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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

August 22, 1957

The Harlow Motor Co., Whitesburg, has been named dealer for the Edsel automobile in Letcher County. The Ford Motor Co.’s new medium-priced car will be introduced early in September.

A new pump for the Whitesburg water system has arrived and should be in operator in a few days. Mayor Arthur T. Banks said the city has enough water for ordinary needs now but still does not have extra water for watering lawns and washing cars.

The 1957 football season gets under way in Letcher County Monday, when the Whitesburg Yellowjackets meet Wallins here.

The other two Letcher County teams – Jenkins and Fleming- Neon – also have games scheduled next week. Jenkins will play Loyall at Loyall August 31. Fleming-Neon will start against Belfry at Fleming the same day.

August 24, 1967

The Appalachian Volunteers today asked the Office of Economic Opportunity for a “full public hearing” on OEO’s decision to withdraw federal funds from the AV program in Kentucky as of Sept. 1.

Milton Ogle, head of the AV, asked that a hearing being held not late than Sept. 22 in Kentucky. Ogle said Attorney Harry M. Caudill of Whitesburg would represent the AVs at the hearing.

Letcher Countians Irene Dixon and Alicene Fields demonstrated the art of making hooked rugs at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. The two are members of the Hound Dog Hookers.

Frying chickens were 27 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Potatoes were 88 cents for a 20-pound bag.

August 25, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

August 26, 1987

Residents of Camp Branch carried out their threat to block KY 931 to protest its condition, and say they will do so again if the state does not fix the road.

About 30 irate residents carried signs and stood in the middle of the Camp Branch road Friday. Coal trucks lined up far down the road as residents effectively blocked it for nearly two hours, until Kentucky State Police persuaded them to move. Residents say coal trucks – 600 to 800 a day – caused the problem, breaking down the pavement and sending cars to the shoulder of the road to avoid them as they cross onto the wrong side of the road.

Bluegrass music great Bill Monroe will give two free concerts in Whitesburg Sept. 25 as part of the Mountain Heritage Festival.

A delegation of Letcher County citizens will go to Frankfort on Thursday for a public hearing on a proposed nursing home. About 18 county residents are expected to attend the hearing the support the proposal.

August 27, 1997

Some Letcher County coal mines which no longer have coal may be mined for the water which has accumulated in them. Commissioners of the Letcher Water and Sewer District are exploring the possibility of using worked-out coal mines as a principal source of water for the new water and sewer system they are developing for local residents.

The newly restored C&O Railroad Depot building in Jenkins will house a mining museum on the east side and the Jenkins Branch of Community Trust Bank on the west side.

Lillian Wright Craft, 89, has written a book, Winding Roads and Dreams, a memoir of her years as a nurse in Letcher County. During her nursing career she worked at the Seco, Jenkins, and Whitesburg hospitals.

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