2017-07-26

‘Obamacare’ debate opens in Senate, but outcome is in doubt



WASHINGTON Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted, at last, Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans’ long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive “yes” vote. The final tally was 51-50, […]

Cell phone use is out at Jenkins schools



Students in the Jenkins Independent School System will not be allowed to use cellular telephones in classrooms this school year, a school official said this week. The new cell phone rule is included in the 2017 Student Handbook presented to the Jenkins Independent Board of Education Monday night by Jenkins Middle/High School math teacher Thomas Pinion. Pinion said each student […]

Services held for Douglas Banks



Douglas Gale Banks, 43, died July 19 at his home at Premium. He was a son of Mannie Noble Banks of Cumberland, and the late Billy Wayne Banks. Surviving in addition to his mother are a brother, Billy Joe Banks of Benham, and a sister, Michelle Adamson of Cumberland. Memorial services for Mr. Banks were held July 22 at Letcher […]

Do-it-yourselfers unite!



Planned obsolescence has long been a consumer expense and irritation. Now brand-name profiteers are pushing a new abuse: Repair prevention. This treacherous corporate scheme does more than gouge buyers on the original purchase. Using both legal ruses and digital lockdowns, major manufacturers are quietly attempting to outlaw the natural instinct of us humanoids to fiddle with and improve the material […]

Police say man took $1,293 out of store’s safe



A Letcher County man wanted in connection with the burglary of more than $1,200 in cash from an Isom store was still at large at Mountain Eagle press time Tuesday night. Police are looking for a man they have identified as Dakota Bates, who is accused of stealing $1,293.43 from the Family Dollar store at Isom on Saturday. Kentucky State […]

Salome’s Stars



Your 7-day horoscope for week of July 31 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A turn in a relationship upsets the amorous Arian, who is puzzled by Cupid’s romantic antics. Be patient and considerate. The confusion soon will sort itself out. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s a good time for travel-loving Taureans to take off for fun-filled jaunts […]

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Dr. Breeding among speakers at healthcare rally Saturday



Eastern Kentucky residents will rally on Saturday in support of health care for all people. The gathering will take place at Coal Run City Park near Pikeville, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and include speakers, music and information tables. “ Everybody needs health care. Everybody deserves health care. July 29 is the day to stand up for that right,” said […]

Slow-cooker yogurt is the best by far



We’re a yogurt-loving family. We wake up to it topped with crunchy granola and fruit, or it’s whirled with other good stuff in the blender for energy-packed smoothies to go. It’s an easy to pack car travel snack, the basic ingredient in homemade popsicles, and everyone around the dinner table enjoys rich, lemony flavored yogurt over summer berries for dessert. […]

Trump’s growing ‘rat pack’



Anthony Scaramucci is two things Jeff Sessions is not. One, he is a New Yorker. Two, he is a New Yorker who made a bundle in finance. It matters not that the new White House communications director once called Donald Trump a “hack politician” on Fox Business. Or that Scaramucci has said he is for gay marriage, opposes the death […]