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New Haymond Theatre opens on Saturday, Feb. 1 …



… said a front-page headline on the January

30, 1947 edition of The Eagle. The story said “the new Haymond Theatre which has been under construction for several moths is scheduled to open for business on Saturday, February 1 under the management of young Clyde Wilfong, a veteran of World War II.

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The Letcher Fiscal Court voted to award a cable television franchise in the Camp Branch-Colson-Deane area. Residents have complained about poor television service. Magistrate Steve Banks says awarding a franchise to a single cable television firm will allow the county government to set guidelines for the quality of television reception in the area.

February 3, 1993

Neither Letcher County Judge/Executive Ruben Watts nor Magistrate Lloyd Brown filed for re-election. Both cited health problems as part of their reasons for not running again.

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A special Letcher County Grand Jury called to hear evidence gathered in a 15-month state probe of government corruption is scheduled to meet in a few days. Two top officials in the Kentucky attorney general’s office are to present information to the special grand jury.

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Figures released by the Kentucky Department of Education show Letcher County students would to improve their classwork from 15 to 39 percent over the next two years to meet the goals set for them by the accountability index of the Kentucky Education Reform Act.

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The United Mine Workers of America have launched a

“Young Wilfong informs us that his opening feature will be “Abilene Town” starring Randolph Scott.

“The new showplace has all the latest sound equipment, is air conditioned and contains some 240 cushion seats — all new. The admission price is 20 and 40 cents, tax included.” strike against subsidiaries of Peabody Coal Co., the nation’s largest coal producer with operations in nine states. UMS President Richard Trumka said he called the walkout by up to 7,000 miners because Peabody and other members of the Bituminous Coal Operators Association refused to respond to requests from the union for information since contract talks began Nov. 6.

February 7, 2003

A Jenkins coal miner was killed January 31 when he was hit by a metal hose coupling at a mine in Pike County. David Lee Wright, 28, was a scoop operator at the AEP Kentucky Coal Number 10 mine. Workers were “retreat mining,” leaving a section of mine that had already been worked out , in 36-inch coal when the accident occurred.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission took a 50 percent budget cut Monday in the proposed federal budget released by the Bush administration.

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Despite changes last year that were intended to ease requirements to the Kentucky worker’s compensation law, coal miners suffering from black lung disease still haven’t received any benefits. Since the changes took effect last July, 344 miners have filed claims for black lung benefits. None of the claims has cleared a time-consuming bureaucratic process.



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