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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

February 21, 1963

Heart disease was the leading cause of death in Letcher County in 1962, killing 87 people. Other leading causes of death were circulatory ailments, cancer, accidents, pneumonia, and other lung ailments.

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The Letcher County Board of Health has adopted the state plumbing code and state board of health garbage disposal laws for all of Letcher County. The board’s decision is considered a major move toward better sanitation for the entire county.

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For the fourth year in a row, the Whitesburg Yellowjackets are winners of the Letcher County Grade School Basketball Tournament.

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An advertisement placed by Dr. Gid Whitaker says he is back at work. The ad says, “I cut my vacation a little short.”

February 22, 1973

Letcher County residents were receiving $201,000 monthly in black lung benefits. Payments are going to 453 miners, 458 widows of miners, and 872 dependents of living miners and widows. The figures were current as of December 31, 1972.

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The poor “won’t miss a stroke,” won’t “notice the difference” after the Office of Economic Opportunity is gone, said Al Arnett, the man assigned to “deal with the survivors” of the federal anti-poverty war. The estimated 185,000 jobs in anti-poverty agencies are to be eliminated by July 1973.

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Evans “Tom” Robinson has been selected as a candidate for the International Board of the United Mine Workers of America. He was nominated at a Miners For Democracy convention of District 30 miners.

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The number of forest fires in Kentucky in 1972, and the acreage burned were both all-time low totals in the state. In 1972, a total of 977 fires burned 9,424 acres. In the previous eight years, an average of 2,300 fires burned 44,567 acres.

February 24, 1983

Letcher County continues to have the state’s highest unemployment rate. The county reported a 37.4 percent jobless rate in December 1982.

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Several Whitesburg business leader have formed an organization to try to get more Letcher County residents to shop in downtown Whitesburg. The Downtown Merchants Association’s first endeavor is to try to cure the downtown parking problem.

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Arsonists caused a third of the fires that occurred in Letcher County since 1978, according to the Kentucky Division of Forestry. During a five-year period, 365 fires burned 30,423 acres in the county. Of these, 129 were deliberately set.

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Correspondent Mabel Kiser is looking forward to March, saying “March borrows 10 days from April.”

February 24, 1993

The Letcher County Fiscal Court is seeking new bids on culverts after magistrates complained that a bid that was accepted in January did not specify the quality of culverts to be delivered to the county.

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A new grand jury has been impaneled. Special Letcher Circuit Judge John Caudill of Floyd County, said he would not try criminal cases or pick a grand jury until the Special Letcher County Grand Jury considering evidence in a state police investigation into Letcher County government met. That jury met Feb. 9. Caudill said he called the regular grand jury because of the backlog of 150 criminal cases.

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The flu is taking its toll on students in Letcher County. Schools have been closed several days, and the clinics are swamped, according to Colson correspondent Darlene Pettibone.

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The Fleming-Neon Lady Pirates jumped out to an early lead and defeated the Dilce Combs Lady Panthers 52-47. The Whitesburg Lady ‘Jackets marked senior night by blowing out Breathitt County 77-44.

February 26, 2003

Police accused two brothers of operating an illegal bar at Deane, complete with advertisements, a cover charge and a live band.

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April Boggs, who had been charged with complicity in the murders of Timothy L. “Blister” Cook and his four-year-old son T.J., no longer faces the possibility of a death sentence or life in prison. Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright agreed to a recommendation by Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks to reduce the charges against her to two counts of facilitation of murder, facilitation of first-degree robbery and facilitation of first-degree burglary.

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District 4 Magistrate Randall Caudill says he may ask the Letcher Fiscal Court to post the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse.

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The Letcher County Board of Education voted Monday to extend the school days by 30 minutes four days a week beginning March 17. The change is meant to make up for time lost when school was delayed because of bad weather.


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