February 26, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Litter volunteers faced with dangerous materials used to make methamphetamine

Volunteers picking up garbage near Blackey on Friday evening found a shopping bag containing items used to make methamphetamine.  Using spray paint, one of the volunteers made a large, orange arrow directing Sgt. B. More...

Features

Girl, 13, is four-time spelling champ

For the fourth time — and the third year in a row — Brooke Saurer has advanced to the state spelling bee.  Saurer, an eighth grader at Whitesburg Middle School, won the Letcher County District Spelling Bee Friday by correctly spellin More...

Letcher man says helping in Haiti changed his life

My recent trip from Letcher County to Haiti for missionary work was an amazing experience — and one I would highly recommend for anyone.  More...

Lawyer mum on Grisham’s visit here

New York Times bestselling author John Grisham was in Whitesburg last week, apparently researching material for a possible new book.  Grisham’s presence in Whitesburg became known after a Facebook posting from an employee at Appalachian Ci More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, March 1, 1934 The L&N Railroad is advertising the following prices for one-way passenger train tickets on Pullman cars from Whitesburg: to Hazard, 63 cents; to Jackson, $1.30; to Irvine, $2.14; to Winchester, $2.37; to Lexington, $2.65; More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Take time from your busy schedule to check out what’s going on around you. You might find that someone has been secretly trying to pull the wool over those beautiful Sheep’s eyes.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – FEB. 24 – 28

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Hope was flooded with memories of her numerous failed weddings as she filled Liam in on what had transpired at Brooke and Ridge’s wedding. 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

5K Autism walk planned

Glow Blue 5K for Autism will be held in downtown Whitesburg Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Events begin at 6 p.m. at the Mountain Heritage Village.  Pre-registration is Thursday, April 10, at Letcher County Recreation Center. More...

Some states want to increase age for buying tobacco to 21

Two Western states with some of the nation’s lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.  Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals last week to treat tobacco like alco More...

Smelly tonsil stones affect young adults

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is the best way to get rid of tonsil stones, besides sticking my finger down my throat as far as I can and trying to dislodge the smelly things? More importantly, what is the way to prevent tonsil stones? More...

Entertainment

Auditions set for outdoor drama

Auditions for “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” outdoor drama will be held Saturday, March 1, from 10 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m. and Sunday, March 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. More...

Shriners to host country breakfast

The Mountain Shrine Club will host an old-fashioned country breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., March 1, at the Mountain Shrine building. More...

Rook tourney March 1

A Rook tournament will held by the Past Masters Club of Whitesburg Lodge #754 beginning at 6 p.m., March 1, in the downstairs of the Lodge, formerly the unemployment office. The entry fee is $10 per team or $5 per person. Everyone is invited. More...

Accused killers face new counts

2 from Pike among 16 named in Letcher Grand Jury indictments

Each of the two Pike County men charged with the New Year’s Day murder of Michael Hogg now faces three additional charges of attempted murder.  More...

Dawahare’s work was important to Letcher

For the first 42 years of his life, Oscar Dee Dawahare was an influential Letcher County resident who worked tirelessly to try to improve the quality of life here.  More...

News

Stop smoking class set

Beginning March 18, the Letcher County Health Department will host the Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking. The class will meet at 5 p.m. each Tuesday for 13 weeks. More...

Letcher schools cut spring break

Classes will end in county June 3 barring more bad weather

June 3 will be the last day of the 2013-2014 school year for students unless Letcher County Public Schools miss more days.  At its meeting Monday night, the Letcher County Board of Education approved taking the remaining two days of spring break More...

Jenkins schools to close June 2

For sale: McRoberts Elementary

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education voted at its February meeting to sell the McRoberts Elementary School building and to set June 2 as the closing date for the current school year.  More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Don’t shut down our post offices, let them offer needed services

You know what America needs? More jobs, that’s what.  More...

Challenges remain unfulfilled

Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. More...

Sports

Letcher archers dominate regionals

The Letcher County Central High School archery team is headed back to the state tournament in Louisville for the fourth year in a row.  “I couldn’t be any prouder of these kids,” said Michael Sexton, LCC head archery coach. More...

Letcher Central girls only team still alive in tourneys

The boys’ basketball came to an end for the Jenkins Cavaliers and Letcher County Central Cougars this week, as both teams fell in the opening round of the 53rd District Tournament.  The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers also bowed out of post-season More...

Junior earns 2nd 500 win

It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Daytona 500 while driving for his late father’s Dale Earnhardt Inc. More...

Families & Friends

Jane Potter Honors

Named to the All Distinguished List at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School are (top, left to right) Carson Adams, Matthew Wilder, Kevin Barriger, Austin Triplett, Sarah McAuley, Lindsay Baker, (bott More...

Two break bones in falls

Jeremiah

Sorry I got so busy week before last and forgot to write a column. I thought about it on Tuesday. More...

50th ANNIVERSARY

The children of Sue and Arius Holbrook of Sergent, invite everyone to come and celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, March 9, at the Sergent Methodist Church. The couple will have been married 50 years on March 7. More...

Obituaries

Robert Taylor dies in Indiana

Robert Bruce “Gramps” Taylor of Jeffersonville, Ind., died February 23.  Born in Whitesburg, he was the widower of Blanche Taylor, the father of the late Carol Ann Taylor and David Bruce Taylor, and a brother of the late George Taylo More...

Services held for Richard Morris

Richard Boyd Morris, 59, died February 15, at his home in Neon.  Born in Fleming to Lula Graham Belcher of Neon and the late James ‘Jimmy’ E. More...

Rites held for Elmer Palmer

Funeral services for Elmer Eugene ‘Gene’ Palmer, 82, of Whitesburg and formerly of Camden, Mo., were held February 14 in Missouri.  A son of the late Joseph Harrison and Lou Ella Davis Palmer, he died February 7 in Whitesburg. More...