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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



October 8, 1959

Students who are already enrolled in Whitesburg school but who are using private transportation to get to and from school may now ride school buses, the Letcher County Board of Education ruled Saturday. The board said, however, that students coming to Whitesburg from another district may ride the buses only if they are not overcrowded.

Circuit Judge Courtney C. Wells charged the Letcher County Grand Jury again this week to investigate violence growing out of the coal strike and bring to trial anyone against whom it had evidence.

The annual Whitesburg homecoming celebration will be held Friday, Oct. 23, along with the Prestonsburg- Whitesburg football game.

Country ham is 69 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store. Bananas are 10 cents a pound.

October 9, 1969

The National Audubon Society this week called upon the Bethlehem Steel Corporation to reconsider its plans to strip mine large areas of Letcher County and eastern Kentucky.

A number of elderly mountain residents whose homes have been repaired under a joint federal-state-local program will receive visitors from Washington and Frankfort Friday. Representatives from a group of federal, state and local agencies involved in the Home Repair program of the Leslie, Knott, Letcher, Perry Community Action Council will inspect some of the homes renovated under the program.

Jenkins, after six games now, has a record of four wins and two losses. The latest win for the Jenkins Cavaliers was a 36-30 victory over Whitesburg.

October 11, 1979

The state local finance officer will begin overseeing the spending of Letcher County’s money next week. The state stepped in because Letcher Fiscal Court has taken three loans recently totaling more than $90,000 without making budget amendments and getting approval from the state Department of Local Government and because of an overdraft in the court’s checking account.

Letcher County had the lowest farm income of any county in the state during 1978. Letcher County farmers received a total of $110,000 for their total livestock and farm crop sales last year.

Two new Letcher County government buildings, the Civil Defense building at Mayking and the community building at Fleming-Neon, will be dedicated this Saturday in a day-long ceremony.

Coalfield state legislators, armed with a favorable attorney general’s opinion, will give the state finance department a change to reconsider its decision not to divide $6 million in coal severance tax among the coal counties before asking the Franklin Circuit Court to order the state to allocate the money.

October 11, 1989

Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg has been assigned to hear a motion for a temporary restraining order against four United Mine Worker officers who have been active in selective strikes at two eastern Kentucky coal operations. The case was filed after windshields were smashed and tires flattened on several coal trucks last week as they passed by a picket line at the entrance to Mine 29 Mining and Processing Inc. in southern Pike County.

The jobless rates continue to fall in Letcher County and Kentucky, but the workforce dropped as well, showing more workers are being dropped from the unemployment rolls. Kentucky labor force estimates show Letcher County’s employment fell from 7.5 percent in July to 7 percent in August. However, the number of people employed in Letcher County increased by only two from 8,077 to 8,079 during the same period.

Letcher County should build rural water and sewer lines throughout the county within the next five years, a study of water and sewer needs says.

Whitesburg will not be named to the state Chamber of Commerce’s Certified Cities program this year. The Letcher County Chamber of Commerce was notified last week that the city was not named to the program, which some say increases a city’s chances of attracting outside industry.

October 13, 1999

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted unanimously on Monday to approve the first reading of an ordinance that would require residents who do not have a working septic system to connect to a public sewer if one is available.

Two documentary films produced by women associated with Appalshop are among nine films which received juror awards from the 1999 Louisville Film and Video Festival. The films are “Girls’ Hoops”, produced by Justine Richardson, and “To Save the Land”, produced by Anne Lewis.

A congressional conference committee has approved a bill to create a partnership with Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp. for a veterans clinic in Whitesburg.

The Letcher County Clerk’s Office will spend about $30,000 this year installing computers and other new equipment, and the effort should pay off for people looking up property and other records, Clerk Winston Meade said.

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