Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



October 29, 1959

An opinion from the attorney general’s office upset Letcher County’s election procedures today. In a telegram, Asst. Atty. Gen. Walter Herdman informed County Clerk Charlie Wright that in his opinion separate paper ballots should be printed for city elections where city boundaries do not coincide with county precinct boundaries.

Hillard Kincer, 52, candidate for state representative on the Democratic ticket in the Nov. 3 election, died of a heart condition at 1:30 a.m. today at his home in Neon. In the emergency, Roland Price, Democratic chairman of Letcher County, ordered the name of Harry M. Caudill placed on the ballot in the place of Kincer.

Roger Kincer scored 27 points in Whitesburg’s 51-point conquest of Prestonsburg to maintain his state scoring leadership over Evarts’s Perky Bryant, who added the same number to his total against Fleming-Neon Saturday afternoon.

Smoked hams are 45 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store. Candy bars are 5 cents each or a box of 24 for 89 cents.

October 30, 1969

The first outside industry to move into Letcher County in many years will begin production of housing here early next spring. Tandy Industries of Tulsa, Okla., announced in a joint press conference with Gov. Louie B. Nunn this week that it will invest $1.1 million in plant facilities in Letcher County.

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday approved a coal mine safety bill by a vote of 389 to 4. The measure will now go to a conference committee which will attempt to work out differences between the measure approve by the House and the one approved earlier by the Senate.

Nearly 9,000 voters are expected to visit the polls in Letcher County Tuesday to choose county officials for fouryear terms beginning in January.

Carl Stone of Campton was the winner of the Mountain 100 this past Sunday at Mountain Motor Speedway. He drove car #57, a 1969 Torino. There were about 4,500 at the races for the last race of this season.

November 1, 1979

The dropping of the county trial commissioner, the assistant county attorney, and a county patrolman from the county payroll are among the solutions decided on by the Letcher Fiscal Court to the court’s current budgetary woes.

The average price per gallon for gasoline in central and eastern Kentucky increased one cent at full-service stations over the past month, and more than one and a half cents at self-service pumps. The average cost a full-service stations is $1.01 per gallon for regular gas. The self-service price is 94.4 cents for regular.

Sliced bacon is 99 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Chuck roast is $1.28 a pound.

November 1, 1989

President Bush has approved federal disaster money for Letcher and nine other eastern Kentucky counties hit by last month’s flash flooding.

A locally owned corporation and a minimum security prison are among the possibilities for new industry being studied by the Letcher County Chamber of Commerce.

A landslide threatened at least two houses and a mobile home on Little Colly after heavy rains last week loosened mud, rocks and trees from an abandoned strip mine. Dr. William D. Sizemore, Steve Sexton and Jim Tyree live on the banks of the hollow where the debris is moving down the mountainside in alarming amounts, often overflowing the ditch.

“Next of Kin” and “Shocker” are playing at Whitesburg I and II this week.

November 3, 1999

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright won re-election over challenger Will Collins. Paul Patton lost in Letcher County to Republican Peppy Martin, but won statewide with 62 percent of the vote.

A regional water system from Carr Creek Lake could cost $11 million to $19 million and might not include Letcher and Floyd counties until years after the initial system is built. The water system was conceived as a water source for Knott, Perry, and Letcher counties. Floyd Count was added to the plan later.

An experiment in recycling in Letcher County was so successful that county officials have been invited to talk to member of the Kentucky General Assembly today on the merits of a bottle bill. The “mini-bottle bill” experiment run out of the Letcher County Recycling Center Oct. 28, 29 and 30 netted 14,238 pounds of glass, aluminum and plastic. The county and the Letcher County Conservation District used a PRIDE grant and money from the conservation district to pay residents 30 cents a pound to bring in recyclables.

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