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July 25, 1963

Alfred Adams tells about his family’s move from their mountain farm on Little Cowan to the town of Fleming, where they thought life was so easy and full of excitement. “Fleming was a good town in those days and we loved it,” he writes.

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Mrs. Harry M. Caudill of Whitesburg, and six others have been named to the Board of Trustees of Appalachian Regional Hospitals Inc. ARH was formed to run Whitesburg Memorial Hospital and four other United Mine Workers of America hospitals, which will be sold Oct. 1, 1963.

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Roger Blair, son of Mr. and Mrs. Estill Blair of Whitesburg, has received a band scholarship to the University of Kentucky.

July 26, 1973

The body of Mack Trent, 20, of Perry County, was found on the side of Pine Mountain. Trent had been beaten and apparently choked. Two young men, one from Wisconsin and one from Perry County, have been charged in the murder.

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A Mountain Eagle editorial urges readers to write their Congressmen and Senators supporting a proposed bill on strip mining. The editorial says, “. . . we know that if just plain citizens give up on trying to influence Congressmen and Senators on things like strip mining, and surrender the battle to the coal companies, then all is lost and democracy will never be able to celebrate its 200th anniversary in the United States, for the democracy will be dead.”

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Two new bridges are planned for KY 7 in Letcher County. The Kentucky Bureau of Highways disclosed plans for the bridges at a public hearing at the Letcher County Courthouse. The new bridges will be 40 feet wide and will replace single-lane bridges.

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Five beautiful speckled eggs can be seen in a nest in a gourd put out by Millstone correspondent Mabel Kiser.

July 21, 1983

Several dozen Letcher County miners who were laid off have been notified they will receive no more jobless benefit checks. It is estimated the number will climb to several hundred laid-off miners in the next two to three weeks.

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A number of fish are dying in Jenkins Lake, apparently because of high water temperatures in the lake. Approximately 100 pounds of channel catfish died and began floating to the surface after they were stocked in the late by the Pine Mountain Sportsmen’s Club.

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A load of logs fell from a flatbed when the chain binding the logs to the bed apparently broke as the vehicle rounded the turn from KY 15 onto the Whitesburg Bypass. No one was injured, but traffic was snarled until the timber could be reloaded.

July 28, 1993

The Kentucky State Department of Education and the state Office of Education Accountability are reviewing several matters concerning the Letcher County School System. Dr. Penney Sanders, director of the Office of Education Accountability, declined to elaborate but representatives of both agencies were in Letcher County for at least four days.

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Several coal truck drivers who were left without work when a Golden Oak Mining Co. deep-mine operation changed hands are saying their jobs were taken unfairly by truckers from out of state. The truckers were told they had to take a 50-cents-per-ton cut in pay to keep their truckers hauling coal.

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Benson “P-nut” and Jean Blair renewed their wedding vows on their 37th anniversary.

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Letcher County’s 1992 unemployment rate was the fifth highest in Kentucky. The rate was 13.8 percent, down a 10th of a percent from 1991.

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The price of trash is twice the price of coal, says Letcher County Judge/Executive Ruben Watts. He says Letcher County is paying $42 a ton to get its garbage hauled to a landfill in Laurel County. Coal, Watts says, is selling for $20 a ton.

July 30, 2003

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Chandler used a campaign stop in Whitesburg to ties his opponent in the race, U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher, to President George W. Bush and the failing national economy.

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Some Letcher County schools made “significant” gains on a national standardized test this spring, but others stayed level or fell behind. Four classes, third graders at Kingdom Come Elementary School, Letcher Elementary School, and West Whitesburg Elementary School; and sixth graders at Beckham Bates Elementary School, made significant gains in reading, language arts and math.

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Letcher Elementary School should open at the same time as every other school in the county system despite renovations now under way.


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