Where SEC hoops officials can improve

Now that University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari is resting in the weeks after his team’s special NCAA championship game appearance, it is time for the powers that be in the Southeastern Conference to tweak their officiating crews a tad so they can better understand how to implement the rules of the game and incorporate some plain and simple rationale […]

It happened on May 21 …

IN 1956 — The stem of the hydrogen bomb, first such nuclear device dropped from a U.S. aircraft, moved upward through a heavy cloud and comes through the top of the cloud, after the bomb was detonated over Namu Island in the Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands on May 21, 1956 (U.S. time). This photo was taken from aboard the USS […]

Former Whitesburg coach now at Danville

Former Whitesburg High School girls’ softball coach Judie Mason was recently featured in an article written by Doug Eads and appearing in Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal, a publication of The Commonwealth Journal. The article details Mason’s arrival at Somerset High School as a 24-yearold basketball coach in the 1991-92 season. The position was her first as head coach. […]

Dylan Caudill is Rogers Scholar

Dylan Michael Caudill, a Letcher County Central High School student, has been named a 2014 Rogers Scholar. Caudill, 16, a sophomore and the son of Larry and Karen Caudill of Jeremiah, will join 60 other high school students from southern and eastern Kentucky for the program on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. Rogers Scholars, The Center for Rural Development’s […]

‘Bed’ hiccups

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a strange question to ask and hope you can answer it in your newspaper article. Every time I stand up from being in bed, I get hiccups that last about a minute or so (at least a dozen hiccups). I was wondering if there is a medical reason for this, or is it something that […]


Jarrod Breeding of Isom, owner of 201 Speedway in Johnson County, congratulates super late model driver Tim “T-Mac” McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., after McCreadie won the $10,000 prize awarded to the winner of the second annual World of Outlaws Moonshine Runners 50 race. Also pictured is track promoter Tony Sturgill. (Photo by Brandon Meyer)

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, May 24, 1934 After deliberating evidence for two days, a Letcher Circuit Court jury on Wednesday convicted Maryland Bates of murdering Mose Webb and sentenced Bates to life in prison. Testimony began at 1 p.m. Tuesday. . A Letcher Circuit Court jury is hearing evidence in the murder case against Joe Creech, an elderly man accused of killing Ira […]

Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends of coffee

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust that has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin American region. The fungus is especially deadly to Arabica coffee, the bean that makes […]

Alma F. Craft dies at 85

Alma F. Craft, 85, of Middletown, Ohio, died May 15. Born in Neon, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Alice Carter Haddix. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Lanford Cann “Lanny” Craft, and two sisters, Lila H. Webb and Roberta H. Kincer. She was baptized in the Old Regular Baptist […]

Anti-health law ads total $445M

A new analysis finds the nation’s health care overhaul deserves a place in advertising history as the focus of extraordinarily high spending on negative political TV ads that have gone largely unanswered by the law’s supporters. The report, released by nonpartisan analysts Kantar Media CMAG, estimates that $445 million was spent on political TV ads mentioning the law since the […]