April 1, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Power bills to go up for some

Residents in one area of Letcher County can expect their average monthly power bills to increase by nearly $6 a month. More...

Features

Art exhibit will honor Father Edward Randall

Letcher County lost one of its most loved citizens last year when Father Edward Randall retired and returned to his native Massachusetts. Father Randall came to Jenkins in 1979 to serve as priest of St. More...

United Nations official helps students plant trees

Young people who "have respect for our planet's natural resources" are the answer to reforesting the planet, a United Nations representative told students from Letcher County Central High School. More...

Opinions

Archie Green's vision

If you've ever read The Grapes of Wrath, or seen the movie, you remember the moment when Tom Joad (Henry Fonda), anticipating being killed ("if all our folks got together and yelled"), wonders whether "a fellow ain't got a soul of his own, just More...

Political Cartoon

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A hybrid in the making

WASHINGTON Just a few weeks ago, the vogue was to declare that "we are all socialists now," and to speak of how capitalist theory and practice were being toppled by an economic catastrophe that proved how profoundly flawed the old system was. 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

Study: Most eat too much salt

ATLANTA Seven out of 10 Americans should restrict their salt consumption, but very few of them do, according to a new government study. About 145 million U.S. More...

Study: Drug lowers risk of blood clots

ORLANDO, Fla. Statin drugs, which are taken to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease, also can cut the risk of developing dangerous blood clots that can lodge in the legs or lungs, a major study suggests. More...

Screen all teens for depression, panel says

CHICAGO An influential government-appointed medical panel is urging doctors to routinely screen all American teenagers for depression — a bold step that acknowledges that nearly 2 million teens are affected by this debilitating condition. More...

Entertainment

To perform

The Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood, Va., will present Tommy Webb and East KY Tyme at 7 p.m., April 4. For more information, call (276) 926-8694 or (276) 926-8383. More...

To perform

Duelin' Strings will play at the Gordon Fire Department on Saturday, April 4. Wolf Creek Grass will perform there on Saturday, April 18. Both shows will begin at 7 p.m. More...

Bluegrass group to play at Norton

Bluegrass Circle will perform at 7:30 p.m., April 4, 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. For more information, call (276) 679-3541. More...

Obituaries

Lillian Combs, 69, dies in Michigan

Lillian Combs, 69, of Blackey, died March 28 in Hartland, Michigan. More...

Services are held for Paul Tolliver

Paul Tolliver, 74, died March 27 at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va. A son of the late Jim and Pauline Combs Tolliver, he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and had worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Mich., for many years. More...

Boggs rites held

Michael Boggs, 49, of Cowan, died March 28 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. More...

Good news, bad news

Jobless rate is still low here, but miners to be furloughed

The good news is Letcher County continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Kentucky. The bad news is that one of the county's leading coal producers will idle its operations here for at least one week this month. More...

Council to decide building's fate

The Whitesburg City Council will decide later this month whether to allow the Letcher County Conservation District to demolish the old KYVA Motor Company building. More...

News

Lower air fares are here

COVINGTON, Ky. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has been known nationwide for it's record-high fares. But that may be changing. More...

Cleanup planned

A citywide cleanup is planned in Jenkins. The cleanup will take place from April 6 to May 1. More...

Easter egg hunt planned

An Easter egg hunt will be held at noon, April 4, at the Little Shepherd Amphitheatre site. The event, which is free and open to children under the age of 12, is sponsored by the Cumberland Mountain Arts and Crafts Council. More...

Columns

Car Talk

Cars not a good hedge against inflation

Dear Tom and Ray: Would you discuss the ins and outs of "stocking up" on cars as a hedge against future inflation? More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 2, 1959 Letcher County truck miners organized into an association this week and immediately adopted a health insurance plan for their employees and their families. More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS - 3/30-4/3

ALL MY CHILDREN — Zach played poker with Ryan and won the most important thing in his life. Kendall was crushed to learn of Zach's wager was for the casino. Kendall told Ryan she couldn't uproot her children to live with him. More...

Sports

Calipari is new Kentucky coach

LEXINGTON John Calipari agreed Tuesday to leave Memphis and the dominant program he built and take on the challenge — and riches — of returning Kentucky to college basketball glory. More...

Gabby's fishing fever

Bass starting to move shallow

As nature starts to come alive in the warm spring sun, everything gets on the move including bass. After spending a long, cold winter in the deeper, warmer water of the lakes, bass are moving into more shallow water areas as they begin to warm. More...

Stewart-Haas is a contender

Stewart-Haas Racing has quickly become the success story of the young 2009 Sprint Cup season. More...

Families & Friends

April is month for anniversaries

Big Cowan

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a good week. Our good friend and neighbor lost his home in a fire this past week. I really hate to hear that. I am sure the Lord will provide you with a new home and furniture. Just keep the faith. More...

Letcher High sets 50-year reunion

The Letcher High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50- year reunion July 11 at the Calvary Campus dining hall. The reunion will begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be catered at noon. Reservations should be made by June 1. More...

Photo

NEWBORN — Addison Malia Collier was born March 5 at Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Va. She is the daughter of Roger and Brandie Collier of Payne Gap. Her grandparents are Gary and Debra Polly of Mayking, and Pat and Eddie Webb of Kona. More...