2020-08-12 E-Edition


— Jennifer Honeycutt photographed this black bear recently on Little Shepherd Trail, atop Pine Mountain near Whitesburg. Honeycutt talks about her ideas for protecting black bears, Little Shepherd Trail, and Pine Mountain in a letter to the editor on Page 4. (Photo by Jennifer Honeycutt)

1st COVID death is reported here; cases number 58

The number of new cases of COVID-19 this week held about steady with the week before, but the Kentucky River District Health Department has reported the first death from the virus in Letcher County. District Health Director Scott Lockard said Friday that a 72-year-old man from the county died earlier this week of the virus. The death is the first […]

Wild dogs killed Knott boy, officials determine

Wild dogs killed a 13-year-old boy whose body was found in Knott County in February, police say. The body of Corey Godsey was found shortly before 6 p.m. on February 18 on a hillside near his home at Emmalena. Kentucky State Police Troopers responded to a residence after a 9-1-1 call was received shortly after 6 p.m. on February 18, […]

Late golfer made big impression at UK

Vaught’s Views

The death last week of 20-year-old Cullan Brown obviously touched the golf world in a big way because of his immense talent on the course. He was a former Kentucky state high school champion and two-time state runner-up at Lyon County. He had a terrific freshman season at the University of Kentucky and then even made the cut in the […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Carr Creek Lake most always good

As I was driving by Carr Creek Lake the other day, I could not help but notice all the boats on the water and all the people fishing. The lake had a very nice healthy look to it and a nice color. For its size, this lake gets a lot of use and has for years. I have fished this […]

Struttin’ Time:

What if a snake was on your belly?

Seeing all these stories about rattlesnakes being seen nearly everywhere this year takes me back to the year of 1964, hunting with a group of Letcher Countians in what is now the Daniel Boone National Forest at Lake Cumberland. My friend Jim Polly from Millstone had only one arm. How he lost the arm escapes my memory, but I think […]

Speak Your Piece

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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 . To a certain couple on Pert Creek: You truly are wonderful hosts — saving us from an agonizing poisonous snake bite but then being bitten by the sharks at your card table. […]

Political Cartoons

Little Shepherd Trail: A plan for the future

To the Editor: On August 7 and 8, Letcher and Harlan counties hosted a NASA Rally Sport race, putting us in the spotlight. County officials, race organizers, tourism boards, and volunteers worked for weeks to make the event a reality, a first of its kind for our region and the state. The sport has the potential to bring much-needed revenue […]