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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 5, 1961

Whitesburg city officials have assigned house numbers to homes to be served by city mail delivery and have notified households of their new designations. The area to be served includes all of the main part of the City of Whitesburg and Pine Mountain Junction, Graveyard Hollow, Caudilltown and Whitco, and part of Depot Street. House-to-house mail delivery begins on Saturday.

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Tom Gish, editor and publisher of The Mountain Eagle, announced the sale of the job printing portion of the newspaper operation to Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Nolan, former owners of the newspaper and the job shop. Gish said the newspaper equipment would be moved over the weekend to the Cook Building on Main Street in Whitesburg. The Nolans said they would continue to operate The Hazard Herald but would spend more time at their home in Mayking. Gish said the sale would make The Eagle a better paper since he and his wife, both experience reporters and editors, would be able to give more time and attention to the newspaper.

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Whitesburg Mayor Ferdinand Moore says he expects to appoint a municipal housing commission next month as the next move toward obtaining a low-rent housing project in Whitesburg.

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Retired members of the United Mine Workers of America will find their monthly pension checks $25 lower beginning in February. Officials of the UMWA Welfare and Retirement Fund say the cuts are necessary because the fund is not receiving enough in coal royalties to keep up with the level of payments. The monthly payments will change from $100 to $75. The money for the miners’ pensions comes from a royalty of 40 cents on each ton of coal sold.

January 7, 1971

Thirty-eight coal miners marked the signing of the federal Coal Health and Safety Act by dying in an explosion under a mountain about five miles east of Hyden. The explosion occurred at the Finley Mine. It was Kentucky’s worst mine disaster in 50 years.

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The Millstone Sewing Center, an anti-poverty program, has received enough funds to keep it in operation through June.

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Macie Warf announced she will be a candidate to succeed her late husband, Raymond ‘Tip’ Warf, as sheriff of Letcher County.

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”God has blessed us with good health and good neighbors and friends, what more can we ask?” wrote Eagle correspondent Alma Whitaker of Roxana.

January 8, 1981

The City of Jenkins has formed a new three-man water commission — the second within three years — so the county can continue to receive money to buy gasoline to power two pumps which bring water from Fishpond Lake to Jenkins Lake, the city’s reservoir.

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County Judge/Executive Robert Collins says he will be a candidate for a fourth term in office.

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For the first time in American history, the ceremony inaugurating an American president will be held at the west front of the U.S. Capitol, with a panoramic view down the mile-long National Mall to the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial beyond. Previous inaugurations were held at the east front of the Capitol, which faces a paved plaza and a loop of streets.

January 9, 1991

The Letcher County Board of Education paid $150,000 for the old Maloney’s building in West Whitesburg for use as a school bus garage.

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Seventy years after the famed battle of Blair Mountain during United Mine Workers’ organizing in West Virginia, another battle is developing in the same area — this time involving a proposal to strip mine the area where the battle occurred.

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Members of the Jenkins City Council have declined to consider a ban on strip mining within the city limits.

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Renovations on Whitesburg’s sewage treatment plant are complete. The million dollar project was required to bring the plant up to new federal standards.

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An oil company and the foreman of a drilling company have been indicted by the Letcher County Grand Jury for damaging a bridge and road at Ingram’s Creek.

January 10, 2001

Kentucky State Police are looking for an escaped convict for questioning in the Oct. 20 robbery of the Isom Branch of the Bank of Whitesburg, and for the attempted rape of a Knott County woman. Police suspect Bobby Sizemore, 43, of Manchester, many have been the man who walked into the bank with an AK-47 and left with about $25,000 in cash.

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The Letcher Fiscal Court will consider the first reading of an ordinance next month that would create a special board to enforce the county’s garbage collection ordinance.

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Natural gas companies would no longer be allowed to exercise the right of eminent domain to place main transmission lines from wells to refineries if a bill sponsored by State Rep. Howard Cornett passes during this year’s Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Workers from Patriot Construction of Pikeville used a crane to lift 73-feet-long roof trusses to the top of the new Whitesburg Post Office building at Pine Mountain Junction. The building is expected to be completed this spring.


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