Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



August 13, 1959

Letcher County will get to keep its road machinery but it won’t get to use it much before next July 1. Letcher Fiscal Court made arrangements this week to pay for the machinery on a lease-purchase agreement with Whayne Supply Co., Louisville. The court’s action, necessary to keep the company from repossessing three pieces of roadbuilding equipment, exhausts the county road fund until next fiscal y ear, which begins July 1, 1960.

City Councilman Ferdinand Moore was named Whitesburg Mayor Pro Tem by his fellow councilmen this past week to serve in the absence of Mayor Arthur Banks.

Fred Coffey and Cossie Quillen of Whitesburg last week bought the drugstore at Neon formerly owned by the late Dr. D.V. Bentley.

The 1959 high school football season will open officially in Letcher County August 21, when the Jenkins Cavaliers will play a game at Ketron, Tenn.

August 14, 1969

Dr. B.F. Wright of Seco, dominant figure in Letcher County and eastern Kentucky life for a half-century, died Monday night at his residence.

Funeral services for John Lucas, 89, of Cromona, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Lucas was a principal organizer in Letcher and other eastern Kentucky counties for the United Mine Workers of America in the 1930s.

The Kentucky Water Co., this week accepted an offer of $225,000 for the firm’s water system in Jenkins. Jenkins recently received loan and grant funds to purchase the water system, and to make badly-needed improvements.

August 16, 1979

A $9 million to $11 million sewer and water system, serving almost 1,500 households in the upper end of the county, may become a reality within four years as a result of a federal grant program now being composed.

Gas prices in Letcher County have passed the dollar mark and although there are no long lines of cars waiting at the pumps and no stations closing because of a shortage, the gasoline situation is taking its toll on the economy.

The Whitesburg City Council passed a resolution Monday night authorizing Phase II of the sewer evaluation survey, passed an ordinance requiring landowners to build paved driveways and sidewalks along the city streets, and heard protests from Tunnel Hill residents against the proposed annexation.

“Superman” is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

August 16, 1989

Developers are planning to double the size of an apartment complex for the elderly and low income under construction in Fleming-Neon. Larry Voll, an official of Capital Properties Inc., the firm which owns Mountain Pride Apartments, said that when complete, the phase of the project now under construction will include 12 apartments for the elderly and handicapped and 24 units for people who fall under federal guidelines for low to middle income, elderly, or handicapped.

The Whitesburg City Council has voiced its approval of a plan to hire an economic development director for Letcher County.

The State Board of Education has approved a plan that would close two Letcher County high schools and require that a new one be built. The plan would close Fleming- Neon High School and Letcher High School and require the local board to build a new high school at Isom.

August 18, 1999

How many high schools does Letcher County need? The Letcher County School District’s local facilities planning committee will try again Thursday to answer that question.

Two Letcher County high schools have below-average dropout rates, the Kentucky Department of Education said Monday. They are Letcher and Fleming-Neon. They are among 16 “high poverty” high schools in the state which have dropout rates below the state average.

The Isom Day festival will be held Sept. 2-5 at the Isom Fairgrounds and will feature the eighth annual Mountain Heritage Rodeo.

Letcher County isn’t like to get relief from drought conditions before next week — if then — according to weather forecasters.

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