Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



April 7, 1960

Whitesburg has a Boy Scout troop again, for the first time in nearly three years.

The R.H. Hobbs Company is remodeling and rearranging its store to become a self-service store. Work on remodeling the basement has been in progress for several weeks and work on the main floor started this week.

On Monday at 7 p.m., 150 seniors and their sponsors will board the Cumberland Coach line buses at Whitesburg and start on the trip to Washington, D.C.

The Letcher County Public Library has only one table and a couple of chairs for prospective readers. The library is behind the county jail on Webb Avenue. Just step over the sewer and walk right up the stairs. The library is sick, and it needs friends to sit up with it for a while.

April 9, 1970

Letcher County’s numerous truck mine operators have decided to try to conform to the new federal mine safety laws, and to stay in business until or unless they are closed down by a mine inspector. This was the consensus of operators who got together in the Letcher County Courthouse Friday night.

Construction is to begin on the plant near Neon for Tandy Industries within six weeks. The firm will manufacture prefabricated homes.

Land which drains through Lilley’s Woods in Letcher County is being considered for auger mining. Conley Mullins Coal Co. of Pound, Va., has applied for a permit to auger on a 10-acre tract of land on Whitaker Branch, several hundred feet from the Lilley’s Woods boundary.

Green Giant vegetables are 89 cents for four cans at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. A&P coff ee is $1.59 for a two-pound can.

April 10, 1980

Top officers of the United Mine Workers of America District 30 have issued an angry denouncement of Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., indicating that Brown made former Gov. Louie B. Nunn ‘smell like a rose’. The castigating comes over changes in workman’s compensation and increases in the state gasoline tax.

Letcher County is one of five eastern Kentucky counties to receive special attention from the federal Office of Surface Mining over the next few months. Federal strip-mine inspection in the counties will be reviewed as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed against the federal government by five environmental groups seeking to force the federal government to be more diligent in inspecting strip mines.

Ten years after a coal explosion killed 38 mine in Hyden, the courts are still hearing arguments over whether the federal government should bear responsibility for the disaster.

April 11, 1990

Tests on five kinds of meat from Whitesburg supermarkets have shown no signs of cyanide poisoning, despite several threatening telephone calls made here last week.

Police are searching for a man who robbed an Isom convenience store at gunpoint early Monday and then escaped on foot. The man was wrapped in a blanket and had his face covered by a dishtowel.

Letcher County’s unemployment rate rose by 1.5 percent in February, but remained the lowest in the Kentucky River Area Development District

A 50-year-old stone bridge at the Upper Bottom section of Whitesburg used to stand alone over the Kentucky River, but the state highway department recently bolted guardrails to the stonework. Some residents are upset by the move, saying the department has defaced a landmark.

April 12, 2000

Letcher County may end up laying off employees after all after being hit with a $33,000 bill for worker’s compensation insurance dating to 1997.

Letcher County is finally the proud owner of an industrial site. County officials signed deeds April 6 to buy 31 acres of property at Isom to be used as an industrial site. The property includes the old Swannee Coal Tipple built by South East Coal Co. in the 1970s.

The Letcher Fiscal Court has told a company that proposed a tire recycling center here that it isn’t interested — at least not now. The court voted Monday to shelve a plan by GPERS to build a tire recycling center here after company representative Charles Falcon failed to address officials’ concerns about the contract with the company.

Police are still recovering stolen vehicles from what they say was a multi-state chop shop operation. Kentucky State Police recovered a log truck Thursday night at Colson that had been stolen in Abingdon, Va.

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