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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 21, 1960

The Letcher County Public Library receive a $2,100 check from Letcher Fiscal Court this week after an on-again, offagain round of discussions concerning the library, its work and its needs. The court had originally included the $2,100 appropriation in its budget. The amount represented $900 budgeted last year but never paid the library, and $1,200 budgeted this year.

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The University of Kentucky at Cumberland is looking for students who are interested in riding the bus back and forth from Letcher County to classes at Cumberland this fall.

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The Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce is preparing a brochure for Gov. Bert Combs and Commissioner of Parks Edward V. Fox on what it would like to have in the way of a park on top of Pine Mountain in Letcher County.

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A flood control reservoir on nearby Carr Creek in Knott County is one of four projects announced this week as on the recommended list of projects of the Army Corps of Engineers. The Carr Creek dam would be built nearly nine miles from the mouth of the creek.

July 23, 1970

The Whitesburg High School Class of 1960 recently held its 10th reunion in the Coff ee Shop on Main Street in Whitesburg. Approximately 40 members attended.

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Cramer Mullis of Blackey had to take so much static because of the beard he grew this summer that he finally gave in and shaved it off . Some people even threatened to stop letting him pick up their garbage because of the beard.

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James M. Caudill has been elected and installed as president of the Whitesburg Rotary Club. Caudill has been a teacher, merchant, city judge, postmaster, county judge for 12 years, and is now serving as president of First Security Bank in Whitesburg and Neon.

July 24, 1980

More than 30 county employees will lose their jobs in October if members of the Letcher Fiscal Court don’t settle some of their diff erences soon, and the county will lose $2,100,000 in cash flow also. The employees are paid through the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, which is financed by the federal anti-poverty program.

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More than three-fourths of Letcher County residents say they believe federal and state requirements that strip-mine land be reclaimed to its original contour is “a good idea.” Even more believe that laws governing overweight coal trucks should be enforced and that coal trucks should be covered to prevent spilling coal on the highways. The survey was conducted by the University of Kentucky Extension Service.

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Thelma N. Cornett noted from Linefork that it is time to start storing food for winter again.

July 25, 1990

The City of Whitesburg has bought the Lewis Wholesale Building on East Main Street and plans to turn it into Whitesburg’s City Hall. Lewis Wholesale, Letcher County’s oldest continuing business, plans to close its doors on October 1.

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Blackey residents are considering whether to reestablish their city government in order to fight increasing crime in the area.

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Achievement test scores of Letcher County students jumped nearly four points in 1999 over 1980.

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Letcher Fiscal Court is expected to pass the final reading of a mandatory garbage ordinance at its July meeting.

July 26, 2000

The Letcher County Board of Education is facing a $20,000 deficit in the athletics accounts at Whitesburg High School. Assistant Superintendent Daryl Boggs said the number isn’t precise, but it will amount to about $20,000 once all the figures are totaled. Superintendent William Kinzer said the deficit developed over the course of several years, but he was not sure how long it has gone on.

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Police say there was no body discovered at Fishpond Lake Monday, despite rumors to the contrary. Neon Rescue Squad went to the lake after receiving reports that a car had rolled into the lake, but officials said nothing was found.

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Two weeks after a federal judge approved Columbia Natural Resources Inc.’s request to condemn several pieces of private property in Letcher County, local resident’ battle with the company is at a near standstill.

 ”Scary Movie” is playing at the Jeremiah Drive-In.

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