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The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



April 2, 1959

Letcher County truck miners organized into an association this week and immediately adopted a health insurance plan for their employees and their families.

Warrants were issued here Wednesday for four men charged with the dynamiting of a building and tipple belonging to John and Landon Sexton at the head of Beaver Creek.

Whitesburg has a new acting postmaster. He is Sam Collins Jr., 38, who ass umed his duties Wednesday.

The Letcher County March of Dimes for 1959 has netted $3,243.17 to date.

April 3, 1969

It appeared likely today that the manufacturing firm which was considering Whitesburg as a site for a new factory has decided to go to Jackson, Ky., instead.

Letcher County Friday buried its second victim of the war in Vietnam within a two-week period. SP4 Delmer Virgil Ashbrook was killed near Saigon on March 18, the eve of his 21st birthday. SP4 Donnie Wayne Caudill, 21, was killed in Vietnam on March 13.

Letcher County may set up a county-wide garbage collection and disposal system within the next few months. Special funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the state would make the proposed development possible.

April 5, 1979

Hopes for expanding commercial airline service within the heartland of the Appalachians received a major setback this week when Appalachian Airlines announced it was suspending its air service between the Tri-City and Lonesome Pine Airports.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky will begin submitting evidence on the 1976 Scotia mine disaster to a federal grand jury in late April, according to an order written by a federal administrative law judge.

Jenkins is to receive $20,000 in coal severance tax funds to help buy a fire truck.

April 5, 1989

Testimony from Larry Forgy, a central Kentucky lawyer, indicates the state has not lived up to the agreement it made to keep Lilley Cornett Woods in its “pristine form.” Forgy was a witness in a suit brought last year by Dock Cornett and his wife Eula Mae Cornett against the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and others.

Letcher County is expected to get a new tourism commission this week, and it might even get the money to support it beginning later this month..

“Rain Main” starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise and “Dream A Little Dream” are playing at the Whitesburg Cinema.

April 7, 1999

Kentucky State Police served a search warrant on the Neon American Legion on April 2 and served notice that they plan further investigations of Letcher County’s veterans clubs. Police charged one man at the Neon club with bootlegging and confiscated “a substantial amount” of beer and liquor.

An appliance buyback worked so well organizers are going to do it again. The North Fork Clean Water Project and the Letcher County Conservation District sponsored the buyback March 25, 26, 27. The effort took in 1,438 old refrigerators, stoves and other white goods. The group paid $5 each for the appliances.

Two Letcher County residents will be competing this weekend in the Rough ‘N’ Rowdy Brawl boxing grand championships in Williamson, W.Va. Marty Baker of Whitesburg and Eddie Trotter of Seco are among 75 men and women who will fight for the titles.

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