May 30, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Gas prices have fallen; more cuts said coming

Gasoline prices in Letcher County fell well below the state and national averages to $3.29 a gallon on Tuesday and are expected to fall even more in the next few weeks.  More...

Features

Hatfield and McCoy events are chronicled in digitized newspapers available online

As television viewers around the country continued watching the History Channel miniseries the “Hatfields and McCoys” this week, this volatile time in Kentucky and West Virginia’s history will likely draw new interest into the famil More...

Contest offers cash for best economic plan for E. Kentucky

A leading Kentucky-based entrepreneur has started a contest among three of the state’s universities to develop the best plan to foster innovation, economic development and entrepreneurship in Letcher County and eight other eastern Kentucky coal More...

Jenkins rehires all tenured teachers for next school year

All tenured teachers have been rehired to teach in the Jenkins school system during the next school year except for retirees.  Supt. Deborah Watts made the announcement during the May meeting of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education. More...

Opinions

Better debate about education needed

Mitt Romney is right about one thing: Too many American children do receive what he last week called a “Third World education.” A disproportionate number of them are children of color. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

When Harry gave ’em hell

Progressives have yearned for President Obama to follow Harry Truman’s strategy from the 1948 campaign by giving his Republican opponents hell. Now that Obama is doing just that, his critics say he’s not looking presidential.  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

Melungeon study upsets some

For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. More...

Cramped sleep

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For several years I have had spasms in my left leg at night while asleep. Now I get them in my right leg. They are intense and painful. My calcium is normal. I have taken magnesium and leg-cramp pills without results. More...

Panel against routine prostate test

Healthy men shouldn’t get routine prostate cancer screenings, says updated advice from a government panel that found the PSA blood tests do more harm than good.  More...

Entertainment

TV not taking summer off

LOS ANGELES   Television isn’t taking the summer off anymore, and networks fervently hope viewers won’t either.  More...

‘Do The Freddie’ was by whom?

1. Which British singer released “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” “You’re My World” and “Alfie” in the mid-1960s?   2. More...

Coming events

This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. More...

104 find work as jobless rate falls

More than 100 people found jobs in Letcher County between March and April, cutting the unemployment rate here to 11.1 percent from its most recent high of 12.3 percent.  More...

Photo on Facebook gets man 10 days

A 20-year-old Mayking man is serving 10 days in jail after he admitted to posting an incriminating photograph of himself on the social networking site Facebook.  More...

More roadblocks coming

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department reports that there were no serious traffic accidents in Letcher County during the Memorial Day weekend.  Sheriff ’s deputies were involved in numerous road checks throughout the holiday weeken More...

News

New store offers reasons to get outside

Bill and Patricia Bentley love to hike, camp and ride bicycles. More...

Music festival raises $5,000 for classroom for autistic children

Organizers of an all-day music festival say $5,000 was raised Saturday to benefit the Letcher County structured classroom for autistic children.  More...

Drug suspect had child in car

Police say a Jenkins man was handed pain pills in his car while his two-year-old child was a passenger in the front seat.  More...

Columns

It’s a car, not an investment

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  My fiance and I are planning to buy a new car that fits our lifestyle and our budget. We are currently looking at the Honda Fit, the Toyota Matrix and, my personal favorite, the Honda Element. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years   May 31, 1962  More...

Now here’s a tip

• Use a bandana to strain coffee if you’ve accidentally had a filter bust. It works. I first used this tip when camping, but I have used it at home, too. More...

Sports

Sport of archery hits a bull’s-eye

Two-time Olympian Jennifer Nichols’ eyes light up with she talks about her sport finally climbing out of the shadows.  “ The Hunger Games” has shined a bright light on the ancient sport of archery and fueled interest across the More...

Lady Cougars grew into force

The youth-laden Letcher County Central Lady Cougars continued a late-season climb by defeating Jackson City 11-1 in six innings Monday to advance to the second round of the 14th Region girls’ fast pitch softball tournament.  More...

Boys advanced in region play

53rd District champion Letcher County Central defeated Perry County Central 2-1 on Monday to advance in the boys’ 14th Region baseball tournament in Wolfe County.  Coach Bryan Dean’s Cougars ended the regular season with a 23-12 reco More...

Families & Friends

Hatton family decorates graves

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well and keeping cool. It has sure been hot, but I won’t complain.  The weather was pretty good all winter. More...

YOUNG HUNTER

— Tenyear old Cade Stallard of Whitesburg, son of David and Hilda Stallard, shot his first turkey weighing 22 pounds while hunting with Cecil Adkins on Cowan last month. More...

BIRTHDAY

— James Calvin Jones II is turning six years old today (Wednesday). More...

Obituaries

Frieda Boggs, 65, succumbs

Frieda Kay Boggs, 65, died May 26 at her home on Cowan.  Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Paul W. and Audrey Banks Lark.  More...

Rites planned for Daria ‘Dee’ Kelly

Memorial services for Daria ‘Dee’ Lynn Kelly, 57, of Isom will be held at 2p.m. More...

Services are held for David Morris

David Wayne Morris, 54, died May 25 at his home at Isom.  A son of the late Lonis and Rosa Sexton Morris, he was a brother of the late Bertie Sue Roark.  More...