2020-08-26 E-Edition


A scaled down version of the Pine Mountain Summit Challenge bicycle race was held this past Saturday and was again a success, even though the event was limited to 50 riders. Pictured here are two of the riders as they pedal their way to top of Pine Mountain on U.S. 119 near Whitesburg. This year’s main race was won by […]

Airport project moving forward

New airport could be ready to use by 2025

Fifty years ago, pilots caught in a flash storm or running low on fuel could land their plane at Colson, wait out the weather and top off their tank before getting back in the air. By 2025, they might be able to do that again, one ridge over near Isom. An airport planner hired by the Letcher County Airport Board […]

Want to vote absentee? Do this

Letcher County voters and other Kentuckians who want to vote absentee in the November election can request a ballot now through October 9 from the Secretary of State’s voter web site, www.govoteky.org. The deadline for voters to register to vote or change their party registration is 4 p.m., October 5. Voters can register on the same web site, or go […]

Coronavirus aid arrives; renters eligible for help

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) money approved in March by Congress has begun filtering into Letcher County, reimbursing local governments for expenses incurred because of the virus, and providing help to people unable to pay rent and utilities. The law provides rent assistance to anyone with an income of up to 200 percent of the poverty line […]

UK fans helped Knox prepare for NYC

Vaught’s Views

Not only did Kentucky coach John Calipari and his staff get Kevin Knox Jr. prepared for the NBA, but so did Kentucky fans. Knox was drafted by the New York Knicks and just finished what his father, Kevin Knox Sr., considered a “sophomore slump” his second season after a more successful rookie season two years ago. “I think playing in […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Finding fish during ‘dog days’

Well, it is the dog days of summer and summertime fishing is in full swing. A lot of fisherman fish for bass all over the lake. But about just as many anglers are fishing for the feisty little bluegill. This great little fish is all over the lake and is in shallow and deeper water. I have caught bluegill in […]

Struttin’ Time

Was the ‘lost’ hunter ever found?

Daylight seems to break early when you are camping out and getting ready to hunt squirrels the next morning. I got up at 4:30 a.m. The coffee was already boiling, the eggs scrambled, the bacon crisp. I grabbed a quick sandwich, poured black coffee into a paper cup, and was headed into the forest well before dawn. I had decided […]

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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 . Good evening, everyone. It’s a little past 8 p.m. Tuesday. I don’t know why a caller was talking about President Trump being married three times. In my opinion, a person can marry three […]

Old airport was fine, if wind didn’t blow

Flying into the Whitesburg Municipal Airport could be a harrowing experience. Flying out wasn’t always much better. “On a calm day, it was nothing out of the ordinary. It was no different from any other 2,500-foot runway,” pilot Rick Caudill recalled. “On a windy day, it would become a whole different story.” The old airport closed in the 1980s, and […]