Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



July 23, 1959

Unemployment compensation claims in Letcher County have more than doubled since the nationwide strike of steelworkers began. The local office of the Department of Economic Security, which processes unemployment claims, said it had taken in about 700 applications from coal miners idled because the steel mills which use coal are shut down.

Letcher County Schools will operate on a budget of $1,079,033.19 next year.

Robert Paul Atkinson of Stanton, Ky., has recently accepted the position of basketball coach at Fleming-Neon High School.

Shrimp is $2.89 for a five-pound box at the A&P food store. Watermelons are 69 cents each.

July 24, 1969

A check for $9,999 was delivered Tuesday to the City of Whitesburg by Hill Smith, Hindman, Eastern Kentucky representative for the Economic Development Administration. The check marked completion of Whitesburg’s EDA-financed low-water Kentucky River dam, the new source of city drinking water.

Whitesburg this week received an additional $177,893 grant of federal money to permit completion of its urban renewal project.

Army Captain Christine R. Cook received the Army Commendation medal in Vietnam June 28. She served as a nurse with the 24th Evac. Hospital in Long Bien. She has been an Army nurse for 2 1/2 years and is now home visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cook of Fleming.

July 26, 1979

After threatening strike last week in protest of a cutback in health insurance and cancellation of life insurance, South East Coal Co. employees decided Saturday to compromise with the company.

The October Letcher County Grand Jury will investigate last week’s fatal tank rupture in Jenkins, Commonwealth’s Attorney Peyton Reynolds said Tuesday.

Letcher County public school students scored lower than the state average in all areas on the first statewide testing for competency in the basic learning areas.

A non-permitted strip mine near Beaver Dam in Letcher County has been ordered to stop operations by U.S. District Judge H. David Hermansdorfer.

July 26, 1989

Whitesburg will ask the State Highway Department to study traffic within the city to determine if changes should be made in its streets and signs.

Neon Volunteer Fire Department will no longer make ambulance runs outside Letcher County. In a letter to hospital administrators, Chief Carter Bevins said the “physical drain on our volunteers and the financial drain on our department” has forced new guidelines so that emergency service can continue.

The Letcher County Fiscal Court should fine candidates for public office who don’t remove their campaign signs after elections, a Letcher County Grand Jury has concluded.

July 28, 1999

Talk of high school consolidation in Letcher County is on hold temporarily until a new member can be appointed to the Local Facilities Planning Committee.

Whitesburg Mayor Nathan Baker said the city encountered no problems when it gave Image Entry until October to move out of City Hall or being paying rent. “They were in here last week and said they would continue to look for a place to move to, but come October 1, if they hadn’t found a place, they’d start paying the rent,” Baker said.

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission is trying to buy 500 more acres for the Bad Branch Nature Preserve in Letcher County.

“Year 2000, Here We Come” will be the theme of this year’s Jenkins Days Festival, which will be held Thursday, August 26, through Saturday, August 28.

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