A land of overreaction

“Grandma, tell me about the olden days at the airport.” “Oh, sweetie, all I can remember is the thrill of nobody seeing the holes in my socks.” “They let you keep your shoes on? What if you were one of those crazy shoe bombers?” “Honey, there was only one shoe bomber.” “Well, he blew up the World Trade Center, right?” […]

Speak Your Piece

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Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. E-m@il address 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 Bummer. It’s bad enough to lose, but to lose to an academic university is intolerable. . I think it’s a gawdawful shame that […]

Words of caution for state’s tourney teams

Let’s roll out the jargon for the best three weeks in sports: Big Dance. Bracketology. Good draw. Bad draw. We were robbed. It’s on to another Final Four with One Shining Moment punctuation. Bonus? The Bluegrass State is so near the middle of it all, we can hear the heartbeats. Heck, we are the heartbeat. Kentucky earned the No. 1 […]

Animal Planet will re-run first 4 ‘Snake Man’ shows

Four episodes of “Snake Man of Appalachia” will re-run next week on the cable channel Animal Planet. Keith Hoffman, executive producer for Animal Planet, said the network will air the first episode of the reality show featuring Letcher County snake handler Verlin Short and his family at 5 p.m. on March 19. The episode, entitled “Church and Snake,” premiered on […]

Birth control costs vary widely

WASHINGTON Birth control that you must take every single day? A more goof-proof option that costs a lot upfront but then works for several years? Or something in between? A woman’s choice may come down to her wallet: The price of birth control varies dramatically. Just the pill has a huge range, from $9 a month for generics to $90 […]

After Snowe, is Brown next?

To many New Englanders, Olympia Snowe had come to resemble Marilyn of “The Munsters” TV family. The senator from Maine seemed a normal Northeast Republican surrounded by party leaders sprouting fangs and cooing at bats — but who regarded her as the odd one. “You can’t be too careful these days,” Herman Munster, a Frankenstein monster clone, would tenderly advise […]

Portal 31 to open for season

Portal 31, recognized as one of the nation’s best underground coal mining tours, will be open for visitation on Wednesday, March 21. “We are excited to kick off a new year,” said Phyllis Sizemore, curator of the Kentucky Coal Museum, which operates Portal 31 under the auspices of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. With animatronic, lifelike figures which move […]

Lady Cavs win opener

The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers softball team opened their season with a 5-0 win over the 15th Region’s Belfry Pirates. The game started as a pitchers duel as both teams went three up and three down in the first two innings. In the third inning, Belfry got a walk with two outs, but Lady Cavs pitcher Kayla Stambaugh ended the threat […]

Neon changes trash rules

The ongoing abuse of Dumpsters and recycling bins in Fleming Neon has resulted in a change in sanitation policy. Fleming- Neon residents who recycle cardboard will have to do it on regular recycling days and have it picked up with their other recycling rather than taking it to the recycling bin. Sanitation Foreman Jake Johnson told the council the Letcher […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

1967 The Harris Award was named in honor of Professor H.H. Harris, who served as principal of Whitesburg High School from 1919 until 1927. It is awarded by the faculty on the basis of leadership, character, and scholastic standing. This year’s recipient is Stephen Daniel Combs. The Dugan Award is an award named in honor of Miss Ann Dugan, who […]