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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Nov. 16, 1962

Whitesburg’s urban renewal project in the west end of town has received federal approval and $38,949 in federal funds to be used for surveying and planning. The federal aid project, coupled with a recently approved municipal housing project, will bring an estimated million dollars in federal funds to the town within the next two years.

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Letcher County Board of Education Member Ray Collins suggested that seventh- and eighth-grade pupils from smaller schools be brought to the Whitesburg and Fleming-Neon schools for classes to improve the level of instruction.

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The Bank of Whitesburg has begun a remodeling project which will double the floor space of its quarters on Main Street.

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Neon took steps this week to build a sewer system, construct a government building and eventually enter into public housing and urban development projects. Mayor Nicey Hazen said most of the paperwork should be completed this week.

Nov. 23, 1972

Donald Whitehead, the top federal official of the Appalachian Regional Commission, is in eastern Kentucky seeking evidence that redevelopment work should continue. Whitehead says he needs concrete examples of successes of operations of area development districts to support his contention that the federal government should continue to pour millions of dollars into them.

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Unemployment in the Hazard area dropped below last year. Employment is up more than five percent over the same period last year. Unemployment in Letcher County is 6.5 percent.

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The owner of a drive-in theater near Jenkins agreed to stop showing movies considered objectionable by Neon and Jenkins area ministers until he can erect a screen to shield the movie screen from the highway.

Nov. 23, 1982

The November Letcher County Grand Jury said the county courthouse — particularly the county jail — is dirty and needs a general cleaning. The jury listed 22 recommendations for cleaning the courthouse. The grand jury said bread and other foodstuff is stored in a bathroom at the jail and added that there is no hot water for bathing or other purposes, the mattresses are filthy, several toilets are not functioning and the jail’s kitchen is dirty. The grand jury also said the public restrooms in the courthouse are in “deplorable condition.”

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Beth-Elkhorn Coal Corp. does not intend to close its operations in December, a company spokesman said. But if coal orders do not pick up, there might be some idle days, he said.

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”What’s on your mind?” asks an Eagle announcement on a new weekly phone-in feature which will let readers make short phone comments on any subject without having to give their names. The new feature will be called “Speak Your Piece”.

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Letcher County still has the second highest jobless rate in Kentucky, 27.6 percent.

Nov. 25, 1992

Letcher Circuit Judge Larry Collins pleaded innocent to five charges of bribery of a public servant. Collins was arrested on charges of accepting money in return for protecting a local marijuana dealer and for probating the sentence of a sex abuse offender who was under indictment.

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Federal mining investigators in six states said the head of the federal agency that monitored coal mining repeatedly intervened to help coal companies accused of violating strip mining regulations, The New York Times reported.

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Workers in food kitchens across the country say they are preparing more places at Thanksgiving tables this year for families who cannot afford to buy their own dinners. The Tufts University Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition estimates more than 30 million Americans are going hungry.

Nov. 27, 2002

The foundation formed to finance a college in Whitesburg has given the go-ahead for Premier Elkhorn Coal Co. to mine property it owns at McRoberts. The Whitesburg Education Development Foundation, which was created to raise money for Southeast Community College – Whitesburg Campus, will net a minimum of $50,000 over the 10-year life of the agreement.

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Child murderer Jerome W. Boggs will be sent to a state penitentiary to begin serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole “just as soon as the paperwork is ready,” Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks III said this week. Boggs, 34, pleaded guilty Nov. 7 to the February murders of a four-year-old Whitesburg boy, T.J. Cook, and the boy’s father, Timothy J. ‘Blister’ Cook.

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Pikeville Methodist Hospital will open a new air ambulance service in the spring of 2003.


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