February 2, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Deadline grows near for Valentine photos

The Mountain Eagle is again publishing Valentine photos in the ‘Cupid’s Picks’ section.  The deadline to submit photos is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. The section will appear in the Feb. 9 issue. More...

Features

Alpha: Deal about coal exports

CHARLESTON, W.Va.   Alpha Natural Resources’ proposed $7.1 billion buyout of struggling rival Massey Energy Co. would create a global power built on exporting U.S. coal for steelmakers, Alpha’s chief executive said Monday.  More...

Home inspires singer

A Blackey man has written 10 songs inspired by living in Letcher County and has titled his first album “Blackey on My Mind.”  William Caudill, who named his band Will Caudill & Route 7, describes his music as “traditional b More...

The world’s largest office building

After my three-year assignment in Germany, I was sent to the Pentagon and put in charge of the swing shift of the Air Force Communication Service Message Center and Printing Department, where every message from all over the world came into our depart More...

Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years   February 2, 1961  A photo shows City of Whitesburg sanitation employees on Whitesburg streets away from the curbs and into the city sewers. More...

FOUR GENERATIONS —

Pictured are four generations of the Baker family, all of whom recently celebrate birthdays. From left to right are Katina Benton of Whitesburg, who was 37 on Feb. More...

Listen to your kids instead of yelling at them

As I have said on previous occasions, our youngsters can say and do some interesting and funny things if we take the time to pay attention to them. More...

Speak Your Piece

Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name.

Speak Your Piece Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. 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. More...

Health

Psoriatic arthritis

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Your article on arthritis was very interesting, but you did not explain about the arthritis that comes with psoriasis. I have it, and I know of two other people who have it. We don’t understand it at all. Please explain. More...

150 years of dieting fads and still no quick fix exists

WASHINGTON  Before there was Dr. Atkins, there was William Banting. He invented the low-carb diet of 1863. More...

FDA looking at cancer risk with implants

WASHINGTON  Federal health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer, raising new questions about the safety of devices which have been scrutinized for decades.  More...

Entertainment

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY  ROCK, POP, BLUES  RAP, CHRISTIAN  PERMA-GRIN; Sat., Feb. 5 in Whitesburg at Summit City (214 Main St.). 633-2715.  MIC HARRISON AND THE HIGH SCORE; Sat., Feb. 12 in Whitesburg at Summit City (214 Main St.). More...

Wanda Jackson thanks Jack White

NASHVILLE, Tenn.   Musicians  Wanda Jackson, left, and  Jack White pose for a portrait at  Jack White’s studio, Third Man Records, in Nashville,  Tenn. (AP  Photo)   More...

To perform

Bluegrass Circle will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1 ½ mile west of Norton. More...

Video: A bald eagle was released on Feb. 2, 2011 at the Letcher County Extension Office.

filmed by Judson Collins
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Magazines to feature woman’s work

An Ermine woman who started scrapbooking about a year and a half ago will have seven scrapbook layouts printed in coming editions of magazines.  More...

Sheriff’s office forced to lay off employees

Citing a lack of money, the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department will suspend its 24-hour dispatching services beginning Saturday. More...

News

MSHA addresses repeat violators

Federal regulators proposed new safety rules this week that would result in speedier enforcement for mines that have shown a pattern of serious violations.  More...

Rep. Yarmuth donates all of his salary

LOUISVILLE  U.S. Rep. More...

State gets funds for protecting streams

Kentucky has received $1 million in federal funding to help protect streams in coalfield regions.  State Department of Natural Resources officials say the funding will be used to develop and construct projects to reduce acid mine drainage into t More...

Opinions

Erasing Massey

While stock investors large and small have already profited handsomely from Alpha Natural Resources’ proposed buyout of Massey Energy Co., a group of underground coal miners in Letcher County will soon get their own sale-related bonanza — More...

Agent Orange

After a year of research and reporting about the legacy of Agent Orange, I feel certain of one thing: We don’t yet know the full extent of dioxin’s harm.  It appears to be a story with no end in sight.   More...

From psycho to tourist draw

Billy the Kid was a psycho. It took the balm of time and multiple retelling of Old West sagas to turn this killing machine into a folk figure. You may recall former New Mexico Gov. More...

Sports

Calipari: Ole Miss ‘just wanted it worse’

OXFORD, Miss.   Chris Warren’s college career isn’t over, so he didn’t want to rank his best moments just yet.  But with a wide grin, the Mississippi point guard admitted the high-arcing, 3-pointer that beat No. More...

More changes are coming

Last week at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR’s CEO Brian France along with President Mike Helton sat down with reporters to give what you might call its “state of the sport” address. More...

Struttin’ Time

A deer is stronger than a cow

This next story comes in from Jerry Bronsky, a rancher in the Bitterroot area of Missoula, Montana. He runs about 200 head of cattle on about 6,000 acres.  I have hunted with Jerry and he is a personal friend and a cowboy poet. More...

Families & Friends

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – 1/31-2/4   More...

Florida was cool but sunny

The weather is our favorite topic this winter. Everywhere you go, you hear someone’s opinion. My opinion is thank God I’m here to complain or enjoy.  More...

Strange But True

• It was legendary American crime novelist Rex Stout who made the following sage observation: “Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”  More...

Obituaries

Sandra Sabo dies

Sandra Lee Hutchinson Sabo, 63, died January 28 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg.  Born in Chapmanville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lucas Gray and Herma Louise Beckett Hutchinson. More...

Pauline Dixon buried at Hallie

Funeral services for Pauline Dixon, 66, of Hallie, were held January 29 at Big Leatherwood First Baptist Church. More...

Services planned for Harvey Creech

Harvey Creech, 75, died January 29 at his home at Partridge.  Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Horace and Lora Fields Creech and was married to the late Jean McNulty Creech.  More...