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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



September 3, 1959

Herman Hale, executive vice president of the Bank of Whitesburg, was honored Monday night as the man who has served his community best in 1959.

The Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to protest plans of the Kentucky Power Co. to change its rate schedule.

Dr. Wiley Adams, Oklahoma City, Okla., formally asked the Whitesburg City Council this week for permission to construct a building costing at least $75,000 on land adjacent to city hall.

More than 700 persons attended the annual Adams, Craft, Webb reunion at the Mayking Cemetery Sunday.

September 4, 1969

The Upper Kentucky River Development Board has approved a grant of $75,000 to convert the old Sharon Heights Hospital at Jenkins into a home for the aged.

Mail is now arriving in Whitesburg at 7:45 a.m., nearly a half hour earlier than previously. Postmaster R.C. Day Jr. said the new schedule should permit mail to be sorted and delivered a half hour earlier also.

Fryers are on sale for 29 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Spare ribs are 68 cents a pound.

September 6, 1979

The Kentucky River Garbage and Refuse Disposal District sent its endloader back to the Millstone landfill Tuesday afternoon, following a Letcher Circuit Court temporary restraining order to keep the solid waste disposal site open. The district pulled the equipment out last week and shut the landfill down after Letcher County Fiscal Court made no move to pay the approximately $30,000 owed to the district.

Beth-Elkhorn miners are back at work this week under a temporary restraining order issued Aug. 23 in London. The employees ended a UMW wildcat strike of nearly three weeks in length last Friday evening and returned to work.

Whitesburg High School has adopted a policy on absenteeism for the current school year which provides that any student who misses 20 days will automatically lose course credit.

The Clinchfield Coal Co., located in southwest Virginia, has laid off more than 550 more workers at seven company-owned mines in Dickenson, Russell and Buchanan counties.

September 6 1989

The official unemployment rate for Letcher County is the lowest in years, but with fewer people in the labor force, that rate could be misleading. Figures released last week show the county’s unemployment rate dipped to 7.5 percent for July, down a full three percent from the official June rate of 10.5 percent. In January 1987, Letcher County’s unemployment rate stood at 20.5 percent.

Volunteers at Letcher Fire and Rescue have put their department back in the black, and now they’re making plans they say will keep it there. Chief Wallace Bolling said the volunteer department was $55,000 in debt a year and a half ago, but now it owes a scant $900.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Tim Hogg, Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Carlos Phillips and state police Det. Lon Maggard piled more than 2,500 marijuana plants onto dry bush last Thursday, poured diesel fuel and gasoline of the pile and set it on fire. The plants were in one of six plots found near Flat Gap. Police estimated the total street value of the 6,700 plants found at more than $6.5 million.

September 8, 1999

Even in a normal year, an adult could jump across the Kentucky River where Laurel Fork runs into it near Payne Gap. But this isn’t a normal year. This year, you could step across the river and walk up the middle of Laurel Fork without getting the tops of your shoes wet.

A rodeo rider galloped across the arena at Isom on Saturday night to open the second night of the Mountain Heritage Rodeo. This was the eighth year that the R.S. Rodeo Co. of Hodgenville has performed at the Isom day festival.

The number of employed workers in Letcher County has grown by 5 percent since last February, according to official Kentucky figures. The unemployment rate for Letcher County for July was 6.6 percent, down from 7.8 percent in June.

“Stigmata” and “The Blair Witch Project” are being shown at the Whitesburg Cinema. “Universal Soldier 2″ and Astronaut’s Wife” can be seen at the Jeremiah Drive- In Theatre.

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