Whitesburg KY

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Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 11, 1957

Letcher County may have new voting machines for use in the Nov. 5 general election. County Judge James M. Caudill is entering into negotiations to lease-purchase automatic voting machines for use in the county.

The Methodist Leaguers beat the Baptist Bobcats in a hard-fought Little League game The winning pitcher was Eddie Maggard, with Benny Dent the loser.

In its report, the July grand jury recommended a new coat of paint both inside and out for the county jail. The jury said the county buildings were in “as good a condition as can be expected” regarding care and cleanliness.

July 13, 1967

Gov. Edward T. Breathitt is asking strip-mine operators to cease mining under the broad-form deed until the state Court of Appeals rules on the rights of owners of surface property.

Breathitt said he did not believe that “the old broad-form deed ought to be construed to permit the ruin of homes, farms and other property by those types of mining – including strip and auger mining – which were unknown to the people who executed those deeds at the time they were executed.”

Four persons were arrested in connection with the theft of copper cable which has plagued Southern Bell Telephone Co. in Letcher County for the past six months.

Southern Bell has been trying for several months to install new cable to improve telephone service in Letcher County. As fast as cables are hung, they are cut down. Last week someone isolated Neon from telephone services by cutting the main cable from Whitesburg to Neon.

A group of Letcher County residents will meet Monday at the Millstone Center to organize a corporation to help plan development of Fishpond Lake.

July 14, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

July 15, 1987

Westmoreland is coming! Westmoreland Coal Co. of Philadelphia has paid nearly $24 million to Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 38,000 acres of coal reserves in Letcher, Knott and Pike counties.

But a Bethlehem Steel spokesman says the purchase will “have no effect whatsoever” on the 428 employees who now work for the Jenkins division of BethEnergy Mines Inc., a Bethlehem subsidiary based in Charleston, W.Va.

Matthew Figger, Shane Dixon, and Derek Hall will battle for the quarterback spot on this fall’s Jenkins Cavaliers football team. Also returning for the Cavs are Chris Clark, Kevin Greene, Phillip Bentley, Craig Hall, Shane Mullins, Kenny Mullins, Keith Wright, Judd Nash, and Lanier Gray.

Plans for the 1987 Mountain Heritage Festival are well under way, said Jeanette Ladd, chairperson of the Mountain Heritage Committee. The 10-day event will begin on Sept. 18.

July 16, 1997

Whitesburg City Council member Lois Baker warned the council about being “penny wise and pound foolish” on the construction of the new Whitesburg water plant, as the engineer in charge of the project assured the council that this time around the plant would work properly.

Engineer Paul Nesbitt had suggested the new water plant should be a continuation of the work begin in 1994 which was halted after the original contractor went bankrupt, and design and construction problems were discovered.

A detour around the on-going construction work for the new Jenkins By-Pass will be in place soon for all motorists traveling north and south on U.S. Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 119 south of Jenkins.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the section of the existing roadway from the U.S. 23-119 intersection at Payne Gap to the old railroad trestle near Jenkins High School will be permanently closed so that construction of the new road may continue.

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