September 23, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Indictments name 13

Thirteen people are named in 18 new indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including a man accused of burglary, kidnapping, assault, and wanton endangerment. Nathan Blake Bentley, 21, of 3056 Hwy. More...

Features

Halfway to Hazard's Tolliver is no stranger here

More than 20 years after winning a Mountain Heritage Festival talent contest, David Tolliver is more than happy to come back to Letcher County this week as part of the festival's main attraction for 2009. More...

Opinions

Support reforestation

Only God can make a tree. But 2,000 workers, earning $18.75 an hour, could make a forest from the barren wastelands left by the coal industry in Central Appalachia. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Warping the 'government' debate

WASHINGTON It's time to cast aside the political shorthand and ideological pigeonholing that distort our debates over health care in particular and government's role in American life more broadly. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Great game was worth all the hype

The 15th Governor's Cup made up in suspense and back-andforth what it may have lacked in Southern Cal vs. Whoever hype. More...

Struttin' Time

The good people made up for the jerk

We continue to paint our picture of life in rural Vermont this week by looking at the "outfitters." An outfitter is a guide who tries to put you where the animal you are hunting is at the time you are hunting. More...

1st Chase race answers little

Mark Martin accomplished at New Hampshire what every driver in the Chase set out to do when they unloaded the haulers on Friday. More...

Families & Friends

Adams family holds reunion at Carr Creek Lake with potluck

Jeremiah

Just a brief column this week, due to too much to do and time flying by so fast. The Red and Larenna Roark Adams descendants got together for their annual family reunion. More...

Seniors visit Fleming-Neon for western hoedown

Ermine senior citizens are enjoying this beautiful weather we're having. Some are going to yard sales, shopping, cutting grass, and some of them doing nothing like me. Oh! I did wash the front of my house down and washed windows outside. More...

Combses celebrating anniversary

Cowan

Happy birthday wishes to Jacob Cornett, who will be four years old on Sept. 30. Also to his mother Christina Crawford on Oct. 2, and Michael Finchum of Louis- ville on Oct. 3. Happy anniversary to David and Jennifer Combs on Sept. 29. More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Nila Shepherd

Nila Marie Shepherd, 82, died September 18, at her home at Cumberland. A daughter of the late Jessie James and Lula Kathryn Miles Craiger, she was the widow of Edward Shepherd and the mother of the late James Edward Shepherd. More...

John Robert Kiser dies in California

John Robert "J.R." Kiser, 53, died September 12 from injuries received in an accident while he was working on the docks in Los Angeles Harbor. A son of R.F. Kiser and the late Diana Rae White (Fukagawa), he was born in Hollywood, Calif. More...

Services set for Albert Simmons

Funeral services for Albert Lee Simmons, 69, of Fleming, will held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Fleming- Neon. Burial will be in the Maple Wood Cemetery in Kingwood, W.Va. A son of Esther Moore Simmons of Kingwood, W.Va., and the late John W. More...

County water board surrenders pipeline project to Jenkins

Gambling that it will eventually be given back more than 400 muchneeded customers it will be giving up at least temporarily, the financially troubled Letcher County Water and Sewer District has voted to let the City of Jenkins to take over a projec More...

RAM guidelines are listed

care are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to ensure they receive services at a two-day clinic in Jenkins. Those wishing to be seen by medical professionals at the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps (RAM) expedition set for Sept. More...

Five charged in check scam

Five people have been charged in connection with the theft of $3,051 from a checking account at Community Trust Bank. More...

News

Mountain Heritage photo contest winners

Listed are the winners of the Mountain Heritage Photo Contest. The photos will be on display at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg through Sept. 26. More...

Silent auction set

A silent auction will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the parking area next to Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. No bids will be taken after 6 p.m. on Saturday. More...

Day of Remembrance marked

Sept. 25 is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Lawson will host a gathering for families and friends of murder victims at 12 p.m. on Sept. More...

Columns

Comfort Foods with a Kick

When the temperature drops, it's natural for thoughts — and cravings — to turn toward soothing and hearty comfort foods. There's nothing like a good casserole or a bowl of hot chili to make you feel good all over. More...

Fisherman's stew

Low in fat and rich in protein, this speedy version of a classic fisherman's stew also delivers an abundant serving of red tomatoes, which lower your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

September 24, 1959 Contests for office of council member will be held in each incorporated Letcher County city except Neon at the general election next month. In Neon, only one slate of candidates filed. 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

Dementia affects 36 million-plus

WASHINGTON More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness — and it's an ominous forecast as the populati More...

Whooping cough isn't just for kids

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a construction worker, age 53, and have been healthy all my life. I caught what I though was an ordinary cough. It stayed and stayed, and it really disturbed my sleep. More...

1st swine flu vaccine may be nasal spray

ATLANTA The first doses of swine flu vaccine may all be the nasal spray version, government health officials said. The government has said a trickle of vaccine will be available in early October, but on Sept. More...

Entertainment

Beatles still breaking sales marks

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES Nearly 40 years after breaking up, The Beatles are still breaking records for album sales. EMI Group PLC says consumers in North America, Japan and the U.K. bought more than 2. More...

2009 Mountain Heritage Festival schedule of events

"Come on home where everybody knows your name" Wednesday, September 23 Whitesburg Day Main Street, Whitesburg 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Food booths on Main Street Barbecue at Methodist Church Narrated walking tour of downtown 10 a.m. 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...