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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



November 20, 1958

The City of Whitesburg received federal approval today of its “workable program” for local improvements including low rent housing and urban renewal. The Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency’s action is a major step toward obtaining federal funds for various improvement programs which Whitesburg may desire to undertake.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual minstrel staged by the Whitesburg Lions Club and the Kindergarten lionettes. The name of this year’s minstrel is “Jive.” Paul Vermillion wrote the script and Cossie Quillen, Lions Club president, is serving as director. Mrs. Glenna Fike is accompanist.

The mobile X-ray unit of the State Department of Health will be in Jenkins Tuesday, Nov. 25, and in Neon Wednesday, Nov. 26. Dr. R. Dow Collins, Letcher County health officer, urged everyone over 40 years of age and those under 40 who have positive skin tests for tuberculosis to be X-rayed.

Champion Stores today announced sale of its Jenkins store and warehouse to Mr. and Mrs. Artie Wilfong of Jenkins.

November 21, 1968

Atomic Energy Commission officials who want to use eastern Kentucky for an experimental underground atomic explosion are going to have to answer some embarrassing questions that came up this week in connection with a similar AEC project in 1967. A similar project, completed in December 1967 in New Mexico appears, to have been a failure.

Directors of the Kentucky River Development District gave tentative approval today to a request from two Letcher County groups for planning funds totaling about $33,000. The Whitesburg Industrial Foundation asked for $8,000 to plan for enlargement and development of an industrial site it owns in West Whitesburg. The Southeastern Kentucky Housing Development Corporation of Whitesburg, Inc., asked for $25,000 for planning and engineering work on development of sites on 180 new homes in East Whitesburg.

Turkeys are 29 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Country ham is 89 cents a pound.

November 21, 1978

A shortage of railroad cars for transporting coal has forced Beth- Elkhorn Corp. to cut the work week in four mines. Eleven hundred employees working in Mines 22, 25, 26 and 29 are affected by the cutback.

The Letcher County Fiscal Court played to an empty house last Friday afternoon. Addressing the four visitors to the fiscal courtroom, County Judge Robert Collins said: “This is the smallest crowd we’ve had since the first of January. Most people must be satisfied.” He then congratulated the magistrates on their good work.

“Grease” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is playing at the Alene Theatre in Whitesburg.

November 23, 1988

After months of negotiations, the last three Bethlehem Steel mining properties in eastern Kentucky are to be sold within a few days, coal industry sources said.

Coca-Cola Consolidated has accepted the City of Whitesburg’s bid to buy the vacant Coca-Cola bottling plant in Whitesburg. Mayor James Asher said the North Carolina company notified him that it would accept the city’s bid of $150,000 only a week after the bid was submitted.

Students at Campbell’s Branch Elementary School collected 1,111 cans and boxes of food to distribute to needy families for Thanksgiving.

First-graders Donnie Ray Burton and Tiffany Bullock were crowned king and queen of the Arlie Boggs Elementary School Fall Festival. They raised more than $500 for the school.

November 25, 1998

Letcher County has nearly a half million dollars’ worth of pastdue garbage bills. The bills date from the beginning of the change from franchise collectors to collection by county employees. Some of them are as large as $600.

Construction of the Letcher County Recycling Center is proceeding, but the center probably will not start accepting materials to be recycled until early January.

Member of the Letcher County Water and Sewer Commission will start immediately to seek ways of providing water to the Isom- Jeremiah community. The commissioners told Sherrill Slone and Tim Breeding, representatives of the Isom-Jeremiah area, that they would proceed immediately to look for money to finance the installation of water mains to serve residents of the community. The commissioners said they plan to buy water from the new Blackey water system and sell it to residents of the Isom-Jeremiah area.

“Babe: Pig in the City” and “A Bug’s Life” are playing at the Whitesburg Cinema.

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