Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

June 25, 1959

Suits seeking more than $4,000,000 in damages against the United Mine Workers union were filed by nine eastern Kentucky coal companies Tuesday. The Federal District Court suits asking $4,184,200 charge the UMW strike which began March 9 resulted in loss of markets and profits and property damage.

The dynamiting of a railroad bridge leading to the nonunion Flame Coal Company at Marlowe Saturday night has resulted in warrants being sworn out against five persons.

Funeral services were held here this afternoon for Roy Raymond Crawford Sr., Letcher County coal operator and landowner.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has cleared the way for Letcher County’s eight magistrates to continue drawing their $200 monthly salaries, provided they try a case every now and then.

June 26, 1969

A number of Whitesburg families received certified letters from the Kentucky Department of Highways this week which they assumed meant that their homes would be acquired to make way for construction of the bypass around Whitesburg. The letters were a mistake, however. They should have gone to owners of 127 parcels of land along the route of US 119 and US 23 from Pine Mountain Junction to Payne Gap.

The West Whitesburg urban renewal project ran into trouble this week when contractors’ bids exceeded funds available by some $50,000.

The Sharon Heights hospital property in Jenkins will become a home for the elderly if efforts currently underway are successful.

Jenkins this week received $980,000 in federal funds to purchase and improve the water system which serves the city.

June 28, 1979

A six-count criminal indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury in Catlettsburg Monday charging Blue Diamond Coal Co. and Scotia Coal Co. with violations of the mine safety laws in connection with the Scotia mine disaster.

Blue Diamond Coal Co. as filed a $100 million suit against Blackwood Land Company, the owner of coal properties near Eolia — including the Scotia Mine — which the Knoxville-based corporation leases and mines, claiming Blackwood intentionally interfered with a proposal last fall to sell all coal assets to Standard Oil of Indiana.

In a final report to members of the Jenkins school board, outgoing Superintendent Dr. Stephen W. Towler urged the board to look into the “critical” areas such as the loss of McRoberts Elementary students to the county school system, the overcrowded conditions at Burdine Elementary, and the poor construction of the Jenkins High School building.

June 28, 1989

The State Department of Education wants the Letcher County school system to close Fleming-Neon and Letcher High Schools and three elementary schools and to make other major overhauls to the system.

Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg is expected to rule this week whether Eastern Coal Co. should be granted court orders limiting the activities of striking United Mine Workers members in Pike County.

Kentucky River Community Care is applying for money to build 60 apartments for the mentally handicapped in Letcher, Knott, and Breathitt counties.

In hopes of a better deal, Jenkins has turned down another offer to sell the vacant lot beside City Hall.

June 30, 1999

Construction of a regional water treatment plant at Carr Creek Lake could begin in two years, a planner said last week. But it could be many more years before any of that water reaches Letcher County.

Because of retirements and resignations, only one teacher in the Letcher County School System will lose his job because of cutbacks in the budget.

Welfare recipients living in the 49-county Appalachian region are more likely to stay on welfare longer than those in urban or other rural areas, according to a new study.

A quilt made by Mrs. Thelma Gibson Banks of Little Cowan Creek is on exhibit at the new Kentucky History Center in Frankfort through September 19. Mrs. Banks completed her quilt, titled “Cherry Tree Cross” about 1987.

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