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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

March 9, 1961

Letcher County schools Supt. Sanford Adams say vocational agriculture classes will be offered next year in Letcher County schools. The state is also promising a vocational school for Letcher County in 1962, which will offer class for adults and students.

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Whitesburg defeated Jenkins to win the district high school basketball tournament.

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Seventy-one candidates have filed to run in the May primary election. One candidate remarked, “It’s kind of hard to campaign because half the people you talk to are candidates themselves, and what is there to say to them?”

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Myrtle Webb Boise, daughter of Mountain Eagle founder N.M. Webb, died at the age of 67. She had made her home in Whitesburg with her mother Ellen Webb for the past few years.

March 11, 1971

Letcher County is suffering its way through a serious outbreak of infectious hepatitis. No one knows precisely that is causing it or how to prevent it from spreading. In all of 1970, only 41 cases of the disease were reported in the county, but in the first two months of this year, 34 cases have already been reported.

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Coal mining employed 2,457 Letcher County residents in 1969 and the mines produced 6,167,143 tons of coal. The figures are in the 1969 annual report of the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals, just issued. Figures for 1970 will not be released until June 1971.

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Congressional hearings are scheduled Friday in Hazard on the cause of the Finley Coal Mine explosion in Leslie County last December.

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The annual subscription price of The Mountain Eagle in Letcher County has gone from $3 to $5 a year.

March 12, 1981

Angry coal miners in blue jeans and work jackets marched near the White House this week and demanded that the Reagan administration continue full black lung benefits. Some 177,000 miners around the country emphasized their protest by a two-day walkout.

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The Letcher County Board of Education says it will ask Letcher Fiscal Court for an emergency grant to replace the electrical wiring at Fleming-Neon Elementary School. County school Supt. Jack M. Burkich says a twoyear study set the cost at $100,000.

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Recent studies show that people prefer living in small towns and rural areas if they are within commuting distance of metropolitan areas. A poll by the University of Kentucky shows that overall, 86 percent of Kentuckians surveyed recommend Kentucky as an excellent or good place to live. More than 65 percent surveyed said they live in rural areas and small towns.

March 12, 1991

The old Hobbs 5 & 10 store on Main Street in Whitesburg may house the proposed Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library. Members of the Letcher County Library Board voted unanimously to buy the 22,000-square-feet building.

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Arch Mineral Co. has laid off or fired 125 workers at its Cumberland mine.

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Plans for remodeling the Lewis Wholesale building on East Main into the Whitesburg City Hall were unveiled at the March 12 meeting of the Whitesburg City Council. Mayor James Asher said the exterior of the building, which was built in 1914, would be restored to its original appearance.

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Joe and Gaynell Begley of Blackey will receive Berea College Service Awards at ceremonies this week. The Begleys founded the Citizens League to Protect Surface Rights, one of the first anti-stripmine groups. Gaynell Begley is a 1937 graduate of Berea College.

March 14, 2001

The Kentucky Department of Transportation has banned all vehicles longer than 30 feet from U.S. 119 until improvements are made to make the road safe. Tractor-trailers often range up to more than 70 feet.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has denied loan to Mountain Furniture Manufacturing because flood control maps show the building the proposed company is remodeling is in the flood plain, and Letcher County has never joined the National Flood Insurance Program.

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The jobless rate in Letcher County rose from 7.2 percent in December to 7.8 percent in January.

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Two brothers have pleaded guilty in a credit card theft case, which was uncovered after a victim, a father-in-law of a Kentucky State Police detective, realized his credit card bill was missing from his mail.


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