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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 5, 1962

The Letcher County library will hold an open house in celebration of National Library Week and the opening of a campaign for $5,000 to buy books.

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Mr. and Mrs. Fred Coffey and Mr. and Mrs. Cossie Quillen have bought the City Café from Mrs. Windus (Clara) Williams, who has operated it for the past 12 years. The restaurant, located in the Daniel Boone Hotel in downtown Whitesburg, is to be remodeled and renamed the Coffee (or Coffey) House.

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A four-year study by the Ford Foundation has concluded the residents of the depressed Appalachian region in seven states will have to send their kids to cities, accept fewer federal handouts, and help in finding ways to reduce the abject poverty of the region. The researchers found the average mountaineer a study in contradictions: He claims to be self-reliant, but he will accept a dole without a murmur and will take a factory job if one is offered to him. He claims to be more god-fearing than most, but may not be on the inside of a church for six months. He and three-fourths of the natives believe their children will have a wonderful future. He will help his neighbor on a personal basis, but steadfastly refuses tax increases to bring better services to all. The annual income in rural Appalachian counties is 10 to 15 percent below the national average and about 80 percent of the homes in a fourth of the region are below standard.

April 6, 1972

Plans to assess coal companies for damage to highways around Vicco by coal trucks have been dropped by the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Officials say Gov. Wendell Ford has decided not to pursue the payment plan, which was proposed by his predecessor, Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

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A survey team from the Kentucky Department of Education has completed its survey of school needs in the lower end of Letcher County. The team started its study after a fire destroyed the Blackey Elementary School. It says it probably will have recommendations in a month.

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Federal funds are about to run out for two anti-poverty programs which affect many Letcher County residents daily. One is the Boone Fork Community Kitchen at Fleming and the other is the medical transportation program of the LKLP Community Action Council.

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Thieves broke into the new Jenkins High School over the weekend and made away with several thousand dollars worth of equipment.

April 8, 1982

Coal loadings were down about 9 percent in eastern Kentucky during the first quarter of 1982, according to the L&N Railroad. The railroad attributes the drop to the record coal spell in January, the soft export coal market and depressed economic conditions in the steel and auto industries.

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The city’s poor financial condition and disagreements over what to do about it continue to dominate session of the Jenkins City Council.

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The federal Mine Health and Safety Administration

MSHA) has raised a new issue in the continuing investigation of a coal mine explosion in Floyd County which killed three brothers, their nephew and three cousins. MSHA is questioning whether the company which sold the explosive had properly instructed the miners about proper storage of the explosive and its use in below freezing weather.

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Finish work is underway on the Whitesburg Bypass, which is scheduled to open in late spring or early summer.

April 9, 1992

The Letcher Fiscal Court has chosen three new commissioners to redistrict the county’s magisterial boundaries. Redistricting is required because of the new census count completed in 1990. The commissioners are charged with making the county’s magisterial districts as near equal in population as possible.

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Thomas Boysen notifi ed Letcher schools Supt. Jack Burkich that he cannot allow a school system employee to serve as a parent member of the West Whitesburg School Council.

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Coal production in Kentucky is slightly less than at the same time in 1991.

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A state highway official said recent mudslides on Pine Mountain below U.S. 119 have caused no damage to the new highway.

April 10, 2002

Unemployment in Letcher County fell 4.1 percent from 2000 to 2001, according to figures released this week by the Kentucky Cabinet for Workforce Development.

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A fossil hunter has unearthed dinosaur footprints in Perry County that are about 300 million years old. The tracks were made by an anthracosaur, a four-legged creature resembling a big-headed lizard with smooth skin. The tracks were found at the intersection of the Daniel Boone Parkway and Ky. 15.

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Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a fire in a condemned apartment complex in Fleming-Neon.

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The drivers of three vehicles involved in an accident at Dry Fork escaped serious injury, even though one vehicle ended up at the bottom of a ravine 83 feet below the road, police said.


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