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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 15, 1962 Construction is expected to get underway soon on a section of the Eastern Kentucky Turnpike to Hazard, Lt. Gov. Wilson W. Wyatt said on a visit to Hazard.

. Dr. Owen Pigman, who practiced medicine in Letcher County for 40 years, died in Lexington where he had undergone surgery. He had celebrated his 85th birthday earlier in the week. The Kentucky Medical Association named him “General Practitioner of the Year” in 1957 for his longtime service to the coal mining area.

. Whitesburg women will see more and more of the Jacqueline Kennedy look this spring, says Whitesburg dress shop owner Nancy Bates, who just returned from a buying trip to New York City.

. Robert Adams, manager of the Neon A&P store, entertained with a dinner for employees and their spouses.

February 17, 1972 The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill providing for many changes in the state’s 171-year-old Sunday closing law. The state Senate has already approved the bill.

. Thirteen citations were issued to drivers of overweight coal trucks owned by Triple Elkhorn Coal Company in Floyd County.

. Opposition continues to mount against Gov. Wendell Ford’s proposal of a severance tax on coal. Ford has proposed a severance tax of five percent on the delivered price of coal on all coal mined in the state, with a 30-cents-perton minimum.

February 18, 1982 The Letcher County school board indicated this week that it would step up its effort to find a site for the new Whitesburg High School.

. The Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously to enforce an ordinance passed in 1980 which annexed the Pine Mountain Junction area into the city limits.

. Funeral services were held for Verlon ‘Red’ Hall, 62, who had operated Hall’s Fruit Market at Ermine until 1980.

February 19, 1992 Former Whitesburg Coach Ernie Trosper, who retired from coaching and teaching in the public schools last year, is working as an instructor of student teachers and teacher interns at the University of Kentucky. He also is a fashion model for McAlpin’s Department Store in Lexington.

. Eagle columnist Clifton Caudill of Carcassonne commented that spring is near and that “the Pamper trees have been blooming all year.”

. Letcher Middle School students took top honors in the Region 20 Governor’s Cup competition. Members of the team who won first place include Seth Hall, mathematics; Jeremiah Caudill, social studies, and Matthew Caudill, science, and the Letcher future problem solving team. Roland Brown won second place in social studies and Megan Caudill won third in language arts.

February 20, 2002 Timothy James ‘T.J.’ Cook, 4, and his father, 41-year-old Timothy Louis ‘Blister’ Cook, were found shot to death by authorities about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The killings are the first murders in Whitesburg in nearly 20 years, Whitesburg City Police say. No one had been arrested by early Tuesday.

. Parents of students at Kingdom Come Settlement School are worried their school won’t exist this time next year. And they’re trying now to pull students back into the school, which sits about 20 miles from Whitesburg near the head of Linefork. Parents say Letcher County school officials have already told them that the school is too small and is expected to get smaller.

. Coal is still the cheapest fuel for utilities and some stock market analysts and investment fund managers say investments in coal will be profitable over the long term, Bernard Simon reported in the New York Times Sunday.

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