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April 25, 1963

The state has issued a work order on construction of Fishpond Lake. The 40-acre lake is being constructed as part of the state’s small lakes program by the Division of Flood Control and Water Usage in the State Department of Conservation. It will be one of the smallest in the chain of lake.

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Gubernatorial candidate Edward T. Breathitt spoke in Whitesburg, saying he has a plan to put eastern Kentucky’s idle to work in exchange for the welfare checks and free food they are receiving. He plans to establish a work force, apparently similar to the WPA of the 1930s Depression. He also said he will establish a youth corps to create jobs for younger people.

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The federal government has approved a $231,000 grant to the City of Whitesburg for improvement in the city water system. The grant will be matched by $121,000 in local funds.

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Letcher County holds a very important position because of its geographical location, writes Cecil Hensley He goes on to say that the mountains in the county give birth to three major streams, the North Fork of the Kentucky River, the Cumberland River and the Big Sandy.

April 26, 1973

The Letcher County Fiscal Court is giving $2,000 each to seven communities to help strengthen local fire departments. Funds are being given to the Mayking, Fleming, Neon, Blackey, Jenkins, Whitesburg and VFW fire departments.

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A $1,010,000 bond issue will be issued by the Letcher Fiscal Court to finance construction of new gymnasiums at Letcher and Fleming-Neon High Schools.

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Funeral services were held for Emery L. Frazier, a former Whitesburg mayor who later served many years as clerk for the United States Senate.

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April was perhaps the worst month for those who fear eastern Kentucky and coal-bearing areas in neighboring states will be made unfit for human habitation, said an Eagle editorial. “Strip mining continues at an increasingly uncontrolled and even unregulated pace,” said the editorial.

April 28, 1983

Eleven-year-old Markey Adams of Millstone is pictured totally exhausted after paddling his 26-pound canoe 13 miles in an hour and 58 minutes. He was participating in a Big K Downriver Race in Grundy, Va., and came within two minutes of beating the all-time record for the race.

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Letcher County Sheriff Ben B. Taylor has been invited to take his new “Drug Education Bus” to Frankfort by former Gov. Julian Carroll, who heads Gov. John Y. Brown’s drug abuse task force. Carroll said he and Brown wish to tour the remodeled school bus, which Taylor designed.

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Whitesburg postal clerk James Breeding was honored at a dinner upon his retirement. He worked for the postal service for 31 years.

April 28, 1993

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has passed the first reading of an ordinance to regulate gas and oil drilling. Under the ordinance, landowners would have the right to say no to oil and gas drillers that want to drill their land.

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Charles Dollarhide killed a 22-pound wild turkey with an 11-inch beard and 1 ΒΌ-inch spurs on Pine Mountain. It was the first time he had hunted turkey.

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A mill owned by the Bates family gave Millstone its name, says Millstone correspondent Jeanne Crain Rogers. She received the information in a letter from Polly Ann Bates Meade of Jackson, Ohio, who was responding to a question posed by Jim Cornett. The mill was located on the right fork of Millstone, and was owned by Garrett Bates and his son Johnny.

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An endloader bucket weighing 10 tons fell off a flatbed trailer and struck two cars at Mayking before it stopped in the middle of the highway. The weight of the bucket apparently shifted as the truck rounded a curve, allowing the chains holding to bucket to snap. The bucket hits cars driven by Tirella H. Bentley of Jackhorn, and Katie R. Adams of Thornton.

April 30, 2003

The new Jenkins Public Library opened April 21. It will be formally dedicated during a ceremony May 2.

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”Tonight Show” host Jay Leno has donated $500 to HOMES Inc. after insinuating on the air that Dr. Ricky Collins of Whitesburg, a member of the HOMES board, looks like Adolph Hitler. Leno made the remark during a segment of his show when he shows newspaper clippings from around the country. He said that he made the donation simply because he admired what Collins is doing in the community.

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Coal-dust limits that were established to protect miners have been in effect for more than 30 years, but new cases of black lung disease continue to develop in miners, according to a new study.


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