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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

February 4, 1960

Letcher County would have its own circuit judge and would elect its own circuit judge and commonwealth’s attorney under a bill passed Wednesday by the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Harry M. Caudill, would separate Perry and Letcher counties into separate judicial districts.

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Kentucky Power Company has received final approval from the Public Service Commission to include a fuel clause in its residential and commercial rate and to change the monthly minimum from $1 to $2.

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The Whitesburg Water Plant Board told City Councilmen Tuesday night the board feels progress is being made toward straightening out Whitesburg’s water problems.

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A Jenkins student, Peggy Craft, is among the award winners in the 1959 Soil Conservation Essay Contest among Kentucky students.

February 5, 1970

The last roadblock to construction of a Letcher County factory to prefabricate housing apparently was removed this week. The Farmers Home Administration gave formal approval to use of a half-million dollars to finance construction of the factory by Tandy Industries Inc. of Tulsa, Okla.

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A Knott County house which has been in two states and 12 counties but has never been moved from its original site is to be preserved as a museum of early mountain life. The house will be moved at last from its site near Cody, because that site lies directly in the path of the Carrs Fork reservoir now under construction.

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Hamburger is 59 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Cherry pies are 49 cents.

February 7, 1980

Fire has destroyed two adjoining buildings in downtown Neon which housed the Fleming-Neon City Hall, Dock’s Grocery and a barber shop operated by Donny Hall. The Western Auto building, joined to the other two, was saved.

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Property in Letcher County is assessed at 84.1 percent of its market value, according to a survey by the Kentucky Department of Revenue. In all but 22 of the state’s 120 counties property is assessed by local officials at a figure lower than its sales price in 1979, officials say.

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Magistrates say the Letcher County government has only enough fuel to last until Tuesday. This is one of several complications that have occurred since the Kentucky Department of Local Government began overseeing county spending, officials say.

February 7, 1990

The Letcher Fiscal Court may begin charging perton fees for commercial haulers to dump garbage in the county landfill. The court again last week delayed action against some garbage haulers who have franchises in the county but have not paid their franchise fees. The court has been talking about the problem for more than two years but so far has taken no action.

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KY 7 at the mouth of Carbon Glow at Letcher has been reduced to one lane by heavy truck traffic leaving the hollow. State highway department workers put “cold patch” in potholes beside the road last week, but the broken asphalt remained untouched. Area residents fear someone will be killed on the road unless it is repaired.

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Letcher County may join four other eastern Kentucky counties in a regional “911” emergency system run by the Hazard post of the Kentucky State Police.

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After years of controversy, the Jenkins City Council passed a zoning ordinance into law without comment.

February 9, 2000

At least three Letcher County magistrates want to turn over control of the construction of a proposed welcome center — and the money to build it — to the city of Jenkins.

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A empty building on Main Street in Whitesburg will be filled with children by fall. Mountain Montessori Inc. bought the old Frazier’s Auto Supply building on the corner of Main Street and Bentley Avenue and will convert it to a pre-school and kindergarten.

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Letcher County will be one of several counties across eastern Kentucky that are participating in a tire amnesty program sponsored by the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and the state Department of Transportation.

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Letcher, the defending 53rd District champion, lost last week at Whitesburg and slipped into a tie with the Yellowjackets and the Fleming-Neon Pirates for the top spot in the regular season district standings.

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