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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 12, 1961

Twenty-one men have filed papers to run for county offi ces in the May primary, but observers say they represent only a fraction of the candidates expected to enter the race for local offices.

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The Bank of Whitesburg reported total assets of $7,857,825.

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Ruben Watts says he will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for sheriff of Letcher County.

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The Mountain Eagle has moved into its new offices in the Cook building on Main Street — “just below Roy Crawford’s office, just across from Otis Mohn’s service station, just behind Andrew Taylor’s restaurant and just two doors from Craft Funeral Home.”

January 14, 1971

The Whitesburg City Council authorized purchase of two downtown lots to be used for parking. The council expects to provide 75 new parking spaces in the two lots.

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Coal operator Harry LaViers Jr. proposed that the state Department of Mines and Minerals drop its inspection functions and concentrate entirely on training and education. He suggested that the federal Bureau of Mines should have full responsibility for all mine inspection in the United States and should train a vastly increased force of inspectors to do the job.

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Several huge landslides have resulted from stripping and auguring by Valley Coal Co. on Little Collie at Isom.

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Black lung crusader Dr. I.E. Buff is to meet with Letcher County miners at the courthouse in Whitesburg.

January 15, 1981

Reading and Bates Coal Co. of Tulsa, Okla., has bought Golden Oak Mining Co. from William B. Sturgill. Golden Oak mined a million tons of coal last year at six strip mines in Letcher County. No purchase price was given, but local sources say Sturgill had bought the firm for $4 million from Victor Hurley and sold it to Reading and Bates for $36 million. The new owner is one of the largest off-shore drilling firms in the country.

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A German-owned coal operation has filed suit in federal court against two men and the firms they control, charging that the men and their companies had created a conspiracy to defraud the European investors in USACO Coal Co. of $8.3 million. The charges are related to a proposed $10 million coal development originally scheduled for completion in the Rockhouse area of Letcher County in August of 1980.

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The unemployment rate in Letcher County is 13.9 percent.

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The federal government says families of the miners killed in the second explosion at Scotia Coal Co. in Letcher County nearly five years ago have no claim against the federal government “because miners knew that there had been an explosion in the mine two days earlier and that ventilation controls in the mine had been destroyed.” Eight miners and three inspectors were killed in the March 11, 1976 blast.

January 16, 1991

The Letcher County Board of Education has voted to endorse school-based decision making as required by the Kentucky Department of Education, but stipulated that itinerant teachers who teach at several schools could vote at only one.

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The Whitesburg City Council has voted to hire Richardson Associates Architects of Whitesburg to design the work needed to turn the old Lewis Wholesale building into a new city hall.

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U.S. Rep. Chris Perkins is trying to get the Bush administration to included the proposed Interstate 66 into its five-year highway bill before it is presented to Congress.

January 17, 2001

The City of Whitesburg won’t seek additional money to go with a $500,000 state allocation for water line extension. City officials told Nesbitt Engineering President Paul Nesbitt to stop looking for grants and loans to go with the money after Nesbitt told the city council any money the city received would probably include $750,000 of loans.

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A new computer system in the Letcher County Clerk’s office is open for business, allowing searchers almost instant access to 186,057 pages of public records dating back to 1915.

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State regulators have suspended the licenses of two Letcher County ambulance services run by the same company. Jenkins Ambulance Service and ResQ Ambulance will not be allowed to operate until they resolve “regulatory deficiencies,” said Brian Bishop, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

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The Whitesburg Lady Yellowjackets remained the fourthhighest ranked team in the 14th Region this week.

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