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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

July 5, 1962

Letcher County’s budget committee has submitted a proposed budget to Letcher Fiscal Court that would be about $11,000 less than last year’s. County Judge James M. Caudill says he and other officials have been over the figures and do not see how the $300,000 decline in tax assessments can be avoided.

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County Jailer Ben A. Adams says fiscal court will have to spend some money on the county jail if it is to be operated in a clean and decent manner so as not to endanger the health of the inmates. He says the jail has no bedding at all.

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The Whitesburg Municipal Airport is making its first appeal for funds. The airport, which will be Kentucky’s highest, is located on a mountaintop near Colson.

July 6, 1972

Water quality rules adopted nine months ago as an emergency measure by the state of Kentucky are not being enforced because the Division of Reclamation does not yet have the proper water testing equipment.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has begun an effort to determine possible water quality violations by stripmines in eastern Kentucky.

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Burglary and breaking and entering crimes almost tripled in Letcher County in the past year, Kentucky State Police said. Twenty-eight such crimes have been reported so far this year. Last year at this time only 11 had been reported.

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Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, a nonprofi t agency, plans to open a clinic at the Fleming Community Center soon.

July 8, 1982

The opening of the new Whitesburg By-pass was made official at ribbon-cutting ceremonies this week at the junction of the new road and School Hill.

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Registered nurses at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital voted to accept a new two-year contract which will start new nurses at $15,900 a year and give them annual raises until their pay reaches $18,000 two years later.

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Letcher County is leasing equipment to enable it to continue to operate the landfill at Millstone.

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Survivors of eight men killed in a mine explosion at Topmost in Knott County last year were disappointed again this week when they could not get a public hearing into the cause of the disaster.

July 8, 1992

Whitesburg city employees are complaining about their working conditions. Some say they are working more hours without additional pay. Others say they are working the same hours but getting less pay. Some police officers say their pay has dropped as much as $120 a month and firemen say they will be working 48 hours instead of 40 hours without any increase in pay.

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Letcher Fiscal Court approved a $3.6 million budget for the 1992-93 fiscal year.

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Letcher County’s unemployment rate of 12.8 percent is the second highest in the state.

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Georgia Tech scientists say sewage sludge could be the best hope in bringing life to mountain land that had been strip-mined.

July 10, 2002

Two flash floods in three days caused major property damage in the east end of Letcher County, but maybe not enough to have the area declared a state or federal disaster area, officials said.

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Jenkins Police Chief Bill Tackett was injured July 4 when he was dragged down the road by a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle he was attempting to stop.

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University of South Alabama first-year men’s basketball coach John Pelphrey has announced the addition of Jenkins native Matt Figger to the Jaguar coaching staff.

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Letcher County shooters this summer continued their domination of the Kentucky State Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting. Team members include Frank Campbell, Terry Taylor, William Reed Hall, Libby Smith, Camden Campbell and Richard Smith.


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