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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



May 1, 1958

Letcher County’s eight magistrates are not yet receiving the $200- a-month salaries they voted themselves recently. County Clerk Charlie Wright is refusing to issue checks for the salaries, and instead is continuing to pay each magistrate a fee of $15 for each meeting of Letcher Fiscal Court.

For the second year in a row, the Whitesburg Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has won the community service contest of the Department of Kentucky VFW.

The members of the Whitesburg senior class and their sponsors returned last week from a trip to Washington, D.C. The group visited the national capitol, the White House, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Mint, Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, and Natural Bridge, Va.

Strawberries are 25 cents a pint at the A&P Food Store. Potatoes are $1.59 for a 25-pound bag.

May 2, 1968

Members of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Jaycees are exploring ways of obtaining money to finance a civic center for Letcher County.

Jon Henrikson, who teaches five grades in a one-room school at Carcassonne, has been named by the Whitesburg Jaycees as the outstanding young educator in Letcher County for 1968.

The Jenkins Jaycees will sponsor “Donkey Ball” at 7:30 p.m. at the Jenkins Fieldhouse. Local riders play the game, using trained donkeys as mounts.

Round steak is 85 cents a pound this week at the A&P Food Store. Sirloin steak is 98 cents a pound.

May 4, 1978

Traveling carnivals using a site near Jenkins lake are presenting an extra clean-up problem for the city, Water Commissioner Ted Bumgardner told the Jenkins City Council Monday. “After the last one left town, the ditch near the carnival site was full of boxes and other debris, and 26 piles of human excretia were counted,” Bumgardner said.

Julia Ann Perry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Perry Jr. of Jenkins, was chosen “Miss Letcher County” at Whitesburg Elementary School Saturday.

Deborah Maddox of Whitesburg was named the Morehead State University’s Outstanding Speech and Theatre Student with a Speech Teaching Emphasis.

Strawberries are 88 cents a pint at the A&P Food Store. Chuck steak is $1.39 a pound.

May 4, 1988

Participation in last week’s countywide cleanup was so large that county and state maintenance crews were unable to collect all the discarded trash and appliances, officials say. “We’re working on it again this week,” said Tommy Day, who is helping coordinate the cleanup efforts for the county judge’s office. “There was more there than what our manpower could pick up.”

The Letcher County school system may have another $1.6 million on tap for construction this year, after allocations by the state School Facilities Construction Commission. The commission met last Wednesday and divided the $14 million allocated by the General Assembly to debt service bonds for school construction. Letcher County’s share of that money will amount to $159,936 – enough to finance about $1.6 million in bonds.

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has temporarily tabled any further discussion of a proposed $1.8 million bond issue for roads. At the fiscal court meeting last week, County Judge/Executive Ruben Watts said the state Department of Local Government has not yet approved the bond issue and asked the court to postpone any further discussion of the matter until officials from the department can meet with the court.

May 6, 1998

When students arrived at Jenkins High School early last Friday, they were greeted with a “crash scene” stated by students and local rescue and law-enforcement personnel. Football coach Keith Rose said he coordinated the mock automobile crash the day before the school’s prom to “make the seniors aware of the dangers of drinking and driving.”

A new home at Goose Creek, near Fleming-Neon, will be dedicated in ceremonies May 8. The house was built in 10 days and is the 1,500th home built by a member group of the Federal of Appalachian Housing Enterprises Inc.

A second work day is planned at the Old Jenkins High School on Saturday, May 23. During the first work day, the first and second floors were cleaned. Plans for the second work day are to finish cleaning the basement and work on the school yard.

For the second straight game, the Pirates had to score in their final bat to win. Fleming-Neon pushed across three runs in the bottom of the seventh on April 28 to edge visiting South Floyd 8-7.

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