Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years
October 27, 1960
A dime-a-dish dinner will be served at the Presbyterian Church Oct. 28 by the Whitesburg Woman’s Club. Magic tricks, fish pond, and fortune telling are some of the entertainment planned.
Friday night the Fleming Pirates will journey to Hazard to meet the Bulldogs in the EKMC “game of the year.” Should the Pirates win this one, they would win the EKMC.
Whole pork loins are 53 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store. An eight-pound canned ham is $5.69.
October 29, 1970
Letcher Fiscal Court approved a contract making Letcher County a participant in an eight-county garbage disposal system. Under the plan, Letcher County would be the site of one of three new landfills in the Kentucky River Area Development District.
State officials agreed to open a site for federal food stamp distribution in Neon.
A group of citizens at McRoberts are trying to raise money to repair the union hall there or use as a place for community meeting.
The Letcher County Library Board has voted to establish a new branch library at Neon, honoring the late Lillian Webb, a teacher who sparked many improvements in the Neon area. Mrs. Webb was mayor of Neon at the time of her death a few months ago.
October 30, 1980
A new Whitesburg High School building is $1.5 million closer to construction this week. The state School Building Authority announced the allocation of $1 million, which would go toward construction of the proposed $5 million plant. The Letcher County school system will match the money with $500,000 in local funds.
Three miners died as a result of a dynamite explosion at a small, illegal underground mine in Whitley County outside Corbin. Two died in the explosion of a blasting cap ignited by flame rather than by an electrical device set off by a battery, and the third apparently died of asphyxiation when he went to investigate without using a breathing device to filter poisonous gases.
U.S. Hwy. 23 continues to be Kentucky’s busiest coalhaul road. Coal tonnage hauled by trucks on Kentucky’s roads totaled 1.15 billion tons-miles during 1979, according to a state report. One ton of coal hauled one mile is a ton-mile.
October 31, 1990
Cram Creek residents have won the first round of their courtroom battle with an out-of-state oil gas and oil company. Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg overruled a motion that would have added the names of three property owners to an order which stopped other Cram Creek residents from interfering with a well drilling operation of Equitable Resources Exploration of Kingsport, Tenn.
Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation is offering one of its clinics for use as a veterans’ clinic. Congressman Chris Perkins said last week that Congress has appropriated $500,000 to establish a veterans’ outreach clinic in eastern Kentucky.
The Nature Conservancy, a private non-profit group which buys land in order to save the habitats of endangered species, said it hoped to raise $2 million to preserve areas in the state. Recently the group bought more than 1,000 acres adjoining the Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve in Letcher County.
”Headwaters”, a public television series based in Letcher County and produced by Appalshop, received an “Excellence in Television” award from a television magazine, Channels.
November 1, 2000
A Letcher County Jail inmate, 41-year-old Donald Ray Hall of Neon, broke out of a fenced-in recreation area on the roof of the courthouse and slid down a flagpole to his freedom on Sunday night. The inmate, who is charged with violent crimes, was still being sought on Tuesday.
A new furniture factory at Isom plans to start manufacturing by December 1. Company officials made a formal announcement Friday that Mountaineer Furniture Manufacturing will open its doors and being operations within a month.
Signs warning trucks off US 119 across Pine Mountain will go up this week. Cumberland River residents have been asking for signs and other measures to improve safety on the winding, two-lane road.
An endowed professorship to honor the late Paul Mason and his daughter, Belinda Mason Carden, has been created at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, after $50,000 was raised by friends and supporters.