Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



June 4 1959

Progress in the work of an extensive renovation of Doermann Memorial Presbyterian Church at Blackey is underway under the auspices of home mission agencies of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. The church roof is being replaced. The building is being painted. Sunday school rooms are to be constructed in the basement to accommodate mission Sunday schools from the areas served by the church.

Members of the senior class at Jenkins High School visited Luray Caverns, Luray, Va., during their senior trip en route to Washington, D.C. and New York recently.

Strawberries are 39 cents a quart at the A&P Food Store. Spare ribs are 49 cents a pound.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” starring James Stewart and Kim Novak is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

June 5, 1969

Beth-Elkhorn Corporation expects to launch a major new surface mining operation in Letcher County within the next few weeks. The project will involve timbering more than a thousand acres of heavily wooded terrain, much of it owned by Beth-Elkhorn, and is expected to yield 7,000,000 tons of coal from three seams, according to Beth-Elkhorn division superintendent David A. Zegeer.

The planning committee for Letcher County Day — scheduled for July 4 — has announced the events that are currently being planned. They include a horse show, airplane rides, moonshine still display, carnival booths, dancing, firearms display, horse-drawn wagons rides, mule racing, pony racing, fireworks, and an old car display.

Jimmy Brown, a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, has been chosen for the “Frankfort Semester” program at Eastern. Brown, a political science major, will work in Frankfort with Lt. Governor Wendell Ford.

Roger Collins, a senior at Whitesburg High School, has been chosen to play with the Kentucky All-Stars against the West Virginia All-Stars in the Kiwanis Senior Bowl football game at Williamson, W.Va., August 16.

June 7, 1979

A sluggish national coal market hit home with Letcher County miners last week as 99 South East Coal Co. employees were taken off the job. Calling the worker cutback “the first (South East) layoff in seven or eight years,” South East Personnel Director Raymond Smith blamed the action on lagging coal sales.

The Letcher County Board of Education is expected to hire a superintendent of schools, replacing Kendall Boggs who resigned last month, at its meeting next Tuesday. Ray Back, chairman of the Board of Education, said he has received applications from four local men, Beckham Caudill, Billy K. Banks, Goebel Ritter, and Jack Burkich.

Round steak is $1.89 a pound at the A&P Food Store. White bass is $1.59 a pound.

“The Big Fix” starring Richard Dreyfuss is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

June 7, 1989

A Letcher County coal company has been charged with violating the National Labor Relations Act in dealing with its employees’ attempts to unionize. Seven employees of Big Elk Creek Mining have filed complaints against the Isom-based firm, claiming their employer tried to stop them from talking with other workers about organizing a labor union.

Not a single voting result changed as a result of a recanvass of Letcher County voting machines used in the May 23 primary election.

A Linefork couple will appeal Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg’s decision that they cannot sue the state. Dock and Eula Mae Cornett sued Eastern Kentucky University and Dr. William H. Martin, its director of natural areas, the Kentucky Cabinet for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and Natural Resources Secretary Carl Bradley, saying they have not properly administered Lilley Cornett Woods. Hogg ruled last month that the state has sovereign immunity from the suit.

June 9, 1999

The financially strapped Jenkins Independent School District is racing probate court to catch a tax debt that could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. District officials are planning to put in a claim against the estate of Stuart H. Adams for the debt — if they can get tax officials to tell them how much is owed and who really owes it.

Volunteers began knocking on doors last week to complete surveys to prove income levels at Jeremiah and Isom are low enough for the areas to qualify for federal grants for a proposed water line extension.

“It just seems like this job is perfect for me,” says Letcher County native Philip Craft, who is now the state of Kentucky’s official beekeeper. Since June 1, Craft’s title has been “state apiarist.” An apiarist is someone who keeps bees, and Craft has seven hives of his own at his home at Wilmore.

The Appalshop Gallery will present work by Angelyn DeBord and Pam Meade during the Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival and throughout the month of June. This shared exhibition features watercolors, ceramics and mixed-media by the two longtime friends.

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