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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



June 19, 1958

It will cost you more to get married from now on. Effective today, marriage licenses cost $6.50 instead of the former $6 price.

Bert Combs pledged this week that he would “fill up the holes” in Letcher County’s highways if he is elected governor. Combs was in Letcher County visiting county officials and other political leaders in an effort to set up his campaign organization for next year. Combs said he was shocked at the condition of Letcher County’s roads.

The Letcher County Board of Education has adopted a budget for the coming year of $1,036,503.68.

“Man of a Thousand Faces” starring James Cagney and Dorothy Malone is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

June 20, 1968

A 20 percent increase in assessments on real estate in Letcher County has been ordered by the State Department of Revenue. The boost would add about $7 million to the real estate assessment in the county, now totaling $35,662,900.

Henry Ed Wright has been appointed superintendent of the Jenkins Independent School System. Wright has been principal of Jenkins High School the past three years.

Major James M. Caudill Jr., whose parents live in Neon, graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College regular course on June 7 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

Mrs. Dallas Craft, originally from Thornton, who is now living with her daughter Mrs. Narcissus Grubbs of Indianapolis, Ind., took her first plane ride at the age of 74 1/2 to Lexington to attend the graduation of her grandson Richard Warren Cook.

June 22, 1978

Development of gas and oil reserves in Letcher County is on the increase with the recent acquisition of rights to approximately 4 billion cubic feet of natural gas by two major firms. Ray Resources, a subsidiary of Canadian-owned Flying Diamond Oil Corp., is operating in partnership with Kentucky River Coal Corp. to develop about 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas in the Linefork and Ulvah areas, most of which is going to Columbia Gas System. An additional 2.5 billion cubic feet of gas tapped by a syndicate of private developers is being sold to Kentucky-West Virginia Gas Co.

Lt. Gov. Thelma Stovall was to meet with residents of Bo Fork on Kingdom Come Creek on Wednesday afternoon to discuss problems concerning road maintenance to homes located there. Mrs. Stovall was scheduled to arrive in Whitesburg via helicopter and then tour the Bo Fork Road.

Chuck roast is on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for $1.29 a pound. Ground beef is $1.19 a pound.

June 22, 1988 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

June 24, 1998

What is believed to be Kentucky’s first rural door-to-door recycling pick-up service moved a step closer to becoming a reality last week when the Letcher Fiscal Court awarded a bid for the construction of a new recycling building at Cowan. A $24,500 bid awarded to Millstone Construction Company will pay for the shell of a large metal building that will end up costing about $50,000 after lighting, plumbing and other necessities are added.

The Letcher County Board of Education got a warning this week that the county school system has two characteristics “that send up a red flag” to state school officials. The “red flags” were defined as declining enrollment and the use of dollars which won’t be available in next year’s budget.

Letcher County residents whose homes or property were damaged or destroyed by the April 16-May 10 storms and floods in Kentucky may be eligible to delay IRS collection actions or audits and may also be able to get a refund check from the IRS.

The Whitesburg Middle School Lady Jacket volleyball team took first place in the recent Letcher County Elementary Athletic Association Tournament.

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