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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

September 1, 1960

Petitions are being circulated in Letcher County this week asking Gov. Bert Combs to call the Kentucky Legislature into special session to prohibit strip coal mining in the Kentucky mountains. Raymond Rash of Cromona, a retired coal miner who owns a 38-acre farm threatened by strip mining, has taken the lead in efforts to see that something is done before his and other property is damaged or destroyed.

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Sharon Heights hospital, Jenkins, announced this week it has again been accredited for a further three-year period by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals of the United States after a survey made on June 27.

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Letcher County 4-H Clubs will decorate the store windows on Sept. 16. The displays will show what club members have been working on during the past year.

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Jane Parker apple pies are on sale for 39 cents each at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Bananas are 10 cents a pound.

September 3, 1970

Letcher County’s population may have started to gain this summer, marking an historic break in migration patterns that have seen more than one person out of every two move to the cities during the past 25 years. School enrollment is 165 students higher that at the end of school in June.

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The Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington has allocated $23,000 to the Millstone Sewing Center for six additional months of operation. The sewing center provides free clothing to needy families who cannot afford to pay. It was one of the first community action programs to be financed in Letcher County and is one of the few genuine grass-roots programs in eastern Kentucky.

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A documentary film showing life in the United States as it was on the day the first man stepped on the moon will be shown Sept. 8 by CBS. Some of the scenes to be included were filmed by CBS television crews in Letcher County last summer.

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Jeff Kiser has been chosen as president of a new 4-H organization for teens. Other officers are Maggie Fields, vice president; Ann Eversole, secretary; Susan Smith, treasurer; and Judy Nease, reporter.

September 4, 1980

An official with the state attorney general’s office has seized several Letcher County records including fiscal court minutes and order books and county bank records. The records apparently are to be used in an ongoing investigation of county affairs by the attorney general’s office and a special Letcher grand jury.

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The Kentucky job market continues to decline, with 54,600 jobs in Kentucky temporarily or permanently shut down since July of 1979.

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Coal trucks were kings of the road during the annual Mountain Coal Festival sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi sorority in the Fleming-Neon area.

September 4, 1990

Kentucky’s Appalachian counties lost 3.6 percent of their population during the 1980s, according to 1990 census figures. The major drops came in coal-producing counties. Letcher County’s population fell from 30,687 to 26,982.

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Lexington developer Don Webb says Carr Fork Lake needs a “world-class” tourism development. If it’s not going to be world class, then it should be built all, he said. Webb, a Letcher County native who has successful developments in several states, showed preliminary plans for the Redfox development to the Knott County Kiwanis Club.

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Letcher County students Liberty Adams and Kenny Banks won top honors in 4-H Club horticulture judging at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.

September 6, 2000

An engineer working for the Letcher County Board of Education is expected to recommend three possible sites for a consolidated high school, assistant school superintendent Daryl Boggs said. All three are former strip mines.

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The C.B. Caudill Store at Blackey is being considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Area mothers apparently took Labor Day weekend seriously. Eight babies were born at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital over the weekend.

 Southeast Community College will celebrate its 40th anniversary Friday, Sep. 13.


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