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The way we were



Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

March 2, 1961

All of Letcher County except Jenkins will be without bus service after this week. Cumberland Coach Line closed its Whitesburg station Tuesday and has applied to the state for permission to abandon most of its franchise.

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South Central Bell says it will remove most of its wires from Main Street in Whitesburg with no cost to the city within about three years. Telephone officials say they know they will have to install new cables again anyway and they will put them on back streets instead of Main Street.

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T-bone steaks are 99 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P food store.

March 4, 1971

A special grand jury indicted Tony Boyle, president of the United Mine Workers of America, on 13 charges of embezzlement, conspiracy, and making illegal political contributions from the UMWA treasury.

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Proposed federal safety standards at surface coal mines are expected to have a major economic impact on strip mine operations. Of 47 surface mining fatalities last year, eight were caused by haulage accidents, 16 by machinery, and seven by electrocution.

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Montgomery Ward says it will open a new catalog sales store in Whitesburg later this month.

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The Bank of Whitesburg is advertising that a new kitchen is just for the asking.’

March 6, 1981

Improvements to a second Letcher County water system have been endangered by proposals of the Reagan administration to eliminate the federal Appalachian Regional Commission. The second system is the Jenkins water system, which is schedule to get $85,200 in ARC money to help with construction of a new water storage tank to replace one which burst two years ago. A larger grant to Fleming-Neon has already been recalled.

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A least 500 eastern Kentucky miners are expected to travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in a demonstration planned by the United Mine Workers of America to protest the administration’s proposed cuts in black lung benefits.

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Unemployment during January in Kentucky was the highest since the depression year of 1940, state statistics show. January’s unemployment rate rose to 10.5 percent in Kentucky, up from 7.6 percent posted in December.

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Operators of coal mines in the western United States say they foresee annual export sales to Pacific Rim countries of 100 million tons or more a year by the year 2000.

March 5, 1991

Library patrons and workers voiced support for buying the Hobbs building on Main Street in Whitesburg for a proposed new library to be named for Letcher County attorney Harry M. Caudill. Caudill, who drew attention to the plight of Appalachia in the 1960’s, was an outspoken advocate for a first class new library for the county in the weeks before his death last November.

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The office and warehouse of Big Elk Creek Mining Company at Isom was destroyed by fire. Four fire departments fought the blaze for more than seven hours before bringing it under control.

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Funeral services were held for William Henry Richardson, longtime shop teacher at Whitesburg High School, who died at 54 after a short illness.

March 7, 2001

Fifty-one elk have been brought here from Utah as part of a nine-year elk restoration project, which began in December 1997, when seven elk from Kansas were released on a reclaimed strip mine in Perry County. So far, 238 elk have been released in southeastern Kentucky during 2001.

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The Kentucky River Area Development District has tentatively approved a loan from its revolving loan fund for the new Mountaineer Furniture Manufacturing at Isom. The company is still waiting for the last of its financing package to be approved, but the factory building itself is ready for occupancy.

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Construction of the Red Fox Golf Course will be delayed again while land agents working for the state wrangle over property needed for the development.

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The Jenkins City Council and the Letcher County Library Board cleared the way Monday for construction to begin on a new library in Jenkins. A slight redesign of the proposed building was necessary to make room for trucks delivering to the nearby National Mine Supply Co. before the building could be finally approved.



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