July 13, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Funeral held in Burdine for fiddler Kenny Baker

Funeral services were held in Burdine Tuesday for a Jenkins native who played fiddle with “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe for more than 25 years.  Kenneth Clayton “Kenny” Baker, 85, of Cottontown, Tenn., died July 8 of More...

News

Sears store gets national honor

The Sears Hometown Store in Letcher County has been named a 2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer. This award recognizes the store for its customer service, outstanding store performance and standards, as well as community involvement. More...

Every month is ‘national Social Security online’ month

Have you ever stopped to appreciate the many celebrations we enjoy in this country? For example, did you know that July is National Baked Beans Month? It’s also National Hot Dog Month. More...

Pepsi is chosen to furnish drinks at recreation center

The Letcher Fiscal Court has awarded bids to supply soft drinks and bottled water to the new Letcher County Recreation Center to Pepsi.  More...

Columns

Car Talk

Mythical benefits of hard acceleration debunked

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

July 13 1961  Dr. Jim Tolliver, who grew up in Whitesburg, has opened his office for the general practice of medicine here. He is a graduate of the University School of Medicine. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You face the possibility of raising your relationship to another level. However, your partner might demand that you make promises for which you’re not sure you’re ready.  More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

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  To a certain person: Bad luck has fallen on you. More...

Health

Killer bugs not here

An insect being blamed for destroying ash trees in northern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio still has not been found in Letcher County.  Lee Townsend, extension entomologist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, said there is no i More...

Battling cancer with a makeup brush

The latest weapon in the fight against cancer? For women participating in the American Cancer Society’s Look Good . . . Feel Better program, the weapon of choice is a makeup brush.  More...

Workshop set

A workshop on diabetes is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on July at the Letcher County Extension Office. Call 633- 2362 to reserve a spot in the class.   More...

Entertainment

Bluegrass festival set for July 27-31

Forty-seven musicians are set to perform at a fiveday bluegrass festival in Prestonsburg.  More...

Mine rescue contest will be held in Cumberland

Rescue teams from Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Alabama and Indiana will compete later this month in a mine rescue contest on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.  More...

‘Novel Destination’ is theme of Mountain Heritage Festival

The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee has announce the theme for the 2011 Mountain Heritage Festival. The theme is “Letcher County, A Novel Destination”.  More...

Is Fleming-Neon ‘ATV friendly’?

The issue of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on city streets was raised again at the July meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council when Councilman Tom Haynes asked if Fleming-Neon was an “ATV friendly” city. More...

Fiscal court looks at letting private firm collect trash

A Letcher Fiscal Court meeting called to look at ways to balance the new budget turned into a discussion about privatizing the county’s garbage service.  More...

Opinions

Law serves purpose

Kentucky’s new law against texting while driving has proven to be so difficult to enforce that fewer than 150 tickets were issued to violators in the first six months police officers could cite drivers.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

If only poverty made good TV

The FBI reports that 1,494 people younger than 18 were murdered in America in 2008.  Of those children, 221 died before their first birthday; 338 of them were killed between the ages of 1 and 4.  Most of us know the name of only one of thos More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Pirates are baseball’s top story so far this season

With Interstate 71’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” traffic jam at Kentucky Speedway now in the rearview mirror, sports in in the commonwealth is returning to normal — more summer basketball recruiting hype, the countdown to colleg More...

Holcomb on Harvick team

When last we checked in on J.D. Holcomb, the Letcher County native was working by day as a fabricator in the shops of NASCAR giant Hendrick Motorsports and on weekends as a member of Sprint Cup driver Mark Martin’s pit crew.  More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Jigging spoons work now to catch bass

When water temperatures get up in the 80-degree range like they are now on most lakes, bass will move to deeper, cooler water to stay till the end of summer when things start cooling down some.  More...

Families & Friends

FIELD BOSS

This black bear was photographed recently in Craft Branch at Bottom Fork, at the base of Pine Mountain near Kona. More...

Three named to Midway’s Dean’s List

Three students from Letcher County were named to the spring Dean’s List at Midway College. More...

July has been a big month for birthdays

Whitesburg

Hello again everyone, hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer. It seems like time is passing so fast it will be gone before we know it, so we need to enjoy the seasons all we can. I enjoy all of them because they are all so different. More...

Obituaries

Rites are held for Reta Short

Reta Sharon Short, 64, of Neon, died July 5 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  Born in Jenkins to the late John and Susie Mullins Griffin, she was a sister of the late Judy Hopkins and Bobby Joe Griffin  She was a grandmother of More...

Evelyn Caudill dies at home

Evelyn Caudill, 85, died July 10 at her home in Whitesburg.  A daughter of the late Robert and Heiley Coots Bowman, she was the widow of Junior Caudill.  She was a sister of the late Carl Bowman, Keith Bowman and Audre Burke.  More...

Rites held for Bill W. Collins

Funeral services for Bill W. Collins, 69, of Ice, were held July 11 at G. Bennett Adams Church at Premium. Burial was in Banks Peaceful Hill Cemetery at Ice.  He died July 8 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  More...