Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years
July 18, 1957
The City of Cumberland is planning a huge celebration for its 40th birthday, to be held at the city park on August 4.
Betty Jo Collins and Worley Sexton were injured when the car in which they were riding overturned. Family members said Sexton was teaching Miss Collins to drive, and a wheel of the car missed the end of a bridge at the mouth of Sandlick.
Fresh apricots are 49 cents for two pounds at the Whitesburg A&P. Smoked picnic hams are 33 cents a pound.
July 20, 1967
The Letcher County Board of Education will ask the fiscal court for a 10 percent tax hike this year. Superintendent of Schools Kendall Boggs said the increase would provide $22,500 in local school funds.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse S. Holbrook of Millstone celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday with an open house given by their daughter, Mrs. James Boyd of Lawrenceburg, and their son, Jesse S. Holbrook Jr. of Orlando, Fla. About 150 friends called at the Holbrook home.
A Head Start group from Whitesburg wore patriotic hats for a parade through downtown Whitesburg. The students are Keith Bentley, Rebecca Grigsby, Jimmie Hall, Jackie Littrell, Thomas Miller, Jeffrey Morgan, Opal Jean Morgan, Laura Hall, Patricia Miller, and Shirley Grigsby. Cora Addington is the teacher and Mrs. Astor Fields the aide.
July 21, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.
July 22, 1987
Constable Allen Dixon and Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy found 19 marijuana plants growing at Doty Creek near Blackey. The officers say the plants were boobytrapped with “trip wires.” No arrests were made.
The Letcher County Board of Education has approved a plan to redistrict Letcher County Schools and to enforce those districts. Under the new plan, children beginning kindergarten or entering school for the first time must enroll in their district, but if a student is already attending a school outside the district, he or she can continue to attend until finishing the final grade level at that school.
The Letcher County Sheriff’s Department has opened a felony investigation into the theft of two pet fish from the Seco home of Gregory Hawkins. Someone broke into the home and stole two tropical fish valued at $350 and a “boom box.” Sheriff Ben B. Taylor says he expects to charge two suspects with second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking of more than $100 in connection with the theft.
July 23, 1997
The City of Whitesburg is considering charging a 1 percent payroll tax to help convince Gov. Paul Patton that the city should get priority status for grants and loans to help finance new economic development projects.
City and county governments in eastern Kentucky have until August 15 to submit applications for participation in the new Kentucky Appalachian Community Development Initiative. Whitesburg Mayor Jack Howard said he thinks the city is “in high running for the dollars” available through the program, but won’t be selected if city officials can’t show that local funds will be available to maintain the improvements brought about by the industrial grants and loans.
The Fleming-Neon Little League All-Stars will travel to Owensboro Saturday to compete in their first-ever state tournament.