2021-05-26 E-Edition

New outdoor dining area is dedicated to former official

Letcher County got a new outdoor dining area and a retired county official and community volunteer got a surprise at the same time — the open-area facility was dedicated to him. The Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission cut the ribbon on Bolling’s North Fork Veranda at 1715 River Road in Whitesburg on Tuesday. The building is owned by Mary […]

One principal will lead ‘new’ school for Letcher area

Letcher County Schools will merge Letcher Elementary and Letcher Middle into a single school this fall. Superintendent Denise Yonts told the board of education on Monday night that a search for a new principal is already underway. “Hopefully, by the end of the week we’ll have a principal for the new school,” Yonts said. The “new school” will not include […]

Free concerts return

Outdoor concerts will be back this year after a year of drive-in only concerts during the pandemic. The Levitt AMP Concert series will return beginning July 22 with Grammy winners The Kentucky Headhunters, and will run every Thursday evening for 10 weeks. The shows will be at the Mountain Heritage Stage on Depot Street, as they have been since the […]

CJ Frederick ready for what awaits him at UK

Vaught’s Views

CJ Frederick insists he really does not have a big concern about transferring from Iowa to Kentucky. Frederick, a former most outstanding player in the Kentucky boys’ Sweet 16, was not recruited by John Calipari after his standout career at Covington Catholic that ended with a state championship. He has spent the last three years at Iowa, where he was […]

Struttin’ Time

Black bears are in Mexico, too

We arrived the evening of our first day of the hunt at OJO Caliente Outfitters, located at 6,000 feet above sea level, just in time for supper. I was amazed at how their lodge operated — on a timetable that would shame the way we do things. The generator that powered the camp ran from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Mostly white crappie are here

The spring crappie fishing is in full swing on most lakes, and we are blessed enough to have a lot of good crappie lakes in our area. A lot of us grew up fishing for crappie in early spring. I know I did and still always look forward it. It was like the startup of the spring fishing season. Crappie […]

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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 What’s up with so many cars speeding on Marshall’s Branch? . It’s a shame what’s going on with the gas prices here in eastern Kentucky, and it has nothing to do with the […]

Moments in time

• On May 30, 1431, in Normandy, Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who became the savior of France, is burned at the stake for heresy. Her most serious crime was her rejection of church authority in favor of direct inspiration from God. She was 19 years old. • On May 26, 1897, the first copies of the classic vampire […]

Local vaccine rates are on the rise again

The number of people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Letcher County is moving up again as young teens became eligible for the shots last week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34.1 percent of the total population of the county is now fully vaccinated, and 39.8 percent of the population 12 and over has been. The percentage of Letcher […]