February 4, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Welcome center funds may be lost in 60 days

The City of Jenkins is likely to lose $600,000 in federal money allocated for a proposed welcome center on US 23 at Pound Gap if construction on the long-planned facility does not begin within 60 days. More...

Jenkins council hears complaints

The Jenkins City Council this week heard complaints from several citizens about high water bills. The council also heard a complaint about a city police officer from an angry parent. More...

Features

Coal's outlook uncertain

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The ailing economy has left a big question mark hanging over the U.S. coal industry: will last year's high-priced contracts and today's declining costs be enough to offset rapidly falling world demand this year? More...

Storm's death toll at 25

WHITE PLAINS, Ky. Thomas Lacy was stubborn when it came to leaving the tiny community where he lived for the past 84 years, even when a severe winter storm bore down with deadly cold temperatures last week. More...

Craft's Colly baby beating odds by turning 1

A Letcher County baby who has been diagnosed with a rare disease that is almost always fatal will be beating some long odds Saturday when she celebrates her first birthday. More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 5, 1959 Plans for two good roads leading to Whitesburg were outlined this week by State Highway Commissioner Ward Oates. More...

Car Talk

Reader wonders how to get into stunt driving

Dear Tom and Ray: I want to know how to get a job, a very specific job. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Seeing the silly side of some really ridiculous situations helps give the Lamb a new perspective on how to handle them. Some important contacts can be made this weekend. 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

'Big push' now on for midwives

NEW YORK With health care costs high on the national agenda, advocates of home births are challenging the medical and political establishments to give midwives a larger role in maternity care and to ease the state laws that limit their out-of-hos More...

Exercise can bring on asthma attack

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have never been diagnosed with asthma, but when I drink cold beverages or eat ice cream and when I work out in cold weather, I start wheezing and get extreme chest pain. Is this asthma? What can I do? — R.K. More...

Zoloft and Cipralex are said to work best

LONDON Doctors have long assumed that most antidepressants are interchangeable. More...

Patchwork

Bonnaroo Festival tickets will go on sale Saturday

Tickets will go on sale Saturday for the 2009 edition of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. More...

AfterShock to play

The AfterShock Band will host a dance at the Jenkins American Legion Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Legion membership is not required to attend. Everyone 21 and over is invited. More...

Tyme to perform

East KY Tyme, a country bluegrass band, will perform at the Hemphill Community Center, Friday night, Feb. 6, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend for good family entertainment and dancing. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Theresa Williams

Theresa Gail Sturgill Williams, 47, died January 29 at her home at Kingscreek. A daughter of the late Bertley and Irene Sturgill, she was preceded in death by her birth parents, Carlos Frazier and Phyllis Sexton. More...

Services held for Leonor Thacker

Leonor G. Thacker, 67, died January 22 at her home in Stafford, Va. Born in Puerto Rico, she was the widow of Jesse J. Thacker. More...

Webb rites held

Sam Cecil Webb, 76, died January 29 at his home at Sergent. A son of the late Roscoe and Elizabeth Holbrook Webb, he was preceded in death by five brothers. More...

Attorney says coal firm had chance to do 'right thing'

The widow of a Letcher County coal miner who died on the job last year would not have to be suing Arch Coal Inc. More...

Judge Wood now retired, but will remain on bench

Letcher District Judge Jim Wood has officially retired after 16 years on the bench, but will remain on the job here until Gov. Steve Beshear is able to appoint a replacement. More...

WINTER'S BEAUTY

Holly trees have been unusually pretty in Letcher County this winter. Rapidly accumulating snow on Tuesday served to highlight these particular berries and branches. More...

News

Loss of Daschle clouds prospects of health reform

WASHINGTON Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw his nomination as health and human services secretary clouds hopes that President Barack Obama will make significant progress on health reform in his first 100 days in the White House. More...

Academic tourney results

The Letcher County Academic League Tournament was held recently. The junior varsity teams completed Dec. 13, and the varsity and elementary teams competed Jan. 17. More...

2 classified ads for dogs are work of scam artists

Two classified advertisements published in last week's Mountain Eagle appear to be scams. Both advertised puppies for sale and only provided an e-mail address as a contact. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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How far will Obama go for GOP?

WASHINGTON The strength of President Obama and the Democrats is being tested: Will they lose their nerve, or will they face down a rapidly forming conventional wisdom that will allow them to claim "victory" only if their economic stimulus package More...

2 more bite dust

It was not a good day for ethics in government. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Gamecocks better lock down Horn

South Carolina's stunner at Kentucky last week looked Devan Downey frenetic, but the coaching job Darrin Horn did was exquisite. Exemplary leadership and poise we expected. More...

EX-COACH BATTLES CANCER

In this photo provided by the University of Kentucky, former Kentucky and New Mexico State football coach Hal Mumme (left) and Dr. Stephen Strup appear at a news conference on Tuesday in Lexington. More...

Girls, boys stay on roll

It was another good week in Cougarland as both the boys' and girls' teams won both games they played last week. The boys were on the road at Jenkins, then traveled to Powell County over the weekend to take on the Pirates. More...

Families & Friends

Yvonne Sutphin has paintings in art show

We are still having warm weather for this time of year. It should help on our heat bills. I like a warm house so I don't complain about my heat bill. Not many coming or going is just a part of the winter season. More...

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

Billy and Jeanette Adams of Isom, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. They were married on February 7, 1959. The couple have three sons, Billy Dwight, Barstow, Calif. More...

TENNESSEE BABY

Autumn Renee Hensley was born August 1. She is the daughter of David and Valerie Hensley of Harriman, Tenn. Her grandparents are Bobby and Rosa Bates of Whitesburg, and Donnie and Bonnie Hensley of Alabama. More...