2015-12-30

Into the new year we go




After a certain age, favorite holiday memories tend to meld into tales too good to be true. This is human nature. We want to believe we’re better than the evidence suggests. This is a good habit of our species, especially at the end of this year, in which we’ve seen so much of the worst in us. There is no […]

Retired teacher and former coach Arthur Adams dies



Funeral services for Arthur Adams, 89, of Mayking, were held December 29 in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery in Whitesburg. Born in Mayking to the late Ben A. and Arlena Craft Adams, he died December 19 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. He retired from teaching school after 26 years, and was a World War II veteran of the […]

Weather upsets nature as spring flowers bloom




Christmas colors were not limited to tree lights this year. December’s unseasonably warm weather has caused some flowers to bloom early, upsetting nature’s clock. Area gardeners and others report that this year’s powerful El Niño-influenced December that has produced highs in the 60s and 70s is faking out some flowers, making them act as if it’s spring. Then again, the […]

Kim Davis, gay marriage at the top of state’s stories




FRANKFORT A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been voted the state’s top news story of 2015. Gay rights activists rejoiced in June when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned four state bans on same-sex marriage, effectively legalizing gay weddings across the country for the first time. But the […]

What half-in, half-out marriages can do to health



High on most checklists for ensuring a long and healthy life is being married. Marriage is said to bestow protective health benefits, such as low blood pressure and better cholesterol numbers. But does putting a ring on it confer the same well-being to all married couples or even most? No, according to a recent study out of Brigham Young University […]

Speak Your Piece



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 In November, the month Matt ‘Goin’ to Heaven’ Bevin was elected, the unemployment rate in Kentucky was 4.9%, the lowest it’s been since […]

State audit finds abuse in Morgan



WEST LIBERTY, Ky. A state audit has concluded that hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal disaster aid are unaccounted for in Morgan County. Outgoing state Auditor Adam Edelen’s report, released this week, found evidence of “waste, fraud and abuse” in the aftermath of a 2012 tornado that devastated West Liberty, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The audit accuses former […]

Just a Pinch



Hillary Clinton got what?



“Schlonged.” That is what Donald Trump said early last week, referring to President Obama’s victory over Hillary Clinton, the former senator and secretary of state, in the long battle for the 2008 presidential nomination. Appearing at a rally in Michigan, Donald Trump rallied his crowd by saying this: “She was favored to win, and she got schlonged.” For those whose […]

Teacher quality will suffer if retirement benefits cut, Letcher board is warned



A Richmond accountant who completed a financial audit of Letcher County Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year told the Letcher County Board of Education that the quality of workforce will eventually decrease if reduced retirement benefits continue to be offered to new teachers. “The quality of people going into the education field is going to start to dwindle,” Rupert […]