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Thursday, June 29, 1944

Joy Wray Frazier, valedictorian at Whitesburg High School, and Gracy Delois Hall, an honors student at Fleming-Neon High School, have been given one-year honorary subscriptions to Reader’s Digest magazine, Letcher Schools Superintendent Martha Jane Potter has announced. Frazier plans to enter Berea College. Hall is enrolled in a workshop at Whitesburg.

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Republican Governor Earl Warren of California was the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in Chicago on Wednesday. He accused President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal of “short circuiting” the Constitution and threatening free speech and the free press. He said the Constitution would be the “shining star” of the Republican Party, and that his party would put an end to government domination, racketeering, and bureaucratic rule.

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Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York and Governor John W. Bricker of Ohio have been nominated to head the Republican Party ticket for President and Vice President.

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Lt. Charles W. Caudill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Caudill of Louisville, formerly of Letcher County, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in addition to his already-acquired Purple Heart, Air Medal, and two Oak Leaf Clusters. Caudill, stationed in Italy, is a bombardier on a B-24 with the 15th Air Force.

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The town of Fleming’s big Fourth of July celebration gets underway Monday, July 3, at the Athletic Field, much of which will be occupied by the J. J. Page Shows carnival rides, including the Whirlwind, a Ferris Wheel, a Merry- Go-Round, Chairplane, Loop-o-Plane, and Ridee-O. Among the shows housed under large tented theaters is the Minstrel Show featuring comedians, blues singers, and song and dance artists. There will be a Hollywood Revue, Hawaiian Show, Big Snake, Illusion Show and Circus Side Show.

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John L. Lewis is facing competition in his bid to win another term as president of the United Mine Workers of America. Ray Edmundson, who resigned as president of the UMWA’s District 12 office, is now working as a miner in Springfield, Illinois. UMWA miners “cannot and must not be suppressed by the International President of the UMWA.” Edmundson also called Lewis “arrogant.”

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1st Lt. Warner A. Broughman, a Whitesburg High School graduate who was raised in the Thornton-Sergent area, has been wounded “somewhere” in France, his mother, Mrs. Essie Broughman of Sergent, has learned.

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Red Kimbrell, son of Neon Police Chief Jim Kimbrell, is in critical condition in Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he is being treated for injuries he suffered when a streetcar in which he was riding collided with a truck.

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A group of Letcher County’s “supposed-to-be leading citizens” were fined in Perry County last week for fishing illegally. “This is a regretful thing to happen and more so at this particular time,” writes Mountain Eagle editor W. P. Nolan. “The boys who are over there fighting and dying for our country deserve better treatment than this. … A true sportsman would never stoop to illegal means of destroying our streams.” Nolan’s writing doesn’t mention the names of the five Letcher Countians charged.

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Dentists T. D. Vaughn, Sam Quillen, J. E. Skaggs, and H. H. Jayne announce their offices will be closed at noon on Saturdays until further notice.

Thursday, June 24, 1954

The Letcher County Board of Education is embroiled in controversy this week, as three board members (including one new member) called a special meeting in which they voted 3-0 to hire William Burns “W.B.” Hall as superintendent. Hall’s four-year term would begin July 1. In December, the county school board, which included Dr. Lundy Adams as a member, voted 3-0 to renew the contract of Dave L. Craft. Dr. Adams, who had been appointed to the seat left vacant by Pearl B. Dixon when Dixon accepted a federal job, was later disqualified from the non-partisan board seat because of his role as Letcher County’s Republican Party Chairman and replaced by Jim Whitaker of Linefork. This week, Whitaker joined Dr. B. F. Wright and Dr. E. G. Skaggs in the vote to hire Hall instead of Craft. The move to replace Craft came after the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion stating that the school board acted too early when it renewed Craft’s contract in December. A superintendent cannot be selected until after the first Monday in January preceding the June 30 contract expiration date, the Attorney General’s Office said.

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The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force have opened a new recruiting office in Jenkins. The new station is located in the basement of Jenkins City Hall.

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Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Emmet G. Fields and Kentucky Governor Lawrence Wetherby were among nine of 12 members of the University of Louisville School of Law Class of 1929 who attended the first reunion of the class on June 14.

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The new Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool will be dedicated during a special ceremony on July 3. Ed Moore is the pool manager. Lifeguards are Berkie Holbrook and Buddy Fields. Meanwhile, local citizens and officials involved with planning and building the pool are expressing thanks to Whitesburg resident Joe Romeo, who built the pool’s bathhouse free of charge.

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The Letcher County Development Association is calling on representatives of all businesses along with all professional and civic-minded people of the county to attend a meeting at the Neon-Fleming Grade School Auditorium. Plans for a factory that will be located in Letcher County will be discussed. Meeting organizers say the factory will employ between 200 and 300 women.

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Descendents of the Adams, Craft and Webb families, which are among Letcher County’s pioneer families, will welcome U.S. Senator John Sherman Cooper to their annual family reunion at the old Mayking Cemetery on June 27.

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Navy Fireman Charlie Whitaker is scheduled to return from the Far East to the U.S. this month aboard the heavy cruiser USS Los Angeles, which has been participating in amphibious landing exercises, fast carrier striking force tactics and individual ship gunnery, seamanship, engineering, and control exercises in the waters surrounding Japan for the last several months.

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Twenty Boy Scouts from McRoberts, accompanied by Kelly DeSimone, were camping at Lake Cumberland last week.

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Owen Wayne Wright of Whitesburg attended camp at Henderson Settlement Methodist Camp last week.

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In a rare occurrence, two daughters of a Letcher County couple underwent emergency appendectomies on the same day, but in hospitals located miles apart in the U.S. The sisters, Hazel B. Deaton of Phoenix City, Alabama and Grace Caudill of Roxana, are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Caudill of Roxana. Both daughters had operations for acute appendicitis at 4:30 p.m. on June 2. Mrs. Deaton was operated on at the Fort Benning Army Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. Miss Caudill underwent her appendectomy at Mt. Mary Hospital in Hazard.

Thursday, June 25, 1964

Congress has vetoed a proposal for an Appalachian Development Corporation, which was part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Appalachian Recovery Bill. The corporation would have provided money to underwrite public facilities in Appalachia. Opponents said it was unnecessary and would compete with private enterprises.

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Five Boy Scouts from Letcher County will attend the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, Penn. The scouts are Robert Lee Blair, James Hidvegi and David R. Setzer, all of Whitesburg, and Charlie V. Zegeer and John D. Zegeer, both of Jenkins.

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Bermuda shorts are on sale at Dawahare’s for 79 cents. Shorty pajamas are marked down from $1.99 to $1.49, and skirts from $3.99 to $2.99.

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”The Caretakers” starring Robert Stack and Joan Crawford is being shown at the Elinda Ann Drive-In in Whitesburg, along with “Follow That Dream” with Elvis Presley.

Thursday, June 27, 1974

Severe electrical storms and heavy downpours of rain caused flooding which destroyed 50 bridges and 100 miles of road throughout Letcher County. Letcher County Judge Estill Blair estimated the damage at $25,000.

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U.S. 119 is only partially open after a massive slide blocked the road near the top of Pine Mountain. There are widespread fears that the one remaining traffic lane will also fall off the mountainside into the rock quarry below. County Judge Estill Blair said it appeared the quarry firm has undermined the highway, and that it will take a massive road relocation effort to assure continued traffic over the route.

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Continuing its call for the passage of federal and state laws that would require strip-mined land to be reclaimed, a Mountain Eagle editorial says, “Most of the damage done in the lower end of Letcher County by . . . flooding came from washouts from strip mines that are being actively mined today, or have been mined within the past year or so. It won’t do to say the damage all came from old mines from mining that took place before the present ‘new’ law took effect some years ago . . . A few years from now, when all the mountains have been stripped and all the coal is gone and all the coal operators have moved to Florida, what will be left for the people of the area?”

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”The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come”, an outdoor drama based on John Fox Jr.’s novel, is opening its third season at Van.

Wednesday, June 27, 1984

The Letcher Fiscal Court is looking into borrowing money to repair county-maintained roads. The fiscal court is considering selling public bonds to finance road improvements.

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”We have been getting a few showers which helps a lot, but what we need is a good ‘tater-stretching rain,” writes Ice correspondent Sara C. Ison.

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Sheila Ann Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Johnson of Jenkins, is one of the inaugural recipients of the John R. Bryden Appalachian Scholarship from Transylvania University in Lexington.

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Whitesburg football coach James Gose is listed among the top 20 active coaches in Kentucky with 112 victories in 14 seasons.

Wednesday, June 29, 1994

The Letcher Fiscal Court approved what is believed to be the first personnel policy for county government employees. The 40-page document covers hiring, firing, vacation and personal leave days, and procedures for filing a grievance.

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Letcher County sheriff ’s deputies confiscated 161 marijuana plants. One hundred thirty-five were found growing in a field on a mountaintop in the Turkey Creek area. The others were growing in a field atop Smoot Mountain. No arrests were made.

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The Doty schoolhouse contains a lot of memories, writes Southeast Ohio correspondent Carson Back. “The first radio any of us had seen was at the Doty School, and it was brought to the school by Dewey Hampton. I remember it was rather a large radio and had a large goose-neck speaker that sat on top.”

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More than $300 was collected for the RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) Foundation at the Breeding-Stamper reunion, reports Jeremiah correspondent Hassie Breeding Helton.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

At its June meeting, the Whitesburg City Council discussed the possible implementation of a flood control ordinance that would allow the council to control gas drilling within city limits and to levy fines on offending drillers.

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In response to increased fuel price and landfill fees, the Fleming-Neon City Council voted to join the county and surrounding communities in raising garbage fees from $9 to $12 a month.

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Fourth of July firework celebrations will take place at the Hemphill Community Center, at the fairgrounds at Isom, and in Whitesburg at the industrial site.

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Longtime Mountain Eagle correspondent Rachel Virginia Berry, 86, died June 22 in Corbin. Mrs. Berry had lived in Corbin for a number of years and wrote about many former Letcher Countians living in that area.


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