Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



April 16, 1959

The coal strike took a new turn today as a federal judge at Lexington said he would order United Mine Workers not to interfere with coal trains for the next 10 days. U.S. District Judge H. Church Ford indicted he would grant a temporary restraining order to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

Ray Biggerstaff and Mrs. Morris Mullins were installed as presidents of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their Ladies’ Auxiliary at a banquet at the VFW clubhouse Saturday.

The Letcher County Grand Jury had a long list of maintenance recommendations for the county jail and courthouse in its final report made Tuesday. The jurors noted that with one exception recommendations made by previous grand juries have not been carried out.

Frying chickens are 29 cents a pound at the A & P food store. Bananas are 10 cents a pound.

April 17, 1969

State Attorney General John B. Breckinridge this week ordered 19 coal operators who have failed to comply with workman’s compensation laws to cease operations and provide protection for their miners within 10 days. Among the operators cited by Breckinridge are several with mines in Letcher County.

The April Letcher County Grand Jury has recommended that health officials investigate conditions in and around the stockyards at Isom.

An unidentified man posing as a “Social Security doctor” is apparently making a tidy profit in eastern Kentucky by going from door to door in various communities and selling medicines to elderly people who believe he represents the government.

The Whitesburg Jaycees have been asked by interested persons to head a move to have an annual “Letcher County Day” celebration.

April 19, 1979

The Millstone landfill is still open and operating, although Letcher County hasn’t paid any of the $22,890 owed to Kentucky River Garbage and Refuse Disposal District. Mike Cann, project manager for the district, said no decision has been made to close the landfill.

Blackey Senior Citizens Center, which has been operating for the past two weeks, held its grand opening Saturday. The streets were roped off, tables were set up outside and dinner was served to over to 1,000 people.

A delegation of about 15 Kingdom Come Creek residents plans to attend the fiscal court meeting Friday in hopes of persuading the county to fix their road. Ricky Banks, a spokesman for the groups, said.

April 19, 1989

The Letcher County Board of Education has cut the salaries of teachers in the special program for gifted and talented students and the program for homebound students. At the same meeting, the board voted to raise salaries of two head football coaches.

Some Letcher County residents have decided Little Shepherd Trail would make an excellent tourist attraction, and have organized an effort to clean up and protect the trail.

In baseball action last week, the visiting Fleming-Neon Pirates needed an extra inning to defeat Whitesburg 10-7 in the first game of a twin-bill. In the second game, a tworun single by senior Joe Caudill, followed by a Roger Mason homer — a two-run shot — propelled the ‘Jackets to a 5-1 decision.

April 21, 1999

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted to lay off 24 county employees Monday night as officials continue to look for ways to end the current fiscal year with a balanced budget.

The Kentucky River Authority has given the Letcher County Water and Sewer Commission a $109,000 grant, finishing up the money the district needs for a sewage treatment project at Millstone.

Consultants are recommending that Jenkins limit retail development to downtown until that area is able to support itself. A design team for the joint city-county development initiative met with about 60 members of the community April 15 to discuss team members’ recommendations for re-developing Jenkins and the surrounding communities.

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