May 5, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Man charged in shooting

An Isom man is out of jail after he was arrested Monday night for allegedly shooting another man near a roadway at Smoot Creek.   More...

Features

MSHA releases report on Letcher miner’s death

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a report on the results of its investigation into the mining death of Phillip Newton, who was killed in a roof fall on Dec. More...

ATV trailhead dedicated to Breeding

The Letcher Fiscal Court recently dedicated a new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trailhead at Fishpond Lake in honor of Roger Breeding, an ATV enthusiast who died two years ago. More...

Opinions

Admit it, elk program has been a success

When the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources began reintroducing elk in Kentucky for the first time in more than 125 years in 1997, one of the stated purposes of that effort was the elk eventually would boost tourism by promoting more More...

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Congress got it right

While lawmakers should lead by example, sometimes they don’t. But, in the case of Congress voting to deny its members an automatic cost-of-living pay raise in 2011, they got it right. More...

Sports

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YOUNG HUNTER — Corey Sparkman, a fourth-grade student at Letcher Elementary School, killed his first turkey May 2. He is the son of Tina and Gary Sparkman of Hallie. More...

Pikeville College lands Jenkins softball star

Jenkins High School Lady Cavaliers softball star Hillary Brashear, second from right, agreed Monday to play college softball for Pikeville College. More...

Sports in Kentucky

Walk-ons have ‘right stuff ’ to make it at UK, UofL

“America loves a winner, will not tolerate a loser. Americans love to fight. Americans love the sting of battle. We admire the best marble shooter, best ball players, toughest boxers.” — George C. More...

Families & Friends

Seniors get Derby spirit

They stepped into the winner’s circle and might even have taken a bow, had it not been for their hats. More...

Reunions • Reunions

To list reunions in The Mountain Eagle’s weekly reunion column, send information to Reunions, The Mountain Eagle, Box 808, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. More...

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RUNNER — Kelsey Mullins, a junior at Letcher County Central High School, attended the state Cross Country Coaches Association banquet, where she was named an Honorable Mention All State Cross Co More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Martin Lusk

Martin Keith ‘Marty’ Lusk, 53, died April 30 at his home at Blackey.   He was a son of Martha Jane Dixon Burns of Blackey and the late Lester Lusk.   More...

Services are set for Glenn Mullins

Funeral services for Glenn Mack Mullins Sr., 62, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Pound, Va. Burial will be in the Arvil Mullins Cemetery in Pound. More...

Services held for Tammy Cornett

Tammy Cornett, 44, of Kingdom Come, died April 28 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.   A daughter of Sigal Johnson of Winchester and the late Mary Deaton Johnson, she was a sister of the late Melissa Johnson.   More...

Grand jury indicts 13

The Letcher Grand Jury has named 13 people in 21 indictments, including a Cumberland woman charged in seven indictments.   More...

Nitrogen producer could hire 80 after opening at Jenkins

A Canadian company which produces materials used in “fracking” natural gas wells has agreed to locate a $30 million nitrogen production plant at the Gateway Industrial Park in Jenkins. More...

Bond set at $250,000 cash in Tackett case

A former Jenkins public official pleaded not guilty this week to charges that he stole nearly $500,000 from state and federal funds intended for the care for disabled rest home residents.   More...

News

Power company’s mismanagement caused power outage, jury charges

The Letcher County Grand Jury is placing the blame for a widespread power outage, which affected many households in the county this past winter, on Kentucky Power Company officials.   More...

Grand jury releases ‘final report’

Members of the Letcher County Grand Jury, which served a little over eight months and returned 232 felony indictments, recently presented Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright with their final report detailing suggestions and repairs to enable the courth More...

Golf tourney set at Sleepy Hollow

The 20th annual Southeast Scholarship Golf Classic will be held Saturday, May 15, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course at Cumberland. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a putting contest. The four-person scramble format competition will start at 9 a.m. More...

Columns

Moments in time

• On May 20, 1506, the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus dies in Valladolid, Spain. Columbus, and most others, greatly underestimated the world’s size. More...

Now here’s a tip

• “When I travel, I find that the air in the hotel room makes my allergies act up. I have started packing a coff ee mug and several tea bags. More...

Car Talk

Is reader a genius or just lucky?

Dear Tom and Ray:   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

Device helps asthmatics breathe

WASHINGTON   People with severe asthma are getting a radically diff erent treatment option: A way to snake a wire inside their lungs and melt off some of the tissue that squeezes their airways shut.   More...

How much exercise now recommended?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is the amount of exercise recommended for a man or woman of 55? I was always under the impression that 15 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week was a sufficient amount of time for heart health. Am I wrong? More...

Bad habits can age you 12 years

CHICAGO   Four common bad habits combined — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — can age you by 12 years, sobering new research suggests. More...

Entertainment

Square dance set

The Carcassonne square dance will be held from 8 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 8. Music will be by Randy Wilson, Gabe Wilson, Shawn Stamper, and Logan Dollarhide, and Erin Cokonougher-Stidham will be the caller. More...

Jason Isbell and 400 Unit returning; Velvet Truckstop drawing rave reviews

If you’re a fan of rock music, put this newspaper down for a few minutes, dial up YouTube on your computer, search for “Velvet Truckstop,” and watch the Southern rockers perform their scorching version of “Baby Don’t Yo More...

Justin Moore to perform Saturday

Rising country music star Justin Moore will perform in concert Saturday (May 8) at the Jenkins High School gymnasium. Proceeds from the show will benefit student programs at the school.   More...