2012-09-12 / Columns

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Sept. 13, 1962

Letcher County schools Superintendent Sanford Adams said he is making every effort he can to keep politics out of the county school system.

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Arlie Boggs, an attendance worker in the Letcher County school system, said he is resigning from his job because a group in the Blackey area are using him and his position “as a political football.”

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Whitesburg and Letcher County officials are trying to secure federal money available under a new program. They hope to use the money for a new civic center to house various city, county, state and federal offices. A Louisville firm has been authorized by the Whitesburg Housing Commission to make a preliminary plan for the center.

Sept. 14, 1972

The Kentucky Department of Natural Resources is threatening to forfeit reclamation bonds on 2,653 acres of strip-mined land in Letcher County if reclamation work on the land is not completed by Oct. 1.

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The City of Whitesburg says it will not be able to haul ashes for regular customers this winter because of the high cost of dumping at the sanitary landfill at Millstone. City councilman Dr. Lee Moore said the Whitesburg hospital and the Letcher County Courthouse will have to find a way of disposing of their ashes, which constitutes the bulk of the ashes removed by the city sanitation department.

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Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation has voted to cut off relations with Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital until Bernard Wysocki is removed as hospital administrator. Nine hospital nurses also are threatening to resign from their jobs.

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The McRoberts Community Action Group has announced a meeting to discuss the needs of the town.

Sept. 16, 1982

Letcher County Judge/Executive Ruben Watts says it will take three to five million dollars to put Letcher County back in condition after six and half inches of rain fell here Tuesday. Twenty-two miles of newly resurfaced road was washed out or heavily damaged. Between 350 and 600 homes were severely damaged, and about 1,000 more were affected by the floodwaters.

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The Kentucky Department of Highways says it plans to install a traffic light at the intersection of US 119 and US 23 with the Whitesburg Bypass. Kirby Ison Jr. of the highway department said the light will be installed “as soon as the workload permits.”

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More than 400 coal truckers — 111 of them from Letcher County — drove their trucks to Frankfort to protest a new state law which will regulate tonnage by requiring special permits for overweight loads.

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”Where is FDR, now that we really need him?” asked Eagle columnist Thomas N. Bethell. “We need to dig up his spirit, especially his firm belief that government can work . . . The most ominous number these days, of course, is unemployment. With 11 million people out of work, and the unemployment rate at 9.8 percent — the highest since the end of the Depression — it should be obvious that the United States is living through something worse than a routine recession.”

Sept. 16, 1992

The City of Whitesburg and the Letcher County Board of Education have agreed to trade leases in a move to add a building to the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Community College. The college will take the old school bus garage on Bentley Avenue and the school board will take the former city hall-fire station building on Webb Avenue for use as a Family Resource Center.

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Construction of a new water system in Whitesburg is expected to begin before the end of the year. Engineer Dennis Elrod said work on new storage tanks and water lines should go fast because most of it was to be done either on public right of way or on property owned by the city.

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Eagle correspondent Sara C. Ison of Ice comments that the leaves are having their last fling before winter arrives.

Sept. 18, 2002

Country star Chely Wright will take the stage at the Mountain Heritage Festival on Sept. 28.

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On Wednesday morning, state and local officials will join with the family of late State Rep. Paul Mason at a ceremony to memorial his service to the citizens of eastern Kentucky by naming Route 15 from Whitesburg to the Knott County line Paul Mason Memorial Highway.

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Tom and Pat Gish, owners of The Mountain Eagle, received the Helen Thomas Award for lifetime achievement at the Society of Professional Journalists convention in Fort Worth, Tex., on Sept. 14.

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