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The Way We Were

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Thursday, July 14, 1927 S.F. Dawahare, well known merchant of Neon, is advertising a big reduction sale on all of his merchandise beginning Saturday. Mr. Dawahare said the store puts on only one sale a year.

. Brothers Bill and Willard Adams were injured in a powder explosion while working together in the Imperial Elkhorn Coal Company mine at Sergent. Bill Adams was seriously burned and was admitted to the Fleming hospital. Willard Adams did not require hospitalization.

. Deputy Sheriff P.H. Bates, of Millstone, was seriously injured after being wounded by a gunshot Sunday; police are looking for Newberry Meade in connection with the shooting. Bates was attempting to arrest Meade when the shot was fired.

Thursday, July 15, 1937 School bells will ring on Monday, July 19, for all rural school children in Letcher County. The Whitesburg schools will not open until September.

. A Montgomery, Alabama firm has been hired by the federal government to construct a new building on Main Street that will house the Whitesburg Post Office.

. Two young Letcher County men, Lucien Bates and Rufus Webb, were injured Wednesday afternoon when the motorcycle they were riding blew a front tire, causing them to be thrown from the bike and onto a mountainside. The driver of a passing car picked them up and took them to the Jenkins hospital, where Webb remains in serious condition.

. Louis Norwood, 22, died from electrical shock on Sunday while working in the McRoberts coal mine.

. Upset at being questioned extensively while registering to vote in Whitesburg, two nurses from Jenkins were surprised to learn they had gone into the wrong courthouse office and were registering for their old age pensions instead.

Thursday, July 14, 1947 The new Thomas School at Little Cowan is being called one of the finest one-room schools in Letcher County. The school is named in honor of Dan Tucker Thomas, who donated a suitable plot on which to erect the building.

. Letcher County native Astor Hogg, Democratic candidate for Kentucky Attorney General, will address voters over Louisville radio station WHAS on Friday night at 9:15.

Hogg, former county attorney in Letcher County, is now the commonwealth’s attorney in Harlan County.

. Brent Nease of McRoberts was sentenced to five years in prison this week for selling property stolen from murder victim Vernon Hodge of Louisville. Nease is the father of Jasper Nease, one of three men who have been sentenced to death for murdering Hodge after the three broke out of the brigade at Fort Knox.

Thursday, July 18, 1957 Assistant Whitesburg High School football coach Gardner Bates Jr. is leaving Letcher County to move to North Vernon, Indiana. The Letcher County Board of Education has hired Walter Enlow to replace Bates.

. Dennis Tolliver has purchased for 21,000 the building on Main Street in Whitesburg that is now occupied by Letcher Electric Company. Tolliver said he plans to move his barber shop and Alice’s Beauty Shop, operated by his wife, into the new quarters as soon as he can take possession. The electric company has a three-year lease.

. The City of Cumberland is planning a celebration for its 40th birthday on August 4.

. Jackie Blair of Blackey and Ella Faye Adams of Jeremiah are dancers in the outdoor drama, “Wilderness Road,” being performed nightly at Berea.

. Airman First Class John B. Wright, USAF, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Wright of Neon, is taking part in the nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site this summer, known as “Operation Plumbbob.”

Thursday, July 13, 1967 The Letcher County Grand Jury this week urged the Letcher Fiscal Court “to reconsider its sponsorship of the programs sponsoring and endorsing the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and the Appalachian Volunteers (AV).” In its report to Letcher Circuit Judge L. Hays, the grand jury claims that VISTA and AV volunteers represent an “undesirable and lawless element” brought into the county by the fiscal court and the federal Office of Economic Opportunity. About a dozen college-age VISTA and AV workers have helped build or refurbish parks, playgrounds and buildings for the benefit of Letcher County residents, says Edwin J. Safford, director of the LKLP Community Action Council, which handles anti-poverty programs in Letcher County. “From what I have seen of them, the volunteers in Letcher County have been extremely helpful in helping to organize communities and in getting local projects underway,” said Safford.

. Funeral services were held in Whitesburg Wednesday for Dr. Gid Whitaker, who died at age 81 July 7 in Winter Garden, Florida. Dr. Whitaker, a Letcher County native, had

practiced dentistry in Whitesburg for 52 years before retiring in 1964 and moving to Florida.

. The Whitesburg City Council has elected Gene Moore to replace Councilman Russell Price, who resigned after undergoing surgery.

. Kentucky Governor Edward Breathitt is asking strip-mine operators to cease mining under broad-form deeds until the state Court of Appeals rules on the rights of owners of surface property. The court is in recess until September. Breathitt said he does not believe that “the old broad-form deed ought to construed to permit the ruin of homes, farms and other property by those types of mining — including strip and auger mining — which were unknown to people who executed those deeds at the time they were executed.” Broad-form deeds were signed by many landowners long before the development of the strip and auger methods of mining.

. Funeral services were held this week for two Letcher County women who were killed in a car wreck at Ulvah last Friday afternoon. The deceased, Mallie Branson Whitaker, 56, and Susan Adams Drake, 62, both of Blackey, were passengers in a car that went out of control on KY 7 in Perry County and crashed over an embankment. They were on their way home to Letcher County after visiting relatives in Louisville.

. The Fleming-Neon community is happy to welcome home Major James M. Caudill, an Air Force pilot who has been in Vietnam for more than a year. Major Caudill has 45 days before reporting to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to Officers Command School.

. PFC E/3 Ronnie W. Combs is serving in Vietnam. A graduate of Whitesburg High School, he is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Combs of Colson. His wife, Margaret Hatton Combs, lives at Seco.

Thursday, July 7, 1977 A House and Senate conference on strip mine legislation finished work on a bill last week that would allow Appalachian strip mine operators to change the shape of the mountains they mine. The conference also finalized an earlier agreement to exempt mines producing less than 100,000 tons of coal per year from federal reclamation laws for 18 months.

. Poor weather forecasts, unfinished flood control projects and ineffectual disaster assistance programs helped make Kentucky’s April 4 floods among the worst disasters in the region’s history. So Sen. Wendell Ford, D-Ky., and his staff concluded in a report after two trips to the flood regions.

. Last week Troy “Duck” Campbell wound up a 32-year career carrying mail throughout the lower end of Letcher County. “I started out driving the Cornettsville-Carcassonne

route in a 1932 Plymouth coupe,” he said. “I was one of the only mailmen to deliver the mail by car, the biggest part of them went on horseback.”

Wednesday, July 8, 1987 Jenkins City Hall was the setting this week for a heated argument between Mayor Robert E. “Pud” Shubert and councilmanelect Wayne Fleming. Fleming told The Mountain Eagle last week that the city gave away four steel “I-beams” from an old bridge at Joe’s Branch instead of using them to rebuild a bridge at Burdine.

. A mountaintop near Isom is probably the best site for a new airport in Letcher County, a newly-appointed member of the Whitesburg Airport Board says. Coy Holstein Jr., a Whitesburg attorney who is one of the three new members on the board, says that since much of the necessary work has already been completed at the site it is probably a better choice than any of the other possible sites.

Wednesday, July 9, 1997 Fresh produce grown locally will soon be available for purchase here. The Grower’s Market, located beside Pine Mountain Crafts on U. S. Route 119 near Pine Mountain Junction, will have a grand opening Saturday, July 12.

. Kentucky Criterion Coal Company will pay $465,354 in back taxes on unmined coal under a settlement agreement announced this week by Letcher County Judge/Executive Carroll A. Smith.

. The Jenkins Independent Board of Education has employed former Wolfe County Schools Superintendent Ronald Cheek to head the Jenkins school system.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Letcher County is scheduled to receive a visit from a major presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 40 years. John Edwards announced he would bring his Democratic presidential campaign to Whitesburg next Wednesday as part of his “Road to One America Tour.” It will mark the first time a top candidate has visited the county since the then as-yet-unannounced candidate Robert F. Kennedy was here in February 1968, just four months before he was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan after being declared the winner of the California primary.

. Collection of delinquent property taxes has increased dramatically in Letcher County since an out-of-state company began buying up old tax bills late last year.

. On July 14 the Cowan Creek String Band will perform on the stage of the Little Shepherd amphitheater. In a highly anticipated addition to the performance, the Cowan Creek Square Dancers will dance to the music of well-known musician Lee Sexton.

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