August 5, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Walking for 39 years

George Walters, 68, has been walking for 39 years and recently visited Letcher County. Walters has walked through 41 countries, starting with a pilgrimage in 1970 from Barcelona, Spain to Jerusalem at age 29. More...

Teacher looks for former students

Thirty years ago, Wendy Ewald was in Letcher County teaching students how to document their lives through photography. More...

Goat rescued after month on highwall

Employees at a Letcher County coal company were able to rescue a goat which was trapped on top of a highwall for nearly a month. More...

Columns

Now here's a tip

• "When painting, coat the tops of your hands with petroleum jelly. A light coat will do. Then, when you are finished, the specks of paint from the roller will slide right off. The bonus is, your hands will feel soft as well." — T.C. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

August 6, 1959 Russia and its premier Nikita Krushchev found their way into the discussion of Letcher County school problems at the Board of Education meeting Saturday. Supt. of schools W.B. Hall and Board Chairman Dr. B.F. More...

Car Talk

Submersion in water might have fried air-bag system

Dear Tom and Ray: I live here in England (my wife is from New Jersey, and she introduced me to you guys). Recently my wife and I drove our "eBay special" Renault Laguna to Twickenham in Surrey. 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 Mr. More...

Health

Study finds rise in P.E. injuries

CHICAGO Injuries to American children during physical education classes increased by 150 percent from 1997-2007, a new study finds, a possible drawback to a movement encouraging more vigorous exercise in schools. More...

Female facial hair can be hormone-related

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I'm a 26-year-old woman with an embarrassing problem. I'm growing a mustache. What causes this? I have started to shave, but I worry that shaving is going to make the hair grow faster and coarser. More...

Pregnant women, elderly, kids to get first flu shots

ATLANTA Pregnant women, health care workers and children six months and older should be placed at the front of the line for swine flu vaccinations later this year, a U.S. government panel has recommended. More...

Entertainment

Band to perform

Raging River Band will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, August 8, at Whitesburg American Legion Post 152 on Hwy. 119. Horseshoe tournaments are held every Sunday at the post, as well as pool tournaments every Wednesday at 7 p.m. More...

Square dance set at Carcassonne

The Carcassonne square dance will be held Saturday, August 8, from 8 to 10 p.m. Charlie Whitaker will call and music will be by Randy Wilson, Shawn Stamper, Gabe Wilson, and Logan Dollarhide. For more information, call 633-2092. More...

AfterShock to play at Whitesburg VFW

AfterShock will play at the Whitesburg Veterans of Foreign Wars located at the Pine Mt. Junction, Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Membership is not required, but attendees must be at least 21 years of age. More...

City adopts tough law on vandalism

The Whitesburg City Council voted has voted unanimously to give final approval to a new ordinance prohibiting the use of motorized vehicles on the city walking trail that leads from downtown to West Whitesburg. More...

Grand jury indicts 15

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 15 people in 16 indictments, including two women who are charged with burglary and four counts of assault. More...

News

Liquor, moonshine gets poured after taken from vault

The Letcher County Sheriff 's Department poured out about 26 gallons of old moonshine and halfpint bottles of liquor, mostly bourbon whiskey, that had been stored in an evidence locker. More...

Cecil Roberts is re-elected UMWA chief

Cecil E. Roberts has won a new five-year term as president of the United Mine Workers of America. The union announced Roberts's re-election Monday. Daniel J. Kane was reelected as international secretary treasurer. More...

Retired teachers to meet Aug. 12

The Letcher County Retired Teachers will meet on Wednesday, August 12, at noon at Fishpond Lake. Those attending should bring a covered dish. For more information, contact Joyce Whitaker at 633- 3449. More...

Opinions

Happy endings

I know. The North Koreans are using President Bill Clinton's visit for all their own reasons. Attention world: Here we are, our leader is alive, Bill Clinton is paying his due. They couldn't be happier if they'd set the whole thing up. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Can GOP escape extremists?

WASHINGTON Things are looking up for the Republicans, relatively speaking. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

State enjoyed a month of good sports-related news

Sports in Kentucky for July's last week deserved a 21-gun salute. From Lexington, the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University announced a four year football series starting next season. More...

Hamlin gets a win for grandma

LONG POND, Pa. Ask most drivers which track they least like to visit and Pocono Raceway is near the top of the list for most of them. Well, except for Denny Hamlin. More...

Gabby's fishing fever

Finding crappie in deep water

Higher water temperatures and lower oxygen levels are making crappie seek out and move to deeper cooler water. The crappie will look mostly for wood cover in the deeper water. More...

Families & Friends

Church raises money for building

Big Cowan

A late happy 70th birthday to Charles Day, who celebrated on July 31. More birthdays that I forgot to mention are: Autumn Renee Hensley, who turned one on Aug. 1. She is the granddaughter of Rosa and Bobby Bates of Whitesburg; Ellen King on Aug. More...

BASKETBALL CAMP —

Kenzie Conn, 11, of Rutledge, Tenn., recently participated in a University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball camp. She is pictured with Lady Vols player Alecia Manning. More...

Photo

ONE YEAR OLD — Sebastian Jay Caudill celebrated his first birthday July 30. His parents are Georgia Wells and Neil Caudill of Cowan. More...

Obituaries

Rites are held for Rosa Lee Helton

Rosa Lee Helton, 73, died July 30, at her home at Whitesburg. A daughter of the late Brack and Roma Niece, she was the mother of the late Amos Helton, Susie Ann Helton and Jenny Lou Helton, and a grandmother of the late Astor Lee Brown. More...

Services held for Ava Jean Baker

Funeral services for Ava Jean Baker, 76, were held August 1 at the Church of Christ at Jackhorn. Burial was in the Baker family cemetery at Millstone. A daughter of the late Sam and Flora Quillen Hall, she was born at Deane. More...

Carl Hammonds buried in Ohio

Former Letcher County resident Carl Hammonds, 70, died July 19 at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio. A son of the late Odell and Pearl Hammonds, he attended Whitesburg Grade School, and grew up on Hurricane Branch in Sandlick. More...