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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 23, 1961

The state Division of Library Extension at Frankfort says Letcher County will have regional library service by July — but the regional headquarters will be in Pikeville The program will provide a new bookmobile, $45,000 worth of additional books, and a phonograph library service.

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The new A&P Supermarket at Neon is in full operation after its grand opening.

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Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new eastern Kentucky toll road are set for Feb. 25 in Winchester. The ceremonies will signal the beginning of construction of a new four-lane highway from Winchester to Campton.

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Wes Banks and Charlie Banks killed a big fox that got in their chicken lot and couldn’t get out. It killed four big hens, reported Ice correspondent Fred Hughes.

February 25, 1971

Letcher County telephone customers will be switched to direct dialing in July, according to South Central Bell Telephone Co.

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Strip-mine operations in the Elk Creek area of Letcher County are about to come a halt after residents of Blackey complained that stripping the state has allowed there had done irreparable damage and is continuing to do so. The state reclamation office in Hazard says it has denied any new permits for the area.

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Women on Blair Branch were “quilting like mad,” writes Eagle correspondent Callie Blair.

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The U.S. Bureau of Mines has fined Finley Coal Co.

50,000 as a result of the blast which killed 38 miners in Leslie County last December.

February 26, 1981

Requests for continued federal funding for Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp. (MCHC) have received unanimous approval from the local reviewing agency, despite opposition from the Letcher County Medical Society, which said MCHC was asking for construction of health facilities not needed here.

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If it thunders in February, it will frost in May, reported Siller Brown, Eagle Ice correspondent. “How wonderful is nature, which man can’t rule,” she said.

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The bridge crossing Rockhouse Creek at Jeremiah collapsed under the weight of a truck hauling gravel across it.

February 27, 1991

Letcher District Court has applied for grants to turn a farmhouse at Partridge into a Letcher County Court Resource Home, a halfway house for children who have come under the court’s supervision but have not committed any crime.

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One of the Professional Golf Association’s top players says if the state is “all fired up” about building a golf course at Carr Creek Lake, he is ready. Fuzzy Zoeller, one of the most popular players on the professional golf circuit, visited the site of the proposed Red Fox golf course and said he is interested in working on the project.

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The Nature Conservancy says it will hold its first hike to the new section of Bad Branch Nature Preserve later this spring.

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Twelve students from Letcher Middle School are on their way to the state Governor’s Cup academic tournament as regional champions.

February 28, 2001

Letcher County School Superintendent William Kinzer will retire at the end of June.

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Teachers in the Letcher County School District are protesting a proposal to start school next year as early as July 30. Another plan calls for school to start Aug. 2.

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The Jenkins High School reunion for classes from 1949 to1954 will be held Aug. 24 and 24 during the week of Jenkins Days.

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The practice of transporting logs with helicopters, popular in the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest, is slowly making its way into Appalachian woodlands.



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