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The way we were




Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

November 28, 1957

Fire broke out in a section of the South-East Coal Co. mine at Millstone Sunday night, causing a portion of the mine to be sealed off temporarily. Company Vice President Virgil Picklesimer said the Millstone mine will be able to continue in operation despite the fire. The 30 men normally employed in the section where the fire occurred are being transferred to other sections.

Local football players named to the All-Conference team include Gary Harrison, Russel Asbury and Nick Dann of Jenkins, and “Red” Hill and Junior Thomas of Fleming, all of whom were named to the first team. Named to the second team were Tommy Brush and Bill Elkins of Jenkins, and Stidham of Whitesburg.

“Bail Out at 43000” and “Seven Men From Now” are playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

November 30, 1967

Letcher County is one of 11 eastern Kentucky counties to be in a “demonstration health project” program, funded by a $2.2 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The program was developed in great secrecy with eastern Kentucky residents and their leaders excluded from participation. As a result, The Mountain Eagle has been unable to locate anyone who knows what the money is for, nor just how it will be spent, nor who requested it.

Members of the Whitesburg Junior Chamber of Commerce will appear Friday night on the Klub Kwiz program of WCYB in Bristol, Va. The Jaycees appeared for the first time last Friday and won. Members of the club’s quiz team and Wincel E. Raborn Jr., Fred Bradshaw, and Bob Fechtenberg.

Round steak is on sale for 89 cents at the Whitesburg A&P. Sirloin steak is 99 cents a pound, and T-bone steak is $1.09 a pound.

November 30, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

December 2, 1987

Police say a federal grand jury investigation into an alleged multimillion dollar chop-shop operation at McRoberts has been delayed until at least Dec. 16. A federal jury was originally scheduled to meet Nov. 10 to begin examining evidence gathered by state and federal authorities in a probe into more than $5 million worth of stolen parts and equipment recovered in two October raids on property at Band Mill Hill.

Jenkins High School and the Jenkins Athletic Field are located on opposite sides of U.S. 23 and school officials say that creates a danger for students. Officials want the State Highway Department to help eliminate that danger by building an elevated footbridge across the highway.

Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg has denied a motion for change of venue in the penalty phase of Donald Terry Bartley’s trial for the murder of Tammy Dee Acker.

Srinivas Rao of Whitesburg, has won the Jim Clarke Prize at Yale University for his work in developing an optical range finder for a vehicular robot. The range finder makes use of a helium-neon laser. Rao was valedictorian of the 1986 class of Whitesburg High School, and is the son of Dr. Chalapathi Subbalakshmi Rao of Whitesburg and Mrs. Rao.

December 3, 1997

Thirty-three years after Letcher County Judge James M. Caudill’s time capsule was installed behind a cornerstone of the new Letcher County Courthouse and Jail, it was discovered by construction workers renovating the building. The time capsule included two copies of The Mountain Eagle, a Kennedy half-dollar, a calendar bearing a picture of the then-new First Security Bank building in Whitesburg, a picture of the new courthouse, a book containing a copy of the Declaration of Independence, and a sample election ballot featuring the Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater race for president. The time capsule is now being stored in the offices of Judge/Executive Carroll A. Smith.

Jerry Wayne Haynes of Hazard will become administrator of the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital this month. He succeeds Nick Lewis, who has resigned to accept a job in Tennessee.

Paul Miles, the Whitesburg chief of police, has received a letter from a group which is erecting a National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, asking for information about J. Jenkins, a City of Whitesburg police officer who was shot to death in 1914. The group wants to include Jenkins’s name on the memorial.


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