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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Nov. 23, 1962

The case for the new road between Whitesburg and Hazard was stated this week at a public hearing at the Letcher County Courthouse, at which county officials were conspicuous by their absence. The hearing was to discuss a proposed new routing of KY 15, which would connect with the Mountain Parkway at Campton.

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The annual minstrel show of the Whitesburg Lions Club is set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

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A eight-month-old girl drowned when she fell into a tub of water at her home.

Nov. 30, 1972

Jimmy Brown of Whitesburg has been selected to be in the 1973 edition of Who’s Who in Politics in the South and Southwest. Brown, a recent graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, is serving as city manager of Whitesburg.

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Letcher County Sheriff Lewis Hall, called to Blackey by local citizens, denied a large gas and oil company permission to take a “monster rig” across the only bridge over the Kentucky River at Blackey. The firm intends to drill for wells in the area.

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Four years ago the Farmington, W.Va. mine disaster killed 78 men employed by Consolidation Coal Co. and triggered a renewed awareness of old problems across Appalachia: the power and the cold-bloodedness and the dehumanization of giant corporations, and the near helplessness of whole populations in the face of the economic and political power that these corporations have acquired, the mindlessness and stupidity of government agencies that have long since lost track of their original missions, the sheer irrelevance of labor organizations that have forgotten the meaning of militancy, said an Eagle editorial.

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“Count your blessings, for you may not have them next year,” commented Eagle columnist Mabel Kiser from Millstone.

Dec. 2, 1982

Letcher County’s unemployment soared to more than 40 percent this week as the county’s two largest mines shut down operations for at least a month, probably longer. More than 1,100 hourly miners were laid off by Beth- Elkhorn and South East at Isom. Those miners added to the 2,156 Letcher County residents already out of work brought unemployment to 3,256 from the total workforce of 7,811.

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The trial of one of two men accused in the 1975 murder of Letcher County coal operator William Harvey Johnson has been moved to Pike County. Johnson was shot 18 times with a .22 caliber gun outside his home at Payne Gap. A second man was convicted of complicity in the murder and is serving a lifetime sentence in the Kentucky State Reformatory.

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Advisors to President Ronald Reagan recommend that the nation start taxing the unemployment checks of the jobless as a means of curing the nation’s economic problems.

Dec. 2, 1992

A school bus carrying members of the Fleming-Neon High School boys’ basketball team was struck by another vehicle on the Daniel Boone Parkway in Leslie County. The bus skidded on its frame for 69 feet before coming to a stop.

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Letcher Circuit Judge Larry Collins plans to hold motion hour this week in Letcher Circuit Court despite his arrest on bribery charges. Collins was charged with five counts of bribery of a public servant.

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State police detectives are working “every day” on the investigation of public corruption in Letcher County. Assistant Attorney General Paul Richwalsky Jr., who is leading the investigation, says it would probably be at least a week before a motion can be filed asking for a special grand jury.

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State officials recommend that Letcher County lay off seven law officers in order to make up for a shortfall in coal severance tax receipts.

Dec. 4, 2002

A Letcher County grand jury has indicted an Ohio man on charges that he kidnapped the sister of County Clerk Winston Meade, and threatened to kill Meade and his entire family.

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Virginia police suspect that a man who robbed the State Line Food Mart at Pound Gap is from Kentucky. The robbery Thanksgiving night was the seventh armed robbery of a convenience store this year in the immediate area. Six stores in Letcher County have been robbed.

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A Denver, Colo., company will base a medical helicopter in Whitesburg beginning this month. LifeNet will employ nine flight nurses, four pilots and a full-time helicopter mechanic in Whitesburg.

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The City of Jenkins will formally close the parking lot around the old railroad depot building at night in an effort to address complaints of public drug deals and underage drinking in the parking lot.


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