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Thursday, November 18, 1943

What is considered one of the nicest school buildings in the county was destroyed by fire last week. The Mayking Grade School, swept by fire of unknown origin on the night of Nov. 11, was built by the WPA program and valued at $25,000. Supt. Martha Jane Potter said the building was insured and should be replaced by the middle of next year.

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Mayking residents are praising the Fleming Fire Department for showing up to fight the fire that destroyed the elementary school last week, but are criticizing the Whitesburg Fire Department for not doing the same. Mayking citizen J.H. Polly writes that the community is “very sorry of the fact that our neighbor town of Whitesburg failed to give us any help, although they were called at an early moment and could have saved at least two rooms of the building. We understand that the fire department of [Whitesburg] started to our rescue and later decided that they would not come due to some little frivolous something that had happened heretofore.”

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U.S. Interior Secretary Harold Ickes says coal prices recommended by the U.S. Office of Price Administration are not high enough to meet increased production costs.

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Sam Quillen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Quillen of Neon, graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry last week and will return to Neon to establish a new dental office.

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Pfc. Robert G. Franklin of Whitesburg has been seriously wounded in action during battle in Italy. Word of Private Franklin’s injuries reached his mother, Mrs. Rhoda Franklin of Whitesburg, via telegram from the Army Adjutant General.

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Pfc. Eugene Hart, of Eolia successfully made his fifth and qualifying jump and has earned the right to wear the coveted Wings and Boots of a U.S. Army Paratrooper. Cpl. Warren G. Baker of Colson has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and is now on duty at Smyrna Army Air Field, Tenn., where pilots are trained to fly the famous B-24 Liberator bombers. Aviation Cadet Bob Roark of Linefork is taking basic flight instruction at the Army Air Field in Independence, Kansas. Cpl. Willard Niece of Whitesburg has been promoted to sergeant with the U.S. Fifth Army in Italy, where he is a squad leader.

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Mrs. Reable Griffith Tinsley, a teacher in the Jenkins School System, is weighing a career in show business after her successes during a two-week trip to New York City, where she represented Consolidation Coal Company as a model in a style show at the Hotel Plaza. While in New York, Mrs. Tinsley made three broadcasts, was a guest at the Stork Club, and made a personal appearance at the Stage Door Canteen. She was also photographed by many leading magazines and newspapers and was measured and fitted by some of the leading clothiers and milliners of New York. She also visited Consol’s main offices.

Thursday, November 19, 1953

Sgt. James E. Collins has been listed as missing in action in Korea since Nov. 29, 1949. “The news cut my heart like a sword,” the mother of Sgt. Collins, Mrs. Bertha Collins of Democrat, writes. “My son said in his last letter, ‘Mom, don’t worry over me. God will take care of me.’ I feel God is taking care of him. I am resting on His strong arm, and on Him we all can depend.”

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The Whitesburg Fire Department responded to two alarms on the night of Nov. 12. The first alarm sounded at 10:45, after which the department rushed to Pine Mountain where an uninsured cabin owned by Howard Adams was destroyed by fire. The second alarm sounded at 2:45 a.m. from Codell Elkhorn Coal Company at Rockhouse, where the tipple was destroyed.

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The Elk Horn Coal Corporation, subject of long litigation before the Kentucky Supreme Court, has emerged from a 13-year receivership, which was lifted in a final order entered several days ago in Letcher Circuit Court. Elk Horn Coal, whose main operations are at Fleming and Wayland, was started as a family corporation by the late Clarence Wayland Watson of Fairmont, W.Va. The town of Wayland, in Floyd County, was named for Clarence Wayland. The company was reorganized in 1936 and subsequently declared insolvent. It is now owned by Arthur B. Koontz, an attorney in Charleston, W.Va.

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Kentucky State Sen. Archie Craft left for Memphis, Tenn., on Sunday to buy a new ambulance for Craft Funeral Home of Whitesburg and Neon.

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Consolidation Coal Company president George O. Tarleton of Jenkins is the new president of the Kentucky Mining Institute. He succeeds E.K. Newman of Benham.

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Miss Shirley Butcher of Whitesburg has surrendered her Big Sandy Bowl Queen crown to Miss Doris Belcher of Elkhorn City. Miss Butcher, 16, is the foster daughter of Senator and Mrs. Archie Craft of Whitesburg.

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Among those couples issued a license to marry in Letcher County this week were a 26-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl.

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Humphrey Bogart stars in “High Sierra” showing Friday and Saturday at Jenkins Theatre. Scheduled to show at the Alene Theatre in Whitesburg next Tuesday and Wednesday is “Roman Holiday,” starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn with Eddie Albert.

Thursday, November 21, 1963

A Mountain Eagle editorial on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy says, “The mountains lost a true friend, whose qualities of leadership, whose ability to see and to understand and to respond to the needs of a poverty-stricken people, had given grounds for hope, where hope had all but disappeared.” Because of illness and the death of the father of editor Tom Gish, the Nov. 21, 1963 issue of The Mountain Eagle was not published until after President Kennedy’s death.

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Castel Shepherd and Chester Conner caught a raccoon weighing 40 pounds, said to be a record for the county.

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”The Thrill of It All” starring Doris Day and James Garner is playing at the Alene Theater. Also showing at the movie theater is “Paris Blues” with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Sidney Poitier.

Thursday, November 22, 1973

Congressman Carl D. Perkins and Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford have called upon the Interior Department to develop a Kentucky demonstration plan for converting coal to other fuels.

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The United Mine Workers Welfare and Retirement Fund has adopted rules which could qualify numerous disabled miners, widows and dependents for a medical benefit program. Working miners who become permanently and totally disabled in the mines or the widows of miners killed in the mines will keep their medical cards for life (or until the widow remarries).

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Fourteen coal waste and silt dams in eastern Kentucky are “extremely hazardous” and could endanger lives and property in case of heavy rainfall, according to the U.S. Corp of Engineers. The dams are located in Pike, Floyd, Knott, Breathitt and Perry counties.

Wednesday, November 16, 1983

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has known for more than a year that “significant” risks accompanied the use of delay detonators in underground coal mines, but failed to notify coal miners of the danger. Tests conducted by the Bureau of Mines in connection with the investigations of two fatal eastern Kentucky coal mine accidents show that the two of the three delay detonators available carry a five to 10 percent risk of firing either simultaneously or out of sequence.

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Eastern Kentucky will be right in the middle of a coal boom that will develop during 1984 and 1985, predicts A.J. Mayer, president of a Philadelphia coal finance firm which specializes in the purchase and sale of coal properties.

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Martha Layne Collins, a Democrat, was elected Kentucky’s first woman governor. She won Letcher County with 4,868 votes to Republican Jim Bunning’s 2,890 votes and Nicholas D. McCubbins 75 votes.

Wednesday, November 24, 1993

Federal law-enforcement officials suspected public corruption was widespread in Letcher County as far back as 1987, according to Above Suspicion, a book by Joe Sharkey. Sharkey’s book was written with the cooperation of former FBI agent Mark Putnam and his wife. Putnam had been an agent in the FBI’s Pikeville bureau. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison for manslaughter in connection with the death of Susan Smith, a Pike County woman who had been working as a police informant. Putnam told Sharkey he had been planning an investigation in Letcher County into public corruption while he was working on a 1987 “chop-shop” investigation in McRoberts. In 1988, Putnam had told a Mountain Eagle reporter that Letcher County was “rotten to the core.”

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A Pike County man was arrested on 11 criminal charges after he and another man were caught looking through windows of homes in a Whitesburg neighborhood. The man was arrested after neighbors reported that he and another man were prowling around homes in the Upper Bottom neighborhood. Whitesburg City Patrolman Larry Hatfield said the men were trying to make home videos of young girls without the girls’ knowledge.

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”When I went to grade school on Kingdom Come,” writes Ice correspondent Sara C. Ison, “we would go behind the schoolhouse and take a big pile of leaves and play ‘The Wolf Is Dead.’ One would be covered and then he or she would jump out and try to catch the others. It was so much fun. Back then we made our own fun and really enjoyed it.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Creda Isaacs was on her way home from church Sunday when the late-model Chevrolet Malibu she was driving ran into a coal “gon” that was part of a CSX train crossing Kentucky Hwy. 7 at Colson. Jimmy and Shannon Harris live near the crossing and said Sunday’s wreck was the third in six months at the crossing, which doesn’t have a gate and is hard for drivers to see.

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David Zegeer, former top official with Beth-Elkhorn Coal Corp. of Jenkins, was recently honored with a Pioneer Award presented by the City of Jenkins and the Jenkins Festival Committee.

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Members of the Dawahare family will be inducted into the Dawahare’s/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in March. The family — brothers Willie, Woodrow, Dee, Harding, Hoover, Frank, Martin and A.F. and sisters Nellie, Mary and Sybil — will be inducted as a group. The Dawahare family has supported KHSAA for many years, serving as the title sponsor of the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1988.

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Three people were arrested last week in an apparent attempt to rob two gaming machines at Dry Fork Chevron.


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