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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 11, 1961

Three persons died of gunshot wounds in Letcher County this week. Two men were murdered and one committed suicide.

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John D.W. Collins, Whitesburg’s oldest attorney in both age and length of time he had practiced, has announced he will retire from the practice of law.

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A spokesman for the Presbyterian Church says he believes the Stuart Robinson School property will be made available to the state for use as a junior college “on the most generous terms.”

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Mrs. Forrester Combs has been named president of the Whitesburg Parent-Teacher Association.

May 13, 1971

Copperheads are out for the season and Sherd Martin of Millstone has already killed his first one.

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The federal Office of Economic Opportunity had budgeted no funding for emergency food and medical services for 1971.

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Direct distance telephone dialing is coming to Letcher County.

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Postage rates are going up from six to eight cents an ounce for first-class mail

May 14, 1981

State officials are expected to decide this week whether to provide a new plant to house Whitesburg High School. Supt. Jack Burkich says representatives of the state School Building Authority are here measuring to see how much money would be needed to replace the old Whitesburg High School building. The old building was condemned two years ago because of structural damage.

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More than 50 candidates for Letcher County offices traded charges in abbreviated but heated meeting of the four-member County Board of Elections. Candidates questioned an apparent decision by the board to change the procedure used in selecting precinct officers.

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Several members of the Whitesburg City Council said it would be unfair to the next city council for them to approve Kentucky Power Company’s proposed franchise. The council voted not to take any action on the power company’s proposal to pay the city a 25 percent annual refund on money paid for street lights in exchange for the company’s right to operate within the city limits.

May 15, 1991

For the past several days, cicadas, commonly misidentifi ed as 17-year locusts, have been emitting eerie sounds all across eastern Kentucky. Some people thought their homes were being invaded by a bulldozer.

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Westmoreland Coal Co. says it will purchase Golden Oak Mining Co. through its subsidiary, Kentucky Criterion Coal. Co. Golden Oak operates 11 deep mines and three surface-mining complexes in Letcher and Knott counties. The purchase will include long-term sales contracts and a minimum of 11.5 million tons of coal and a maximum of 32 million tons.

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South East Coal Co. has agreed to recognize the United Mine Workers as the collective bargaining agent for its employees.

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Bids for turning the 77-year-old Lewis Block on East Main Street, formerly Railroad St., into a city hall of Whitesburg are for more than the city has to work with. Mayor James Asher said the city has received a $300,000 loan from the federal Farmers Home Administration, but $150,000 of that money was used to buy the building. With $75,000 Asher says he hopes to get by selling the old city hall, the city will still have only $225,000 for the restoration and architectural fees.

May 16, 2001

Letcher Fiscal Court has an $8,000 bill for bulldozer work at its ballpark at Whitesburg that no one will acknowledge authorizing. The court voted Monday night not to pay the bill until someone can explain who authorized the work to be done.

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A Whitesburg coal operator has been indicted on charges that he and a business associate stole coal from Consol Inc., trucked it to Virginia and sold it.

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A federal grand jury in Ashland has indicted seven persons on charges that they used home computers to forge prescriptions for OxyContin, a morphine-like pain reliever. Five of those indicted are from Millstone in Letcher County. One is from Perry County and the seventh is from Knott County.



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