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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

March 31, 1960

The session of Letcher Circuit Court schedule to start April 11 will be the last for Circuit Judge Courtney C. Wells and Commonwealth’s Attorney Tolbert Combs, both of Hazard. The new law making a separate circuit of Letcher County becomes effective June 1, separating Letcher from Perry County.

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The old bones found in a cairn beneath a cliff on the top of the Lusk Mountain on Linefork have been identified as Indians, dead some 300 to 600 years, possibly even 1,000 years.

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Chances for an airport in Letcher County brightened considerably this week with a visit and words of encouragement from an official of the state Department of Aeronautics. The visitor, Ed LaFontaine, said the state definitely is interested in helping to build an airport in Letcher County.

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Codfish is 25 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store. Asparagus is 19 cents a pound.

April 2, 1970

The lifesaving course he completed as a 14-year-old in his hometown of Jenkins was credited by Sgt. Robert E. Harris with his ability to save the lives of two companions and his subsequent award of the highest U.S. Air Force noncombat decoration for heroism, the Airman’s Medal. Harris prevented two airmen from drowning in deep water during a unit outing at Pagsanjan Falls in the Philippines, helping one to a shallow rock shelf and assisting the other to shore.

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Business, industrial and residential development in Letcher County will come under control of a new countywide planning commission this spring. The commission will be known as the Jenkins-Fleming-Neon-Letcher County Planning Commission.

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Local truck-mine operators were expressing new fears today that the new federal mine safety laws, which will take effect this week, will force many small mines out of business. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday that it will enforce penalties for safety law violations against large and small mines equally.

April 3, 1980
This issue of The Mountain Eagle
could not be found.

April 4, 1990

The Kentucky Revenue Cabinet says Letcher County’s unmined coal reserves are worth only $31.2 million — less than half the 1988 assessment. However, former Letcher County Property Valuation Administrator Columbus Sexton, who did the 1988 assessment, said even his figure of $75.8 million was too low.

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Whitesburg city officials say they had no choice but to take seriously an anonymous caller’s threat of poisoning meat at a local supermarket. A small panic began at 4:25 p.m. Monday after officials at the Kentucky Regional Poison Center in Louisville called the Whitesburg City Police Department and reported that an anonymous male called the center and said he had injected the meat with cyanide.

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The Letcher County Fiscal Court has turned down the National Flood Insurance Program, shutting off federal aid to flood victims. The item was not on the agenda to be discussed at the meeting March 28.

April 5, 2000

Police have recovered two more stolen vehicles believed to be connected to a multi-state chop shop investigation in Letcher County. The two Ford pickup trucks with their vehicle identification numbers obscured were recovered from the parking lot of Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.

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The federal Office of Surface Mine Reclamation and Enforcement has given state mine regulators 10 days to “take appropriate actions” to correct alleged violations at a Cumberland River strip mine or explain why they haven’t. But a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet said state inspectors had already cited Harlan Reclamation Services Inc. for excessive dust when the federal agency issued its notice.

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”Snow Day” and “Sleepy Hollow” are playing at the Jeremiah Drive-In Theatre.

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