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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

June 1, 1961

R.B. Caudill, chairman of the Letcher County Soil Conservation Committee, says 228 farms in Letcher County took part in the 1960 Agricultural Conservation program and received a total of $14,354 from the federal government. Farmers in the county planted 511 acres of trees and seeded 121 acres to permanent vegetative cover.

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James Kendrick has been hired as the Letcher County agricultural agent, succeeding Robert Fike, who is going to work in Iran for the federal International Cooperative Administration.

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Letcher County brought home two district championships, five blue ribbons and five red ribbons from the district 4-H rally at Quicksand.

June 3, 1971

The Kentucky Highway Department has called for bids on the new road between Whitesburg and Jenkins. The new road, which is to run from Mayking to Payne Gap, will cut five miles off the present route.

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Oil and gas exploration is expected to increase in eastern Kentucky amid reports that some of the giants of the industry have found a vast, mostly untapped, fuel bonanza in the area.

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Whitesburg Atty. Harry M. Caudill has been denied an honorary degree at Eastern Kentucky University because he is “too controversial.” He received honorary degrees this year from the University of Kentucky and Berea College.

June 4, 1981

The Millstone voting machine and the building that housed it were destroyed by fire early Sunday. State arson investigators have been called into the case.

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A planned housing project in Jenkins appears to be in trouble because of the failure of the City of Jenkins to provide water service to the area where the homes are to be located.

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Coal prices are expect to rise 10 percent if striking miners ratify a new contract.

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Fleming-Neon awaits approval by the Congress of a bill which would allow money from the federal Economic Development Administration to be appropriated for construction of a new $2.75 million water plant at Fleming-Neon.

June 5, 1991

Hopefuls for the county election scheduled two years from now are already making campaign noises. Republican Carroll A. Smith announced last year that he would seek the office of county judge/executive, and last week Democrat Gene Banks said he was a definite candidate for judge/ executive. Incumbent Ruben Watts, also a Democrat, says he is considering running for a fourth term.

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Sixty-five laid-off coal miners have taken Scotia Coal Co. to court on charges of violating the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. They say the company violated federal law when it laid them off without giving them the 60-day notice required for layoffs of so many employees at once. Forty-three of the workers are from Letcher County.

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Millstone residents are saying “no” to a plan to put a new county landfill in their community.

June 6, 2001

The Letcher County Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Anna Caudill Craft as the next superintendent of the Letcher County school system. Craft, the district’s director of special programs, will take over as superintendent July 1.

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Memorial services for former Whitesburg Mayor Ferdinand Moore will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Moore, who was 89 years old, died of a heart attack Sunday at Whitesburg Hospital. He has served as mayor of Whitesburg for 26 years.

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A tractor-trailer driver was cited for driving an overlength vehicle and ignoring a traffic signal after his truck collided with a car on a section of Pine Mountain closed to vehicles more than 30 feet in length.

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The first-ever fifth grade sleepover was held June 1 at West Whitesburg Elementary School. The focus for the evening was on literacy. Students enjoyed games, storytelling, magic tricks, line dancing, a karaoke contest, computer activities, movies and, finally, breakfast.


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