Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



April 23, 1959

Representatives of the United Mine Workers of America and truck coal mine operators announced about 3 p.m. today that they were hopelessly deadlocked in their discussions. Both sides had met for three hours at the office of Gov. A.B. Chandler in Frankfort.

“Peyton Place” starring Lana Turner is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

The Whitesburg High School Band will present its annual spring concert on Saturday, April 25, at the Grade School Auditorium.

Cornish hens are 59 cents a pound at the A & P food store. Green onions are five cents a bunch.

April 24, 1969

The three physicians who spearheaded the West Virginia black-lung campaign are scheduled to speak at the Perry County Courthouse in Hazard Sunday. The doctors — I.E. Buff of Charleston, W.Va., Donald Rasmussen of Beckley, W.Va., and Hawley Wells of Johnstown, Penn. — provided much of the leadership for the West Virginia black lung campaign that ultimately shut down most of the state’s mines, forced a new workmen’s compensation law recognizing black lung as an occupational disease, and spurred a rank-and-file rebellion in the United Mine Workers of America.

Funds were cut back this week for four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Kentucky, reducing somewhat the chances that the Corps will make any immediate efforts to revive plans for the Kingdom Come Dam.

Mollie Jane Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Baker of Whitesburg, will represent Alice Lloyd College at the Mountain Dew Festival in Prestonsburg.

A one-woman art show called “The Appalachian Story” by Nancy Barhman of Tazewell, Tenn., is on display at the Letcher County Public Library.

April 26, 1979

A new ambulance service for Letcher County is in the making, an ambulance service which, according to Dr. John Pellegrini, medical director at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, will conform to state specifications — something the present ambulance service does not do.

More than 50 residents of the Pine Mountain Junction, Solomon, Caudilltown, and West Whitesburg areas attended a public hearing Thursday night to protest the proposed annexation of those areas by the City of Whitesburg.

Several Kingdom Come Creek residents showed up at Friday’s Letcher County Fiscal Court meeting to see if they could get something done about the road, long sections of which run along an almost impassable creek bed.

The superintendent of Jenkins Independent Schools, Dr. Stephen W. Towler, gave his resignation, effective June 30, during the board meeting Monday night.

April 26, 1989

Uncertainties in the economy have forced Irotas Manufacturing Co. of Shelbyville to delay plans for opening a factory in Whitesburg to make press cylinders.

Letcher Elementary School walked away with the 53rd District Governor’s Cup academic tournament, winning all but two of the seven categories.

Postal officials say they will make do with the existing Whitesburg Post Office, but the postmaster says the office will be moved within three years.

April 28, 1999

Nineteen plaintiffs have sued Golden Oak Mining Co., asking that the company build a public water system to their homes and pay for damages they say were caused by mining under their homes.

A tight budget for 1999-2000 may result in fewer road improvements in Letcher County and a delay in plans to open two new centers for senior citizens.

The Country Music Highway needs more than just road signs to attract tourists, and tourism officials are working to see that there is more. Each county along the way will distribute brochures about every other county in an effort to promote a chain of attractions that will keep people in eastern Kentucky for a longer time. Some of the attractions being discussed by the Letcher County Tourism Commission include Lilley Cornett Woods, the C.B. Caudill Store, Bad Branch Falls nature preserve, the rail and coal museum at Jenkins, Appalshop, the Pine Mountain Crafts Coop, and private enterprises.

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