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July 1, 1943

Beginning today, Uncle Sam will start having employers deduct withholding taxes from the pay of their employees. The new system was devised by Congress to keep people as up to date on paying their annual income taxes as possible. The deductions will be at the rate of 20 percent of all earnings over personal exemptions, which is $12 a week for single persons, $24 a week for married persons, and $6 a week for dependents.

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Having been decorated four times for courageous service to his combat organization and given the Silver Star, the Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal, Technical Sergeant Henry Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Williams, arrived in Whitesburg Sunday night from 18 months of fighting in the southwest Pacific area. Tech Sgt. Williams will be the guest of honor at the Rotary Club luncheon in Whitesburg on Friday. He received the Air Medal for his participation in an aerial flight over Vitiaz Straits. He and the other crew members on a B-17 bomber were part of a formation engaged in an attack on a Japanese convoy that was proceeding to reinforce Burma. Faced with intense anti-aircraft fire the crew continued to make bombing runs and scored a direct hit on a destroyer that later sunk.

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A truck accident at Rockhouse has claimed the life of a 38-year-old man. Norman Armitage was killed instantly when the lumber truck in which he was riding went out of control after an axle broke. The driver of the truck was not injured. Armitage suffered the fatal injuries when he and another passenger in the truck jumped. The other passenger was seriously injured. All three men worked for Polly Hall Lumber Company. Johnson Funeral Home, Whitesburg, will have charge of funeral arrangements. Armitage is survived by his wife and a child.

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With criminal activity said to be at a record low in Letcher County, the docket for Letcher Circuit Court is expected to be unusually low when Judge R. Monroe Fields convenes the new term of court on July 5.

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Dr. Lundy B. Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Adams of Smoot Creek, received his Doctor of Medicine degree at commencement exercises held June 14 on the campus of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Dr. Adams, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Stuart Robinson High School, will begin his internship July 1 at Baroness-Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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The Stumble Inn of Potters Fork has been put up for sale by its owner, Mrs. Mary Popovich.

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S.R. Dawahare, founder of Dawahare’s Department Store in Neon and Whitesburg, rode with his son, Willie Dawahare, to Louisville, where the elder Mr. Dawahare has entered the St. Joseph Hospital for observation.

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Mrs. Ed Hoback, chief telephone operator for the Southern Bell Telephone Company, says she will be spending her vacation catching up on her rest at her home in Whitesburg.

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Barbara Kegan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Kegan of Jenkins, is recovering in the Jenkins Hospital from serious cuts she received while playing.

July 2, 1953

Only one murder trial will be on the docket when Judge C.C. Wells convenes Letcher Circuit Court for its July term next Monday. To be tried for murder is Carl Swannager, who is being tried for a third time in the killing of Harold Dykes. A previous conviction was overturned by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

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Dry forces scored a victory margin of more than 2 to 1 to uphold the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Pikeville.

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Six cases of spotted fever have been reported in Kentucky during the first six months of 1953, up from only two cases reported for the entire year of 1952. The disease is transmitted by dog ticks.

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A cloudburst on Monday caused extensive damage to gardens and roads in Neon, Fleming and McRoberts. A small bridge leading from Neon to Fleming was in danger of being washed away until L&N Railroad crewmen were able to dislodge the drift that had accumulated.

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Citizens of Catlettsburg, Ky., have voted to ban the further sale of whiskey, wine and beer in the town. The vote was 1,152 to 931. Catlettsburg was the last large community in eastern Kentucky where the sale of alcoholic beverages remained legal.

July 4, 1963

Letcher County residents receive Social Security benefits totaling more than $221,000 a month. The money goes to 4,566 county residents.

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The Letcher County Fiscal Court approved a budget of $132,793, about $5,000 less than the budget for the previous year.

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Several Letcher County farmers are using chemicals to control weeds in corn. N.L. Combs of Rockhouse, Bob Day of Whitesburg, and J.B. Eversole of Partridge, are among local farmers using the chemical atrazine to control grass and weeds.

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Jackie Collins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Collins of Whitesburg, is the recipient of a band scholarship to Eastern Kentucky State College in Richmond. He won the scholarship as the result of an audition.

July 5, 1973

The Letcher County Fiscal Court would collect $250,000 a year under a plan which would produce a local tax on coal royalties. The plan was developed by the State Legislative Research Commission.

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Letcher County and the City of Whitesburg have been notified that unless they agree to provide financial assistance to the Buckhorn Lake Emergency Ambulance Service, the service will stop operations Dec. 31. The ambulance service has been operating with the aid of federal grants.

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Live wrestling is scheduled at the Alene Theater, along with “Sometimes A Great Notion” starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.

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Claude Collins, Monroe Caudill, Hazel Lewis, Mary Reason, Margery Hall and Bonnie Pratt received plaques at a tea honoring retiring teachers.

June 30, 1983

Letcher County School Superintendent Jack Burkich and other local officials attended a three-day state-sponsored seminar aimed at helping them improve county students’ generally poor performances in reading, language and mathematics. Letcher County third-grade students scored 67.9 on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, compared with a state average of 82.6 and a national average of 77. Local 10th-graders scored 60.2 compared to a state average of 73.6 and a national average of 77.

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An Eagle editorial on Letcher County students’ test scores says, “We are all to blame, parents as well as teachers and administrators. For too long we have looked on mediocrity and, fooling ourselves and cheating our children, said it was the best we could do, or worse, that we were doing a good job . . . Before we can have quality education in Letcher County, parents must demand it. If they sit back, fooling themselves and accepting the mediocre, their children will continue to be cheated of the sound education they deserve.”

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The City of Whitesburg has applied to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a $650,000 federal grant to install city sewers in the Tunnel Hill, Pine Mountain Junction, Caudilltown and West Whitesburg areas, which have been annexed by the city.

July 7, 1993

State Representative Paul Mason of Whitesburg, has been named to the Health Care Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The appointment acknowledges Mason’s committee to health care in Kentucky and his expertise in the field.

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The City of Whitesburg has offered six-month leases to two firms which are interested in locating in the city. The two companies are Pine Mountain Lumber and GBC&E Ltd., which sells and maintains computer equipment.

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The federal Rural Development Administration has approved a loan of $2,250,000 to renovate the Letcher County Courthouse and Jail.

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The Blackey Homecoming featured line dancing and tables and crafts and drew a large crowd even though “the heat was terrible,” according to Jeremiah correspondent Hassie Breeding Helton.

July 9, 2003

April Boggs, who was convicted of facilitation in the murders of Timothy L. “Blister” Cook and his four-yearold son T.J., is asking to be released from prison while she appeals her conviction.

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A statewide environmental group is proposing that Kentucky adopt regulations on natural gas gathering lines that are similar to those already enacted by the Letcher County Fiscal Court. The Kentucky Resources Council, which helped write Letcher County’s gas gathering line ordinance, has submitted the proposal to the Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas.

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Letcher County’s unemployment rate in May jumped to the highest in the state, nearly double the rate a year earlier and 4.8 percent higher than the previous month. Much of the jump is attributable to layoffs at Cook and Sons Mining Company, which idled 350 workers after a coal storage silo at the company’s Sapphire Preparation Plant collapsed. The company has since demolished the damaged silo and called the workers back. The official unemployment rate in the county was 16.2 percent.

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Police are investigating a series of burglaries in the Isom area. At least six outbuildings and garages have been broken into at night over the last two weeks. Thieves have mainly stolen tools and lawn and garden equipment, but some guns were stolen from one garage.


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