Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



August 29, 1957

Property assessments in Letcher County are up nearly $2 million over assessments for 1956. County Tax Commissioner Ottis Amburgey said the increases are mostly in valuations of automobiles and intangibles.

Total assessments for this year are $19,687,630. In 1956, they were $17,740,818.

Sam Caddy Jr., secretary-treasurer of District 30 of the United Mine Workers of America, will speak at a Labor Day gathering planned at Jenkins. An estimated 10,000 people are expected to attend the celebration sponsored by the UMWA.

The Whitesburg Yellowjackets, fresh from a 13-0 victory over Wallins Monday, travel to M.C. Napier for their first away-fromhome game of the season Friday.

In the win over Wallins, Roger Kincer and Tommy Fields, both halfbacks, made the two touchdowns and fullback Charles Martin scored the extra point.

August 31, 1967

Members of the Whitesburg Airport Board met at the Bank of Whitesburg this week to accept a $13,000 loan from the Kentucky Industrial Development Finance Authority to help pay for a new hangar now under construction at the Whitesburg Municipal Airport. The hangar will have space for 15 planes and will be completed in about two weeks.

Enrollment in Letcher County schools dropped six and a half percent from last year’s opening figure, the office of Superintendent Kendall Boggs said this week.

The school system reported an enrollment of 5,921 as of Wednesday morning. Last year’s fall enrollment figure was listed at 6,315.

Semi-boneless hams are 75 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Potatoes are 78 cents for a 20-pound bag.

September 1, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

September 2, 1987

The state Commission for Health Economics Control will decide in two weeks in American Health Development Corporation of Nashville, Tenn., should be allowed to build a nursing home in Whitesburg. Twelve persons, including nine Letcher County residents, testified in support of the proposed facility.

Nanetta Dingus of Neon and Carl B. Banks of Whitesburg are the Woman and Man of the Year for this year’s Mountain Heritage Festival. Seven county residents will be inducted into the Mountain Heritage Hall of Fame including Frank Abdoo, Neon; Lois Adams Baker, Blackey; the late Ray Biggerstaff, Whitesburg; the late Dr. Thomas Reed Collier, Whitesburg; J.D. Maggard, Eolia; the late Comis Tyler, Dry Fork; and the late Lillian Russell Fugate Webb, Neon.

Eleven Fleming-Neon High School students were suspended from school for one day for protesting the school system’s new “closed lunch” policy. Students in the system’s three high schools – Fleming- Neon, Letcher and Whitesburg – are being required to remain on school property during their 30-minute lunch periods.

September 3, 1997

Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota traced Sen. Robert Kennedy’s footsteps, visiting the Fleming-Neon Head Start program. Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, were traveling through eastern Kentucky as part as his national “Children’s Tour.”

Freshman students at Jenkins High School scored higher than students at any other high school in Letcher County on the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills, a national test to determine school achievement. Jenkins ranked 72nd among the 234 high schools in the state. Students at Fleming-Neon ranked 200th, and Whitesburg students were ranked 218th.

“Fire Down Below”, a movie starring action hero Steven Segal with scenes shot in Letcher County, will open at the Whitesburg Cinema on Friday.

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