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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Aug. 2, 1962

The Letcher County Board of Education has bought the residence of former Letcher County Sheriff Johnny Fulton to serve as an office building for the board and county school administration. The purchase price was $14,000.

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The county school board employed 73 emergency teachers for the 1962-63 term.

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Representatives of the Lonesome Pine Craft Center at Blackey will appear on WSAZ television in Huntington, W.Va., to explain the development of their center.

Aug. 3, 1972

Another countywide meeting is set for Sunday night at the Letcher County Courthouse to discuss further opposition to the proposed comprehensive development plan for Letcher County. Magistrates have delayed consideration of the plan until after a series of public meetings can be held.

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The new West Whitesburg Elementary School will not be ready for the opening of the fall term, and students will have to attend classes at Upper Colley, Middle Colley, Ermine, Mayking and Whitesburg.

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Federal mining officials found thousands of violations of federal mine health safety rules in mines operated by Consolidated Coal Co. in the first six months of 1972. Twelve miners had been killed, bringing the number of deaths in Consol miners to 165 in the past four years.

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Four 20-ounce loaves of white bread at the local A&P food store cost 80 cents.

Aug. 5, 1982

Five people were injured — one critically — in two separate accidents last week at the intersection of U.S. 119 and the Whitesburg By-Pass.

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Lilley C. Cornett Woods was dedicated as a Registered Natural Landmark. The woods, located in Letcher County off KY 1103 about halfway between Whitesburg and Cumberland, has received as many as 3,000 visitors in a year, says an official of Eastern Kentucky University, which has supervision over the woods. The woods includes five tracts of land purchased by Cornett, who wanted to preserve the land untouched for future generations. After Cornett’s death, his children sold the land to the state so it would be preserved and the state designated EKU as its keeper.

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Miners returned to work at Blue Diamond Coal Co.’s Scotia mine after a 20-day strike that began when their contract expired July 14. The miners are to receive raises of $10 a day, bringing the top wage scale at the mine to $102 a day. However, the company is eliminating its policy of giving a bonus of 10 percent of each month’s wages to miners who do not miss work during the month.

Aug. 5, 1992

Half of the school buses in Letcher County could be subject to a recall because of a faulty fuel tank that could rupture and leak during an accident, according to a national news story. However, both Letcher County and Jenkins school officials say they have had no problems with the buses.

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West Virginia mines accounted for more safety violations and fatalities than those in most other states, a federal offi cial said.

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The Jenkins City Council is considering a leash law after residents complained about dogs roaming the neighborhoods.

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Police expect to charge 16 Letcher County residents in a statewide drug sweep.

Aug. 7, 2002

Korean War veterans Ben B. Taylor and James Duncan displayed posters commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war in front of the Letcher County Courthouse.

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Ten lucky hunters’ names were randomly drawn in Hazard to determine who will participate in the 2002 Elk Quota Hunts this fall. Volunteer children from the crowd attending the drawing selected 10 name cards from a lottery drum containing names of 4,781 applicants.

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The nine Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped underground for 77 hours have sold the TV and book rights to their story to The Walt Disney Co. for $150,000 each, their lawyer said.

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Volunteers picked up 335 bags of garbage, 211 tires and 1,500 old appliances during the Letcher County spring cleanup this year. Overall, the county collected 225 tons of trash, not including the appliances.


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