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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



January 29, 1959

Another school study apparently will get under way in Letcher County soon. A spokesman for the recently organized Letcher County Council for Education said today the council has decided that committees from five Letcher County areas should be appointed to study existing school problems in the county and to make recommendations for improvement.

The Court of Appeals directed the City of Whitesburg to pay Jesse Bates of Jenkins $1,000 for rental on a Main Street lot the city once planned to use as a municipal parking lot. Bates sued the city after members of the city council changed their minds about using the lot for parking.

Dr. J. Huston Westover of Whitesburg will serve as chairman of the 1959 Easter Seal appeal for crippled children in Letcher County.

“Man on the Prowl” and “Fort Massacre” are playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

January 30, 1969

Thieves backed a truck up to the rear of B&F Furniture Co., on the Blackey road early Tuesday morning and made off with an estimated $20,000 in merchandise. Color television sets, radios, guns and watches were taking, according to store owner Begie Breeding Jr.

Early reports from a survey of nutritional needs in Kentucky indicate that the survey teams have not turned up any cases of severe hunger in the state. They have found improper diets and eating habits.

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow or anything else is halting construction of the new KY 15 between Whitesburg and Hazard these days. Despite unusually severe winter weather, contractors and the road keep rolling along, except for an occasional day off in the most extreme situations.

Pork loin roast is 45 cents a pound at the A&P Food Store. Spare ribs are 59 cents a pound.

February 1, 1979

Beth-Elkhorn Coal Corp., one of the largest coal producers in Letcher County, has announced plans to open a new deep mine on State Route 113, south of Democrat near Indian Creek. The mine will produce coal from Hazard seam no. 4 and will employ possibly 100 to 125 men.

Letcher County residents awoke this week to the heaviest snowfall of the winter, and predictions of more to come this weekend.

Drug use in area high schools is on the decline, according to Jack Burkich, principal of Whitesburg High School. Burkich said use of drugs — particularly black market prescription drugs — is still a serious problem and that consumption of alcohol among his students is on the rise, but he feels the role of the school in controlling the problem is limited.

Today is the 12th day of school missed by students in Letcher County. With 12 days added to the end of the term, school — which was scheduled to end May 12 — is now scheduled to end June 1. More snow will mean more days added to the term.

February 1, 1989

The University of Kentucky has made no definite move to allow Southeast Community College to establish a Whitesburg extension, despite more than $300,000 in pledges from community businesses and residents.

Mayking residents are concerned about a huge pile of garbage that has collected on the Kentucky River near Cram Creek. One man said a tree, which fell across the river about three years ago, caused the mess to collect.

The Letcher County Grand Jury says it has investigated all complaints of voting law violations at the November general election and that “it is certain that the new election law forbidding electioneering at the polling place is a success.”

February 3, 1999

Region officials are again considering Carr Creek Lake as a water source for Letcher, Knott and Perry counties. The lake has been considered a possible source for water for the region for many years. The Kentucky River Area Development District even commissioned a feasibility study in 1990 for all water sources, but no regional water system materialized.

The Letcher County Recycling Center will begin accepting recyclables on a limited basis this week. Deputy County Judge Mike Gover, who is running the center, said collection boxes will be available Monday for residents to drop off their recyclable items.

Jenkins will seek federal grants to run new sewer lines to the Forest Hills area of the city. The Jenkins City Council, at its regular meeting Monday, directed Nesbitt Engineering to proceed with PRIDE grant applications for the lines, which would add 23 households to the city sewer system.

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