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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



January 8, 1959

A new science laboratory costing about $12,000 is to be installed at Whitesburg High School.

Bert Combs, Prestonsburg, was in Letcher County Monday campaigning for the Democratic nomination for governor. Lieutenant Governor Harry Lee Waterfield was scheduled to visit Letcher County today behalf of his race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Dr. B.F. Wright was elected chairman of the Letcher County Board of Education Monday in a reorganization of the board resulting from the November elections.

Rex Chaney’s Jenkins Cavaliers host perennial rival Fleming- Neon at Jenkins Friday night. Adding to the already interesting rivalry, Chaney last year coached the Pirates in their finest season.

January 9, 1969

The design of a housing development to be built in Whitesburg has won a national award for a New Haven, Conn., architectural firm. The firm, MLTW/Moore Turnbull, will receive one of 16 awards to be presented by Progressive Architecture magazine in New York City Monday.

Ann Holbrook and Bonnie Griffie received pins and bars for 200 hours of service in the Appalachian Regional Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Alice Berry and Connie Kincer received pins for 100 hours of service.

Snow and subzero temperatures locked Letcher County residents in their hollows for several days this week and forced schools to dismiss classes until the weather improved.

Whole fryers are 29 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P. Tide is 69 cents a box.

January 11, 1979

South-East Coal Company has joined the growing number of area coal producers forced to cut back production in response to rapidly declining coal sales. The 800 employees of South-East were scheduled for a three-day work week this week in all seven of the company’s mines.

A proposed water rate hike of 25 percent by the Jenkins Water Company has citizens threatening to dig their own wells.

Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg was one of four people nominated this week to fill a new federal judgeship in eastern Kentucky.

The Letcher Board of Education will ask the State Department of Education facilities survey unit to review the priorities for school construction established in 1976. The vote came at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday in response to renewed complaints by parents and teachers about the physical deterioration of Whitesburg Middle School and High School.

January 11, 1989

The City of Jenkins will soon begin letting some coal trucks drive through the city without tarpaulins covering their loads. At its January meeting Monday night, the Jenkins City Council instructed city attorney James Wiley Craft to draft an amendment to the present city ordinance to allow trucks to travel tarpaulin-free if they are loaded below “bed level.”

Unemployment in Letcher County fell half a percent in November, from 10.8 percent in October to 10.3 percent.

Fleming-Neon may be able to return its police force to full strength soon, if officials continue to pay off the city’s debts at the present rate. The city fired its entire police force last summer, after five former officers sued the city for about $40,000 in unpaid overtime.

January 13, 1999

In an emotional and heartfelt display, the Kentucky House of Representatives said good-bye to one of its most respected members last week. Paul Mason, Whitesburg’s favorite son, was also a favorite of the General Assembly.

The Letcher Fiscal Court is suing up to 200 county residents and business owners who refuse to pay their monthly garbage bills. The fiscal court voted unanimously to authorize County Attorney Harold Bolling to file civil complaints against customers whose unpaid bills have helped the county’s sanitation department amass a $460,000 debt over the past four years.

Letcher County pupils returned to school Tuesday for the first time since the beginning of the Christmas holidays. Low temperatures, snow, ice and freezing rain delayed the reopening of school from January 4 until January 12.

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