Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



June 6, 1957

Plans for the development of Stuart Robinson School into an independent but church-related high school were outlined at a dinner meeting at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church here Tuesday.

The Rev. John R. Howard, Whitesburg Presbyterian minister, explained that the problem of what to do with Stuart Robinson arose when the governing body of the Presbyterian Church decided it could no longer operate the institution. The church has indicated it would be willing to turn the school over to a locally-organized, locallyfinanced group.

The Stuart Robinson property, valued at $1 million, currently is leased to the Letcher County Board of Education and is operated under the name of Letcher High School.

Nearly an inch and a half of rain has fallen in Whitesburg this week.

Mrs. Harold Day, who measures local rainfall for the U.S. Weather Bureau, gave the following rundown:

Monday, .45 inch; Tuesday, .27 inch; Wednesday, .58 inch; Thursday, .39 inch.

Members of the Whitesburg City Council voted a $25 a month raise for Chief of Police Burl Combs at their meeting Monday night.

The raise was proposed by Councilman Dave Fields, who said “if anybody has done a job that justifies a raise, our chief of police has.” Fields said Combs had not requested a pay hike.

June 8, 1967

Two Whitesburg civic clubs – Lions and Rotary – are trying to raise enough money to pay for liability insurance so the City of Whitesburg can open the Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool this summer.

Don Childers is serving as the chairman of the drive for the Lions Club.

The city announced a few weeks ago that it would be unable to open the pool this year because of the high cost of the liability insurance it would have to carry and because it had no money for needed repair work. Since that time several clubs and private citizens have discussed appeals for donations.

Construction of a new vocational high school building at Whitesburg is expected to begin about July 15.

Letcher Fiscal Court will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday to sell $130,000 in school revenue bonds to finance the local share of the $450,000 building.

The new vocational school will be an extension of the Hazard Area Vocational School and will be operated by the Letcher County Board of Education. It will serve all of Letcher County.

A 10-ounce package of miniature marshmallows is on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 25 cents.

June 9, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

June 10, 1987

The 71st birthday of Kentucky’s first Dawahare’s department store apparently will not be a happy affair for the town in which it is loc ated. A stock liquidation sale began at the chain’s Neon store this week, and a company official said there is little hope of keeping the business open as a full-line Dawahare’s store.

Letcher County Sheriff Ben B. Taylor says he will pay $100 to anyone with information regarding who vandalized a cemetery on Pine Creek, near Mayking. Vandals broke 47 monuments and scattered flowers about the cemetery grounds.

The City of Fleming-Neon hopes to increase the usage of its new treatment plant next month.

The city will advertise for bids to “tap-on” lines to homes next week and hopes to award a contract at its next regular city council meeting.

June 11, 1997

If you stop by the Letcher County Courthouse these days, you’ll notice a few things are missing – namely, it’s regular workers. No, they haven’t closed up shop, but they have moved to allow the renovation of the courthouse and building of the new county jail to be completed.

All of the offices in the courthouse have now moved temporarily to the old Mountain Comprehensive Heath Corporation/ Daniel Boone Hotel building (107 E. Main Street) three doors east of the courthouse, with the exception of the probation and parole office, which has moved to 223 East Main Street.

State Rep. Paul Mason has formally protested the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s decision to reverse its earlier plan to spend $3 million this year for further reconstruction on the Pine Mountain crossing section of US 119.

“We are helpless without a good road across the mountain,” Mason wrote Governor Paul Patton. “We must be on a good road to somewhere or we are forever stuck on the road to nowhere.”

Mason said transportation official Fred Mudge told him last July that the cabinet intended to start a $22 million widening and shoulder improvement project on the road across Pine Mountain, but he learned last week that Transportation Cabinet Secretary Charles Codell had reversed an earlier decision to spend $3 million authorized by the 1996 General Assembly for construction beginning this year.

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