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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

May 7, 1964

U.S. News and World Report is carrying a four-page interview with Whitesburg author and attorney Harry M. Caudill concerning the federal government’s proposals for rehabilitating the Appalachian region. Caudill said the government’s proposals were all right as far as they went, but they didn’t go far enough.

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A retaining wall on the Linefork road is being built by Letcher County men working in a program for jobless fathers of dependent children. The crew has built several similar walls in the county, all from stone picked up in the area.

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The Louisville and Nashville Railroad depot at Blackey, built in 1913, is being demolished.

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Simeon Hale, 80, a former schoolteacher in Letcher County, visited friends in Blackey and recalled teaching in 1908 at a one-room schoolhouse near the mouth of Rockhouse.

May 9, 1974

The United Mine Workers of America has won a decision from the National Labor Relations Board in the union’s effort to win a contract agreement with Duke Power Company. A NLRB judge ruled that Eastover Mining Company, a subsidiary of Duke Power, had insisted on “unacceptable demands in its negotiations with the UMW.”

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Commenting on the beautiful spring weather, Millstone correspondent Mabel Kiser writes, “Here it is May already, but I ask you, wasn’t April wonderful and didn’t it give May some very stiff competition?”

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Whitesburg High School senior Eddie Stallard has been named Co-player of the Year by the coaches of the East Kentucky Mountain Conference. Stallard tied with Mark Myers of Pikeville in the voting. Stallard was a three-year starter on the Yellowjackets basketball team, and averaged 16 to 20 points per game.

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The Relocation Assistance Office of the Kentucky Bureau of Highways is advertising for properties for sale, rent or lease for families and businesses displaced by construction of the Whitesburg bypass.

May 9, 1984

More than four inches of rainfall in less than 24 hours caused waters to overflow the banks of nearly every stream and river in Letcher County, destroying an estimated $1 million worth of property. The Fleming-Neon area, and particularly downtown Neon, was the hardest hit. Water from the Boone Fork of the North Fork of the Kentucky River reached seven feet in some of the lowerlying areas of Neon. County Judge/Executive Ruben Watts said 70 percent of the businesses in downtown Neon were heavily damaged or destroyed by flooding.

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Mountain Eagle correspondent Virginia H. Combs writes in defense of coal trucks, “In driving, I find coal truck drivers to be very careful operators, staying on their own side of the road, allowing cars to pass them, and showing courtesy to others . . . Let’s be glad to see the coal trucks running and let’s believe they do not damage the highways any more than any other trucks. Don’t pick on coal trucks!”

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Spring cleaning can be an adventure, writes Sergent correspondent Vendetta Fields. “I never throw anything away, therefore I find quite a few things I forget I had and as the years go by I’m thankful I didn’t throw them away.”

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Whitesburg High School senior Sandy Brown has signed to play basketball at Lees Junior College in Jackson.

May 11, 1994

Kentucky Education Commissioner Thomas C. Boysen moved to take over management of the Letcher County School System and to remove Superintendent Jack M. Burkich from office. Boysen charged that Burkich’s “inaction and gross mismanagement” rose to “the level of incompetency, nonfeasance, misconduct in office, and willful neglect of duty.” Burkich said he was very surprised that state officials would seek to oust him from his job just one month before he planned to retire.

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Virginia Harris Combs of Lexington, a resident of Whitesburg for most of her life, was honored as the 1994 Outstanding Alumna of Kentucky Wesleyan College. Mrs. Combs, who taught English at Whitesburg High School for many years, was a star of the Kentucky Wesleyan girls’ basketball team.

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Trees and mud came down a mountain at Haymond and blocked a creek, which then washed a house occupied by the Slone family off its foundation. The family lost all their clothing and other belongings.

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Mountain Eagle columnist Ike Adams apparently followed the recommendation of the National Association of Woolly Worm Weather Watchers (NAWWWW) in selecting which horse to bet on in the Kentucky Derby. He has this to say: “Not only have they (NAWWWW) caused further deterioration to my personal reputation, but they cost me a bundle at the track. This is the first time I can recall the woolly worms having a direct impact on my pocketbook.”

May 12, 2004

An Isom man has been indicted on two felony charges in connection with the alleged theft of more than $9,000 worth of timber in the Blackey area.

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Roadwork on US 119 over Pine Mountain in Letcher County resumed this week. A highway official estimates it will take six or seven months to complete the remaining work, which includes widening one more curve at the top of the mountain and repairing a place near the top on the Whitesburg side where the pavement has dropped.

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NBC has dropped a proposed reality show that would have followed an Appalachian family’s adjustments to a ritzy lifestyle in Beverly Hills. Plans for the program had caused an outcry among residents of Appalachia who saw it as an affront to the region.


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