Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



August 20, 1959

A campaign began in Cumberland this week for money to finance development of a new state park in Letcher and Harlan counties on Pine Mountain. Members of the Cumberland Lions Club are soliciting donations of $5,000 for the purchase of about 350 acres of land to be included in the park site.

The Thornton Union Association of Regular Baptist churches has made a gesture of peace with the Indian Bottom Association in an effort to heal a breach of several years’ standing. Six churches were given their letters of dismissal from the Thornton Union Association and counseled to return to the Indian Bottom Association.

Joseph J. Doney, administrator of Whitesburg Memorial Hospital since it opened, will leave Sept. 15 to become a consultant with the International Co-Operation Administration, a branch of the U.S. State Department. Doney’s successor at the Whitesburg hospital will be Charles Dimmock Jenkins.

August 21, 1969

Members of the Whitesburg City Council passed an ordinance making Whitesburg’s new one-way street plan official this week amid protests of three businessmen who say they are losing customers because of the plan. The ordinance designates Main Street as one way going east from the intersection of Bentley Avenue to the intersection of Webb Avenue. Bentley Avenue is one way going south from Webb Avenue to Main Street, and Webb Avenue is one way from Main Street north to Bentley Avenue.

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Jack M. Fleming, son of Lilly L. Fleming of Jenkins, has been recognized for helping his unit earn the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. His unit was cited for providing engineering services for the allied units stationed in the Nha Trang area.

Baking hens are 39 cents a pound at the A&P food store. Pork roast is 49 cents a pound.

August 23, 1979

Beth-Elkhorn Coal’s 1,500 to 1,600 employees remain out on strike today as the result of a dispute at Mine 21 Sunday night. The strike began over the hiring of a non-union miner, and the placing of eight men on suspension and pending termination.

Students in the Jenkins Independent Schools scored higher than their counterparts in the Letcher County system in a statewide testing program last spring, although some grades still were below the national average.

More than a month after Jenkins’s fatal water tank rupture, a final report is still several weeks off, an engineer investigation the July 1 accident said Tuesday.

The Letcher County Ambulance Service was shut down Sunday by picketing ambulance drivers and attendants, who say their employer owes them more than two weeks’ pay.

August 23, 1989

Community leaders from Letcher and Harlan counties may lobby together for the completion of U.S. 119. Members of the Letcher County and Harlan County Chambers of Commerce will meet Thursday at the Parkway Inn to discuss the road, which is the main link between Whitesburg and Cumberland.

Twenty-five paintings by Cromona artist David Lucas will become a part of the permanent collection of the University of Kentucky Art Museum. The museum’s direction, William Hennessey, bought the paintings of miners and mining scenes on a recent visit to Lucas’s home.

September 15 will be the first annual Mountain Heritage day in Blackey.

August 25, 1999

A violent, fast-moving storm passed over Letcher County on Aug. 20, but did little to relieve the drought. High winds and hail knocked down trees and damaged crops. At least one woman as injured at Premium when a tree fell on her trailer and crushed her ankle.

How dry is it? It’s so dry the city of Whitesburg sold 58,000 gallons of water to outside water suppliers in July, nearly six times what it ordinarily sells. It’s so dry it would take 7.1 inches above normal rainfall to make up for the rain eastern Kentucky hasn’t gotten this year.

Retired teacher Josephine Vanover Sanders will be grand marshal of the Jenkins Day parade on August 28. She will also receive a plaque recognizing her years as a teacher in the Jenkins schools.

“The Sixth Sense” and “The Blair Witch Project” are play- ing at Whitesburg Cinema.

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