January 22, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

News

Preschoolers to receive books

With the help of Debbie Watts, Superintendent of Jenkins Independent School District, children attending the Burdine preschool classes taught by Lavern Bentley and Sarah Campbell are now registered for the Imagination Library literacy program. More...

Home school 4-H to meet

A Letcher County home school 4H meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Letcher County Extension Office. Organizers ask that those attending bring their calendars so they can plan out activities for the year. More...

Learn signs of drug abuse

The abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise, according to Narconon, and families are asked to learn the signs of drug abuse. More...

Columns

103 years ago this week:

Many were predicting fire that destroyed block

Page 3 of the January 19, 1911 edition of The Mountain Eagle carried the story of a fire that destroyed a block of buildings in downtown Whitesburg, including the post office and telephone office.   More...

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, January 20, 1944  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Seeing the silly side of some really ridiculous situations helps give the Lamb a new perspective on how to handle them. Some important contacts can be made this weekend.  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. More...

Families & Friends

Hunker down, Mother Nature is at it again

Southern Ohio

Hello again!  How is everything in your little corner of the world? I hope everyone is warm and your belly is full of something good to eat.  Buckle your seats belts or hunker down as we are in for another ride with Mother Nature! More...

SHARED BIRTHDAY

Scott Profitt turned 19 years old on January 17. He is the son of Ralph and Patty Profitt of Little Colley, and has a sister, Hannah, 7. His grandparents are the Rev. Conard and Carolyn Profitt of Isom, and Ralph and Karen Profitt of Whitesburg. More...

Furnace went out on -6° day

Linefork

Hello to everyone. I hope everyone is well and enjoying the new year and all the bad weather and being able to stay warm when the weather dropped to -6 degrees.  It was a bad time for my family. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Lawrence Fleenor Jr.

Lawrence ‘ Lonnie’ Fleenor, Jr., 55, of Prestonsburg, died January 14 from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident.  Born in Whitesburg to the late Lawrence and Georgia Mullins Fleenor, he was a surveyor for Summit Engineering.  More...

Hubert Caudill, 84, dies in Indiana

Funeral services for Hubert O. Caudill, 84, of Sunman, Ind., will be held today (January 22) in Batesville, Ind. More...

Services held for Michael Bentley

Michael Keith Bentley, 55, of McRoberts, died January 4 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  A son of Don and Jean Bentley of Seco, he was the widower of Donna Bentley and a brother of the late Donna Ratliff.  More...

School board cuts $50 insurance pay to teachers, staff

Board members say if they don’t take steps now, state will later

Beginning in 2015, the Letcher County Board of Eduction will stop contributing money for health insurance for teachers as well as for cooks, janitors, other workers often referred to as “classified employees.”  More...

County officials outraged over high cost of power bills

Members of the Letcher County Fiscal Court feel your pain when it comes to scrambling to find the money needed to pay your huge electric bill.   More...

Meth-related arrests are on the rise in Letcher Co.

Arrests related to methamphetamine have increased recently in Letcher County.  A Whitesburg Rite Aid Pharmacy employee notified police around noon on Jan. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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Her apology is not enough

Editorial

So it’s perfectly OK to say vile stereotypical remarks about your fellow human beings as long as those you are making fun of are from Appalachia?  More...

Meanwhile, in West Virginia …

Morgan Paul’s evening last January 9 began as it usually does after a full day as director of Boone-Madison Public Library in West Virginia.  First, she changed out of her work clothes.  Then she made a little dinner. More...

Sports

Sports ‘journalists’ have become fans today

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if wellbeing of a person or animal is at stake.  Society’s punishments are small compared to wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. More...

Girls rebound after loss

The Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars, winners of eight of their last nine, take a 13-6 record into this Friday evening’s big district matchup with visiting Knott County Central (8-6). More...

Points system to change

Ever since NASCAR Chairman Brian France announced early in the month during an interview on Motor Racing Network that he was not satisfied with the current point system, speculation has risen that the sanctioning body would be announcing a change bef More...

Health

New report says smoking causes impotence, arthritis

It’s no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? More...

Proposal aimed at slowing Kentucky’s heroin plague

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill to combat a deadly surge in heroin addiction, a trend blamed for devastating families while putting a burden on courts and police in hard-hit areas.  The measure, a mix of additional treatment for addicts an More...

MTV show helps cut teen birth rate

Of every 1,000 babies born in Letcher Co., 61 of them are mothered by teen-agers

The MTV show “16 and Pregnant” has been highly criticized, not only for featuring pregnant teens, but because some of the cast members have since been arrested or gotten into trouble with drugs and alcohol. More...

Entertainment

Miss Southeast Pageant planned for February 8

An evening of pageantry and style will be presented on the stage of the Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College when coeds from each of the five campuses vie for the title of Miss Sou More...

Shooting match is set at Legion

A shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at the American Legion. Straight guns only, no barrels over 36 inches, no scopes, no peep sites. All guns will be checked before each match. More...

To perform

Sycamore Hollow will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 25. 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...