Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



July 24, 1958

The Letcher County government had its water cut off – literally – this week. The Whitesburg Municipal Waterworks cut off the water supply to the county courthouse as part of a routine procedure under which it cuts off water when a customer has not paid his bill for 90 days or more. The county owes some $200 in back water bills over a five-month period.

Kentucky’s newest and finest resort motel, La Citadelle, was opened to the public today in Hazard. Hundreds of Kentuckians and out-of-state visitors trekked to the mountaintop motel here to see and sample facilities provided by engineers and buildings at the 2,000 feet elevation.

A group of residents in the area around Marshall’s Branch want the Jenkins school system to take over the education of their children. A delegation headed by Ray Lawson, a member of the Jenkins Board of Education, appeared at the Letcher County Board of Education recently to request the transfer.

Property owners within Whitesburg were notified today that they must connect their property with the city sewer system by Sept. 1 or face prosecution.

July 25, 1968

Construction is expected to begin this fall on a 50-unit housing complex to be located on Solomon Road opposite the new A&P Store in Whitesburg. The new housing will be financed by private lenders and the loan will be insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

The Kentucky Department of Revenue notified Letcher County this week that it will not enforce its earlier order directing a 20- percent assessment increase on all real estate in Letcher County. The department said that testimony presented by county officials at recent hearing in Frankfort had convinced it that a blanket assessment increase is unnecessary. Instead, the department said, Tax Commissioner Sam C. Webb may continue to increase assessments to the fair cash level value on an individual parcel basis.

Coach Charlie Irig’s semi-pro baseball team made it three in a row Sunday when a bases loaded single by Mike Franklin in the eighth inning gave Whitesburg the winning runs against Buckhorn.

Round steak is on sale for 89 cents a pound at the A&P Food Store. Spare ribs are 59 cents a pound.

July 27, 1978

A treacherous slide on Jent Mountain will prevent school buses from picking up children at Carcassonne and Bull Creek when school starts in two weeks, parents say, and the county has not even begun to make permanent repairs to the road. County crews did put some fill in, “but it slipped right away,” said Joann Caudill of Bull Creek. Permanent repairs like those at a similar slip on Pine Mountain, will require blasting rock and straightening the roadway.

Government and coal industry leaders are awaiting word on a decision by the Interstate Commerce Commission following its probe of railcar shortages among users served by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. ICC Chairman Daniel O’Neal said Friday the L&N will be fined as a result of the investigation and hinted that the commission may also seek injunctive relief to stiffen the penalty. The L&N is already facing a $144,000 fine for failing to provide adequate numbers of coal cars to its users.

Some 5,700 Letcher County students will return to school on Monday, August 14, for the opening of the 1978-79 school term.

July 27, 1988

Eight eastern Kentucky counties will develop plans to widen KY 15 to four lanes and connect interstate highways in Virginia and Kentucky. Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman proposed setting up a committee to plan for the road, and the Kentucky River Area Development District Board of Directors voted Thursday to carry out his proposal.

Five former and present police officers have sued the city of Fleming-Neon for more than $36,000 in unpaid wages. The five claim the city has “failed and refused” to pay them for overtime work required in their jobs.

Nearly three fourths of the 770 Letcher County students who went to state-supported colleges last year attended three schools – Southeast and Hazard community colleges and Morehead State University.

July 29, 1998

Smoking will be limited to two designated areas in the new Letcher County Courthouse and Jail. County officials say the new regulation will help the county taxpayers protect the building, which cost $4.5 million to renovate.

Most pupils from Campbell’s Branch School, which will not reopen this year, will attend classes at Letcher Elementary School, county school officials said.

Classified employees of the Letcher County school system are asking the Letcher County Board of Education to reconsider its decision to give them an annual raise of only 2.3 percent for the coming school year.

American Electric Power (AEP) is closing its Kentucky Region and moving the managerial offices now operating here to West Virginia and Ohio. AEP offices in Whitesburg, Hazard, Pikeville and Paintsville will now be consolidated with the West Virginia regional office in Bluefield, W.Va.

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