April 4, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

The day Japan attacked California

Very few people knew or remember the time a Japanese submarine came up the Pacific Coast of California and into the Santa Barbara Channel to a strip of land a few miles north of the city of Santa Barbara, where the largest oil refinery in California More...

EPA proposal won’t slow coal use soon

WASHINGTON   The Obama administration’s proposal last week to put the first limits on greenhouse gases from new power plants probably will mean that no new coal-fired U.S. More...

Will exports save coal?

‘Some of this is just capitalism at work.’

PITTSBURGH   Signs of an industry downturn and other factors threatening to take a toll on coal make this a worrisome time for miners and companies employing them.  More...

Columns

How many diagnostics does one car need?

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years   April 5, 1962  The Letcher County library will hold an open house in celebration of National Library Week and the opening of a campaign for $5,000 to buy books.  .  More...

Salome's Starts

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The Lamb loves to be surrounded by flocks of admirers. But be careful that someone doesn’t take his or her admiration too far. Use your persuasive skills to let him or her down easily.  More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

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

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. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net   More...

Health

Check early for autism

CHICAGO   At 18 months, Cristina Astacio spoke only a few words, wouldn’t respond to her name and shunned other kids in her day care group. Last October, her worried parents found out why.  More...

Heart patients can grow new arteries

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I don’t remember you addressing this subject, so I thought I would write. In 1997, I had a mild heart attack and went on medicines. Six months later I had another mild incident that led me to angioplasty. More...

Long-term hormone use tied to cancer

CHICAGO   New research suggests that long-term use of any type of hormones to ease menopause symptoms can raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer.  More...

Entertainment

Bluegrass show April 21

WMMT will present Bluegrass Express Live with NewFound Road and The Kelley Nelson Band.  The show will take place Thursday, April 21, at the Appalshop Theater on Madison Street in Whitesburg. Doors open at 6 p.m. More...

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a country/ bluegrass band, will play Friday, April 6, at Hemphill Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. More...

TV sets sail with Titanic specials

From dramas to docs, the Titanic centennial won’t escape TV’s notice. More...

Local option vote to be held June 26

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward has signed an executive order setting a date for a local option election to be held in Whitesburg this summer.  On June 26, voters in the City of Whitesburg will vote on whether alcohol sales should be exp More...

Jenkins council hears police, tax complaints

The Jenkins City Council was greeted by an unusually large crowd Tuesday night, many of whom apparently attended the meeting to protest a new tax that has never been formally proposed.  More...

Police warn about scam

Police say an unidentified man scammed money from at least two senior citizens last week.  More...

News

Murder mystery set April 6

“Greased at the Diner”, the Letcher County 4- H Murder Mystery, will take place at 6 p.m., April 6.  More...

Classes free to seniors

Medicare sponsors the Silver Sneakers program for seniors age 65 and up. The classes and other facilities are free. The classes are led by a trained person who leads appropriate exercises for seniors.  More...

Spring Arts Weekend set

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a Spring Arts Weekend May 11-13.  More...

Opinions

The truth about the Postal Service

What does 50 cents buy these days? Not a cuppa joe, a pack of gum or a newspaper. But you can get a steal of deal for a 50-cent piece: a first-class stamp. Plus a nickel in change.   More...

Cartoon

Full Story

The right’s stealthy coup

WASHINGTON   Right before our eyes, American conservatism is becoming something very different from what it once was. More...

Sports

Adoring fans greet national champs

LEXINGTON   Another championship banner has been unfurled at Rupp Arena.  Kentucky’s basketball team returned home to its adoring fans Tuesday, after defeating Kansas 67-59 Monday night to win the school’s eighth NCAA championsh More...

Kentucky is king again

College basketball’s grand cosmos is in alignment once more. As appropriate as Alabama reclaiming universal football supremacy, Kentucky is king of basketball again.  More...

Hendrick still looking for 200

Sunday’s running of the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 from Martinsville looked as if it was going to be the race that would give Hendrick Motorsports its 200th win in the Cup series.  More...

Families & Friends

EGGED

— Haley Banks of Little Cowan (with help from her mother Pamela) pulled an April Fool’s Day prank on her grandparents, Glenn and Sue Banks, by tossing more than 400 plastic Easter eggs in More...

Release of 1940 census records is seen as boon to genealogists

NEW YORK   With the 1940 census records released this week, Verla Morris can consider herself a part of living history.  Morris, who is in her 100th year, gets to experience the novelty of seeing her own name and details about her life in t More...

Phoned songs lift spirits

Points East

This week’s column may be short, but hopefully it will be sweet. My secretary has declared a strike, so stroke be hanged I aim to see what I can turn out with one finger while thumbing my nose at uppity women.   More...

Obituaries

Thomas Kern, 53, succumbs

Funeral services for Thomas Marion ‘Tommy’ Kern, 53, will be held at 1 p.m., today (Wednesday) at Carty Funeral Home in Jenkins. More...

Services held for Clark Baker

Clark Evans Baker, 74, died March 28, at his home on Thornton.  A son of the late Millard and Easter Sexton Baker, he was a brother of the late Wanda Baker.  He was a member of the United Auto Workers, and enjoyed traveling and shooting poo More...

Lorena Compton succumbs at 82

Lorena L. Compton, 82, of Pikeville, died March 31.  Born in Viareggio, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Emilio and Rosa Landi.  She lived most of her life in Alabama and several years in Pikeville and Jenkins.  More...