2020-06-17

2020-06-17 E-Edition

County judge’s reaction to protesters stirs anger


Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams had to face angry citizens Monday morning, and again at the Fiscal Court meeting Monday night after he posted a piece on his personal Facebook page on Sunday criticizing people who participated in Friday night’s Black Live Matters protest in Whitesburg. After the post was noticed by protesters and their supporters, Adams made it private. […]

8 new COVID-19 cases found here

FREE Local shoppers are urged to be aware of symptoms
COVID-19 on rise here

The Kentucky River District Health Department reported eight additional cases of COVID-19 in Letcher County over the weekend, including one employee of the Whitesburg Walmart and one employee of the Letcher County Jail. Anyone who visited the Whitesburg Walmart between May 30 and June 13 is being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms. They may also seek testing. A relative […]

Indictments name 11

Child-porn suspects among 11 indicted

The Letcher County Grand Jury has charged two neighbors with scores of crimes related to child pornography. Dalton Matthew Bates, 23, of Lot 1 of Wright’s Trailer Court in Neon, faces 40 counts, including distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and advertising material portraying sexual performance by a […]

Tiz the Law is Belmont, Triple Crown pick



While there won’t be school buses of fans hoping to see a New York-bred horse make Belmont history, there is a busload of Triple Crown expectations heading into Saturday’s race. Seventeen years ago, Jack Knowlton and the other owners of Funny Cide packed into school buses and headed to Belmont Park in New York, hoping to see the colt capture […]

State’s top grid player says he’ll pick college August 24

Vaught’s Views
UK player got first offer in 6th grade

Offensive lineman Jäger Burton of Frederick Douglass has accepted an invitation to play in the All-American Bowl Jan. 9 in San Antonio at the Alamodome. The game will be shown live on NBC. How prestigious is this game? Forty players picked in the 2020 NFL draft participated in the All-American Bowl and overall about 450 players from the game have […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Need to relax? Go wade fishing

Just about any angler you talk to has some good stories and good memories of wade fishing in a river. To some anglers this is the best way to be as one with the outdoors. Once you enter the water and get deep enough to get used to it, you can really get the full experience of being in the […]

Struttin’ Time

Readers share ‘mulberry’ memories

Following is a text message I just received, bringing back memories of squirrel hunting in mulberry season. We will just call it “Paw and me.” It came from Mike Hardy out in western Kentucky. “My ‘Paw’, Doug Hardy, was my first hunting partner and he was my granddad, my dad’s father. I have never seen any hunter, before or after, […]

Meet the Candidates

Three candidates — Mike Broihier, Charles Booker, and Amy McGrath — are seeking the Democrat Party’s nomination for the United States Senate in next week’s Primary Election. Mountain Eagle reporter Sam Adams interviewed all three recently to give readers a better understanding of their positions on issues important to eastern Kentucky residents.  Mike Broihier Democratic Senatorial candidate Mike Broihier doesn’t […]

About 200 people attend protest here


Nearly 200 Letcher County citizens gathered in front of the courthouse in Whitesburg on Friday evening in a peaceful show of support for protesters in Louisville and other cities, and to draw attention to racism here. The size of the crowd took many by surprise, and unlike larger cities, there were no counter-protesters and no violence. There were isolated problems, […]