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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY DECEMBER 12, 1940

The Cumberland Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. has received a grant of $295,000 to extend its lines in Whitley, Knox, Bell, Harlan, Letcher and Leslie counties. The cooperative will build 267 miles of electric lines to serve approximately 2,100 homes in the rural sections of these counties. s

The Seco correspondent writes, “The mines are running full time, so everyone is very busy working. We hope this work continues.” s

The Girls’ Reserve and Band under the direction of Maxine Salling and Hugh Adams will present a three-act play, “The Double Barreled Opera”. The admission will be 10 cents. s

Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Peters had the misfortune of losing their car Saturday night. The automobile caught fire on top of the Haymond Hill, burning completely.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 14, 1950

Five boys, ranging in age from 15 to 22, were arrested recently for breaking in and robbing Reynolds Furniture Store in Neon in November of items valued at $200. They were arrested after returning from Cincinnati, where they had pawned and sold part of the stolen goods. s

The last day on which 1950 property taxes may be paid without penalty is Saturday, December 30, it was announced by Letcher County Sheriff Hassell Stamper. The law provides that the taxes become delinquent on January 1. s

Hobert Pannel, seaman recruit U.S. Navy, of Payne Gap, is undergoing recruit training at the world’s largest naval training center in Great Lakes, Ill. s

Wiley J. Armstrong, Neon, has reenlisted in the Regular Army for a period of three years and has chosen the Ordinance Corps as his branch of service. He is the son of Mrs. Dona Armstrong.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 15, 1960

An early morning fire destroyed the Combs building at Madison and Railroad Streets in downtown Whitesburg Monday, leaving five families and five businesses homeless. Estimates of damage ranged from $80,000 to $150,000. The loss was only partly insured. This was the second serious fire in five years at the building. s

The Whitesburg Ministerial Association appealed this week for help with its annual project of distributing Christmas baskets to needy families. Those who cannot or do not want to give money may deliver canned goods, fruit, hams and other useable commodities to one of the local churches. s

An Army helicopter from Fort Knox attracted considerable attention Saturday when it landed on the Whitesburg football field. The helicopter ferried members of a military honor guard for Pvt. William Darrell Power of Letcher County, who was killed in an automobile accident. The soldiers returned to the Army post after the funeral. s

“Pillow Talk” starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day is playing this week at Isaac’s Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 10, 1970

Unless its budget is extended within the next three weeks, the Millstone Sewing Center may be sewing its last stitch on December 31. Currently Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) funding for the unique operation expires at the end of the year, and without a renewal of this funding, immediate expenses cannot be met. Sewing Center director Mabel Kiser is “hopeful” that it won’t come to that. The Millstone Sewing Center has been renovating used clothing and making some new items since it received its first federal funding in 1966. s

On the eve of a threatened strike against the nation’s major rail carrier, eastern Kentucky’s coal operators planned to keep mining until there are no cars to load and no spaces to store the production. Harry LaViers Jr., spokesman for South-East Coal Co., said a Christmas vacation already had been planned for employees from December 20 to December 26. “I think there be quite a few mines taking vacations,” he said. s

The Tennessee Valley Authority, boosting consumption of coal at its Bull Run and Kingston steam plants, has awarded a huge new contract to eastern Kentucky’s largest strip-mining firm. The contract calls for Kentucky Oak Mining Co., operated by William D. Sturgill of Hazard, to deliver 13 million tons of coal to TVA’s Bull Run and Kingston plants over the next five years. s

Isom and Blackey will participate in the Presbyterian Church’s Christmas International House program. At least four foreign students studying at American campuses will live with families in Letcher County December 21-29. They are from Pakistan, India, England and Japan.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 11, 1980

Negotiations between the City of Whitesburg and Kentucky Power Co. broke down again this week. The city and power company have been feuding over the question of renewal of the city electric power service for more than a year. The city council decided to “go back to the drawing board” Monday after the power company failed to provide information the city had requested several times. s

The United Mine Workers of America union has strongly criticized a federal decision to delay installing a new type of self-rescuer in the nation’s coal mines. Originally the federal Mine Health and Safety Administration had set a December 21, 1980 deadline to install the self-rescuers, which not only block out carbon monoxide produced by mine explosions and fires, but also protect miners from other toxic fumes by creating an independent oxygen supply good for up to six hours. The delay was requested by the Bituminous Coal Operators’ Association and the American Mining Congress, which sought time for further tests of the devices. The UMW said the devices had been tested repeatedly. s

Next November, some Letcher County voters may find themselves voting for different magisterial candidates that those they nominated in the May primary. The county judge’s office was notified this week that, under state law, the county’s five magisterial districts must be reapportioned within 90 days after final U.S. census figures are released. s

“The Long Riders” starring David Carradine, Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine is playing at the Cinema 7 Drive-In Theatre this weekend.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12, 1990

A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives commissioning a study on proposed Interstate 66, say the highway would pass within 25 miles of Pikeville, Jenkins and Hazard. An aide to U.S. Rep. Chris Perkins said that with those requirements, the road would probably have to pass within “a couple of miles” of Whitesburg as well. s

Most of the City of Jenkins’s new sewer treatment plant is already in operation and the plant is expected to be complete by February, an engineer told the city council. Mike Hatfield of Thompson & Litton Engineering said the plant is approximately 80 percent complete and the parts that are finished have been put in operation. s

The Blackey City Council has agreed to build a garage for Letcher Fire and Rescue Squad to station one of its ambulances in the town. Council member Wallace Bolling said the firehouse, five miles away in Jeremiah, is too small to keep both of its ambulances and both of its fire trucks inside. s

Coal mine layoffs pushed Letcher County’s unemployment rate up five full percentage points in October to 11.7 percent. The number of people listed as unemployed rose from 586 in September to an estimated 1,026 in October.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 6, 2000

E. Potter Road clings to the side of Ackney Hill in Fleming-Neon, crowded on the uphill side by orange traffic cones and a bulging retaining wall made of wooden railroad ties, and on the downhill side by a ragged line of rusted railroad tracks, set upright into the ground to hold the road in place. But the steel rails aren’t working and Ackney Hill residents are worried. They fear slides, and say the section of the road that is collapsing is getting bigger, threatening more house, both above it and below it. s

A bill pre-filed for the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2001 session would take away some gas companies’ right to condemn properties. State Rep. Howard Cornett, who represents Letcher County and part of Pike County, filed the bill. The bill is in response to the condemnation of several pieces of land in Letcher County by a federal court at the request of Columbia Natural Resources Inc. s

As the cold snap set in this weekend, some people found a solution that was hot in more ways than one. They stole the heat pump connected to Less Tax at Ermine. No witnesses have been found to the theft. s

Two clothing and toy giveaways have been scheduled. The first will take place at Doermann Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blackey, and the second at the Linefork Community Center.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2010

Outgoing Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon got a warm endorsement from Lexington certified public accountant (CPA) Rodney Welch at his final meeting of the Jenkins City Council. In presenting his audit for Fiscal Year 2009, Welch praised Dixon for his efforts to reduce losses in city agencies and debunked accusations of fiscal improprieties and overcharges in water and sewer rates. s

Currie Pat Clark Jr., 58, a Presbyterian minister who served two Letcher County churches for a little more than a year, has been charged with nearly 300 counts of having sex with a young boy in Scott County. Clark turned himself into police on December 1. A member at one of the Letcher County churches said Clark had issues and was asked to leave. s

The City of Whitesburg and the Kids Day Committee are hosting a “Christmas in Our Hometown” event on December 10. The event will include a Christmas parade, a visit from Santa Claus, a live Nativity scene, a petting zoo, and camel rides. s

Burdine Elementary School students Jaley Caudill and Tyler Creech won first place in their division in the Student Technical Leadership Program Fall Showcase held November 22 in Pikeville. The two will travel to Rupp Arena in Lexington in May for the state competition.

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