December 15, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Grand jury hands up 7 more indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named six people in seven indictments, including a Jeremiah woman charged in two indictments with fraudulently receiving food stamps and Medicaid benefits.   More...

Features

Pilot injured slightly after helicopter hits ‘static line,’ is forced to land near Isom

A pilot and two passengers escaped serious injury after a helicopter was forced into an emergency landing after hitting a Kentucky Power Company “static line” near Isom.   More...

Cosmic murder?

WASHINGTON   One of the solar system’s most evocative mysteries — the origin of Saturn’s rings — may be a case of cosmic murder, new research suggests. More...

Pulled pork sits on top of mashed potatoes

This dish started as a threeingredient slow cooker recipe. And I completely messed it up. More...

Columns

Now here’s a tip

• Here’s another great clothespin tip: “Clothespin plus dish towel equals baby bib (or Uncle Frank bib, in some cases).” — T.R. in Missouri   More...

Holbrooke’s blessing

Richard Holbrooke was a legend, the high priest of what we used to call the “priesthood” (even though they finally did let Madeleine in), the foreign policy elite that played musical chairs whenever a Democrat was running for or elected More...

The specter haunting Obama

WASHINGTON   American decline is the specter haunting our politics. This could be President Obama’s undoing — or it could provide him with the opportunity to revive his presidency.   More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

I heard on the news that a coal truck driver wrecked on the ice and killed himself. He was a contract hauler, so this doesn’t affect the safety record of the coal company. What’s wrong with this picture?      More...

Health

Books off er skinny on best food choices

NEW YORK   Looks like Americans really do like being told what to eat. More...

Clogged heart arteries cause of angina pain

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 56, a woman and have angina. I don’t understand it too well. I have never smoked, and I am not overweight. I’d get chest pains if I hurried to catch a bus or to get on an open elevator. More...

Pilot (and fake M.D.) dupes AMA

MILWAUKEE   He seemed like Superman, able to guide jumbo jets through perilous skies and tiny tubes through blocked arteries. More...

Obituaries

Services set for Myrtle Johnson

Funeral services for Myrtle Johnson, 87, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday), December 15, at McRoberts Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Haven of Rest Cemetery at Mayking.   More...

Services held for Faye Taylor

Funeral services for Faye Taylor, 79, were held December 11 at Everidge Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Herb Maggard Cemetery at Isom.   She died December 7 at Pikeville Medical Center. More...

Johnson rites held

Benjamin ‘Benny’ Johnson, 76, died December 8 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.   Born at Jackhorn, he was a son of the late Benjamin Johnson and Nannie Quillen, and the widower of Audrey Cook Johnson. More...

Shortages hit county, Neon water systems

Most customers of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District and the Fleming-Neon Water Company should have water service once again, according to county and city officials. However, “boil water” advisories remain in effect.   More...

Jurors want poll rules changed

The Letcher County Grand Jury says it lacks evidence to recommend criminal action against a candidate whose illegally posted sign caused   poll worker to become seriously injured on Election Day, but has called on the Letcher County Board of E More...

News

Weather, economy can’t stop goodwill

Members of a non-profit organization in Michigan are braving bad weather and cold economic times to deliver Christmas presents to a dozen Letcher County families this week.   More...

Rev. Currie Clark, not Rev. Tom Currie

The Mountain Eagle has been asked to clear up confusion surrounding the highly-publicized arrest earlier this month of Currie Pat Clark Jr., a Presbyterian minister charged with nearly 300 counts of having sex with a young boy in central Kentucky. More...

Toys lost on highway

LA GRANGE, Ky.   If Santa was making a test flight over Kentucky, he needs to adjust his GPS.   Police in La Grange say 15 boxes of toys were found scattered along a road this week.   More...

Opinions

Republicans fail working miners

When Republicans take partial control of Congress next month, hope for reforms such as worker safety laws presumably will vanish. More...

Where’s the outrage?

It’s hard to imagine any other agency of state government could get caught in such a sweeping failure to do its job without producing a sharper reaction from lawmakers and the governor. More...

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Sports

Cougars off to hot start

The Letcher County Central Cougars had a very busy and successful opening week of their season. With victories at Jenkins and Prestonsburg last Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. More...

Hunting traditions fading as land, desire disappear

MADISON, Wis.   Classroom desks and office cubicles stand empty. Hunters in blaze orange stand out like drops of bright paint against brown fields. Pub parking lots are crowded with pickup trucks draped with deer carcasses.   More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing for bass in early winter

The weather may be freezing, but it still is not the dead of winter. More...

Families & Friends

Fleming-Neon Elementary kindergarten letters to Santa

The Fleming-Neon Elementary School kindergarten class, taught by Bill Stanley and Nancy Ratliff , has submitted letters to Santa Claus. Here is what the children wrote:   More...

Two receive scholarships

Nancy M. Hatton and Paige N. Lewis have been selected to receive $250 Mountain Heritage Festival Scholarships for the spring semester. More...

Sun is not melting 8 inches of snow

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying all this snow. I’m still snowed in, can’t get out. I still have all my snow, about eight inches. More...

Entertainment

Christmas cantata planned Dec. 19

Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jenkins, will present the cantata “Bethlehem Morning” written by Marty Hamley, under the direction of Lana Shubert, Sunday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Jeff Foster. More...

To perform

Appalachian Strings will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. More...

Glenda Jones, 56, buried at Colson

Glenda Carol Sexton Jones, 56, died December 10 at her home at Jenkins.   She was a daughter of Landon Sexton of Colson and the late Dorothy Collins Sexton.   More...