February 18, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Fox News commentator says Appalachia is 'hopeless'

Appalachia is a poor and "hopeless" region because people who live here won't "help themselves," Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly says. More...

Features

Ashley Judd urges end to mountaintop method

FRANKFORT Actress Ashley Judd added her voice this week to calls to stop a destructive mining practice that blasts away mountaintops to unearth coal. More...

Show will feature work by Whitesburg artist

A Whitesburg woman is one of five artists featured on a flyer for Kentucky's wholesale trade show and retail marketplace which takes place in Louisville this week. More...

Opinions

Restore budget cuts for seniors

To the Editor: Governor Steve Beshear has proposed cutting the state budget to make the books balance. His proposed cuts include some $3 million for home-based services caring for Kentucky's senior citizens. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Meeks making case as SEC's best player

A riddle: How can a magazine headline be half right, half wrong? Answer: The Sporting News, February 16. Headline: Meeks isn't Kentucky's No. 1, but he's the most efficient guy in college hoops. More...

Letcher Central boys drop 2

Well, it was another big game for the Letcher Central Cougars Feb. 10 as the Hazard Bulldogs came to town. The Bulldogs are the favorite to win the 14th Region and the Cougars were in for a fight as they usually are when these two teams tangle. More...

Kenseth storms to 500 win

The week leading up to the Daytona 500 is such a huge buildup to the race that in many ways when the checkered flag finally does wave on Sunday it has a certain sadness to it. More...

Health

Gesturing helps toddlers speak

WASHINGTON Don't just talk to your toddler — gesture, too. Pointing, waving bye-bye and other natural gestures seem to boost a budding vocabulary. More...

Peanut recall is misunderstood by most Americans, study finds

ATLANTA Most Americans know about a peanut-based national salmonella outbreak but many are wrong about what products are involved and few have confidence in food safeguards, according to a survey conducted by Harvard University. More...

Overweight Kids Have Serious Health Problems

Overweight children as young as 7 years old have high blood pressure and damaged arteries, and area at high risk for developing diabetes, so say Italian and American researchers. More...

Patchwork

Coming events

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...

Montgomery Gentry will be first act to play in new arena

CORBIN, Ky. Corbin's new exposition center and arena opening in March is generating interest outside the southeastern Kentucky town. "Some people had a vision, and it all came together," said Cliff Clinger, the center's manager. More...

Former 'Hee Haw' star wins battle against drugs, weight

SIDNEY, Ark. There's more to LuLu Roman than meets the eye. More...

Court OK's extension of haul road agreement

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted 5- 1 this week to extend an agreement that would allow a Letcher County coal company to use Carbon Glow Road as a coal-haul road. More...

New coroner will be picked by judge

Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward says it will be several days at least before he names a replacement for former Coroner John Cornett, who was forced to resign last week. More...

Mayking diesel fuel leak results in water advisory

A diesel fuel leak which led to a non-consumption water advisory being issued this week for nearly 4,000 water customers in Letcher County has been traced to a leaking storage tank at Mayking. More...

News

Appeals court vacates rulings on coal mining

CHARLESTON, W.Va. A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling requiring more extensive environmental reviews of mountaintop removal, a form of coal mining in Appalachia that blasts away whole peaks. A panel of the 4th U.S. More...

Whitesburg council presented with audit

An audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2007 was presented to the Whitesburg City Council at its February meeting. More...

Letcher Central grad to perform on ESPN2

A former Letcher County Central High School cheerleader can be seen fulfilling one of her childhood dreams Sunday on ESPN2. More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 19, 1959 Letcher County is broke again. More...

Car Talk

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a fairly beat-up 1994 Mustang GT 5.0 convertible. It was made the last year they made the 5.0 in the newer, more curvaceous body style. Through childhood, I was a car girl and a Mustang enthusiast. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Some unsettling facts about a past situation could come to light. And while you'd love to deal with it immediately, it's best to get more information to support your case. 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 To the person who defended me: Yes, she knows who she is. More...

Families & Friends

Stella Elam is DAR Valentine Sweetheart

Cowan

The Pine Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met for the February meeting at the Pine Mountain Grill on Feb. 12 at noon. More...

Photo

BLACK BELT — Vivian Caudill, 10-year-old daughter of Doyle and Patricia Caudill of Number Two Bottom, Burdine, received her black belt in Ryu Kyu Kempo Karate from the Lester's Karate Do School. More...

Senior citizens hear about safe driving

Angela Smith from KRADD came last week and talked to us about safety in driving and showed us pictures about it. It was really interesting, and we learned some good ideas from it. About 60 attended our Valentine party. More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Marjorie Collier

Funeral services for Marjorie Marie Collier, 84, were held February 15 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in the Thornton Cemetery. More...

Franklin Cantrell succumbs at 73

Funeral services for Franklin Drewrand Cantrell, 73, of Cromona, were held February 10. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. A son of the late Edward and Hattie Mae Newsome Cantrell, he was born at Long Fork. More...

Eva Collins Trout succumbs at 94

Eva Collins Trout of Roxana, died February 13 at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. She was 94 years old. A daughter of the late John and Dosha Collins, she was the widow of George Trout. More...