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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Sept. 27, 1962

A scenic trail developed by the Kentucky Division of Forestry along the crest of Pine Mountain in Letcher and Harlan counties is to be called The Little Shepherd Trail, after a character in the novel, The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, by John Fox Jr. set in the Pine Mountain area. Lt. Gov. Wilson Wyatt, who was instrumental in planning the trail and starting its development, said the trail will be opened with ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Oct. 1.

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A new large bookmobile loaded with 1,700 new books, 100 long-playing records and several painting will arrive in Letcher County this week. The bookmobile is a gift to the Letcher County Public Library from the Kentucky Department of Libraries.

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The federal Rural Electrification Administration says it will lend the Cumberland Valley Rural Electric Co-Operative money to build a substation in Letcher County at Oven Fork. U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins, who announced the loan, said 40 miles of power lines would be build, enough for the co-op to serve an additional 500 families.

Sept. 28, 1972

Letcher County voters will decide in November whether to continue their present system of government by commissioners elected by the entire county or return to the former system of magistrates elected by the residents of their districts. County Judge Robert Collins ordered the question put on the ballot after the question was presented to him seeking the vote. The county has been operating under the commission form of government for the past 10 years.

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The administration of Gov. Wendell Ford says it is “beginning a sustained and determined effort to stimulate the creation of more jobs in eastern Kentucky.”

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The Lexington administration of Appalachian Regional Hospitals says it wants a three-month cooling-off period to permit it to make some improvements in the administration at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. An ARH representative from Lexington told a group of citizens gathered at the hospital that he suspected that if the community would ease off and keep the issue out of the newspapers, matters would improve.

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A reunion at the Carcassonne School brought together more than 250 old friends, students, and teachers.

Sept. 30, 1982

A Floyd County backhoe operator who cleared out a nest of yellowjackets died of stings shortly after he was taken to a doctor for treatment.

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Letcher County has the state’s second highest jobless rate — 27.2 percent. A total of 2,038 of the total workforce of 7,480 is without work. Most of those idled are miners.

Sept. 30, 1992

A Letcher County man will receive a national conservation award Thursday during a ceremony at the White House. James P. McAuley of Kona has been named the 1992 recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award. McAuley is postmaster at Kona and chairman of the Letcher County Conservation District.

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A member of a local citizens’ group has asked the Letcher Fiscal Court to rethink its hiring of a Harlan engineering firm, saying the meeting at which the company was hired was not held according to law. Eastern Engineering of Harlan last month received a contract for $95,000 to build a garbage transfer station.

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Six Fleming-Neon players put points on the scoreboard as the Pirates rolled to a 47-0 homecoming win over district rival Wheelwright.

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The Whitesburg High School Band brought home three superior ratings from the Morehead State University Blue and Gold Competition.

Oct. 2, 2002

Letcher County will lose a quarter of its population by 2030, and is one of 23 counties in the state expected to lose population, according to projections from the Kentucky State Data Center. The projection shows Letcher County can expect a population of only 18,772 by 2030, down from 25,277 in 2000 and 27,000 in 1990. The majority of the population — 13,166 persons or 70 percent — is expected to be over 30 years old, and 5,481 residents are expected to be over 65.

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Some Craft’s Colly residents are hoping their community will be the next to get water lines from the Letcher County Water and Sewer District. They’re circulating a petition to try to get help.

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Cromona resident Omia Birchum died Sept. 28. She was 100 years old and is survived by nearly 300 descendants.


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