Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



May 15, 1958

Fire early today caused more than $50,000 damage at the Salyer Radio and Television store in downtown Whitesburg. City Fire Chief Remious Day said he did not know the cause of the fire. The blaze destroyed the second floor of the building, owned by the firm. The floor contained television checking and repair equipment, which was destroyed.

A spokesman for the federal low-rent housing agency told city officials Wednesday night that he thought Whitesburg “definitely” would qualify for federal aid on housing and urban renewal.

Members of the Whitesburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5829 voted at their Monday meeting to donate money to help three needy members of the eighth grade class at Millstone School for the class’s annual school trip to Frankfort.

“Big” Bill Elkins lined a 375-foot, three-run homer over the right field fence, and “Bigger” Tommy Brush powered a 310-foot, tworun four bagger over the left field wall to give Jenkins its second straight district baseball championship.

May 16, 1968

East Kentuckians are still suffering from the effects of strip mining on Lotts Creek in Knott County two years after the strip mining stopped. This week a huge mass of logs, rocks and mud from a strip mine spoil bank slide off a steep ridge and blocked a gravel road from Clear Creek into Lotts Creek, about 10 miles east of Hazard.

Lois Adams Baker, president of Letcher Manufacturing Company, Isom, this week was honored as Kentucky’s “Small Businessman of the Year.”

Pork loin roast is 38 cents a pound this week at the A&P Food Store. Smoked fat back is 29 cents a pound.

May 18, 1978

Landowners who have sought to limit the use of “broadform deeds” in extracting coal from beneath their property may soon receive some support from the new federal Office of Surface Mining. Leaders of the office in charge of regulating the new federal strip mine law are reported to be thinking of ways to limit the deed’s effect in Kentucky.

Striking Stearns miners announced plans to picket the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort tomorrow. An “informational” picket line will go up at the capitol in an effort to increase public awareness of the miners’ position in the 22-month organizing strike.

Sweet corn is 12 cents an ear at the A&P Food Store. Whole hams are $1.09 a pound.

May 18, 1988

The proposed Jenkins sewer treatment plant may run more than a half a million dollars more than first expected because of a slate dump under the site.

More than 6,000 tons of litter and debris was removed from areas of Letcher County during the cleanup campaign just ended, County Judge/Executive Ruben Watts said.

Letcher County’s unemployment rate fell slightly in March but remained well over twice the national average. The county had 13.5 percent unemployment for March, down one-tenth of a percent from February.

May 20, 1998

Letcher County teachers and classified employees can expect a 2.3 percent pay raise for the next school year, according to the tentative 1999 fiscal year budget adopted Monday night by the Letcher County Board of Education.

A power surge resulting from a “brown out” last Thursday morning may be responsible for damages to appliances and electronic equipment in more than 200 Letcher County homes and businesses.

Six Kentucky counties, including Letcher, have been added to the federal disaster declaration making federal assistance available to help recovery efforts resulting from the April 16 storms that brought tornadoes and caused several flooding in southern and eastern Kentucky.

A special highway marker designating US 119 between Whitesburg and the junction of US 23 near Jenkins as the “Veterans Memorial Highway” will be unveiled here this weekend.

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