July 11, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Cops look for inmate who ran after elevator broke

Police are still looking for an inmate who escaped from the Letcher County Jail Saturday evening after an elevator malfunctioned.  Letcher County Jailer Don McCall said one of seven inmates riding in an elevator with a deputy jailer around 5:30 More...

Features

Grant from firm’s co-founder helps gardens grow

The Cowan Community Center is using a grant to encourage families to tend gardens this summer.  The center obtained a $28,000 grant from Berea College to help 28 families in the Cowan area till gardens and plant, grow and harvest produce.  More...

Jenkins may be site for re-enactment

If you should see German Panzer tanks and U.S. Sherman tanks going at each other near Jenkins in the next couple of years, it’s not an episode from The History Channel.  More...

Berlin, Germany Candy Bomber

Col. Gail Halvorsen, a member of my Headquarters Military Air Transport Services (MATS) legendary Air Force legacy, is built on chocolate, bubblegum and hope.  More...

Opinions

Two wrongs never do make a right

“Two wrongs don’t make a right,” as my old Texas momma used to instruct my brothers and me. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Fix pay for home care workers

In the last years of her life, my mother was a home care worker for hospice.  Janey Schultz showed up early and spent entire days with people whose relatives could not care for them. 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

‘Pill tourists’ still a plague

As he sat in the doctor’s office, ex-boxer and weightlifter Gerald Dixon explained that years of sports had left him in pain, especially his hands, and he was looking for relief.  After a cursory examination at the clinic in West Palm Beac More...

Methadone deaths may have peaked

Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have been surging at an alarming rate in the U.S., but here’s a sliver of good news: The number blamed on methadone appears to have peaked.  Still, methadone accounts for nearly one-third of prescr More...

Brain bleeding from aneurysm

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A friend of mine, 46 years old, with a wife and two children, died of a stroke. I also heard he died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Are they the same? He was the picture of health and was devoted to exercise. More...

Entertainment

Archie, pals find ‘Glee’

The kids from Riverdale are no strangers to high school angst, worries about fitting in or music. Neither are the teens from “Glee.”  More...

Who made up the Rat Pack?

1. Name the five members of the 1960s Rat Pack.  2. Which all-girl group originally recorded “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”?  3. More...

iHeartRadio fest to air live

Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and others are set to take the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 this fall in Las Vegas.  More...

Grand jury may get murder case later this week

Family sets service for Fleming

Investigators with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office are expected to appear before the Letcher County Grand Jury on Thursday to testify about evidence they have collected while conducting their investigation into the June 20 beating or burni More...

Council will tackle alcohol laws

The Whitesburg City Council will hold a series of meetings in July and early August to adopt new regulations required as a result of the June 26 vote to expand alcohol sales in Whitesburg.  Mayor James Wiley Craft told the council at its July me More...

News

Black lung disease more potent than ever

Ray Marcum bears the marks of a bygone era of coal mining. At 83, his voice is raspy and his forearms leathery. A black pouch of Stoker’s 24C chewing tobacco pokes out of the back pocket of his jeans. More...

Fruit, vegetable contest Aug. 2

The Letcher County Extension Office will be hosting the annual Fruit and Vegetable Contest on Aug. 2. Ribbons will be awarded for first through third places in each category.  More...

Church services are set

The Charlie Logan Friendship Church will hold services every other Sunday beginning July 15. The services will begin at 2 p.m.  On July 15, dinner and refreshments will be served after church. All friends and guests are welcome. More...

Columns

Alignment will show if there’s frame damage

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 12, 1962  During a downpour of rain, Otis Morgan, 43, a welldriller and a member of a large and well-known family, was killed July 7 by the local L&N freight rain. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re wise to let your Arian skepticism question a former adversary’s request to let bygones be bygones. Time will tell if he or she is trying to pull the wool over the Lamb’s eyes.  More...

Sports

CHAMPIONS

— Pro anglers Bill Braswell of Hazard and Dan Dannenmueller of Watumpka, Ala., have again won the Crappie Masters Angler Team of the Year national points championship. More...

Coleman is ‘King’ again

Kentucky basketball legend Kelly Coleman gets another curtain call this Saturday.  Arguably the finest high school player in the Commonwealth’s rich history, certainly so east of I-75, the King will be first among the first 16 inductees to More...

Joker Phillips is nowhere near being the worst hire at University of Kentucky

As I continue my quest to see that Joker Phillips gets a fair chance to pull himself out of this two-year funk he has helped bring on to UK football I had another one of those famous Combs brothers brainstorms while sitting around the patio with some More...

Families & Friends

Squash pickles good with soup beans

Eolia

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center: “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. More...

Seven brothers served in military

The Shepherds are a family with a history of military service, says The Dayton Daily News.  The seven brothers in the family each was in the military — four during World War II.  More...

Percy Sledge concert was enjoyed by many

Bach Court

The Fourth of July was a real hot, sweaty and humid day.  Of course Wendy, my daughter, was sick so we spent most of the day in the Whitesburg ER. Sandy Roark came in, then Terry Perkins brought his boss in. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Marvin Watts

Funeral services for Marvin ‘Mojoe’ Watts were held July 3 at Cedar Grove Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in the Watts family cemetery at Hallie.  A son of the late Carlus and Ora Watts, he died July 1.  More...

Services held for Reathie LeBlanc

Funeral services for Reathie LeBlanc, 80, of Whitesburg, were held July 6 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in John C. Adams Cemetery at Jeremiah.  She died July 4 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  More...

Rites held for Thomas Ray Day

Thomas Ray Day, 64, of Nashville, Ind., died, July 4 at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient.  Born in Whitesburg to the late John L. More...