Whitesburg KY
Mostly clear
Mostly clear

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



June 26, 1958

Fiscal court voted this week to build a county road on Webb’s Branch from Dock Franklin’s store at Sergent to the first house above Delmer Webb.

The dining room of the Daniel Boone Hotel, Whitesburg, has been remodeled and enlarged and is now open for business. Mrs. Clara Williams, who operates the City Cafe in the hotel building, also will manage the dining room.

Letcher County schools will open August 25 and close next May 21, according to the school calendar for the year released this week by the County Board of Education.

Kermit Lucas and Mrs. Kyle Campbell were elected as commander and president, respectively, for the 14th District, Department of Kentucky, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. Both are members of the Whitesburg VFW Post No. 5829.

June 27, 1968

A moonshine still is still on display in the hall on the first floor of the Letcher County Courthouse. It was captured this week by the Letcher County’s sheriff’s office, but its owner was not found. Along with the still, officers picked up a washtub of corn mash, which is also on display. The still was located at Tolson Creek.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled again that strip-mining firms may take coal under the “broad form” mineral deeds without paying the owners of the surface land under which the coal lies. In a 4-3 decision, the court decided, as it had in several earlier cases, that the broad form deed takes precedence over the landowner’s rights.

Semi-boneless hams are on sale this week at the A&P food store for 69 cents a pound. Watermelons are 68 cents each.

June 29, 1978

The Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursdays may set a new agency coal price record if Chairman S. David Freeman approves a set of contracts for 65 million tons of coal worth $2.6 billion. The moves comes as the coal industry faces one of its worst price slumps in a decade.

Dr. C.G. Rao will join the Whitesburg Medical Clinic as the staff pediatrician on July 10. Dr. Rao, his wife and two sons will move to Whitesburg during the first week of July.

United Mine Workers officials will review a petition demanding the recall of President Arnold Miller at their next executive meeting in July. Members of the International Executive Board delayed action on the petition, containing 23,000 signatures, at their last meeting in April because Miller was recovering from a heart attack and was unable to attend.

Bing cherries are 99 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Bananas are 25 cents a pound.

June 29, 1988 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

July 1, 1998

Two million dollars to provide sewer service to 500 homes in Letcher County is included in the annual spending bill that provides funds for the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The money is intended to extend sewer service to areas of Kona, Cromona and Potters Fork.

A four-day “marijuana eradication” effort in Letcher County resulted in the destruction of about 5,000 pot plants, police say. Captain Danny Webb, commander of the Kentucky State Police post in Hazard, said the plants were mostly spotted during helicopter flights over the Linefork area of Letcher County, including the communities of Turkey Creek, Big Branch, Defeated Creek and Lynn Branch.

Ohio County honored author and AIDS activist Belinda Mason during the weekend with the dedication of a documentary film and a play about her life. Mason dies of AIDS in 1991 at age 33. She contracted AIDS when she received a blood transfusion during the birth of her second child. She was the daughter of State Rep. Paul Mason of Whitesburg and Barbara McIntyre.

The Letcher County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to give 2.3 percent pay increases to all employees of the school system for the 1998-99 school year.

Leave a Reply