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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



September 10, 1959

Repairs needed to make the Whitesburg High School and Grade School buildings safe from fire would cost about $26,500, Architect D.E. Perkins told the county school board Saturday.

The Letcher County Board of Education has directed Supt. William B. Hall to do everything possible to match $33,000 in federal funds for installation of an up-to-date science laboratory at Whitesburg High School.

Letcher County found something to do this week with its heavily-mortgaged road building machinery. It will rent it to the state highway department.

A swarm of small Yellowjackets from Letcher County stung into confusion the Tigers of Johnson County in routing the host team 31-6 via the air lanes.

September 11, 1969

School enrollment figures for Letcher and surrounding counties show that movement of people from eastern Kentucky continued at a high rate during the past year. Letcher County reported a drop in school enrollment from 5,866 at the beginning of school last year to a 5,679 enrollment figure at the beginning of school now.

The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a field hearing in Letcher County Friday to get firsthand information on the needs and problems of elderly residents of rural areas.

In one of the best opening games in years, the Cavaliers defeated Elkhorn City 26-22. In a Courier-Journal survey, Elkhorn City had been picked fourth in the 4th Region of Class A football.

Bananas are on sale for 10 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Beef liver is 58 cents a pound.

September 13, 1979

Letcher County’s allocation of approximately $300,000 in coal severance tax, which fiscal court members said in August would be used for road and bridge work, is being held up in Frankfort while coalfield state legislators and the state finance department argue over the definition of “unappropriated surplus”.

Several residents of the Jenkins Independent School District are challenging the legality of a recently enacted utility tax of three percent. Also, two city-run utilities are questioning whether the tax is legal and are not collecting it.

Letcher Fiscal Court members have agreed to borrow more than $30,000 to pay off the Kentucky River Garbage and Refuse Disposal District in an attempt to eventually take over the district’s landfill near Millstone.

Plans were announced this week for the first annual Mountain Coal Festival, to be held Oct. 6 at the Fleming- Neon football field.

September 13 1989

Fleming-Neon is not the first Kentucky city to pass a curfew — it’s just one of the latest. A law barring anyone under 18 from the city streets after 10 p.m. unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian went into effect two weeks ago.

Gov. Wallace Wilkinson will tell Letcher County high school students to “say no to drugs” in a speech here next week.

The Jenkins City Council has again turned away a buyer for the vacant lot beside city hall. The council voted four to two not to sell the property. Greer Development of Lexington wants to build a Rite-Aid pharmacy on the lot and possibly a restaurant.

September 15, 1999

Miners refused to work at Golden Oak Mining Co. on Monday, a week after the company notified them their pay would be cut beginning this week. One miner, who asked not to be identified, said pay will fall to as little as $10 per hour for some underground miners.

The only things standing in the way of a new central high school in Letcher County are land and money — and lots of both. If the district builds an all-new school, it will need about 20 acres of level land near the center of the county.

The Letcher Fiscal Court on Monday night approved the second and final reading of an ordinance that will require residents to remove “attractive nuisances” from their property.

“Dudley Do-Right” and “Runaway Bride” are being shown at the Whitesburg Cinema.

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