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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



May 14, 1959

The county school board is investigating to see what it can provide in the way of a new lunchroom at Haymond School. Mrs. Matthew Richardson said the present lunchroom building, which is rented, is adequate. Pupils have to walk down a hill from the school to get to the lunchroom, she said, and in bad weather many of them remain in their rooms rather than go to the lunchroom.

Letcher County’s jail is living up to Jailer Robert Sexton’s report to the fiscal court last year that it “won’t hold anybody.” Two more prisoners escaped from the jail Wednesday morning by sawing window bars. One was recaptured, but the other was still at large today, along with two of the eight prisoners who escaped by the same method a month ago.

The Letcher County March of Dimes netted a total of $2,980 this year, Mrs. S.E. Moncrief Jr., chairman, reported.

Members of the National Guard have refinished the floor of the Whitesburg gymnasium, which was marred by scratches from cot legs during the time the guard occupied the gym while it was here on coal-strike duty.

May 15, 1969

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, manufacturer of new homes may locate a factory in Letcher County to produce homes for the eastern United States. Tandy Corporation has selected a 42-acre site on Rockhouse Creek near the Letcher Manufacturing Co. furniture plant.

The Whitesburg Art League will sponsor a sidewalk art show on Short Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 24.

Sliced beef liver is 49 cents a pound at the A&P in Whitesburg. Jumbo onions are 8 cents a pound.

May 17, 1979

A member of the Letcher May Grand Jury was allegedly threatened and beaten in his home late Wednesday night. Wayne Fleming of Jenkins said he had a gun pulled on him and was hit in the head several times with a brick by one of two men who entered his home. Fleming said he couldn’t positively identify the two men, but added that the beating was apparently related to the grand jury proceedings.

A child’s view of life in the Letcher County mountains — in words and pictures — is featured in an exhibit that has opened at the International Center for Photography in New York City. The collection of stories and photographs are the work of children from Cowan, Kingdom Come and Campbell’s Branch elementary schools and were produced through an artist-in-the-schools program in photography conducted by Wendy Ewald.

Local Memorial Day services are scheduled for May 27 by both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War.

May 17, 1989

Carbon Glow residents are driving on new gravel this week after they parked their cars across the right of way and refused to let coal trucks pass until Golden Oak Coal Company agreed to repair their road.

Only two North American ravens are known to nest in Kentucky, and those two make their home at Bad Branch Falls near the top of Pine Mountain in Letcher County. Their home will be a made little safer as part of a project to make access to the falls easier and to protect the area a little better.

A slide that has one home hanging from the side of Pine Mountain has continued to move and so far no help is in sight. Betty Trent could not be reached Monday, but officials said she had still not moved out of her house on Sunday, although large pieces of the foundation have fallen away.

High school basketball coaches want to know why they didn’t get pay increases like those awarded to Letcher County’s two head football coaches.

May 19, 1999

Coal mining planned at the site of the Red Fox Development in Knott County has hit a snag, possibly further delaying work on the combination recreational and industrial site. The project has been on the drawing board for nearly 10 years.

Letcher County may be able to call back laid-off workers by the first of June.

Whitesburg Police will crack down beginning Monday on drivers who don’t buckle their children into child safety restraints.

The Fleming-Neon Pirates easily defeated Buckhorn and Betsy Layne last week to increase their winning streak to 14 games and to raise their overall record to 20-4 — their third straight 20-win season.

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