Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



June 11 1959

The Mountain Eagle won first place in the Community Service Division of the Kentucky Press Association’s 1958- 59 Newspaper Production Contests. The award, a brass plaque, was won in competition with some 200 daily and weekly newspapers in Kentucky. It is consider one of KPA’s top honors.

Two coal firms hit by the eastern Kentucky coal strike filed a joint $6,600,000 damage suit Wednesday against the United Mine Workers of America. The widow of James O. Adams, shot to death during the strike that begin March 9, also brought suit against the UMW for $200,000.

An emergency fund drive will be conducted by the Letcher County chapter of the National Polio Foundation during the summer months due to a cutback in national expenditures, it was learned at a meeting of the chapter June 8. The 1959 national March of Dimes fell short of its minimum goal by $31,000,000.

“Summer Love” starring John Saxon and Judy Meredith is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

June 12, 1969

Letcher County’s newly developed recreational area at Fishpond Lake has already run into trouble from vandals and irresponsible citizens, and a group of Neon Jaycees has temporarily taken on the job of cleaning up the lake.

When Warren Davis cooks breakfast for his friends, it’s no simple little get-together. Mr. Davis is planning a breakfast for June 20th, and he’s going to use 270 pounds of pancake mix and 65 pounds of butter. That’s a lot of friends. And Mr. Davis, manager of the Whitesburg A&P store, plans to serve a lot of breakfasts. The occasion is the new A&P’s first anniversary.

A Letcher County soldier has been awarded the Army’s Bronze Star Medal for service in Vietnam. Staff Sergeant Robert Lucas, son of Jasper Lucas of Whitesburg and Mrs. Viola Stravaty of Detroit, was presented the medal in a ceremony at Fort Rucker, Ala.

June 14, 1979

The long-simmering legal battles surrounding the 1976 Scotia mine disaster may finally be coming to a boil. Although all of the various lawsuits and investigations appear to be advancing — many toward some degree of finality — the most dramatic development is the June 7 announcement that a grand jury investigation possible criminal violations at Scotia will conclude by mid-July.

Reports of bear sightings stirred the air in East Jenkins last week. A medium-sized bear first appeared in the backyard of the Oakie Greer home on US 119 Friday afternoon. Greer’s wife, who was home but didn’t see the bear, said she thought it was drawn to the yard by her husband’s beehives.

The state highway department opened six bids last Friday on the Whitesburg bypass project. The special bidletting, requested by Gov. Julian Carroll last month, was the fourth time bids have been taken on the proposed 2.3- mile highway connected KY 15 and US 119.

June 14, 1989

Letcher County may have won one road from the state and lost another. Governor Wallace Wilkinson visited Hazard Monday and delivered mixed news on roads: US 119 might be completed in the next five years, but US 23 probably won’t.

Drug trade, “chop shops”, and fraud have prompted the FBI’s Louisville office to station 80 percent of its field agents in the eastern half of Kentucky. Some of those agents are apparently still investigating the vehicle theft ring discovered near McRoberts in October 1987.

Appalshop will continue its 20th anniversary celebration this week with the performance of three plays by Roadside Theater. Roadside, which is part of Appalshop, will perform its “Pine Mountain Trilogy”. Together the three plays cover the time of the first settlers to the Vietnam War.

June 16, 1999

City officials are still negotiating with Image Entry to find a permanent location for the company. The city is gathering information about the basement of the Harry M. Caudill Library for the company now.

Letcher Fiscal Court and the Letcher County Water and Sewer Commission are conducting a study in five adjoining communities in the Thornton area to find out if the groundwater supply is contaminated as a result of coal mining which occurred before May 19, 1982. If the study shows that mining contamination of groundwater did occur in that period, the information eventually could lead to a public water supply for the communities.

County Attorney Harold Bolling wants the county government to establish a review board that would investigate complaints against ambulance services operating in Letcher County.

Some Whitesburg city officials are considering annexing property east of the city limits toward Mayking. Councilman Frank Fleming told other members of the city council on May 8 that he has been talking to residents in the Golf Course subdivision at Mayking and so far has found no opposition to the idea.

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