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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



September 17, 1959

The Letcher County Board of Education changed its mind this week and decided county school buses may carry children from one school district to another.

Mrs. S.E. Moncrief Jr., emergency March of Dimes chairman, has announced that the Letcher County emergency appeal has been extended to Oct. 1. The debt load carried by the Letcher County Polio Chapter is now $12,000, and the county has four new polio patients who will be looking to the chapter for help.

The Jenkins Woman’s Club with Mrs. W.D. Sanders as president, sponsored a rummage sale in Jenkins in the fight against polio on Saturday.

Keeneland Foundation today announced that Rosemary Brown of Jenkins has received a four-year scholarship in education to Morehead State College.

Smoked picnic is 29 cents a pound at the A&P food store. Whole chickens are 29 cents a pound.

September 18, 1969

U.S. Senator Vance Harke told an Eastern Kentucky audience at Fleming that he fears the Nixon administration is turning its back on the problems of the nation’s elderly citizens.

The number of people receiving food stamps in the Kentucky River Development District increased by 160 in July over June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture as reported.

Ardell Champion, a Seco engineer, has been selected to replace the late Dr. B.F. Wright on the Letcher County Board of Education.

Perch fillets are 29 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Rib steak is $1.09 a pound.

September 20, 1979

The northeast section of Letcher County — a heavily populated group of old coal company communities surrounding the city of Fleming-Neon — is scheduled for a facelift, according to an early draft of a grant application for $3 million from Housing and Urban Development. The application shows a massive government plan for the area to include not only new water and sewer services, but also a renovation of almost half of the existing housing, the leveling of abandoned buildings, construction of 200 new housing units, street and drainage improvements, and new recreation facilities.

Several UMW convention delegates from subdistrict three, which includes Letcher County’s Beth-Elkhorn mines, will oppose resolutions recommended by UMW President Arnold Miller and the International Executive Board at this December’s convention.

“Alien” starring Tom Skerritt and Sigourney Weaver is playing at the Alene Theatre in Whitesburg.

September 20 1989

Miners at Big Elk Creek Coal Co. on Monday overwhelming rejected a bid for representation by the United Mine Workers of America by a 58 to 31 vote.

The Letcher County Board of Education voted to continue paying for a better health insurance policy for its employees.

The annual Mountain Heritage Festival was under way throughout Letcher County.

September 22, 1999

The impasse between Golden Oak Mining Co. and workers continued this week with most of the company’s employees seeking unemployment benefits or applying for other jobs. Employees refused to work beginning Sept. 13 after the company announced it would cut all salaries by 10 percent.

The City of Whitesburg may be preparing to turn its public water and sewer systems over to a private corporation. The city council voted unanimously last week to give Mayor Nathan Baker permission to negotiate with Professional Services Group to work out a contract on running the city’s water and sewer systems.

Letcher County will use a $20,000 grant to buy back recyclable items from the public and help begin a program to give a monthly garbage-bill discount to residents who recycle.

The Kentucky River maintained its level at the Whitesburg dam last week, despite the deepening drought. With September two-thirds gone, there has been barely a trace of rain. The normal for the month is 3.6 inches.

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