May 21, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Trooper cited for his bravery in standoff

A Letcher County native who is an 18-year veteran with the Kentucky State Police has been honored for the bravery he exhibited during an armed standoff with a man in Pulaski County who had shot and killed his wife.  More...

Features

Looking for something good to eat

This tom turkey was on a search for food in a field in Thornton over the weekend. It is illegal to feed wildlife in Kentucky with grain, seed or animal feed through May 31.   More...

It happened on May 21 …

IN 1956 — The stem of the hydrogen bomb, first such nuclear device dropped from a U.S. More...

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, May 24, 1934  After deliberating evidence for two days, a Letcher Circuit Court jury on Wednesday convicted Maryland Bates of murdering Mose Webb and sentenced Bates to life in prison. Testimony began at 1 p.m. Tuesday.  .  More...

Columns

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There’s nothing an Aries Lamb likes less than having to tackle a humdrum task. But finding a creative way to do it can make all the difference. A more exciting time awaits you this weekend.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – MAY 19-23

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Bill and Brooke made a big commitment. The feud between Quinn and Liam boiled over when Liam found out that Quinn intentionally locked him in the steam room. Hope and Wyatt worried about their mothers. More...

Moments in time

• On June 7, 1692, a massive earthquake devastates the infamous town of Port Royal in Jamaica, killing thousands. A large tsunami hit soon after, putting half of Port Royal under 40 feet of water. 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

Virus deadly for unborn

It’s a common, usually harmless virus. But in a rare, unlucky set of circumstances, it can be devastating for infants whose mothers become infected during pregnancy.  More...

‘Bed’ hiccups

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a strange question to ask and hope you can answer it in your newspaper article. Every time I stand up from being in bed, I get hiccups that last about a minute or so (at least a dozen hiccups). More...

Anti-health law ads total $445M

A new analysis finds the nation’s health care overhaul deserves a place in advertising history as the focus of extraordinarily high spending on negative political TV ads that have gone largely unanswered by the law’s supporters.  More...

Entertainment

To perform

Cross Country Bluegrass will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, May 24. 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...

Kentucky Kingdom reopens Saturday

When Kentucky Kingdom opens Saturday after a five-year hiatus and a $50 million renovation, your family can expect a greater number of rides appropriate for children under 48 inches tall, expanded water features for the pint-sized guests in Hurricane More...

Popular Newport Aquarium still a major hit after 15 years

The sharks glided overhead while the kids below — protected by thick acrylic glass — are pointing, smiling and scrambling to take pictures of the hulking ocean predators.  They’re enjoying the view from inside the Newport Aquar More...

Incumbents rule as few voters show up to cast ballots

Most of Letcher County’s current officeholders moved a step closer to another four-year term after Tuesday’s primary election.  In one of the most closely watched races, incumbent Property Valuation Administrator Randy Hall defeated More...

Bike Nite gets permit needed to block street

Organizers of Whitesburg’s monthly “Bike Nite” say they have obtained the permit necessary to continued holding the event on Main Street.  Donna Halcomb, spokesperson for the Bike Nite committee said she was handed the permit w More...

News

Food stamp use rises in Letcher County

The use of food stamps in Letcher County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.  More...

Officials: ‘Learn before you burn’

Spring-cleaning season has arrived, and for many Kentuckians that means burning unwanted debris. More...

Benefit yard sale planned

A yard sale to benefit the adoption fund of a two- year- old girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday and Saturday, at 79 Tennessee Avenue in Whitesburg. More...

Opinions

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Why our business fights for stronger laws on copyright

Every day, city hall reporters at local newspapers distill hours of city council meetings into cogent stories that inform readers about how their elected officials are spending their tax dollars. More...

Thanks for saving forests, wildlife

As we contemplate the expected slow slipping away of Antarctica’s ice, Kentuckians can take some solace in the slow steady amassing of forest in a 120-mile Pine Mountain Wildlife Corridor.  Many thanks are due to lead givers Tom Dupree Sr. More...

Sports

Where SEC hoops officials can improve

Now that University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari is resting in the weeks after his team’s special NCAA championship game appearance, it is time for the powers that be in the Southeastern Conference to tweak their officiating crews a tad so t More...

BIG WINNER

Jarrod Breeding of Isom, owner of 201 Speedway in Johnson County, congratulates super late model driver Tim “T-Mac” McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., after McCreadie won the $10,000 prize awarded to the winner of the second annual World of Ou More...

Changes for Roush Fenway?

Roush Fenway Racing has had a rich history in the sport of Sprint Cup Racing since the days that it was known as Jack Roush Racing and fielded only one team with driver Mark Martin. More...

Families & Friends

Rob Hatton is coming Memorial Day

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.  This has been such a busy week for me. I can’t look back and see much I’ve done, some outside work, painting bird feeders and trying to get things looking good.  More...

Photo

The late Edith Williams Majority (left) was the daughter of the late A.P. Williams, who wrote for The Mountain Eagle. “They were our Marlowe friends,” says Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton. More...

Twins celebrate birthday

Cowan Creek

I guess we all got used to the warm weather. Several people here on the creek had to use their fireplaces or turn on the heat. I know I had to.  Both my grandsons, Collin and Conner Eversole of Pikeville, have been sick. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Glessie Elkins

Glessie Elkins, 85, died May 13 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.  Born in Partridge, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Edna Johnson Mullins. More...

Memorial services planned May 24

Memorial services will be held at the Charlie Logan Cemetery at 2 p.m., May 25. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Buell Craft at 633-5462.   More...

Rites held for Timothy Martin

Timothy Ray “ Mitch- Bumper” Martin, 46, of Isom, died May 14 at Ermine.  Born in Springfield, Ohio, he was the son of Shirley Bowermaster Martin and the late Ray “Bumper” Martin  More...