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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Oct. 11, 1962

The October Letcher Grand Jury recommended that the state stop requiring indictments in child desertion cases before paying relief money to the deserted families.

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Gov. Bert T. Combs will dedicate the new Kingdom Come State Park at Cumberland this week.

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The United Mine Workers Welfare and Retirement Fund announced that the Whitesburg Miners Memorial Hospital is for sale. The hospital is one of 10 built and operated by the fund for the past six years.

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The town of Haymond will be capital for a day next week when Gov. Bert T. Combs brings his office staff and other state officials to see what happens in a mining town when the mine shuts down.

Oct. 12, 1972

Kentucky Aeronautics Commissioner Ed Fontaine said he is interested in getting an airport in Whitesburg. City Councilman J. Don Collins said the main drawback is that officials of the Federal Aviation Administration consider Whitesburg a dead town. Fontaine said he prefers to build an airport at Whitesburg before building one at Hazard because Whitesburg “is more central in the area”.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission has fired a young staff member for obtaining a grant to buy textbooks for four poor children in Pike County. The employee, Betty Jean Hall, obtained a grant of $160 from the federal Office of Economic Opportunity. The recipients of the money are high school students in the Marrowbone section of Pike County who did not have money to buy their textbooks.

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A coal settling pond at Beth-Elkhorn Coal Co.’s Pike No. 26 mine at Jenkins lost its holding power and sent black water pouring through the mine and out the main entrance to fill Pigeon Creek. Seventeen men working in the mine escaped immediately. The exact cause of the incident is not known, but officials thought the water flowed from the recently constructed pond when the water weakened the fill in old auger holes.

Oct. 14, 1982

The unemployment rate in Letcher County is 27 percent. A total of 2,059 of the area’s 7,498-person workforce is without jobs. The jobless rate is the second highest in eastern Kentucky.

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Owsley County in the Kentucky mountains is the nation’s fourth lowest income county at $2,668 a year and Clinton County is ninth lowest at $3,300. The three lowest counties are in South Dakota and Texas.

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”Every pretty fall day is one less cold one, so get out and enjoy,” recommends columnist Sara C. Ison of Ice.

Oct. 14, 1992

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to create a National Recreation Trail along the top of Pine Mountain, Rep. Chris Perkins announced.

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Burdine Elementary School in the Jenkins School System has received a $90,000 grant to incorporate arts and cultural education into its ungraded primary program. The money comes from the Kentucky Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The City of Blackey is considering banning political signs in the city limits.

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The Letcher County Board of Education is expected to hear new bids on the purchase of coal to heat school buildings.

Oct. 16, 2002

An ordinance under consideration by the Letcher County Fiscal Court would prevent car dealers from setting up temporary car sales anywhere in Letcher County.

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Whitesburg City Police will get $85,000 over the next three years to put a police officer inside local schools. The Cops in Schools grant will allow the department to hire a full-time police officer to act as a “school resource officer”.

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The Whitesburg Woman’s Club paid tribute to Mary Emma Lewis, a 50-year member of the club.

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Peggy Bach, of Blackey, has been named executive director of the Big Sandy Area of the American Red Cross.


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