Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



March 20, 1958

Six men now driving Letcher County school buses have not been examined to see whether they are physically fit to serve as drivers, a check of Board of Education records showed this week. However, Supt. W.B. Hall has taken steps this week to see that all drivers get physical examinations, school board personnel said.

A state veterinarian will be in Letcher County March 24 and 25 to give free tuberculin tests to milk cows, County Agent Robert Fike said today. Because of the large territory the veterinarian must travel, owners of milk cows should bring their animals into groups along the road where the veterinarian can save time by testing several cows at one stop, Fike said.

Letcher County residents who have not paid property taxes for the past eight years have about 10 days in which to pay up or face lawsuits.

“The Devil’s Hairpin” starring Cornel Wilde and “Hell Canyon Outlaws” starring Dale Robertson are playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

March 21, 1968

Rep. Carl D. Perkins this week filed declaration papers for renomination as Democratic candidate for Congress in the Seventh Congressional District. Perkins, who is seeking his 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, is chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor.

Marine Captain Bert Francis of Whitesburg has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. He was cited for meritorious service in Vietnam.

Celery is 19 cents a stalk at the A&P Food Store. Tuna is 85 cents for three cans.

March 23, 1978

Rank and file coal miners will vote Friday on whether to accept the third try at a contract to end the longest coal strike in the history of the United Mine Workers of America.

Another chapter in Letcher County’s war on garbage opened Friday when two University of Kentucky nursing students submitted a report to the fiscal court revealing that garbage is a problem here. Gina Collins and Donna Combs told the magistrates and Judge Robert Collins that uncollected garbage creates a health hazard in three counties under study and that Knott and Perry counties are looking to Letcher as a model for garbage collection systems.

Pork chops are on sale for $1.19 a pound at the A&P grocery store. A dozen large eggs are 39 cents.

March 23, 1988

The Letcher Fiscal Court has passed an emergency anti-litter ordinance prepared by Commonwealth’s Attorney James Wiley Craft that some have described as “strong as lye.” Anyone convicted of violating the ordinance could be liable for as much as $750 in fines and fees and/or seven days to 12 months in jail.

Several stores in Neon will close down today, and their owners couldn’t be happier. The doors to Letcher Flower Shop and several other Main Street businesses will be locked up to allow owners and employees to go to Frankfort to watch the Fleming-Neon Lady Pirates battle Ohio County in the first game of the girls’ state basketball tournament. This week marks the first time in the history of Fleming-Neon High School that any basketball team – boys or girls – has played in a state tournament.

Members of the Cowan Tiger Scout troop recently toured the courthouse in Whitesburg and visited various government offices here. Sheriff Ben B. Taylor made them honorary sheriff’s deputies, and Judge/Executive Ruben Watts made them honorary judges. Circuit Clerk Margaret Nichols gave them licenses.

March 25, 1998

Human remains found near Isom last week are probably skeletal remains looted from Native American burial sites, an official with the state medical examiner’s office has determine. Dr. Emily Craig, forensics anthropologist with the medical examiner’s office, said the fragmented bones and teeth found in a wooded area near the Letcher- Knott county line “were secondarily deposited” there after looters dug them up at other nearby sites.

Whitesburg sisters Justine and Courtney Winskey wore matching University of Kentucky cheerleading outfits for their visit to the Whitesburg Medical Clinic last week. Their choice of dress helped bring good luck to UK, which beat Duke Sunday in the NCAA’s South Regional final.

Crime isn’t a big problem in the City of Whitesburg, and Police Chief Paul Miles is hoping the town’s citizens will join forces to help keep it that way. Miles and other members of the city police force want to start a neighborhood crime watch program so that citizens can help the police department “watch their properties as well as their neighbors’ properties.”

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