November 28, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Group releases study of pollutants found in Letcher’s streams

Two streams flowing into Sandlick Creek have been found to contain high levels of lead, nickel and zinc, and a third had levels of arsenic barely below the Kentucky standard for drinking water. More...

Features

Taking a risk in a slow mountain economy

All it requires is a short drive through the mountain towns of southeastern Kentucky to see a people on the defensive. Defense from what?, you might ask. More...

Dark of winter looks brighter at www.social security.com

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, winter arrives at 6:12 a.m. eastern standard time on December 21.  For many people, winter means shorter days, chillier temperatures and more time indoors. More...

The Home Place

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Columns

Which hybrid is the best for long commutes?

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Nov. 23, 1962  The case for the new road between Whitesburg and Hazard was stated this week at a public hearing at the Letcher County Courthouse, at which county officials were conspicuous by their absence. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Start preparing now to make sure you get the credit you’re due for all that effort you put in to get that project off the ground. A new challenge emerges after the 15th.  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

Docs want ‘the pill’ sold OTC

No prescription or doctor’s exam needed: The nation’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.  The surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contracept More...

Abortions fall to 10-year low

U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, perhaps because women are more careful to use birth control when times are tough, researchers say.  More...

Loss of job dangerous to the heart

Unemployment hurts more than your wallet — it may damage your heart. More...

Entertainment

Springsteen is still at the top nearly 40 years after first LP

On January 5, rock star Bruce Springsteen will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of his first studio album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. More...

Noel Gallagher, Snow Patrol both shine in their first Kentucky shows

It has been more than three years since the iconic 90’s British rock band Oasis announced their split after founding member Noel Gallagher, brother to lead singer Liam Gallagher, left the group.  More...

Where did Marshall Tucker get name?

1. Where did the Marshall Tucker band get its name?   2. Name the group originally known as The D-Men. What was their most popular song?  3. Which group had a hit with “Take a Chance on Me,” and when?  4. More...

Quarrel results in the shooting death of man at Gordon

Grand jury will examine evidence

What began as a quarrel between a couple ended in the fatal shooting of a Cumberland man in the Letcher County community of Gordon on November 21.  State police say 37-year-old Wayne Duff II had argued with his girlfriend earlier in the day and More...

Low test scores bother school board members

Poor test scores and what can be done to improve them brought about some soul searching at Monday night’s meeting of the Letcher County Board of Education. More...

News

Police Beat

“Police Beat” is a summary of calls for service to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office that are deemed to be public record under Kentucky state law.   Monday, Nov. 19  More...

Copper thieves hit four locations here in two-week period

AT&T aerial copper telephone cables have been stolen four times in different locations near the Blackey area within the last two weeks.  About 1,000 pounds of cable valued at $13,000 was taken, said Cathy Lewandowski, senior public relations More...

Local band will perform at StreetSide

The Pure and Simple Band of Letcher County will perform live on Saturday (December 1) at StreetSide Grill and Bar on Main Street in Whitesburg.  The Pure and Simple Band perform original music written by band members as well as covers of more fa More...

Opinions

Cartoon

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How to kill Social Security while also keeping a smile

Conservatives never much liked Social Security. It’s a wildly popular government program that’s totally solvent until 2033. It will be easily fixable and by then may not need fixing at all. More...

Fired official had valid concerns

It is a shame that the highest-ranking official in charge of issuing mine permits in Kentucky was fired several years ago, but at the end of the day we believe he did the right thing by not turning a blind eye to what he believed was an illegal state More...

Sports

UK’s new leader from family of coaches

Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as the Wildcats’ football coach.  Stoops replaces Joker Phillips, who was fired on Nov. 4. More...

Cougars will open at home against a tough East Ridge

The Letcher County Central Cougars open their new basketball season tomorrow (Thursday) night at home against a good East Ridge team — even after the transfer late this summer of highly regarded 6’8” senior forward Ray Kasongo to Pi More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Tube baits can slay smallmouth bass

Smallmouth bass have a hardcore following of anglers who will fish in freezing temperatures to have a chance at the catch of a lifetime. More...

Families & Friends

Every day should be Thanksgiving

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. Hope you are doing okay and that you had a happy Thanksgiving.  Seems like Halloween gets more attention than Thanksgiving anymore. We go out of Halloween and into Christmas.  More...

Photo

Elzie Ray Hatton is pictured with Sonny Hatton at the funeral of Bill Hatton in 1998. (Photo by Irene Emma Hatton) More...

HCTC to hold showcase

Come out for a night of great entertainment. HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music “Fall 2012 KSBTM Ensembles Showcase” will take place on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Services held for William Duke

William G. Duke, 70, of Staffordsville, died November 19 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.  Born in Floyd County to the late John W. and Bonnie Back Duke, he was preceded in death by three brothers.  More...

Sillar Montgomery dies in Ohio

Sillar H. Montgomery, 91, of Tiffin, Ohio, died November 11 at the Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center in Tiffin.  Born in Whitesburg to the late Irvin and Edna Adams Hall, she was the widow of Ivan B. More...

Services held for Thelma Sanders

Thelma Bernice Sanders of Wise, Va., formerly of McRoberts, died Nov. 12. More...