November 20, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Chamber honors ‘Best of the Best’

The Letcher County Chamber of Commerce has named eight professionals and four businesses as the “best of the best” in the county.  Several hundred votes were tabulated after county residents chose their favorite doctor, nurse, teache More...

JFK: ‘That awful day’ in 1963

The mementoes are everywhere, preserved for five decades by people who wish they could forget: Letters of grief and thanks, in a widow’s hand. An unwanted wedding band. A rose stained with blood.  More...

War on coal moves to UN, foreign soils

The top U. N. climate diplomat on Monday told the coal industry it should leave most of the world’s remaining coal reserves in the ground and start investing in renewable energy sources.  More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Taylor marched beside JFK caisson

The following report appeared in The Mountain Eagle after the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 and buried three days later.  More...

Eagle: Death ‘A tragic loss’

NOTE: The following editorial about the death of President John F. Kennedy and its potential effect on Letcher County and the rest of southeastern Kentucky was written by editor and publisher Tom Gish. It appeared in the Nov. More...

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, November 18, 1943  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

Lungs keep living after we die

Docs hope to start recovering organs after donors pass at home

The pair of lungs sits inside a clear dome, gently inflating as doctors measure how well they’ll breathe if implanted into a patient who desperately needs a new set.  It’s a little-known twist of nature — your lungs can live on More...

Immune attack can cause bald patches

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: After shampooing my hair, I looked in the mirror and found a large bald patch near my ear. I screamed. I can comb my hair to hide it. Does this mean I am about to lose all my hair? Is there a treatment for it? — A.A.  More...

Testing and Diabetes Control

Keeping blood glucose at near-normal levels helps people with diabetes avoid long-term complications, which can affect the eyes, nerves and kidneys. More...

Entertainment

To perform

Dennis Cove Band will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 23. The show will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old.   More...

Shooting match

A shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, at the American Legion. The match is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call 634-1459 or 633-2834.   More...

Nativity Play set for Dec. 15

Pine Mountain Settlement School will present its annual Nativity Play at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Dec. 15, in the school chapel. First produced in 1913, the play contains scripture, music and dialogue. More...

Bankruptcy filings involving Letcher citizens at new high

With job opportunities continuing to dwindle across the region, a record number of Letcher County residents filed for federal bankruptcy protection between October 9 and October 31.  More...

Magistrates get tax answer

Letcher County magistrates who seek a partial exemption from the Whitesburg occupational tax were told this week they will probably have to file the necessary paperwork themselves and document the amount of time they spend working in the city in orde More...

Five more file to run

Five more candidates have filed to run for the office of magistrate in Letcher County in the May election.  Incumbent Codell Gibson, Woody Holbrook and Leonard Tackett filed papers in the Letcher Court Clerk’s Office to run for magistrate More...

News

Letcher man selected for post

A Letcher County man has been named director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), at the University of Kentucky (UK) Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH).  Ernie Scott joined KORH in January 2012 as a rural project manager, and More...

Strategic planning grants being offered

During the next Appalachian Regional Commission ( ARC) funding cycle, The Center for Rural Development will award federally- funded minigrants to advance strategic planning efforts throughout the region.  More...

River clean-up Saturday

Headwaters, Inc. will hold a stream clean-up this Saturday, November 23, on the section of the North Fork of the Kentucky River behind Food City and Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg. The event will begin at 9 a.m. More...

Opinions

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Peeking under circus’s big top

Election days can be dizzying — like trying to absorb a three-ring circus with all three acts going at once.   More...

A more benevolent nation?

Tired of gloom and ceaseless talk of American decline? Me too. So let’s celebrate an important way in which the United States has become stronger — and a genuinely kinder and gentler nation.   More...

Sports

Cal’s Cats return home for 4 games

With growing concern over concussions, college whistles on targeting, and flap over NFL bad boy Richie Incognito and what it all means, football took a thumping last week. Sacks everywhere.   “Richie Incognito’s a bad seed. More...

Jimmie Johnson makes case as one of the all-time greats in racing, sports in general

It took Jimmie Johnson just 13 races into his rookie season with Hendrick Motorsports to prove to his team he was a rare talent.  He had just won at Dover for his second victory in four weeks and was debriefing with crew chief Chad Knaus when he More...

Struttin’ Time:

Women hunters doing their part

In recent years we have been focused on the fact that if hunting is too be saved, the women and the youth will be the ones to save it. This past deer hunting season has proved we have been right.  More...

Families & Friends

TO WED

Kayla Whitney Sheppard, formerly of Lovely and Prestonsburg, and Seth Alexander Greer, formerly of Jeremiah, now both of Lexington, will be married December 22 at the Ramada Carriage House in Paintsville. More...

Marlowe kids have done well

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.  First of all, I want to thank everyone who prayed for my daughter- in- law, Sandra (Cook) Hatton. Her surgery went well and there was no cancer. More...

Clinton Banks turns 3 years old

Cowan

Clinton Banks had his third birthday party at Cowan Community Center on Nov. 16. His cousins, Ella and Callie Akers from Tennessee came to his party. All of his cousins who live close were also there. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Charles Miles

Charles Gene Miles, 70, died November 13 at his home on Big Cowan.  He was a son of the late Ettie Sturgill Miles, and a brother of the late Pascal Miles, David Miles, Arthur Miles, Jessie Miles, Dora Miles, Nell Frazier, Jane Dobson and Betty R More...

Dorothy Ison dies at 75

Dorothy Deloris Ison, 75, of Hallie, died November 17 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital.  A daughter of the late Nathaniel and Grace Goodin McHargue, she was the widow of Henry Ison.  She was preceded in death by four brothers, Warren More...

Rites set for Mrs. Brown

Funeral services for Bertha Brown, 62, were to be held at 3 p.m. November 20 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. More...