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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Aug. 16, 1962

Letcher Fiscal Court voted unanimously to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include Letcher County in the new federal food stamp plans, which had been in use in Floyd County during the past year. The stamps would be traded for food at local groceries and “commodity foods” would no longer be distributed.

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The annual five-week series of Regular Baptist Association meetings will begin at Mayking this week.

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A Piper Super Cruiser carrying an Ohio couple and their daughter ran out of gas and crashed into a hillside in Knott County, killing all three instantly. The plane was not found until Aug. 8, more than a week after the crash. Local offi- cials say the crash probably could have been avoided if the Letcher County Airport, still under construction, had been in operation along with the radio beam to be installed there.

Aug. 17, 1972

The South-East Coal Co. cabin on top of Pine Mountain, a Letcher County landmark, burned to the ground about 10 o’clock at night on Aug. 15. The cabin had been repaired extensively earlier this summer. The firm acquired the cabin in the 1940s and enlarged and developed it for the use of its employees. It also made the cabin available for civic affairs and private gatherings, and it became a favorite spot for family reunions, club picnics and other events. The view of the valleys below Pine Mountain from the cabin porch was unsurpassed in eastern Kentucky. The cabin was the third structure on the crest of Pine Mountain to burn in recent years. The others were Pine Mountain Hotel, which was on property next to the cabin, and a cabin on the other side of the South-East cabin owned by Sanders Collins.

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Registered nurses at Whitesburg Appalachian Hospital are considering possible measures to be taken to protest administrative policies at the hospital.

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Carson Hibbitts has been replaced as president of United Mine Workers District 30 by C.E. Beane. There has been little official UMWA comment on the matter, but it is believed that Hibbitts’s removal is related to politicking within high ranks of the W.A. ‘Tony’ Boyle administration. One well-placed UMWA source says Hibbitts was peeved because Boyle, the UMWA president, is up for re-election and picked someone else to run with him as a candidate for union vice-president. Hibbitts apparently let Boyle know of his displeasure and was removed from his District 30 post by Boyle.

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The price of school lunches is going up five cents at Letcher County schools. School officials say the raise was ordered by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Aug. 19, 1982

The City of Whitesburg apparently has won a three-year battle to annex property in several areas near the city. Judge Holley Conley, who heard the case in Letcher Circuit Court, said a Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling in a similar case had taken the case out of the jurisdiction of the circuit court. The judge’s decision apparently resulted from the plaintiffs’ failure to comply with new state regulations adopted while the case was tied up in proceedings. A new state law, which is retroactive and applies to pending lawsuits, says people living in a proposed annexation area must submit a petition in order to protest the plan. Plaintiffs in all pending suits were required to submit the petition within 60 days of July 15, 1980, when the new requirement took effect.

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Fleming-Neon officials are looking for 60 more people to sign agreements to use the city’s proposed sewer system in order to submit an application to the federal Farmers Home Administration for money needed to built the $6.4 million project.

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Nurses at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital charge that Larry Mullins, a nurse-anesthetist there, was fired because he testified at a hearing held by the National Labor Relations Board and led a drive to unionize nurses at the hospital..

Aug. 19, 1992

The Rocky Mountains can’t compare to the overlook on Pine Mountain, commented Eagle columnist Elsie Banks.

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A quilt made by Maxie Hampton of Jeremiah has been chose for the cover photo of a national quilt magazine.

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The Letcher County Board of Education refused to hear the West Whitesburg Elementary School Council’s objection to the transfer of fourth-grade teacher Juanita Collier to a job as an itinerant teacher. Billie Jo Caudill, a teacher representative on the council, said Mrs. Collier is the only teacher in the school system trained in a special elementary science program required by the Kentucky Education Reform Act.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court appointed Knott County Judge James Robert Morgan to hear three related murder cases in Letcher Circuit Court. The cases involve Carolyn Smith, her husband Anthony and Steve Adams, who are accused of killing Mrs. Smith’s parents and her retarded brother in 1987. The Supreme Court acted after Letcher Circuit Judge Larry Collins declined a request for Collins to excuse himself in the murder trial of Mrs. Smith.

Aug. 21, 2002

Whitesburg has the highest media household income of any county seat in four southeastern Kentucky Area Development Districts — Kentucky River, Big Sandy, Cumberland Valley and Lake Cumberland. Figures from the 2000 U.S. Census show that the media household income of Whitesburg residents is $28,750.

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A mother convicted of killing her newborn baby is appealing her conviction again. Delania Fields, 40, of Whitesburg, was convicted Oct. 1, 1999, of first-degree manslaughter for smothering her newborn daughter after giving birth in the kitchen of her mobile home on July 26, 1998.

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Flames enveloped an abandoned house behind the old Cornerstone Church building in Whitesburg. City Police Chief Paul Miles said the owner of the old house wanted the structure removed and donated it to the Whitesburg Fire Department to use for training.


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