Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



June 12, 1958

The Mountain Eagle is one of the best weekly newspapers in Kentucky, according to results of a statewide contest announced last weekend. The paper received an “honorable mention” in the “best all-around newspaper” division of the annual contests conducted by the Kentucky Press Association. In addition, The Mountain Eagle received second prize in the editorial writing division and an honorable mention in the news story-writing division.

South-East Coal Company has given the Millstone School building to the county school board. The company said it hoped by the gift to somewhat relieve the financial burden the school board has been laboring under since the loss of the grade school building at Seco and the Fleming-Neon High School through fire.

The Adams, Craft and Webb annual reunion will be held Sunday, June 29, at the Webb Cemetery at Mayking, beginning at 11 a.m. Old-time singing led by Howard Adams, a welcome address by Hillard Kincer, prayer and a sermon by the Rev. I.D. Back will feature the occasion.

“The Girl in Black Stockings” starring Lex Barker and Anne Bancroft is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

June 13, 1968

A “new” Whitesburg with a 1970 population of 3,600 persons emerged as a definite possibility this week. The Kentucky Program Development Office and the Appalachian Regional Commission jointly raised the possibility as they asked for federal funds for a large housing development in the Whitesburg area.

Harlan will offer a week of assorted events and good home-cooked vittles June 21-30 during its annual Poke Sallet Festival.

U.S. Army Private 1st Class Charlie D. Sexton, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Sexton, Whitesburg, has been assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea as a tank crewman.

Pork chops are on sale for 53 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Eight O’Clock Coffee is $1.49 for a three-pound bag.

June 15, 1978

Letcher County Fiscal Court members agreed to trim almost $125,000 from next year’s proposed $974,396 budget after a discussion, described as “friendly but candid,” with an official from the state Department for Local Government. “We cannot operate in the red. We exceeded our budget this year by $150,000, due to inherited debts and the money we had to borrow since the first of the year,” said county Treasurer Ray Collins.

Officials from five federal agencies are expected to visit Letcher County next week to view areas included in plans for a massive four-county water and sewer district. Plans call for water and sewer service throughout the lower end of Letcher County, stretching from Isom past Ulvah, to connect with systems in Perry, Knott and Floyd counties.

The first-ever Woman’s All-Star Softball Game will be played Saturday at the Jenkins Athletic Field. The Letcher County All-Stars, made up of players and alternates from each of the county’s 15 woman’s softball teams, will play the Tom Gentry Farms Woman’s Softball Team from Lexington.

June 15, 1988 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

June 17, 1998

Campbell’s Branch Elementary School will not reopen in the fall. Members of the Letcher County Board of Education voted 3-2 Monday night to close the school, which was expected to have only 69 pupils enrolled for the fall semester.

A citizens’ committee appointed by Mayor Jack Howard has recommended passage of a city payroll tax to the Whitesburg City Council.

Whitesburg may have a new post office by this time next year, but it probably will not be in the center of downtown. Whitesburg Postmaster Regina Holmes and Tim Reynolds, a postal operators supervisor from Hazard, told the Whitesburg City Council that the postal service outgrew its present quarters, built in 1937, long ago but could not obtain money for another one until now.

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