May 20, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Fiscal court taking look at 'last house' road rule

The Letcher Fiscal Court is taking action to determine which county-maintained rural roads can legally be paved all the way to the last house on the route. More...

News

Ruby Caudill wins 3 medals at Senior Games

The Ermine Senior Citizens went to Knott County last week to the Senior Games. Our group is on the winning side again. We won 27 medals. More...

Tennis camp set

The 34th annual Danny Wood Tennis Camp will be held June 22-26 at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. The camp, which is open to boys and girls ages 7- 18, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. For more information. More...

AARP to meet

The Letcher County AARP Chapter will meet on Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m. at the Blackey Senior Citizens Center. Those attending should bring a covered dish and food pantry items. The program will be local gospel singers. Everyone is welcome. More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 21, 1959 Both major Democratic candidates for governor will be in Letcher County Saturday as the state primary campaign draws to a close. Lt. Gov. Harry Lee Waterfield will speak in Whitesburg at 11 a.m. and in Jenkins at 7 p.m. Bert T. More...

Car Talk

Tom and Ray settle an argument

Dear Tom and Ray: Once, on a very long, boring trip, my passenger and I were reduced to asking each other dumb questions. We came upon one question that we couldn't settle. More...

Moments and Memories of WHS

Miss Dugan, a landmark at W.H.S., to retire July 1 Miss Ann Dugan, the home economics teacher at Whitesburg High School since 1934, will retire July 1, 1960 completing 26 years of continuous service. 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 Here's a song people should check out. More...

Health

Exercise won't make arthritis any worse

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have osteoarthritis of the hands, and my fingers have bony knobs on the knuckles. They look bad and hurt part of the time. I was a registered nurse and did lots of lifting of patients. More...

Study links lower tar to cancer

WASHINGTON It may be riskier on the lungs to smoke cigarettes today than it was a few decades ago — at least in the U.S., says new research that blames changes in cigarette design for fueling a certain type of lung cancer. More...

Study: Ginger eases chemo nausea

MILWAUKEE Ginger, long used as a folk remedy for soothing tummyaches, helped tame one of the most dreaded side effects of cancer treatment — nausea from chemotherapy, the first large study to test the herb for this has found. More...

Obituaries

Rites are held for Venson Whitaker

Venson Whitaker, 85, died May 14 at his home at Ulvah. A son of the late Boyd and Martha Watts Whitaker, he was preceded in death by four sisters, a brother, and two grandchildren. More...

Garvin Chadwell buried at Liberty

Garvin Wayne Chadwell, 41, of Isom, died May 14 at the Veterans Center in Lexington. He was the son of James Garfield Chadwell of Liberty and Eva Louise Byrd Chadwell of Whitesburg. More...

Services are held for Janice Profitt

Janice Profitt, 65, of Mayking, died May 17 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. A daughter of the late Clay and Eva Mae Johnson Hall, she was the widow of Kenneth Profitt, and a sister of the late Clarisse Howard. More...

Layoffs affect 85 coal miners here

Arch Coal, Inc. said layoffs affecting 85 hourly and salaried miners at its Letcher County operations are the result of the "global economic crisis." On May 14, the St. More...

Water board left without acting boss

The already-rudderless Letcher County Water & Sewer District is now without an acting captain. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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Obama moving to the center on some issues

WASHINGTON On both economic and national security fronts, President Barack Obama is giving ground and crossing swords with political allies. More...

Obama scores at Notre Dame

WASHINGTON Facing down protesters who didn't want him there, President Obama fought back at Notre Dame not with harsh words but with the most devastating weapons in his political arsenal: a call for "open hearts," "open minds," "fair-minded words More...

Sports

Top recruit Wall picks UK

RALEIGH, N.C. John Wall, one of the nation's most sought-after high school recruits, has decided to play for John Calipari and Kentucky. More...

Sports in Kentucky

Cal trying to bridle high expectations

While we marvel at Rich Brooks's rise to fifth-ranked genius among SEC coaches, up from 12th, the Commonwealth's hottest new celebrity is back in the news. More...

Lady Cavs close with three wins

The regular season came to a close for the Jenkins High School Lady Cav softball team with a home game against the Pikeville Lady Panthers on May 16. They also played games against Letcher County Central and Sheldon Clark during the week. More...

Families & Friends

Students go on field trips

Bardstown

It was a low and chilly 41 degrees on Monday morning, unlike our usual temperatures of 55 and 60 degrees. The Bardstown schools are having several field trips as the end of the school year is approaching. More...

Letcher Area Homemakers meet for lunch in Hazard

Jeremiah

It was a little cool when I wrote this on Sunday evening, and some scattered frost was predicted. Hopefully it won't be cold enough to damage folks' garden plants or flowers. More...

SIXTH BIRTHDAY

James "C.J." Akers is celebrating his sixth birthday today (Wednesday). He is the son of Krista and James Akers of Haymond. His grandparents are Red and Edna Austin of Haymond; Otis Akers of Duffield, Va.; and Debbie Tipton of Gate City, Va. More...

Entertainment

Bluegrass music planned at Norton

South Mountain Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m., May 23, 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...

John McCutcheon to perform June 13 at Seedtime festival

When six-time Grammynominated performer John McCutcheon headlines Seedtime on the Cumberland's bill on Saturday, June 13, it will be a chance to share an evening with one of the many national performers who have been a part of the Appalshop family 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...