November 14, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Beer sales spread to Walmart

Walmart is the fourth retailer in Whitesburg to be issued a retail beer license by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  Walmart received a retail beer license on November 9 and began selling alcohol on November12.  Food C More...

Features

Last of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Fifty years ago, Travis Air Force Base Airlifters moved troops and supplies to Florida for a possible invasion of Cuba in case the crisis about the Soviet missiles in that country turned into a war with the United States.  It was a top secret mi More...

Social Security card and number lesson

Are you looking to replace your Social Security card just because you don’t have it? Then rest assured: you really don’t need to replace it. What’s most important is that you remember your Social Security number.  More...

Ga. river could take Appalachian hikers to coast

A river with a history of ferry boats and Civil War battles may one day provide a new route for hikers who finish the Appalachian Trail to continue south until they reach the Gulf of Mexico, a national conservation group says.  More...

Columns

Moments in Time

• On Dec. 1, 1830, French novelist Victor Hugo is due to turn in a draft of his book “Notre Dame de Paris” (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”). More...

When wife ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Nov. 8, 1962  A $60,000 fire damaged the Royal Crown Bottling Co. plant at Ermine. Passing motorists reported the fire at about 6 a.m. The blaze was extinguished two hours later.  .  More...

Sports

Ky. natives gain 10 points by wearing blue

A sparkle in college basketball shines through the money every now and then.   How perfect that freshmanhyped Kentucky would stagger through a season opener and be saved at the end by a kid who resembles Opie Taylor?  More...

Jeff Gordon fined $100,000, cut 25 points for behavior

Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension this week when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway.  More...

Families & Friends

Operation Christmas Child underway again

Justin Polly, 9, of Craft’s Colly, was busy putting toothpaste and toothbrushes in boxes at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg on Monday, the first day organizers began collecting gift-fill More...

Earthquake felt in Owensboro

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and getting over the scare of our first earthquake. It was heard and felt over into other states. My son, Rob Hatton, in Owensboro, 350 miles away, felt it. More...

Snow damages Virginia Creeper Trail

Jeremiah

Well, Bob, Hunter and I didn’t make it to the Virginia Creeper Trail to ride bikes last Monday after all. We got as far as the Virginia line and called to reserve bikes and learned that the snow from Hurricane Sandy had damaged the trail.  More...

Obituaries

Novake Banks buried at Letcher

Funeral services for Novake S. Banks, 81, of Columbus, Ind., were held November 11 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. More...

Services held for Margaret Polly

Margaret Louise Collins Polly, 83, of Payne Gap, died November 6.  A daughter of the late William F. More...

Rites are held for Violet Cress

Violet Cress, 64, died November 7 at her home at Ermine.  A daughter of the late Beldon and Louise Sturgill Boggs, she was the widow of Ernest Lee Brannon, and later married Tommy Cress, who survives her.  She was a sister of the late Emma More...

Earthquake here is 4th-largest in Kentucky history

The fourth-largest earthquake recorded by instruments in Kentucky’s history occurred in Letcher County on Saturday.  The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale occurred at 12:08 p.m. More...

Poll finds most here view land, air regs as harmful

Residents of two major coalproducing counties in southeastern Kentucky have become more interested in using local natural resources for economic gain rather than conserving them for future generations, and they increasingly think environmental regula More...

Ruling means murder victim can be buried

The holiday season may have become just a little more bearable for the family of homicide victim Dradrick “Drad” Fleming.  More...

News

Old Ermine Post Office is now part of city

The former Ermine Post Office building and property are now located in the City of Whitesburg.  More...

Sexton gets 6th council seat

Tails I win.  Tom Sexton became the sixth person elected to the Whitesburg City Council last Thursday when he won a coin toss held in the offices of Letcher County Court Clerk Winston Meade.  More...

Man found nude in Neon IGA store enters guilty plea

A man charged with burglary after he was found nude inside a Neon grocery store has been sentenced to four years of probation after pleading guilty in Letcher Circuit Court.  Andrew Toothman, 23, of 3166 Hwy. More...

Opinions

Coal reacts to Obama’s next term

Industry is hoping for break

Despite a scathing campaign that pilloried him for waging a “war on coal,” industry and government officials say they are guardedly hopeful that President Obama is ready take a more lenient approach after winning a second term.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Thrift shop drugs

Think of it as Goodwill versus Bloomingdale’s — except with medicine.  More...

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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

Tamiflu called into question

A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.  The drug has been stockpiled by dozens of governments worldwide in case of a More...

Your looks may tell heart’s health

Want a clue to your risk of heart disease? Look in the mirror. More...

Eye exams can detect and monitor diabetes

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) urges Kentuckians living with diabetes and diabetic eye disease to schedule dilated, comprehensive eye exams on a yearly basis.  More...

Entertainment

Mountain Melody to play at Hemphill

Mountain Melody will play Friday, Nov. 16, at Hemphill Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Those attending should bring a covered dish for potluck. For more information, call Iolene Fleming at 855-7737.   More...

To perform

Appalachian Strings will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 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...

Middle schoolers ready with play

The Whitesburg Middle School UNITE Club will perform its version of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” for the public this Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Letcher County Central High School auditorium. More...