December 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

He had country music’s first No. 1 with pedal steel

On February 20, 1954, country music star Webb Pierce (pictured above) held the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Country & Western charts with “Slowly,” the first No. 1 country song to feature the pedal steel guitar. More...

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, December 28, 1944  More...

Coming soon: 4-door hardtop

This week in 1954, Buick Motors general manager Ivan L. Wiles announced the arrival of what he called the automobile industry’s latest sensation, a four-door “hardtop” sedan. More...

Columns

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Events could inspire adventurous Lambs looking to make a major career or personal move. But as always, get all the facts before rushing into any sort of deal or commitment.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS: 12/22 – 12/26

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Maya confides in an ally about her and Rick’s plan to be together. More...

Bible trivia

1. The main Christmas story is paraphrased from what two New Testament books? Mark/John, Acts/ Romans, Matthew/Luke, Jude/Revelation  2. Approximately how old was Jesus when the wise men (Magi) arrived with their gifts? 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

A bad year for public health

Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.  More...

Achalasia is painful throat condition

DEAR DR. ROACH: My adult son recently has been diagnosed with achalasia, after many months of being misdiagnosed. He has suffered unbelievable pain and difficulty eating or drinking. At first he thought he was having a heart attack. More...

Caramel apples get blame for 4 deaths

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.  More...

Entertainment

To perform

Sycamore Hollow will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, Dec. 27. 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...

Shooting match planned Dec. 28

A shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 28, 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...

American Legion plans dance

The American Legion Post #152 of Whitesburg will host a dance featuring the Mojo Billie Band on New Years Eve, Dec. 31.There will be snacks. For more information, call (606) 633-2834.   More...

Mayor, councilmen at odds in Jenkins; New Year fireworks show won’t happen

Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer said he has decided not to hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration after two members of the Jenkins City Council complained about the cost of the event.  More...

Jury indicts 12

The Letcher Grand Jury has named 12 people in indictments, including two men charged with theft.  More...

News

Counties take up issue once divisive here

A political issue which 50 years ago led to deep divisions in Letcher County and the City of Whitesburg has resurfaced in three western Kentucky counties.  More...

Mail changes cause bills to be paid late

As Letcher Countians now know from experience, it’s not unusual for rural mail to be shipped to processing centers in metropolitan areas (Knoxville, Tenn., in our case) even if the center is located in the opposite direction of the mail’s More...

New road dedicated near here

Gov. Steve Beshear joined local and state offi- cials last week to ceremonially open the much-anticipated first half of the U.S. More...

Opinions

Cartoon

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WWII vets help here shows why they’re the greatest

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:  Why do we call the World War II generation the “greatest generation”?  I think I can answer part of this.  This past week I received a call from a World War II veteran who lived out of state, but was born a More...

Says heroin dealers deserve no sympathy

To the Editor  We are at war.  A war that is not being fought on distant shores, but a war being waged in our towns, in our schools, and in our playgrounds.  More...

Sports

JENKINS STAR SIGNS SCHOLARSHIP

Jenkins High School softball star Caitlynn Estevez, pictured third from right, has signed to continue her softball career at Union College.  More...

Bring on UK vs. UofL

Joy to the world — and Planet Basketball too.  In the Bluegrass State, this Christmas is more than Jingle Bells, Here Comes Santa Claus and going to Grandma’s house.  More...

LCC girls to hit road

The Letcher Central Lady Cougars will take their 7-3 mark to Bowling Green this weekend to compete in the Farmers National Bank Holiday Bash, a three day round-robin affair that pits the Lady Cougars against Glasgow (7-2) at noon on Saturday, Dec. More...

Families & Friends

Isons enjoy family get-together

Southern Ohio

Merry Christmas everyone!  With Christmas being a few days away, I sure hope everyone has been good so Santa will stop to see you.  I feel like Scrooge this year as I haven’t decorated at all. More...

FIVE GENERATIONS

Pina Gibson, 93, of McRoberts, is surrounded by four generations of her family, Diana Gibson Fallon of Georgetown, and Cheryl Fallon Brown, Brittany Little and Bayleigh Marie Little, all of Winchester.   More...

Santa Claus comes to Cowan Creek

Cowan Creek

Santa Claus is coming to town!! We had an early Christmas at my home on Saturday. I pretended Santa came.  I had Collin, Connor and Carolina’s gifts all set up in my extra bedroom. They opened a few gifts and it was mostly clothes. More...

Obituaries

Allene Pennell dies at 89

Allene Lockland Adkins Pennell, 89, of Jenkins, died December 18 at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pikeville.  More...