Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



November 19, 1959

Kentucky moved three steps closer to a three percent retail sales tax this week.

Ed Moore’s Yellowjackets finished a very successful season by soundly trouncing Black Star 26-0 in the Coal Bowl.

H.W. Berckman, the man Kentucky hires to protect its timberland, says timber is more important as a natural resource in the state than coal and gas and oil because it is renewable and the others are not.

Pork roast is 35 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store. Leg o’ lamb is 69 cents a pound.

November 20, 1969

The Bethlehem Steel Company was permitted this week to resume full-scale strip mining in Letcher County. State Reclamation Director Elmore Grimm backed down on the issue and withdrew his order of a week ago which had suspended stripping because state law was being ignored.

Tandy Industries Inc. of Tulsa, Okla., has notified the executive committee of the Kentucky River Development District that it plans to go ahead with construction of a housing prefabrication factory at Goose Creek, near Neon.

Winter arrived in Letcher County in full force this week, bringing heavy snow and slick roads along with rapidly dropping temperatures.

November 22, 1979

A meeting of state highway department officials, Letcher County School System personnel and representatives of the firm building the Whitesburg Bypass did not produce any significant new information on what caused the damage to the old Whitesburg High School building two weeks ago.

Installation of two traffic signals in Whitesburg has been approved by the state Department of Transportation. The signals will be located at the Whitesburg Bypass’ intersection with KY 15 and the downtown connected in Whitesburg.

Sirloin steaks are $2.49 a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store. Eggs are 49 cents a dozen.

November 22, 1989

Letcher County’s top school officials say they are opposed to a new state plan that would lower academic standards for counties which have large numbers of poor families.

State Rep. Paul Mason has invited the governor and the state transportation secretary to Letcher County to ride a school bus across Pine Mountain. In letters written to Gov. Wallace Wilkinson and Secretary Milo Bryant, Mason said he would like to give them “a better understanding of the . . . concern for the safety of our children.”

Researchers in Kentucky and other Appalachian states are considering turning to trees as a way to curb unemployment. The University of Kentucky sponsored a workshop in Tennessee this month on growing royal paulownia, a tree species high prized in Japan for furniture.

“Look Who’s Talking” and “Black Rain” are playing at Whitesburg I and II this week.

November 24, 1999

Thanksgiving might not be very bright for some Letcher County residents. The Letcher County Food Pantry, the last place some families here can turn before going hungry, reported an increase of nearly 50 percent in the number of families it fed last month.

Nearly 100,000 acres of forest land have burned in Kentucky this year. Most of the fires were intentionally set. And with rainfall still more than 15 inches below normal for the year, there’s little relief in sight.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5829 in Whitesburg has received the Golden Anniversary Citation in recognition of its 50th anniversary on Nov. 26.

State Rep. Howard Cornett has asked U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers to intervene in the route of Interstate 66 to have the road pass through Letcher County.

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