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The way we were



Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

November 16, 1961 Millard Craft Jr., 22, a native of Jenkins, was one of 74 U.S. Army recruits killed in a plane crash near Richmond, Va. The crash is under investigation. Several members of Congress have charged the armed forces with being negligent in hiring private planes to transport servicemen.

. A one-man coal-cutter machine is to be demonstrated in Floyd County. Developers say that one man using the machine can undercut coal seams as low as 20 inches at a rate of 12 feet an hour or faster.

. The movie “Ben Hur” is showing at the Alene Theatre. It won 11 Academy Awards , including “picture of the year”

. A new Pontiac Tempest is available for $2,214.

November 18, 1971 United Mine Workers in Letcher County have returned to their jobs after a new contract was signed between the union and the soft-coal industry. The contract calls for a $50 a day top pay scale.

. New bids are being sought on an addition to Kingdom Come School at Linefork. The Letcher County Board of Education has obtained permission from the Kentucky Department of Education to issue bonds to help pay for the building.

. The U.S. Bureau of Mines has approved the opening of new coal mine at Hurricane Creek in Leslie County, just several hundred years away from the site of a mine which exploded last December, killing 38 men.

. Whitesburg High School students plan a one-day takeover of city and county offices on Friday. The annual affair is sponsored by the Whitesburg Rotary Club.

November 19, 1981 Testimony has ended in the lawsuit filed by Letcher County Board of Education employee Billy K. Banks against the school board after Banks was demoted from his job as director of pupil personnel and reassigned as principal of Kingdom Come School. Banks charged that his demotion was politically motivated. He is seeking $50,000 in punitive damages from Supt. Jack Burkich. Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg says it will be at least 65 days before he issues an opinion in the case.

. Thieves took a turkey and two chickens from the McRoberts Senior Citizens Center. The fowl was for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the center. Members got more turkey and chickens and had a potluck dinner as they had planned.

. Lona Kincer of Cowan celebrated her 90th birthday.

November 20, 1991 The investigation into the buying practices of the Letcher County Fiscal Court and the Letcher County Board of Education may last several months, says Kentucky Assistant Atty. Gen. Paul Richwalski. He says the investigation will be “pretty long and thorough.” State police confiscated records from the Board of Education’s offices, and investigators from the state Office of Education Accountability are also conducting a separate investigation. Apparently the investigation centers on bidding and purchasing practices of both the fiscal court and school board.

November 21, 2001 Letcher Fiscal Court has turned down a request by Columbia Natural Resources to let it build a pipeline across a county road at Smith Creek.

. FBI agents and Kentucky State Police conducted early morning raids in Jeremiah and Jenkins, and seized guns, ammunition and drugs. Forty officers took part in the raid at Jeremiah.

. Greyhound Bus Lines has canceled its run between Pikeville and Ashland because it is losing $25,000 a year on the route.

. Eagle columnist Ike Adams says woolly worms are predicting a mild winter.

. The City of Whitesburg has approved the basic design for a water line extension that will serve an estimated 150 customers in the Mayking area. The city already has a $500,000 special appropriation from the Kentucky General Assembly to supply water to Mayking. The council voted to seek an additional $250,000 in grants and loans to extend the lines to homes and businesses on the northwest side of US 119.

. Kentucky has approved about one claim in 90 since making it harder for coal miners to prove a case of black lung. Witnesses at a legislative hearing said 11 claims have been approved for compensation since 1996, when the General Assembly rewrote Kentucky’s workers’ compensation law at Gov. Paul Patton’s request.



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