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The way we were




Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

May 16, 1957

Pork chops are on sale at the Whitesburg A&P for 69 cents a pound.

Directors of the Whitesburg Lions Club voted Monday night to set aside $400 to start work on the club’s street-side park project. The club plans to landscape the park site, located near the railroad station.

May 18, 1967

The Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital has been notified that it is one of the “perfect record” winners in the 1966 Hospital Safety Contest sponsored by the American Hospital Association and the National Safety Council.

This is the fifth time out of six entries that the hospital has won a “perfect record” award.

One hundred eighty-six seniors will receive diplomas at commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Whitesburg High School.

Valedictorians of the 1967 class are Stephen Combs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Combs of Marlowe, and Judy Hammock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Hammock of Whitesburg.

This issue marks the 60th birthday of The Mountain Eagle. The paper was founded in 1907 by Nehemiah Webb. The Mountain Eagle is one of the oldest businesses in continuous operation not only in Letcher County but in Kentucky.

May 19, 1977 This issue of The Mountain Eagle could not be found.

May 20, 1987

Miners at Golden Oak Mining Company of Whitesburg will decide next month whether they want to be represented by the United Mine Workers Union.

The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled an election at Golden Oak on June 5, a company spokesman confirmed this week. Golden Oak employs about 300 miners, nearly all of whom work underground.

With loud speakers blasting Bruce Springsteen hits and volunteers passing out free hotdogs and Royal Crown Cola, John Y. Brown Jr. brought his campaign for governor to Whitesburg this week. Brown, who called himself a “hard-nosed operator,” promised new jobs, no new taxes, and better education. He also talked about his past term as governor.

A 120-bed nursing home may locate in Letcher County. A certificate of need was filed with the state last week asking for approval of the facility, which would be located in or near Whitesburg.

Whitesburg Mayor James Asher said the nursing home has already been endorsed by several civic groups and the City of Whitesburg.

May 21, 1997

Former Letcher County school board chairman Tommy R. Vanover is named in a felony indictment charging him with illegally registering his motor vehicle in another state.

Authorities expect other Letcher County residents to be named in similar indictments over the next several weeks.

Members and former members of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church’s founding this weekend.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve creation of a water and sewer district to serve all citizens of Letcher County.

The Letcher Fiscal Court will now be responsible for creation of the district, which will open the way for the county to coordinate extension of public water and sewer service to most areas of Letcher County. The work is expected to take about 15 years and to cost $55,000,000 or more.


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