Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



April 24, 1958

Whitesburg’s City Council took another step toward annexing new territory to the city last week. Thursday night the council passed an ordinance proposing to make the city limits reach roughly from the junction of KY 15 and US 119 east of Whitesburg to Graveyard Hollow on KY 15 west of Whitesburg. The annexation will include Graveyard Hollow and Tunnel Hill but does not reach far on either side of the highways.

Howard Wilson, director of Red Cross field service for the eastern area of the United States, was in Whitesburg this past week to say Letcher County is about to lose its Red Cross chapter. Wilson said fund drives in Letcher County both last year and this year have fallen far under the quota, and that unless additional money is raised the chapter will be closed.

Rosa Jones received Whitesburg’s “Woman of the Year’ award in ceremonies at a banquet at the VFW clubhouse Saturday night.

“The Searchers” starring John Wayne is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

April 25, 1968

The large amount of opposition to the proposed Kingdom Come Dam is “casting some doubt” as to the “public acceptability” of the project, Army Colonel R.R. Wessels said this week.

Overdue books may be returned to the Whitesburg and Jenkins libraries fine-free during National Library Week, April 21-27.

Jeffrey Kiser of Colson, was the winner of the Letcher County 4- H Talent Show. His monologue was named the champion specialty act.

Pork loin roast is 39 cents a pound this week at the A&P Food Store. Whole fryers are 29 cents a pound.

April 27, 1978

Threats of picketing by the Kentucky Black Lung Association caused cancellation of a U.S. Department of Labor meeting scheduled for Saturday in Whitesburg to explain provisions of the new federal Black Lung Reform Act. Spokesmen for the association said the department had broken promises by Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall to include representatives of the association in drafting regulations to implement the new law.

Blue Diamond Coal Co. attorneys are reviewing the United Mine Workers’ request to resume negotiations at Stearns, according to a company spokesman. The UMW request to try to settle the nearly two-year-old strike came last weekend in a short letter, he said.

Millstone-area residents have begun a month-long cleanup drive designed to rid their community of garbage and keep it clean.

April 27, 1988

A federal administrative law judge says it will be late summer before he decides whether Fleming-Neon can complete its ball park on a strip mine at Goose Creek. The hearing last week was a result of an Office of Surface Mining cessation order served on the City of Fleming-Neon and CH&G Construction for excavations at the mouth of Goose Creek. The company was working under contract to the city to build a ballpark. The city financed the project by selling the coal CH&G mine from the site.

The Whitesburg Airport Board will seek private donations for an airport plan, in an effort to convince the Federal Aviation Administration that the public wants the facility, said board chairman Vernard Whitaker.

Laurel Run Resources has failed to exercise its option on the Whitesburg Industrial Site, but Mayor James Asher said the city would still consider making a deal. “Their option has expired,” Asher said. “Obviously if they came back and said they were still interested I would review that.”

April 29, 1998

Letcher County’s top four elected officials will soon receive a state-mandated pay raise, but salaries for all other officials will remain at their present rates for the next four years.

Be careful which street sign you steal. The life you cost may be your own – or that of someone you care about very much. That’s the message Letcher County officials hope to convey to people who are tearing down street signs being erected as part of the county’s Enhanced 911 emergency dispatching system.

Judge/Executive Carroll A. Smith says plans for new baseball fields for the Whitesburg area, the construction of a welcome center near the Kentucky-Virginia state line, and the renovation of the Old Jenkins High School are worthwhile projects, but will take time to accomplish if they are to be done “the right way.”

Four Letcher County high school juniors have been chosen as Governor’s Scholars for the 1998 summer term. They are: Justin Michael Hubbard, Whitesburg High School, and Letcher High School students Sylvia Miranda Haynes, Fred Eugene Boggs, and Paul Hayden Caudill.

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