Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



May 28, 1959

Bert Combs carried Letcher County by 264 votes over Harry Lee Waterfield in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. The official county showed 2,084 votes for Combs, 1,820 for Waterfield.

Former Kentuckians who now live in Michigan will hold their annual picnic Saturday, June 15, at Capitol Park in Wyandotte, Mich. This is the third picnic sponsored by the group.

New officers were elected May 23 at the annual banquet of the Stuart Robinson School Alumni Association at the school dining hall. Bascom McIntyre of Isom was elected the new president to succeed Bill Collins of Blackey.

“Houseboat starring Sophia Loren and Cary Grant is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

May 29, 1969

Former County Judge Robert Collins made a dramatic comeback in Tuesday’s primary election and defeated incumbent Judge James M. Caudill, who had sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for a third consecutive fouryear term as chief officer of Letcher County.

State highway engineers have denied that a bridge under construction between Hazard and Whitesburg is improperly engineered and could be the cause of fatal accidents.

A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers told a group of Letcher Countians this week that the Corps does not plan to proceed with the Kingdom Come Dam project — at least, not right now.

Sen. John Sherman Cooper of Kentucky introduced a coal mine safety law amendment in Congress this week designed, he said, to tighten requirements for construction of roof supports.

May 31, 1979

The Millstone landfill was opened about noon Wednesday, just minutes after Al Howell, local government advisor with the Kentucky Department of Local Government, gave Letcher County Judge/Executive Robert Collins the goahead for borrowing $16,850 to make a partial payment to the Kentucky River Garbage and Refuse Disposal District. In a hastily called special meeting Wednesday morning, the fiscal court voted unanimously to borrow the money and make the payment.

The Scotia widows’ $60 million federal lawsuit against Blue Diamond Coal Co. has been assigned a June 25 hearing on all pending motions in Catlettsburg U.S. District Court. The motions include a move by the widows to transfer the suit back to the Eastern District of Tennessee, Northern Division district court.

Letcher County joined the rest of Kentucky is giving an overwhelming margin to John Young Brown Jr. for the Democratic nomination for governor in Tuesday’s primary.

The Jenkins Independent School Board hired Alexander Eversole, 46, who has been Perry County school superintendent for 12 years, to replace Jenkins Superintendent Stephen W. Towler.

May 31, 1989

Mayking residents asked the Kentucky River Area Development District for support in getting water lines extended to their community but came away with little assurance.

The Kentucky River Area Development District spends too much on dinners and too little to help the poor, State Representative Paul Mason told the agency’s finance committee.

Doctors say it is only a matter of time before genetic engineering finds a cure for a disease that has blinded generations of one Letcher County family. Dr. John Heckenlively of the University of California at Los Angeles has been 13 years studying Retinitis Pigmentosa in the Ison and Breeding families in Letcher County.

June 2, 1999

Design work for the proposed Redfox golf course could begin by mid-September. The three-county authority responsible for planning the recreational-industrial complex where the course will be located gave the state Finance and Administration Cabinet permission May 19 to proceed with clearing the title on the property, advertising for proposals from golf course architects and hiring a golf course architect.

County workers laid off in April because of a lack of money to pay them probably will be called back to work Monday, June 7.

Letcher County and 15 other Kentucky counties has rising unemployment rates between March and April.

The 13th annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival will be held June 10-13 at the Appalshop Center in Whitesburg. The festival celebrates the traditional arts of the Appalachian region, with special emphasis this year on southern European influences on the culture of the region.

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