Whitesburg KY

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Thursday, March 12, 1925

Whitesburg has its first water and sewer system — at a total cost of approximately $50,000. “With only about half its volume of pressure, the big streams of pure white limestone water, (coming) indirectly from a basin some 200 feet below solid rock, knocked everything almost skyhigh,” The Mountain Eagle reported on its front page. The Eagle also says the water and sewer system — along with the first-time paving of the town’s streets — would not have been accomplished without the hard work of city resident Charlie Burton, “an engineer of skill and experience” who “threw himself into this” with “his untiring efforts to make the city what it is today and what it is now designed to be in the future.”

. Howard Frazier has been transferred from Store No. 11 at Elsiecoal to Blackey.

. Application has been made to the State Highway Commission to operate a bus service between Jenkins and Whitesburg. The name of the operating concern is White Star Transportation Company of Fleming. Manager E.V. Shockney asks permission to begin service April 1. The bus and Big Six Studebaker cars also being used will make stops at Fleming, Seco, Millstone, Mayking and other points along the line.

. Several deaths in Neon are being attributed to typhoid.

. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Whitesburg is moving this week to its new building in the Lewis Addition.

. The beautiful brick home of Attorney and Mrs. French Hawk on College Heights in Whitesburg will be finished soon.

. Letcher County Judge J.D. Fitzpatrick has received word that if Letcher County will put up $86,000 for completion of the Mayking to Haymond Road the state will pay the same amount for the construction of the Pine Mountain Highway, an amount sufficient to complete the Mayo Trail from Pike County to Harlan County.

. A prominent official with Consolidation Coal Company at Jenkins known to many only as “Mr. Hughes” died a few days ago. He was buried Sunday with the Oddfellows, the Klan and other orders officiating.

Thursday, March 15, 1945

Letcher County has at least seven citizens who are octogenarians. Those 85 or older who have been identifi ed are: Melvin Parsons, 85, Eolia; John W. Parsons, 88, Eolia; Benjamin Franklin Smith, 89, Eolia; James T. Smith, exact birth date unknown, Letcher; Bony Banks, 85, Ice; Aunt Martha Jane Wright, Neon, 85, and J. Wash Adams, 86, Whitesburg.

. Kentucky coal mines produced record tonnage in 1944 while the number of workers needed to mine the coal fell by nearly 2,000, the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals has announced. Total output for state mines was 72,406,927 tons. Harlan County led production with 13,525,149 tons, followed by Hopkins County, and Pike County. Large “railroad mines” produced most of the coal even though they employed 1,803 fewer miners in 1944 than in 1943. The large mines still employed 42,676 persons in 1944.

. Magdalene Baker of Crown is now employed at the U.S. Naval Powder Factory in Indian Head, Maryland as a press operator.

. Staff Sergeant Carrel Hogg and Corporal Floyd Byrd Hogg are making a name for themselves in the service of their country. Byrd Hogg is now in Holland, where he is a member of the Ninth United States Army’s Bomb Disposal Squad. Carrel Hogg is somewhere in Italy in the 15th Air Force and has been awarded the Air Medal for missions completed over enemy territory. The sons of Mrs. Cynthia Hogg, both are Whitesburg High School graduates. Byrd attended college at Georgetown. Carrel attended Lee’s College at Jackson.

. A large number of people on Linefork and in Neon are suffering from the mumps.

. Private Arthur Adams was wounded in action in Germany on January 27. He is recovering in a hospital.

. Among the men from Camp Branch who are now serving in the Philippines are Ralph Clay, Paris Sergent and John Mark Sergent. Camp Branch residents Coy Taylor, Joseph Profitt Jr. and Edgar Kiser are serving in the Marianas Islands.

. Ballard Bentley of Neon has been reported missing in action. He was stationed in Germany.

. Sybil Dawahare is managing Dawahare’s Department Store in Neon during the absence of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Dawahare, who remain in Baltimore, Maryland while Mrs. Dawahare recovers from a major operation she underwent at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

. Private Jack Burkich is being transferred from the Air Corps into the infantry and expects to be shipped overseas soon.

. Lieutenant Orell Collins has been decorated with the Oak Leaf Cluster and Air Medal after completing 22 missions over enemy territory. He is the won of Mr. and Mrs. James Collins of Whitesburg.

. Private First Class Glenn Frazier is recovering at a Veterans Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia after being wounded in action in New Guinea.

Thursday, March 10, 1955

A home and store belonging to Arty Kelbert of Blackey were destroyed by fire early Saturday morning. The Whitesburg Fire Department answered a call to Blackey at 2 a.m. Saturday and fought the flames until 4:30 a.m. The home was a two-story frame structure while the store was made of concrete blocks, said Whitesburg Fire Chief Remious Day.

. Answering complaints of excessive bills, the members of the Whitesburg City Water Commission point out that rates haven’t gone up one cent since water meters were installed several years ago. Commission members are Coy Holstein, Cossie Quillen, and Orval Hughes.

. The Whitesburg Rotary Club, under the leadership of President Otis Mohn, celebrated Rotary International’s Golden Anniversary with a banquet at the Pine Mountain Hotel.

. Former University of Kentucky basketball great Bill Spivey, a seven-footer who was an All-American, is expected to be the key man for the Washington Generals when they take on the Harlem Globetrotters in a game that will be televised on March 12. The Globetrotters will rely on standout hoopster Reece “Goose” Tatum.

. Recipients of public assistance in Letcher County were paid a total of $52,867 last month, state officials said this week.

. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Smallwood and son of Detroit, Michigan were weekend visitors at the McRoberts home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Millard Polly.

. Sergeant Orbie R. Kelley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Kelley of Burdine, is returning to Korea for a third tour of

Thursday, March 11, 1965

The commodity foods distribution program has given way to the new food stamp program in Letcher County. The last of the commodity foods — lard, rolled wheat, dry milk, peanut butter, cheese flour and canned meat — were handed out.

. A new loan program for individuals or very small businesses was considered at a meeting in Whitesburg. The Area Redevelopment Agency would provide loans of up to $6,000 with no collateral required for individuals meeting certain requirements.

. Construction of an addition to Craft’s Department Store in downtown Whitesburg is underway. Storeowner

Jack Craft said the two-story addition will lengthen the main store by 75 feet and also provide a warehouse room and an office.

. Ray Collins of Whitesburg was elected president of the Kentucky Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages at the group’s annual convention in Lexington this week.

. ”Gidget Goes to Rome” and “Barabbas” are playing at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg.

Thursday, March 13, 1975

A group of parents attended the meeting of the Letcher County Board of Education to complain about the school calendar, which sets the closing of school on June 12. School has been extended because of snow and a short teachers’ strike. The parents protested the planned closure of the schools during the state basketball tournament and the Kentucky Education Association meeting.

. A Mountain Eagle editorial questioning the lack of gas and oil production in eastern Kentucky says, “If, as Columbia Gas told us in television commercials before the energy crisis, vast amounts of gas lie beneath the Appalachian mountain range, why isn’t it being got at? If eastern Kentucky, as we were told, is another potential Louisiana oil field, why no production? Are the big oil companies which bought up the oil rights to these mountains waiting for that ‘government guarantee’ of a minimum number of dollars per barrel we sometimes hear mentioned by people like Henry Kissinger? Since some of the firms have extensive operations in various Arabic countries, is the problem that they are being blackmailed by the Arabs to prevent them from increasing American production or maybe bribed? Why doesn’t the Ford administration move to increase oil production here in the United States?”

. ”Saturday was a really typical March day,” writes Cowan correspondent Elsie C. Banks. “It would turn dark and snow real hard, then the sun would shine. We ended up with a pretty good snow.”

. The Whitesburg Yellowjackets edged the Jenkins Cavaliers 66-63 to win the 53rd District tournament.

Wednesday, March 20, 1985

The City of Whitesburg has lost its appeal of a lower court decision allowing the Letcher County Board of Education to condemn the Letcher industrial site. The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an order

that says it will not review the state Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold Perry Circuit Judge Calvin Manis’s ruling that the school board could condemn the land and use it as a site for the proposed new Whitesburg High School.

. Talking about blackbirds, correspondent Mable Kiser writes, “They are really an arrogant and hateful bird, and hard to like. They go away, thank goodness, before gardening time, at least most of them go. Enough stay to get most of the cherries and gooseberries.”

. Sirloin is $1.49 a pound at the A&P Food Store. New York strip steaks are $3.99 a pound.

. The Whitesburg Lady ‘Jackets fell to Louisville Atherton, the state’s top-ranked team, in the quarterfinals of the girls’ State High School Basketball Tournament by a score of 67-54.

Wednesday, March 15, 1995

Up to eight inches of snow and miles and miles of downed electric power lines combined to put most of Letcher County in shivering misery for four days before spring-like weather and sunshine brought relief.

. Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones is expected in Whitesburg to announce a grant to restore the old Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company depot in Jenkins for a coal museum.

. Eagle columnist Ike Adams praised a mechanic who had managed to repair his “lemon” Jeep which was leaking oil “from a dozen different spots.”

. The Jenkins Cavaliers lost in double overtime to June Buchanan in the opening round of the 14th Region tournament.

Thursday, March 16, 2005

Prisoners in the Letcher County Jail will still be allowed to smoke, but they will now be charged for their stay in the county facility. The Letcher Fiscal Court voted to abide by a state law that requires prisoners to pay room and board during their stay in jail.

. Letcher County will receive several million dollars in coal severance tax funds under a budget passed by the General Assembly last week. State Rep. Howard Cornett announced almost $6 million in coal severance projects for Letcher County.

. The City of Jenkins named Mike Dingus as its new police chief, replacing Bill Tackett who is retiring after nearly 20 years.

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