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From old parts come bikes fit to ride

When Mick Polly agreed to repair a bicycle for one boy in his neighborhood, he never thought he would end up providing bikes to 16 other children as well.  Polly, who lives at 48 5th Street in Whitesburg, said it all started about seven weeks ag More...

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It’s hard to bet against Japan

WASHINGTON  Your initial impression of a country is often hard to shake.   Late on my first night in Japan in the 1990s, I was staring out the window of my room on a high floor of a downtown Tokyo hotel. More...

Midnight basketball not so bad

Eighteen years ago, “midnight basketball” was the big har-har-har on the conservative talk circuit. It was a federal program that sought to coax young men off the late-night mean city streets and onto supervised basketball courts.   More...

Sports

UK’s Knight surging when needed most

LEXINGTON  Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight has spent all season trying to live up to the high expectations that come with playing point guard for John Calipari.  The expectations don’t come from Calipari, but from Knight himself.&nbs More...

Pitino accuser denied new trial

LOUISVILLE  The woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has lost her latest bid for a new trial.  More...

Bristol home to Busch bros.

When the Sprint Cup Series made its annual stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway a couple of weeks ago, much was said about it being the hometown of the Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle. More...

Families & Friends

Spring break is over for visitors

We are off to another good start weather-wise.  Late happy birthday to Margie Raleigh on March 18. Hope you had a wonderful day. Happy birthday to Linda (Dollarhide) Sexton on March 20.  More...

Spring brings changes

My favorite time of the year is almost here, ‘almost,’ and that is springtime.  More...

Group to meet

A meeting of the Kentucky River District Board of Health will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 29. The meeting will take place at Ponderosa in Hazard.   More...

Entertainment

Young listeners loving vinyl LP’s

NEW YORK   In most ways, Sarah McCarthy is your average high schooler. She has a job, college plans, but also a peculiar passion for a 16-year-old: She’s a vinyl junkie.  That’s right, analog. More...

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY   ROCK, POP, BLUES  RAP, CHRISTIAN  AFTERSHOCK; Fri., April 1 in Whitesburg at Summit City (214 Main St.). 633-2715.  BRIAN McGEE & THE HOLLOW SPEED; Sat., April 2 in Whitesburg at Summit City (214 Main St.). More...

Wet/dr y issue will be decided by voters in Jenkins

Voters in the City of Jenkins will decide during the May Primary Election whether the sale of alcoholic beverages should be permitted in restaurants that seat at least 50 people.  More...

Hard times ahead, fiscal court is told

In other action, magistrates vote 4-2 to reclaim say on heavy gas trucks

Signs of hard fiscal times to come were plentiful at the March meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court as County Treasurer Phillip Hampton made an ominous prediction near the end of the Monday meeting. More...

Grand jury says ex-boss stole money from Cato’s

The former manager of a Whitesburg clothing store accused of stealing money from her former employer is among 14 persons named in 15 indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury.  More...

News

Drug indictments still sealed

Indictments naming thirteen people charged in a police roundup of drug trafficking suspects will remain sealed until those named in the indictments are arrested.  More...

Hearing set for March 31 for accused drug dealer

A preliminary hearing for a Whitesburg man charged with drug trafficking is set for 1 p.m. on March 31 in Letcher District Court.  More...

Mayking robber may have had gun, cops say

Kentucky State Police are searching for a man who robbed a Mayking store on Monday.  The suspect, identified as a male wearing dark clothing and a ski mask, took an undisclosed amount of cash from the Dollar General Store before driving off in a More...

Columns

Strange But True

• It was venerable American newscaster David Brinkley who made the following sage observation: “The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news, we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.”&nb More...

Speaking of Soaps

RECAPS –3/21-3/25

ALL MY CHILDREN . After Erica issued Liza a warning about Colby, prompting Liza to ask David to be her ally. Jake and Cara assured Jesse he would be fine when Angie gave birth. Emma clung to Madison and rejected Greenlee. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES ( March 21 to April 19) Regarding your upcoming challenges, the Aries Lamb should very quickly size things up and allow you to make the best possible use of whatever resources you have on hand. Good luck.  More...

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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

Mitrial valve prolapse rarely a health threat

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: About 40 years ago, when I was in my 30s, I was examined by a famous heart doctor who went over me with great care and concluded I had mitral valve prolapse. He put me on medicine, which I have taken to this day. More...

Man gets first full face transplant

BOSTON  A Texas construction worker horribly disfigured in a power line accident has undergone the nation’s first full face transplant in hopes of smiling again and feeling kisses from his 3-year-old daughter.  More...

Boy’s case leads to recall of pads

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.   A rare bacterial infection contracted at a Denver-area hospital by a boy who is battling leukemia prompted a national recall of tainted alcohol wipes.  More...

Obituaries

Randall Wright, 50, buried at Thornton

Randall Keith Wright, 50, died March 19 at his home at Thornton.  A son of Chester Wright of Clintwood, Va., and the late Draxie Sergant Wright, he was a brother of the late David Lynn Wright. More...

Services are held for Leon Wright

Leon Wright, 80, of Beefhide, died March 16 at Pikeville Medical Center.  Born in Pike County to the late Andy and Eliza Hadden Wright, he was a brother of the late Vernal Wright, Walter Wright, Beulah Wright, and Lunnah Mae Mullins.  He wa More...

Attorney Ronald Polly dies after short illness

Funeral services for Ronald Glen Polly, 73, of Whitesburg, were held March 19 at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg.  A son of the late Millard and Lillie Webb Polly, he died March 16 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington afte More...