April 8, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Spacek narrates PBS documentary on Appalachia

Sissy Spacek has lived within the Appalachian mountain range since before the role in "Coal Miner's Daughter" that identified her with the region. But some of her neighbors won't let her forget she wasn't born there. More...

Pain pills from S. Florida flood Appalachian states

Dr. Roger Browne was once one of Kentucky's most popular pain doctors. His office, however, was 850 miles away, in Broward County, Florida. More...

Opinions

Credibility needed

As he juggles an economic crisis and a couple of wars while getting to know world leaders, President Barack Obama probably isn't worrying too much about who will run a small federal agency that has a big impact on the quality of life in Appalachia. More...

Treatment, not jail

It has never made sense to lock up nonviolent drug offenders for the obscenely long sentences forced upon judges by vote-courting legislatures. More...

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Sports

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

— Thirteen-year-old Tyler Jopes, a student at Bowling Green Junior High School, was chosen to play in the first-ever Youth All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex. More...

Sports in Kentucky

John Calipari era starts at Kentucky

In John Calipari, Big Blue Nation got its man. The worship service has begun. University of Kentucky President Lee Todd got his man, too, and reminded us again about separation of church and state. More...

Cougars win three of five

The Letcher County Central Cougars baseball team lost two games Saturday after winning three games earlier in the week. More...

Families & Friends

Photo

FUND-RAISER — A fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life was held April 5 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. More...

Plowing, mowing, weed eating has started

Jeremiah

After taking a month off, it's hard to know just how to start back to writing a column. Spring has arrived and the area has been beautiful with the yellow forsythia, white pear blossoms and pink peach blossoms all abloom. More...

Easter egg hunt

An Easter Egg hunt will be held for boys and girls ages 12 and under at American Legion Post #152 on Pine Mountain, Sunday, April 12, starting at 2 p.m. The hunt is sponsored by the Ladies' Auxiliary of the post. More...

Obituaries

Blair rites set

Ben F. Blair Jr., 85, died April 5 at his home in Whitesburg. Born at Jeremiah, he was a son of the late Ben F. Blair Sr. and Belvie Watts Blair. He was a brother of the late Lillie Blair, Lincoln Blair, and Loretta Adams. More...

Services are held for Archie Potter

Archie Vincent Potter, 80, died March 28 at his home in Shelby Gap. Born at Pound, Va., he was a son of the late Creed Flanary and Sarah Rose Robinson Potter, a stepson of the late Ida Potter, and the widower of Vera Mullins Potter. More...

Services are held for Patia Kincaid

Patia Kincaid, 92, died April 5 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. Born in Knott County, she was a daughter of the late Stewart and Bertha Pratt Pigman. She was the widow of Ed Kincaid, and a sister of the late Opal Caudill. More...

Gas firm says it will help pay cost of watching tank

Officials with natural gas producer EQT say the company is willing to help pay for regular inspections of a water supply tank located near its drilling operations in the City of Jenkins, but won't pay the cost of relocating the tank. More...

Layoffs hit Jenkins schools

The Jenkins Independent School System is losing 13.5 full- and parttime positions because of state budget cuts, officials say. More...

Indictments returned

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named nine people in indictments, including an Isom man charged breaking into a truck in the parking lot of Sapphire Coal Company at Colson. More...

News

Robber leaves store without money after clerk calls for help

Police are still looking for a man who attempted to rob a Letcher County grocery store around closing time Friday night but "got spooked" and left after the cashier called for help over the store's loud speaker. More...

Where's spring?

This earlyblooming bush took on the look of a 'snowball bush' on Tuesday after heavy snows pounded Letcher County throughout most of the day. More...

Police say man robbed, beaten while walking

Police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted and robbed a 38-year-old Whitco man on Saturday morning. More...

Columns

In times like these, every dollar counts

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This is the line Charles Dickens used to open his novel A Tale of Two Cities. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 9, 1959 Explosions, apparently deliberately set, damaged equipment at two non-union coal company ramps in Letcher County this week. The latest incident occurred about 3:15 a.m. today at the Isom Coal Company Inc. ramp at Isom. More...

Car Talk

How can you remove anti-freeze from your windshield washer?

Dear Tom and Ray: I recently had my 2006 Chevy HHR worked on at the dealership where I purchased it new. Long story short, the mechanic put antifreeze in the windshieldwasher reservoir. 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

Driving and early Alzheimer's

Tests show when it's time for patients to stop driving

WASHINGTON US scientists are creating tests to show when it is time for people with early Alzheimer's disease to stop driving. More...

Study: Plavix plus aspirin can help prevent strokes

ORLANDO, Florida Taking the blood thinner Plavix along with aspirin helped prevent strokes and heart attacks in people with a common heartbeat abnormality that puts them at high risk of these problems, doctors say. More...

Getting Kids To Exercise

Over the past 30 years, the percentage of overweight kids has more than doubled. The primary reason is lack of physical activity — TV, video games and busy schedules have reduced the time available for active play. More...

Entertainment

Carcassonne square dance set for April 11

The Carcassonne square dance will be held Saturday, April 11, from 8 to 10 p.m. Charlie Whitaker will call and Randy Wilson, Shawn Stamper, Gabe Wilson, and Logan Dollarhide will play music. Food will be available at 7 p.m. More...

Connection to play

The Connection will perform Saturday, April 11, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Whitesburg American Legion. You must be 21 to attend. The group features Tony Shortt, Bo Conn, and Scott Sexton. More...

East KY Tyme will perform

East KY Tyme, a countrybluegrass band, will perform at Lays Hardware in Coeburn, Va., on Friday, April 10, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The group will also perform at the Country Cabin in Norton, Va., on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. More...