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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

March 29, 1962

State Senator Archie Craft of Whitesburg will take office as United States marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky at ceremonies in Washington.

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Whitesburg Attorney Harry M. Caudill is the author of an article on strip mining which appears in The Atlantic Monthly, a national magazine.

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President John F. Kennedy proposed a program to Congress this week which would finance public works projects in areas with high unemployment, such as eastern Kentucky. Letcher County officials hope they can get a new jail, a new source of water for Whitesburg and a sewer system in Jenkins.

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Popular author and lecturer John Mason Brown is to speak at the Jenkins Library April 8 honoring the library as the recipient of a $5,000 prized awarded by the Book-ofthe Month Club.

March 30, 1972

A new R.H. Hobbs Store is to be built on Main Street in Whitesburg to replace the building which burned last September. The new brick building would reach from Main Street to Broadway and will be almost twice as large as the structure which burned. The building is expected to be complete by next September.

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The Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation is expecting to hear within two weeks that its four-county health plan has been approved by the federal Office of Economic Opportunity.

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Members of Letcher Fiscal Court have asked the state highway department to clean up the roads in Letcher County.

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State officials say they expect no trouble in dismantling a Letcher County coal slag dam, which is similar to the dam which collapsed in West Virginia recently. The Letcher County dam will be the joint responsibility of the county and Beth-Elkhorn Coal Co.

April 1, 1982

Four hundred Letcher County coal miners will be laid off for the next two weeks — and possibly longer — because of a drop in demand for coal. South-East Coal Co. says it is stopping production at its mines which produce Elkhorn No. 3 coal but would continue to work the mine containing Elkhorn No. 4 coal.

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A special grand jury investigating alleged election wrongdoing in Letcher County gave up its task this week when it found evidence essential to the investigation was “lost or misplaced.” In late October the jury released a partial report charging that former members of the county election board — and many voters and candidates — held a “shocking disregard” of Kentucky law governing election procedures.

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The Catholic Sisters of Loretto won their fight to force Blue Diamond Coal Co. to recognize them as registered stockholders of the company.

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Aunt Louisa Collier celebrated her 85th birthday at Millstone.

April 2, 1992

Letcher Fiscal Court again awarded the county contract for road culverts to Amburgey Hardware of Roxana, the winning bidder for the past several years. The award was made over the objection from some magistrates that the company’s bid was higher that its bid for a higher quality culvert made earlier this year.

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The state’s highest education official says Letcher County school officials had “willfully enabled violation of the law” by permitting election of a parent who is an employee of the school system to the school council.

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Only half of Appalachia’s coal reserves are considered suitable for development, according to a U.S. Geological Survey geologist.

April 3, 2002

Gov. Paul Patton came to Jenkins on Saturday to sign a bill making Pine Mountain Trail Kentucky’s newest state park.

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission is investigation American Electric Power’s management of the Hazard service area, saying power outages in the area are more frequent and last longer than in other areas served by the same company.

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Oakie Greer, a longtime member of the Jenkins Independent school board, died March 29 at Norton Community Hospital after a long illness.

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Lola Bates Honeycutt, a daughter of a veteran of the Confederate Army, marked her 96th birthday March 28.


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