Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



August 27, 1959

In celebration of its 50 years, the First Baptist Church, Whitesburg, will hold special services this coming Sunday, August 30.

Twenty-one instances in which property was bought or work was done for the Letcher County Board of Education without proper advertising for competitive bids are cited by State Auditor Mary Louise Foust in an audit report released this week.

Millard (Bill) Baker, Millstone, is the new manager of the Whitesburg A&P food store. Baker succeeds Vernon Goff, who left for another A&P job in Florida.

August 28, 1969

Bethlehem Steel Corp. announced this week it will go ahead with plans to strip mine its vast holdings in Eastern Kentucky, regardless of local opposition.

The Whitesburg High School Yellowjackets will play their first home game of the season Labor Day at 8 p.m. against Wheelwright. The Jenkins Cavaliers open their season at home against the Elkhorn City Cougars on August 30.

The old Sharon Heights Hospital property in Jenkins will become a 50-bed nursing home if a group of Letcher Countians are successful in their plans. The group, Letcher County Golden Years Rest Home, has obtained a charter as a non-profit corporation, and plans to ask the Kentucky River Development District Board for a grant of $116,000 to remodel the hospital property.

August 30, 1979

The two-month-long controversy surrounding the Love’s Branch road project near Colson began winding down and nearing its end as the federal Office of Surface Mining dropped it cessation order, giving the county permission to work on the road immediately.

The landfill at Millstone appears headed for the same closed-reopened shuffle it went through last May when the solid waste disposal site was closed for almost a week because the county owed nearly $37,000 to the Kentucky River Area Garbage and Refuse Disposal District.

The Beth-Elkhorn mine strike, the longest work stoppage at the union mines since the 1978 United Mine Workers contract strike, may be winding to an end soon as a result of Wednesday afternoon’s agreement between the company and eight men suspended August 19.

August 30, 1989

Saying the county is running out of money, the Letcher County Fiscal Court has suspended paying its bills. Judge/ Executive Ruben Watts said the county hasn’t received its coal severance tax payments from the state since early this year.

Letcher and Harlan countians hope to meet with state officials to lobby for construction of U.S. 119 across Pine Mountain. The Letcher, Tri-City and Harlan County Chambers of Commerce met last week to protest the exclusion of the road from the state’s six-year road plan. The three groups, along with city and county officials, agreed to form another organization, the U.S. Highway 119 Association, in an attempt to get the state to build the road.

Belinda Mason, a member of the President’s Commission on AIDS, has been chosen to receive the Mountain Heritage Festival’s Humanitarian Award for 1989.

Sept. 1, 1999

Only three classes scored above 50 percent among the 22 in Letcher County which took the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) last spring.

The Red Fox Golf Course could be read for play in 18 months. Engineers and designers hired by the state to plan the golf course that will be the center of a recreational/industrial area on the Knott, Letcher and Perry county border were enthusiastic about the site when they met with the Tri-County Development Authority on August 25.

Workers removed the wooden barriers blocking the final section of U.S. 23 on Friday, officially opening up the corridor to traffic for the first time.

“Journey through the ’70s” will be the theme of Neon Days. There will be a football game and disco dance contest Friday, a parade and street dance on Saturday, a ceremony honoring Arnold and Gladys Kincer and a gospel sing on Sunday.

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