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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 21, 1960

The change in the governor’s chair in Frankfort apparently has cost Letcher County 14 jobs and nine road projects.

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Uncle Issac W. Fields, Cumberland, celebrated his 100th birthday Jan. 4. He has been a member of the Big Cowan Church for 76 years, and a deacon for 75 years.

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Sirens will blow in Jenkins, Neon and Whitesburg Jan. 28 to signal the opening of the Mothers March on Polio.

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Whitesburg Grade School children were enjoying an unexpected holiday today, and from all indications the holiday will continue for another 10 days or more. School was dismissed Wednesday afternoon after the furnace failed when a crack developed in the boiler.

January 22, 1970

The Kentucky Conservation Council has asked the state legislature to approve several new laws to regulate strip mining, including a near-ban on stripping in the mountains.

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Sgt. Thomas D. Stansberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Stansberry of Whitesburg, is a member of a unit that has earned the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

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Whole fryers are 27 cents a pound at the A&P Food Store. Bananas are 10 cents a pound

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”Goodbye Columbus” with Richard Benjamin and Ali McGraw is playing at the Alene Theatre in Whitesburg.

January 24, 1980

Fire destroyed Whitesburg Middle School early on Jan. 23, leaving 360 students without classrooms. The fire, which apparent started in the auditorium balcony, as discovered around 6 a.m. by Bill Lewis, a school custodian.

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County officials are trying to find ways to salvage at least part of a huge water, sewer and housing program for the upper end of Letcher County. The program suff ered a near fatal blow last week when the Letcher Fiscal Court refused to put Letcher County into the federal flood insurance program.

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The Jenkins water system is facing a new round of problems over delinquent power bills totaling $19,684 and dating as far back as August, 1978.

January 24, 1990

A crowd of angry citizens has challenged efforts by some local residents to keep Letcher County from joining the National Flood Insurance Program. About 60 people crowded into the Letcher District Courtroom last Thursday for a sometimes heated public discussion of the issue.

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Letcher County businessman Joe Walters has been elected as chairman of the state School Facilities Construction Commission.

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Letcher and Harlan county residents will take their case for completing US 119 to Frankfort with a motorcade.

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A bingo game meant to bail out the Jenkins School System’s athletic department is having to be bailed out itself. Superintendent Parker Tiller told the board of education Monday night that the program is being looked at on a month-to-month basis and if profits don’t turn around by February or if people other than school employees are allowed the operate the game, it will be closed.

January 26, 2000

Declining enrollment will continue to drain money from Letcher County schools next year. The state Department of Education estimates that the county school district will lose at least $339,000 and perhaps as much as $692,000 in state SEEK money next year.

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The Letcher Fiscal Court agreed this week to go on record as being seriously interested in setting up a tire recycling sub-plant in Letcher County.

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be on hand January 27 in Hyden to discuss the agency’s elk restoration project in southeastern Kentucky.

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