December 1, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Man admits shooting estranged wife’s beau

An Ermine man pleaded guilty this week to shooting the boyfriend of his estranged wife last November.   James Edward Nichols, 34, entered a plea of guilty in Letcher Circuit Court on Nov. More...

Features

Trip underground brings appreciation for job miners do

While standing in mud about three miles back in Perry County Coal’s E-4 No.1 mine in Hazard, I began to miss my family. They felt so far away. More...

No baking needed for these cookies

To ease you into the holiday cookie baking spirit, we decided to keep it easy with a no-bake cookie.   More...

Make your own hot cocoa - it’s better!

Admittedly, crafting your own hot cocoa is slightly more work than popping open a can of powder and mixing it with hot milk (or worse... water).   But it is so worth the effort. More...

Columns

Blaming Obama’s America 1st

WASHINGTON   Can we govern ourselves in the next two years? Do Republicans have any interest in accomplishments that might even indirectly benefit President Obama? More...

Please pat me!

A revolt is apparently growing at the grassroots level — being fanned by politicians and rightwing talking heads — against the new procedures being used by the TSA to ensure that people with bombs and weapons don’t get on airplanes More...

Nuke threat not partisan issue

By FROMA HARROP More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

The ‘Tree of Hope’ project is still being conducted in Letcher County. It has not been done away with. Pine Mountain Search And Rescue volunteered to coordinate the project for this year. More...

Health

Coumadin is effective but bothersome drug

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past eight months, I have had a heart rhythm problem. I am on Coumadin. One day I forgot I had taken it and took another dose. My blood test showed that I had taken far too much. More...

2nd-hand smoke kills 600,000-plus

LONDON   Secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, according to a new study.   In the first look at the global impact of secondhand smoking, researchers analyzed data from 2004 for 192 countries. More...

Project aims to spur kidney swaps

WASHINGTON   Too often, would-be kidney donors are wasted because the friend or loved one they want to help isn’t a match. More...

Obituaries

Pauline Spangler dies at 62

Pauline Lauren Lucille Spangler, 62, of Mayking, died November 1 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. More...

Bill Blair dies

Bill Blair died October 8 at his home on Cram Creek. He was 86 years old.   A son of the late Victor and Nina Blair, he was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.   He was a retired coal miner. More...

Ruth Ison Blair succumbs at 84

Letcher County native Ruth Ison Blair, 84, died November 19 in Venice, Fla.   Born in Ice, she was a daughter of the late Willard and Leona Ison.   She is survived by her husband, Hager Blair; a son, Donald L. More...

New firm looks to hire about 40 skilled workers

After several months of anticipation, a new industrial facility at Gateway Industrial Park in Jenkins has begun to take applications for 35-40 jobs that a company official described as mostly skilled labor.   More...

School opening is set back 55 days

The county’s new vocational and technical school building won’t be ready for occupancy before next October, members of the Letcher County Board of Education have learned.   More...

News

Bill addresses nursing home deaths

FRANKFORT   Amid questions about nursing home deaths in Kentucky, a state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require all deaths at long-term care facilities to be reported to county coroners.   More...

Fire damage heavy

A Monday morning fire caused extensive damage to a brick home in Whitesburg and the state fire marshal is expected to determine the cause today (Wednesday).   More...

Apply online for Medicare

This January marks a historic moment: our nation’s first baby boomers are turning 65.   For many baby boomers, it’s time to hit the computer. More...

Opinions

The Voice

The kid heard The Voice.   The kid, a student near Detroit, heard the voice of his teacher, telling him his claimed religious scruples against “accepting gays” were not to be uttered in a classroom.   More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Braddock disputes water bills

To the Editor: This is a rebuttal to the article appearing in the November 3 Mountain Eagle, commenting on the opening remarks when Mayor Dixon, with a shaky, cracking voice, said he was not going to take any grandstanding, and sputtered on. More...

Sports

Elisha Justice

The list is longer than the Mountain Parkway, Mt. Sterling to Prestonsburg. Parade of gifted basketball stars who twinkled in heavens over Inez on to Whitesburg and points between — Paintsville to Carr Creek, Virgie, all the way to Corbin. More...

GIRLS LOSE OPENER

GIRLS LOSE OPENER — Letcher Central’s Kelah Eldridge drove the lane Monday night during the Lady Cougars’ season-opening loss to Harlan County at home as teammates Julie Cornett (20) More...

Richard Petty back in charge

CONCORD, N.C.   Richard Petty will once again run his race team and participate in day-to-day operations as chairman of the new ownership group that was announced this week. More...

Families & Friends

First snow hits Bardstown Thanksgiving

Bardstown

Hello to all from the Bourbon Capital. It has been a busy and eventful several weeks. Actually, I don’t think there has been a dull moment since we moved here seven years ago.   More...

DAR visits Veterans Center

Cowan

Nov. 12, the Pine Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution visited the Veterans Center at Hazard. Members present were Merlene Day, Linda Lucas, Shirley Whitaker, Marsha Banks, Ann Reynolds, Stella Elam and Mahala Frazier. More...

Teach kids the way to go

I have been at it again, thinking I mean. Believe it or not, I do have the capacity to think once in awhile. I just sit in a nice, comfortable chair and let my mind wander. More...

Entertainment

Jypsi to perform here Saturday

When country music superstar Keith Urban first heard the Jypsi single “Mister Officer” he said he went out and “bought it immediately (and) played it relentlessly to everyone and anyone who’d listen. More...

Famed cellist Eggar here Dec. 6

Has performed with Beyonce, Ralph Stanley, The Who and Coldplay

Famed cellist, pianist and composer Dave Eggar will perform in concert in Whitesburg early next week in support of his new album Kingston Morning, a portion of which was recorded in Big Stone Gap, Va., with bluegrass music legend Dr. More...

Coming events

LETCHER CO.   COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS,   TRADITIONAL, ETC.   JYPSI; Sat., Dec. 4 in Whitesburg at Summit City (214 Main St.). 633- 2715.   RICH AND THE PO’ FOLK (CD release party); Thu., Dec. More...