February 10, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Mom is jailed after violating probation

A 30-year-old Letcher County woman who was on probation in connection with the 2004 death of her three-month-old daughter and the assault of her infant son has been ordered to serve five years in prison for violating the terms of the agreement that More...

News

First lady backs bill to raise Ky. dropout age

FRANKFORT   Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear made a pitch Tuesday for a bill aimed at gradually raising the state’s school dropout age from 16 to 18.   More...

Coal producer Alpha outlines natural gas expansion plans

CHARLESTON, W.Va.   Coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources, which has operations in Letcher County, has begun expanding its natural gas business by drilling its first well in the Marcellus shale.   More...

New bill targets 1st-time drunken drivers

FRANKFORT   A Kentucky House panel has advanced a bill that would lead to breath-alcohol monitoring devices being placed in the vehicles of people caught driving drunk just once.   More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 11, 1960   Circuit Judge Courtney C. Wells ruled this week that Whitesburg may annex a three-mile strip of territory reaching from the mouth of Sandlick to Pine Mountain Junction.      More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There could be some negative reaction to your tough stance when making a recent decision. But overall, your efforts result in wellearned recognition and all that can follow from that.   More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – 2/8-2/12   More...

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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: mtneagle@bellsouth.com   More...

Health

Macular degneration and cataract surgery

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is it possible to get wet macular degeneration from a scratch on the left eye during cataract surgery, or could it have been a cyst that caused wet macular degeneration? I am 85, and my right eye is perfect. More...

Is swine flu epidemic over?

ATLANTA   If the U.S. swine flu epidemic isn’t over, it certainly looks as if it’s on its last legs.   More...

Experiment is taking aim at genetic learning disorder

WASHINGTON   A pill to ease a type of mental retardation? An experiment is under way to develop one, aimed at a genetic disorder that might unravel some of the mysteries of autism along the way.   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...

Actor Jeff Bridges hits a career high note in ‘Crazy Heart’

NASHVILLE, Tenn.   When director Scott Cooper approached him with the script for “Crazy Heart,” Jeff Bridges turned down the part of a lifetime.   Cold. More...

Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey still The Who at Super Bowl

NEW YORK   Maybe 30 years ago, The Who would have been an explosive act for a Super Bowl halftime show. Or anywhere else.   More...

Telemarketers are latest enemy in fight against drugs here

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said it is hard to fight the drug problem when people continue to come up with new ways to get pain pills into the county. More...

Neon officials take small raise

Members of the Fleming-Neon City Council have voted themselves a small increase in yearly pay from the current rate of $120 per year ($10 per month) to $500 per year ($41.67 per month).   More...

Opinions

Party out of touch as middle class continues to sink

American politics is a hoot! Where else can raw ignorance rise to such high places — and then flaunt itself shamelessly for all to see?   More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

‘Finish the kitchen’

If President Obama gets to sign a health-reform bill, as I believe he will, one reason may be Rep. Jay Inslee’s difficult experience renovating his kitchen.   More...

Sports

Calipari pleased with No. 3 Kentucky’s progress

LEXINGTON   Kentucky doesn’t need John Wall to win games.   The No. 3 Wildcats are just as deadly without their star point guard playing to his potential.   More...

Photo

SIXTH-GRADER STARS — Jenkins sixth-grader Whitney Creech put on a show in the second quarter of the Lady Cavs’ 74-39 win over Red Bird last week. Creech scored 10 points in the quarter, on two three-pointers and a pair of field goals. More...

Photo

EYES ON THE PRIZE — Jenkins freshman forward Tim Seals and a Red Bird defender looked up for the rebound during the Cavaliers’ 60-50 win over Red Bird on homecoming night last week. (Photo by Chris Anderson) More...

Families & Friends

After snow, road was the worst it’s ever been

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, do you still remember me? I hope everyone is doing well. I have been snowed in is the reason I didn’t write my news last week. I couldn’t get off my hill for five days and couldn’t even get to my mailbox.   More...

Moments and Memories of WHS

W.H.S. welcomes new principal, Mr. Eddie Holbrook, 1990-1994   1990-91. A fresh start, new students, new teachers, and of course a new principal. For the fifth time in seven years, the office of principal has a new face, Mr. More...

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Robert Watts turned nine years old on Feb. 10. He is the son of Robby and Teresa Watts of Nicholasville. His grandparents are Donald and Carol Sexton of Craft’s Colly, and Larry and Diane Watts of Mayking. He has a younger brother, Caden. 4. More...

Obituaries

Services held for James Bates, 81

Funeral services for James Donald Bates, 81, were held February 10 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in Bates Cemetery at Blackey.   He died February 8 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. More...

Dr. Arthur J. Nash dies in Louisville

Dr. Arthur J. Nash, 89, died February 5 at his home in Louisville.   Dr. Nash worked at Jenkins Community Hospital for more than 30 years, and was chief medical director there for a number of years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. More...

Services are held for Joann Harris

Joann Holland Harris, 63, died February 6, at her home at Pinetop.   She was a daughter of the late Walter and Hattie Lee Sturgill Holland.   Surviving are a son, Lloyd Adams Jr. More...