December 26, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

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Want your cactus to last 100 years? Follow this advice

Schlumbergera, mumbergera. Most recipients would take a Christmas cactus (genus Schlumbergera) and hide it away in the corner wrapped in forgotten red or green foil. Maybe it gets enough water and light to last a few yuletides. More...

Crocheted hats become popular item for babies

If you can think of a design for winter hat, chances are Alice Craft can crochet it for you.  Craft, of Little Cowan, is an artist with the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, where she has been concentrating in fiber art for the past decade. More...

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Notable success in 2012

This being the season of giving, it’s worth looking back at some special gifts from November’s election that received little acknowledgement at the time.  More...

Online and in your face: Woes of Internet shopping

They don’t like the crowds, the traffic, the parking chaos. They dislike the sameness — the same mall chain stores piping in the same music and selling the same made-in-China sweaters, whether in Spokane, Indianapolis or Raleigh. More...

Sports

LCC salvages win during rough week; Cavaliers lose two

The last week was a rough one for the Letcher County Central Cougars. More...

LCC girls struggle in Virginia tourney, leave for California

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars won easily at Cordia last week, but then struggled in two games played in the weekend’s VA/KY Border War hosted by UVA-Wise. More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing gear can be very expensive

Christmas Day reminded me of the many fishing-related things I have received — and given — over the years. Some fishing gifts can be expensive (rods and reels), and even some lures are very costly.  More...

Families & Friends

Howards gather for Christmas party

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. So many people are sick. My son Larry has a real bad case of the flu. He gets it about every winter even though he gets the flu shot. I hope he gets over it real soon.  More...

HOWARD REUNION

— The children of the late John Howard and Thelma Smith Howard, formerly of Blackey, attended the Howard reunion in September. More...

Kitchen duty is fun if regular occupant is in bed sleeping

Points East

Early on Christmas Eve — just after the drizzling, foggy, rebel-gray, sort-of “daybreak” announced itself — I hobbled out of bed and wobbled to the kitchen to put on a pot of coffee and to check out the big Bundt cake pan I ha More...

Laid-off miners say firm refuses to pay promised ‘loyalty reward’

A coal company owned by one of the world’s wealthiest men is refusing to pay money owed to laid off coal miners who had participated in a “loyalty reward plan,” lawsuits filed by five underground miners charge.  More...

Jailer: Needle part of escape plan

Accused murderer James Ray Maggard intended to use a hypodermic syringe and needle and a sharpened pencil as weapons in an escape from jail, a witness told Letcher District Judge Kevin Mullins.  More...

News

Bond for driver charged with more than 4 DUI’s ordered kept at $100,000

Letcher District Judge Kevin Mullins has ruled there is probable cause to continue pursuing felony assault charges against a 33-year-old Roxana man who police say was high on drugs when his car crashed into a pickup truck occupied by four teenagers e More...

Letcher school official, family killed in Knox County wreck; other driver said traveling fast

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fatal traffic accident in Knox County that claimed the lives of five people on Christmas Eve, including the director of finance for the Letcher County School System.  The accident reportedly happened More...

F-22 Raptor success more than skin deep

Many are surprised to discover that the largest organ in the human body is the skin. Skin provides a physical barrier against harmful, external factors.  The F-22 Raptor, much like the human body, has a layer of skin called low observable. More...

Columns

Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Galatians in the Old or New Testament or neither?  2. How many times is the name “Satan” used in the Old Testament? 0, 1, 15, 174  3. From Genesis 36, what city was Esau’s home base? More...

Flooded cars are bad news

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  Can you help my sister’s family? They were victims of Hurricane Sandy this fall, and although their cars are running, they did get saltwater up to the electrical system in both vehicles. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Dec. 20, 1962  U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins of Hindman is urging officials of the federal Department of Commerce and Housing and Home Finance Agency to hasten approval of the Accelerated Public Works projects for eastern Kentucky. 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

Do’s and don’ts for a hangover

Want to avoid the misery of a New Year’s hangover? Loyola University Health System family physician Dr. More...

Help at hand for some when elderly relative’s health fails

Marnie Schwartz was in California, a lawyer raising two toddlers. She was in no position to move across the country to care for her mother, who was living alone in New York and whose health was beginning to decline.  More...

Top heartburn med? Cheapest that works

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I need help with acid reflux. I have battled it for seven years, and until recently I have used Prilosec, but it has stopped working for me. I tried AcipHex and Protonix but didn’t feel well when taking them. More...

Obituaries

Steven Hampton was friend to all

As I write this I mourn the loss of our beloved son, Steven, who passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 15, at home of a massive heart attack.  I didn’t even get him buried before the rumors started that he had overdosed at home.  More...

Wanda Back dies in Alabama

Wanda Hammonds Back, 66, died December 20, at her home in Fayette, Ala.  Born in Bellcraft to the late William Joseph and Cordelia Cuzzort Hammonds, she was the mother of the late Vickie Lynn Back.  More...