Happy? How would you know?

Like many others, I can’t resist academic studies on happiness. They often come up with persuasive reasons some seem to be happier than others. I’m always on the lookout for pointers. That said, there’s no happymometer to push under someone’s tongue to measure contentment with scientific confidence. So some skepticism is warranted. Of course, the researchers are assessing what they […]

Former WHS teacher Mattie Magee, 93, dies

Mattie Magee, 93, died November 21. She was the widow of James B. “Jim” Magee. Mrs. Magee was a 1946 graduate of Bowling Green Business University (BU) and taught business at BU and Whitesburg High School. Surviving are two children, James B. Magee, Jr. of Orlando, Fla., and Barbara Magee and husband Michael Craig of Tucson, Ariz.; a granddaughter, Delanie […]

Frequently Asked Questions: High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common but serious condition that often affects people with diabetes. Your doctor should be checking your blood pressure at every visit. Why is it important to keep blood pressure under control? Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack and other medical problems. It is just as important to control your […]

Family history revealed

I found out some information about my family recently. My grandfather, Daniel Short, had an illegitimate child named Mary Melvina (Polly) Short, born March 7, 1866 in Cumberland River. She lived with her mother until one day when Daniel came riding by on his horse and saw his daughter playing in the yard. Without stopping, he leaned over, swooped up […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, November 26, 1925 Featured on the front page of The Mountain Eagle this week is a photograph of the beautiful new First Baptist Church [located on the Main Street site now occupied by Bella’s Home Furnishings]. . Sam Pack, 35, a West Virginia native who had been living […]

Spangler rites held

Funeral services for Ernestine Spangler, 75, were held November 20 in Whitesburg. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. Born in Colson, she was a daughter of the late Ben and Versa Everidge Craft and the widow of Jimmy Darrell Spangler. She died November 16 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard. Surviving are two daughters, […]

Good Housekeeping’s ‘best cheesecake recipe’ is a Thanksgiving treat

The flavor of pumpkin pie in a creamy cheesecake — the secret is that it’s baked in a water bath. Our pumpkin cheesecake is light (in texture) and rich at the same time. Quite possibly our best cheesecake recipe yet! Favorite PumpkinCheesecakeCrumb Crust:1 cup graham-crackercrumbs3 tablespoons margarineor butter, melted2 tablespoons sugarPumpkin CheescakeFilling:2 packages (8 ounceseach) cream cheese, softened 1 1/4 […]

Fellowship applications sought

Pine Mountain Settlement School is seeking applications for its Environmental Education Fellowship Program. The full-time, six-month fellowship begins in January. It includes a $6,000 stipend, free housing and most meals. There is also the potential to extend the fellowship to a full-time, year-round position. Requirements are: • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies • Teaching experience • Experience working with […]

Ike’s dark meat tradition

Okay, it’s the wee hours (3:35 a.m.) of Sunday night/Monday morning before Thanksgiving at this writing, but I woke up hungry after dreaming about leftover turkey and actually made it all the way to the refrigerator before realizing that it was, in fact, a dream. If all goes as planned, however, next Sunday night it won’t be a dream. I […]

Get local mix into holiday shopping

Take a deep breath and enjoy the relative calm of this plain old weekend because it’s the last one we’ll have for a good while. Thanksgiving is knocking at the door and then the Christmas shopping marathon will be officially under way. Now’s the time to take stock of what matters. And if you want to add some meaning to […]