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The way we were



Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 22, 1962

U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins of Hindman has introduced legislation in Congress to create a special federal Appalachian Mountain Development Program.

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The Letcher County school system is preparing to offer classes to adults wanting to learn to read and write, and those who want to improve their skills in reading, writing, arithmetic, English and spelling.

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”Oh, wind ! If peas are planted, can spring be far behind?” asked Eagle columnist Mabel Kiser of Millstone.

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Repair work is being done on the bridge across the Kentucky River at Thornton and on the road to Thornton Gap School.

February 24, 1972

The Kentucky coal industry has succeeded in persuading Gov. Wendell Ford to reduce his proposed coal severance tax from five percent to four percent with a minimum of 30 cents per ton.

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A labor dispute at International Harvester’s Wisconsin Steel Mine in Harlan County idled 265 workers, including several from Letcher County. The men went out on strike after voting to terminate an extension of the three-year contract, which expired in October, 1971. At issue are the amount to be paid by the company into the union’s welfare and retirement fund and distribution of wage increases between high-paid and lower-paid workers. The miners are represented by the Progressive Mine Workers of America.

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A sow owned by Coy Wright and his son Andy of Roxana produced a litter of 18 pigs.

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The Appalachian Film Workshop of Whitesburg (Appalshop) took four out of six prizes at a film festival held at the University of Tennessee.

February 25, 1982

The Letcher County school board voted to delay action on acquiring a site for the proposed new Whitesburg High School. Board attorney Forrest Cook announced the decision after a closed session with John Threadgill, the Harlan County architect who apparently has been hired to design the $5.5 million plant. Board members discussed asking large corporations which own mineral lands in Letcher County to help build the school.

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State Rep. Hoover Dawahare has received an award from the Kentucky Coal County Coalition for his work in returning a part of the state coal severance tax to local governments.

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The Kentucky-West Virginia Oil and Gas Co. successfully brought in a gas well on the south slope of Pine Mountain near the Little Shepherd Trail. Company offi cials say the well was drilled to a depth of 6,046 feet two weeks ago and had been producing 60,000 cubic feet of natural gas a day. After a build-up in pressure, the well is producing about twice that rate. The cost of the well was put at $3 million.

February 26, 1992

Gov. Brereton Jones has named Leonard Fleming of Kona, a veteran United Mine Workers safety official, to the job of deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals.

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Some workers in Whitesburg are up in arms over a decision by the city to block two of the three entrances to the city parking lot at the end of Broadway. Mayor James Asher said the move was necessary because of a “drastic drop in revenues.” He said some workers were waiting to get their card until after the parking attendant had left, thus avoiding parking fees. Others were leaving by the two other exits from the lot. He said the day the chains were put up, the city took in only $107, but the next day it took in $240.

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Residents of Jackhorn are angry because the federal Environmental Protection Agency says the coal mine water system which supplies the community doesn’t meet federal safety standards for drinking water because it collected surface water that was not tested or treated and distributed it to 15 or more households. Officials of Elk Horn Coal Company, which owns the mine, said it would have to shut down the water system if the EPA and the Kentucky Division of Water take action against the company.

February 27, 2002

Jerome and April Dawn Banks Boggs have been charged in the murders of four-year-old T.J. Cook and his father, Tim, 41. The father and son were killed in West Whitesburg on Feb. 17. Authorities believe that Jerome Boggs entered the Cooks’ mobile home and shot young T.J. in the chest two times with a .22-caliber revolver after he shot Tim ‘Blister’ Cook behind the left ear and robbed him of money and marijuana.

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Seven Letcher County schools are likely to lose teachers again next year, according to the allocation of teachers approved by the Letcher County Board of Education.

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The Whitesburg Fire Department and departments from as far away as Jackson responded to Hazard last Monday night to help fight a fire that threatened to consume several downtown buildings. The fire on Main Street in Hazard began about 10:05 p.m. An abandoned building was destroyed by 11 p.m., and the fire was endangering a paint store next door and at least one other building. It was the third fire on Hazard’s Main Street in five months.



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