April 14, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Shooting appears to be accidental

Funeral services will be held this week for a 15-year-old girl who died April 11 in what authorities believe was a tragic accident.   Services for Rachel Marie Hall, of Jackhorn, will be held at 1 p.m. More...

Features

Letcher County’s ‘barn quilts’ . . . What are they?

Did you know Letcher County now has 40 of the beautiful “painted barn quilts” on display on buildings, porches, homes, barns, and in yards, etc. — all over the county? More...

Opinions

Why miners die

Twenty-nine coal miners lost their lives in last week’s massive explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.   Why?   More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

The ghosts of West Virginia

Now, I used to think my daddy was a black man   With scrip enough to buy the company store.   Oh, but now he goes to town with empty pockets,   And Lord, his face is white as February snow.   More...

Sports

Make change in hunting tactics

Most turkey hunters won’t enjoy a totally secluded spot when the season opens April 17. More...

Justice dazzles; ‘DeMarcus who?’

Weekend all-star game gems bring sparkle to basketball fans along I-64.   Louisville. Elisha Justice gave Cardinal fans an eyeful in the Derby Festival all-star game. Mr. More...

Lady Cavs take four of four

The Lady Cavs played four games last week and picked up four wins in the process.   More...

Families & Friends

Linda Combs surprised by party

Cowan

Hannah Harris spent spring break on Cowan with her grandparents, Bob and Ramona Caudill. Laura and Cassie Harris drove up from Lexington to pick Hannah up.   Also visiting Easter weekend were Candy Caudill and daughters Paige and Kristen. More...

Trees, bushes are in bloom

Big Cowan

Hello readers. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather and all the trees and bushes in bloom. More...

Colson Center to host Derby party

The Colson Senior Center hosted a 2010 Census party on Friday. We had 70 sign in, but many more were there. A big thank you to all who came.   Everyone received nice gifts from the Census Bureau. More...

Entertainment

Article

JAZZ CONCERT — The Laureate Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will sponsor a spring concert luncheon at the Letcher County Extension Office from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 21. The Letcher County Central High School Jazz Band will perform.  More...

Dance planned

Whitesburg American Legion Post #152, Pine Mountain, Highway 119, will hold a dance Saturday April 17, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Raging River Band will perform. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. For more information, call 633-2834.   More...

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a country/ bluegrass band, will play Friday, April 16, at the Hemphill Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Everyone is invited to attend. More...

Pay now or pay later, Neon tells sewer customers

The new Haymond Sewer Project is about 10 percent complete and, according to project engineer Ken Taylor of Kenvirons, about 75 percent or slightly more of the potential customers have signed up. More...

Family offers reward

Family members of a 79-year-old Jeremiah woman are convinced she was the victim of a hit and run last month and are offering a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her injuries. More...

News

Ex-MSHA boss to lead probe of mine blast

CHARLESTON, W.Va.   Gov. More...

Blast dampens Massey’s plans

Massey Energy could see where the demand for coal was coming from. So, it made a $1 billion bet that it could cash in on the burgeoning economies of Asia.   More...

Jenkins seniors won’t be able to make planned trip to Hawaii

Jenkins High School seniors have been forced to revise their ambitions for a senior trip to Hawaii downward in light of their inability to raise sufficient funds. More...

Columns

How are Social Security and Medicare taxes calculated?

Question: I recently received my annual Social Security Statement in the mail, and I noticed my taxes are only “estimated”. How did you calculate the amount?   More...

Car Talk

Re-refined oil is fine, as long as it’s certified

Dear Tom and Ray:   I stopped at a “Quickie Lube”-type joint the other day and asked them what type of oil they use in their least-expensive oil-change service. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 14, 1960   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: mtneagle@bellsouth.net More...

Health

Test may warn smokers of cancer danger

“Even people who have stopped smoking, there’s a significant risk of cancer down the road...” —Dr. Neal Ready, Duke Univ. specialist

WASHINGTON   Scientists may have found a way to tell which smokers are at highest risk of developing lung cancer: measuring a telltale genetic change inside their windpipes. More...

Blood pressure that won’t budge

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’ve had severe high blood pressure for many years. I have tried all the medicines you can think of. I am 62 and have had one ministroke. I’m not looking for another. I used to weigh 235 pounds. I lost 100 pounds. More...

In down economy, older moms’ births still up

ATLANTA   U.S. births fell in 2008, probably because of the recession, updated government figures confirm. More...

Obituaries

Services held for George Johnson

George Washington ‘Son’ Johnson, 84, of Virgie, died April 8 at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. More...

Sizemore rites set

Jacob Sizemore, 81, died April 11 at his home at Premium. More...

Services are held for Joyce Niece

Funeral services for Joyce Faye ‘Dorothy’ Yeary Niece, 69, of Eolia, were held April 12 at the Franks Creek Church. Burial was in Niece Cemetery at Eolia. She died April 9 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. More...