August 15, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

3rd suspect in murder case under jail’s watch

A 24-year-old Letcher County man apparently threatened to cause harm to himself after learning he would be the third suspect charged with capital murder in the June beating and arson death of Dradrick “Drad” Fleming.  More...

Features

Whitesburg works on new alcohol laws

Package liquor sales and the sale of beer in grocery stores will become law in Whitesburg soon after the second reading of a new ordinance is conducted at a special meeting to be held next Tuesday (August 21).  More...

Romney, Obama campaigns fight over who supports coal the most

Campaigning literally on top of a coal mine with dozens of soot-covered miners behind him, Mitt Romney pledged energy independence after eight years of a Romney presidency.  More...

Brain gain

Percentage of college grads has risen in Letcher County, from 3.2 percent up to 11.7

Letcher County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees.  In 1970, 3.1 percent of those over 25 years of age ha More...

Columns

Classic cars demand a good mechanic

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Aug. 16, 1962  Letcher Fiscal Court voted unanimously to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include Letcher County in the new federal food stamp plans, which had been in use in Floyd County during the past year. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This week could offer more opportunities for ambitious Lambs eager to get ahead. But don’t rush into making decisions until you’ve checked for possible hidden problems.  More...

Sports

Cougars to kick off season in Richmond this Friday

The Letcher County Central Cougars open their 2012 high school football season this Saturday night against Southwestern High School in the Roy Kidd Bowl. The game will be played at 5:30 p.m. More...

Best of the best When it comes to helping others, Gordon is on track

With our country’s problems – hateful political discourse; the national debt, racism, on to a national obesity problem (Walmartians) – those who say America is in decline are wishful thinkers (Hugo Chavez), whistling past the gravey More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Georgia fishing trip is worth effort

On a recent trip to Georgia, I got to do some good fishing in a small lake of around 20 acres or so. I have fished this lake several times over the past couple years and have always done pretty good.  More...

Families & Friends

Dorthy Tacket vacations at beach

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope things are going well for all of you.  What in the world am I going to write about this week? I haven’t been out this week, didn’t even need to go buy groceries. More...

GRADUATE

— Alison Marie Palumbo, daughter of Wayne Palumbo and Mary Ellen Dennison of Ashland, was graduated magna cum laude in May with a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky Colle More...

SCHOLARSHIPS

— The Daughters of the American Revolution gave two scholarships and awards to graduates of Letcher County Central High School. More...

Obituaries

Jimmy ‘Bobo’ Cantrell dies at 59

Funeral services for Jimmy ‘Bobo’ Cantrell, 59, of Shelby Gap, will be held August 15 in Pikeville. More...

Fox infant dies

Kamryn Reece Fox, infant daughter of Johnathan and Andrea Bentley Fox, was born and died August 10 at Pikeville Medical Center.  Surviving in addition to her parents are her grandparents, Ben and Doretha Bentley of Millstone, and Jessie and Pat More...

Lester Blair dies

Lester Blair, 62, of Jeremiah, died August 11 at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  A son of the late Lillie O. More...

Breaking News - 8/14/2012 6:48 PM

Report details abuse, filth at Golden Years Rest Home - Free Access

Before Golden Years Rest Home was taken over by state officials last year and later closed, residents there had lived in filthy conditions for many years, suffered verbal abuse from staff and often lacked adequate food and hot water, according to a s More...

Rest home was filthy and abused patients, new state report says

Residents at Golden Years Rest Home lived in filthy conditions, suffered verbal abuse from staff and often lacked adequate food and hot water before it was shut down last year, according to a state agency report.  More...

News

Group to perform

Bluegrass Circle will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 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...

Volunteer training offered

Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community will offer volunteer training on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new hospice office in Hazard. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call (606) 439-2111 or (800) 560-1101. More...

Meeting planned

An informational meeting on becoming a foster or adoptive parent will be held at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services office in Whitesburg from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 20. More...

Opinions

Care packages that care way too much

A new service called “mygofer” is telling moms that they can “make or break their college student” by sending the kid basics such as food and soap — or not. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Ryan and triumph of theory

If Paul Ryan were a liberal, conservatives would describe him as a creature of Washington who has spent virtually all of his professional life as a congressional aide, a staffer at an ideological think tank, and, finally, as a member of Congress. More...

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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

TB cases are no threat, health department says

A health department administrator says three cases of tuberculosis found in Letcher County are not a threat to the general public.  Libby Banks, nursing administrator for the Kentucky River District Health Department, said an inmate in the Letch More...

School junk food laws may help

Study says curbing bad food may help prevent kids’ obesity

Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off.  More...

New probe shines light on chest pain overtreatment

An investigation into one of the nation’s biggest hospital chains is refocusing attention on concerns about overtreatment for chest pain.  Many doctors are unclogging arteries to treat the pain, providing quick relief. More...

Entertainment

Actor chosen to play woods owner Cornett

A man who will portray Letcher County native Lilley Cornett is one of five performers selected to join the Kentucky Chautauqua cast beginning in August 2013.  More...

Lineup set for Riverside Days

The annual Riverside Days festival in Whitesburg will take place this week (August 16-18) at River Park, next to Whitesburg ARH Hospital. More...

Festival ‘beyond impressive’

Every August, thousands of people flock to Chicago to attend one of America’s most popular music festivals, Lollapalooza, a word defined as “someone or something that is particularly impressive or attractive.” The name is a perfect More...