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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 24, 1962

Letcher County residents were urged this week to “reach for the impossible and maybe make it go.” The speaker was Paul Hadley of the Kentucky Department of Commerce, who last week fired the imagination of citizens here with a proposal for a resort on top of Pine Mountain to be known as “Cloud City”. He commented that Gatlinburg, a resort town in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, can never have the scenic views of the proposed “Cloud City” because Gatlinburg is located in a valley.

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Residents in the Carr Creek area of Knott County are in dither over the proposed dam to be built there by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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School children in Letcher and Harlan counties have been invited by Lt. Gov. Wilson W. Wyatt to suggest a name for the new trail being built along the top of Pine Mountains in the two counties.

May 25, 1972

Funeral services were held in Whitesburg for Atty. George William French Hawk, who died here last week. Hawk, who was born and grew up near Blountville, Tenn., had practiced law in Whitesburg since 1914.

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Local coal production continues to slump, with a growing number of small strip-mine operators apparently most seriously affected.

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A new black lung bill signed “reluctantly” by President Richard Nixon is expected to result in benefits to thousands of miners and their dependents.

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Lundy Addington of Ermine is recovered from 100 bee stings.

May 27, 1982

Once again the state has warned local officials that the Letcher County sanitary landfill at Millstone will be closed unless improvements are made “immediately”.

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Major new coal mine shutdowns and layoffs continued this week and some 2,000 more miners in Kentucky and Virginia lost their jobs — some temporarily, some permanently.

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The Reagan administration has changed the federal coalmine safety rules to permit coal operators to pay first-time fines of only $20 for minor safety violations. In the past the penalties had ranged as high as $10,000.

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TimPigmancaughta5½poundbassandasevenpound walleye while fishing with his father in Tennessee.

May 27, 1992

The number of honor students at Letcher County high schools this year appears to be setting a record. Whitesburg High School has five valedictorians. Letcher High School has four valedictorians, and Fleming-Neon High School and Jenkins High School have one each. All the valedictorians have All-A (4.0) averages.

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The Letcher County Humane Society is seeking a site for an animal shelter.

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Whitesburg Mayor James Asher says he has received word that the City of Whitesburg will get $1.8 million in state and federal funds to extend city water lines to Whitco and Mayking and to build a new water treatment plant.

May 29, 2002

The 16th Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival will open June 5 and continue through June 8 in downtown Whitesburg. The festival is a yearly production of Appalshop. This year marks Appalshop’s 30th anniversary.

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Some voters may have trouble figuring out where they are supposed to vote Tuesday because of the way the Kentucky General Assembly changed its districts in Letcher County. Two new precincts were added to the county this election to accommodate the changes in the House of Representatives’ districts. Precincts A-109 (East Cowan) and A-110 (East Dry Fork) were split off from the Cowan (A-103) and DryFork/UZ (A-106) precincts.

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The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is investigating complaints about election irregularities around the state and will be showing up unannounced to check polling places on Election Day. The agency has announced some of the places it is conducting investigations, but a spokeswoman would not say whether its detectives are in Letcher County.


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