Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



March 5, 1959

City councilmen are complaining that they have “inherited a lot of grief” from previous city councils. The latest case in point is a $1,300 bill from Sheriff Johnny Fulton, for money claimed due him for feeding city prisoners when he was jailer from 1954-58.

George Carr Ganter, executive director of the Kentucky Tourism Commission, and Ed Easterly, Gov. Chandler’s press secretary, will meet with the Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce Monday night to discuss plans for Whitesburg’s participation in tourist activities in eastern Kentucky next summer.

Letcher County Atty. F. Byrd Hogg sent notices this week to delinquent taxpayers of 1952 to pay up or face court action. The notices are part of Hogg’s campaign to collect back taxes in the county and bring the tax rolls up to date.

“La Parisienne” starring Bridgette Bardot and “Gang War” starring Charles Bronson are playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

March 6, 1969

President Nixon submitted to Congress this week a health and safety bill for coal miners, based on legislation drafted by the Johnson administration. The bill would set strict standards for acceptable dust concentration in mines; empower the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations concerning roof supports and other safety procedures; call for three Bureau of Mine inspections per year at all major miles; require operators to reassign men with x-ray evidence of black lung disease to dust-free areas; and raise employment standards for federal mine inspectors.

The second annual Letcher County Arts and Crafts Show will be held April 5 at the Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg.

Round steak is 89 cents a pound at the A&P Food Store. Beef liver is 59 cents a pound.

March 8, 1979

The Blue Diamond Coal Co. of Knoxville, Tenn., owner of Scotia Coal Co., has fined a $9,565,991 lawsuit against the federal government in connection with the 1976 explosion at Oven Fork that killed eight miners and three federal inspectors. The suit stems from the second explosion of March 11, 1976. An earlier explosion occurred March 9, 1976, killing 15 men. Blue Diamond contends that Mine Safety and Enforcement Administrations employees were negligent when unqualified worker were ordered to direct operations.

Miners from Beth-Elkhorn’s mines no. 25 and 26 have accused company officials of engineering the wildcat strike that closed the mines Thursday and Friday of last week. Ray Mullins, director of employee relations at Beth-Elkhorn, said the charge of manipulating a strike “could not be further from the truth.”

By a vote of four to two, the Jenkins City Council voted Monday night to reject a request for a 30 percent water rate increase by the Jenkins Water Commission. This was the second time since the beginning of the year that the council has rejected the water company’s request for a rate hike.

March 8, 1989

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has reorganized its litter law enforcement system in an effort to make it more efficient. A litter control officer will work in each magistratrial district, and the county will provide offices in the courthouse.

“If I Fell in Love with a Watermelon” is a unique look at life through the eyes of third-graders. The book was published this year and features poetry and pose by students in the 1987-88 creative writing class at West Whitesburg Elementary School.

The children of Beulah and Cassel Caudill of Little Cowan will honor their parents on their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house.

March 10, 1999

Blasting by Tampa Electric Company and related companies has damaged foundations, walls and roofs in McRoberts and Dunham, residents told the Letcher County Fiscal Court. Homeowners from both areas showed up at the fiscal court meeting to protest treatment by the coal companies.

Jenkins has both opportunities and problems in developing economically, a team of development specialists says. One of the opportunities is flat land, much of it created by strip mining around the city, said Lyle Aten, a Lexington landscape architect. Aten said engineers don’t yet know how much of the land is suitable for building.

“Message in a Bottle”, “October Sky” and “Blast from the Past” are playing this week at Whitesburg Cinema.

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