2021-07-28 E-Edition


HEADHUNTERS PLAY WHITESBURG – Fred Young, drummer for The Kentucky Headhunters, autographed Sonny Frazier’s T-shirt before a concert by the band in Whitesburg last Thursday. The Headhunters, who will put out their 15th album next month, were the first headliner of the season as part of the Levitt AMP concert series. The free concert series continues this Thursday night 7 […]

Letcher schools to require masks when classes start

Letcher County Schools will return to session in person on August 4, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases that has driven the incident rate to a level not seen since mid-January. The Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday voted to go ahead with the opening of school on August 4. Board Chairperson Mendy Boggs was the only […]

More COVID cases caught here than shots given

More people in Letcher County got COVID-19 than got the vaccine against it this week. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s percentages of people who are fully vaccinated, just 64 people in the county got their second dose in the past seven days. According to state statistics, 80 people got COVID over the same time period. Numbers of the […]

6 plead guilty to felony charges

Six Letcher County residents have pleaded guilty to charges in Letcher Circuit Court. They are: • Blake Taylor, 20, of 64 Spy Rock, Isom, who was charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of theft of firearm, and theft by unlawful taking over $500. Taylor was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to Donna Halcomb at the rate of $100 a […]

6-11 UK recruit can handle ball, score

Vaught’s Views

He might have the size of a center but 6-11, 230-pound Kyle Filipowski has the skills that immediately impressed Kentucky coach John Calipari when he saw him play. Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Mass.) coach Mike Mannix chuckles when he sees his star player called a center. “Kyle doesn’t play center. He is a forward,” said Mannix. “If my boy is […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Need to cool off? Fish a stream

The hot part of summer is here and so is the topwater action for bass. The number one topwater bait for most bass anglers is the old-favorite buzzbait. This is one of the most basic design of lures, but one of the most widely used for catching bass on or near the surface. This bait has caught more and bigger […]

Struttin’ Time

Can you remember trappers’ cabins?

This week we will journey back to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I used to hunt the “Old Trappers Trail.” It was a few years ago that I learned what I suspected for years — my whitetail deer hunting days had come to pass. I was black bear hunting and had not even made it to the first […]

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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 the person on lower Camp Branch with the nine or 10 black angus cattle running loose: Please pen them up. We live at the top of Little Colley and they are destroying […]

‘Polishing the apple’

Building on what’s already here is best bet for tourism

For years, people have been saying the towns in Letcher County could be “just like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.” Letcher County has finally hitched its wagon to the tourism star, but it looks as though it may be more like some other, more sedate mountain towns, and a little less like the glitz and bustle of Sevier County, Tennessee. Sevierville, […]