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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


September 12, 1957

The County Board of Education has completed plans for a nine classroom addition to the Whitesburg High School gymnasium and hopes to award a contract for construction work next month.

Supt. W.B. Hall said the addition will be of brick construction, and will contain three rooms on the ground floor and six rooms on the second floor.

Eastern Kentucky will be brought into nationwide radar floodwarning system within at least two years, says W.E. Hiatt, chief of hydrological services at the U.S. Weather Bureau. He said radar equipment will be installed at an existing weather station outside Kentucky to “literally track storms within a 150-mile radius.”

Big Bill Elkins bulled his way for 112 years to pace the Jenkins Cavaliers to a 6-0 win over the Hazard Bulldogs at Jenkins Saturday. With only two minutes remaining in the first half, Elkins took a lateral from Nick Dunn on the 22 and raced into the corner for the game’s only score.

September 14, 1967

A new policy of notifying individual landowners of applications filed at Frankfort by coal operators to strip-mine on the landowner’s property has been started by the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources. The policy calls for notification by registered letter to the property owner that a strip mine request is pending. In addition, a public notice will be placed at the courthouse of the county where the land is located.

Amid the loud applause of the city fathers and merchants of Hazard, Blackey and numerous other communities in the lower end of Letcher County were doomed by a dam. At a dinner sponsored by the Hazard Chamber of Commerce, the Col. R.R. “Bob” Wessels of the Army Corps of Engineers announced plans for a flood control pool across the lower end of Letcher County from a point between Ulvah and Blackey to the lower end of Whitesburg on the North Fork and the upper end of Isom on Rockhouse Creek.

Whole smoked picnic hams are 39 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Grapes are 19 cents a pound.

September 15, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

September 16, 1987

Blackey resident Gaynell Begley is taking a college course in Appalachian Studies at the age of 70. She was graduated from Berea College 50 years ago, but when Hazard Community College offered an Appalachian Studies class in Blackey she decided to go back to school.

The Commission for Health Economics Control in Kentucky was expected to hear a recommendation today that it approve the construction of a 96-bed nursing home in Letcher County.

The City of Jenkins has been fined $10,000 for failure to comply with a 1983 federal order for the operation of its sewer treatment plant, Mayor Robert Shubert said. Shubert, who took office in January 1986, said he learned of the violations in July 1986 and has since complied with the Environmental Protection Agency’s wishes. The city is presently planning to build a new sewer treatment plant which will meet EPA standards.

September 17, 1997

Rail traffic was expected to return to normal in Letcher County this week despite the derailment of a coal train near Jeremiah early Monday. Two locomotives were pulling 90 gondola cars loaded with coal from the Perry County community of Typo to Robinson, S.C., when 14 of the cars derailed on a bridge across Rockhouse Creek about 4 a.m. Monday. The accident occurred beside a rail crossing on KY 7 near Letcher School.

Members of the Fleming-Neon Elementary School Site Based Decision-Making Council have named Sharon Meade as the new principal of the school. Mrs. Meade replaces Eldon Hall, who resigned earlier to become principal of Caney Creek Elementary School in Knott County.

People of all denominations packed St. George Catholic Church in Jenkins to pay their respects to Mother Teresa, who died Sept. 5. Mother Teresa visited Jenkins from Calcutta, India 15 years ago and sent four of her sisters to Letcher County in 1982 to help ease the pain of poverty, illness and aging by founding a mission. During the service, the Rev. Ed Randall eulogized Mother Teresa as “a saint for our times.”


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