Game’s easiest shot can also be most vexing

WICHITA, Kan. Clevin Hannah takes a breath and walks up to the line, straddling his feet squarely over the midpoint. The Wichita State senior spins the ball once, dribbles three times, spins it again, then gets a good grip before letting fly. Swish! Nearly every time. If only it were that easy for everyone. Cool and confident under pressure, Hannah […]

Services held for Thomas Taulbee

Thomas Taulbee, 76, of Fairfield, Ohio, died January 30. Born in Whitesburg, he was a son of the late John and Lucy Sizemore Taulbee. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Imogene and Vermel. He retired as a master plumber in 2005, and was a member of the Rolling Hills Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Betty Everidge Taulbee; […]


Pediatricians urge choking warning labels for food

CHICAGO When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids’ food could be so dangerous. Some food makers including Oscar Mayer have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric’s mom. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. The nation’s largest pediatricians […]


Coming events

This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. Always check with the venues listed before traveling long distances. ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN In Whitesburg THE HOT SEATS; Thu., Feb. 25 in Whitesburg at Summit City […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Jigging spoons for winter bass

One bait can be fished in the dead of winter or in the heat of summer in the exact same area at the same depth and catch bass. This a bait many anglers will never throw, but when fished in the right areas at the right times can be a bass catching lure. The lure I am talking about is […]

Rites held for Billy Wayne Fuller

Funeral services for Billy Wayne Fuller, 55, were held February 10 at the Isom Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Isom Cemetery. A son of the late Robert Lee and Joy Fay Ables Fuller, he died February 6. He was a brother of the late Denver Ison Jr. Fuller was graduated in 1972 from Letcher High School, and was a founding […]

Black bears to be featured on Kentucky Afield’ program

Bear studies in Letcher County and turkey season will be featured on “Kentucky Afield” television this weekend, Feb. 27 and 28. In Letcher County, snowy mountainsides set the backdrop for black bear research. Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, with assistance from University of Kentucky researchers, climb into the bears’ winter dens to count cubs and […]

Happiness helps when it comes to the heart

LONDON You’ve heard it before: to avoid a heart attack don’t smoke, eat right and exercise. But it also may help to be happy, a new study says. Even if you’re grumpy by nature, just try to be cheerful. Researchers at Columbia University rated the happiness levels of more than 1,700 adults in Canada with no heart problems in 1995. […]