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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

December 26, 1963

Students at a Long Island junior high school sent 80 boxes of food, clothing and school supplies to Kona Grade School. The students at Roslyn Junior High School had read of the poverty of some Kentucky mountain families in a story in The New York Times and had raised money for the project by holding dances and suppers.

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Circuit Judge J.L. Hayes ruled that Ray Collins is entitled to keep his place on the Letcher County Board of Education. Atty. General John Breckinridge had filed a lawsuit seeking to oust Collins from the board. The lawsuit said Collins violated state law and thus forfeited his seat on the board by selling soft drinks to schools in the county.

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A noticed placed in The Mountain Eagle by Dr. Gid Whitaker says, “Gone to Florida for the winter. I will open my office April 1st for business, same place.”

December 27, 1973

In the midst of a national energy crisis, coal operators are unable to supply coal because of a severe shortage of railroad cars. “We just don’t have any more room to stockpile coal, and we just can’t get the railroad cars we need” to get mined coal to market, one operator said.

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Highway 15, the main road to the lower end of Letcher County, was closed off the day before Christmas when a single-lane wooden plank bridge broke under the weight of a loaded coal truck. The bridge, located near Letcher School, is posted with a 20-ton limit, but has been used by loaded coal trucks for years.

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Ground beef is 89 cents a pound at the A&P grocery store. Whole chickens are 39 cents a pound.

December 28, 1983

Temperatures in Letcher County over the Christmas holidays set near record lows, and prospects for the future don’t look good. The National Weather Service is forecasting rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow for the next week. On Christmas Eve, temperatures reached 12 degrees below zero and they did not get above eight degrees on Christmas Day.

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”Now is the time to plan your New Year’s resolutions,” says Whitesburg correspondent Virginia H. Combs. “Do you have any bad habits you would like to shake? Now’s the time.”

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Christmas carolers from Spring Branch Road Church entertained Jeremiah area residents with the songs.

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”If I could have one wish for the new year, that wish would be that tall unemployed workers would be called back to work,” writes Mayking correspondent Elizabeth Morton.

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The Letcher Eagles raised their record to 8-4 with a 58-50 win over the Jenkins Cavaliers in the championship game of the Cavalier Invitational. Letcher’s All-State candidate Jack Luttrell scored 29 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked three shots in the win.

December 29, 1993

Members of the Letcher Fiscal Court are to be sworn into office on January 2, 1994. The members include Carroll Smith, judge/executive, and magistrates, Delbert Anderson, Randy Blair, Larry Tolliver, Arthur “Ozz” Jackson and Homer Caudill. Caudill is the only member of the previous fiscal court who was re-elected.

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Jeff Brandon Bledsoe and Lee Brian Bledsoe, sons of Janet and Tommy Pace of Whitesburg, are among three sets of twins majoring in art at Morehead State University. The Bledsoes say they have been interested in art from a very early age and hope to teach art when they finish college.

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The weather over Christmas seemed to fit the season, says Colson correspondent Darlene Pettibone. “Everyone wanted a white Christmas, and that is what we had.”

December 31, 2003

Letcher County’s government is vowing again to crack down on citizens and business owners who refuse to pay their monthly bill for participating in the county’s mandatory garbage pickup program. The county is losing between $100,000 and $150,000 each year because some citizens won’t pay their $9-a-month garbage bill.

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Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said his office has identified a leading suspect in the twin burglaries of a Fleming-Neon convenience store earlier this month. The burglaries occurred at the Chevron Food Mart in the early morning hours of Dec. 18 and Dec. 21.

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Authorities said this week they are looking for links between the Holstein infected with mad cow disease and a Canadian cow that was diagnosed with the deadly illness in May. Repeating their insistence that the U.S. food supply is safe, they are searching for 81 Canadian-born cows from the same herd as the sick Holstein that records indicate entered the United States in late 2001.


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