July 15, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Ison's bond revoked

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright has ruled that Jason Ray Ison must remain in jail until he is tried on charges of illegally selling prescription narcotics and criminally abusing a child less than 12 years old. More...

Features

Homebuyers say they were victims of scam

Carolyn Sturgill remembers the day she and her sister-in-law, Sue Harvey, thought they were talking to movers they had hired to transport a double-wide mobile home from Magoffin County to Cowan. More...

Owner says facility forced to suspend operations until neighbors behave

The Seco Company Store was forced to temporarily close its restaurant and bed-and-breakfast after a group of neighbors began intimidating guests and blocking delivery trucks, the store's owner says. More...

Letcher County's No. 3 Elkhorn coal seam

A great deal of the development of Letcher County was due to the excellent quality of the No. 3 Elkhorn coal seam. More...

Columns

Car Talk

Steps to take when you think you've been cheated

Dear Tom and Ray: I took my car in because the air conditioner wasn't blowing cold air. I was told there was a leak in the high-pressure hose and it needed to be replaced. Well, $250 later, I had cool air again ... for a few weeks. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 16, 1959 The Letcher Fiscal Court approved a new budget for the county Tuesday, then voted to borrow $52,000 from the Bank of Whitesburg to pay current bills, some of them several months old. More...

Now here's a tip

• Go Green Tip: Building a sand castle? Look no further than your recycle bin for sand tools. Gather plastic containers in many sizes. You can cut or trim plastic bottles to make great scoops and even use a hole punch to make a sieve. 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 Who is the funny circus clown riding the BMW? That is hilarious. More...

Health

Heart heals itself after transplant

LONDON British doctors designed a radical solution to save a girl with major heart problems in 1995: they implanted a donor heart directly onto her own failing heart. More...

Here's a solution for swimmer's ear

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: You mentioned a solution to prevent swimmer's ear. How do you apply it? — J.R. ANSWER: The mixture is made with equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol keeps the ear dry. More...

Clozapine may have saved schizophrenics

LONDON Thousands of people with schizophrenia worldwide could have been saved if doctors had prescribed them the anti-psychotic drug clozapine, a new study says. More...

Entertainment

Tyme to perform

East KY Tyme, a countrybluegrass band, will perform at the Hemphill Community Center on Friday, July 17, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call Astor Taylor, (606) 633- 2708, or visit www.eastkytyme.com. More...

Strings to perform at Country Cabin

Appalachian Strings will perform at 7:30 p.m., July 18, 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...

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...

Overdose deaths reach 6 this year

Six Letcher County residents have already died from drug overdoses in 2009, raising the number of overdose deaths to 26 since 2006, Letcher County Coroner Wallace Bolling Jr. said. More...

Trash at lake, parks causes concern

Members of the Letcher Fiscal Court say more workers need to be hired to help keep the Fishpond Lake recreational area and other county parks clean of garbage and free of vandalism. More...

News

Grayson's rising profile could be political boon

FRANKFORT Secretary of State Trey Grayson soon will be the new president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, a position that could provide helpful political connections if he decides to enter next year's election for U.S. More...

Nearly New Shop closes

Because of a decline in thrift store revenue and increased competition, the Nearly New Shop, operated by Hospice of the Bluegrass - Mountain Community, closed its doors for the final time July 13. More...

Training offered

Hazard Community and Technical College, part of the Kentucky Coal Academy, is offering the following mine-related training both on and off the worksite: initial MET training, initial electrical training, initial underground and surface training, in More...

Opinions

Times story runs off road

The New York Times reported last week that cities were losing out to rural communities when it came to federal highway spending from the recently passed stimulus bill. More...

Political Cartoon

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Sotomayor's critics are the radicals

WASHINGTON This week's hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court represent the opening skirmish in a long-term struggle to challenge the escalating activism of an increasingly conservative judiciary. More...

Sports

CHAMPS

The Fleming-Neon 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars are the District 7 champions. The team went 6-0 in district play and beat Paintsville 4-0 in the championship game in Prestonsburg on July 4. More...

Sports in Kentucky

E-mail stirs memories of baseball's better days

'Time may heal all wounds. But time will steal you blind. Time the wheel, time the conqueror.' — Jackson Browne "... have you noticed lately how time flies?" If you nodded yes, this space is for you. And Ted. More...

It's that time of the year

Michael Waltrip Racing finally made it official last week when it held a news conference to introduce Martin Truex Jr. as the driver to take over the wheel of Michael Waltrip's Camry next season. Truex Jr. More...

Families & Friends

FIVE GENERATIONS TIMES TWO—

Pictured are five generations of Bert H. Banks's family. Above are (left to right) great-great-granddaughter Brittany Smith, great-granddaughter Carrie Smith, granddaughter Cathy Moody, daughter Sylvia Sturgill, and Bert H. Banks. More...

Charles and Faye Banks have Ohio visitors

Cowan

We are still having nice weather. Not many coming or going, as I have said before. I would also like to say they are truly missed. They visited more often when their parents were living. Several attended church at Little Cowan this past Sunday. More...

Juanita Fields celebrates her birthday

Big Cowan

Belated happy birthday to Joe Bates on July 3, and also to Hager and Margaret Trent's granddaughter, Amber, on July 4. She stated they went to their pond and celebrated. I'm glad she had a good one. A happy birthday to Juanita Fields on July 12. More...

Obituaries

Phyllis Halcomb dies

Phyllis Campbell Halcomb, 67, of Partridge died July 12 at Holston Valley Medical Center following an extended illness. A native of Hazard, she was a beautician and a member of the Partridge Lions Club. More...

College scholarships offered

Elkhorn-Hazard Coal Land, LLC, is now accepting applications for the Roy Crawford Memorial Scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester of 2009. There will be three scholarships of $500 each awarded to college students. More...

Services are held for Sylvia Day, 64

Funeral services for Sylvia Day, 64, of Whitesburg, were held July 3 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Eb Back Cemetery at Jeremiah. More...