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Features

Coal company says gift-giving leaves workers wanting to help

Employees at a Letcher County coal company say they hope to become more involved in community events during 2010 after experiencing the joy of giving to others during the recent holiday season.   More...

First baby of decade

Bill Colby Adams was the first baby born in 2010 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. The baby was born at 9:02 a.m. on January 2. He weighed eight pounds, three ounces, and is the son of Renita Stacy and Bill Robert Adams of Jeremiah. More...

Opinions

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Regulate terrorists, not the rest of us

You didn’t get a virgin when you drew me as one of your political commentators, for I’ve been through the fires of Texas politics, including having been elected state agriculture commissioner. More...

Must 2010 be 1984 again?

WASHINGTON   As they enter this difficult election year, Democrats seem ready to engage yet again in a debate they never seem to tire of: whether winning demands “moving to the center” or “mobilizing the base.”   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

Are we healthier now than we were in 2000? Government says no

ATLANTA   About 10 years ago the U.S. government set some lofty health goals for the country to reach by 2010. By many measures, Americans didn’t do so well.   There are more obese Americans than a decade ago, not fewer. More...

Testing newborns for rare illnesses

WASHINGTON   At his first birthday, John Klor could not sit up on his own. A few months later, he was cruising like any healthy toddler — thanks to a special diet that is treating the boy’s mysterious disease.   More...

Special autism diets don’t work

CHICAGO   An expert panel says there’s no rigorous evidence that digestive problems are more common in children with autism compared to other children, or that special diets work, contrary to claims by celebrities and vaccine naysayers. More...

Entertainment

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...

Gadget makers focus on cost-effective temptations

LAS VEGAS   Electronics sales rebounded in the just-ended holiday season, but the industry’s biggest event will still have the recession hanging over it. The International Consumer Electronics Show, which opened Jan. More...

‘Hurt Locker’ picked as best film

NEW YORK   The National Society of Film Critics this week selected “The Hurt Locker,” a film about an elite Army bomb squad unit that works in Iraq to defuse improvised explosives while under the threat of insurgents, as the best More...

Top power official invited to answer questions at forum

Kentucky Power Company’s top official has been invited to attend a public forum being held in Whitesburg tomorrow (Thursday) to give Letcher County residents the opportunity to comment on the Dec. More...

Court members oppose rate hike

Kentucky Power Company’s request for a 34.5-percent rate increase has stirred anger and concern among members of the Letcher County Fiscal Court.   More...

Firemen leave meeting

Almost a dozen volunteer firefighters walked out of a meeting Sunday night at Sandlick before officers were elected for the new year. More...

News

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COLD NEAR THE TOP (AND EVERYWHERE ELSE) — Raven Rock, atop Pine Mountain near Jenkins, was photographed earlier this week as the first of several inches of snow began to accumulate. More...

Jenkins residents urged to fight rate hike

Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon says his biggest disappointment as mayor has been the lack of funds necessary to dredge Elkhorn Lake and repair the dam that holds it, which was built by Consolidation Coal Company as the water supply for the city in 1916 More...

Heating assistance available from LKLP

LKLP Community Action Council Inc. began the “crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that assists households in a heating crisis on January 4.   More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 7, 1960   Whitesburg’s new city council decided Tuesday night to take a fresh look at the city’s occupational tax and garbage collection fee system to see if changes should be made.      More...

Car Talk

Doctor needs a reliable car in the snow

Dear Tom and Ray:   More...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Use that Arian charm to help make a difficult workplace transition easier for everyone. News about a long-awaited decision can be confusing. Don’t jump to conclusions.   More...

Sports

John Wall looks to enjoy every minute of season

LEXINGTON   John Wall doesn’t know how long he’s going to be at Kentucky. More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Brave the cold, fish for smallmouth

This is one of the coldest times of the year to be outdoors, but for the hard-core smallmouth bass angler it can be one of the best times of the year to catch a trophy smallmouth bass.   More...

Poll rates LCC girls No. 26

The Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars stretched their winning streak to 11 straight and improved their overall record to 13-1 with Saturday night’s victory over visiting regional rival Leslie County.   More...

Families & Friends

Was surprise snow weatherman’s fault?

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well and keeping warm.   I woke up with a surprise, about 1 1/2 inches of snow. We were just promised snow flurries. Was that your fault, Kevin Day? More...

Coal stove kept house toasty during outage

Blair Branch

I’d like to say sorry for my absence the last couple of weeks. With the snow and power outages, Christmas preparation, several Christmas celebrations, and then all the clean-up, I just didn’t find the time to sit down and write.   More...

Photo

FOUR GENERATIONS — Logan Jaymes Couch, born Sept. More...

Obituaries

Rites are held for Darrel Webb

Darrel Glenn Webb, 66, of Pound, Va., died December 26 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.   Born at Mayking, he was the son of the late Glenn Webb and Geneva Logsdon Webb, and the father of the late Randall Todd Webb. More...

Clarence Cephus Roy, 84, dies

Clarence Cephus Roy, 84, died December 29 at his home in Fleming-Neon.   Born in Weldon, Ill., he was a son of the late William Roy and Goldie Hinkle Roy. More...

Services are held for Bobby Estes Jr.

Funeral services for Bobby Dillard Estes Jr., 27, were held January 2 at Clay City United Methodist Church in Clay City. Burial was in Kennons Cemetery in Clay City.   A son of Bobby Estes Sr. More...