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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

September 22, 1960

The Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce this week asked Gov. Bert Combs to do something about the strip mining situation in Letcher County. In a three-page letter, the Chamber went on records as supporting the purposes and sentiments of a petition circulated here this month which asked the governor to call the legislature into special session to enact legislation prohibiting strip mining on mountain slopes in eastern Kentucky.

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Randall C. Day Jr., a native of Dongola, is Whitesburg’s new postmaster. Day is a graduate of Whitesburg High School and Berea College and has done post graduate work at Eastern State College.

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”Ten Seconds to Hell” and “Maverick Queen” are playing this week at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

September 24, 1970

Letcher Fiscal Court voted Tuesday, at the urging of state highway officials, to sue a coal company for damages to a Mayking bridge if the firm does not voluntarily pay the costs involved. The bridge problems came up for consideration when fiscal court members suggested that some of the 1971 road money should be budgeted to replace the main Mayking bridge, which everyone agreed might collapse at any time.

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Herman Hale, newly elected president of the Bank of Whitesburg, will be honored by the bank at an open house Saturday afternoon in observance of his 50th anniversary in banking.

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Two neighbors at Neon were struck and killed by an automobile last Thursday as they walked along State Route 317, going into town to get their mail. The women were Parthia Lawson Adrain, 70, and Martha Lou Gibson, 41. The accident happened along a deadly stretch of road near the Neon A&P, which now has claimed eight fatalities in the past 20 years

September 25, 1980

Jenkins Lake began filling up this week after completion of a 2,800-foot pipeline from Fishpond Lake. The Jenkins City Council declared a state of emergency three weeks ago after a combination of leaking water lines, a lack of rainfall and an increased demand for water took its toll on the lake.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission says Kentucky will receive $10,228,740 in area development funds for next year. Kentucky’s allocation is the fourth largest among the 13 Appalachian states.

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Thelma N. Cornett, Linefork correspondent for The
Mountain Eagle,
reminds readers that it is “high time to see that our coal, wood and fuel oil are on hand.”

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Opportunities for jobs and training for women in coal mining will be discussed at a meeting in Hazard sponsored by the Women’s Employment Information Service.

September 26, 1990

The Letcher County Board of Education says it will not readdress the question of whether to vote a utilities tax to provide money for the county school system.

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The City of Whitesburg has been designated a “certifi ed city” by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The city passed a comprehensive examination of its efforts in tourism and industrial development, downtown revitalization, community planning and infrastructure and community appearance.

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The Kentucky River Area Development District led Kentucky in the number of marijuana plants destroyed this summer — a total of 267,602 plants. Letcher County had the lowest number of marijuana plants seized — 202.

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The Jenkins Board of Education had voted to apply its utilities tax to cable television.

September 27, 2000

Ten years from now, eastern Kentucky should be “one of the diminishing number of distinctive and real places left in America,” says a consulting group which is looking at the effects expanded tourism development could have on Kentucky mountain counties and neighboring southern Kentucky counties. Local leaders from eastern and southern Kentucky are considering a new strategy to promote tourism in their counties.

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The Sandlick Volunteer Fire Department has become the fourth fire department in Letcher County to be capable of freeing victims trapped in wrecked cars. The department announced last week that it had purchased its first ever Jaws of Life.

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Senior quarterback Willie Webb rallied Fleming- Neon to an impressive 42-0 shutout of visiting district foe South Floyd last Friday night. The victory raised the Pirates’ record overall to 3-2 but, more importantly, to 2-1 and second place in district play.


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