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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

March 10, 1960

The Whitesburg VFW Post revealed this week that it plans to purchase a fire truck and set up a volunteer fire department to serve rural Letcher County areas not protected by a city fire department.

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No school until Monday was the word for Letcher County students today. Snow forced schools to close Wednesday, and they will remain closed until Monday.

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Two Letcher County teams were scheduled to compete in the 14th Regional basketball tournament at Hazard today. Letcher, winner of the district tournament at Jenkins, was to meet M.C. Napier and Jenkins, the district runnerup, was to play Hazel Green.

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Inoculations against rabies are being given dogs in the Robinson Creek area of the headwaters of the Cumberland River in Letcher County as a result of a mad dog scare. A child was reported bitten and a cow died after attacks by a rabid dog, it was reported to the Letcher County Health Department.

March 12, 1970

The high cost of living has caught up with the City of Whitesburg, and city council members are having as much trouble dealing with it as most family units. The city was forced at the end of its last budget year to borrow $4,000 from its parking meter reserve fund to pay general fund expenses. It has not been able to pay that back as yet and sees no prospect.

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Thieves took more than $1,000 worth of merchandise and cash from Family Drug Store in Whitesburg sometime Tuesday night. City police said several cameras and watches were stolen, along with the drugstore’s entire stock of narcotics.

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The U.S. Labor Department has asked the federal courts to set aside the re-election of United Mine Workers of American president Tony Boyle in last December’s miner’s union election. The action resulted from a two-month investigation into the election in which Boyle defeated Joseph A. Yablonski for the presidency. Yablonski, his wife and daughter later were murdered in their home and five persons, including a UMWA local president from Tennessee, have been indicted in connection with the shootings.

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Breakfast bacon is 79 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Pole beans are 25 cents a pound.

March 13, 1980

The February Letcher County Grand Jury is remaining in session until an investigation “concerning mismanagement and misuse of local and Letcher County funds” is completed by the state attorney general’s office. The investigation is expected to take as long as six weeks.

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Guy Palumbo has been named Letcher County attorney by County Judge/Executive Robert Collins after the resignation of Forrest E. Cook on Feb. 28.

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Letcher County’s first nonprofit, non-volunteer ambulance service could be in service by April 1, according to Letcher County Judge/Executive Robert Collins and Dr. John Pellegrini, a Letcher County surgeon who has played a large part in getting three new ambulances for Letcher County.

March 14, 1990

Letcher County’s unemployment rate rose 45 percent in January but was still the lowest official rate in the Kentucky River Area Development District. Letcher’s January unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, up from 4.7 percent in December. The January 1990 rate was 40 percent lower than the 11 percent rate in January 1989.

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A broken oil line has spilled several hundred gallons of crude oil into a small stream near the Letcher-Perry county line. A spokesman for Kentucky-West Virginia Gas said the break occurred in a collection line between an oil well owned by a division of that company and a storage tank. He said the break was caused when a logging company operating in the area cut a tree on the line.

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County law enforcement officers will get tough on litterers beginning Saturday, Letcher County Sheriff Steve Banks says. Banks told officials he would give residents one week to begin cleaning up garbage piles around their property before his office begins strict enforcement of the litter laws.

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The Fleming-Neon Lady Pirates upset the Whitesburg Lady Yellowjackets for the championship of the 14th Region. The Lady Pirates are in Bowling Green this week competing in the girls’ state tournament.

March 15, 2000

Twenty-five homes along Long Branch will get sewer service as a result of a grant and loan combination to Whitesburg from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The project will also open up the southwest side of the Whitesburg bypass to development by putting sewer lines on that side of the four-lane highway for the first time.

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The Letcher Fiscal Court voted Monday night to borrow money to complete the purchase of the Swannee tipple site at Isom, which the county plans to convert to an industrial site.

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Two of the three vehicles found burned March 4 on Goose Creek were stolen from Letcher County, say Kentucky State Police. A fourth vehicle found burned at Beaver Dam on Feb. 26 was also stolen from Letcher County. Police believe the vehicles were dumped to keep the thieves from being caught up in an on-going vehicle theft investigation

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An alleged threat at Letcher High School caused a brief scare March 7, but police say no weapons were found, and there was apparently no crime committed. Two boys, ages 16 and 17, were detained and their lockers were searched after the principal and some parents told police that one of the boys had made comments to his friends that they should not come to school that day because he didn’t want them to get hurt.

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