Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years
March 6, 1958
The Whitesburg City Council has authorized employment of an engineer to determine what needs to be done, and how much it would cost, to put the city’s water and sewer systems in first class operating condition. The council acted after Follace Fields, a member of the water commission, said the sewer system is in bad condition and is not working.
Residents of Whitesburg will start paying a monthly fee of $1, starting April 1, for garbage collection. The city council recently voted the tax upon all households within the community to help pay the costs of the garbage service.
Chuck roast is on sale at the A&P food store for 49 cents a pound. Pork liver is 29 cents a pound.
March 7, 1968
The Jenkins Cavaliers completed a five-year task this past weekend and emerged as 53rd District basketball champs.
Two Letcher County students attending Berea College will be heard on WHAS 840 Radio’s “Campus Viewpoint” panel of March 8. Bill Adams of Whitesburg and Larry Breeding, Isom, will take part in a discussion on “Guru’s – The Biggest Mystique to Attract a Youthful Following Since the Boy Scouts.”
Turkeys are 29 cents a pound at the A&P Food Store. Bananas are 11 cents a pound.
March 9, 1978
The Carter Administration is expected to take its request for Taft- Hartley injunctions into federal district court in Washington today and rumors are increasing that the chief executive may seek power to seize coal mines. President Carter announced his decision to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act, and revealed a four-point plan aimed at ending the strike when members of the United Mine Workers overwhelmingly reject the latest contract proposal this week.
Residents of McRoberts, Jenkins and the upper half of Letcher County want the state to build a section of new road to connect from McRoberts directly with the proposed new U.S. 23 on Beefhide Creek.
Federal mine officials yesterday served Scotia Coal Co. with 28 closure orders and 44 notices of mine violations stemming from the two explosions which killed 26 men two years ago this week.
March 9, 1988 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.
March 11, 1998
Police are still trying to learn the identity of a lone gunman who robbed a Jenkins convenience store over the weekend. Jenkins Police Chief Bill Tackett said the man was armed with a .38 caliber pistol when he entered the Ashland Kwik Mart at 4:10 a.m. Saturday and took an undetermined amount of money from the store’s cash register.
First Lt. Gene York, a former Whitesburg resident, is the new commander of the 307th Maintenance Company of the Army National Guard. York was born and reared in Whitesburg and was graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1985.
Works by Linda Lucas and Verna Rayburn, both of Letcher County, are among those featured in “Images from the Mountains: A Traveling Exhibit of Appalachian Artists.” The exhibit will be on display at the library of the Lees College Campus of Hazard Community College through March 25.
A nanny goat, or doe, belonging to Doug Banks gave birth to four healthy kids at Banks’s small farm at Ice last Tuesday, and was still sustaining them on her own milk early this week. “It’s a rarity,” said Banks. “I’d heard of it happening here before, over at Eolia, but I’d never seen it till now.”