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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Sept. 20, 1962

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees voted to establish a two-year community college on the campus of the old Stuart Robinson School at Blackey. The college will serve the Blackey-Hazard area, and is expected to enroll its first students in 1964.

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Members of the Whitesburg City Council held a long discussion about recent arrests of several high school- and college-ages boys by city police. Some council members said they had complaints from parents that city police were picking on their sons. The policemen denied that they had been picking on any of the boys, and said as a matter of policy they had been warning the boys and sending them home — in some instances as many as a half-dozen times, involving as many instances, before an arrest was made. The council members told the police to go ahead with the routine and not to hesitate to arrest the boys if future incidents occurred.

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Jet bombers of the Strategic Air Command has begun flying missions against simulated targets near Somerset in a corridor that passes over Letcher County.

Sept. 21, 1972

Whether to outlaw strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains became an issue this week in the United States presidential election. Sen. George McGovern, campaigning for President in West Virginia, said the federal government should put an end to the strip mining that was “destroying much of this beautiful state.”

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Massive layoffs hit eastern Kentucky underground mines. More than 500 miners have lost their jobs in the past few days. South-East Coal Co. in Letcher County says it has reduced its workforce by 100 men, and miners were dismissed in the closing of the Turner-Elkhorn mine at David in Floyd County. The largest layoffs are at Island Creek Coal Co. in Wheelwright in Floyd County. Company officials there blame the shutdown on the high cost of production and the low price of coal.

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Five registered nurses at Whitesburg Hospital withdrew their resignations and agreed to remain on the staff. Four others who resigned are not expected to return to the hospital.

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Letcher County came up this week with an all-American score — a grand total of four out of the top 10 on the U.S. Bureau of Mines Hit Parade of the most dangerous mines.

Sept. 23, 1982

Letcher County officials are waiting to hear whether the federal government will agree to assist more than 1,500 families who were affected by severe flash flooding here last week. The flood, caused by six and a half inches of rain which fell here in a five-hour period, was responsible for more than $4 million in damages to public and private property.

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More than 500 local miners were left without work this week when Beth-Elkhorn closed its operations in Letcher and Pike counties. The layoffs were caused by a nationwide strike of railroad engineers which ended Wednesday.

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Letcher County Sheriff Ben B. Taylor asked Letcher Fiscal Court to approve the hiring of eight more deputies to supplement his current crew of six. Taylor said the additional deputies are needed because there has been an increase in crime in Letcher County in recent weeks.

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The Whitesburg Yellowjackets beat the Pikeville Panthers at football 25-12 and the Jenkins Cavaliers defeated the Phelps Hornets 14-0.

Sept. 23, 1992

The City of Jenkins held its 80th birthday celebration on Saturday night. The event was held in conjunction with the Mountain Heritage Festival’s annual Jenkins Day.

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This is a busy week for the Mountain Heritage Festival. Events range from a farmers’ market to a football game, with music, dancing, arts and crafts, a carnival and two parades (one in Fleming-Neon and one in Whitesburg) thrown in.

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An insurance company’s study ranks Minnesota the healthiest state in the nation and West Virginia the least healthy based on disease, occupational safety and other factors. Kentucky fell from being the 36th healthiest state to No. 40.

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A three-year-old Fleming-Neon girl is undergoing treatment after a stray dog bit her on the face. The little girl was bitten under the right eye, over the left eye, on the side of the head and on the left jaw, her father said.

Sept. 25, 2002

Consol of Kentucky is suing 18 Jackhorn property owners, claiming they won’t allow the company’s workers to go on their property to repair mine subsidence cracks so large that a woman on horseback fell into one of them.

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A special judge has been appointed to hear a lawsuit involving a dispute over the election for the office of mayor in the City of Fleming-Neon. Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman was assigned last week to be the presiding judge in a lawsuit filed against non-partisan candidate Harlan ‘Tootie’ Seals by Democratic Party nominee Marshall Bevins.

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Cowan correspondent Elsie Banks reported on the 95th birthday party held for Beulah Caudill at the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church.

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Four grand marshals will head the Mountain Heritage parade in downtown Whitesburg Saturday. They are Lois Hill Roy, Irene Bates Smith, Kendall Boggs and Madonna Meade Sturgill.


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