Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 23, 1957

Mrs. Virginia Combs was elected “Woman of the Year” and honored at a banquet at the V.F.W. Post Saturday night. Mrs. Combs was nominated by the Woman’s Club, and was selected by a panel of judges as the winner.

Donuts are on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 33 cents a dozen.

May 25, 1967

Letcher County voters joined the statewide trend Tuesday and chose Henry Ward and Louis B. Nunn as the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor.

Whitesburg minister and businessman Ray Collins gained overwhelming support of fellow Letcher County Republicans Tuesday in his bid to become state senator.

Letcher County voters preferred Collins by a vote of more than 9 to 1 over his Perry County Republican opponent, former Perry Sheriff Charlie Combs.

The count in Letcher County was 1,125 for Collins, 104 for Combs.

May 26, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

May 27, 1987

The new Jenkins water treatment plant, now under construction, is the subject of a dispute between the City of Jenkins and the builders. City officials say they believe some material used to fill in around the building may be inferior.

A strike by Whitesburg High School seniors has ended with school officials saying ‘yes’ to the students’ demand to hold graduation at the school’s football field.

The students walked away from school Thursday morning after principal Gene Horn refused to change his decision to hold commencement ceremonies in the gymnasium.

The ceremonies have been held on the football field for several years, and spokespersons for the senior class said they would not break the tradition.

The City of Whitesburg should actively seek a national hotel chain to locate in downtown, a downtown revitalization study says.

The study also recommends constructing a bridge to connect Broadway and Railroad streets, planting tree-scapes in the downtown area, placing trash cans and planters in downtown, and creating 98 new parking spaces.

The study was just completed by Richardson and Associates Architects of Whitesburg and Laurel Run Resources of London.

May 28, 1997

Letcher County officials are negotiating to lease property that would be used as a county park by next summer. Officials hope to include Little League and softball playing fields, a running track, soccer field and picnic area in the park.

Letcher County bridges washed out by flooding last March will be rebuilt according to state standards, meaning any new bridges built from now on will have to be built along state guidelines.

County Judge/Executive Carroll A. Smith said the state standards are more detailed than county standards and call for additional surveying and specifications on the bridges.

Bridges built before now were built according to county standards.

After the March flooding, Letcher County was declared a disaster area, making it eligible for federal funding to repair damage from the flood. Officials identified 43 sites which are now being repaired, including some bridges, creek banks, slides and damaged roads.

State health officials have warned against swimming in the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Letcher County and stretches of two other rivers and their tributaries because of contamination by raw sewage.

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