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May 16, 1963

The Letcher County Board of Education and the City of Whitesburg have agreed to swap some land to give the city a site for its new water filtering plant. The city is to deed to the school board the site of the sediment tank located near the high school building in Whitesburg, and is to get a tract in the hollow behind the French Hawk residence.

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The Kentucky Department of Highways has apparently cut $2,300,000 and three miles of road from its plans for relocating Hwy. 15 in Letcher County. Highway Commissioner Henry Ward wrote local officials that plans are nearly complete for a section of the highway from Whitesburg to Van, a distance of 4.1 miles. He said it would cost about $3,140,000. This is only slightly more than half of what the commissioner had said would be built this year.

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The City of Whitesburg is cutting its special tax to pay for city hall from 16 cents to three cents on each hundred dollars of assessed property value. Mayor Ferdinand Moore says the tax cut had been made possible by the good investment of city funds.

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Gubernatorial candidates A.B. “Happy” Chandler and Mary Louise Foust are to visit Letcher County as the governor’s race goes into the closing days. Gov. Bert T. Combs is also to speak at a banquet to raise funds for the campaign of candidate Ned Breathitt.

May 17, 1973

One hundred and seven coal truck drivers and their companies have been enjoined from hauling illegal loads over Perry County roads by Perry Circuit Court Judge Don Ward. The injunction resulted from a suit filed by the state attorney general and the Kentucky Department of Highways charging the Perry County coal truck operators with destroying nine local roads with overloaded coal trucks.

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A sharp drop in total mining employment could occur if strip mining in the mountains remains unrestricted, according to a study prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission. The study predicts the number of workers employed by the coal industry would fall from 105,000 to 56,000 by 1980. However, with a ban on strip mining, the 1980 job count is predicted to be 65,000.

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”Every day is Mother’s Day, don’t you think,” says Jeremiah correspondent Hassie Breeding.

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Whole fryers are on sale at 39 cents a pound at Mike Sloan’s Pic-Pac at Isom. Whole smoked picnic hams are 55 cents a pound.

May 19, 1983

Voters will choose between candidates John Doug Hayes and Kelsey E. Friend for state senator in the upcoming primary election.

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A yearlong campaign to clean up Letcher County proposes to do more than the usual weeklong efforts. Campaign chairman Thomas R. Fulton of Mayking, a retired insurance executive, says the cleanup committee will also see that persons caught littering will face charges.

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Morris Maggard of Cowan, and his daughter, Mary Kathryn Wilson, also of Cowan, caught a 57 ½-pound, 47 1/2-inch catfish at Norris Lake in Tennessee. The catfish yielded about 30 pounds of meat.

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Police are looking for two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery of Maloney’s Discount Store in Whitesburg.

May 19, 1993

Letcher District Judge Samuel Tilden Wright III has been appointed Letcher Circuit Judge by Gov. Brereton Jones. Wright succeeds Larry Collins. Collins resigned the office after state police charged him with five counts of bribery of a public servant.

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World War I veteran Joe Sparkman died at the age of 96.

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Thirteen black bears are wandering around the Letcher-Harlan county area, according to estimated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. There have been 135 sightings, and usually 10 reports come in about the same bear, department employees said.

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Whitesburg High School senior Amy L. Masters, daughter of Pat and Lloyd Masters, has received a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Louisville. Her sister, Elizabeth Masters, was a Merit Scholar in 1982.

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”It seems every spring is more beautiful than the last one,” says Ice correspondent Sara C. Ison. “Maybe as we grow older we appreciate the seasons more.”

May 21, 2003

Bessie Fields McPeek of Jenkins, spends much of her spare time operating a “diaper ministry” that provides free diapers to low-income families. McPeek started the service in 2001 while helping her husband operate a food pantry at the Pike County church they attend. She now hands out up to 6,000 disposable diapers a month.

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The Whitesburg City Council has agreed to sponsor a grant proposal to allow Appalshop to begin refurbishing the old Boone Motor Co. building in downtown.

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The Letcher County Board of Education has approved the preliminary design for the Letcher County Central High School The school will include more than 50 classrooms, a 3,000-seat gymnasium, a 750-seat auditorium, and a “media center” and a cafeteria will walls of windows overlooking U.S. 119.

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The first customers of a new water line between Jeremiah and Isom should be able to get a drink of fresh, clean water within the next two weeks.


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