December 16, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Cancer patient donates 4,000 books to Letcher Co. libraries

Lena Tidal, director of the Letcher County Public Library District, rummaged through boxes to see what books were donated to the library system by a Bullitt County man who is battling terminal cancer.   More...

Children write letters to Santa

Bill Stanley’s Fleming- Neon Elementary School kindergarten class has written letters to Santa. In addition to promising to leave treats under the tree for him, the children have these requests for the jolly old elf:   Dear Santa:   More...

Opinions

Black lung’s comeback

Everyone understands what causes black lung and how to prevent it by controlling dust in mines.   Coal operators have an incentive to prevent the debilitating and deadly illness because the industry must fund benefits for its victims. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Obama: Idealism vs. realism

PARIS   Europeans are coming to terms with the fact that President Obama is not a miracle worker, and with the reality that everything he does is not magic.   Oh, yes, most Europeans are still happy Obama is president. More...

Sports

LCC girls improve to 4-1

The 4-1 Letcher County Central Lady Cougars’ visit to district foe Cordia tomorrow night (Thursday) is their only game until returning home to host their annual four-team, three-day round robin format Lady Cougars’ Christmas Classic star More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

A perfect fish? Try smallmouth bass

If God ever made a perfect fish, I think it would have to be a smallmouth bass.   I love to fish for largemouth bass as much as anybody, but there is just something special about smallmouth bass. More...

Struttin’ Time

Plenty of good stories will appear here

Well, I can tell another year has come and gone, although a few days remain on the old calendar. The Kids Days events are over, and as anyone on that committee can attest, we work by events, not what the calendar says.   More...

Families & Friends

Christmas greeting message revives memories of Blair Br.

Points East

When I was very young, Mom and Dad bought my Aunt Annie’s share of Pap’s estate, which consisted of some 11 hillside acres and an old house she and Uncle Mander had built on the property with the understanding they would one day inherit More...

Even my dog doesn’t want to leave his warm bed

Eolia

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.   “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23. More...

Photo

BIRTHDAY — On Nov. 14, Viola “Buggie” Adams celebrated her 80th birthday with surprise party given by her family and friends. More...

Obituaries

John Branham services are set

John Randy ‘Nose’ Branham, 51, died December 13 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. More...

Key witness won’t face contempt of court count

FRANKFORT   A federal judge has ruled that a star witness in a highprofile bid-rigging case won’t be held in contempt of court. More...

Services held for Charles Taylor

Funeral services for Charles Taylor, 67, of Neon, were held December 5. Burial was in the Monroe family cemetery in Neon.   A son of the late Elbert and Leola Hall Taylor, he died December 1 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.   More...

Cops call for help with ‘shoppers’

Participation in the “Shop with a Cop” charity conducted by the Kentucky State Police was so great this year that local school and county officials were called in to help.   More...

Day is new police chief

The City of Whitesburg has a new chief of police, several months removed. More...

News

Four more file to run

Four more candidates have filed to run for county offices in the May primary election.   Incumbent Roland Craft and Rickey J. Pease have filed to run for constable in District Three. More...

Santa, Miss Kentucky visit parade

A Christmas parade was   held in downtown Whitesburg on Dec. More...

MTR mines heavily clumped

CHARLESTON, W.Va.   As surface mining has grown in Appalachia’s two largest coal-producing states, it has become heavily concentrated in small corners of West Virginia and Kentucky, according to a new government report.   More...

Columns

Car Talk

Is tip proper when mechanic does good job?

Dear Tom and Ray:   More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

December 17, 1959   Fire destroyed another Letcher County school building Wednesday night. The two-room Camp Branch School, located between Sandlick Gap and Colson, apparently caught fire from an overheated stove.      More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The New Year brings challenges that can change many things in your life. You need to be prepared not only to confront them, but also to deal with what happens afterward.   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@bellsouth.com More...

Health

Kidney exchange opens ‘whole new doorway of hope’

WASHINGTON   Twenty-six operations put healthy kidneys into 13 desperately ill people: Doctors in the nation’s capital just performed a record-setting kidney swap, part of a pioneering effort to expand transplants to patients who too of More...

About 1 in 6 Americans have caught swine flu

ATLANTA   Swine flu has sickened about 50 million Americans, and killed about 10,000, according to new estimates released by federal health officials.   That means about 1 in 6 Americans have had the illness, said Dr. More...

GET SMART

The Right Question...Get The Right Answers

Diabetes is such a complex medical condition that sometimes it is hard to know what to ask your doctor. More...

Entertainment

Dance scheduled

Whitesburg American Legion Post 152 on Pine Mountain, Hwy. 119, will sponsor a dance on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music will be provided by a live band featuring Chris Isaac, Tony Shortt, & Andy Miranda. More...

Tyme to perform

East KY Tyme will play at the Hemphill Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18. The annual Christmas party will be held at that time. Those attending should bring a favorite finger food. 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...