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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Nov. 29, 1962

Whitesburg High School has been admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Membership in the association places Whitesburg among the better-than-average high schools and permits some graduates to enter college without having to take special exams.

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Repair work has been completed on two L&N Railroad bridges which were dynamited in Perry County earlier this week. The destruction of the bridges put many miners out of work because coal couldn’t move out of Letcher, Knott or Perry counties because of the damage to the bridges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the dynamiting.

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The Whitesburg High School Marching Band won top prize as the “show band” in competition with other bands in Paintsville. Frank Bickel is director of the band.

Dec. 7, 1972

An ambitious $12.8 million water system running from Fishpond Lake to Blackey and beyond was discussed here by representatives of several federal agencies. After years of engineering and feasibility studies, the system proposal has been approved by state authorities and federal help is now being sought. Under the proposal, the main line would run from Fishpond Lake to Elk Creek below Blackey by way of highways 804, 119 and 7, and branches would extend up Millstone Creek to the Elizabeth Baptist Church and would run from the mouth of Thornton Creek through Thornton Gap and down Camp Branch and along Rockhouse Creek to the Kentucky River.

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Roy Darrell Maggard, 23, died of injuries received when he was hit by a train as he drove a county road grader along Kentucky Route 7 about a mile from Blackey. The engineer of the train said he did not see the grader on the tracks.

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Reporter James Ridgeway writes from Washington, D.C., that the FBI’s new computer files on American citizens would term many people as “hazardous”.

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”Wanted: Mules to pack Linefork residents over roads,” writes Linefork correspondent Thelma N. Cornett.

Dec. 9, 1982

Letcher County’s already huge unemployment rate swelled even bigger this week when an additional 425 coal miners were laid off their jobs by Blue Diamond and Golden Oak mining companies. Blue Diamond officials said the Scotia Mine will remain idle for an indefinite period. They pointed out that the company has 200,000 tons of coal on the ground at Scotia. About 100 Golden Oak employees are still on the job doing reclamation work, but those who were laid off were not told when they can expect to be called back.

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U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins said a proposed nickel a gallon gasoline tax increase would hit coal truckers “outrageously and inequitably hard.”

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The widows of eight miners killed in the explosion at Topmost filed a $52 million suit against Island Creek and Adkins coal companies.

Dec. 9, 1992

The bodies of two 17-year-old boys were recovered from the ashes of a burned outbuilding at Upper Cumberland Saturday night. State Police Lt. Danny Webb said at least two gallons of gasoline were known to be in the building, but police have not yet determined whether the fire started from the gas. Names of the boys were not released.

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The studios of radio station WTCW at Mayking were destroyed by fire after a gasoline tanker truck exploded nearby.

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Letcher Circuit Judge Larry D. Collins says he will continue to preside at sessions of Letcher Circuit Court and to fight Kentucky State Police charges that he accepted bribes. A group of Letcher County citizens announced plans this week for a “support group” for Collins. Collins has pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted $7,000 and a quantity of marijuana to protect a drug dealer and to keep a convicted sex offender from going to prison.

Dec. 11, 2002

As Christmas gets closer and closer, area charities are giving and giving to families finding it hard to stay afloat financially. Unemployment is up, and volunteers working to make the holidays a little brighter for the poor are finding more poor than normal.

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After holding on to beat Betsy Lane 61-56 in an opening round game one night earlier, the Whitesburg girls’ basketball team won two games on Saturday to collect the championship title of the Pepsi Queen of the Mountains Tournament held at Perry County Central High School.

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Fourteen singers representing First Baptist Church of Whitesburg will join members of five other choirs from across the country in New York City in January for a concert at Carnegie Hall.


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