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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



August 6, 1959

Russia and its premier Nikita Krushchev found their way into the discussion of Letcher County school problems at the Board of Education meeting Saturday. Supt. of schools W.B. Hall and Board Chairman Dr. B.F. Wright accused each other of trying to be the “Krushchev” of the county school system.

J. Clyde Frazier of Whitesburg this week took over operation of the Farmers Supply Company, which he purchased from Roy Gilley.

Forty-two boys reported this week for pre-school football practice with the Whitesburg Yellowjackets. Coach Ed Moore says he plans to build his team around three returning lettermen, Roger Kincer, Ronnie Frazier, and Bertram Bradshaw.

The annual meeting of the Thornton Union Association of Old Regular Baptists will begin Friday, Aug. 14, at the Mt. Olivet Regular Baptist Church in Blackey.

August 7, 1969

Work began this week on construction of a road from the mouth of Solomon Creek to the site of a rent-supplement housing project on the hill overlooking the A&P store in Whitesburg.

Former Kentucky State Commerce Commissioner Katherine Peden took a look this week at Whitesburg’s new Industrial Park this week and pronounced it ready for inspection by industrial prospects.

An open house will be held Aug. 11 at Kentucky Power Company’s new Whitesburg office building, beginning with a brief opening ceremony at 10 a.m.

Letcher County schools will reopen Aug. 25, according to the official school calendar released this week by the Board of Education.

August 9, 1979

Letcher County is one of 15 counties in Kentucky with enough coal reserves to support a huge coal-liquefaction plant, says a U.S. Department of Energy study. No area in Kentucky may be suitable for such a plant, however, because of high pollution levels in the state, the report says.

Although a state and federal inspection report from more than a year ago cautions the City of Jenkins to study the stability of the above-town dam which holds its city water supply, no engineering study has yet been made due to a lack of funds.

Letcher Fiscal Court members say roadwork is their top priority from spending approximately $300,000 in coal severance tax that State Representative Hoover Dawahare said can be expected next month.

“Butch & Sundance The Early Days” starring William Katt and Tom Berenger is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

August 9, 1989

Seven men involved in a vehicle theft and dismantling ring that ranged from Letcher County to Delaware and Georgia have been sentenced to terms ranging from six months to 15 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Karl Forester on Friday sentenced the men, convicted of 38 counts in June of running a so-called chop shop in McRoberts.

Letcher County’s unemployment rate fell slightly during June but remained in two figures. The Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources said unemployment in the county was 10.5 percent in June, down from 10.8 percent in May.

Roadside Theater will present a check from Welsh miners and their families to United Mine Worker members today at the weekly St. Paul, Va., union rally beginning at 7 p.m. Roadside, a branch of Appalshop of Whitesburg, has just returned from a month of performances in London and Wales.

August 11, 1999

The first section of the proposed Pine Mountain Trail could be ready for hikers by October. The Pine Mountain Trail Association met Aug. 3 at Benham and decided the existing portion of the trail from the Breaks Interstate Park to Pound Gap can be blazed by October.

The City of Jenkins needs $7.7 million right now to redevelop the community and to attract new jobs for its residents. In addition, the city needs an extra $130,000 to be used for “programming” other area improvements to make the city a more desirable place to live for current and future residents.

“Journey through the ’70s” will be the theme of the annual Neon Days celebration this year.

“The Sixth Sense”, “Runaway Bride”, and “The Blair Witch Project” are playing at the Whitesburg Cinema. “The Hunting” and “Lake Placid” can be seen at the Jeremiah Drive- In Theatre.

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