March 19, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

County looks to sell Isom site

A divided Letcher County Fiscal Court voted at its March meeting to explore the possibility of selling what has become the controversial industrial park site (the old South East Coal tipple) at Isom, which is currently occupied by Process Systems and More...

Features

House panel OK’s road plan that sets aside $123 million to four-lane Mountain Pkwy.

House Democrats pushed through a two-year, $4.5 billion road spending plan on Tuesday that Republicans said was designed to punish them for their votes against a gas tax increase.  More...

Trying to save ginseng

A James Madison University associate professor and a student are studying American ginseng with an eye toward developing a plan to restore the plant in the wild.  More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

Full Story

The awful cost of drug addiction

When an award-winning movie star recently lost his battle with substance abuse and addiction, the headlines and tributes were ubiquitous, and mostly without moral judgment. More...

The politics of hopelessness

Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. More...

Sports

Change needed at Bristol

NASCAR should revamp schedule and race in April

Of the many things NASCAR can’t control, the weather is at the top of the list.  NASCAR can’t make it be warm and sunny every race day and NASCAR can’t stave off rain showers or cold fronts.  What NASCAR can control is the More...

NCAA Men's Bracket

Full Story

Crappie fishing heats up

Gabby’s fishing fever

Almost every fisherman I know or have talked to is ready for warm weather and early spring fishing.  I have received reports of good crappie fishing on Carr Creek Lake in the past couple weeks, where anglers are catching good limits of crappie i More...

Families & Friends

Photo

Alexis Paige Sparks of Mayking, is a recent graduate of Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology in Whitesburg. She was presented a diploma on Feb. 22 by instructor Denise Combs. Other instructors were Candice Sexton and Linda Stines. More...

Another sad week for neighborhood

Big Cowan

Well folks, another sad week in our neighborhood.  Morris Maggard died on March 12. More...

We don’t write like we talk

Points East

I’ve had numerous emails from folks complaining that “We don’t talk like that” in reference to some quotes I attributed to my old pal, the late Truman Caudill. More...

Obituaries

Mrs. Fields, 86, dies in Indiana

Delores Lee Fields, 86, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., died March 15.  Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of the late Cooley and Versie Mae Lewis Callahan and the widow of Oakley Fields. She was a sister of the late Freda Smith.  More...

Jack Stephens dies at 55

Jack Edward Stephens, 55, of Jenkins, died March 13 at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington.  Born in Jenkins to the late Jack and Dorothy Hughes Stephens, he was a grandson of the late Woodrow and Ruby Stephens.  He had worked as an elect More...

McLemore dies

Ronnie Dale McLemore, 60, of Wise, Va., formerly of Letcher County, died March 15 at the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville.  Born at Fleming, he was a son of the late Hiram and Elsie Hughes McLemore, and a brother of the l More...

STATE SENATE WELCOMES BEAUTY QUEEN

Miss Kentucky USA 2014 Destin Kincer of Little Cowan was honored last week on the floor of the Kentucky State Senate. More...

Ousted Jenkins police chief feels like he was ‘used’

Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer has announced that Police Chief Roland Craft is no longer an employee of the city.  More...

Funeral set for man killed in shooting near Letcher

Funeral services were to be held Wednesday for a 37-year-old Blackey man who was shot and killed early Sunday night during an argument at Boothill Road in the community of Letcher.  Kentucky State Police say David Clayton Richie was shot and kil More...

News

Early spring pruning tips

As spring approaches, many homeowners begin to think about their yard’s landscape. The winter months can be damaging to trees and shrubs. To ensure healthy spring plants, homeowners may want to prune the trees and shrubs around their home. More...

School registration March 27

Kindergarten and preschool registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at Jenkins Elementary School.  More...

Workshop set for farmers

A workshop will be held on Thursday, April 10, at the Letcher County Extension Office in Whitesburg for farmers who grow vegetables, fruits, nuts or herbs and would like to can them to sell from their farm, registered farmers markets, or certified ro More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

March 19, 1964  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes isn’t easy for you. But if you do it, you’ll gain a better perspective of what you need to do to achieve your goals. Be open to new ideas.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – MARCH 17 - 21

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Brooke attempts to persuade Ridge that she is the woman he should be with by reminding him of all that they’ve shared throughout the years. He appears to be taken by her charm. 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

Diabetic workshop March 19

A diabetic workshop will be held at 1 p.m. on March 19 at the Letcher County Extension Office located off of Stone Ave and the Whitesburg By-pass. More...

More babies than ever are born addicted

Her tiny daughter, only days old, was crying and shaking from drug withdrawal — and the only solace Martha Williams could offer were her arms and apologies.  “I’m sorry,” she remembers telling little Trinity. More...

EXERCISING: FIRST FOR HEALTH, THEN FOR FUN

For Karl Amber, now 37, the hardest part of learning at age 12 that he had diabetes was the inability to “comprehend the long-term effects of my decisions and what I had to do in the short term to make the right choices...particularly about wha More...

Entertainment

Artists to gather

he Appalachian Artisan Center will hold its annual Artists Gathering on April 5. The cost is $25 and the event is open to any artist or aspiring artist interested in operating a better business endeavor. More...

Legion to hold shooting match

The grand finale shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 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...

Shooting match

A shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 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...