April 30, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Grand jury charges 8 in true bills

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned eight new indictments, one of which charges a Thornton man with making methamphetamine.  The grand jury says William Daniel Bentley, 39, of 79 Golden Rod Drive, Thornton, possessed meth precursors on F More...

Features

Hauling a load of coal

A Conversation with Kenneth Blair

During the early 1900’s, the lower section of the road up Caudill’s Branch (Carbon Glow) was in the streambed for a short distance. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Paper says mistake illuminates needed change in spending

We were wrong. We were so very wrong [recently] when we praised the legislature for abstaining from its usual binge of severance-tax spending in favor of reserving the dwindling coal revenue for creating jobs .  More...

Grandma President

Six years ago, I laid eyes on my brand-new grandson, and a wave of compassion washed over me, sweeping all of my career ambitions out to sea.  Or, wait. Maybe that happened after.  More...

Sports

‘40-0’ may not be a ridiculous thought now

Recalibrate the mind – critical mass free throws become critical finish exacta, furlong times, the jockey and mile-anda quarter.   Names on our mind’s marquee change too. More...

Jenkins Lady Cavs go 1-3 in state All ‘A’ tournament

The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers won one game and lost two during “pool play” of the Touchstone Energy All ‘A’ Classic fast-pitch softball tournament held Saturday and Sunday.  The first game for the 14th Region All ‘A&rs More...

Short tracks, short tempers

Saturday night at Richmond in the closing laps it looked as if Matt Kenseth was in a position to claim the second win of the season for Toyota. More...

Families & Friends

Homemakers swap plants, seeds

Jeremiah

Sorry, forgot to write last week. I admit it, I’m getting forgetful.  The Letcher Area Homemakers met recently and had our annual seed and plant swap and also tacked a pretty quilt. Enjoyed being together making plans and visiting, too. More...

Turners have overnight visitor

Big Cowan

Hello everyone! Hoping all had a good week.  Cannot believe it is the end of April already. It has been a fairly nice week. Hope May turns out to be a good month. More...

Families gathered for Easter holiday

Cowan Creek

Hope everyone had a good Easter!  So I forgot my news last week! Oops. I guess I was tired from playing outside with my family. More...

Entertainment

Film to feature food set to play

“Ingredients”, a film featuring the attempt to bring good food and health back to communities, will be shown Thursday, May 8, at the Appalshop Theater. The film, which will begin at 7 p.m., is part of the Appal- TREE Film Series.   More...

Golf scramble set May 4

The Letcher County Central High School girls’ softball team will host a golf scramble on May 4 at Raven Rock Golf Course starting at 1 p.m. Entry fees are $200 per team and lunch will be included. More...

Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer will be celebrated at noon, May 1, at Riverside Walking Track in Whitesburg. Those attending should bring lunch and a chair. In case of rain, the event will take place under the picnic area.   More...

New Jenkins council, mayor will get raises

The Jenkins City Council has approved salary raises for the mayor and council members who will take office in 2015.  The mayor’s annual salary was increased from a base of $28,000 to $31,000 per year. More...

Jenkins board rejects all bids for old school

There will be another round of bidding before the fate of the old McRoberts School building is decided.  At its April meeting, the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education met in closed session before voting to reject all bids submitted.& More...

News

Deadliest jobs in Kentucky

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet this week announced the deadliest jobs in the state in recognition of Workers’ Memorial Day, which was observed on Monday. More...

Coal group warns Grimes to play it straight

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’s meeting with California billionaire Tom Steyer has prompted the Kentucky Coal Association to warn her not to accept donations from him or his climate-protection group.  More...

Voting machine in clerk’s office to handle absentees

A voting machine for voters who expect to be absent from the county or can’t make it to the polls on Election Day will open May 1 in the offices of Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade.  Voting machine hours are 8:30 a.m. More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, May 3, 1934  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This is a good week to look at healing bruised feelings and re-establishing weakened relationships. It’s also a good week to start new projects and make new job-linked contacts.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – APRIL 28 – MAY 2

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — As Aly discussed her hatred for Taylor with Oliver, Taylor had a serious conversation with Thorne about Aly. Aly opened up to her new love about how hard it has been to get over her mother’s death. 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

Obamacare’s dental plan exposes gaps in coverage

Nearly four in 10 adults in Floyd County, Ky., have lost at least six teeth because of decay or gum disease.  Statewide, more than half of adults have had at least one tooth pulled, and a quarter of those over 65 have lost all their teeth.  More...

‘Pig outs’ blamed on drugs

Ten years of U.S. More...

Treatments not same for all toe joint pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 82-year-old male. In my younger years, I participated vigorously in sports. As a result, I ended up with a degenerated joint in the big toe of my right foot. Forty years ago, the doctors gave me an artificial joint. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Joseph Cantrell

Joseph Kenneth Cantrell, 64, of Cromona, died April 25 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital.  A son of Pauline Isbell Cantrell of Cromona, and the late Atchie Cantrell, he was born in Cromona. More...

Linda Lou Hall buried at Ermine

Linda Lou Hall, 67, of McRoberts, died April 25 at Pikeville Medical Center.  A daughter of the late French and Verdie Brown Brashear, she was born in McRoberts. She was a sister of the late Ella Mae Baker and Carolyn Smith.  Mrs. More...

Services held for Shirley Wells

Shirley M. More...