February 25, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Opponents say bill would weaken mine safety law

Several Kentucky citizens and labor groups are asking Kentucky lawmakers to defeat a proposal to weaken a key mine safety law. More...

Features

ABC News report on region brings help as debate rages

FRANKFORT People have reacted with generosity to a report from ABC's "20/20" on poverty and related issues in central Appalachia. The newsmagazine reported Feb. More...

Frustration mounts as days go by

Many Letcher County residents and public officials were waiting anxiously this week for permission to once again use their water for something other than flushing a toilet. More...

Opinions

The ABC's of poverty

There's some real hard-core poverty in Appalachia. More...

Will Sawyer's report lead to local action?

The ABC documentary "A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains" and its short followup stirred a lot of talk in central Appalachia this month. But what action will ensue? More...

Political Cartoon

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Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Cats complete sweep of Vols

Kentucky's win against Tennessee was a notch down from gorgeous, but was pretty enough to earn the delight of Big Blue Nation. A 13-0 run from the get-go and an exclamation mark at the end. A Vols Sweep is UK's season highlight so far. More...

Girls win tourney opener

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, led by their "Edith Bunker" defensive pressure, stifled Knott County Central into 34 turnovers (which included 25 steals) in easily downing the Lady Patriots 58-33 on their home floor Monday evening in the o More...

Tourney begins

After finishing the regular season with a record of 19-7, the Letcher County Central Cougars must really get serious as the district tournament in now underway at Knott County Central. More...

Families & Friends

Bill O'Reilly doesn't see the real Appalachia

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. I attended a real nice household shower given for Jared Carroll and Kristin Redman of Louisville. Jared is the son of Sandy and Larry Carroll and grandson of Kathleen Brock and the late Wayne Miles. More...

Mike Fields retires as others are laid off

Big Cowan

Today (Wednesday) is my daughter-in-law's birthday. Happy birthday, Amber, and may it be a good one. More...

Basketball camp set

Applications are now being accepted for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. Boys and girls ages 10-19 are eligible to apply and the camp is by invitation only. More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Owen Sexton

Funeral services for Owen Sexton were held February 21 in Wise, Va. Burial was in the Day Cemetery in Whitesburg. Born at Thornton, he was a son of the late Ila and Dewey Richardson and was the widower of Jean Bates Sexton. More...

Services are held for Hattie Adams

Hattie Marie Adams, 88, of Elizabethtown, died February 18 at Woodland Terrace Health Care Facility. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Sandy and Sarah Jane Craft Adams. More...

Services are set for Wanda Miller

Whitesburg native Wanda Lee Miller, 69, of Belva died February 21. A daughter of the late Harrison and Nora Caudill Stidham, she was a member of the Bell Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church in Dixie, and was a retired school cook. More...

Water advisory lifted on 10th day

State officials on Wednesday afternoon lifted a drinking water advisory issued 10 days ago to about 4,000 water customers in Letcher County. More...

Jury will probe gas companies' practices here

The Letcher County Grand Jury will meet on March 5 to begin an investigation of natural gas companies operating in Letcher County. Letcher Commonwealth's Attorney Edison G. More...

Judge tabs Wallace Bolling to fill rest of coroner's term

Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward has appointed Wallace "Spanky" Bolling Jr. to finish the unexpired term of former Letcher County Coroner John Cornett, who was forced to resign recently after pleading guilty to a drug offense. More...

News

PRIDE to hold spring cleanup

April is PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in southern and eastern Kentucky. If Letcher County and its four cities participate, they can receive up to $23,100 from PRIDE to pay for roadside cleanups and beautification projects. More...

ARH wins construction award

An awards competition sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Kentucky has recognized the renovation of an old Wal-Mart building into a regional medical mall as one of Kentucky's top construction projects in 2008. More...

McRoberts has new principal

Kristie Collett is the new principal at McRoberts Elementary School and has begun a flurry of studentoriented events and reward programs. More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 26, 1959 A tip from a Letcher County resident led Kentucky State Police to arrest seven persons here Tuesday afternoon on charges of transporting stolen automobiles across state lines. More...

Car Talk

Should dealer do scheduled service?

Dear Tom and Ra y: My husband and I disagree on many things, but with this one, we both think you can help! We have a 2005 Nissan Sentra, and it's time for its scheduled 30,000-mile checkup. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Try to say as little as possible about the work you're doing through the end of the month. Then you can make your announcement and accept your well-deserved plaudits. 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

Traveling for care to save money

COLUMBIA, S.C. A trip to Costa Rica did wonders for Sheila Liner's smile. The sun and sightseeing had little to do with the improvements. Liner spent years suffering from piecemeal dental work that led to sinus infections and a swollen face. More...

Do cholesterol-fighting drugs really do the job?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read a cover story in a national magazine that claimed there is much question about the need to lower cholesterol and to prescribe statin medicines. More...

Hospitals see big drop in staph 'superbugs'

A government report says the rate of dangerous staph infections has dropped dramatically in hospital intensive-care units, a rare encouraging sign about a hard-to-treat "superbug." The report involving nearly 600 hospitals is the largest to docume More...

Patchwork

Square dance set

A potluck and square dance will be held at 6 p.m., March 7, at the Cowan Community Center. Music will be provided by the Passing the Pick and Bow music students and faculty. Charlie Whitaker will be the caller. More...

Gospel singing is planned for Feb. 28

A dinner followed by a gospel singing will take place February 28 at the Campbell's Branch/ Linefork Community Center. Dinner will be served at 3 p.m. and the gospel singing will begin at 5 p.m. More...

Bluegrass at Norton

South Mountain Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m., February 28, 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...