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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



March 24, 1960

Fleming-Neon High School hopes to move into the modern new building on the hill early this coming week, Principal Roy Reasor said today. The high school’s enrollment is 385.

Bethlehem Mines Corporation, coal operating subsidiary for Bethlehem Steel Corporation, is opening a new coal production project on Marshall’s Branch on the boundary lines of Pike and Letcher counties. The operation will be strip, auger and deep mining.

Over $1,000 was spent last year in caring for the teeth of over 400 poor school children under the dental health program of the Letcher County Health Department. “But it only begins to scratch the surface of the need,” said Dr. R. Dow Collins, health officer. “Nearly every child needs attention to his teeth in the growing stage.

”The Sun Also Rises” and “Dakota Lil” are playing at the Elinda Ann Drive-In in Whitesburg.

March 26, 1970

Whitesburg faced possible disciplinary action from the Kentucky Water Pollution Control Commission today, after city officials failed to attend a hearing in Frankfort Monday. City Attorney Leroy Fields had been scheduled to appear before the commission, but reportedly was unable to make transportation arrangements. Following a near-total breakdown in the Whitesburg sewage collection and treatment system last spring, the commission order Whitesburg to cease polluting the Kentucky River and take steps to repair the system.

Gardeners are out in numbers in Letcher County and throughout eastern Kentucky this week as winter weather finally is yielding to spring.

South Central Bell Telephone Company announced it plans to install equipment for direct dialing in Letcher and other eastern Kentucky counties by mid-1971.

Pork chops are 59 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Hamburger is also 59 cents a pound.

March 27, 1980

Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. says his program to reallocate severance tax funds to coal counties is the most significant legislation of his administration. The program provides for the return of 50 percent of the coal severance tax to the counties from which the coal came.

Former teacher Virginia Harris Combs pleaded with Letcher County school officials to preserve the old Whitesburg High School building, which the county board of education is planning to demolish. The building was condemned by state officials after it was damaged by nearby blasting.

Letcher County Judge/Executive named Bill Banks, Lee Adams and Dennis Dixon to serve as commissioners in charge of reapportioning the county’s five magisterial districts.

March 28, 1990

The Jenkins Independent School System is ordering extra safety features on its new buses. Superintendent Parker Tiller told board members Monday night that the system’s new large bus has been delivered. It replaces a bus that was involved in an accident last year. (The bus was not loaded at the time of the wreck.)

Suffering because of low membership and a lackluster image, the Letcher County Chamber of Commerce will begin a membership drive in an effort to cure some of its ills.

Kentucky Power Company has agreed to pay $97,000 in damages for a house that burned in 1986. The owners of the Millstone house and the woman who was renting it when it burned sued Kentucky Power claiming an electrical connection on the side of the house shorted out and set fire to the roof.

The Letcher County Extension Service has moved to new offices at 135 C West Main Street. An open house is planned for the near future.

March 29, 2000

Police arrested 14 persons Monday on sealed indictment warrants charging them with obtaining prescription medication by fraud. Another four arrests were expected on that charge and one on a charge of forgery of a prescription.

Joe Begley, a leader in the fight to stop abuses of stripmining for nearly 40 years, died Monday at his home in Blackey.

The Mountain Eagle is moving this week to the old Whitesburg City Hall building at 41 North Webb Avenue in downtown Whitesburg. The Eagle’s owners bought the building from the City of Whitesburg in December and remodeling work has been under way for several weeks.

The threat of publishing the names of people with delinquent garbage bills has money pouring into the county sanitation department. Between March 14, the day after the Letcher Fiscal Court voted to publish the names in the newspaper, and March 27, the county received $11,629.02 in payments for delinquent garbage bills.

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