Rites are held for Jasper Hall



Jasper Claude Hall, 60, died August 10 at his home in Whitesburg. A son of the late Johnnie and Helen Cornett Hall, he was a brother of the late Nathan Hall. Surviving are two brothers, Burl Hall (and wife Teresa) of Mayking, and Randy Hall (and wife Sharon) of St. George, S.C.; two sisters, Judy Morton (and husband Coy) of […]

People worry for our country




The store window said 70 percent off. My son was getting a haircut across the street. I always enjoy chatting with the young woman from Boston who works there. Why not? The woman from Boston was gone. Her replacement, older, a touch of an accent, was just as friendly. She had no clue who I was. Out of the blue, […]

Political Cartoon



The new old Obama




WASHINGTON For President Obama, these are the days of never hearing an encouraging word. Not since his own supporters were losing faith in his presidential campaign in the summer of 2007 has Obama confronted so many bad reviews and such widespread frustration and angry criticism from his own side. Now, the censure is reinforced by terrible tidings from the outside […]

‘Gov. Supercuts’ for president?




GOP-land is all a twitter, now that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced that he’s ready to ascend to the White House. His candidacy was actually launched at a Prayer-A-Palooza in Houston the week before he formally announced. While only about 30,000 evangelicals and Republican faithful showed up at the 72,000-seat football stadium rented for his public prayer spectacle, he […]

Letting states make policy may not be such a bad idea




Majorities in liberal states often back policies that most folks in conservative states abhor — and vice versa. The difficulty of reaching accord among warring but heartfelt views partly explains Washington’s paralysis. But note this: New York recently legalized gay marriage without having to consult with Tennessee, Nebraska and Idaho. Alabama limited the right to abortion without having to compromise […]

Car Talk

Does valve-stem caps cost $71 to replace?

Dear Tom and Ray: I took my 2008 Audi A4 for routine maintenance. The dealership informed me that they could not check my tire pressure, because I had “aftermarket valve-stem covers.” I was confident that I didn’t, since I’m a “Suzy Homemaker” type and never added anything fancy to the car. But then my husband strolled in and admitted he […]

The way we were



August 17, 1961 State Senator Archie Craft has been named Whitesburg’s “Man of the Year” by members of the Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce. . A full-page ad for the Whitesburg A&P Supermarket in The Mountain Eagle is the first of its kind ever to appear in a weekly newspaper in Kentucky. . Whitesburg High School is expecting the largest freshman […]

Dim view of child killers



In February 2002, a man and his little boy lived in a trailer across the river from the Super 8 motel. On February 17, a visitor came to their home. The man (Tim Cook) and his little boy (T.J.) didn’t pay very much attention to the visitor because he had been there before and they trusted him. But within a […]

Edgar Wilson, 49, dies in Ohio



Edgar Wilson, 49, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died August 4. He was the son of Mary Jane Wilson and the late George Wilson, formerly of Cromona. A celebration of his life was held August 9 at St. Luke’s Church in Cincinnati. He was an organ donor and his request was to be cremated. Surviving are his wife, Jackie; a daughter, Jennifer […]


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