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May 23, 1963

The 10-room home of Mrs. Herman Combs on Madison Street in Whitesburg was destroyed by fire. The wreckage continued to smolder for several days.

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Clinics to give out the Sabin oral polio vaccine are to be held at the Blackey, Colson, Eolia, Fleming-Neon, Jenkins, Kingdom Come and Whitesburg schools. These are the last clinics in a three-part drive against polio in Letcher County.

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A quiet sit-in demonstration took place in Jenkins. Eleven students from Dunham High School, at which all the students are black, sat at stools at Carita’s CafĂ© and were served without incident.

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Pork chops are on sale for 39 cents a pound, and 59 cents a pound for center cut chops, at the A&P grocery store. Sweet yellow corn is advertised at 29 cents for six ears.

May 24, 1973

Memorial Day services are planned at cemeteries throughout Letcher County by members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Shelba Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Profitt of Whitesburg, has been selected by the Secretary of the Army as one of six outstanding civil service women in the Army. She has been involved in liquid crystal research development and its use from the early days of its discovery.

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Ralph Coldiron IV, son of Jennie Combs Coldiron of Whitesburg, has been elected co-captain of the Colonels football team at Eastern Kentucky University.

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Don’t confuse a water gate with Watergate, writes C.B. Sturgill. One is “a scurrilous political scandal which occurred in a perfectly innocent building by that name, while the other is an ancient and honorably appellation for the common flood gate, or a type of fence across a creek . . . We love and respect the old water gate, and feel compelled to do our utmost to protect its unsullied record . . . Our water gate is as different from the one in Washington as a cow chip from a corncob.”

May 26, 1983

Grady Stumbo, Todd Hollenbach and Bill Weinberg were big winners in Letcher County’s Democratic Primary Election, but that wasn’t the case across Kentucky. Lt. Gov. Martha Layne Collins won the gubernatorial nomination over Stumbo, while Steven L. Brashear took the nomination for lieutenant governor, defeating Hollenbach. Dave Armstrong defeated Weinberg for the nomination for attorney general.

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Members of the Scotia Employees Association Local No. 1 rejected a request from Blue Diamond Coal Company that they make wage concessions in order to return to work. The company would have called back the miner who were laid off had the union agreed.

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L&N Railroad has donated $50,000 toward the construction of a new Whitesburg High School. Supt. Jack Burkich said the money will probably be used in acquiring a site for the proposed high school.

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Uncle Pearl Dixon voted for the first time in August 1915, when he was 21 years old, and has failed to vote only one time since 1915. He has voted in 136 elections, writes Jeremiah correspondent Hassie Breeding Helton.

May 26, 1993

Former Letcher basketball star Troy Lee Thomas says that playing Division 1 basketball at Morehead State University, where he is a senior, is his dream come true. “I’ve learned that you don’t work out only when you feel good. Instead, you must work hard every day in order to accomplish your dreams in life,” he said.

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An ordinance regulating oil and gas drilling in Letcher County will get a second reading at a special meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court. The proposed ordinance would allow owners of surface property to deny oil and gas drillers the right to come onto their property.

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”How deep is the Bull Hole?” asks Jim Cornett in an article headlined “More questions for Letcher Co.” Other questions include “Are the Linefork caves in Letcher or Perry County? Who owned the horse mill at Horse Mill Point? What is a horse mill, anyway? How long is Long Branch on Linefork?”

May 28, 2003

Cassel Caudill celebrated his 102nd birthday May 27 with Beulah, his wife of 74 years.

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Police arrested a Tennessee man after he allegedly tossed six potted marijuana plants out of his car window as he approached a Memorial Day weekend traffic stop at Linefork.

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Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Frankfort are trying to find the cause of a large dip that appeared suddenly on KY 15 near Whitesburg and is creating a danger for traffic along the road.

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Seedtime on the Cumberland, an arts, crafts and multimedia celebration of Appalachia, begins Friday, May 30, at the Appalshop in Whitesburg. This year marks the 17th year of the festival.


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