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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



November 26, 1959

Forest fires continue to take a fearful toll of one of Letcher County’s greatest assets, the forests. Last year, 61 fires burned over 1,348.30 acres of woodland, Forest Ranger Joe Boggs announced.

A survey of high school student enrollments has been made of the area which would be served by the proposed junior college on the Stuart Robinson campus near Blackey.

Charles Cramer Mullis, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cramer Mullis of Lexington, formerly of Blackey, was named Most Valuable Player in his football group recently.

Sympathy goes to the widow and three small children of Robert Wells, who was fatally injured in the Bethlehem No. 21 mine Wednesday.

November 27, 1969

R. Percy Elkins has received a certificate of election as mayor of Jenkins for another term. Elkins won by two votes over a write-in candidate, former Mayor Bill Terrill, after several recounts were held.

The state and the Appalachian Regional Commission have proposed a new system under which garbage from Jenkins, Whitesburg and several other cities would be transported to Hazard for disposal.

Turkeys are 33 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store. Country hams are 99 cents a pound.

November 29, 1979

The Kentucky Power Company could end up paying the City of Whitesburg several times what the utility wished to pay for the right to operate within the city limits. More than 2 1/2 years after turning down a Kentucky Power bid it considered to small, the Whitesburg City Council has voted to readvertise for power franchise bids and tacked a four percent of gross receipts payment onto the conditions of the franchise.

Both Blue Diamond Coal Company and the federal government have asked for further delays in the hearings on violations of mine safety laws found in inspections at the March 1976 Scotia mine disaster in Letcher County which took 26 lives.

The Jenkins Education Association, made up of teachers, principals and other certified personnel in the Jenkins Independent School System, has asked for recognition as “the official representative of the teachers” for professional negotiations.

November 29, 1989

Falling tax rolls have caused rising tax rates in the Jenkins Independent School District, pushing school taxes into the 70-cent per $100 range.

With this Thanksgiving ranking as the safest of the 1980s for travelers in Kentucky, state police said only one accident with serious injuries involved occurred in Hazard’s Post 13 area. That accident occurred about 11:30 a.m. Friday at Dry Fork in Letcher County.

Tax bills are behind schedule this year, but they haven’t been forgotten. The property tax bills were held up for several weeks this year, apparently in part because of controversy over the assessment of unmined minerals.

“Look Who’s Talking” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” are playing at Whitesburg I and II this week.

December 1, 1999

The board responsible for planning a regional water system based around Carr Creek Lake has voted to seek financing for all four of the counties — Letcher, Knott, Perry and Floyd — involved in the project.

Health experts say poverty and lack of education are the two major factors behind most of the health problems that plaque eastern Kentucky and central Appalachia.

The Lady Cavaliers, behind 26 points from senior Autumn Vanover and 19 points from junior Jessica Duty, defeated visiting Cawood 67-63 in the season-opener for both teams.

“Sleepy Hollow” and “Toy Story 2” are playing at Whitesburg Cinema.

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