April 22, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Cleada Caudill displays strength despite trials

Cleada Caudill, 84, a Homecare client of the Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD), was born March 20, 1925 on Mill Branch in Letcher County. More...

Ceremony will honor writer Gurney Norman

A writer with strong connections to Letcher County will be inducted this week as Kentucky Poet Laureate for the 2009-2010 term. More...

Meet the artists April 24 at Harry M. Caudill Library

"The Former Students of Father Randall Art Exhibit", hosted by the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library, is drawing rave reviews from all observers. More...

Columns

Car Talk

Tom and Ray address a cardboard controversy

Dear Tom and Ray: A group of us get together at a diner for coffee most mornings. Recently I made a critical error and told the guys that I had put a piece of cardboard in front of my radiator for the winter. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 23, 1959 Representatives of the United Mine Workers of America and truck coal mine operators announced about 3 p.m. today that they were hopelessly deadlocked in their discussions. Both sides had met for three hours at the office of Gov. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You're doing better on the flexibility issue, but you still need to loosen up a bit to show you can be less judgmental and more understanding about certain sensitive matters. 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

Prostate cancer vaccine touted

An experimental treatment that takes an entirely new approach to fighting prostate cancer extended survival in a late-stage study, its maker has announced. Seattle-based Dendreon Corp. More...

Do rusty nails cause lockjaw?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please talk about lockjaw. I grew up on a farm, and it was something I heard about all the time. You were supposed to be careful when you were in a barn to spot any rusty nails you might step on. Is that so? More...

Tool finds eye disease in babies

WASHINGTON Dr. Thomas Lee painstakingly scrapes away spiderweblike tentacles deep inside a premature baby's eye, scar tissue that is pulling apart the infant's retina. More...

Entertainment

Coal Town to Headline 'Spring Fling'

The first time I heard the Coal Town musical group I knew I was listening to something special. Every now and then a new band emerges with a sound that is so fresh and distinctive it is hard to categorize. More...

Tyme to perform

East KY Tyme, a countrybluegrass band, will perform at the Hemphill Community Center on Saturday, April 25, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., with all proceeds going to the Relay for Life Team. Everyone is invited to attend and support the cause. More...

Group to perform

Keeping Tradition, a bluegrass group, will perform at 7 p.m., May 2, at the Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood, Va. For more information, call (276) 926- 8684. More...

Ex-circuit judge accused of theft

A former Letcher Circuit judge who was at the center of a public corruption scandal here more than 16 years ago is facing new criminal charges. Larry D. More...

County to buy health building

The Letcher Fiscal Court hopes to alleviate crowded working conditions in the county courthouse by moving some offices to a nearby building that will soon be vacated by the Letcher County Health Department. More...

Police say robbers invade home, tie up man, woman

Police say three robbers tied up a man and woman at a house near Letcher late Monday night and took an unknown amount of prescription medicine, cash and a cellular phone. Kentucky State Police say the house is owned by Truman Jent Jr. More...

News

Cromona man accused of trafficking OxyContin

A 54-year-old Cromona man has been charged with trafficking in the prescription narcotic OxyContin. More...

Oil severance taxes have surpassed coal, county officials say

Letcher County's annual operating budget is expected to increase by $900,000 this year because of a spike in natural gas production. More...

Council OK's demolition

The Whitesburg City Council has voted to voice its support for the demolition of a historic downtown building which once housed the city's first automobile dealership. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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Selling those already covered

The hardest group to sell on national health reform is those who don't desperately need it. That would include Americans who already have coverage through a workplace, about 160 million in all, and are reasonably happy with their deal. More...

The first hundred days

Watch out. Everywhere you look, the talking heads are going to be talking about Barack Obama's first hundred days. Did he end the war in Iraq? Not yet. Turn the economy around? I'd have to say not yet. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

The honeymoon

The coming of John Calipari to the University of Kentucky has been as pretty as dogwood and sweet as honeysuckle. All good stuff, right? The honeymoon, so far, is all aces. This week is still basketball season, isn't it? More...

TEAM MEETING

Jenkins High School softball players (from left) Emily Walker, Brooke Webb, Whitney Gibson and Kayla Stambaugh met with Coach April Damron-Charles during a break in action in the Lady Cavaliers' win over Jackson City High School in the girls' 14th More...

Martin savors victory

AVONDALE, Ariz. One by one the visitors filed into Victory Lane, eager to pay their respects to Mark Martin. More...

Families & Friends

Election set

American Legion Douglas Day Post 152 will have nominations for officers at 1 p.m., April 26. The election will take place at 1 p.m., May 10. For more information, call Russell McFall at 335- 2521. More...

Students to perform

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...

Ruby June Caudill will be missed by her friends

Cowan

Elsie is still not feeling well. She would appreciate your prayers. We were sorry to hear of the death of our good friend, Hasco Jenkins of Kettering, Ohio. Hasco came to Cowan many times for the union meetings and revivals. More...

Obituaries

Services are set for Kelli Caudill

Funeral services for Kelli Renee "Sissy" Caudill, 24, will be held at noon today (Wednesday) at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial will be in Haven of Rest Cemetery at Mayking. More...

Sexton rites set

Ernest 'Shorty' Sexton Jr., 65, of Neon, died April 19 at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va. More...

Vernell Burton, 65, buried at Partridge

Vernell Cornett Burton, 65, of Partridge, died April 13, at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born at Leatherwood, she was a daughter of the late Lee and Georgia Caudill Cornett, and a sister of the late Art Cornett. More...