2021-06-23 E-Edition

Wild Day Lilies

Wild day lilies are blooming and brightening the landscape all across Letcher County this week.

Vaccination rates keep rising here, but virus is up, too

Vaccination rates continued to rise in Letcher County, but not fast enough. The incident rate of new COVID cases is also rising. It now stands at more than twice the rate on last Tuesday. By late Tuesday, the incident rate was back in the orange on the state map at 11.9 per 100,000. The latest figures from the U.S. Centers […]

Physician inherits great-uncle’s desk in new role with county health dept.

Three generations ago, Letcher County got its first public health doctor. Now his great-nephew is chairman of the health department he used as a bully pulpit to advocate for vaccines against polio, diphtheria, smallpox, and other diseases. The board of the Letcher County Health Department has chosen Dr. Ricky Collins as the new chairman of the health department. Collins is […]

Feds say prison status hasn’t been changed

Despite the insistence of U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers that a proposal to build a federal prison at Roxana is not dead, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says in a new statement that there has been no change in the status of the project, which was put on indefinite hold two years ago. Rogers defended the prison construction last week […]

Washington works hard to get ready

Vaught’s Views

After his team lost its final game in the 2019-20 season, guard TyTy Washington went to his head coach at Arizona Compass Prep and asked what he had to do to work on his body. “The next day he was going to work,” said Chad Dunn, who has over 20 years of experience in the health, fitness, and sports performance […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Fishing deep for big bluegill

I must say I love fishing for just about any type of fish, but I hold a special place in my heart for bluegill fishing. My first fish was a little bluegill and was probably the first for most anglers. Over the years I have caught many bluegill — some of them big ones. I have fished in ponds for […]

Struttin’ Time

She sets high goals, and meets them

Just when I think I need to shut down the press on Struttin’ Time for a few weeks, in comes hunting stories from everywhere, and the thoughts of not writing about them fades fast. The first subject we will talk about for the next few weeks is about our own Bridgette Holbrook. She was raised in Jackhorn, and I knew […]

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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 These people I know were sitting on their front porch and got terroristic threatening charges against all of them. They told her that if she called the cops they would burn her up […]

Mother’s injury leaves family worried


Hello Mountain Eagle readers! Well, it’s not Jeanette this week. It’s me, Charlene Mason, Jeanette’s sister. I was gonna say big sister, but didn’t like the sound of that, and then older sister, but didn’t like that either. So let’s just say I’m her sister and leave it right there. I’m filling in for her this week because she is […]