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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

October 24, 1957

The Letcher County Board of Education has approved a salary schedule for teachers for the current school year. All teachers’ salaries will total $655,348.64 for the year. A few will receive more than $3,500, but most will be in the $2,100 to $2,800 level.

The Ladd property on Main Street in Jenkins was sold to Verlin Baker, a native of Letcher County. Baker plans to remodel and reequip the restaurant in the building, and to remodel all hotel rooms in the building for local and tourist trade. A five-and-ten-cent store is expected to move into quarters in the building.

“3:10 to Yuma” is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg. The movie stars Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, and Felicia Farr.

October 26, 1967

Whitesburg Municipal Airport – eastern Kentucky’s “Airport in the Sky” – will be formally dedicated this Sunday at 2 p.m. Philip W. Swift, commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Aeronautics, will be the featured guest speaker at the dedication ceremonies. Other speakers will include Letcher County Judge James M. Caudill and Whitesburg Mayor Ferdinand Moore.

Whole fryers are on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 26 cents a pound. Pork loin is 69 cents a pound.

Sp/4 William N. Holbrook, 24, son of Melva Holbrook of Seco, has returned to the States after spending two years in Sogel, Germany.

October 27, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

October 28, 1987

Kentucky State Police say a chop-shop operation uncovered at McRoberts Saturday is the biggest ever of its kind in eastern Kentucky. What police found was a hillside full of tractor-trailer trucks and parts and various types of other mining-related machinery stolen from as far away as Delaware.

“I know it’s worth $3 million or more,” said state police lieutenant Danny Webb. “We found 14 tractors, and in just one pile (of parts) I counted driveshafts that came from at least 50 or 60 other trucks.”

The equipment was found at Band Mill Hill on land owned or rented by Vernon Andrew Mullins.

Letcher County voters are to help Kentucky elect a new governor on Tuesday, but a lot of them aren’t going to be very enthusiastic about the job. The candidates have been in and about the county more than usual in a gubernatorial year, but the political vigor that often characterizes Letcher County has not appeared this year. Voters will choose between Democrat Wallace Wilkinson of Lexington and Republican John Harper of Louisville in the governor’s race.

The Kentucky River Area Development District has asked the two candidate for governor to oppose any change in the coal severance tax formula. Representatives from the eight counties that make up KRADD voted Thursday to ask Wallace Wilkinson and John Harper to go on record against a drop in coal severance money returned to the counties.

October 29, 1997

Letcher Judge/Executive Carroll A. Smith has invited officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission to come to Letcher County this week to talk about problems with the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 119 across Pine Mountain. The Nature Preserves Commission has come under fire from Transportation Cabinet officials and State Rep. Paul Mason of Whitesburg for refusing to delay its recent action to protect a tract of land on Pine Mountain from destruction caused by road building.

Letcher County’s unemployment rate rose one and a half percent from August to September but still was 1.4 percent lower than the rate for September 1996. The official state report on unemployment showed 805 persons in Letcher County without jobs.

Every elementary school in the Letcher County school system received new playground equipment this summer. The cost for each school was approximately $14,000. Two schools, which have pupils in wheelchairs, got special swings which those pupils can use.


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