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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



May 21, 1959

Both major Democratic candidates for governor will be in Letcher County Saturday as the state primary campaign draws to a close. Lt. Gov. Harry Lee Waterfield will speak in Whitesburg at 11 a.m. and in Jenkins at 7 p.m. Bert T. Combs will speak in Jenkins at 11 a.m. and at the Isom stockyards at 1 p.m.

The largest senior class in the history of Whitesburg High School will receive diplomas at commencement exercises Friday night at the school gymnasium.

The Letcher-Knott Independent Truck Mines Association wants Gov. A.B. Chandler to increase the force of state troopers in the coalfields again. The group told the governor more troopers are needed to “help avoid further violence and bloodshed” in the coal strike. The strike is in its 11th week.

“The Restless Years” starring John Saxon and Sandra Dee and “Steel Bayonet” starring Leo Glenn are playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

May 22, 1969

Letcher Manufacturing Co. announced today it will build a new factory in Letcher County, creating about 100 new jobs.

One hundred and seventy-four seniors at Whitesburg High School will receive diplomas at commencement exercises May 30.

The Kentucky Water Pollution Control Commission has order the City of Whitesburg to make immediate improvements in its sewer system to stop polluting the North Fork of the Kentucky River. The city has until June 1 — less than 10 days — to stop discharging untreated sewage into the river.

The Whitesburg Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold Memorial Day services at cemeteries throughout Letcher County on Sunday, June 1.

May 24, 1979

Letcher County’s proposed 1979-80 appropriations fall more than $400,000 short of the current year’s estimated expenditures, according to the proposed budget submitted Monday to Letcher Fiscal Court.

A quarter per carload charge for entrance to Fishpond Lake, a federally funded recreation facility in Payne Gap, was dropped by the Letcher Fiscal Court at its regular meeting Friday.

Whitesburg High School will hold graduation exercises for 140 seniors on May 29 in the Whitesburg Gymnasium. The speaker will be Dr. Joe Wise, professor of education at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Wise is a native of Neon.

Fleming-Neon City Council, in its latest move to find a location for city hall, decided at a special meeting Monday to keep its fire and ambulance services in Neon and move city offices to the old Fleming depot site where they will share a building with senior citizens and young children.

May 24, 1989

Forest fires were noticeably fewer this spring, thanks in part to rainfall of more than six inches above normal.

Actor Ned Beatty, a Kentucky native, is in Whitesburg this week for the filming of “Fat Monroe”, an Appalshop film based on a story by Gurney Norman. Beatty’s co-star is William Johnson, 10, of Carbon Glow.

For the first time in 11 years, Campbell’s Branch Elementary School is the Letcher County softball champion. On May 13, the Tigers outlasted five other teams for the title, their first since winning it all back in 1978.

Memorial Day observances will be held May 28 by members of the Whitesburg Veterans of Foreign Wars.

May 26, 1999

The U.S. Postal Service should begin soliciting for a contractor to build a new post office in Whitesburg in the next 30 to 45 days. The new office will be on property next to Pine Mountain Grill on U.S. 119.

The Letcher County Water and Sewer Commission has agreed conditionally to participate in a regional water district with Knott and Perry counties to examine the possibility of using Carr Creek Lake as a source of water.

The Letcher County Board of Education will have to wait for state approval before it proceeds with a proposal to consolidate high schools.

The owner of Pine Mountain Lumber is asking Whitesburg officials to lease him more property on the Whitesburg Industrial Site for a second and third operation. Richard Sturgill told the city council that he wants to open a new company that will manufacture molding, hardwood flooring and cabinet parts.

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