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The Way We Were

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Thursday, February 16, 1928 Eighteen high school basketball teams will gather in Hazard March 3 and 4 to compete in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s District Basketball Tournament. The number includes four teams from Letcher County — Fleming, McRoberts, Stuart Robinson, and Whitesburg.

. John A. Webb, Whitesburg merchant, was in Cincinnati this week buying foods for his store.

. The body of coal miner Mack Rife of Millstone was found on the railroad track between the Elkhorn Collieries tipple and the South-East Coal Company store at Millstone by the crew of the “short dog” train coming down to Whitesburg Monday morning.

. The Mountain Eagle apologizes for mistake appearing in an automotive advertisement last week. Because of the error, the firm name of Short Motor Company of Neon was attached to an advertisement for Studebaker automobiles that should have carried the name Miners’ Motor Company.

. A detective agency is available to Letcher County residents by writing to P.O. Box 202 in Fleming.

Thursday, February 17, 1938 Law enforcement officers are no longer permitted to “tax” a $5 fee for arrests for drunkenness or violation of the Intoxicating Liquor Act. Writing in a February 7 letter to Justice of the Peace Joe I. Day of Whitesburg, Kentucky Attorney General Hubert Meredith said the fee was available to police officers and was paid by fiscal courts under the old Rush-Gullion Act, but was omitted “entirely” in 1934. “The officer is entitled only to the regular fee for arrests in misdemeanors,” Meredith wrote.

. Herman Combs, manager of the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company plant of Whitesburg, left Wednesday to attend the Kentucky Bottlers Association meeting at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.

. Shirley Temple stars in “Little Miss Marker,” showing February 24 only at the Kentucky Theater in Whitesburg.

. News is light in this week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle, as no editor was on staff and business manager W.W. Vogel was left to write and publish the news.

Thursday, February 19, 1948 Johnny Kendricks of Haymond was killed last night near Jeff and five men are being held in the Perry County Jail under investigation for murder. Kendricks, 34, an employee of Harlan-Kendricks Coal Company, was brutally beaten about the head and neck and was slashed in the neck with a knife, according the Perry County Sheriff ’s Deputies Bill and Olin Turner. The alleged murder occurred February 13 after Kendricks and a friend, Johnny Adams, left Neon headed for Hazard to obtain some watches from a repair shop there. Adams told the officers that he and Kendricks thumbed a ride with the five men, after which a fight started in the moving automobile. Adams said the driver soon stopped and he heard one of the men say of Kendricks, “We might as well throw him in the river; he’s dead.” Adams said the men turned on him but he was able to escape by swimming across Carr’s Fork Creek. Kendricks is survived by his brother, the Rev. Harlan Kendricks of Haymond, with whom he made his home.

. The L&N Railroad passenger train that comes from Neon at 4 a.m. in the morning collided with a Mine Run train Tuesday morning near Pine Mountain Junction. Five empty gons derailed and the two engines that collided were badly damaged. None of the passengers were injured.

. A wet-sponsored bill revamping Kentucky’s local option law that squeezed through the state legislature and will become law today (February 19) touched off a dry call for state prohibition. Right after the Senate voted 20-18 to allow cities of the first four population classes to vote independently of their counties in local option elections, Republican State Rep. Jason Alford introduced a bill in the House proposing a state constitutional amendment to proclaim statewide prohibition, but it failed by a vote of 18-14.

. The Holbrook Company opened a new store last week in the new building erected by J.S. and W.G. Holbrook just above Millstone. This is a general merchandise store with stock including groceries, meats, vegetables, dry goods, notions, hardware and furniture.

. A&P Food Stores announced it is cutting the price of a one-pound loaf of bread by one penny, from 13 cents to 12 cents.

. Mrs. Ferdinand Moore, one of Whitesburg’s most popular young women, this week accepted editorship of socials of The Mountain Eagle. Mrs. Moore has applied for a telephone. Shortly you can phone her your news items.

. The Adams Company, a new store owned and operated by Sandy Adams, opened a few days ago in the new building near Pine Mountain Junction. The new business will deal in hardware, furniture, and household appliances.

. The front page of this week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle includes a photo of the first train to use the new 3,622-foot tunnel bored through Pine Mountain near Pound Gap as part of the new 14-mile extension of the Chesapeake & Ohio

Railway. A second photo shows a picture of the train passing over one of the new railroad bridges built as part of the extension.

. Woodrow Crum of Burdine, former All-State basketball player of Jenkins High School, has been called the most improved man on Union College’s cage team by Union Coach Bill Bolyard. The sharpshooting freshman is fast and possesses a dangerous left-handed shot. He has scored 152 points in 20 games for Union so far this season.

Thursday, February 20, 1958 Letcher County Judge Arthur Dixon says he will ask members of the Letcher Fiscal Court to reconsider a rule adopted January 14 under which all the business of the county would be conducted in private session. Dixon said he disagrees with the rule and believes the business of the county should be conducted in public. Letcher County Clerk Charlie Wright said he agrees with Judge Dixon that fiscal court meetings should be open and reporters welcomed.

. Pupils at schools in Fleming-Neon started attending classes on a doubleshift schedule today. The arrangement is necessary to provide scheduling for students from Fleming-Neon High School, which was destroyed by fire last Tuesday night. Grade school pupils will be in class from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., Monday through Saturday. High school students will attend classes from 12:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

. Whitesburg Grade School pupils will be out of school until at least Monday because of a lack of heat resulting from an explosion in the main boiler. None of the school’s 573 pupils were injured when the boiler exploded Wednesday.

. Saying they are tired of broken promises, residents of Kingdom Come Creek at Oscaloosa are calling on state and local officials to pave their road and fix the situation that requires Kingdom Come residents to cross the creek without a bridge four times in less than one-half mile. “We are tired of promises,” Harding Ison writes on behalf of the citizens. “We want our rights is all.”

. Coach Henry Ed Wright’s Letcher Eagles broke loose in the fourth quarter to down the Dunham Blue Devils, 53 to 39 at Letcher.

Thursday, February 15, 1968 Sen. Robert F. Kennedy came to eastern Kentucky this week for a firsthand look at some of the poorest counties in all of Appalachia. After two days of touring and talking with residents, he termed many conditions in the Kentucky mountains “intolerable,” “unacceptable,” and “unsatisfactory.” Kennedy looked at poor housing, strip-mined areas, and outmoded school buildings and traveled over dusty rutted roads to the heads of hollows to talk with several mountain families who are suffering because they have little or no income. Among his stops was an address from the steps of the Letcher County Courthouse and an open hearing held at Fleming-Neon High School.

. Gov. Louie B. Nunn presented a record 2.471 billion two-year budget to the Kentucky Legislature and asked for an increase in the sales tax from 3 to 5 percent and an increase in auto license tags from $5 to $12.50.

. Marine Staff Sergeant Darrell Fields, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lansford J. Fields of Day Rural Station and husband of the former Joyce A. Sumpter of Day Rural Station, has reported for duty with the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, First Marine Division in South Vietnam.

. The Jenkins Cavaliers won their 11th game Friday night against Whitesburg, and lost their fourth Saturday to Meade Memorial.

Thursday, February 9, 1978 Three Hindman men have been charged with destroying public property in connection with vandalism at several locations in Whitesburg. The three are accused of destroying $4,000 to $5,000 worth of parking meters, according to Letcher County Sheriff Vernon Hall.

. The Colson 4-H Rockets, for the third time, have been placed in the top contenders in the 4-H Community Pride Program. The program stresses betterment of communities through school improvement, working with needy families and senior citizens, and community clean-up and beautification.

. Whitesburg’s second fast-food outlet, the Long John Silver fish restaurant, opened this week to long lines of customers.

Wednesday, February 17, 1988 Author and attorney Harry M. Caudill writes of the role of mountain men in the Revolutionary War saying, “A tiny part of that war was waged in Kentucky at Boonesboro and Blue Licks, but a large and highly significant portion of it was fought by the ‘mountain men’ and ‘overmountain men’ in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia. Their great victory at King’s Mountain, S.C., on October 7, 1780 remains the high-water mark of the Appalachian spirit.”

. A low-flying airplane and a forest fire apparently contributed to a rumor of a plane crash that sent local police rushing to the scene to find nothing. Kentucky State Police, the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department and the Whitesburg City Police were sent on a wild goose chase when frightened residents reported that a military aircraft was in trouble over Whitesburg.

. Ice correspondent Sara C. Ison writes that she has been looking at seed books.

She says, “We ordered us up some sage and catnip seeds. Ours had died out. I think the cats wallowed the catnip down. They sure do love catnip.”

Wednesday, February 11, 1998 U.S. 119 between Whitesburg and Cumberland is going to be rebuilt into a “full-service, four-lane” highway, said Gov. Paul Patton. He recommended highway projects in Letcher County that will cost $75.9 million over the next six years. In addition, he wants the state to build a regional industrial site on the Letcher- Pike county line and a world-class golf course to be built on land shared by Letcher, Knott and Perry counties.

. Federal, state and local law-enforcement officials were busy early this week trying to solve the first bank robbery in Letcher County’s modern history. Police say a masked gunman got away with a considerable amount of cash after holding up the Neon branch of Community Trust Bank.

. Blackey residents Joe and Gaynell Begley will receive an award next week for “their lifelong dedication to effective community leadership, passion for justice and belief in the potential of people.” The award is the second annual Helen Lewis Community Leadership Award and is made by the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, which has its headquarters in Berea. The Begleys have fought strip-mining and misuse of the broadform deed and have worked to save a local school and to help

bring a library, senior citizens center and public water system to their community.

. The last 360 Letcher County families who lost their electric power as a result of the February 4-6 snowfall were expected to have electrical services by today. Many families in various sections of the county were without electricity for five or more days.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 A bill designed to better protect property owners from timber theft has been introduced into the Kentucky House of Representatives by State Rep. Leslie A. Combs. The bill would amend Kentucky’s theft law “to specifically include timber and trees as property, which may be the subject of theft.” Timber theft is currently viewed as a property dispute that should be dealt with in civil court.

. Jenkins city officials have received permission to tear down an abandoned house that has been spilling debris on KY 805 between downtown Jenkins and Dunham. The house began to collapse on Feb. 6. As it began to slide off its foundation, the roof on the left front on the house caved in and caused bricks from the chimney to spill onto both lanes of the highway.

. The Letcher County Central High School Cougars racked up two more victories last week, beating Knott Central and Owsley County. The Cougars have improved to 14-9 after starting the season 1-4.

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