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The way we were




 

 

May 5, 1960

Rep. Harry M. Caudill proposed last week that the State Highway Department lease idle coal trucks for road work.

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Letcher County coal mines, of whatever size, are under federal inspection under the Federal Mine Safety Act passed last week by the Senate by a vote of 80-4.

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A Whitesburg man, Zenneth T. Bentley, is one of a class of 36 new-trained motor transportation inspectors and supervisors who took the field this week to enforce the state law regulation the operation of commercial vehicles.

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Members of the State Highway Department’s engineering staff are surveying the proposed extensions of the new east Kentucky highway to Whitesburg and Pikeville.

May 7, 1970

Mountain Eagle
Editor Tom Gish has requested the Letcher Fiscal Court to reconsider recent action in which the court declared The Eagle
no longer eligible to publish legal notices. The court voted to switch legal publications from the Eagle,
with its 3,700 circulation, to the Letcher County Community Press,
which reports a 2,000 publication.

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The Knott County Fiscal Court has declared strip mining to be a public nuisance and against the public policy of the court. The court has stopped short, however, of placing any ban on strip mine activity.

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The new annex building of the Thornton Regular Baptist Church at Mayking will be dedicated on Sunday, May 17.

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Lemons are on sale for 12 for 59 cents at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Jane Parker Cherry Pies are 49 cents each.

May 8, 1980

A fourth of Letcher County’s families face drastic cuts in their food budgets next month as a result of the failure of Congress to approve more funds for the next federal Food Stamp program. Letcher County food stamp officials said 1,959 households in the county receive food stamps each month.

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Federal mine inspectors and armed U.S. marshals were helicoptered into the Sting Creek area of Campbell County, Tenn., again this week in a surprise mopup of the “wildcatters’ haven.” Six Office of Surface Mining inspectors and an equal number of marshals shut down the wildcat mine and issued six citations for failure to abate violations cited in a previous inspection.

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A meeting set this week to discuss Neon’s water problems was postponed at the request of U.S. Rep Carl D. Perkins. A member of Perkins’s staff said he hoped to find a source for some emergency money for Neon.

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Unemployment in eastern Kentucky fell one percent from February to March but remained the highest in the state with 9.3 percent of the workforce out of jobs.

May 9, 1990

A fire in a railroad tunnel shut down coal transports in and out of a section of Pike and Letcher counties Monday, sending producers scrambling to find ways to get their coal to market. The blaze broke out about 5 p.m. Sunday in the 283-foot tunnel behind Virgie High School.

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High Rock of Pine Mountain is about to join Bad Branch Falls as a protected area. The Nature Conservancy, a private non-profit agency, is completing the purchase of more than 1,000 acres which includes the High Rock area, a favorite hiking spot for generations of Letcher County residents.

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At least two county businesses have receive prank bomb threats, after several sticks of real dynamite were found in an airshaft of a Thornton coal mine owned by Aberry Mining last Monday.

May 10, 2000

A four percent to six percent drop in school attendance over the past year may mean a drop in the appropriations for Letcher County schools. Members of the Letcher County Board of Education say they are concerned over what appears to be a continuing slide in school attendance.

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Kentucky State Trooper Jeff Collier ran in the 104th Boston Marathon April 17. He completed the race in 2 hours, 52 minutes, finishing in 600th place out of 20,000 runners. Collier is a former Whitesburg High School All-State and Honorable Mention All-American runner.

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Persons interested in developing an outdoor drama can attend a meeting May 17 in Jenkins to discuss a script. Don Amburgey of Payne Gap is advocating that an amphitheater be part of the city’s revitalization plan.

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