Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



November 27, 1958

The Board of Trustees for the proposed school at Blackey voted Tuesday night to work toward establishing a junior college to serve Letcher and neighboring counties.

A Jenkins Local Citizens Committee has been formed to study the Jenkins school system and make recommendations for improvements.

The Pilgrims of 1620 came to life at Whitesburg Grade School today. Pupils in Mrs. Mae Williams’s fifth grade wore Pilgrim costumes to school and ate a dinner as near as they could get to what the first Thanksgiving dinner was like.

Jimmy Hill, red-headed, aggressive speedster who was a 14-letter winner in four sports as one of Fleming-Neon’s all-time greats, is one of the reasons why the University of Kentucky’s freshman team is undefeated again this season. The first-team All-American halfback of 1957 leads the Kitten contingent in pass receiving as he has snagged three.

November 28, 1968

One man died and another was seriously injured early Monday as fire gutted the upper stories of the Lakeside Hotel at Jenkins. Dead was E.L. Castle, 50, of Louisa, a driver for Trailways Bus Lines, who was in his room at the hotel when the fire broke out. Logan Mullins of Punchy, occupant of the room where the blaze is believed to have started, also was injured.

The Post Office Department is seeking bids to build and lease a new post office at Mayking.

Smoked ham is 49 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Oysters are $1.19 for a 12-ounce can.

November 30, 1978

Standard Oil of Indiana has reached an “agreement in principle” with the Blue Diamond Coal Co. to buy all of the “coal assets” of the Knoxville-based corporation, according to a Standard Oil spokesman.

Calvin Grayson, Secretary of the Kentucky Department of Transportation, is expected to ask local leaders for help in selecting a task force of area residents to assist in locating a waste disposal site for the long-delayed Whitesburg bypass, department sources reported this week.

“Raspberry Red”, a good old-fashioned high school comedy, will be presented by the Whitesburg High School Drama Club at 8 p.m. tonight in the Whitesburg Middle School auditorium.

The state highway department has released a map detailing which Letcher County roads will get priority treatment for snow removal this winter. Top attention will go to KY 15, U.S. 119, U.S. 23, and KY 805.

November 30, 1988

Jenkins residents held their noses and downtown businesses kept their doors open and their air conditioners on as officials searched for the source of a strong gasoline odor. The problem was not new but had grown worse and finally attracted the attention of state officials. A check by the state fire marshal’s office turned up no evidence of leaks.

Five people have already filed for the May, 1989 primary election.

Volunteer firefighters throughout Letcher County are suffering from a lack of funds to keep their groups equipped and active.

Residents of Indian Creek appeared before Letcher Fiscal Court to request roadwork in their area. They said their unpaved road was muddy when it rained and dusty when it didn’t.

December 2, 1998

Land proposed as the site for a Letcher County recreation complex may be sold at public auction December 19. The land, known locally as the “Lucas property”, is owned by heirs of the late Willie Lucas, who farmed it for a number of years.

The City of Whitesburg has received formal notice that it may have constructed two retention ponds for its new water treatment plant on land the city does not own. Former Whitesburg Mayor James D. Asher, representing Wilford Niece, wrote Whitesburg Mayor Jack Howard that Niece is the owner of the property, which adjoins the water purification plant.

Americans die from heart disease at a significantly higher rate in the Appalachian region than in the nation as a whole, government health officials said Friday. The Centers for Disease Control attributed the higher death rates to higher poverty levels, the lack of hospitals with coronary care units and other facilities, and the lack of urban areas.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is playing at Whitesburg Cinema.

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