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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

August 22, 1963

Scotia Mining Company is seeking a court order to allow it to use diesel-powered equipment in the new mine it is developing at Ovenfork. The Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals has withdrawn a permit for the use of diesel equipment it has previously issued. The state did not explain why it has withdrawn the permit.

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Fleming and Whitesburg are scheduled to open the 1963 football season at the Whitesburg football field.

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Picnic hams are on sale for 37 cents a pound at Hall Supermarket. Backbones are $1 for five pounds.

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Millstone correspondent Mabel Kiser reports she recently tasted birch sap, a treat from her youth, and found it was no longer as sweet as it had been 40 years before. She also warns readers to watch out for hornets.

August 23, 1973

A national shortage of newsprint, the paper on which newspapers are printed, is affecting newspapers nationwide, including The Mountain Eagle.

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Franklin Levi Curtis is being held in the Letcher County Jail on murder charges in the shooting death of Martin Abner. The men, neighbors at Ermine, worked for the Greene & Webb Lumber Co.

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Maude Richardson was surprised by her family with a dinner in honor of her 77th birthday. The dinner was held at Mrs. Richardson’s home at Colson.

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Union meetings were held at the Little Dove Church at Eolia, and the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church.

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Blackey correspondent Charles Ann Mullis reports that Vera Banks had caught a 15-pound carp while fishing with her husband, Earnest.

August 17, 1983

The Letcher County Board of Education has adopted “The Letcher County School Effectiveness Plan”. The board says the goal of the plan is to “improve the academic achievement of Letcher County students.” Under the plan, all board employees are to be given job descriptions and evaluated on their performances. The policy also includes plans for improving curriculum and evaluating the progress of students.

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What is said to be the county’s largest cash crop, marijuana, apparently is on the decline. “It’s not near where it was last year,” said Sheriff Ben B. Taylor. “There’s just not that much being grown in the county.”

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More coal trucks are back on the highways and more miners are going back to work, but the area’s coal industry remains on shaky grounds. Spokesmen say they don’t expect the coal industry to revive until mid to late 1984 at the earliest.

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Alone among eastern Kentucky coalfield counties, Letcher County is predicted to have no increase in jobs through the year 2000. The prediction comes from the National Planning Association, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization the specializes in economic analyses.

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A Eagle editorial protests the use of the deadly herbicide spray paraquat to eradicate marijuana. The Reagan administration is planning to spray paraquat in the Daniel Boone National Forest. “If you are hiking or camping in the forest area, won’t your health be imperiled? What about the thousands of families whose households adjoin or are surrounded by Daniel Boone forest land?” asks the editorial. “What happens . . . when the stuff makes its way into ground water supplies and contaminates wells, or is carried by rainfall into streams and rivers that flow far from Daniel Boone?”

August 25, 1993

Jim Wood Jr. has been named Letcher County’s district judge. He replaces Samuel T. Wright III, who replaced former district judge Larry D. Collins who left the office in 1992 to become circuit judge. Wright replaces Collins as circuit judge.

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Former Letcher County Circuit Judge Larry D. Collins is reportedly changing his plea to guilty on five bribery charges. Collins was arrested in November 1992 on five charges of taking a total of $7,000 and a quantity of marijuana in exchange for influencing cases involving a Letcher County drug dealer who was working undercover for the Kentucky State Police.

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County officials are considering whether to allow Manning Coal Co. to strip mine at Fishpond Lake. Judge/ Executive Ruben Watts says royalties paid by the mining company could be used to build a county recreation center.

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Burt and Bonnie Caudill celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner in Dayton, Ohio. While attending their anniversary celebration, Jeremiah correspondent Hassie Breeding Helton met a former Blackey resident, Ava Logan Courtney, who is a desk clerk at a motel where Mrs. Helton was staying.

August 27 2003

Earnest Cook and Sons Mining Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, almost three years after buying the former Golden Oak Mining Co. out of another bankruptcy action. Cook and Sons and its sister company, Cook and Sons Mining Inc., together make up the largest private employer in Letcher County.

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Appalachian Regional Healthcare is asking Letcher and four other eastern Kentucky counties to spend up to $5 million in coal severance tax money to offset the cost of providing unpaid medical care.

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The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department fingerprinted about 350 children during the three-day Jenkins Days Festival as part of the department’s child identification program.

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An endowment scholarship is being created in the Jenkins Independent School System in honor of a woman who just celebrated her 80th birthday. The scholarship is being endowed in the names of Viola Phillips of Jenkins, and her late husband, George Phillips. The first $2,000 toward the endowment was donated by Mrs. Phillips’s grandson, Scott Davis, and his wife, Claudia, of Dallas, Tex.


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