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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Nov. 1, 1962

The Whitesburg Municipal Housing Commission received a check for $54,000 from the federal government to buy property in West Whitesburg as the site for a public housing development. The money is the first substantial federal grant to arrive in Whitesburg since the city began work on planning and zoning, housing and urban renewal projects five years ago.

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William Engle of Hazard is the only candidate for the Kentucky State Senate seat vacated by Archie Craft when he became U.S. marshal for Kentucky.

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County Judge James M. Caudill called a special meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court to discuss a proposal for building a new courthouse and jail in the county.

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Uncle Enoch Collier of Millstone recalled earlier days when his feet froze to the stirrups as he delivered mail from Neon to Whitesburg.

Nov. 2, 1972

The Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) said it will have its land use plan ready for reviews by its committees soon, but did not mention any dates for formal hearings of the recommendations.

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Letcher County voters are to make their selections for new officials in a strange kind of election that has attracted more interest in local school board races than in who will run the nation for the next four years. The candidates for President of the United States are Democrat George Mc- Govern and Republican Richard M. Nixon.

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The colorful autumn hills are drawing visitors to Letcher County.

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Whitesburg won its football homecoming game with Belfry 8-0.

Nov. 4, 1982

A Saturday quilt seminar at the new Appalshop building on Madison Street featured the work of the Gibson Girls of Little Cowan. The Gibson Girls, daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hop Gibson, have a wide reputation for the quality of their needlework. They include Nora Boyd, Thelma Banks, Beulah Caudill, Geneva Caudill, Louama Banks, Virginia Brown, Mattie Vern Banks and Minnie Vae Banks.

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Parents and school officials are still seeking the cause of an illness which struck more than 200 pupils at West Whitesburg Elementary School.

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The City of Jenkins is out of money again and officials are wondering when — and if — the city’s financial nightmare will come to an end. The Internal Revenue Service has seized the city’s coal severance tax money to force the city to pay part of $50,000 it has owed the IRS since 1981.

Nov. 4, 1992

The Letcher Fiscal Court lost nearly $60,000 in the first three months of operation of its new garbage disposal system and could lose nearly a quarter of a million dollars by the end of the year, Judge/Executive Ruben Watts said.

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With the county primary election six months away, candidates are beginning to announce they will be on the ballot for county races.

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Golden Oak Mining Company and Westmoreland Coal Company are considering buying the Linefork mine formerly operated by South East Coal Company. The price offered — $10.36 million — is not enough to cover South East’s financial obligations, which are more than $18 million in outstanding debt. South East, one of Kentucky’s oldest family-owned businesses, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1990, citing a 1984 lawsuit by Kentucky Utilities Co. over the price of coal under a long-term contract. The state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the utility.

Nov. 6, 2002

Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a theft from the Knott County Circuit Clerk’s office that could allow the thieves to produce perfect fake driver’s licenses and government identifications.

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With the election only days away, candidates are making last minute campaign swings through the county, knocking on doors, and making personal appearances to ask for votes.

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A Pike County Circuit Judge has denied a petition to remove the name of Harlan ‘Tootie’ Seals from the ballot in the Fleming-Neon Mayor’s race. The judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to declare that Seals is a resident of McRoberts rather than Neon.

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Veteran assistant coach Rick Adams is the new head coach of the defending 14th Region champion Whitesburg High School Yellowjackets basketball team.


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