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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 13, 1961

Representatives of the National Parks Service looked over the Bad Branch Falls area on Pine Mountain that is being proposed by Letcher County residents as a site for development of a state park. They said they are conducting a nationwide survey of possible sites for state parks.

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The April grand jury reported this week that it has found Letcher County “in good shape, criminally speaking” and commended law enforcement officers for “the good job they are doing.” The jury said most of the complaints brought before it involved the desertion of children and a rash of break-ins, mostly by minors.

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A total of 141 candidates have filed for places on the May primary.

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Before and after photos of the Letcher County library showed “unbelievable” changes in the new library quarters in the former L&N depot on Main Street in Whitesburg.

April 15, 1971

A dispute between black students and teachers and the Jenkins Independent School System continued this week. Black students who began a protest last week said they would not return to school until six black students who had been suspended were reinstated and “until they are treated like human beings.” The students contend teachers are prejudiced and “more concerned with discipline than education.”

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President Richard Nixon and members of Congress still do not see eye-to-eye on the future of federal programs for Appalachia. Congress is pressing for an extension of the Appalachian Redevelopment Program and Nixon wants to channel the aid through states by way of revenue-sharing programs to the states.

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Sillar Brown reported from Ice that the dumping of garbage and dead animals has become a disgrace in her community.

April 16, 1981

“Don’t ever underestimate the staying power of an Appalachian coal miner . . . they’ll go down to eating roots if they have to,” said a West Virginia miner interviewed just before the current coal strike.

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Thirty-two new apartments will go up in the Whitesburg Municipal Housing Project about three years from now, if current plans of the Whitesburg Housing Authority are realized.

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Letcher County’s unemployment rate was 16 percent for February.

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Whitesburg Mayor Ferdinand Moore got a 33 percent raise in salary by vote of the city council. His pay went from $75 a year to $100. Council members kept their own salaries at $2 for each meeting attended.

April 17, 1991

After this year, the 11-mile bottleneck from Pound Gap through Jenkins to Norton will be the only two-lane section of U.S. 23 between Virginia and Prestonsburg. Bids will be let this week on a 4.62-mile long section of U.S. 23 from Robinson Creek to north of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River.

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Construction will start this week on a $250,000 flood control project in Fleming-Neon.

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The Letcher County Board of Education held a threehour closed session to discuss problems in the Letcher High School athletics program, but took no action when it returned to the public meeting room.

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin rejected allegations that the federal government unfairly accused coal operators of tampering with coal dust samples. She repeated her charge that there was “widespread cheating” within the coal industry. She said some cases of tampering with the samples, which are used to detect miners’ risk of black lung disease, were so appalling the Labor Department would seek a 10-fold increase in fines and would decertify 60 people responsible for submitting the samples.

April 18, 2001

Two members have resigned from the Letcher Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service board of directors, citing continued disagreements about finances for the troubled department.

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A high school football star was killed Sunday when his father accidentally discharged a gun he was examining. Willy Carl Webb, 18, died at his home on Webb Branch near Payne Gap.

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Image Entry Inc., the data entry company that operates an office in Whitesburg, has been sold to FYI Incorporated of Dallas, Tex. The sale will have no effect on the Letcher County operation, which is slated to move to Jenkins later this year, said Bill Deaton, president and founder of Image Entry.


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