April 15, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Sale leaves Jenkins without hospital

For the first time in more than 40 years, the City of Jenkins is being left without a hospital to call its own. But thanks to Appalachian Regional Healthcare Inc., the town will still have a full-service medical clinic. More...

Features

New hospital administrator happy to be here

Whitesburg hospital's new administrator says she is looking forward to getting to work on a project to renovate patient rooms and to becoming an active member of her new community. Dena C. More...

Simulator prepares officers for making real-life choices

Local police are learning how to react in real-life situations with the help of a computerized training system which lets officers practice making decisions. More...

Father Randall's legacy remembered by students

When Father Edward Randall retired last year at age 88 and returned to his native Massachusetts, a terrible void was left in Letcher County. More...

Columns

Hard to tell if antifreeze accident was harmful

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a soldier who mistakenly poured a gallon of antifreeze in his crankcase. He then started and ran the car for several minutes before he realized what he had done. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 16, 1959 The coal strike took a new turn today as a federal judge at Lexington said he would order United Mine Workers not to interfere with coal trains for the next 10 days. U.S. District Judge H. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Professional relationships grow stronger. But you might still need to ease some problems with someone in your personal life. One way could be to try to be less rigid in your views. 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

Face transplants gain ground

MILWAUKEE Five years ago, it was the stuff of science fiction: Replace someone's face with one from a dead donor. But last week, Boston doctors performed the world's seventh such transplant ? less than a week after one in France ? More...

Many ways to treat enlarged prostate

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: About three years ago, I had a procedure to reduce the size of my prostate. It was Greenlight PVP laser procedure. My doctor did it on an outpatient basis. Since then, I have a normal flow for someone who is 79 years old. More...

ARE YOU AT RISK FOR A STROKE

People with diabetes have a two to five times greater risk of having a stroke, and have diabetes also puts you at higher risk of dying from a stroke — especially for women and those who have had diabetes for a long time. That's the bad news. More...

Entertainment

To perform

The AfterShock Band will be performing at the Whitesburg American Legion Saturday, April 18, from 9 p.m. to 1 am. Admission will be $5 per person. Membership is not required to attend the dance, but you must be over 21 years of age. More...

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a countrybluegrass band, will perform at the Hemphill Community Center on Friday, April 17, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Astor Taylor, (606) 633-2708. More...

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...

Residents file suit, claim shared well ruined by drilling

A natural gas drilling company has been sued for allegedly destroying a water well shared among six Little Cowan residents. More...

Parents too high to care for infant, state trooper says

The parents of a three-week-old baby boy were arrested after a police said he found them "manifestly" under the influence of drugs. Tabitha M. Clevinger, 24, and Kenneth W. More...

Police seek help with thefts

Whitesburg police are looking for information about three separate thefts that occurred in the last month. More...

News

Sentencing set in case of baby boy's drowning

Sentencing is set for May 20 for a McRoberts couple who pleaded guilty recently to second-degree manslaughter in the drowning death of their 17-month-old son. A plea agreement document filed by office of Letcher Commonwealth's Attorney Edison G. More...

Chamber seeking nominations

The Letcher County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Unsung Heroes award. The award recognizes volunteers who have made a difference in the community. More...

Local students to perform April 23

Plays, skits, poetry, and music will be presented at 6 p.m., April 23, at Letcher County Central High School by children participating in afterschool programs of the Letcher County Drug Prevention Program. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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Change at OSM

There are good outside candidates who would bring a real change in leadership to the federal Office of Surface Mining. Why, then, does the change advocate who now occupies the White House contemplate promoting Acting OSM Director Glenda Owens? More...

Another view

During the Bush administration, federal agencies designed to prevent industrial ravages often were handed to agents of polluters. A classic example was Steven Griles, a coal company lobbyist who was appointed deputy secretary of the Interior. More...

Sports

YOUNG HUNTER

Sexton, 11, killed this 11-inch bearded turkey Carbon Glow during a recent Youth Hunt. She is the daughter of Diana and L.D. Sexton Jr. of Jeremiah, and is a fifth-grade student at Letcher Elementary School. More...

Sports in Kentucky

Michael Porter deserves praise

A starter in all 36 games last season, Michael Porter will not play his senior season at University of Kentucky. Reaction around Big Blue Nation was somewhere between a shrug and "Good! A freed-up scholarship. More...

The end of car No. 8

CHARLOTTE, N.C. When Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing suspended operations on Aric Almirola's team, it ensured there won't be a No. 8 on the track this weekend for the first time in 10 years. That falls squarely on Teresa Earnhardt. More...

Families & Friends

Friendship has lasted more than 50 years

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. It was such a pretty day Friday after all the snow and rain. It was sure welcome. We offer our sympathy to the family of Andy Bailey. He was certainly well loved by the large crowd at his funeral. More...

Homeplace brings back memories

Northeast Ohio

It's hard to believe another week has come and gone but as the old saying goes, "Time waits for no man." I just wish it would slow down a bit. A big howdy to all and I hope your week was a good one. Did you have any snow? More...

THREE YEARS OLD

Mackenzie Fugate celebrated her third birthday April 11. She is the daughter of Brittany Gibson of Mayking and Jonathan Fugate of Hazard. Her grandparents are Ken and Daledith Gibson of Mayking, and Mary and Ezra Brewer of Hazard. More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Theda Tackett

Funeral services for Theda Marie Hamilton Tackett, 85, of Seco, were held April 9 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. More...

Robert Leverne succumbs at 89

Whitesburg native Robert Leverne, 89, died April 7 in Brookside. A staff sergent in the last horseback division of the 1st Calvary during World War II, he was a retired industrial engineer from Chevron Oil Co. More...

Rites held for Jeffrey Cornett

Jeffrey Lynn Cornett, 48, of Hazard, died April 10 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was a son of Goldie Blair Cornett of Hallie and the late Coy Cornett. More...