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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 27, 1961

The City of Whitesburg has moved closer to a low-rent housing project this week with the recertification of its program for community improvement and employment of an architect to design the first low-rent housing units here. The local housing commission is apply for 100 units of housing with 20 of those to be for elderly residents.

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Royal Crown Bottling Co. of Whitesburg announced plans to add a new bottling room, which would give Letcher County the biggest and most modern soft-drink bottling plant in eastern Kentucky.

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Letcher and Fleming-Neon high schools received state ratings of ‘standard’ from the state education department, up from ‘provisional’. Jenkins and Whitesburg high schools retained their ‘standard’ ratings.

April 29, 1971

Fifty members of the Pine Mountain Junction and Solomon Road areas turned out to tell the Whitesburg City Council they don’t want their property annexed to the city. They say Whitesburg doesn’t have anything they need or want.

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The Kentucky Division of Strip Mining and Reclamation says it will add 12 new inspectors in the field, 10 in eastern Kentucky and two in western Kentucky. Officials say the inspectors are needed to keep up with the rapidly increasing growth of the strip mine industry.

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Letcher Fiscal Court voted to evict the LKLP Community Action Council to vacate space it occupies on the third floor of the courthouse. Court members say attorneys have complained that they have no place but hallways to confer with their clients when trials are underway.

April 30, 1981

County officials elected this year will receive substantial raises in salary over the pay of current officials. The new salaries were approved by Letcher Fiscal Court in time to comply with a state law which says before candidates are nominated or elected. The highest salary to be paid is $26,058 to be paid to the county judge/executive, sheriff, jailer and county court clerk.

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United Mine Workers picketing the Blue Diamond Coal Co.’s Scotia mine at Oven Fork charged that a Leatherwood man attempted to run down several UMW members as they picketed. There was no other strike-related violence in eastern Kentucky this week, which is the fifth week of the UMW strike.

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McRoberts School Principal David Banks says he will resign at the end of this school year to become full-time pastor at the Premium Baptist Church.

May 1, 1991

South East Coal Co. has shut down until July, idling 400 workers.

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Gov. Wallace Wilkinson announced a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant for Whitesburg. The money will go toward construction of a new water treatment plant which will be three times the size of the current plant.

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Whitesburg businessman Owen Wright urged city officials to remove the parking meters from downtown Whitesburg and to allow free 30-minute parking.

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Letcher County Litter Warden Al Henderson says trash problems in Letcher County are getting worse and he believes some people “get a charge out of violating the law.”

May 2, 2001

Speaking at the grand opening of the newly renovated Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, ARH President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen C. Hanson said that with the hospital, the ARH clinic and Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp., “pound for pound, Whitesburg probably has more health care professionals than any city in Kentucky.”

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Renowned author James Still, 94, of Knott County, died April 28. His works include “River of Earth”, a chronicle of a poor, coal-mining family considered an American classic.

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Schools in Letcher County will share in about $170,000 in reward money based on scores on the 1998-2000 state accountability tests.


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