Families and Friends

Fishpond Lake is beautiful place

Whitesburg

Of all the beautiful places in Letcher County, in my opinion, Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap is the prettiest. My husband and his three brothers have fished this lake since they were young teenagers. They have taken their families there for campouts many times. They have boat fished it and bank fished it. My husband has taken thousands of pictures […]

Black Sheep Bakery now receiving much attention

Hemphill

Check out our websites: www.blacksheepbrickoven.org and www.hemphillcenter.org and our Facebook pages please. We are excited that Black Sheep is getting lots of attention. Week before last we were featured in Freethink. Last week we were a feature in Goodnet.org, an online publication about folks doing good work. We are honored to be included in the long list of those working […]

Wanted: Old photos of county schools

Points East

I had a U.S. Postal — handwritten — letter last week from a lady who lives near Whitesburg. She is compiling a book about the history of Letcher County schools, past and present, and was asking if I’d be willing to share anything I remembered about the schools I had attended in my youth. I only have her snail mail […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

It was 53 years ago June 1 when Beatles released ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album By THE HISTORY CHANNEL Bob Dylan’s instant reaction to the recently completed album Paul McCartney brought by his London hotel room for a quick listen in the spring of 1967 may not sound like the most thoughtful analysis ever offered, but it still […]

Son filling lawn with flowers

Southern Ohio

Hello everyone! With this coronavirus, Memorial Day slipped up on me, as I didn’t even realize it was this weekend. Growing up in the mountains and for several years later, it was called Decoration Day, which was celebrated on May 30. Just so some big shots can get a four-day weekend, it had to be changed. Who can recall seeing […]

In memory of my Air Force printer


This story was written by me many years ago about one of my printers who worked for me many years ago for a newsletter that was never printed. He was recalling his basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in the cold winter. “Late at night on Oct. 1, 1951, Sampson AFB provided the gateway to a long — and […]

Moments and Memories of WHS


1956 Salutatory Address by Christine Dale Banks  Mr. Hall, Mr. Boggs, platform guests, teachers, parents, and friends — on behalf of the class of 1956 of Whitesburg High School I wish to welcome you to our graduation. Tonight we seniors will have reached another one of our goals, a task which you have helped us to accomplish. We wish to […]

Family really enjoyed playing games together

Cowan

Hello everyone – I hope you enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend. It was a good weekend. Debbie and Jeff Vice of Flemingsburg came in and stayed for a few days. They came over and spent a few hours with us on Friday night. Debbie and I talked about how much not being with people has affected us. Being together and […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY MAY 15, 1930 Last night at a late hour, a terrible tragedy was enacted at the mouth of Thornton. If reports are true, two young men of the neighborhood, R.H. Holbrook and Charlie Adams, both unmarried, were out walking with two of the young daughters of John Newsom. Mr. Newsom, becoming uneasy over his daughters, left his home and […]

Church reopens after two months

Whitesburg

Well, let me tell you, it surely felt glorious to walk through the doors of Letcher Independent Baptist Church Sunday morning. It was an indescribable experience to finally be able to see the church members that were there for the first time in two months. I have talked to some of them on Facebook, but to be able to see […]


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