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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

March 3, 1960

A collection of human bones which almost filled a 100-pound feed sack was taken Wednesday to the Kentucky State Police crime laboratory at Lexington by Mrs. Archie Craft, Letcher County coroner. The bones were found last Saturday high atop the mountain near the mouth of Linefork Creek in lower Letcher County on the old William Lusk property, about a mile upstream of Linefork. The bones were beneath a cairn of flat rocks apparently gather from the hillside nearby.

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Letcher County’s public library program was saved from death this week by action of the Kentucky Department of Library Extension. The Division sent a contribution of $900, 158 new books and a promise of a reconditioned bookmobile later this month.

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The Letcher County cities of Neon and Jenkins have won recognition for their community development efforts over the past year. The recognition came in the form of a $50 cash award for Neon and an honorable mention certificate for Jenkins in the Better Eastern Kentucky Contest held annually by Kentucky Power Company.

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Sirloin steak is 98 cents a pound at the A&P food store. T-bone steak is 99 cents a pound.

March 5, 1970

Letcher County Judge Robert Collins reported he is getting great numbers of calls from Letcher Countians who have been laid off by Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. “It just looks like we might be in for a kind of reverse migration that is going to bring a whole lot of people back to the mountains,” Collins said.

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A 50-unit rent supplement housing project for Whitesburg moved a step closer to reality this week with approval by the Federal Housing Administration at Louisville of a “firm commitment” to insure the mortgage on the project.

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Letcher County teachers are back in their classrooms today after more than a week out on strike. The teachers returned to school Wednesday, following a decision of the Kentucky Education Association that state teachers had nothing further to gain by continue their 10-day walkout.

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Idaho potatoes cost 89 cents for 10 pounds at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Chicken legs are 68 cents a pound.

March 6, 1980

Eight-year-old Elizabeth Mason got a taste of stardom this week when the film “Coal Miner’s Daughter” premiered in Louisville. She was one of 11 Letcher County youngsters cast in the film, which was partly filmed in Letcher County. She portrayed Sue, the oldest daughter of singer/songwriter Loretta Lynn, whose life the film chronicled.

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The state School Building Authority has named a committee to meet with members of the General Assembly to discuss a proposal that the SBA include in its regulations a procedure for emergency school construction. Both Whitesburg Elementary School and Whitesburg High School students are suff ering from the loss of buildings to fire and condemnation.

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Letcher Judge/Executive Robert Collins says he will name a committee to reapportion the county’s five magisterial districts. County districts county change to a maximum of eight or a minimum of three.

March 7, 1990

CSX Transportation and state highway department workers installed new, larger warning lights at a railroad crossing at Isom last week. Three people have been killed and several others injured at the crossing when the vehicles in which they were riding were struck by trains.

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A Whitesburg contractor has been selected to remodel the old Coca-Cola building into a branch campus of Southeast Community College. The Whitesburg Education Foundation chose Amburgey Construction to renovate the building. Construction is slated to begin sometime this spring and to be completed by the beginning of the fall college semester in August.

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Mountain Comprehensive Health Service has added two Letcher County natives to its professional staff , Dr. Artie Ann Bates and Dr. Shelby Collins. Both grew up in the Blackey area.

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“Born on the Fourth of July”, “Hard to Kill” and “Ski Patrol” are playing at Whitesburg I & II.

March 8, 2000

Police have discovered seven stolen cars and trucks and a stolen equipment trailer abandoned in Letcher County since March 3. Two cars and a pickup had been burned. Police believe the vehicles are being dumped because of an on-going investigation of a multi-state vehicle theft ring.

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A federal grand jury in Lexington has indicted Wilford Henry Niece and three other Letcher County residents on cocaine-related charges. The charges were made after Kentucky State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Niece’s property at Van on Highway 15 between Whitesburg and Colson on Feb. 9.

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The closing of a Letcher County food store will be a boon to the Letcher County Food Pantry. Laurel Grocery, which owns Food World in the Whitesburg Plaza, bought out Foodland on Solomon Road and is closing the store. But rather than selling out the stock or throwing it away, Food World manager Larry Whitaker called the food pantry. Laurel Grocery is donating the remaining stock to the food pantry and to other organizations that feed the poor and the elderly.

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The Whitesburg Lady ‘Jackets rode the scoring of supersub Chasity McBee to the championship of the 53rd District Tournament.

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