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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



July 30, 1959

Spokesmen for the United Mine Workers of America and nonunion coal mine operators differed sharply today over whether the stalemate in the coal strike has come to an end.

Letcher County may be out of the road-building business soon. The reason: lack of any road-building equipment.

Gary Pace, son of Mayking miner Vernon Pace, and Jerry Pease, son of Southdown miner Junior Pease, are spending this week as guests of the forest industries of Kentucky as they attend Kentucky 4-H Forestry Camp at the University of Kentucky’s Robinson Forest in Breathitt County.

“Desire Under the Elms” and “Zombies of Mora Tau” are playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

July 31, 1969

Twenty-five Letcher County mining companies are included in a list released this week by Attorney General John B. Breckinridge of firms which have been ordered to comply with the state workmen’s compensation law.

Mine safety legislation which had been expected to go to the floor of the House and Senate for debate last week remained bottled up in committee this week amid reports that a key White House official is attempting to weaken the proposed legislation.

The Jenkins City Council this week voted to increase the city tax rate by 12 cents per $100 property valuation during the coming fiscal year. The tax boost would produce the city an estimated $10,000 to $11,000 additional revenue.

Eight O’ Clock coffee is $1.68 for a three-pound bag at the A&P food store. Center cut round steak is 97 cents a pound.

August 2, 1979

In a special meeting Tuesday, Letcher Fiscal Court passed a resolution approving use of county workers and equipment on construction of an access road to a coal operation being developed by a group of German investors. The court also confirmed an agreement with USACO, the German-owned company, under which the firm will repay the county for the work on the road, located on Love’s Branch.

The investigation into the fatal water tank rupture in Jenkins two weeks ago is still under way. Engineer Dan Shoemaker of Kennoy Engineering Inc. of Lexington said Wednesday. It could be as long as three weeks, though, before any conclusions are reached, he said.

Three Beth-Elkhorn mines were “picketed out” of work Tuesday night by miners from Scott’s Branch mine in Johnson County. Affected were Mines 25, 26 and 29. Miners from all three were expected to remain out today.

Construction of a permanent Kentucky Power Co. electrical substation at Payne Gap is expected to begin within the next month.

August 2, 1989

County government has decided to hire an economic development specialist to help new industry find its way to Letcher County.

Lexington will go ahead with plans to study the possibility of building dams in eastern Kentucky, despite opposition from a Letcher County citizens’ group.

The Letcher County Senior League girls’ all-star softball team got off to a rough start in the four-team, double-elimination state softball championships this past week in Ashland, but recovered to finish as state runner-up.

August 4, 1999

Letcher County Magistrate Wayne Fleming gained support from two city council members Monday for his proposal to require industries that receive incentives for locating here to pay a minimum wage of $7.50 an hour. Jenkins Council members Becky Terrill and Paul Sanders said they support the idea.

Eastern Kentucky is heading into the driest part of the year with rainfall amounts already 6 inches below normal. And there’s no sure rain in the forecast.

The final section of U.S. 23 in Letcher County may open to the public within a month, making it the first four-lane highway to traverse eastern Kentucky.

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