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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

January 28, 1960

The timber bridge over the Kentucky River on which coal trucks haul to the Spreader-Elkhorn tipple was dynamited Wednesday night, according to the sheriff ’s office. Claude Collins, coal operator, estimated a case of dynamite was set at the end of the bridge. The dynamiting was linked with the coal strike trouble, but there were no arrests.

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Letcher County led all the counties of Kentucky in the pace of selling U.S. Savings Bonds, Series E and H, during 1959.

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A stretch of six miles of road on Linefork has been completed by C.D. Juett Construction Co., Winchester, and accepted for maintenance by the Kentucky Highway Department. The new roads runs from near Gordon to the Pine Mountain Settlement School, about .3 of a mile from the Harlan County line.

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The test suit to establish the legality of the annexation ordinance of the City of Whitesburg is in the hands of Judge Courtney S. Wells of Letcher Circuit Court. The suit was filed by Attorney Harry M. Caudill against the city. The annexation ordinance is concerned chiefly with adding to the city area the territory from the city limits to Pine Mountain Junction.

January 29, 1970

A special meeting will be held at the Letcher County Courthouse at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss the re-writing of various anti-poverty programs within the county. There is considerable uncertainty surrounding the future of the antipoverty program, and some members of a citizens’ advisory group are fearful that the Washington and Atlanta offices of the Office for Economic Opportunity might abandon present programs.

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A Cleveland grand jury, the Labor Department, the Justice Department, and the state of Pennsylvania continued this week with their separate investigations into the murder of United Mine Workers official Joseph A. Yablonski. Three men, one of them a native of eastern Kentucky, have been charged with the New Year’s Eve killing of Yablonski and his wife and daughter, but no motive for the crime has yet emerged.

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Semi-boneless hams are 89 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Bacon is 79 cents a pound.

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”Gone with the Wind” with Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh is playing at the Alene Theater.

January 31, 1980

Letcher County Attorney Forrest Cook says he will resign from his office at the end of February.

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Plans for a new hillside community to be located along the new KY 80 in Knott County are being discussed by several government agencies. Discussion is centering around housing and other community facilities which will be built without disturbing the contour of the land, perhaps with pole foundations.

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The Letcher County Board of Education says construction of a new high school is the best way to solve the crisis caused by the destruction of Whitesburg Middle School by fire earlier this month. Board members said the middle school could then use the current high school cafeteria, gymnasium and English buildings.

January 31, 1990

The Letcher Fiscal Court has dodged the issue of the National Flood Insurance Program by asking the county attorney if it can be placed on the next election ballot.

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The flu outbreak which has reached epidemic proportions in Kentucky and the nation has affected Letcher County, but not sufficiently to close schools or public events.

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The fiscal court will ask the state Department of Corrections to build a prison in Letcher County.

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Teen births decreased in Letcher County and throughout Kentucky through most of the 1980’s, but state health officials say more needs to be done to lower the number.

February 2, 2000

Snow that has closed schools for more than two weeks and has left roads nearly impassible at times has had little effect on the drought that began a year and a half ago.

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Kentucky high schools outperformed middle schools and elementary schools in state test results released Jan. 26. Eastern Kentucky schools, however, were among the districts with the lowest scores.

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Whitesburg’s victories last week over district rivals Fleming-Neon and Letcher improved the Lady ‘Jackets’ district record to 5-0. The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers are in second place with a 2-1 mark.

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The Mountain Beekeepers Association will sponsor a beginning beekeeping workshop on Saturday in the Letcher County Extension Office. The workshop will be conducted by Kentucky State Apiarist Phil Craft, a native of Letcher County.

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