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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

October 3, 1957

A committee of seven persons began work last night on a study of school problems in Letcher County and possible solutions to them. The committee is an outgrowth of a meeting held at the courthouse last Thursday to consider the local school situation.

The committee is to report in six months – or sooner – what it has learned and what it recommends concerning problems of schools in the county.

“The Quiet Gun” starring Forrest Tucker is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg. The new movie scheduled at the theater is “The Delicate Delinquent” starring Jerry Lewis.

Frying chickens are 29 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Sirloin steak is 99 cents a pound.

October 5, 1967

Citizens of the lower end of Letcher County have organized to protest construction of the proposed Kingdom Come Dam at Ulvah. The group was formed after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers let it be known that it plans to propose to Congress the construction of a dam which would impound water in the Kentucky River all the way from Ulvah to near Whitesburg and in Rockhouse Creek to Isom.

Pike County Circuit Judge James B. Stephenson has been appointed to hear suits filed by the City of Whitesburg and the Letcher County Board of Health against Levisa Stone Corp. Both suits seek injunctions to prevent the company from continuing development of a stone quarry on Pine Mountain. The suits contend the quarry operation will pollute the municipal water supply of Whitesburg.

Three pounds of ground beef are 49 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Cauliflower is 39 cents a head.

October 6, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

October 7, 1987

Anthony and Carolyn Smith and Steve and Rebecca Adams were arrested by Placquemines Parish, Louisiana, sheriff’s deputies last Tuesday night. The four are charged with murdering Sie Shepherd, 76, his wife Judy, 65, and their son Buster, 35, all of Leatherwood in Perry County. The Shepherds – the parents and brother of Carolyn Smith – died after a mobile home in which the Smiths had been living burned to the ground in August.

The four were arrested after Carolyn Smith and Rebecca Adams were involved in an auto accident and a routine check of the car’s registration plate and Smith’s driver’s license in a national crime information computer showed that she, Adams, and their husbands were fugitives from Letcher County.

Letcher is one of 20 Kentucky counties taking part in a flu-tracking system with the state Department for Health Services. County coordinators poll from one to 20 physicians for the number of flulike illnesses treated in a week’s time.

Clifton and Ruby Caudill, Randall and Mary Caudill, Teresa Bates, and Loretta Henrikson, all of Carcassonne, took part in a demonstration of square dancing at West Whitesburg Elementary School.

October 8, 1997

Gas station owner Pascal Fields, 88, was robbed of about $180 Monday after he was beaten in the head with a club or stick, Whitesburg city police say. Fields, who has operated his own small service station on Bentley Avenue in Whitesburg since 1941, told police he was giving a man change for a $1 bill when the man hit him in the head and took the money from the station’s cash register.

Unemployment in Letcher County remained at 8.8 percent for the second month in a row in August but was two percentage points below the figure for August of 1996.

A new guide listing Letcher County resources, agencies, officials, and other useful information is available free from the Letcher County Action Team.

Action team members compiled the 64-page guide to provide information about such things as development organizations and opportunities, schools and colleges, tourism and recreation, senior services, government agencies, health services and the environment.


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