Magazine ranking lacks substance, merit

Overpaid Coaches? The headline reads: Kentucky’s John Calipari is a very good coach, but good enough for $4 million a year? We say no. Writing for Forbes Magazine, Tom Van Riper said “A coach at a major conference basketball program has one mission, at a bare minimum: taking his team to the NCAA tournament. A school in the upper echelon […]

Speak Your Piece

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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 E-m@il address Since the passage of the ‘moist ordinance’ in Jenkins on May 17 (or as I have dubbed it, ‘Independence from Libational Tyranny Day’) I have heard repeatedly through various channels a consistent and […]

Sergents celebrate anniversary

Well, another week has come and gone and what a week it was. Red and I are trying to decide whether to buy a boat or build an ark. Right now one would need wading boots to go in my garden to see if my beans are coming up, but the mustard is really showing lots of color and growing […]

Planting a seed(ling)

In celebration of Arbor Day 2011, Premier Elkhorn Coal Company hosted a tree planting and cookout recently. Nineteen students from Jenkins High School High School joined students from nearby Shelby Valley High School and officials from the Office of Surface Mining and Department of Natural Resources as honored guests. Crystal Little, Premier Elkhorn Administrative Clerk, and Stacy Billiter, the firm’s […]

Facebook positives

There’s a lot of discussion these days over what Facebook can and cannot do. Facebook positives: We can reconnect with old friends, keep faraway relatives looped into family news, find camaraderie and support with groups of likeminded people, and even make new “friends,” albeit mostly virtual ones. Sometimes, as we saw in Egypt, Facebook even can fuel a people’s revolution. […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Bass fishing with lipless crank baits

Bass are now feeding on shad and baitfish to build up and store energy for the spawn. There are several baits that resemble the look and action of a shad, but one of the best is the lipless crank bait or, as it’s also known, the rattle trap. This bait has been around a while and is made by several […]

Roark dies at 61

Rondell Wayne Roark, 61, of Linefork, died May 22 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A son of the late John and Laura Mae Gibson Roark, he was the widower of Julie Price Roark. He was the father of the late Andrea Wooten and was also preceded in death by three grandsons, Ronald James, Austin, and Roger Dale. Surviving are two […]

Hospice volunteers needed

Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community will offer volunteer training on Thursday, May 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hospice office located on Dennis Sandlin MD Cove in Hazard. Dinner will be provided. For more information, call (606) 439-2111.

Water board hires new manager

The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District has voted to hire a Cumberland man as its new general manager. At the conclusion of an executive session near the end of its May meeting, the board recommended laying off former manager Tim Reed and hiring Mark Lewis. Both recommendations passed unanimously. Reed had asked to step […]

Car Talk

Politeness not always a good thing

Dear Tom and Ray: I read your column all the time and value your opinion (especially if you side with me!). My husband (whom I call Bubba, if you are interested) frequently will stop to let someone else go first at intersections, when he is the one with the right of way. He feels he is being polite, but I, […]