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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

March 17, 1960

Laboratory facilities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington are being enlisted in the study of the human skeletons found recently on top of a mountain in Letcher County. The bones were found buried beneath a mass of stones under a cliff in the top stratum of stone on a mountain near the confluence of the Kentucky River and Linefork Creek.

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Letcher Consolidated School is in the process this weekend of moving to the ultramodern building two miles east of Letcher on KY 7. The school is moving from the campus of Stuart Robinson School , where the Letcher County Board of Education has operated it for several years under rental from an agency of the Presbyterian Church.

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Corned beef is 69 cents a pound for flat ends and 63 cents a pound for point ends at the A&P food store. Spare ribs are 39 cents a pound.

March 19, 1970

A spokesman for Letcher Manufacturing Co. announced this week that the firm will merge with one of the nation’s largest furniture makers in the near future. The merger will enable Letcher Manufacturing Co. to greatly enlarge the scope of its operations, and to employ many new workers, the spokesman said.

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The recent increase in pensions for retired members of the United Mine Workers came under criticism this week from Josephine Roche, longtime trustee of the pension fund Miss Roche expressed fear that boosting the monthly pension from $115 per month to $150 monthly might endanger the entire UMW Welfare and Retirement Fund.

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There will be a pancake breakfast in the fellowship hall of the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg following the sunrise service on March 29.

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Red potatoes are 12 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Colombian coff ee is 89 cents a pound.

March 20, 1980

Letcher County Treasurer Ray Collins has asked County Attorney Guy Palumbo to take whatever legal action might be necessary to recover a total of $326,800 which Collins says is owed to the county government by various state and federal agencies Both Collins and Judge/Executive Robert Collins have said for months that the county’s money problems have resulted from the failure of state and federal agencies to pay the county funds they have owed to it or promised to it.

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The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed a bill which would greatly restrict today’s usage of the broadform deed. The bill would require that coal underlying land covered by a broadform deed be mined by the method most used when the deed was signed. In effect, the new law would restrict strip mining.

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After 47 years at the Bank of Whitesburg, Thelma Sergent Napier is retiring. She was the bank’s second employee and is now senior vice president of the bank. She was a member of the first graduating class of Whitesburg High School.

March 21, 1990

Southwestern Virginia is clean and southeastern Kentucky is littered because Kentucky won’t enforce the law, a district health official says. Western Virginia is as poor as we are. They are basically the same people we are. Their laws are enforced — that’s the only diff erence,” Joe Wells of the Kentucky River District Health Department told a group of cleanup volunteers meeting in Hazard.

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Cumberland River residents, tired of being victimized by thieves, have decided to do something about crime in their part of Letcher County. A new sign at the intersection of KY 932 and US 119 on Pine Mountain greets travelers with a familiar bloodhound sporting a wrinkled trench coat and a warning that they are entering a “Neighborhood Crime Watch” area.

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Voters angry about mandatory garbage collection laws are few and can’t hurt local politicians who pass such laws, says Knott County Judge/Executive Homer Sawyer. Sawyer says the move has been the strongest plank in his political platform.

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Chris Isaac, an eighth-grade student from Hemphill Elementary School, brought home a third-place trophy from the statewide Governor’s Cup academic competition. He won his trophy for English composition.

March 22, 2000

Police have recovered more stolen vehicles believed to be related to a “chop shop” operation in Letcher County. Kentucky State Police recovered a rollback car hauler at Fishpond Lake Road on Thursday evening and a John Deere 450 bulldozer from near the Millstone Baptist Church over the week.

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A business expanding in Letcher County expects to add a total of more than 30 new jobs in Isom. The company is Double 12 Leasing Inc., a local, family-owned freight company in operation since 1989. The company is increasing the size of its tractor-trailer fleet by nearly four times, from 12 to 45, and plans to expand more in the future.

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Appalshop is going on the road — kicking off a two-year tour next week in New York City. During the week of March 20, Appalshop, which is based in Whitesburg, and Pregones, a theater company in the South Bronx, will present three evenings of live performances feature the mountain cultures of central Appalachia and Puerto Rico.

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