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August 5, 1943

Kirby Dixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rich Dixon of Roxana, was killed in action in the Southwest Pacific, the War Department says. Kirby was a volunteer soon after the war was declared. The day before his parents received the message of his death they received a letter from him containing his pictures and $120 in money.

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First Lieutenant Marion Picklesimer, son of V.D. Picklesimer of Seco, visited The Mountain Eagle offices while here on 30-day leave. Lt. Picklesimer, a graduate of Whitesburg High School who attended Emory and Henry College in Virginia before volunteering in 1941, pilots a B-25 warplane in which he has taken 50 missions over enemy territory, including several hours flown during the Battle of Tunisia. He has never lost a plane nor member of his crew, and has been awarded the Air Raid Medal.

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Mr. William Blair, who lived with his parents in Whitesburg when he was a small boy, has returned here from Virginia to assume management of the Kentucky Theatre.

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Abraham Hazen, for many years a pack-peddler familiar to hundreds of citizens throughout Letcher County, died Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Neon. A native of Syria and member of the Orthodox Church, Mr. Hazen was about 50 and was once among Neon’s largest property owners, but lost it all during the Great Depression.

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A Letcher County man has died at his home in Whitco about 10 months after he was injured at Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company. Harold Lawson was unable to recover from the injuries even though he spent much time in hospitals in Hazard and Louisville. Born in Tennessee, he was married to Josephine Collins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dow Collins of Whitco.

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Pfc. Troy Lucas, who lost a leg during battle in North Africa, has been back home visiting his mother on Colly for several weeks. He has left for Washington, D.C., where he will be fitted with an artificial limb at Walter Reed Hospital and trained for special work.

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Pfc. Eldred Hayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Hays of Jenkins, is now somewhere in North Africa. Writes Pfc. Hayes to his mother, “Africa is still getting hotter and the insects are a big problem here.”

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Sgt. Edward H. Berry, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Berry of Jackhorn, was a crew member in a plane seen going down in enemy territory on June 22 and is now believed to be a prisoner of war, the War Department says in a telegram to Sgt. Berry’s parents. The telegram said the plane was crippled but appeared to be under control, “and there is every reason to believe the pilot was able to land the plane without crashing and thereby not seriously injuring members of the crew.”

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Technical Sergeant Joe Burkovich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burkovich of Jenkins, has been decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights in the Southwest Pacific Area from Jan. 20, 1943 to May 23, 1943. He took part in more than 50 missions, dropping supplies and transporting troops over enemy territory being continually controlled by Japanese fighter aircraft.

August 6, 1953

James Arlie Brock, 22, of Mayking, has died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington of injuries he received in an motorcycle accident on Pine Mountain. Brock was self-employed, operating the Burke Coal Company of Pine Creek.

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Woody Dawahare says the Dawahare’s Inc. Department Store on Main Street, Whitesburg, will have one of the prettiest fronts of any store in southeastern Kentucky when remodeling is complete. The entrance is being lowered to street level and beautiful display windows will attract all passersby, said Dawahare, son of the store’s founder, the late Suru Dawahare. Contractor Joe Romeo of Whitesburg is in charge of the construction.

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New agents have been added to Messenger Florist of Whitesburg. They are: Oldham’s Grocery, McRoberts; Banks & Fitzpatrick Grocery, Burdine, and Johnnie’s CafĂ©, Jenkins.

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National leaders are paying farewell homage to late Ohio Senator Robert Taft, who is known as “Mr. Republican.” President Eisenhower said Taft, “personified the noblest attributes of the nation.”

August 8, 1963

Nine Letcher County residents are reported to have bought federal retail-liquor dealer tax stamps in the fiscal year ended June 30. County Judge James M. Caudill and Sheriff Lewis Hall asked the Internal Revenue Service for the names of the stamp holders. The stamps permit the dealers to sell whisky in dry territories without the risk of prosecution by federal authorities, but do not make them immune to local and state laws.

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Mr. and Mrs. Milburn Collins of Whitesburg, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house. Their sons and daughters, who live in various states, gathered to spend the week with their parents.

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Rita Kathryn Hale, daughter of Herman Hale of Whitesburg, has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Kentucky after earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Two other Letcher County students, Sharon Elaine Craft, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Craft of Neon, and Patricia Wolfe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Wolfe of Jenkins, have also been named to the dean’s list.

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”Thunder of Drums” starring Richard Boone and George Hamilton and “Ricochet Romance” starring Marjorie Main and Chill Wills, are playing at the Elinda Ann Drive-In in Whitesburg.

August 9, 1973

Paving has begun on several portions of the new US 119 from Mayking to Jenkins. The new road cuts off about five miles of the distance between Whitesburg and Jenkins.

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The Elkhorn City, Leslie County and Pikeville High School football squads will be in Whitesburg to play in a Grid-O-Rama. Elkhorn City and Leslie County will play first, followed by Pikeville and Whitesburg. Each scrimmage will last two quarters.

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An Eagle editorial on the Watergate hearings says, “Perhaps the most appalling thing about the Watergate affair . . . has been the almost total lack of display on the part of the Nixon administration appointees of any feeling or understanding or concern about the rights of a private citizen in a democracy. It cropped out numerous times during the testimony on such things as the tailing, the wiretapping, the opening of mail, the rifling of desks and file cabinets, the searching of doctors’ records. All in all, a monumental showing that those about the president believed that the private individual no longer has any right to thoughts of his own . . . that anything less than 100 percent loyalty to Nixon is treason.”

August 3, 1983

A suit has been filed in federal court seeking to lift a 1982 Letcher Circuit Court order freezing the bank accounts of the City of Jenkins. The bank accounts were frozen as a means of satisfying the city’s overdue power bill — owed to Kentucky Power Company — which then totaled more than $67,000. The Internal Revenue Service, state Department of Revenue, and an accountant from Wise, Va., joined together to file suit to lift the garnishment so they could collect money they say the city owes them.

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The Whitesburg football Yellowjackets opened fall practice with 55 candidates reporting. Coach James Gose and his staff welcomed 40 returning lettermen from the 1982 district championship team and 15 non-lettermen.

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The Mountain Eagle asked the Letcher Circuit Court to overturn the Letcher Fiscal Court’s decision not to place legal advertisements in the Eagle. The fiscal court voted June 1 to remove legal advertising from the newspaper.

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Corrine Pridemore is recovering from a snakebite she received while picking berries, reports Jeremiah correspondent Hassie Breeding Helton. Ice correspondent Sara C. Ison says the dry weather is bringing snakes out of the hills. According to Mrs. Ison, a family reported killing eight copperheads in their backyard. “The only snake that’s a good snake, in my book,” writes Mrs. Ison, “is a dead snake.”

August 11, 1993

Layoffs of county workers will be necessary if the county is to meet state requirements to operate on a balanced budget and leave 35 percent of the fiscal 1994 budget for the administration that will take over in January 1994, Letcher County Judge/Executive Ruben Watts told the fiscal court in a special meeting. He recommends cutting the number of road department workers from 17 to 10.

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A Fleming-Neon teenager has been indicted on two counts of murder in connection with the 1991 deaths of two members of the Neon Volunteer Fire Department. Tommy N. Yonts, 19, is accused of intentionally setting a forest fire on October 29, 1991, that killed volunteer firefighters John Emerson Spangler and John Randall Adams. Both were 19 when they died.

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The death of a Knott County coal miner brings the number of Kentucky 1993 coal fatalities to nine, the same number as for all of 1992. Leon Hall, 31, of Topmost, was killed August 4 when a rock fell on his chest.

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David Dixon of Carcassonne, set fast time, took the lead on the start, and won the late model feature at Mountain Motor Speedway in Isom. At the finish he had a lap-and-a-half lead over the other two cars in the field.

August 13, 2003

Danny Wayne Kincer, 47, of Kona, was killed when a log truck crashed into his pickup truck on US 119 near Fishpond Lake.

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Jeffery Allen, 39, of Sandlick, has been indicted in connection with the death of Dakota Yonts, a twoyear old foster child in the care of Allen and his wife. Allen’s wife, 41-year-old Eugena Allen, is charged with first-degree criminal abuse for allegedly abusing the child or allowing him to be abused from January 7 through March 27, while he was in their care.

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The University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Weather Service estimates that rainfall in Letcher County is 11.54 inches above normal for the year.

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Letcher County had the second highest unemployment rate in Kentucky for June at 13.5 percent.


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