June 3, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Letcher girl hopes to win national history meet

Ask Shai Boyd anything about former Letcher County Sheriff Ben Buster Taylor and she can answer your question knowledgeably and with confidence. More...

Mammoth Highway 460 project progressing through mountains

PIKEVILLE Construction of an improved U.S. 460 through the rugged mountains of Pike County is under way and is scheduled for completion in six years. More...

Smoky Mountains Park turning 75

GATLINBURG, Tenn. More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

June 4 1959 Progress in the work of an extensive renovation of Doermann Memorial Presbyterian Church at Blackey is underway under the auspices of home mission agencies of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. The church roof is being replaced. More...

Moments and Memories of WHS

Whitesburg High School holds 1975 Awards Day Whitesburg High School held its Senior Class Day program in the Whitesburg High School gymnasium on June 13. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There's nothing an Aries Lamb likes less than having to tackle a humdrum task. But finding a creative way to do it can make all the difference. A more exciting time awaits you this weekend. 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

'Vaccine' treats skin cancer

ORLANDO, Fla. For the first time, a novel treatment that trains the immune system to fight cancer has shown modest benefit in late-stage testing against the deadly skin cancer melanoma. More...

What to drink in summer heat

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am taking my two teenage boys backpacking in the Southwest this August. It will be hot and dry, and I am preparing for those conditions. I need some guidance on what fluids to drink. More...

Drug combos may up breast cancer risk

ORLANDO, Fla. Breast cancer survivors risk having their disease come back if they use certain antidepressants while also taking the cancer prevention drug tamoxifen, worrisome new research shows. More...

Entertainment

Tyme to play at Hemphill

East KY Tyme, a country bluegrass band, will perform at Hemphill Community Center on Friday, June 5, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The group will also be at the Bull Mountain. Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, June 6, in Crun, W.Va. More...

East KY Tyme to perform at Hemphill

East KY Tyme, a country bluegrass band, will perform at Hemphill Community Center on Friday, June 5, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The group will also be at the Bull Moun- tain. Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, June 6, in Crun, W.Va. More...

AfterShock to play

The AfterShock Band will perform at the Whitesburg American Legion on Saturday, June 6, starting at 9 p.m. Membership is not required to attend the dance, but you must be over 21 years of age. Admission is $5. More...

Witnesses say Ison drove small pickup into creek

A 24-year-old Letcher County man whose conviction in a case involving three vehicular deaths was overturned earlier this year lost control of a small pickup truck he was driving last week and crashed into a creek, witnesses say. More...

Jobless rate up here

rate has risen slightly, but remains the lowest in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District. More...

News

CLEANUP CREW

The Letcher County Parks and Recreation Advisory Council picked up litter around Fishpond Lake in April. The amount of litter was about half as much as in previous years. More...

Basketball camp to begin June 15

The fifth annual Lady Cougar Camp of Champions basketball camp will be held at the Letcher County Central High School gymnasium June 15-18. Camp will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $50. More...

AARP to celebrate 25th anniversary

Letcher County Chapter #3634 of AARP will host an open house on June 13 at the Blackey Senior Citizens Center to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 11 a.m. More...

Opinions

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It's not about ideology

What I have no interest in doing is running GM," President Barack Obama said on Monday, as he assumed ownership of the beacon of free enterprise. More...

Media Beat

Korea shadows U.S.A.

Memorial Day relaxation got an unpleasant jolt with the news that North Korea had set off its second nuclear bomb. The first Korean test, in October 2006, was bad enough — announcing that the totalitarian regime had joined the nuclear club. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

UK's fans are in for bizarre summer

Newsmaker follies. Billy Clyde Gillispie sued the University of Kentucky from Dallas. UK sued him back from Frankfort. John Calipari's NCAA demons past, real, imagined or massaged by media conspirators, came back to bite ... More...

County teams fall in tourneys

Local high school softball and baseball seasons officially ended last week with tournament losses by the Letcher County Central High School boys and the Jenkins and Letcher Central girls teams. More...

Gabby's fishing fever

Don't overlook walleye fishing

One of the most overlooked and under-fished resources we have in our area is the walleye fishing at Carr Creek Lake. More...

Families & Friends

Happy 80th birthday to Geraldine Fields of Jenkins

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. I hope things are going well for all of you. I guess it went well for me. Time is passing so fast I can't tell what's going on, but I'm happy, so that's good. More...

Virginia fishing trip nets more than 400 bluegill

Blackey

Beau Smith of Letcher, his dad Joe Smith of Doty, Beckham Jent and Eric Smith of Carcassonne, and some friends, Ralph and R.J., went fishing and camping at Gatewood Lake in Virginia over the Memorial weekend. More...

ANNIVERSARY

Paul L. and Martine Maggard of Eolia celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary May 30. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Leslie Craft

Leslie Craft, 85, of Louisville, died May 23 at Rockford Manor Nursing Home in Louisville. A native Letcher Countian, he was retired from General Motors, and was a member of the Pinal Masonic Lodge #30, where he'd served as Past Master. More...

Sturgill rites held

Ray 'P-Nut' Sturgill, 84, of London, died May 19 at St. Joseph-London Hospital in London. A son of the late Dock and Sarah Adams Sturgill, he was the widower of Gertie Belle Stachler Sturgill. More...

Lovette Brown dies

Funeral services for Lovette 'Lovie' Fields Brown, 93, of Whitesburg, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Everidge Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial will be in the Salyer-Fields Cemetery. More...