Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



July 3, 1958

A new annexation ordinance is expected to be ready for action by the Whitesburg City Council at its meeting next month, according to Whitesburg Mayor Arthur Banks. Banks told the city council that City Attorney Leroy Fields is working on the ordinance and hopes to have it ready for council action at the next meeting.

The Jaycees’ Fourth of July celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in downtown Whitesburg. Rides will be provided for youngsters and various games and booths will be provided for adults. A square dance is scheduled for Friday night and will be held in the street. A sock hop will be held in the gymnasium for teenagers.

The growing tendency of Letcher County residents to dump their garbage in any convenient place is costing residents of the county considerable money each year.

Skinless franks are 55 cents for a pound package this week at the Whitesburg A&P. Ocean perch is $1.39 for a five-pound package.

July 4, 1968

Federal spending cuts forced by the Vietnam War will cost several hundred eastern Kentucky men their jobs during the next several weeks. Layoffs have begun in a wide variety of federal makework programs, most notably the Work Experience and Training program and in the out-of-school Neighborhood Youth Corps program.

Coach Robert Pace’s VFW team clinched the Whitesburg Little League title by beating the Glo-Coal Mets 15-6.

Round steak is on sale this week at the A&P food store for 87 cents a pound. Sirloin steak is $1.09 a pound.

July 6, 1978

Three recent graduates of Kentucky medical schools and a thirdyear student at the University of Kentucky – all Letcher County natives – said this week they do not believe a newly-mandated quota system will force state medical schools to lower their standards of attendance. The controversial law, which requires medical and dental schools to admit a percentage of new students from each congressional district in the state, is aimed at increasing the number of medical students from areas where there is a chronic shortage of permanent doctors.

Kentucky Power Co., which serves Letcher County and much of eastern Kentucky, has asked the state Public Service Commission to approve a 10 percent rate increase.

Three persons were arrested and charged with possession of illegal alcoholic beverage for sale. All were arrested after police found large quantities of beer and liquor in their possession.

South Central Bell Telephone Co. now has 9,283 telephones in Letcher County, according to district manager Art Willett.

July 6, 1988

An official of a healthcare corporation from Leslie County has confirmed that his company is negotiating to build a nursing home in Whitesburg but said he could not comment further

U.S. 23 at Jenkins was the site of another accident this week, when a truck lost its brake on the steep grade. Jenkins Police Chief Bill Tackett said the I.J. Food Distributors truck was apparently traveling 45-50 miles per hour down Jenkins Mountain when the brakes went out just south of Payne Gap.

The drought of 1988 has apparently passed the point of no return, and forecasters say there is still no relief in sight. The National Weather Service is now predicting the drought will continue through September.

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has approved a budget of more than $2.3 million for this fiscal year, down slightly from last year.

July 8, 1998

Four coal and land companies are responsible for more than four fifths of the unmined minerals taxes delinquent in Letcher County. According to a sheriff’s advertisement in this week’s issue of The Mountain Eagle, the firms owe 84 percent of the total delinquent unmined minerals taxes.

A tractor-trailer loaded with several tons of chopped up photographic film was heading north on U.S. Highway 23 last week when it spilled its load after the driver lost control of the rig on the Jenkins- Pound Mountain.

‘Lethal Weapon 4″ is playing at the Whitesburg Cinema.

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