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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

April 26, 1962

The April grand jury noted that crime is decreasing in Letcher County. The jury said it has not had a murder or robbery or other serious crime to consider.

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The federal Area Redevelopment Administration is spending $19,000 on an economic analysis of the area followed by an “evaluation of locally conceived economic plans in terms of the solutions they propose for local and regional problems.” (Whatever that means, commented The Eagle.)

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Nancy Joyce Elam of Letcher was first-place winner of the countywide spelling bee.

April 27, 1972

Declaring that “unsanitary conditions of Letcher County” constitute an “emergency”, the April grand jury issued a report stressing its concern about the problem. Jury Foreman Gene Moore of Whitesburg said the grand jury is most concerned with the fact that with the closing of Letcher County dumps, “the entire county is now a public dump.”

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The Letcher County Board of Education approved the purchase of six parcels of land to extend the site of the Fleming-Neon School. The board also voted to ask State Superintendent of Public Instruction Lyman Ginger to permit it to build a school at Blackey to replace the one lost in a recent fire.

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The Kentucky Division of Water is beginning a survey that will check every dam in Kentucky that has anything to do with coal mining. The survey is expected to take eight to 10 months. Funds for the survey come from congressional action in the wake of the Buffalo Creek disaster in West Virginia, where more than 120 persons died when a coal mine waste dam collapsed.

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State officials say they do not believe that is any immediate danger from several large water impoundments trapped behind slag piles in Letcher County.

April 29, 1982

The Letcher County Board of Education voted unanimously to purchase the tract of land at Ermine formerly occupied by Green and Webb Lumber Co. as the site for the proposed new Whitesburg High School.

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Edison Glen Banks II of Whitesburg was initiated into the University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national honor society in the arts and sciences.

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Martha Robinson of Jenkins High School has signed a four-year-scholarship with the Pikeville College Lady Bears basketball team.

April 29, 1992

An official of American Electric Power said Appalachian coalfields will get a big boost as utilities respond to tougher clean air laws.

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Television evangelist Pat Robertson and his Christian Broadcasting Network has joined with the United Mine Workers union to battle hunger in the economically struggling West Virginia coalfields.

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A gift from Coal Operators and Associates and three Pike County chapters of the Holmes Safety Association, a nationwide mine safety organization, has made the state Kentucky’s Pikeville mine office the best-equipped state mine-rescue agency I the nation. The groups donated $40,000 worth of state-of-the-art mine rescue equipment to the state agency.

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State grants and local taxes cannot provide enough money to build even one of two new high schools needed in Letcher County, according to the school system’s facilities plan.

May 1, 2002

Police are looking for two persons who robbed the Texaco Double Kwik at Ermine. The two had on ski masks and dark clothing.

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Work has begun on a $7 million improvement project on US 119 North between Whitesburg and Jenkins.

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Letcher Elementary School and Fleming-Neon Elementary School will get facelifts this year courtesy of federal Department of Education grants totaling more than $933,000.

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The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department is offering a $100 reward to anyone who can help convict the person responsible for shooting out windows in the Isom area. Someone shot out several car windows and windows in homes and businesses at Isom and on Little Colley about three weeks ago. More windows were shattered Saturday night.


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