May 15, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

County school board again meets in private

The Letcher County Board of Education met in a closed-door session again this week, the third time in as many meetings.  More...

Features

Can Letcher Co. be toured by river?

There’s more than one way to tour Letcher County. Trails either exist or are in the process of being developed for all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts, hikers, bikers and horseback riders. More...

Road name honors sheriff

The state highway spanning from the bridge near Rite Aid in West Whitesburg to Pine Mountain Junction has been named in honor of Letcher County Sheriff Danny R. Webb.  Instead of KY 15X, it’s now Sgt. Danny R. Webb U.S. Army Vietnam Vet. More...

Too much or not enough?

Report raises new questions about cutbacks in salt amounts

A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying it’s not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle.  More...

Columns

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

May 16, 1963  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Lots of possibilities begin to open up by midweek. Some seem more appealing than others. But wait for more facts to emerge later on before you consider which to choose.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – 5/13-5/17

ALL MY CHILDREN — Dixie freaked out when she found David in JR’s hospital room and accused him of trying to strangle JR. More...

Speak Your Piece

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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

Study: Fish oil no help for many

Eating fish is good for your heart but taking fish oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study in Italy found.  The work makes clearer who does and does not ben More...

Wearable robots getting lighter

When Michael Gore stands, it’s a triumph of science and engineering. More...

Rapid stroke work saves brain cells

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: While having dinner with my father, he suddenly had a blank look and stopped eating. He couldn’t speak clearly. My brothers and I got him onto a couch, and he stayed there for about 15 minutes. More...

Entertainment

Pistol Annies say it’s time to ‘Annie Up’

When the women in Pistol Annies get together, song ideas just fall out.  They spent two days together recently to do promotional work for their new album, “Annie Up,” and had the makings for eight new song ideas— practically a More...

Damon Johnson shines

It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that a top-flight musician who has written songs for Santana and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks and played guitar for artists as diverse as Alice Cooper and Faith Hill would be able to perform one o More...

Whitesburg to rock all weekend long

On Friday night … … the action begins at StreetSide Grill and Bar on Main Street in Whitesburg, where the Twang Bangers will appear. More...

Budget cuts sought by judge would hit sheriff and others

Facing cuts in yearly revenues of more than $1 million, the Letcher Fiscal Court is being asked by Judge/ Executive Jim Ward to reduce the amount of money it spends to fund law enforcement, garbage collection and meals and activities for senior citiz More...

Grand jury indicts suspects accused of stealing credit card from fire dept.

The Letcher County Grand Jury has indicted three Letcher County residents on charges of using a Fleet One credit card belonging to the Fleming-Neon Volunteer Fire Department, charging more than $500 in a six-month period from December 26 through Marc More...

News

New store is coming soon

A national sporting goods store based in Birmingham, Alabama announced this week that it will locate a new store in Whitesburg.  Hibbett Sporting Goods Inc. More...

High school summer program

Letcher County Public Schools will provide a tuition-free summer school for Letcher County high school students. Students may be able to take up to two classes to make up credits.  More...

Concealed carry class set May 25

A concealed carry class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 25, at the Letcher County Extension Office. The class enables participants to apply for a concealed carry permit. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat, has few, if any, ethics

Max Baucus’s reputation as one of the most ethically challenged members of the U.S. Senate is well earned. More...

Benghazi and Lewinsky

On its face, the murder of Americans in Libya, including our ambassador, has absolutely nothing to do with the inappropriate relationship former President Bill Clinton had with a White House intern. But politically, that’s another story.   More...

Sports

Orb appears ready

Kentucky Derby winner Orb arrived at Pimlico Race Course earlier this week and immediately settled into stall 40, reserved exclusively for the Derby winner. More...

Experts look at Preakness

Thoroughbred handicappers Bob Neumeier, an analyst from New England, and Mike Battaglia, who sets morning line odds for Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Turfway Park, provided their thoughts on the Preakness in separate interviews with NBC Sports. More...

Drew Barker

Now that high school basketball star Andrew Wiggins has chosen to attend Kansas, UofL Coach Rick Pitino has his tattoo, Orb has moved on to Pimlico and UK Coach John Calipari stagemanages to keep his name in the news (inviting Bill Clinton to his fan More...

Families & Friends

Doty School reunion planned June 15

Jeremiah

Plans are all made for the upcoming Doty Days School reunion. It will be on June 15 beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts and the program will start at 12:00 with finger foods and covered dish meal for lunch.  More...

HCTC presents student awards

Hazard Community and Technical College honored outstanding graduates during commencement on Saturday, May 11.  The President’s Award was presented to Jennifer Couch of Hazard and Kristina L. Mullins of Carrie.  More...

Pennington earns doctorate

Rearing three children, dealing with a house that burned to the ground, and facing a couple of health scares have all been challenges for Beth Banks Pennington, but none kept her from achieving her goal — earning an educational doctorate from M More...

Obituaries

Lenville Hatton succumbs at 69

Lenville ‘Buddy’ Hatton, 69, of Whitesburg, died May 8 at Hospice of Hazard.  More...

Memorial service planned May 19

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., May 19, at the Charlie Logan Cemetery. Preachers and singing groups will be there. Those attending should bring a covered dish for a dinner. For more information, call 633-5462.   More...

Rites held for Edwin Spears

Edwin Morrow ‘ Bo’ Spears Jr., 63, of Winchester, died April 29.  Born in Lexington to the late Edwin Spears Sr. and Rhudell Johnson Spears, he was a brother of the late Fred H. Spears.  More...