April 25, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Funeral held for inmate who died after falling ill

Funeral services were held this week for a Letcher County Jail inmate who died in the Whitesburg hospital emergency room.  Terry Christley “Chris” Cantrell Jr., 55, was pronounced dead by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker at 5:05 p. More...

Features

Worst U.S. mine disaster killed 362

As I have stated before, coal is the lifeblood of the Appalachian region, which includes not only Kentucky but other states as well. More...

Why young workers should care about Social Security

Summer will be here before we know it. That means millions of high school and college students will be searching for jobs. More...

Why the EPA was created 40 years ago

EPA first fought pollution; now it is battling politics

WASHINGTON   A polluted drainage ditch that once flowed with industrial waste from Lake Charles, La., petrochemical plants teems with overgrown, wild plants today.  A light-rail line zips past the spot where a now-defunct Portland, Ore., ga More...

Opinions

Cartoon

Full Story

Romney strategy: Use women to woo a certain kind of man

Before we move on from the dust-up over Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney, let’s be clear on what’s really going on here. Neither Ann Romney nor stay-at-home moms were ever the point.  More...

Education: Today’s housing bubble

A modern knowledge economy thrives on highly trained workers. The way to get them, obviously, is through education — from basic reading skills for some, to mastery of algorithms for others. 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.  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

Do antibiotics in meat hurt us?

WASHINGTON   The bacon you had for breakfast is at the center of a 35-year debate over antibiotics.  That’s because the same life-saving drugs that are prescribed to treat everything from ear infections to tuberculosis in humans also More...

The other, deadlier kind of stroke

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: In October of last year, my husband, age 63, died of a brain hemorrhage (stroke). He was a youthful, healthconscious man, now sorely missed by his wife, family and friends. More...

Group wants diabetes drug off market

WASHINGTON   A consumer advocacy group is calling on government regulators to withdraw a diabetes drug from Novo Nordisk, saying the injectable medication raises the risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis and kidney failure.  More...

Entertainment

Planet of the Abts here Saturday; features members of Gov’t Mule

Matt Abts, drummer for the Grammy-nominated rock band Gov’t Mule, will perform at Summit City in Whitesburg on Saturday night (April 28) with his new side project Planet of the Abts.  More...

Who did ‘Yummy, Yummy, Yummy?’

1. Which group was associated with the album titled “Red Rose Speedway”?  2. What is David Johansen’s other name?  3. Who had a popular album titled “All Hail the Queen”?  4. More...

Cybill Shepherd’s back, and on Lifetime’s ‘List’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.   For Cybill Shepherd, her role on “The Client List” is all about happy endings.  More...

Court takes new look at ‘process’ for trash disposal

The Letcher Country Fiscal Court is revisiting the possibility of “processing” the county’s garbage rather than hauling it away to a landfill.  More...

Woman charged in fatal wreck

A Whitesburg woman has been named in an indictment charging her with second-degree manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs.  An indictment naming Shelia Renae Collins, 35, of 7035 Campbranch, was unsealed April 17 More...

News

Prison’s summer closing date worries Wheelwright

WHEELWRIGHT   After a sex scandal at a privately run prison in Floyd County, the state cut off the institution’s funding and now it’s shutting down — and that worries officials in the town of Wheelwright where incarceration mea More...

Man, 20, pleads guilty to robbing Little Colley store last September

A 20-year-old Letcher County man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Little Colley grocery store last September.  Roger Allen Miles pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree robbery, which is a class C felony, on April 16 in Letcher Circu More...

Neighbors say man is harassing them through ‘Speak Your Piece’

A Colson man has been named in a criminal complaint filed by his neighbors.  Albin and Joella Watts say Astor Martin, 72, of 8784 Highway 7 North, has harassed, annoyed and alarmed them by making rude and vulgar gestures including “grabbin More...

Columns

Why is this car so hard on clutches?

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years   April 26, 1962  The April grand jury noted that crime is decreasing in Letcher County. More...

Now here’s a tip

• “My best friend recently had her first child. For her baby shower, we decided to get together and cook her several meals that could be frozen and go right from the freezer to the oven. More...

Sports

Is Jabari Parker the next Anthony Davis?

Next big buzz words for college basketball: Jabari Parker, a 6-8, 220-pound 17-year-old hoops prodigy at Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy. Across the board, Parker could be the next Anthony Davis.  More...

Lady Cavs continue to roll

The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers improved their record to 18-4 with a 12-1 win over district rival Letcher County Central.  More...

Accepts offer from UVA-Wise

Letcher County Central High School football standout Michael Blair was all smiles last week after he signed to play football at University of Virginia-Wise during a signing ceremony at Ermine. More...

Families & Friends

Surgery leads to complication

Southern Ohio

Hello again everyone!  What has happened to our beautiful warm weather? More...

WELCOME TO NEW CITIZENS

— The Pine Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution assisted Judge Atkins and the Pikeville DAR Chapter in a ceremony in which 45 people became American citizen. More...

Spring On Cloverlick April 30

The annual Spring On Cloverlick, a tribute to local poets and artists, will be held on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Monday, April 30.  Now in its 43rd year, the event features various competitions w More...

Obituaries

Rites held for David Fleming

David Glen Fleming, 67, died April 17 at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn., after a long illness.  More...

Mary Katherine McPherson dies

Mary Katherine Hampton McPherson, 56, died March 31 at her home in Batavia, Ohio.  Formerly of Jeremiah, she was the daughter of Jessie Back Hampton of Jeremiah and the late Wilburn Hampton, and a sister of the late Wayne Hampton, Willis Hampton More...

Phillip Addington rites are held

Funeral services for Phillip Greg Addington, 51, of Eolia, were held yesterday (Tuesday), April 24, at Little Dove Church. More...