September 2, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

50 take part in county's first River Sweep cleanup effort

A portion of the riverbank of the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Letcher County is cleaner today thanks to about 50 people who spent much of last Saturday helping to remove debris from the area. More...

Storybook dream comes true for 'falconer'

In becoming Letcher County's only "master falconer," Mitch Whitaker has proven that storybook dreams do come true. More...

Opinions

'What would Teddy do?'

There are no coal mines in Massachusetts, but that did not stop Senator Edward M. Kennedy from becoming a lifelong advocate of stronger mine safety laws. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Obama can win on health care

WASHINGTON President Obama can still secure major health care legislation this year if he learns from his mistakes in recent months and spends more time reminding Americans why they were once eager for fundamental change. More...

Sports

Cougars ranked No. 5 after winnng first two

The Letcher County Central Cougars are ranked No. 5 in Kentucky in the latest Associated Press high school football poll. The Cougars (2-0) trail Ft. Thomas Highlands, Bowling Green, Owensboro and John Hardin High in the latest Class 5A poll. More...

Sports in Kentucky

Rich Brooks talks

As August ends, a fresh breeze blowing across Kentucky and sweeping out, for a while at least, Rick Pitino bombast, John Calipari-Memphis spin, and the fruity smell on Billy Clyde Gillispie's breath. The breeze comes in the name of Rich Brooks. More...

Gabby's fishing fever

Late summer crappie fishing

Fishing is a sport that runs in cycles, and we are in now in the late summer cycle when the water is still very warm but the air temperatures are getting milder. More...

Families & Friends

Clyde Hatton hospitalized after suffering stroke

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. I really don't know how I'm doing. I have been too busy to check. Clyde has been really sick. He had a bad stroke and was a patient in Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital almost a week. More...

Two in Maggard family hospitalized

Big Cowan

I just heard that Tony Maggard had been in the hospital with his heart. Also his mother, Mary Ann Maggard has been in and out of the hospital, and Ramona Fields Boggs has been in the hospital with salmonella. More...

Photo

JUNE BABY — Jared Andrew Collins was born June 25 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He is the son of Johnny Darrell and Judy Ann Collins of Isom. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Rev. Chester Begley

The Rev. Chester Begley, 75, died August 28 at his home in Sharps Chapel, Tenn. Formerly of Whitesburg, he was a son of the late Gillis and Belle Begley. More...

James Newsome buried at Neon

James M. Newsome, 80, died August 28 at his home in Morgantown. Formerly of Letcher County, he was the son of the late Hart and Mary Bentley Newsome, and the widower of Mable Morton Newsome. He was the father of the late Mark Newsome. More...

Services are held for Nora Williams

Nora Jane Carter Williams, 80, died August 27 at her home at Kona. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Leroy and Sadie Lynn Helton Carter. More...

Court reinstates Craft's law license

Former Letcher Commonwealth's Attorney and current Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft has been "reinstated to the practice of law" by the Kentucky Supreme Court. In a unanimous ruling handed down Aug. More...

Coal miner wants roof bolt job back

A hearing was scheduled for today (Wednesday) to determine if an underground miner should be reinstated to the job he claims he was forced out of because he wouldn't illegally install bolts used to hold up the mine's roof. More...

News

Engineers to meet before officials will act on Payne Gap water line proposal

After a lengthy discussion about the possibility of turning the Payne Gap/Kona Water Project over to the City of Jenkins, a call for a motion to do so by Letcher County Water and Sewer Board of Directors Chair Phillip "Pee Wee" Back was met with si More...

Cops will check for city decals

Whitesburg City Police will hold traffic checks in the city limits beginning Thursday to make sure people living or working in the city have purchased city auto stickers. Those caught without a city sticker will be fined $50. More...

U.S. 119 project underway

Work on the first section of the "Valley Floor" US 119 highway project includes construction of a bridge less than two miles into Letcher County near the Harlan County line. Kay & Kay Contracting Inc. More...

Columns

Car Talk

Stuck oil filter has reader stumped

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 2006 4.7-liter V- 8 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 50,000 miles, and we change our own oil every 3,000 miles. We always have. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

September 3, 1959 Herman Hale, executive vice president of the Bank of Whitesburg, was honored Monday night as the man who has served his community best in 1959. More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) It might not be wise to pursue goals involving others, unless you can stop impulsively rejecting new ideas. Either open your mind or wait until next week, when this "ornery" mood passes. 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

Advice on when flu needs doctor's care

WASHINGTON When is swine flu just miserable and when do you need a doctor? If it's hard to breathe, that's an emergency. It's the notso obvious cases that can have parents, or the sick of any age, fretting. More...

Swine flu: What's ahead for U.S.?

WASHINGTON The alarm sounded with two sneezy children in California in April. Just five months later, the neverbefore seen swine flu has become the world's dominant strain of influenza, and it's putting a shockingly younger face on flu. More...

Exercise tops angioplasty for some heart patients

BARCELONA, Spain Working up a sweat may be even better than angioplasty for some heart patients, experts say. Studies have shown heart patients benefit from exercise, and some have even shown it works better than surgical procedures. More...

Entertainment

Tyme to perform

East KY Tyme, a countrybluegrass band, will perform at the Hemphill Community Center Friday, Sept. 4, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The group will also perform at the Jenny Wiley State Park on Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. More...

Dance, cookout set for Sept. 5

A dance will be held at the Whitesburg American Legion on Saturday, Sept. 5. Admission is free. Those attending must be over 21. On Sunday, there will be a family Labor Day cookout with games. Karaoke night is held every Friday from 8 to 12 p.m. More...

Perkins to perform

Dan Perkins and The Benways will sing at 7 p.m., Sept. 12, at the Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood, Va. Admission is $5. For more information, call (276) 926- 8684. More...