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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

November 14, 1957

Four generations of one family were patients at Whitesburg Memorial Hospital last week. Paula Renee DeSimone was born to Mrs. Kelly Paul DeSimone of McRoberts while her grandmother, Mrs. Claude McHone, and great-grandmother Mrs. Ada Smedley, were being treated at the hospital.

Emmett G. Fields has filed suit in Perry County for a recount of votes cast in the circuit judge’s race in Letcher and Perry counties Nov. 5. Fields, the Republican nominee, lost the race to Democrat Courtney C. Wells, the incumbent, by 64 votes.

The EKMC champion Jenkins Cavaliers defeated the Northern champion, Catlettsburg, 26-7.

November 16, 1967

Dr. J.B. Tolliver of Whitesburg, who serves as team doctor for the Whitesburg Yellowjackets, received a football autographed by all the team members at ceremonies at Whitesburg High School. Tolliver was a star basketball player during his high school days in Whitesburg.

Mrs. Ella Adams has been chosen as president of the Letcher County Homemakers Clubs for the 1968-69 year.

Six one-pound cans of pumpkin are on sale for 79 cents at the Whitesburg A&P. Idaho potatoes are 78 cents for 10 pounds.

November 17, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

November 18, 1987

Authorities said this week they are investigating the theft of a small portion of the $5 million worth of tools and equipment the FBI and state police confiscated last month at a chop-shop operation at McRoberts. Letcher County commonwealth’s detective Bradley Jones said thieves have taken at least $13,000 worth of tools, CB radios and expensive truck stereos from a storage lot in Whitesburg.

The Federal Aviation Administration is removing its equipment from the Whitesburg Municipal Airport. Whitesburg Airport Board member Vernard Whitaker told the Whitesburg City Council last week that vandals have destroyed nearly everything at the airport and the FAA is taking its equipment out.

Whitesburg’s new flood insurance maps and flood control ordinance could mean trouble for the Whitesburg Industrial Site. The flood insurance map shows that the entire industrial site is located squarely in the floodplain – the area most likely to be flooded in the so-called 100-year flood.

November 19, 1997

State Rep. Paul Mason of Whitesburg plans to sponsor legislation to name state highway bridges in Letcher County in honor of war veterans instead of politicians.

The City of Whitesburg will receive a $316,798 grant from the federal Appalachian Regional Commission to help complete construction of a new water treatment plant, now underway.

The Kentucky River at Ice was clogged with brush from last spring’s floodwaters until a crew of county workers removed the debris so the river could flow smoothly. Al Henderson, who supervised the crew, says he is pleased with the results of the work. The crew has undertaken similar projects all over the county, Henderson said.

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