May 6, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

11 charged in indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 11 people in indictments, including a Clintwood, Va., man accused of taking two bags of aluminum cans, an extension cord, a gas can, a "no trespassing" sign, and a leaf blower belonging to John Wyatt Jr. More...

Features

Becky Johnson found Mayberry RFD in Whitesburg

Everybody has a story to tell and the very affable Becky Johnson of Whitesburg, with a little prompting, shared her story with me. More...

Jail inmates being trained for mine jobs

HARLAN, Ky. Jerry Elliott hopes to trade his jail jumpsuit and slippers for a hardhat and work boots when he comes up for parole later this year. More...

Smallest runner a big star

At 4-foot tall and a mere 53 pounds, fifth-grader Jill Collier hardly stand out in a crowd of other students at Somerset's Oak Hill Elementary School. More...

Columns

Social Security's online services best

It's always nice to be considered the best in the business — and even better when the judges are members of the public we serve. Social Security is proud that the American public has put our online services at the top of the list again. More...

Moments and Memories of WHS

(From the May, 1958 Black Kat) On Thursday, May the first, eight members of the band who had the honor of representing our school in the All-Festival band, left for Williamsburg for the annual Music Festival. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 7, 1959 State officials told Whitesburg and Letcher County officials this week that a contract may be let this year for half the construction of a bypass route around the city. 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. Our address is: mteagle@tgtel.com Charlie Banks is a class act. More...

Health

Here are the facts about swine flu

WASHINGTON As the new swine flu spreads, people have lots of questions about how it affects their day-to-day life. Here are some answers. Q: How easy is it to catch this virus? More...

Hormone changes can jump-start migraines

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My daughter, who is 41, has been getting really bad migraine headaches just before her periods. Is it due to menopause? — V.M. ANSWER: Her headaches are not due to menopause. More...

You might get 2 flu shots in fall

WASHINGTON Americans might have to line up twice next winter for flu shots — once for the regular jab and again later for swine flu protection. More...

Entertainment

LCC Drama Club to present 'Grease'

"Grease" will be performed Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m. by the Letcher County Central High School Drama Club in the school auditorium. More...

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme will perform at 7:30 p.m., May 9, 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...

AfterShock to play

The AfterShock Band will perform at the Whitesburg American Legion Saturday, May 9, starting at 9 p.m. Membership is not required to attend the dance, but you must be over 21 years of age. More...

DERBY DAY RIDE

Kentucky Derby Day can be enjoyed in a variety of ways in the Commonwealth. More...

Wreck kills woman, 27; teen is critically injured

Funeral services were scheduled today (Wednesday) for a 27-year-old Viper woman who was killed in a two-car collision in Whitesburg that also left a teen-aged girl in critical condition. More...

News

BIG 'FISH'

Donald Moore of Jenkins found this large "dryland fish" last week while hunting for wild turkey. The morel mushroom measured 15-1/2 inches long. More...

Town will be full of art and music for much of week

Letcher County tourism officials are hoping that a Spring Art Walk, live music concerts and events scheduled for this weekend will be the first of many similar events to come. "We're trying to promote our area and the beauty we have," said Dr. More...

Wash your hands!

Federal officials are now saying the swine flu virus has turned out to be milder than initially feared, but citizens across the U.S. are being warned not to become complacent just because previous warnings have been lessened. More...

Opinions

It is her right

It would be one thing if Carrie Prejean had auditioned to represent the United States in a capacity that required skills beyond working the catwalk in a bikini and negotiating steps in sky-high heels and an evening gown. More...

Praying for success

April 29 marked Obama's first 100 days as president. In our view, two issues have dominated the Obama presidency so far. More...

Media Beat

Tweedledum, Tweedledee

The news narrative from Washington that's beamed to tens of millions of American TV sets every day is contoured around a basic contest between Barack Obama and the Republican minority in Congress. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

We all loved it

50-to-1 shot ridden by a little dude from Catahoula, Louisiana, who looks like a hot walker, talks like a cajun and reacted to his double-dip weekend like a kid at Christmas instead of a 43-year-old who's saddled up for 25 years. More...

Jenkins gets 'rivalry' win

Since the opening of Letcher County Central High School in 2006, the annual series with the Lady Cougar softball team and the Lady Cavs from Jenkins High School has developed into a very passionate and hotly contested rivalry. More...

Darlington is throwback

Just the name Darlington Raceway brings up a mixed bag of memories for both drivers and fans. More...

Families & Friends

Warm weather has awakened Mother Nature

Northeast Ohio

Happy Mayday! A little late, but that's me. Can't seem to get it right every time. Hope you had a good week. We had about four days of mid to high 80s and it seems that was just what was needed to really awaken Mother Nature. More...

NOVEMBER BABY

Braxton Gregory Banks was born November 8 to Tabitha Smith-Banks. He is the grandson of Greg and Shelley Banks, and the greatgrandson of Ray and Lavenna Banks. More...

Local residents travel to Ohio for union meeting

Jeremiah

No, I haven't quit again, we were just out of town last weekend. Bob and I took Don and Coreen Pridemore with us and headed to Goshen, Ohio, to attend the union meeting at the Northern New Home Church. More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Robert Ridlon

Robert Alan Ridlon, 64, of Mayking, died April 26 at the Knott County Nursing Home. He was the son of Robert Redford Ridlon of Saford, Ariz., and the late Elsie Faye Menton Ridlon. More...

Services are held for Carolyn Walters

Carolyn Sue Walters, 60, died May 2 at her home on Elk Creek. More...

Services are held for Anetha Wright

Jenkins native Anetha Wright, 45, of Johnson City, Tenn., died May 1 in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. More...