December 25, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Appalachians once celebrated ‘Old Christmas’

Christmas used to be celebrated on what is now January 6. The Catholic Church changed the day of celebration to December 25 in the late 1500’s. More...

Health exchange top Ky. story

The debut of a statewide online health insurance marketplace, which earned a thumbs-up from President Barack Obama for smoothly enrolling tens of thousands of people, has been voted Kentucky’s top news story of 2013.  Unlike the technical More...

Stamp honors miners

The contributions of America’s industrial-era workers are memorialized on a sheet of Forever stamps titled Made in America: Building a Nation. More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

December 26, 1963  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) It’s a good time to take a much-needed break from your recent hectic schedule and spend some time in quieter surroundings. Important news could arrive early next week.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – DEC. 23 – 27

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Upset that Hope called the wedding off, Liam arrived too late at Brooke’s house to speak with his intended bride. 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 vitamins block disease? Not really

There’s more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn’t protect aging men’s brains or help heart attack survivors.  More...

Busting myths about fathers

The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. More...

THE NUMBERS GAME:

Knowing Your Blood Pressure

You may know that high blood pressure puts you at risk for many serious complications with diabetes. You’ve probably been told repeatedly to work at keeping your blood pressure at a reasonable level.  More...

Entertainment

This Christmas breakfast casserole has it all

The Home Place

What you want on Christmas morning — a house that effortlessly fills itself with joyous sounds and delicious aromas. More...

This lean roast for holiday doesn’t skimp on its flavor

A tale of two Christmas roasts

My choice for an elegant holiday dinner? It’s hard to beat a roast, and more often than not my pick is a lean and moist pork tenderloin.  More...

Love this Christmas roast on its merits, not on looks

Admittedly, pot roast is not a particularly beautiful dish. But when done well, it is a delicious dish — flavorful, succulent, rich and comforting. More...

Sewer plant is in danger of closing soon, officials told

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District is faced with the possibility of having to close the Millstone Sewer System, and the solution to the problem remains a mystery.  More...

List of candidates grows to 31

Thirty-one men so far have filed to run for Letcher County offices in the May election. The deadline to file is Jan. More...

Copper thieves make off with $30,000 worth here

Nearly $30,000 worth of AT&T aerial copper telephone cable has been stolen in Letcher County since November, according to an AT&T spokesperson.  More...

News

Halls were decked at LCC

Letcher County Central High School students and teachers decorated halls and doorways for Christmas. (Photos by Suzan Maddin)   More...

Traffic fatalities down in Ky.

Kentucky is on track for its lowest number of traffic fatalities in decades.  The Courier-Journal reports fewer than 600 fatal crashes had been reported by mid-December. The last time the number was that low was in the 1940s.  More...

BEST FLOAT

Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation of Whitesburg won the prize for best parade float in the City of Whitesburg’s Christmas Parade.   More...

Opinions

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Getting a jump on resolutions

Why is it that every year, it is only us — the adults — who bother making resolutions? More...

‘A past that no longer exists’

If any given religion and its holy writings can be used to support diametrically opposed conclusions about how to live life and how to approach politics, why should religious faith be taken seriously?   More...

Sports

Merry Christmas … and thanks for reading

Christmas week. Your time invested in this moment with The Mountain Eagle is Christmas gift enough for me.  Today, a dozen Dashingthrough the-Snow nuggets for you from the Toy Shop.  More...

UK’s next opponent is Louisville

Kentucky’s head coach John Calipari instructed Aaron Harrison (2) during the second half of Kentucky’s 93-80 win over Belmont Saturday in Lexington. More...

Coach says LCC ‘just quit playing’

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars won two-of-three last week and will take a 4-3 record into this week’s three-day holiday tournament in Beech, Tenn., near Nashville. The Lady Cougars’ opening game will be on Friday.  More...

Families & Friends

Lee Roy Combs is celebrating his Christmas birhday

Blackey

My news is about a month behind so I’ll try and catch up on some of it.  Dena Couch of Linefork had surgery on her back at Pikeville Hospital. She has been having a lot of pain and right after her surgery she could tell the difference. More...

Enjoying life in Fla.

Herman “Baldy” Brush Jr., a 1956 graduate of Whitesburg High School, celebrated his 75th birthday recently with friends and family in Ocala, Fla. More...

Tony Fugate is Roads Scholar

One hundred twenty-four Roads Scholars and 120 Road Masters have completed the 2013 Kentucky Roads Scholars/Road Masters Training Program, according to the Technology Transfer Program of the Kentucky Transportation Center. More...

Obituaries

Oda Couch dies at 50

Oda Faye Couch 50, died December 3 at her home in Hazard.  A daughter of the late Willie M. and Mary Magdalene Standafer Couch, she was a sister of the late Audrey K. More...

Mrs. Shepherd lived to be 93

Mary Shepherd, 93, died December 15 at her home at Partridge.  A daughter of the late Silas and Martha Fields Caudill, she was a sister of the late Herman Caudill, Hargus Caudill, Lee Caudill, Howard Caudill, Tina Whitaker, Tessie Caudill and Do More...

Rites held for Eddie Logan

Eddie Wayne “Frog” Logan, 58, of Colson, died December 18 at Hazard Hospital.  A son of Nora Logan of Colson and the late Lee Roy Logan, he was a grandson of the late Elder John and Minnie Sexton and Ray and Rosie Logan.  He was More...