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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

June 23, 1960

Letcher County schools may receive as much as $287,000 in additional funds from the state in the 1960-61 school year, Superintendent William B. Hall said. In addition, the district’s school children will benefit from the state government’s full financing, for the first time, of the free textbook program.

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Considerable damage was reported over the county from Wednesday night’s thunderstorms, Newt Collier, agent for the Kentucky Power Company here, reported. Heaviest damage was on Pine Mountain, where seven power poles were struck by lightning. One pole was shattered, The lightning burned down several conductors.

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The Letcher County Board of Education is making plans to start construction of two new schools before the end of this year. The schools will be located in the Colson and Campbell’s Branch areas.

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Ground beef is 49 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Rump roast is 89 cents a pound.

June 25, 1970

Letcher County’s four funeral homes agreed this week to continue providing ambulance service for the public generally, at least to the next “two to three months.’

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Coal industry spokesmen and residents of the area combined forces Tuesday to convince the Letcher Fiscal Court it should oppose construction of the recently suggested Blackey Dam.

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The Whitesburg Jaycees will sponsor a Teenage Dance on Friday on the basketball court of the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. The Neon Area Jaycees will be having a street dance at the A&P parking lot in Neon on Saturday.

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Starting Friday and each Friday throughout the summer, there will be recreation at Thornton Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon for all boys and girls. This is sponsored by the First Baptist Church and will be led by Faye Fawcett.

June 26, 1980

Company and state officials are to meet to see if Letcher County is owed enough severance tax money to clear its $202,340 debt.

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Webb Properties of Lexington has announced plans to build a commercial development along the Whitesburg bypass. The firm, owned by Whitesburg natives Donald and Dudley Webb of Lexington, says it has acquired a 3.5-acre site on the southeast corner of U.S. 119’s intersection with the bypass for a proposed business park.

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Charlotte Sue Holbrook has been appointed postmaster at Whitesburg, succeeding R.C. Day Jr., who recently became postmaster at Somerset.

June 27, 1990

Whitesburg and Fleming-Neon will have to wait until September to find out if they qualify for a state Chamber of Commerce program intended to draw attention from industry. The two cities applied for the Certified City program in May, and a group of chamber officials visited the towns last week for a final evaluation.

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The City of Whitesburg has approved a $1.3 million budget for the 1990-91 fiscal year. The budget includes large increases in the police and fire department budgets and a small increase in the amount for general government.

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The extended forecast for Kentucky calls for little or no rain each day, Thursday through Sunday. Highs 90 to 95. Lows around 70.

June 28, 2000

U.S. 119 was blocked for about eight hours on Thursday after a tanker carrying liquid nitrogen overturned near the base of Pine Mountain.

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Police destroyed 41 marijuana plots containing 1,838 plants in Letcher County last week. Kentucky State Police in Hazard said officers from that post and from the Governor’s Marijuana Task Force located and destroyed the plots, most of which were in Kingscreek area. No arrests were made.

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Letcher County will review its communications system and possibly make adjustments to its disaster preparedness plans as a result of an emergency drill last week. The drill showed some possible weak spots in the county’s disaster preparedness and Letcher Judge/Executive Carroll Smith said the county will look at strengthening those weak spots.

 ’Shaft’ is playing at the Jeremiah Drive-In Theatre.

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