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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

Dec. 6, 1962

A three-inch snowfall brought a temporary halt to trips in Letcher County by roving bands of pickets. Workers at large rail mines have been off since Monday because pickets visited the mines and asked them to stop work. Gov. Bert T. Combs and state Labor Commissioner Carl Cabe are conferring with labor and coal industry leaders.

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The Whitesburg Ministerial Association says it will be unable to contribute to Christmas baskets this year because there are not enough funds to serve everyone in need.

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The Letcher County Board of Education says it plans to build an eight-room school in the Cowan area and an allpurpose room addition to the Eolia school.

Dec. 14, 1972

The Miners for Democracy reform effort led by Arnold Miller has a four percentage point lead over the slate headed by incumbent United Mine Workers President W.A. ‘Tony’ Boyle in the voting for UMW president.

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Jenkins Police Judge Jesse Bates has been re-elected chairman of the Letcher County Democratic Party.

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A new Kentucky River dam was formed at Ermine when a fallen tree caught tons and tons of garbage that was flushed out of creeks and hollows in the eastern part of Letcher County. It was the first massive cleaning out of garbage from the dozens of unofficial dumps which have developed since the closing of public dumps by order of the State Department of Health and the Letcher County Board of Health.

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Letcher County and its four cities received a total of $141,207 in federal revenue-sharing funds this week.

Dec. 16, 1982

No copies are available of this issue of The Mountain Eagle.

Dec. 16, 1992

State prosecutors have asked Special Letcher Circuit Judge John Adams to call a special grand jury to hear evidence of political corruption in Letcher County. Adams was appointed to hear the Letcher County matters by Chief Justice Robert Stephens of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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Attorneys for Benny Lee Hodge, one of two men facing a death sentence for the murder of Tammy Acker, asked Letcher Circuit Judge Larry Collins not to take any action on a new motion filed on Hodge’s behalf until Collins’s future status as judge is determined.

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Autopsies showed that seven coal miners died instantly in an explosion at a Southmountain Coal Co. mine near Norton, Va. The explosion was Virginia’s worst mining accident in 34 years. An independent safety expert says a trail of safety violations at the mine carried all the signs of an impending disaster.

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The world’s newest McDonald’s restaurant opened this week in Whitesburg.

Dec. 18, 2002

Elmo Hammonds, 31, of Pine Creek, died while operating a roof bolting machine in an American Mining and Manufacturing Co. mine. He was operating a doubleheaded roof drill in 40- to 45-inch coal about 5,900 feet underground. Officials believe Hammonds’s head got caught between the boom and the canopy of the machine.

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Texaco Double Kwik at Ermine was robbed again Monday morning, the third time this year.

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A state budgetary shortfall will cost the Letcher County School District $750,000 next year, and as much as $384,000 this year. School officials plan to address the problem by cutting the number of teachers and aides in the district.

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A national health care research and information company has named Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital one of the top 100 hospitals and one of the top 20 small hospitals in the United States.


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