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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 11, 1960

Circuit Judge Courtney C. Wells ruled this week that Whitesburg may annex a three-mile strip of territory reaching from the mouth of Sandlick to Pine Mountain Junction.

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A step toward establishment of a junior college in Letcher County was taken last week by Rep. Harry M. Caudill with introduction in the House of Representatives at Frankfort of a resolution petitioning for an extension division of the University of Kentucky.

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Mrs. Ed Moore, president, extended a welcome to 42 members and guests who enjoyed a dinner meeting and program at the City Café on Feb. 2, when the Whitesburg Business and Professional Women’s Club celebrated its second annual Boss’ Night.

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”Hello Below Zero” and “You Can’t Run Away from It” are playing at the Elinda Ann Drive-In in Whitesburg.

February 12, 1970

The Letcher County Health Department announces that an immunization program against German measles will be held on March 9, 10 and 11 in school-centered sites.

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County Judge Robert Collins said today he hopes to undertake a program to build 1,000 units of low and moderate income housing within Letcher County. Collins said he is also seeking water systems for the Haymond-Neon- Fleming-McRoberts-Hemphill area, the Mayking-Ermine area, the Cumberland River area, the Blackey-Letcher area, and other densely populated sections of the county.

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”Point Blank” and “The Impossible Years” are playing at the Alene Theatre in Whitesburg.

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Green cabbage is 10 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Rib roast is 78 cents a pound.

February 14, 1980

Letcher County schools are back in session after 10 days of unexpected “vacation” because of bad weather. Classes for Whitesburg Middle School met for the first time since fire destroyed the school building on Jan. 23.

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Members of the Jenkins Board of Education are looking for ways to stop the rash of expulsions which has hit the schools this year. One proposal is to try to stop student smoking by hiring people to stay in the restrooms at the times they are most used. Another is to work with individual students to “try and get a positive attitude on the part of everybody.”

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Letcher County’s ranking in the statewide immunization program for schoolchildren is “alarmingly far behind,” said state health officials. Only 42 percent of Letcher County children are immunized; the statewide goal is 90 pecent.

February 14, 1990

The Letcher Fiscal Court has been “advised” to meet its obligations for “furnishing the people of Letcher County a decent and adequate place in which to cast their votes.” In a report issued last week, the Letcher County Grand Jury pointed to “intolerable conditions” as several polling places as one of two major problems uncovered during the jury’s “thorough and extensive examination” of the November general election. The other major problem the jury said it found was the use of “untrained people” as county precinct officers.

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The Letcher County Sheriff ’s office says it plans to spend more time fighting the selling of illegal drugs and alcohol.

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Fleming-Neon is still strapped for money, but the city has hired a firm to look for grant money to stop flooding. City officials are scrambling to pay off thousands of dollars in federal income taxes withheld from employees but never paid, as well as unpaid electrical bills, and delinquent payments on federal loans used to build the city’s sewer system. The consulting engineering firm the city has hired to find grant money to alleviate flooding problems and build recreation projects will be paid only if it gets grant money.

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The Letcher County Tourism Commission plans to ask the sheriff to begin collecting a transient room tax unenforced for nearly 15 years. The Letcher County Fiscal Court enacted the tax in 1975. The 3-percent levy was intended to be collected on the room rent in “motor courts, motels, hotels, inns or like or similar accommodations,” specifi- cally for promoting tourism.

February 16, 2000

The Whitesburg City Council will consider an ordinance to give the city sanitation department exclusive rights to pick up garbage in the city limits after council members learned that the largest businesses in the city are having a private contractor pick up their garbage.

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A committee appointed by the Letcher County judge/ executive and approved by the fiscal court will work with engineers to plan a welcome center near the state line at Pound Gap.

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Letcher County’s unemployment rate was the fourth highest in Kentucky during December, according to the state Cabinet for Workforce Development. The jobless rate here was 11.5 percent.

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What could have been a long delay for the Millstone sewer project may be resolved within the next two weeks. An official with the state Division of Water’s Flood Plain Compliance Section has said the flood plain law doesn’t appear to apply to the project because it’s all underground. If that is the case, the permit could be issued quickly.


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