Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years
November 3, 1960
Whitesburg will have city mail delivery by January 7, U.S. Sen. John Sherman Cooper announced. Postmaster R.C. Day Jr. said he had not received word of the new service, which will provide one mail delivery a day.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced plans for a $150,000 flood-control project in the Fleming-Neon area. The project provides for widening and straightening two miles of creek bank, including one mile of Boone Fork, eight tenths of a mile of Wright Fork, and fifteen hundreds of a mile of Yonts Fork.
A heavy vote is expected in the Nov. 8 general election, in which Democrats John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson are running against Republicans Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge.
The Letcher County Medical Society has expressed concern over the lack of a sanitarian on the staff of the county health department.
November 5, 1970
Macie Duncil Warf has been appointed sheriff of Letcher County, succeeding her husband, R.C. ‘Tip’ Warf, who died recently. She will serve for a year, until a successor to her husband can be appointed.
Oil and gas work is just beginning in Letcher and other eastern Kentucky counties. Dr. Edward A. Wilson of the Kentucky Geological Survey says, “Acre for acre, both the oil and gas deposits in eastern Kentucky are of the same order as those of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast.”
Bananas are selling for 10 cents a pound and whole frying chickens are 25 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store.
Kentucky State Police arrested 16 juveniles and five adults on charges of disorderly conduct at the mouth of Pine Creek in Mayking.
November 6, 1980
Letcher County Democrats were jubilant as they carried the county for President Jimmy Carter in his bid for re-election, but their joy was short lived as national returns showed Carter losing heavily to Republican Ronald Reagan. Carter won the county by almost 1,000 votes.
Incumbent Bobby Ison won re-election to the Letcher County Board of Education over opponent Bert H. Banks, and incumbents Lucille Holbrook and Tom Lewis were reelected to the board.
Michigan residents who formerly lived in Kentucky reported that a recent trip to Kentucky off ered a view that only God can create.
November 7, 1990
Several Letcher County families complained that coal provided to them by the LKLP Community Action Agency was lacking in both quantity and quality. Agency officials said the families were confusing recent coal deliveries with a much larger relief program scheduled to begin in December. The current program is to help people with fall heating needs, they said.
People who live along Route 7 in Letcher County plan to meet Sunday to talk about ways to regulate truck traffic and make the road safer after a fatal accident last week between a coal truck and a pickup truck.
Residents of Indian Creek blocked the road up their hollow to protest the dust caused by coal trucks traveling up and down the road. It is their second such protest in the past month.
November 8, 2000
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide at total of $550,000 for two projects in Letcher County that are expected to connect more than 500 homes to sewer service.
Rain Monday night quenched some of the forest fires across eastern Kentucky, but the blazes continued across the southern part of the region. No fires were burning in Letcher County on Monday night, and only one was left in the Kentucky River Forest District, which includes an area from Letcher County to Estill County.
Voter turnout was expected to be heavy Tuesday (yesterday), if absentee ballots can be considered an indication of voter interest. Absentee votes cast 355 ballots in the election.
Fleming-Neon jumped on the Harlan Green Dragons early in their rematch Saturday night in the opening round of the Class A, Region 4 playoff s in Harlan, and never let up in winning 35-7.