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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 30, 1957

One hundred thirty-three seniors were graduated from Whitesburg High School at commencement ceremonies Friday night in the school gymnasium.

Hoover Dawahare, president of the Whitesburg Jaycees, announced that the first dog vaccination clinic will be held in Jenkins, June 1 in front of the Railroad Depot at 2 p.m.

Donations to the Letcher County Chapter of the American Cancer Society in its recent campaign amounted to $2,000.10, Mrs. Sie Correll, chairman of the drive, reported.

June 1, 1967

Construction will begin next week on a second eastern Kentucky toll road, linking Hazard to London. Plans for the new road were announced by Gov. Edward T. Breathitt and the Kentucky Turn-Pike Authority, which approved the sale of $79.1 million in revenue bonds to finance the highway.

Rodney Ruth, 17, of Jenkins has been awarded an engineering scholarship at the University of Kentucky by the Kentucky Department of Highways. Ruth, the son of Gobel Ruth of Wright’s Hollow, Jenkins, has just graduated from Jenkins High School.

A five-pound bag of flour is on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 59 cents.

June 2, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

May 27, 1987

About 100 Whitesburg Little-Leaguers and their parents gathered outside the Letcher County Courthouse Monday afternoon in hopes of persuading Danny Webb, a Kentucky State Police lieutenant, not to resign as president of the league. Some parents said Webb had been unfairly criticized and planned to leave the position.

BethEnergy Inc. has announced it is leaving the Bituminous Coal Operators Association and will try to negotiate its own contract with the United Mine Workers Union.

Bethlehem Steel spokesman Art Roth said BethEnergy, which is headquartered in Jenkins, withdrew from the industry bargaining group because “we feel it’s in the company’s best interest to do so.”

Wallace G. Wilkinson, who upset former governor John Y. Brown Jr. for the Democratic nomination for the state’s top office Tuesday, ran second in Letcher County, trailing Greg Stumbo 3,864 votes to 626.

However, the Lexington businessman received nearly three times as many votes in Letcher County as third-place finisher Steven L. Beshear (252 votes), Brown (241 votes) and former governor Julian M. Carroll (135 votes).

Brereton C. Jones, a Woodford County horseman who narrowly defeated Attorney General Dave Armstrong to capture the nomination for lieutenant governor, finished in third place in the county behind Paul Patton and Armstrong. Patton garnered 2,232 votes compared to 883 for Armstrong and 280 for Jones.

June 4, 1997

Pike Letcher Land Company has filed a legal notice saying it will petition the fiscal court for permission to move an unnamed cemetery from the headwaters of Andy Wright Fork of Beefhide Creek.

Fleming-Neon Police Chief Jolynda Bailey is believed to be the first female police chief in eastern Kentucky.

Satellites have picked up a shift in the trade winds and detected humps of warm water moving across the Pacific Ocean at the equator – signs that another weather-disrupting El Nino may be brewing.

If so, heavy rains and drought could be in store around the world come winter.

An El Nino occurs when westward-blowing trade winds weaken, allowing a mass of warm water normally situated off Australia to drive eastward to western South America. The phenomenon got its name from baby Jesus because the huge, warm pool usually arrives around Christmas.

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