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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Dec. 13, 1962

Twenty-four inches of snow fell on top of Pine Mountain this week and valleys below had about six inches. Temperatures are as much as 12, 14 and 16 below zero in some part of the county. The severe weather forces schools to close and brought travel virtually to a halt for several days. The local state highway unit has run out of salt and has been forced to use sawdust on slick places on the roads.

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New York and Chicago offices of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) have been “swamped” with telephone calls offering food and clothing to the unemployed miners of eastern Kentucky. The outpouring is the result of a half-hour CBS “Eye-Witness” show which detailed the plight of miners and their families in the Kentucky mountains. Gov. Bert Combs designated Hazard as the main receiving point for gifts. A CBS television crew flew into eastern Kentucky Friday.

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The State Fire Marshal’s office says Letcher County schools are making progress toward eliminating fire hazards in school buildings.

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The Louisville & Nashville Railroad is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for dynamiting two of its bridges in Perry County.

Dec. 21, 1972

A orphan strip mine holding “a great big lake of water” gave way at Mill Branch, bringing huge boulders and trees and acres of mud down the mountain. Andy Bates and his wife awoke to find a wall of mud edging toward their home. The mud covered their garden and stopped about 100 feet from their home, but they fear the mudslide will move again when more rain comes. The land was strip-mined before stricter regulations were imposed.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission has delayed final approval of black lung guidelines after a request by United Mine Workers President-Elect Arnold Miller to discuss the proposed guidelines with the ARC.

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Frozen pipes remind us how we depend on labor-saving devices, comments Mabel Kiser of Millstone.

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Green beech logs in old-time fireplaces had a special smell, recalls Sara Ison of Ice.

Dec. 23, 1982

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

Dec. 23, 1992

A special grand jury is to be empanelled in February to hear evidence in the year-long investigation of government corruption in Letcher County.

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Retired Floyd Circuit Judge Hollie Conley has been appointed special judge for the Letcher Circuit to replace Letcher Circuit Judge Larry Collins while Collins is suspended from office.

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Harlan County miner Glenn Browning is the first in Kentucky — and one of only a few in the nation — to file a claim saying he was fired for pointing out alleged violations of the federal surface mining law.

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Letcher Fiscal Court refused to pass an ordinance that would regulate oil and gas drilling in the county.

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Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright issued an restraining order permitting a father to visit the burial place of his only child at a family cemetery in McRoberts.

Dec. 25, 2002

A man accused of raping and beheading his ex-girlfriend’s mother in Tennessee is wanted for a burglary in Whitesburg. Whitesburg police want Timothy Charles McDaniel in connection with a burglary on School Hill in which 42 handguns worth $16,000, and $5,000 in cash were stolen.

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Teamsters from Local 651 in Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati, Local 135 in Indianapolis, Ind., and Local 299 in Detroit, Mich., brought tractor-trailer loads of Christmas presents and household items to Emergency Aid for Children, Inc. at Isom this year. The group’s Adopt-A-Family program served 35 families this year with the help of goods donated and trucked in by the Teamsters, organizer Janet Madden of Isom said.

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The Whitesburg Yellowjackets defeated Cordia 101-89 in the Jenkins Holiday Classic. Whitesburg is the defending 14th Region champion. The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers defeated Jackson City 68-25.



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