Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



November 12, 1959

Whitesburg has no hope of getting any flood control work done by the federal government. In a letter to the Chamber of Commerce this week, C.C. Noble, engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, said in effect that there’s nothing in Whitesburg worth spending the money to save.

Fire did extensive damage Wednesday night to the Fleming-Neon High School gymnasium, a frame structure located near the high school in Fleming. The fire apparently started from one of two pot-bellied stoves used to heat the structure.

Completion and use of the new consolidated grade and high school at Letcher maybe delayed because of a lack of water. The county board of education was advised this week that each of two wells drilled on school property has failed to produce good water.

Frying chickens are 25 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store. Dry salt bacon is 19 cents a pound.

November 13, 1969

State Reclamation Director Elmore Grim came to Letcher County Wednesday to deliver personally an order halting strip mining at Millstone — at least temporarily. Grim brought with him complete files on Bethlehem’s operations, and planned a firsthand look at the firm’s operations throughout the area.

Film showing the Bethlehem Steel Corporation strip mining practices was seized and the life of photographer Jean Martin was threatened this week. Miss Martin visited the Bethlehem Millstone strip mines Sunday on assignment from The Mountain Eagle and had taken a number of pictures when she was accosted by three men. They seized her film, and threatened her life should she do any further photographing of Bethlehem’s strip mine.

Jenkins finished the season with a 24-0 homecoming victory over the Pikeville Panthers.

November 15, 1979

Representatives of the state highway department and the construction firm building the Whitesburg bypass met with Letcher County Superintendent of Schools Jack Burkich Wednesday afternoon to assess damage to the old Whitesburg High School believed to have been caused by blasting connected with the road construction.

The city of Blackey is going to try to survey its boundaries, have last week’s town board election declared illegal, and hold a special election before the new board members are sworn in next January.

The Whitesburg Lady Yellowjackets played their first game of the season Monday night at Whitesburg and destroyed the Jackson Lady Tigers 82-18.

November 15, 1989

The City of Jenkins will sell the vacant lot beside City Hall to Greer Development Company of Lexington. The city council approved the sale Monday night, after months of turning down offers from Greer.

Paintings by Letcher County artists David Lucas of Cromona and Jeff Chapman-Crane of Eolia are featured in an exhibit of workers by 43 Kentucky artists at the Museum of Art at Casa de la Culture in Quito, Ecuador.

For the second time in as many years, the Whitesburg Yellowjackets made the Class AA playoffs only to bow out in the opening game. Last Friday night, the Corbin Redhounds, Kentucky’s No. 3-ranked Class AA team, ended the ‘Jackets season with a 27-6 victory.

“Look Who’s Talking” and “Next of Kin” are playing at Whitesburg I and II this week.

November 17, 1999

Interstate 66 would cut a swath through the middle of Knott County and would bypass Letcher County entirely, according to a state Department of Transportation routing proposal.

The biggest water and sewer users in and immediately around Whitesburg will probably be paying more for those services. The city council on Nov. 9 approved the first reading of an ordinance that will raise the rates for everyone who uses more than 4,000 gallons of water a month or disposes of more than 2,000 gallons of sewage.

The City of Whitesburg will attempt to sell its old city hall building, despite the fact that no one has been able to find a deed for the property. The city council voted last week to proceed with the sale of the building, which it declared surplus in March.

Forest fires burned all over eastern Kentucky on Monday, filling the skies with smoke and reducing visibility to the point that spotter planes were sometimes unable to fly.

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