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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



March 27, 1958

Another rabid dog was found in Letcher County this week, Health Department Sanitarian Beryl Boggs reported. The dog is the third rabid animal to be killed in Letcher County within the past month. Another dog and a cow were found earlier.

Fleming-Neon High School apparently will be rebuilt on the same site as the building which burned last month. W.B. Hall, superintendent of schools, said an official with the state Department of Education came to Letcher County last week and decided the site was the only feasible one for a new school building.

The Whitesburg Woman’s Club will sponsor a book and magazine drive for the benefit of the Letcher County Bookmobile and Public Library on April 7.

March 28, 1968

The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a proposal for blacktopping the Little Shepherd Trail, members of the Upper Kentucky River Area Development Council learned this week. The council also learned that no lodge facilities are planned for Kingdom Come State Park and that no state park is planned for the area around Carr Fork dam.

Jenkins basketball coach Don Burton was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year in the Eastern Kentucky Mountain Conference.

Smoked fat back is on sale for 29 cents a pound at the A&P grocery store. Idaho potatoes cost 69 cents for a 10-pound bag.

March 30, 1978

The coal started rolling again and a roar subsided to a rumble following ratification of the contract under which 160,000 United Mine Workers members will work until 1980. Friday’s totals duplicated the vote in 1974 – 57 percent in favor with only 65 percent of those eligible casting a vote.

The Letcher County Ambulance Service was struck this week by six employees demanding improved wages and working conditions.

Strawberries are on sale for 69 cents a pint at the A&P grocery store. Beef roast is 99 cents a pound.

March 30, 1988

Letcher County’s unemployment rate rose nearly 2 percent from December to January, according to figures released this week by the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources. The county showed a 12.9 percent rate January, up from 11.2 percent in December.

High winds and severe thunderstorms have left a Jeremiah family homeless and caused damage to several other Letcher County buildings. Dwight and Janet Frazier and their two children weren’t home when the storm struck, and when they returned to Black Bottom Saturday afternoon, the roof of their mobile home had been ripped off and dumped on top of their pickup truck. Contents of the trailer were wrecked and the walls and doors hung at peculiar angles.

Capital Properties of Louisville will apply for $1.25 million to build apartments in Fleming-Neon. The Kentucky River Area Development District gave its approval to the “Mountain Pride Apartments” project on an intergovernmental review report last week.

April 1, 1998

Letcher County will receive two of nine water and sewer project grants announced Monday by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in connection with the PRIDE cleanup program now underway in eastern Kentucky. One went to the City of Whitesburg to extend sewer lines to 22 homes on Long Branch, and the other to the Letcher County Water and Sewer District to provide a sewage disposal system for 30 homes which have straight pipes or faulty septic tanks.

Whitesburg Mayor Jack Howard wants Letcher Fiscal Court to join the city in buying 13.5 acres on U.S. 119 across from the Whitesburg hospital as a site for Little League fields. Howard said the site would hold three fields and also would have room for construction of a pavilion.

The Letcher County Speech Team attended the State Speech Team Tournament in Bowling Green March 13-14. The students competing were Chad Caudill in oratory and Denise Cupps in solo.

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