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The way we were




Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

November 7, 1957

Letcher County went almost solid Democratic in Tuesday’s general election. Democrats won all but two of the major county offices. Republican F. Byrd Hogg was unopposed in the race for county attorney, and incumbent W.L. Stallard Jr., also a Republican, beat Elwood Champion, Democrat, for the office of circuit court clerk.

Former County Judge Arthur Dixon was well ahead of County Atty. Gordon R. Lewis in their race for county judge. With 34 of 53 precincts counted at press time, Dixon had 3,417 votes to 2,719 for Lewis.

Flu kept 1,600 pupils at home and closed 15 schools in Letcher County this week.

Men’s gabardine quilt-lined jackets were on sale for $6.95 at Tepper’s Department Store in Whitesburg. Ladies loafers’ were $2.99 and up.

November 9, 1967

Four candidates running on the “Good Government” ticket, generally regarded as the “anti” ticket, were elected to the Whitesburg City Council, along with two from the “Scales of Justice” ticket representing the present city government. Pharmacist James Reynolds led the ticket with 248 votes, followed by druggist William Collins Jr. with 244, Gene Moore with 219, and Vernon Cornett with 218. All four were “Good Government” candidates. Others elected were Eddie Howard with 198 votes and Herbert Smith with 195 votes. Both represented the “Scales of Justice” ticket.

Jenkins re-elected its mayor, Percy Elkins, without opposition, and also elected an unopposed slate for city council. Members are Earl Haynes, Clarence Dotson, James Rutherford, Charlie Johnson, Harless Fleming, and Virgil Chavis.

Semi-boneless ham is on sale for 69 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Cherry pies are 55 cents each.

November 10, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

November 11, 1987

Rain was expected to provide some relief for firefighters, who have worked around the clock in an effort to douse flames that have raged out of control all over eastern Kentucky Fires have destroyed thousands of acres in 14 southern states over the past two weeks, ranging as far north as Kentucky and West Virginia to as far south as Alabama.

Letcher County lost 207 acres of woodlands in 12 fire between October 30 and Nov. 6. Fires surrounded Jenkins last week and were also scattered over Pine Mountain and in Premium. Other smaller fires were also reported over the county.

A Laurel Circuit Court jury deliberated for almost four hours Saturday before recommending the death penalty for Roger Dale Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge. 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 of Fleming-Neon and s

Pat Flora, who doesn’t live in Jenkins anymore, was elected to the Jenkins City Council, leading his nearest challenger by more than 30 votes. Flora, formerly a laboratory technician at Jenkins Community Hospital, resigned his post as city councilman in August and returned to his native North Carolina. However, when he left, he did not remove his name from the city election ballot.

November 12, 1997

Campaign fever is already starting to sweep through Letcher County even though the filing deadline for the May primary election is more than two months away. As of Monday afternoon, eight potential candidates for county offices had visited Letcher County Clerk Charlie Wright’s office to pick up their candidacy papers.

A new report says state lumber production has reached near-record proportions, with 58 percent of the timber in Kentucky considered large enough to harvest. Some in Kentucky’s wood industry, however, claim that is not true. Bob Bauer, executive director of the Frankfort based Kentucky Forest Industries Association, says it’s important to differentiate lumber production and timber production. Timber production is the measurement of all freshly cut logs. Lumber production is the board footage that leaves sawmills.

The 4.7 percent national jobless rate is less than half of the 10.3 percent reported last month for Letcher County.


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