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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

June 28, 1962

Federal public housing officials have announced a grant of $619,409 for construction of 40 units of public housing in Whitesburg. Don Brown, director of the Whitesburg Municipal Housing Authority, said construction would probably start within the next six months. The homes are to be built in West Whitesburg on the old W.G. Caudill farm.

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Officials of Letcher County’s proposed Cloud City project signed a option on 900 acres of Pine Mountain land, bringing the amount of land under option to 3,000 acres — about half the land that is needed.

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Mrs. Minnie Tyree of Solomon Road found the bodies of four ducklings and a hen which had been mothering them, after she stumbled across a copperhead snake which had the feet of another duckling protruding from its mouth. A neighbor, Harlan Cornett, killed the snake with a hoe. The dead hen and ducklings were inside a wire mesh coop, and no one can figure out how the 36-inch snake got out of the coop with a duckling in its mouth.

June 29, 1972

Alvin Arnett, federal co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission, suggested that some parts of the region should be turned totally over to the mining of coal, bringing miners in and treating them like a work crew on a train. Arnett says new communities could be established within reasonable distance of the coalfields. He said living conditions for many miners are “degrading.” Arnett is a native of Magoffin County.

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Bernard Watts has been hired as principal of the new West Whitesburg Elementary School.

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W.A. ‘Tony’ Boyle, head of the United Mine Workers of America union, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for illegally using union funds for political contributions.

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Letcher County’s outdoor drama, “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come”, will open for the current season this week.

July 1, 1982

Golden Oak Coal Company, with 200,000 tons of unsold coal in its stockpiles, laid off all 200 of its hourly-wage employees this week. The company said it has stopped production of coal until the coal market improves. All the employees who were laid off were involved in strip mining. The company is owned by Reading and Bates, a Tulsa, Okla., oil exploration firm.

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The Whitesburg By-pass is expected to be officially open by Friday.

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Registered nurses at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital and other hospitals in the same chain plan to go on strike Monday if they cannot agree on a new contract..

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Floyd County residents voted to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages within the county. The wets won by a margin of more than 1,000 votes.

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Letcher Fiscal Court has adopted a $2.3 million budget for the 1982-83 fiscal year.

July 1, 1992

Five Letcher County businesses have hit a roadblock in their attempt to intervene in the lawsuit between South East Coal Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. The firms are seeking the reversal of a decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court that awarded KU nearly $100 million in coal payments the utility had withheld from South East.

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Letcher Fiscal Court says it will haul the county’s garbage itself rather than contract with a private hauler.

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The proposed Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg is expected to receive a $300,000 federal grant in September, said Jim Nelson, director of the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. The money will permit the local library board to buy the former Hobbs building on Main Street as a home for the library.

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Work will begin soon on Whitesburg’s new water plant.

July 3, 2002

April Dawn Boggs, who is accused of complicity in the shooting deaths of Timothy L. ‘Blister’ Cook and his 4-year-old son T.J., is asking that she be tried separate from and after her husband, Jerome Boggs, who is charged with the murders.

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The new Gateway Business Park near Jenkins is one of about 30 industrial sites in at least three states being considered by Wellborn Cabinet Inc. of Ashland, Ala., which is looking to expand its operations.

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Construction of a new building at Southeast Community College’s Whitesburg Campus has been delayed again while the college tries to buy property.

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WYMT-TV news anchorman Tony Turner died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.


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