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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

December 19, 1963

The Letcher County Board of Education voted to buy a site for the proposed new grade school at Kona and has hired an architect to draw the plans for the building. The board paid $18,000 for the Potter homeplace at the junction of the Payne Gap road with US 119, containing about six acres.

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Bill Blair, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Blair of Whitesburg, scored 34 points for Virginia Military Institute as the Keydets upset the West Virginia Mountaineers. Blair made 13 of 20 shots from the floor as VMI ended a 31-game losing streak. Sportswriters are calling the Southern Conference game the shock of the season.

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The Play Guild of Cowan Community is presenting two one-act plays, “The Dear Departed” and “A Mad Breakfast”, directed by Elmer Banks and Robert Gatton. Admission is 50 cents to benefit a fund for the community center and to purchase equipment for the new Cowan School.

December 20, 1973

County police, members of the county road crew, and other county workers will be placed under a merit system under an ordinance adopted by the Letcher Fiscal Court. The merit system will give employees job protection.

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Former United Mine Workers President W. A. “Tony” Boyle has been indicted for murder in the 1969 slayings of UMW presidential contender Joseph “Jock” Yablonski, his wife and daughter. Boyle had already been under indictment on federal conspiracy charges in the case.

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Oscaloosa correspondent Geneva Ison Banks writes of her son’s trip to Lexington, where “the price for his dinner was outrageous — $1.05 for a hamburger, 60 cents for a glass of milk, and 20 cents for a pop.”

December 21, 1983

In a surprise move, the Letcher County School Board voted to recognize the Letcher County Teachers Organization as the bargaining agent for the county’s schoolteachers. Letcher County became the state’s 16th school district to recognize its county teachers organization as a union.

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Local health officials say five confirmed cases of infectious hepatitis have been reported. All the cases involve students who live in the Linefork/Gordon area and attend Kingdom Come Elementary School.

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A flock of seagulls appeared at School Hill in Whitesburg. The birds were apparently put off course by severe winter storms farther south. Motorists on the Whitesburg bypass had to stop to avoid hitting the large white birds after a number landed on the highway.

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The Whitesburg Lady ’Jackets (8-0) overcame Breathitt County 63-40. Sandy Brown scored 23 points for Whitesburg, and had 12 rebounds and five assists. The Fleming-Neon Lady Pirates won the opening game of the Lady Cavalier Invitational, defeating Virgie 48-42. Monek Johnson scored 16 points for the Lady Pirates.

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Four Whitesburg High School students have been named first team All State in Class AA cross-country: Sonny Bates, Jeff Collier, Jimmy Stephens and Monick Wampler. The Class AA Coach of the Year is WHS coach Eddie Holbrook.

December 22, 1993

The Letcher County Board of Education has accepted a proposal from the Kentucky School Boards Association to develop a “strategic planning initiative” to guide the county school system for the next three to five years. Under the plan, a committee of 25 to 30 community members will determine the purpose of the schools, where they want the schools to be, and what are the dollar resources to ensure that the schools reach that future.

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Residents of the City of Cumberland are under a “boil before drinking” water notice after a fuel tanker truck wrecked in Letcher County and dumped some of its contents into the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River.

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Eagle columnist Ike Adams writes of the attempts by a Frankfort lawyer to change the state bird from the cardinal to the blue heron. “It has come to my attention,” Adams writes, “the innocent little children going to school in the shadow of Rupp Arena are being taught that the state bird is a cardinal. But then they stick up their darling little hands and say, ‘Yes, teacher ma’am, but what please tell us in the Kentucky cat?’ . . . There’s probably grounds for a lawsuit contending that Lexington kids are growing up with inferiority complexes and that some may, in fact, be psychotic because the University of Kentucky is not getting equal status with the University of Louisville on the state bird deal.”

December 24, 2003

The proposed sale of American Electric Power’s coal operations in eastern Kentucky could result in the layoff of 530 employees.

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Funeral services for Gary Stewart, 59, formerly of Letcher County, were held Dec. 19 in Florida. Stewart was a country music singer who had a No. 1 hit in 1975 with “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)”.

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Former Letcher County resident Manerva Back celebrated her 103rd birthday Nov. 17. She is the mother of 12 children and is the widow of Kelly Back, who worked in the South East Coal Co. Commissary. She is now living in Independence, Ky.


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