Struttin’ Time:

‘His summer of despair’ continues

In adding to my “summer of despair,” I must now correct a wrong that I wrote about last week. My longtime friend Will Connelly does not, has never, nor does he plan on ever owning a fishing guide service. Oops, my bad, and I am sorry that I misled everyone. Will contacted me as soon as he read that he […]

Judge denies Damron request for probation

Special Letcher Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris on Tuesday denied a motion that would have granted probation to ex-Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Brian Damron instead of the fiveyear prison sentence Damron agreed to last month. In rejecting the motion filed at the beginning of Tuesday’s formal sentencing hearing, Judge Harris ruled that Damron must abide by the terms of the […]

Rites held for Elhanan Mullins

Funeral services for Elhanan “Big June” Mullins, 90, were held August 1 at the Kings Chapel Church in Whitco. Burial was in Parks Cemetery in Greenfield, Indiana. Mullins died July 26 at the Whitesburg hospital. Born in Perry County, he was a son of the late Booker Mullins and Betty Caudill Mullins and widower of Megaline Sandlin. Surviving are three […]

This race was won by math

Kyle Busch was in a position to win his fourth consecutive Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Pocono. Busch was in the lead on the final lap at the giant 2.5-mile triangle when his Toyota began sputtering as he ran out of Sunoco fuel. Busch wasn’t by himself, as he actually had inherited the lead when Joey Logano’s Ford ran […]

Outage affects paper

A widespread telephone and Internet outage across the Southeast has affected this week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle. Because of an AT& T hardware problem that caused an outage on Internet service in Pikeville, The Eagle had to reduce its number of pages by two. Missing this week are editorial columns that normally appear on Page 4 and “The Way […]

Summer’s almost over; school starts this week

Can you believe summer is almost over with and school has started back up again? I feel sorry for the teachers, as all the kids will be hyper this week — and so will some of the teachers! Happy late birthday to Jimmy Craft on August 1; Emily Maggard Jones on August 8; Destiny Maggard, who will be 15 on […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Spinner baits are a good bet now

Several baits work well for catching bass during this time of summer, and the spinner bait is one of them. I have heard some anglers say that spinner baits do not look like nor act like anything a bass would see in the lake. I do not really agree with this. When the bait is not moving it may not […]

Alpha latest to seek bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country’s biggest coal producers, this week became the latest in a string of coal companies to seek bankruptcy protection amid an historic shift in the electric power sector brought on by cheap natural gas and stricter pollution regulations. Alpha operates about 60 coal mines, many in parts of Appalachia, including Letcher […]

Many enjoy the Shriners Bluegrass Festival

Once again I will ask the silly question: Where has the time gone? It seems we are caught in a vicious cycle. First a day is gone, then a week, and then a month. And it all happens so fast that nothing seems to get accomplished. This past Thursday evening I decided to get things together and head for the […]

Police say sex offender from Neon was ready to rob Pound pharmacy

A registered sex offender living in Neon is facing felony charges in Virginia in connection with the attempted robbery of a pharmacy. Pound, Va., Police Officer Dustin Folk said William Roscoe Million, 63, of Neon, was arrested Saturday morning after a passerby reported a man, later identified as Million, loitering in an area behind the Wildcat Pharmacy in Pound. Folk […]