February 20, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Board accepts Craft’s letter

The Letcher County Board of Education this week accepted Supt. Anna Craft’s letter of intent to retire on June 30. More...

Features

Coalfield college scholarships clear hurdle in state legislature

In a push to increase the number of college graduates in the coalfields, the House Education Committee last week passed legislation to create special state scholarships that won’t be available in other regions.  More...

Group holds annual protest

Several hundred people traveled to Frankfort last week to protest the form of coal mining known as mountaintop removal.  The rally has become an annual Valentine’s Day rite in Frankfort to show support for perennial, but so far unsuccessfu More...

Ex-mayor murdered

Police changed the investigation into the death of a former eastern Kentucky mayor whose body was found inside his burned home to murder after preliminary autopsy results indicated he died of a single gunshot wound.  No arrests have been made in More...

Columns

Now here’s a tip

• The way some items are packaged these days, you need to be Houdini to get into them. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 21, 1963  Heart disease was the leading cause of death in Letcher County in 1962, killing 87 people. Other leading causes of death were circulatory ailments, cancer, accidents, pneumonia, and other lung ailments.  .  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your soft-hearted self is drawn to a tempting offer. But your hard-headed half isn’t so sure. Best advice: Do it only after every detail is checked out to your liking.  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

Back in the hospital

Readmissions costly, bring misery to patients

More than 1 million Americans wind up back in the hospital only weeks after they left for reasons that could have been prevented — a revolving door that for years has seemed impossible to slow.  Now Medicare has begun punishing hospitals w More...

Hepatitis B or C?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband and I are in our 50s. Both of us had an exam this year from different doctors. Blood tests showed that we both have hepatitis C. Neither of us feels sick, and neither of us ever remembers acquiring this infection. More...

Double Jeopardy Smoking and Diabetes

If you smoke, you already know two things: It’s bad for your health, and it’s very hard to quit. But now, there have never been more resources available for people who want to quit smoking. More...

Entertainment

The blues are coming to Whitesburg

The Kelly Richey Band of Cincinnati is touring nationally in support of its new album, Sweet Spirit, which is scheduled to be released in early March. 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...

Soul music returns

If you’re a fan of the traditional soul sounds of musicians like Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes, you won’t want to miss Brian Owens when he comes from St. More...

Breaking News - 2/22/2013 11:09 AM

College closed after threat alleged - Free Access

The Whitesburg campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College is closed until Monday after a threat was reported Thursday evening. More...

Citizens want state to make coal firm replace water wells

State first ordered wells replaced in 2007

At least seven Letcher County homeowners who had their water wells destroyed by mining activity have authorized an attorney to file a lawsuit against the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet charging the agency with failing to enforce its own orde More...

Rec center once again a topic for fiscal court

One out of 27 people in Letcher County will die as a result of drug use this year, according to Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker. More...

News

Health screenings offered

Students enrolled in the medical assistant program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Whitesburg campus, will present health screenings and other services on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More...

To perform

Dawson Creek, a bluegrass band, will perform Friday, Feb. 22. The show will take place at the Hemphill Community Center.   More...

Johnston to speak

Evangelist Danny Johnston will speak at Cornerstone Church in Whitesburg on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Thursday, Feb. 28. The services will begin at 7 p.m. each night.   More...

Opinions

Land of the free? Not if drones fly

For nearly four years, President Obama refused to admit a foreignpolicy “secret” that was widely known here and throughout the world — namely, that the White House, Pentagon and CIA are engaged in ethically questionable and rapidly More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

As these women show, you can’t stereotype gun owners

Gina Odom didn’t like guns until she felt that her baby’s safety was threatened.  Daniela Halliburton armed herself when she returned to a home ripped apart by Hurricane Katrina.  Susan Fowler and Mary (last name withheld) grew More...

Sports

Tourneys underway

The 53rd District boys’ and girls’ tournaments are underway at Knott County Central High School in Hindman.  Both tournaments began Monday night with the Jenkins Cavaliers defeating June Buchanan, 62-52, to advance to a meeting Wedne More...

Is pay cut deserved after this showing?

Kentucky is in danger of joining Florida (2008) and North Carolina (2010) as the most recent members on the list of teams that did not make the NCAA Tournament the year after winning the national championship.  More...

Jenkins star wins state scoring title

Whitney Creech of the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers finished the 2012- 13 regular season as the top girls’ basketball scorer in Kentucky.  Creech, 5-foot-8, averaged 30.1 points, more than two points per game higher than runner-up China Dow of Ch More...

Families & Friends

Marcums were large Marlowe family

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.  We are seeing some snow fly today (Saturday). I hope we don’t see much of it.  I’m ready for spring, but it’s not up to me. More...

Maggards celebrate 67th anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello everyone! Hoping all is well.  My uncle, Eugene Day, has been in the hospital. He and Irene both need our prayers.  Jessie Fay Combs is also in the hospital. Tommy Fields went to the emergency room to get checked out. More...

WMS speech team is regional champion

Whitesburg Middle School won the regional tournament of the Kentucky High School Speech League’s (KHSSL) on February 16. The tourney was held at Knott County Central High School.  More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Geraldine Collins

Geraldine Collins, 71, died February 12 at her home in Jenkins.  Born in Jenkins to the late Hubert and Gertrude Mullins, she was a sister of the late Sam Mullins, Johnnie Mac Mullins, Henry Mullins and Russell Joe Mullins.  She was a membe More...

Services held for Savannah Rose

Savannah Marcum Rose, 85, of Cromona, died February 11 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  Born in Bold Camp, Va., to the late Noah and Julia Boggs Marcum, she was the widow of Homer Rose Sr.  More...

Brady Sandlin dies at 55

Brady Sandlin of Jackson, died January 26 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He was 55 years old.  He was a son of Lucinda Sandlin and the late Sidney Sandlin.  More...