July 25, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Attorney: County is prosecuting water thieves

Stealing treated water from Letcher County Water and Sewer District lines creates safety issues and will be being prosecuted as a crime, officials say.  More...

Reduce water use year-round

The Kentucky Division of Water is encouraging people to learn how they can conserve water during drought and year-round with some simple changes in their water-use habits.  More...

Opinions

The GOP’s alternative to Obamacare is what?

Here’s some useful advice from an old country saying: Never try to teach table manners to a pig — it doesn’t work, it’ll wear you out, and it just annoys the pig.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

1 American, 1 vote, every time

We’re having the wrong conversation about recent attempts to restrict voters’ rights in America.  This is not about which political party will be victorious in November.  This is about who we are as a country.   More...

Sports

Joker should say, ‘No comment!’

Kentucky and Louisville football coaches wedged their way into a crowded news cycle last week. More...

Hornish gets 2nd chance

To some extent, Sam Hornish Jr. is uncomfortable with the idea that he is benefiting from another driver’s adversity. That won’t stop him from jumping on another chance to race in the Sprint Cup Series.  More...

Lee helps with UK campers

Letcher County Central High School freshman basketball coach Winston Lee was photographed recently with University of Kentucky head men’s basketball coach John Calipari with the 2012 NCAA Champ More...

Families & Friends

Heavy rain has caused flooding in Florida

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well.  We’ve sure been getting a lot of rain. For awhile we weren’t getting any. Some places still need rain. I talked to my son Rob in Owensboro, and he said the farmers need rain badly.  More...

Morgans mark 31st anniversary

Blackey

Better late then never: happy anniversary to my inlaws, Randy and Mary Ann Morgan of Isom. It was their 31st anniversary on July 4.  Happy birthday to Ethan Kisor of Elk Creek, it was on July 9.  More...

Katydids have been chirping at night

Last week’s terrible rainstorm really took its toll in the Redfox area of Knott County and also in Doty Creek at Jeremiah. Culverts washed out, roadways covered over and even some homes had water in them. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Mrs. Craft, 90

London Craft, 90, of Jenkins, died July 22 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  Born at Shelby Gap, she was a member of the Burdine Freewill Baptist Church.  She was a daughter of the late Elbert and Callie Bryant and the widow Joh More...

Michael Hampton dies at 57

Michael Alan Hampton, 57, of Whitesburg, died July 20 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  A son of the late James and Aileen Bentley Hampton, he was born in Toledo, Ohio. He was a brother of the late Jimmy Hampton.  More...

Services held for Lonnie Pratt

Lonnie Lee Pratt, 67, died July 19 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  Born in Letcher County to the late James Corbett and Anna Marie Johnson, he was a brother of the late Jimmy Pratt and Mark Pratt.  He was a memb More...

Board sells old school to LKLP

The recently-closed Beckham Bates Elementary School at Colson has been sold to the Leslie-Knott- Letcher-Perry Community Action Agency (LKLP) for $35,000.  “That will leave that building open for community use,” Letcher Schools Supt. More...

Jury is to report soon in Drad Fleming case

The Letcher County Grand Jury is expected to meet Thursday to report the results of its investigation into the Dradrick “Drad” Fleming homicide case.  More...

News

Jenkins project has been 8 years in the making

The City of Jenkins held a groundbreaking ceremony for the third phase of a waterline replacement project in the city.  More...

Rebecca Lynn Howard to headline Riverside Days

On Saturday, Aug. 18, Coca-Cola and the City of Whitesburg will present two-time Grammy award winner Rebecca Lynn Howard in a free concert at 9:30 p.m. at Riverside Days.  More...

To perform

Benny Jones & CMT County will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. More...

Columns

Air conditioning works immediately

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 26, 1962  Letcher County Schools Supt. Sanford Adams indicated he would have to hire emergency teachers this year.  .  More...

Show your parents the Social Security website

Do your parents spend much time online?  Sometimes older parents can be apprehensive about using the Internet and conducting business online. 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

Whooping cough on the rise

The U.S. appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts say may reflect a problem with the effectiveness of the vaccine.  More...

How to protect children from outbreak of ‘terrible menace’

Whooping cough was once a terrible menace to U.S. children, with hundreds of thousands of cases reported annually. More...

1 in 13 pregnant women claim to drink alcohol

A government survey shows 1 in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol and some even go on binges.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drinking — especially binge drinking — can damage fetal brain development.  More...

Entertainment

Shootings shatter safe haven

Director Christopher Nolan remarked ahead of “The Dark Knight Rises” debut that his villain is so fearsome that at times he’s as hateful as someone carrying out such misdeeds for real.  More...

Local band Bak 2 Bak to perform Saturday

Local musicians John Back, Dorothy Back and Hugo Back have formed the band Bak 2 Bak. They will perform at Summit City in Whitesburg on Saturday (July 28) at 9 p.m. 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...