Whitesburg man charged after UNITE investigation

A Whitesburg man suspected of selling large amounts of prescription pills in the Cumberland area was arrested January 27 after an undercover investigation by Operation UNITE. Michael D. Morton, of Bicycle Lane, Whitesburg, was charged with one count of first-degree traffi cking in a controlled substance after Cumberland Police Chief Mike Franks, Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipford, Chief Deputy Winston […]

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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 I think having food stamp recipients take a drug test does not make any sense at all. For one thing […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Tactics for midwinter crappie fishing

During the midwinter period that we are in now, there is still some good fishing for crappie if you go to lakes that offer good winter crappie fishing. Lakes like Cave Run Lake and Cherokee Lake offer this type of good crappie fishing to wintertime anglers. Both of these lakes are only a few hours drive from our area. I […]



Services held for Timothy Maggard

Funeral services for Timothy Ray Maggard, 70, of Eolia, were held January 31. Burial was in the Adams Cemetery at Eolia. A son of the late Delmer Maggard and Pearl Holcomb Collier, he died January 28 at Pikeville Medical Center. He was a brother of the late Marie Proffitt, Daniel Maggard, and Harold Collier, and a grandfather of the late […]

Erasing Massey

While stock investors large and small have already profited handsomely from Alpha Natural Resources’ proposed buyout of Massey Energy Co., a group of underground coal miners in Letcher County will soon get their own sale-related bonanza — the peace of mind that comes with working for corporate bosses who actually care about employee safety. As United Mine Workers President Cecil […]

Strange But True

• It was legendary American crime novelist Rex Stout who made the following sage observation: “Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.” • If you have an aversion to bugs, you might not want to take a vacation in Borneo anytime soon. The world’s third largest island is home to a […]

Girls keep battling back from injuries

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, despite losing several key players to injuries over the past few weeks, have continued to battle hard and have posted a 4-2 record since losing leading scorer Kelah Eldridge back on Jan. 10. The Lady Cougars came up with a huge district win over visiting Knott County Central this past Sunday, Jan. 30, to […]

Home inspires singer

A Blackey man has written 10 songs inspired by living in Letcher County and has titled his first album “Blackey on My Mind.” William Caudill, who named his band Will Caudill & Route 7, describes his music as “traditional bluegrass with a little touch of country. Caudill, 49, said most of his songs are about his mountain heritage. “ I […]