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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

October 10, 1957

Letcher County’s school system will operate this year on a budget of $1,067,110. The total budget includes $651,678.64 for teachers’ salaries; $214,871.69 for other current expenses; $108,760 for capital outlay and $91,800 for transportation.

The Fleming-Neon Pirates will meet Evarts in the first annual Jaycee Bowl football game at Harlan in November.

This is the third year Fleming-Neon has played in a bowl game. Last year they were the first to play in the Coal Bowl at Benham. They also were the first to play in the Pinnacle Bowl at Middlesboro.

Round steak is 69 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Porterhouse steak is 99 cents a pound.

October 12, 1967

Letcher County through its fiscal court has gone on record as opposed to the construction of the proposed Kingdom Come Dam at Ulvah. County commissioners voted unanimously to send a formal resolution to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with copies to various congressmen and federal officials.

The Letcher County Grand Jury has indicted Hobart Ison, 69, of Jeremiah, on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Canadian film producer at Jeremiah September 20. Ison is accused in the death of Hugh O’Conner, 46, of Montreal, Canada, who was shot while he and a crew were filming pictures of some houses owned by Ison.

Chuck roast is on sale for 43 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Rib roast is 79 cents a pound.

October 13, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

October 14, 1987

Two Letcher County cities have received grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to upgrade their sewage treatment plants. Jenkins received $938,203 to build a new sewage treatment plant, and Whitesburg received $315,561 to upgrade three sewage pumping stations and the city’s current contact stabilization treatment plant.

Kentucky Mines and Minerals Commissioner Willard Stanley told a grand jury here this week that he did not say that “elected officials” were hampering the state’s crackdown in illegal mining in Letcher County. Stanley told the jury that he was misquoted in an article in a coal industry trade publication which said that the possibility of political repercussions caused Stanley to delay action against miners reported to be illegally stripping coal here.

Whitesburg used an awesome second half performance in blasting district foe Betsy Layne 32-6. Tied 6-6 with the Bobcats at the half, Whitesburg used two touchdown passes by quarterback Dale Thomas and a pair of one-yard scoring plunges by fullbacks Mark Wampler and Joe Caudill in the final half to win.

October 15, 1997

Rep. Paul Mason thinks the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission should reconsider its decision to deny the state Transportation Cabinet permission to use Nature Preserves land for a project to improve U.S. Hwy. 119 across Pine Mountain.

Mason says the project will be too costly if the commission won’t let the highway department build the road on 11 acres of a 760-acre tract that was recently added to the Bad Branch State Nature Preserve. Transportation officials want to use the 11 acres as a “waste area” for overburden removed during the planned $85 million renovation of U.S. 119.

Middle and elementary school students in the Letcher County school system have raised nearly $10,000 to support early detection of breast cancer. The students walked for an hour at the Whitesburg River Park in honor of Betty Kramer, principal of Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, who recently underwent surgery for breast cancer.

With the season half over, the Arlie Boggs Elementary School girls’ basketball team is the only remaining unbeaten team in the Letcher County Elementary Athletic Association The ABE Lady ‘Cats are 9-0 and in first place in LCEAA standings.



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