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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

June 14, 1962

Whitesburg businessman Stephen Caudill has given the proposed Cloud City project an option on 1,000 acres he owns on top of Pine Mountain. Whitesburg Atty. Stanley Hogg, who has charge of getting land options for the proposed tourist attraction, says efforts are being made to acquire 10,000 acres of land. Directors of the project have voted to incorporate. Cloud City chairman Tom Gish said the group is confident Caudill’s action has cleared the way for the group to start making more definite plans for the project.

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The Whitesburg City Council approved a proposed urban renewal project in the West Whitesburg area covering 53 acres of land and clearing the way for a multi-million-dollar development project. The project will provide land for a 700-pupil elementary school, 22 acres for a housing in a privately-owned subdivision and land for a 50-unit public housing project.

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Funeral services were held here for John S. Webb, 85, of Louisville. He was a former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and was a close personal friend of the late Kentucky Gov. A.O. Stanley. In 1915 they campaigned on mule back through eastern Kentucky. Mr. Webb was a brother of Nehemiah H. Webb, who founded The Mountain Eagle. His sister, Lettie Salling, is the only survivor in their family of 18.

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Sheriff Lewis Hall and two other law officers located and destroyed two moonshine stills on the hill between Haymond and Fleming.

June 15, 1972

The Kentucky Department of Education and the State Board of Education have turned down a request by Blackey citizens for construction of a new elementary school to replace the one which burned at Blackey. The state says the funds could be better used for some other purpose.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will seek new bids on construction of the proposed Carr Creek dam in Knott County. The agency said it has rejected a bid which was $1.5 million higher than estimates.

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Members of the Leslie, Knott, Letcher, Perry Community Action Council are meeting to figure out how to reduce their budget to fit the amount of money available to the council from the federal Office of Economic Opportunity.

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Writer Tom Bethell described in an editorial page column the neglect that created the Buffalo Creek tragedy which killed 125 West Virginians last winter: “The dam that failed should never have been built . . .” “Other dams in Appalachia could be just as lethal . . .” “Coal companies don’t build safe dams because it costs money.” “. . . The Pittston Company didn’t care what went on at Buffalo Creek, as long as the profits kept coming into New York.” “. . . Pittston doesn’t give a damn about safety violations.” “Pittston still expects to escape responsibility for the disaster.””. . . Federal and state officials evaded, ignored, or were unaware of their responsibilities.”

June 17, 1982

Whitesburg City Councilman David Setzer submitted his resignation to the city council because of a decision made by the street committee to refused to pave the driveway across the street from Boone Motor Company leading to a home on College Hill.

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Two Jenkins City Council members resigned their seats, apparently in frustration over the city’s poor financial condition and the repercussions some council members would have to suffer.

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The Letcher County school system says it will be forced to cut federal Title I program expenses about 22 percent this year because of cutbacks in federal grants.

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County Judge Ruben Watts says a wooden bridge at Mayking will be replaced.

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AdWeek Magazine, a trade magazine for publishers, named The Mountain Eagle one of the “10 best overlooked papers” in the country, “papers that excel in what they do but receive little of the recognition they deserve.” The paper was nominated by CBS newsman Charles Kuralt.

June 17, 1992

The Kentucky Court of Appeals says a Floyd County couple can forbid strip mining of their 225 acres in Floyd County under terms of the broad form deed amendment to the Kentucky Constitution. A three-judge panel said current holders of mineral rights can extract the coal only through deep mining.

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The Letcher landfill at Millstone is set to close June 30. The county cannot meet state regulations for the landfill, and Letcher Fiscal Court is taking bids for hauling garbage to another landfill.

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Whitesburg’s new city hall is nearing completion and city officials expect to move in by July 1. The city, with the help of Whitesburg architect Bill Richardson, has turned the former Lewis Wholesale building on Railroad Street into elegant office space. City offices had been in a combination city hall-fire station building on Webb Avenue since 1949. The new city hall also will contain the fire department.

June 19, 2002

American Electric Power customers in Kentucky will see an increase in the amount of their power bill if the Kentucky Public Service Commission approves a proposed change in the company’s environmental surcharge. AEP has proposed an increase that it says will amount to about $2.66 a month on a bill for 1,000 kilowatt hours.

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Officials from around eastern Kentucky broke ground Monday for a new building on the Gateway Industrial Park at Jenkins. The 40,000-square-foot speculative building will be used as a tool to recruit industry to the area.

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Some residents of Mayking may have Whitesburg water within a few months.

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Police called last Wednesday to catch a tractor-trailer crossing Pine Mountain in defiance of the ban on vehicles more than 30 feet long found the vehicle stuck in a curve halfway down the Whitesburg side of the mountain. Deputy Sheriff Gale Dean Cornett called a tow truck and wrote the driver of the rig a ticket.


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