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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

March 30, 1961

Whitesburg Mayor Ferdinand Moore says the city may be eligible for federal help under the Area Development Act now being considered by the U.S. Congress. The bill calls for federal help for public facilities and loans and grants for industrial development projects.

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Seventeen-year-old Darrell Edward Tackett, a star on the Fleming-Neon High School basketball team, died unexpectedly in Lexington after undergoing surgery for removal of a brain tumor. He had fainted a few days earlier on the football field at Fleming. His illness had not been diagnosed earlier. He was a son of Rush and Myrtle Hicks Tackett.

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”If promises were roads, Letcher County would have the world’s finest highway system,” connected former Letcher County Judge James M. Caudill in a political ad.

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Elmer and Harold Cook of Mayking returned from a trip to Cherokee Lake with 75 pounds of fish — striped bass and crappie.

April 1, 1971

Residents of the McRoberts area have petition the Kentucky Director of Reclamation Elmer Grim to withhold any stripmining permits for Shea’s Fork, Chopping Branch, Bark Camp Branch and other areas above and adjacent to the community of McRoberts.

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The Kentucky River Area Development District says it will provide a recreation planner for several months this summer to set up a comprehensive recreation plan for Letcher County.

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Both Lt. Gov. Wendell Ford and former Kentucky Gov. Bert T. Combs were seeking Letcher County votes for the Democratic nomination for governor of Kentucky.

April 2, 1981

A record number of 135 candidates filed for nomination to city and county offices in Letcher County.

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Hopes for a quick ending to the nationwide coal strike this week faded as union miners voted down a proposed agreement with the coal industry by a large margin. The tentative agreement between the United Mine Workers of American and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association was defeated in eastern Kentucky by an estimated 4,800 to 1,105 votes and nationwide by a 2-to-1 margin.

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Letcher Fiscal Court agreed by a 5-to1 vote to pay Ray Brown and Dorothy Collins money owed them for replacing the courthouse roof two years ago.

April 3, 1991

Five thousand three hundred eighty-four people moved out of Letcher County in the 1980’s, according to the 1990 census figures just released. That was 17.5 percent of the county’s 1980 population.

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Letcher County’s first site-based decision making council will hold its first meeting at West Whitesburg Elementary School. The council was established under provisions of Kentucky’s new school law which gives parents a voice in how schools are run.

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For the first time ever, a symphony orchestra will present a concert in Letcher County this week. The 45-member Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Zack, will appear at the Whitesburg High School gymnasium in two performances for children from kindergarten through the eighth grade.

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A state geologist predicted that production of eastern Kentucky’s recoverable coal will be declining rapidly within 20 to 30 years. The prediction was made to a legislative panel, and state Sen. Kelsey Friend said it highlight the need to help wean eastern Kentucky from its coal economy.

April 4, 2001

District 5 Magistrate Wayne Fleming is asking the City of Jenkins to look into the location of a mine silt pond that replaced one that overflowed in February. He is worried that the pond built at the head of Upper Dunham to collect silt from Premier-Elkhorn Coal Co.’s Mine 35 is built too close to a “bore hole” from the surface down to the abandoned Beth- Elkhorn Mine 206.

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A Letcher County woman has become the first person to be tried and convicted as a result of an investigation aided by KASPAR, Kentucky’s computerized prescription reporting system.

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Hunting season for wild turkeys in Kentucky opens April 14 and ends May 4. A special spring youth hunt is set for May 5. Hunters reported killing 112 turkeys in Letcher County last spring, down from 130 killed in 1999.

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Easter egg hunts are set at Arlie Boggs and Cowan Elementary Schools for April 5.



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