Candidates talk about why they are running

Money is on the minds of most judge/executive and magistrate candidates who responded to a Mountain Eagle survey on issues facing Letcher County. Although several questions asked how candidates planned to pay for some of the changes they support, when asked if there were any issues the survey had not already covered, candidates focused on the broad issue of money. […]

Women are helping save the sport

Struttin’ Time:

This is a wonderful story about some of our local women who are helping save our beloved sport of hunting. They are Wildlife Women Inc. The first friend of mine to bring them to my attention was Donna Mason, who lives at Bill Moore Branch and spent one whole season chasing a monster buck (my memory can’t recall if she […]

Find big bass hiding near bank areas

Gabby’s fishing fever

Bass are moving around a lot this time of the year. Spawning cycles and pre- and post-spawn movements cause bass to move from deeper water to shallow water areas. Feeding patterns and baitfish movement also will move bass around. Right now, most lakes are at full capacity and at or above summer pool. When the water is up some it […]

Ex-UK stars had special relationship

Vaught’s Views

John Pelphrey knows he’s led a blessed life – but he does have one major regret that likely will never go away. He was Mr. Basketball in 1987 after leading Paintsville to the state tournament. He signed with Kentucky and coach Eddie Sutton before the program was hit by NCAA probation. He became one of “The Unforgettables” for new coach […]

Collier dies of injuries

Gary Collier, of Johnson Fork, died May 15 at Cabell- Huntington Hospital. Collier had had brain surgery April 16, two days later a fire at his home burned his oxygen tubing in two, and left him with third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at the Premium Baptist Church. […]

Second wreck victim dies

A second passenger has died as a result of a two vehicle crash in Letcher County on May 5. Kentucky State Police say 90-year-old Kathleen Tackett of Belcher died on the night of May 9 at Pikeville Medical Center from injuries she had received in the collision at Payne Gap. This wreck, including new developments with the additional fatality, will […]

American Legion’s first woman commander visits Whitesburg to discuss plans for the future

The first woman to serve as a National Commander of the American Legion brought her new vision for the veterans’ club to Letcher County recently in a visit to Douglas Day Post 159 on Pine Mountain. Denise Rohan said she plans to visit Legion halls in all 50 states to spread the word — the American Legion should be about […]

Highlights of Fleming-Neon H.S.

1949-50 Fleming High has 328 enrolled for all-time record The Neon- Fleming Grade and High School this year has a total enrollment of 573, according to Principal William B. Hall. In the high school there are 328, 38 more than last year’s alltime record of 290. The high school enrollment breaks down into 118 freshmen, 110 sophomores, 63 juniors and […]

Young printer’s lost mother

In October 1968, I reported in at Lindsey Air Station in Wiesbaden, Germany, the Air Force headquarters for all of Europe. The person I replaced had left me a mess. I would be in charge of the Blank Forms Department, the Message Center, and 17 printers in the printing department. I started a night shift that night. Many of the […]

May community calendar

May 19 — The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast with character appearances from Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Supergirl, Maleficent, Mickey and Minnie, Doc McStuffins, and Lambie. Participants are invited to wear their favorite costume. The breakfast will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Letcher County Extension Office in Whitesburg. […]