher County appeared before the Letcher Fiscal Court this week to apologize for damages to a county park caused by heavy equipment belonging to a subcontractor. More...

News

Obama takes historic spot as the first black United States president

WASHINGTON Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place in history as America's first black president Tuesday, summoning a dispirited and divided nation to unite in hope against the "gathering clouds and raging storms" of unfinished war and grave econo More...

Age of Bush ends with flight to Texas

WASHINGTON With one last handshake with President Barack Obama, George W. More...

Alabama Power studying switch from coal

MOBILE, Ala. Alabama Power Co. is exploring the possibility of generating electricity by burning wood or other renewable fuels at one of its coalfired plants. More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 22, 1959 A storm of what seemed like tornado proportions struck Letcher County late Wednesday afternoon, felling trees, breaking windows and leaving a large area without electricity for several hours. More...

Car Talk

For safety, fainting means no more driving

Dear Tom and Ray: My significant other has collapsed several times in restaurants. My children are concerned about his driving me around. What does one do in an emergency like that? I was told not to turn off the engine. More...

Now here's a tip

• "I have terrazzo floors, and they pick up scuffs like nobody's business. I keep a tennis ball on the end of my broom. I saw a guy in a department store do this once. I just rub the scuff with the tennis ball, and it comes right up. 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.com Hey nephew, you've got a second cousin who is selling you out. More...

Health

Fewer may need stents, study says

A new study gives fresh evidence that many people with clogged heart arteries are being overtreated with stents, and that a simple blood-flow test might help prevent unnecessary care. More...

Peripheral artery disease is common in older ages

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A commercial I saw on TV had a grandparent and grandchild talking about peripheral artery disease. It got me wondering if I have it. I got the idea that many older people do. I am 78. What are its signs? — K.M. More...

DVD teaches autistic kids what smile means

LONDON It wasn't until Jude met Jenny that the 3-year-old autistic boy understood what happy people look like. Jenny, a green trolley car with a human face, had a furrowed brow when her wheel buckled and she got stuck on a track. More...

Patchwork

Bluegrass group to play at Norton

South Mountain Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m., January 24, 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. More...

AfterShock to play

The AfterShock Band will host a dance at the Jenkins American Legion, Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $5 per person. Membership in the American Legion is not required, but attendees must be at least 21 years old. More...

Cordle, band to perform at Appalshop

Bluegrass musician Larry Cordle and his band Lonesome Standard Time will appear at Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg, on February 5 for WMMT-FM's "Bluegrass Express Live" series. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the performance will start at 7:30 p.m. More...