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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

October 31, 1957

The Junior Chamber of Commerce float featuring “The Old Rugged Cross” took first prize for business and organization entries in the Whitesburg homecoming parade.

Eight Letcher County schools were closed on account of influenza and upper respiratory infections among pupils and teachers. County School Supt. W.B. Hall said half or more of the pupils in each school were absent because of illness.

The Jenkins High School football team clinched the conference title, the Cavaliers’ first, by beating the Pikeville Tigers 53-6 Saturday.

November 2, 1967

Army Pfc. Billy S. Whitaker of Whitesburg has received the Air Medal with “V” device as a result of “heroism while participating in an aerial flight” in action in Vietnam July 16. Whitaker is a gunner aboard a UH-1D helicopter. During a surveillance mission near Ad Khe, his aircraft came under intense enemy fire and he “placed highly effective suppressive fire” on suspected enemy fortifications. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Whitaker of Whitesburg and is a 1966 graduate of Whitesburg High School.

Whitesburg High School American Government students took over city and county offices for a day this week. Students and the offices they held included: City – Mayor, Janie Adams; Attorney, Claude Webb, Clerk, Leigh Lewis; Housing Commissioner, Doug Moncrief; Fire Chief, Candace Honeycutt; Judge, David Baker; Water Commissioner, Patsy Banks; Police Chief, Randy Whitaker; Police, Michael Burkich and Jerry Banks; Housing Clerk, Johnny Adams. County – Judge, Roger Burke; Jailer, Ricky Hammonds; Sheriff, David Cornett; Attorney, Janice Taylor; Tax Commissioner, Stanley Walker; Circuit Court Clerk, Helen Scott; County Court Clerk, Billy Franks; Circuit Judge, Deanna Wynn; Magistrate, Gaynell Sexton.

A three-pound bag of Eight O’Clock Coffee is on sale for $1.75 at the Whitesburg A&P. Rib roast is 89 cents a pound.

November 3, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

November 4, 1987

Two Letcher County coal firms are the top choices of Mississippi Power Company for long-term contracts to supply large quantities of coal to the electric utility’s Daniel Station. Lake Coal at Roxana and Golden Oak Mining at Isom are reportedly “very close” to agreement on contracts to supply the Daniel Plant, which burns a total of 1.6 million tons of low-sulfur compliance coal a year.

A federal grand jury will meet Nov. 10 to begin investigating an alleged multi-million dollar chop-shop operation in McRoberts. Kentucky State Police detective Frank Fleming said the jury will hear evidence gathered by state police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Auto Theft Bureau in a probe into more than $5 million worth of stolen parts and equipment recovered in raids on property at Band Mill Hill in McRoberts.

Roger Dale Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge went on trial for their lives again this week in a case which bears striking resemblance to the 1985 Acker murder and robbery at Fleming-Neon. The two men are standing trial in London on charges of robbing and murdering an elderly Jackson County couple in June 1985, two months before they robbed Dr. Roscoe J. Acker and murdered his 23-year-old daughter, Tammy.

November 5, 1997

A preliminary agreement between the Kentucky Department of Transportation and the Nature Preserves Commission may have cleared the way for reconstruction of U.S. 119 across Pine Mountain to begin sometime within the next 10 years. The Nature Preserves Commission is expected to meet on Dec. 15 to approve a resolution to remove 11 acres of property from the 2,700-acre Bad Branch Nature Preserve so that it can be used as a “waste area” for overburden during the planned $85 million renovation of U.S. 119.

A special grand jury investigating public corruption in Letcher County met again earlier this week – the first meeting in more than four years since the jury returned its last criminal indictment. Indications were, however, that the meet was a formality leading up to the dismissal of the jury, which was empaneled in January 1993.

The Whitesburg Yellowjackets clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in Class AA, Region IV, District II last Thursday night by pounding visiting Leslie County 60-19. They will travel to Lawrence County this Friday night for the opening round.

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