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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Oct. 4, 1962

Kentucky State Highway Commissioner Henry Ward said he had signed a contract for engineering work on a sevenmile stretch of the proposed Whitesburg-Hazard section of the Mountain Turnpike. Ward said he expected construction to begin next May.

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The Letcher County Board of Education, under the leadership of its chairman, Dr. B.F. Wright, voted to challenge the annual circulation figures of The Mountain Eagle and its right to carry legal advertisements by local government agencies. Dr. Wright demanded a copy of the newspaper subscription list and indicated he didn’t intend to count newspapers sold in stores or by newsboys in establishing the circulation of the Eagle. “If the school board and its leadership feels that The Mountain Eagle makes them look ridiculous, then we suggest that it was the actions themselves, and not our job of reporting, that makes them look silly,” commented The Eagle.

Oct. 5, 1972

Arnold Miller, reform candidate for president of the United Mine Workers, says he has asked his attorneys to consider legal action against coal companies that are openly supporting his opponent, Tony Boyle, the current UWM president.

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Southern Dollar Store announced the opening of a new store at Neon Junction.

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U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins of Hindman charged that the proposed formula for allocating funds under the new federal revenue-sharing legislation would reward the wealthiest communities in the nation and neglect “those communities which have been neglected too long.”

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The Committee to Save Letcher County voted to increase its efforts to reach residents in other counties before they found themselves “planned out.”

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Beth-Elkhorn Coal Co.’s Pine Mountain No. 26 Rescue Team from Jenkins took first place in a state-wide mine rescue contest in western Kentucky.

Oct. 7, 1982

President Ronald Reagan turned down Letcher County’s request for federal aid for restoration of public facilities damaged by the Sept. 14 flood. Letcher Fiscal Court had voted against county participation in the federal flood insurance program for the third time. The court’s action left 110 families ineligible for federal flood aid.

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Residents of 11 eastern Kentucky counties — including Letcher — are less satisfied than other Kentucky mountain counties with their counties as a place to live. A University of Kentucky study says they have good reason to be. “Overall, coal dependent counties without manufacturing have a lower quality of life than noncoal dependent counties, even when they rank high in the region in tons of coal produced,” the survey says. “Even when coal is booming, the quality of life does not go up because coal profits are not reinvested in the community, and schools and housing remain poor and unemployment high.”

Oct. 7, 1992

Nurses at seven Appalachian Regional Hospitals have rejected a contract offer and are preparing for a strike. They are seeking improvements in job security, wages and seniority rights.

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The Letcher County Library Board has bought the R.J. Hobbs building on Main Street in Whitesburg to house the proposed Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library. The Hobbs family had reduced the price from $700,00 to $350,000.

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Jenkins parents are asking that something be done to make it safer for students at Jenkins High School to cross U.S. Highway 23.

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The jobless rate in Letcher County is 13.2 percent, the state’s eighth highest.

Oct. 9, 2002

Police are looking for at least one man — and possibly two different men — who robbed convenience stores at Mayking and Neon on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2.

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Engineers working on plans for a tunnel through Pine Mountain held a meeting Monday night to lay out plans to the public and to take comments on the proposed tunnel.

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The Letcher Eagles continue to remain on top of the Region 8 coaches’ volleyball poll.

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Letcher County’s adult education program will get a $10,284 bonus. Letcher County is one of 71 Kentucky counties that will share in rewards for surpassing its goal for adult education. In 2001-2002, the county had 669 students enrolled in adult education, six above its goal of 663.


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