Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



November 13, 1958

The Letcher County Chapter of The National Foundation has used up all available local polio-fighting funds and has had to turn to the national headquarters for help. Tom Gish, chapter chairman, announced the receipt of a check for $6,000 from the national headquarters of the March of Dimes organization.

The fall conference of Lunch Directors of Southeastern Kentucky was held at the Pine Mountain Motel at Whitesburg on Oct. 21. Personnel attending represented seven counties, 89 schools, and 20,000 school children.

Darrel Crase, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Crase, Kingscreek, has been selected for Officer’s Candidate School, U.S. Naval Base, Newport, R.I. Upon completion of the course, he will be commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Plans for construction of a new high school building for Fleming- Neon ran into a legal snag this week that will delay the project for several weeks. The hitch on the Fleming-Neon project is a discovery that the Letcher County Board of Education does not have a clear title to the site for the new building. Elkhorn Coal Corp. still owns mineral rights to the school site at Fleming, according to County School Superintendent W.B. Hall.

November 14, 1968

The U.S. Corps of Engineers has decided to drop plans to build the proposed Kingdom Come Dam in Letcher County, according to reports reaching The Mountain Eagle.

An atomic explosion may be set off under eastern Kentucky to create a vast underground storage reservoir for natural gas. Representatives of the Columbia Gas system met last week with representatives from the Atomic Energy Commission and the states of Kentucky, West Virginia and Maryland to discuss the project.

Kentucky’s new education television network will go on the air at Hazard next Monday on UHF Channel 25.

Whitesburg High School students will try their hand at operating Whitesburg City and Letcher County offices on November 18. Karen Kincer will be county judge for a day, while Arnold Amburgey will take over as mayor.

November 16, 1978

While almost everyone has enjoyed the unusual warm, dry autumn weather, many residents of Jenkins are beginning to wish for a rainy spell. Insufficient rain — two inches less than last year, September through November — has left the Jenkins reservoir with one foot of water and forced residents to rely on a private water supply.

Shirley Sexton, a teacher at Colson School, has received a certificate of commemoration from Kentucky Gov. Julian Carroll for her work in conservation education.

The Letcher County Board of Education will install a new heating system at Whitesburg High School over Christmas vacation, replacing one the board hopes will hold together until the holidays.

November 16, 1988

Lake Coal Company of Roxana will have a new owner early next year. Kerr McGhee Coal Corporation of Oklahoma City, Okla., has signed a letter of understanding to buy Lake and expects to reach final agreement by Jan. 1.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are still investigating a plane crash that left two men in the hospital. Roger Collins, 25, of Whitesburg, was flying a single engine airplane that stalled and crashed on Rockhouse Mountain. Collins suffered cuts in the crash, as did Tim Bentley, 21, of Richmond, the only other occupant of the plane.

Letcher County will hire two more litter control officers with money received from coal severance taxes in October, Judge/Executive Ruben Watts said.

November 18 1998

Groundbreaking ceremonies for an addition to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital were held in front of the hospital building Nov. 10. Donnie Fields, administrator of the hospital, welcomed about 100 people who listened to remarks from government and hospital officials.

The second annual Thanksgiving food drive was held at the Whitesburg Community Based Services office during the month of October. The 1,621 items collected will be used to make food baskets for Thanksgiving.

“Pleasantville” and “The Water Boy” are playing at the Whitesburg Cinema.

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