October 7, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Grand jury indicts 12

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 12 people in 15 indictments, including a Jenkins man charged with complicity to burglary, complicity to robbery, complicity to assault, and terroristic threatening. More...

Features

County's first golf course now a neighborhood

Around 1934-35, several businessmen in Letcher County wanted to build a golf course to serve the county. The group included R. R. More...

Country's next great boom may come from turning coal into gas

SAN FRANCISCO Our economy sure could use the Next Big Thing. Something on the scale of railroads, automobiles or the Internet — the kind of breakthrough that emerges every so often and builds industries, generates jobs and mints fortunes. More...

Opinions

Goofing up health care reform

America's shouting match over health care reform has turned completely goofy — and I'm not talking about confused seniors at teabag rallies getting red-faced with anger after being told by the right-wing scare machine that "government is tryi More...

Cartoon

Full Story

When caution takes courage

WASHINGTON At a White House dinner with a group of historians at the beginning of the summer, Robert Dallek, a shrewd student of both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, offered a chilling comment to President Obama. More...

Sports

Mountain Heritage race winners

Jordan Gregory in the male division and Carlie Fleming in the female division were the first-place finishers in the Mountain Heritage one mile fun/run walk. More...

Youth-only deer season set for Oct. 10-11

Kentucky's youth-only deer season is set for Oct. 10-11. Safety always comes first, but for adult mentors, patience isn't far behind. More...

Lady Cougars beat Lady Bobcats

On Sept. 29, the Betsy Layne Lady Bobcats came to town for the fourth showdown between them and the Letcher Central Lady Cougars. The Lady Cougars won for the third time in this series 2-0 (25-19, 25-15). More...

Families & Friends

Woolly worms warn of messy winter ahead

Points East

Last Saturday morning, after spending Friday eve scouring through the classifieds of several central Kentucky papers, Loretta and I waded out into the heavy dew, intent on following the map we had studiously drawn that gave us a stop-by-stop and th More...

Letcher County Day draws crowd in Harrison, Ohio

Southern Ohio

Hello once again everyone! Rain, rain go away! Come again some other day! Letcher County Day in Harrison, Ohio is now just a memory. A very pleasant one I must say! More...

Photo

WED — Leah Hansel and Bobby Webb were married August 29 in the Whitesburg Shriners Building. More...

Obituaries

Hobert Cook, 76, dies in Ohio

Hobert Cook, 76, died September 30 at the Tuscany Garden Nursing Home in Pataskala, Ohio. Born at Sandlick, he was a son of the late Archie and Hannah Elizabeth Powers Cook. More...

Services held for Amanda Mullins

Whitesburg native Amanda Jane Mullins, 31, died October 1 at her home in Neon. A daughter of Elisa J. Craft of Neon, she was graduated from Whitesburg High School, and enjoyed singing, reading, and watching movies. More...

J.B. Banks, 80, dies in Texas

J.B. Banks, 80, of San Antonio, Tex., died September 25. Born at Cowan, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War and Korean War. He served 23 years in the Air Force as a staff sergeant. More...

Jenkins council declines to vote on alcohol sales

The Jenkins City Council declined this week to vote on a proposal that would enable qualifying restaurants and hotels to sell alcoholic beverages. More...

Funeral scheduled for Father Randall

Funeral services will be held in Massachusetts this week for a popular Catholic priest who was responsible for bringing Mother Teresa's Missionary Sisters of Charity to Jenkins. A Mass of Christian Burial for the Rev. Edward L. More...

News

Photo

WINNER — Ethan Collins is the proud owner of a new bicycle that was given away by the Whitesburg Masonic Lodge during the Mountain Heritage Festival. Ethan is six years old and is in first grade at West Whitesburg Elementary School. More...

First 100 doses of swine flu vaccine to arrive here soon

The Letcher County Health Department will distribute 100 doses of a nasal spray vaccine to protect against the H1N1 flu on a first-come, first-serve basis as soon as the shipment arrives sometime next week. More...

Blair retires from Army

Lt. Col. Tim Blair, son of Doreen Calhoun of Blackey and the late Bernard Blair, has retired from the Army after serving 20 years. Blair was commissioned an infantry officer after his graduation from Morehead State University in 1988. More...

Columns

Car Talk

Testing to see if you need new shocks

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 2001 Toyota 4Runner with 160,000 miles. I also have a pop-up camper that I pull on occasion with the 4Runner. I just made a trip from Colorado up to Minnesota pulling the camper. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

October 8, 1959 Students who are already enrolled in Whitesburg school but who are using private transportation to get to and from school may now ride school buses, the Letcher County Board of Education ruled Saturday. More...

Deciding when to retire

These days, everyone is taking a new look at their finances — and no one is looking more closely than the millions of baby boomers who are nearing retirement age. 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 Father Edward Randall died Friday, October 2. More...

Health

The wait is on

First swine flu vaccinations — but don't get in line

WASHINGTON Swine flu vaccinations began Monday with squirts up the noses of health care workers in Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee — it just tickled, shrugged one — as the government opened a massive effort to immunize over half the n More...

Many ways to treat prostate enlargement

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: About three years ago, I had a procedure to reduce the size of my prostate. It was Greenlight PVP laser procedure. My doctor did it on an outpatient basis. Since then, I have a normal flow for someone who is 79 years old. More...

Controlling Emotional Eating

Do you eat when you are sad, lonely, angry, stressed or bored? Do you use food to reward yourself? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be an emotional eater. More...

Entertainment

The Grascals to play on 'Bluegrass Express Live'

WMMT's "Bluegrass Express Live" will present The Grascals on Thursday, Oct. 15. The performance will take place in the Appalshop Theater at 91 Madison Avenue in downtown Whitesburg. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance will start at 7:30 p.m. More...

Doc Watson, Jeff Little, Robin and Linda Williams to perform Oct. 16

Doc Watson, Jeff Little, Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group are slated to perform at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Va., on Friday, Oct. 16, on the eve of the college's annual Home Crafts Days. More...

Hospice to give away TV at Ball

Hospice of the Bluegrass is selling raffle tickets for $5 each on a 40-inch flat screen television to be given away on October 17 at the Hospice Masquerade Ball. The winner does not have to be present to win. More...