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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years


 

 

December 11, 1958

The Whitesburg City Council gave final approval Tuesday to the proposed new city occupational license tax fees, despite opposition from employees of the Whitesburg Memorial Hospital.

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The Letcher County Board of Education and Supt. W.B. Hall apparently abandoned efforts this week to require parents to keep their children in school. The issue came up when Hall advised the board that Sheriff Johnny Fulton and his deputies have refused to serve warrants against parents with children out of school unless the school board will pay a $6 fee on each warrant. The school board discussed the situation briefly, and decided it should not pay the $6 fees. Hall agreed.

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Whitesburg High School is holding its first invitational tournament on December 17, 18, 19 and 20. Eight schools will participate and two games will be played each night.

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“The Gift of Love” starring Lauren Bacall and Robert Stack is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

December 12, 1968

The Letcher County Health Department has announced plans to fluoridate about half of the county’s water supply. Fluoridation equipment will be added to the water plants in Jenkins, McRoberts, and Whitesburg.

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Jenkins Mayor R. Percy Elkins reported today that he has received word the Economic Development Administration is willing to provide funds for acquisition of the water system in Jenkins. The Jenkins water system is now owned by Kentucky Water Company, Louisville.

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The Kentucky Department of Highways is giving serious consideration to tunneling through Pine Mountain with the new routing of U.S. 119 in Letcher County.

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Two Whitesburg High School football stars have been voted to membership on the Eastern Kentucky Mountain Conference all-conference team. They are Joe Hunsucker and Ralph Coldiron.

December 14, 1978

The heavy rains that wreaked havoc throughout north and central Kentucky last weekend left Letcher County relatively untouched, according to County Judge Robert Collins. The only damage reported was a small walking bridge on Colson and a few gravel roads in Linefork that washed away in the downpour.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority board has approved final plans to phase out its 13-year-old program of strip mine enforcement in favor of federal regulation. The program required inspection of all mines before contracts could be signed, and then during the term of each contract.

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“The Great Smokey Roadblock” is playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

December 14, 1988

A newly formed Letcher County Drug Task Force made five arrests for drug and alcohol sales. Sheriff Ben B. Taylor said the task force was made up of sheriff’s deputies, constables, and city police officers from Whitesburg, Neon and Jenkins.

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Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg delayed a ruling on whether the state of Kentucky could claim immunity in a suit filed by Dock and Eula Mae Cornett of Skyline against the state of Kentucky, its Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet and Eastern Kentucky University. The Cornetts say the state is not living up to its promise to preserve the 350-acre Lilley Cornett Woods as a “living museum.”

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Letcher County’s October unemployment rate as 10.8 percent, down from 11 percent in September.

December 16, 1998

The successor to state Rep. Paul Mason will be chosen in a special election, probably sometime in February. Mason, D-Whitesburg, died December 8 at a Boston hospital. Whitesburg Mayor Jack Howard, Letcher County radio broadcaster G.C. Kincer, Letcher County Magistrate Arthur “Ozz” Jackson, and Whitesburg businessman James Follace Fields are among potential candidates who have expressed interest in trying for the Democrat nomination. No member of the Republican Party had publicly expressed interest in the job as of Monday night.

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Want to live to be 105? Relax and don’t be greedy, says George Fugate, who reached that impressive age last week. Fugate, a native of Letcher County, resides now at the Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home in Lexington.

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Letcher County schools have sent Kentucky River Coal Company a wish list for gifts totaling $34,466. The 12 schools in the system submitted requests for assistance ranging from $500 to $17,834. The land company, which holds title to a high percentage of Letcher County surface land and mineral rights, had asked for the lists.

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The City of Blackey has received $100,000 in state surplus funds appropriated earlier this year to help pay for the community’s new water system, already in operation.

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