January 29, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

59 candidates meet filing deadline for county offices

Fifty-six candidates have filed to run for Letcher County offices in the May election. The deadline to file was 4 p.m. on Tuesday (Jan. More...

Features

Locomotives may switch from diesel to natural gas

The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold ov More...

U.S. wealth gap: What it is and why it matters

From the White House to the Vatican to the business elite in Davos, Switzerland, one issue keeps seizing the agenda: the growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else.  More...

Richie didn’t lose that number; assigned familiar ‘32’ in prison

The University of Kentucky may have retired Richie Farmer’s number 32 jersey, but the federal Bureau of Prisons is bringing it back.  The prison system has assigned Farmer inmate number 16226-032 for use when he reports to a yet-tobe revea More...

Columns

Jenkins woman was Letcher’s 1st statewide pageant winner

Madonna Smith competed for Miss America title in ’46

The recent crowning of Little Cowan native Destin Kincer as Miss Kentucky USA has stirred up interest into past beauty pageant contestants from Letcher County who advanced to national competition.  More...

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, January 29, 1914  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Doing something nice for others is typical of the generous Arian. But be prepared for some jealous types who might try to question one of your more recent acts of kindness.  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

Lifestyle changes, screening would cut cancer rate in Ky.

One of eight ways to reduce risk of cancer

Kentucky has the nation’s highest rates of newly diagnosed cancers and death rate for all cancers combined, but Kentuckians could easily reduce those rates through proper screening and lifestyle changes, says a report from the Kentucky Cancer C More...

Do not exercise if you’re sick

Feeling under the weather? More...

Heart failure

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 71 years old and have been diagnosed with chronic heart failure. In October of last year, I had triple bypass surgery, but now I’m in good health. Some things I have read about chronic heart failure are unnerving. More...

Entertainment

Shooting match

A shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, 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...

4-H Club offers Valentine’s treat

The 4-H Club of Letcher County will sell strawberries dipped in chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Free delivery to schools and businesses in downtown Whitesburg. The cost is $6 per half-dozen and $12 per dozen, and orders must be made by Feb. 11. More...

To perform

Bluegrass Circle will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 1. 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...

IT’S OFFICIALLY THEIR MONTH

The Letcher County Board of Education was honored Monday night as part of “School Board Recognition Month.” Pictured from left are Mendy Boggs, Terry Cornett, Robert Kiser, Dr. Sam Quillen Jr., Will Smith and Supt. Tony Sergent. More...

Smith gets nod to lead Letcher board for 2014

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”  These well-known lyrics from British rock band The Who do a good job of describing action taken by the Letcher County Board of Education at its January meeting Monday night.  More...

Spring break is shortened by 3 days in county system

Unless students in the Letcher County school system miss more days, May 22 will be the last day of school for the 2013-14 year.  The Letcher County Board of Education decided Monday night to shorten spring break by three days in an effort to kee More...

News

Job fair planned

Experienced miners will have the opportunity to apply and be interviewed for underground mining jobs with Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in western Kentucky at an upcoming job fair in Hazard.  More...

Hughes to sign books

The Barnes and Noble Bookstore on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will host a book signing on Friday, Feb. 7, for Professor Carlton W. More...

CPR session set

The Workforce Solutions Dept. of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will offer an AHA BLS CPR workshop at the Whitesburg campus on Friday, Jan. 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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PSC responds to criticism of Ky. Power

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:  The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) welcomes this opportunity to respond to certain statements by members of the Letcher County Fiscal Court, as reported in The Mountain Eagle’s January 22 edition.  More...

Defends broadband service in region

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Sports

College hoops not so popular elsewhere

A Harris Poll told us last week that college basketball not only ranks last among America’s favorite sports, but is favorite sport of only three percent in USA.   Adolph Rupp just turned over and groaned. More...

Cougars set to meet PCC after two-overtime loss

Weather permitting, the 12-8 Cougars will host Perry County Central tomorrow night, Jan. 30, in a game rescheduled from Jan. More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

It’s a fun time to fish, but be safe

This is the time of year to fish a little slower and a little deeper than you do in the warmer weather.  There are plenty of baits that work good in this cooler type of weather. More...

Families & Friends

Gibsons welcome baby boy home

Big Cowan

Hello folks, hope everyone is surviving this cold spell. So many without heat, water, some without food. More...

FIRST BIRTHDAY

Janna Raquel Napier will be one year old on Feb. 1. She is the daughter of Laquatta Brasher and Daniel Napier. Her grandparents are Janie and Ralph Jent of Blackey, and Emmalou and Ed Napier of Hazard.   More...

Howard brothers going to Florida

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. I’m trying to write my news, but I don’t think I’ll be able to get out because of all the snow. If not, you will see it next week.  I haven’t been off my hill in over a week. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Bernice Bates

Bernice Bates, 66, died January 25 at her home in Waynesburg.  Born in Letcher County to Martha Caudill Fields, now of Waynesburg, and the late Lee Fields, she was a sister of the late Hiram Fields.  She had worked for more than 25 years as More...

Services set for Philip Caudill

Philip R. Caudill, Sr., 77, of Lexington, Ind., died January 26 at Scott Memorial Hospital.  Born in Blackey, he was the son of the late Virgil and Renevae Dixon Caudill. More...

Services held for Janice McKnight

Janice Sue Niece McKnight, 66, died January 14 at her home at Ermine.  A daughter of the late Dennis and Edna Brock Niece, she was a sister of the late Mae Hatton, Aggie Hatton, Maxine Dollarhyde, Ralph Niece and Edward Niece.  More...