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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

December 21, 1961 Expenditures of the Letcher County School System for year ended June 30, 1961, were $1,677,361. That figure included teachers’ salaries which ranged from $1,163 to $6,330. The salary of Supt. Sanford Adams was $6,500.

. Elijah Dixon was injured at the Sapphire mine.

. Jerry Coots paced the Whitesburg Yellowjackets with 21 points in their four-point win over Hindman.

. Elvis Presley is appearing in “Flaming Star” at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

December 23, 1971 Directors of the Kentucky River Area Development District have voted to support a state severance tax on all minerals, with the proceeds going to the counties of the minerals’ origin.

. Nurses at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital have asked members of the Kentucky Nurses Association to work with them in an attempt to solve some nursing problems. They declined to discuss specifics.

. The first units in a modular housing program at Jenkins are being erected on a former strip-mine site reclaimed by Beth-Elkhorn Coal Corp.

. ”Divine Right’s Trip”, a novel by Hazard resident Gurney Norman, is schedule for publication next spring.

December 23, 1981 Five men escaped from the Letcher County Jail this week. All five are considered armed and dangerous. They were being held on charges of extortion, robbery and shooting.

. Harrison Garrett, a 1950 graduate of Whitesburg High School, received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his contribution to the success of the first Space Shuttle mission.

. State Mines and Minerals Commissioner Willard Stanley said a misfired shot was responsible for the coal mine explosion which killed eight miners at Topmost in Knott County two weeks ago. The accident happened at the Adkins Coal Company’s Mine No. 18.

December 25, 1991 Letcher Fiscal Court has revoked a contract it had awarded for coal for the courthouse. County officials did not say why except to say they had been unable to reach the contractor. The purchase of coal had been one point of an investigation by the Kentucky State Police and the state attorney general’s office into purchasing practices of the fiscal court and the Letcher County Board of Education.

. Cutbacks in the Letcher County library system have drawn protests from library users. A library official said the cutbacks were forced by a reduction in the library’s anticipated income.

. A Kentucky legislative panel called for two four-lane highways through Letcher County — U.S. 119 and KY 15.

December 26, 2001 Kenny Ray “Little Britches” Potter, 47, of Millstone, was killed in a mining accident Dec. 17. Potter was operating a bulldozer at Carbon River Coal Corp.’s Nov. 14 mine at Carrie in Knott County when the dozer overturned.

. Twenty-five counties in eastern and southern Kentucky continue to be impoverished, even though the number of Kentuckians living in poverty appears to have declined from 1993 through 1998.

. Letcher County native J.D. Holcomb was in Florida recently to attend a banquet celebrating driver Jack Sprague’s 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. Holcomb works for Hendrick Motorsports and is a member of Sprague’s pit crew.

. Used Christmas trees will be used to help create fish habitat throughout Carr Creek Lake. The nests improve fish habitat by providing cover for spawning females.

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