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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

July 26, 1962

Letcher County Schools Supt. Sanford Adams indicated he would have to hire emergency teachers this year.

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Three prisoners proved to everyone’s satisfaction this week what Letcher County jailers had been saying for several years — the county jail is not strong enough to hold anybody, at least not for long. The three men escaped from the same hole in the roof used a few weeks ago by another escapee, who let himself down with a rope of blankets.

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Picketing appeared to be peaceful this week among South East Coal Co. miners, who are striking at Millstone. However, two men were injured at the firm’s Goose Creek mine when they were struck by a truck driven by Harry LaViers Jr., son of the coal firm’s owner, when they attempted to block his truck after he went there to pick up a motor for another mine nearby.

July 27, 1972

Facing a wave of protests from Letcher County residents, the chairman of the Letcher County Planning Commission withdrew the proposed development plan at a packed meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court. Alvin Webb, chairman of the countywide planning commission, said the plan will not be submitted to the fiscal court for action until citizens and officials can educate themselves about what is in the planning document. The plan has been under development for two years.

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A small group of Blackey residents blocked the way of coal trucks crossing the bridge over the Kentucky River at Blackey. Women who blocked the bridge called state police, seeking citations for the trucks which were believed to be overweight.

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Nine miners died in a Consolidation Coal Co. fire in West Virginia.

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More than 300 Letcher Countians and their guests attended a Letcher County Picnic July 23 in Lexington.

July 29, 1982

Employees at Blue Diamond Coal Company’s Scotia Mine have voted overwhelmingly to reject a new three-year contract.

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The City of Fleming-Neon received word that Washington favors construction of a $6.5 million sewer system for the community.

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Lilley Cornett Woods is to be dedicated as a National Natural Landmark during an outdoor ceremony August 2.

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The decline in the coal business caused Letcher County to lose about $56,000 in coal severance tax funds for June and July. Judge/Executive Ruben Watts said the county received only $96,000 of the expected $138,000 over the past two months.

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Kentucky has become one of 17 states to adopt a law requiring child restraint devices for children riding in automobiles.

July 29, 1992

Garbage is still an issue with the Letcher County Fiscal Court. Millstone residents are trying to have the county garbage transfer station removed from their community, but Judge/Executive Ruben Watts says the station will remain where it is.

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A dispute over the Jenkins football booster club led to a shouting match at the Jenkins Board of Education meeting.

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A survey to find out how Appalachians who migrated north are doing is underway in major northern cities. The survey is aimed at determining whether the migrants are victims of discrimination.

July 31, 2002

Bond is set at $250,000 for April Dawn Boggs, who is accused of complicity in the murders of Timothy L. ‘Blister’ Cook and his 4-year-old son T.J.

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Nine western Pennsylvania miners were rescued after being trapped in a flooded mine for three days. The miners became trapped when they inadvertently broke into an abandoned, water-filled mine that maps showed to be 300 feet away.

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Heavy rains July 23 caused more localized flooding and mud slides in at least two areas of Letcher County.

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Letcher County’s jobless rate has nearly doubled in the past year. The Kentucky Department of Employment Services said this week that 70 percent of 887 jobless workers in Letcher County are coal miners.


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