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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 2, 1958

County Judge-Elect Arthur Dixon and a new set of officials will take office Monday. Letcher County’s new official family will include Dixon, F. Byrd Hogg as county attorney, Johnny Fulton as sheriff, Robert Sexton as jailer, Charlie Wright as county court clerk, Mrs. Archie Craft as coroner, Ottis Amburgey as tax commissioner and W.L. Stallard Jr. as circuit clerk.

Jesse Bates, first Democratic police judge of Jenkins, will take over his duties Monday. Bates was sworn into office this week by County Judge James M. Caudill.

Joe Reynolds, local businessman, plans to set about 40 acres of trees next spring, local conservation officials said today. Reynolds said he feels the trees are a good insurance policy and a fine investment for his children’s future. He said he thinks the trees will give him the best possible use of the hill land where he plans to set them.

January 4, 1968

Perry County supporters of the Kingdom Come Dam, which would flood much of Letcher County, will meet in Hazard Monday night. Reportedly, the meeting will be designed to build support for the dam and to prepare testimony to be presented to the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

Fire Tuesday night destroyed a dormitory at Alice Lloyd College which housed almost a third of the college’s male enrollment. All residents of the 48-man unit escaped without injury as fire demolished the wood and concrete block structure. Origin of the fire is not known.

Ground beef is on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 49 cents a pound. Pork loin is 59 cents a pound, and canned ham is $6.29 for an eight-pound can.

January 5, 1978

Several minor coal strike incidents occurred in Letcher County this week as the United Mine Workers strike entered its fifth week. Roving pickets, estimated at 40-45 men by state police, appeared periodically Tuesday near Gilley, but mines remained open and no arrests were reported. Letcher Circuit Judge Byrd F. Hogg issued another restraining order for Elkhorn Jellico Coal Co. at Marlowe, after pickets appeared there several days within the past week. The order was served on approximately 50 pickets Wednesday morning with no incidents reported.

The new Jenkins City Council met shortly after being sworn in Monday morning and voted to reinstate an ordinance creating a city water commission. The commission was set up last winter to deal with severe water problems in the town.

Boneless chuck roast is on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 99 cents a pound. Pork chops are $1.49 a pound, and shrimp is $4.99 for a 24-ounce package.

January 6, 1988

Two Letcher Countians filed as candidates for Letcher County Jailer on the first day of the filing period. Jailer Eugene Banks and Chief Deputy Sheriff Clyde Anderson, both Democrats, filed for the post Monday, Deputy County Clerk William Wright said.

The Kentucky Resources Council has appealed a proposal to trade part of the Daniel Boone National Forest for a strip-mined tract, saying the U.S. Forest Service did not adequately review the effects of the plan. The forest service announced in November it planned to give up 536 acres of the national forest near Gray Hawk in Jackson County. In return, the Forest Service would get about 90 acres near Wind Cave in northeastern Jackson County and 442 acres near the Rockcastle River in western Laurel County. Part of the Laurel County tract has been logged, strip mined for coal and reclaimed with grass and shrubs.

Police say drunk driving arrests were up over the New Year’s holiday, but other crimes were down. Kentucky State Police in Hazard said they charged 28 people with driving under the influence over the four-day weekend. Other than the DUI arrests, police said the weekend was quiet. Police said no major crimes were committed in the five-county Post 13 region over the weekend, and no one was injured in automobile accidents.

January 7, 1998

Attorneys for Larry Forgy and hundreds of former South East Coal Co. miners told a judge they have worked out a deal to settle a lawsuit the miners filed against the 1995 Republican gubernatorial nominee. The 300 miners or their survivors could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars under the plan. The miners were shorted nearly $800,000 in wages and benefits when South East folded in early 1993. South East once owned a 445-acre tract of land in Hancock County that is now owned by a partnership in which Forgy and two coal companies each hold a one-third interest.

Letcher Schools Superintendent William L. Kinzer “revisited” the matter of transferring teachers at this point in the school year but did not change his mind. When classes resumed on Monday, five teachers who do not have job tenure were not in the same school where they had taught last semester.

The Jenkins Head Start program will get a new $399,515 building through a federal Community Development Block Grant to the City of Jenkins. The money will be used to construct a 5,600-squarefoot building on land donated by the city. The program is currently being housed in the old Jenkins High School.

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