Whitesburg KY

The way we were



Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

October 12, 1961 The nation’s first arts and crafts train — the Kentucky Guild Train — is to arrive in Whitesburg this week for a week-long stay. Whitesburg is the third stop for the train, which includes an arts and crafts gallery and a workshop and many examples of wood and metal work, sculpture, pottery, weaving and painting and the equipment needed to make them.

. The Letcher County Health Department is holding dental clinics at schools throughout the county.

. One of the largest crowds ever seen in Whitesburg (estimates vary from 2,000 to 5,000) greeted Gov. Bert T. Combs and members of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Many of the onlookers were dressed in period costumes. Combs said Letcher County ought to work for a small lake, which would give the county a better chance for a future state park. He said the issue of a junior college for Letcher County would be decided by the legislature and a committee studying the issue.

October 14, 1971 Whitesburg could face another water crisis as the construction of US 119 gets underway along the North Fork of the Kentucky River above town, city water board member Ted Fields told members of the Whitesburg City Council. He said the dirt which would come down the Kentucky River into the city’s reservoir as a result of the highway construction would leave the water system “with no hope.” The city obtains its water from a pool behind a low-water dam in the Kentucky River and from a well.

. The Letcher County Board of Education is trying once more to obtain bids for an addition to Kingdom Come Settlement School which will fit the school system’s budget. Bids received in July were far above the amount of money the board has to spend on the project.

. Elbert Osborne, director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, told Kentucky coal operators that the mine safety situation in Kentucky is the worst of any major coal-producing state in the nation.

. The nationwide strike of the United Mine Workers union against the soft coal industry is nearing the two-week mark with reports that the two sides are nowhere near a settlement. About 100,000 miners in 20 states are staying away from their jobs.

October 15, 1981 The proposed new plant to house Whitesburg High School apparently will be built in the present campus on School Hill in Whitesburg. The Letcher County school board apparently has abandoned hope of finding a suitable location for the building — and one it can afford — outside the city limits.

. The school board says it will raise the school tax on real property four-tenths of a percent.

. The Whitesburg City Council says it will make a formal request to the Kentucky Department of Transportation for a traffic light at the downtown exit from the new KY 15 bypass.

. Postage rates in the United States will rise from 18 cents to 20 cents for a first-class letter.

October 16, 1991 The state attorney general’s office is directing an investigation into allegations involving the Letcher Fiscal Court. The investigation is the result of public disagreements among fiscal court members concerning the cost and quality of culverts being bought for the Letcher County road department.

. Supporters of the proposed Red Fox Resort in Knott County say east Kentucky would be changed forever by development of a resort near the Letcher-Knott county line.

. The Whitesburg City Council has authorized Mayor James Asher to complete the trade of the city industrial site across from Frazier’s Farmer Supply for the former Spreader-Elkhorn property behind Parkway Plaza Shopping Center. James Hall of Hazard will be the new owner of the old industrial site.

October 17, 2001 As many as 15 families in Letcher County have used up their eligibility for welfare and will not receive future benefits. This is the first wave of welfare recipients to lose benefits under a 1996 law that limits a person’s eligibility for welfare to five years over the course of his or her lifetime.

. A former employee in the county court clerk’s office has been indicted on charges that she used the office’s automobile license computer to obtain personal information about at least four people, then used that information to obtain credit cards fraudulently.

. Mountain Eagle publishers Tom and Pat Gish were honored for their courage and their principles at Colby College in Waterville, Maine as the 49th Elijah Parish Lovejoy Fellows. The Gishes, owners and publishers since 1957 of The Eagle, received honorary doctorates from Colby before addressing students, faculty and journalists. It was the first time a weekly newspaper was honored with the award.

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