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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

March 8, 1962

South-East Coal Co. mines at Seco, Millstone and Polly are idle as miners observe the “no contract-no work” policy of the United Mine Workers union. South-East terminated its contract Monday, saying it can no longer afford the 40-cents-a-ton royalty on coal charged by the union.

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A team of experts from the state Department of Education in Frankfort is coming to town to make a plan for consolidating schools in Letcher County. A previous plan made in 1956 is out of date because of population shifts, said Supt. Sanford Adams.

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One of a pair of men accused of an armed robbery in Virginia is at large and is thought to be in Letcher County, according to Kentucky State Trooper Tom Wright.

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H.D. Kilbourne, a retired merchant and railroad maintenance man, died at Blackey.

March 9, 1972

State officials are investigating fires which destroyed two separate Letcher County grade schools within two days of each other. One is the Blackey Elementary School and the other is the Kingscreek Elementary School. Both were among the oldest schools in the county.

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Letcher County resident Gail Mullins has been promoted to district engineer at the state highway department’s offi ces in Pikeville.

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The Whitesburg Yellowjackets defeated the Letcher Eagles to win the 53rd District basketball tournament.

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A large slag heap in the Fishpond Lake area near Jenkins has been cited by a Kentucky official as “a problem that should be taken care of as soon as possible.” Jewell Graham of the state Division of Water, is touring eastern Kentucky in the wake of the Buffalo Creek disaster in West Virginia, in which more than 110 lives were lost when a silt dam collapsed and flooded the land around it. Graham said Fishpond and a strip-mine dam in Knox County are most “in need of attention.”

March 11, 1982

The Letcher County School Board is one of the first in eastern Kentucky to pledge its support for a bill before the state legislature which would impose state and local property taxes on unmined minerals. The bill would increase the tax on unmined minerals, including coal, to the same rate as other real property.

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Another economic blow has hit the Jenkins City Council. The Kentucky Department of Labor says seven city employees have not been paid time-and-a-half for overtime times they worked during 1981. State officials say the current council is responsible for paying the money even though most of the employees no longer work for the city.

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Survivors of eight miners killed in a coal mine at Topmost in Knott County last December 7 went to Washington, D.C. to seek help in bringing about a formal federal inquiry into the disaster.

March 11, 1992

United Mine Workers officials are predicting a national strike for better health care and more jobs. UMWA International vice president Cecil Roberts says a national strike should be called by all unions in an effort to get health insurance for everyone.

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Samuel T. Wright will become Letcher County’s third district judge at swearing-in ceremonies March 14. He was named to the office by Gov. Brereton Jones after District Judge Larry Collins was elected circuit judge.

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Former Letcher County resident Irene Stansberry, who with her husband Bob was delivering cargo in an 18-wheeler truck, died unexpectedly in California. The Stansberrys, longtime residents of Letcher County, had “delivered goods to all four corners of the country” since they left Letcher County in 1980. The Stansberrys’ son said his mother was her husband’s “co-pilot.”

March 13, 2002

Low demand brought on by a mild winter is apparently to blame for a slowdown in the coal industry. Coastal Coal Co. of Whitesburg laid off about 40 workers more than a week ago. Cook and Sons Mining of Isom and Nally & Hamilton Coal Co., based in Bardstown, have both cut back overtime hours for employees at their Letcher County operations.

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For the first time in more than half a century, a Letcher County high school basketball team will be playing in the boys’ Sweet Sixteen. The Whitesburg High School Yellowjackets will be making their third trip to the Sweet Sixteen in the past 64 years. WHS defeated Breathitt County 72-67 in the championship game of the 14th Region Tournament.

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The Letcher County Board of Education has purchased an option on another piece of land as a possible location for the proposed central high school. The board voted to pay $1,000 for a six-month option on a tract known as the Collins-Bates property at Ermine. If the board exercises the option, it would pay $450,000 for the 57-acre tract, plus an undetermined amount for property next to it that now holds four homes.

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The Letcher Fiscal Court has gone on record as opposing bill to create a 120-mile state park around a hiking trail along the crest of Pine Mountain after Jenkins residents complained that no one had asked them if they wanted it. They say they don’t want it, especially not if it means a 1,000-foot right-of-way along the mountain.


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