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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

October 17, 1963

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Pike County landowner to prevent strip mining on his property. The lawsuit sought to invalidate the broad form deed under which the owner of the mineral rights had a right to do whatever he desires to the surface in order to obtain the minerals. District Judge Mac Swinford ruled that the case was not properly in federal court.

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The Whitesburg Yellowjackets defeated the Fleming-Neon Pirates, 19- 13. Hazard upset Jenkins, 19-6.

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A forest fire was controlled after damaging the Seven Faces Mountain at the mouth of Elk Creek.

October 18, 1973

A number of coal miners who are members of the United Mine Workers of America and some of the miners’ wives were jailed in Harlan County by Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg. A number of young children belonging to the miners’ families also spent a day in jail because the mothers refused to leave them at home. The miners and their wives were charged with violating a restraining order limiting pickets at the Eastover Mine at Brookside, which is owned by Duke Power Co.

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An editorial in The Mountain Eagle is “sounding the loudest possible alarm over the Strip Mine Control Bill” passed by the U.S. Senate. The editorial continues, “Far from saving the mountains from the strip miners, the measure can be expected to produce total devastation. For it will legalize and give strong economic encouragement to mountain topping — the leveling of mountains to get at the coal.”

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A large crowd attended the annual homecoming at Cowan Community Center including many people from other states and surrounding communities. Prizes were give to Earl Banks, the oldest teacher present; Jane Fields, the oldest person present; Lisa Fields, the youngest person present; Sheila Raleigh of Alabama, traveled the farthest distance; Rachel Froste, widowed the longest; and Ramona Raleigh, the most buttons on her clothes.

October 12, 1983

Sixty students at Whitesburg High School were asked by a teacher to list what they think is wrong with the school. Their answers include: “Not good enough classes”; “We need more stuff for biology and science”; “Teachers shouldn’t let students goof off in class”: “Teachers shouldn’t let students go downtown to get something for them during school hours” and “We need a computer technology class with about 10 computers.” Among other complaints listed are: “Not enough room so teachers have a room of their own and not have to switch books”; “No updated books”; “Too many interruptions”; “We need water in the sinks in the bathrooms to wash our hands”; “Kids come to school to play”; and “Some teachers don’t care about teaching us.”

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Two volunteer firefighters resigned after a dance instructor was given permission by the Whitesburg City Council to use the upstairs of City Hall to conduct ballet classes. Firefighters expressed concern that the children taking the classes would hamper the police and fire dispatcher’s ability to hear the telephone or two-way radio while using the equipment. The dance classes are being sponsored by the Letcher County Arts Council and funded by the Kentucky Arts Council. Arts Council members say the children would be closely watched, and also volunteered to listen to the phone while the dispatcher was in the bathroom.

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Diana Spangler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Spangler, was named homecoming queen at Fleming-Neon High School. The Fleming-Neon Pirates defeated Johns Creek 2-14 in their homecoming game, raising their record to 5-3.

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Whitesburg track star Monique Wampler tied a course record in finishing first in the 3,000-meter race in a competition at Paintsville. She won in a time of 12:08.

October 20, 1993

A four-lane highway from Whitesburg to Lexington should be completed by 1997, said State Rep. Paul Mason (D-Whitesburg). Final planning of the highway is to begin in July 1994, right-of-way acquisition in July 1995, and construction in 1996. Mason has been working for some time to get Letcher County included in the four-laning of Highway 15 from Campton on.

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Work is expected to begin by Nov. 1 on reclamation of the former coal tipple and slate dump at Caudill Town which the City of Whitesburg hopes to turn into an industrial site and city park.

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The City of Whitesburg has announced plans to develop a walking path from the future riverside park at the Upper Bottom to the park areas being developed along with the new industrial site at Caudill Town.

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Rain-slickened roads are blamed for at least eight traffic accidents which occurred in Letcher County on one day. Four were on U.S. 23 near Pound Gap, three on U.S. 119 on Pine Mountain, and one on KY 931 at Cowan. All were the result of vehicles hydroplaning on wet roads, a Kentucky State trooper said.

October 22, 2003

The driver of a log truck has been charged with murder in the August traffic death of Danny Kincer, 47, of Webb Branch, a popular Letcher County butcher. Police estimate that Jody Allen Ely, of Jonesville, Va., was driving a tractor-trailer fully loaded with logs at more than 70 miles per hour and was passing another log truck in a curve when his truck overturned on an oncoming pickup truck driver by Kincer.

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Rebecca Coleman, an English teacher at Whitesburg High School, said she was shocked to learn she had won a $25,000 Milken National Educator Award. Coleman was one of 100 teachers in the nation to win the honor this year.

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Graveside services were held Oct. 17 for James P. McAuley, 75, a longtime public servant and chairman of the Letcher County Water and Sewer Commission.

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The Whitesburg High School volleyball team won its first-ever 14th Region volleyball tournament championship and earned a spot in the Kentucky State Tournament.


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