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I know some people who are on welfare and SSI and are against Obama, but you know those people also struggle from the middle of the month to the end of the month. If it wasn’t for them drug dealing, they wouldn’t make it at all.

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Okay, America. Let’s slow that driving down a little bit. Gas prices will come down if we’ll just do it.

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To the man or woman who called Speak Your Piece and said Whitesburg voters should say no to the legal sale of alcohol: Did you know that 97 percent of communities in the United States allow the legal sale of alcohol? Do you really believe that being part of only the three-percent of U.S. communities that don’t allow the sale of a six-pack of beer makes Whitesburg special? Have you ever thought that our backward ways might be one of the reasons why people keep leaving Letcher County and why our county always shows up in the list of poorest counties in the nation? I respect your opinion, but continuing to do things the ‘old way’ is flat-out killing our community. With the coal industry dying a slow death, we have to start building Whitesburg so that it might survive in the future.

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We’d like to thank the county for letting the prisoners dig a grave for us and we really appreciate it. That’s a good program.

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Inquiring minds would love to know why the road is falling in West Whitesburg. Madge Combs’s old store and house are located near there and the road looks like it is just caving in. In my opinion, it is the water that’s coming off of the hill and sinking down and going under the road. I’m not a brain surgeon or scientist either, so let us know what is going on before we destroy one of our vehicles.

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I’m calling about the Whitakers in east Jenkins. They had a good Army goods store and a good music store, which still has merchandise in the building. The building looks like it is caving in and I would hate for merchandise to mold or dry rot. I think somebody from the Whitaker family should open it up on a Saturday and have a massive sale and get rid of all of the items. As long as they get rid of the items, they won’t go to waste. I know the ones who ran the place are either dead or have physical disabilities and can’t run the place anymore. Maybe some of the family members can open the place and try to get rid of some of that stuff. There is some good stuff in there. I would especially like to have some of that stuff. It would be better to get rid of some of that stuff than to let it rot away.

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Concerning the guy who says he is finally going to let go of his ex-wife: Oh my goodness, it is about time he finally realizes she doesn’t want you back. You think you won because you have your son living with you. Well, guess what? You might have left her alone, but eventually you are going to be alone because your son is going to realize how you and your family are very manipulative. He is going to go back to his mama and you are going to be the one who is sitting alone in your house crying. Have a good life. I am glad that you finally let my best friend get on with her life. I say, you go, girl. I am glad you found yourself a real man.

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To a certain person: Hi there, baby doll. I miss you a whole lot. I know I get to talk to you on the telephone every now and then, but still I would like to see you. But it’s good to talk to you. Bye-bye.

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I would say that Grandma has men waiting in line for her the way she advertises her photo on Facebook. When she was 18 years old and pregnant, she had seven men waiting on her then.

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After considering all the nonsense and ridiculousness that just went on with the Letcher County Central prom, I’ve come to the conclusion the people in this county have lost their minds. So now we have expensive luxury cars bringing kids to the prom? Heck, I even saw couples arrive on a fire truck and an 18-wheeler. What’s next? Helicopters hired to fly in the richest kids? What happened to the guys washing up whatever car their families could afford and going to pick up the and take her to the prom? Get a grip, people. Even the eighth-grade dances are getting way out of hand.

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Dear Speak Your Piece. This new House Bill One that was passed by the idiots we voted into the Kentucky House of Representatives and then the state Senate, from what I can tell, will give the state government the right to rummage through your medical records and put in jail any doctor they want to for writing a prescription for a narcotic. This is a government takeover of your rights. If you are a sick person, they will be taking over your land next like the communists did when they first became communists. Please vote these idiots out.

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This goes out to the naïve person who thinks everybody should vote no on the alcohol question: This is supposedly a dry county and you said in your comment that you don’t want the prostitutes and alcoholics, so vote no. Why don’t you look around? All you see are zombies walking around on drugs and everything else, and this is supposedly a dry county? There are more addicts here than in places that are wet. Most people who drink responsibly are going to go get their drink and go home and drink it and not cause any trouble. They are hard workers. It would actually bring some money to the county. Maybe they could build some decent roads and build something for people to do, because obviously keeping it a dry county isn’t stopping anything. Everywhere you look around there are all kinds of pill whores and there are already prostitutes. I don’t see how legalizing alcohol could make it any worse.

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To a certain person: Yes, we’ve got money. We can have what we want, but one thing that you can’t have is you are going to keep that sick, twisted mind until the day you die.

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This is from the two good women. We are sitting on the back of the house in the shade under a big tree listening to that song about sitting on a dirt road thinking that we are George Jones. And my friend said I hate that song. It makes me want to get in a car, grab a beer and go hit a tree. I said I am going to call Speak Your Piece and she said no, don’t do that, they’ll call the paddy wagon. That’s the best song in the world. You should listen to it. We’ve decided instead of thinking we are George Jones, we are going to get some Bud Light and be George Jones before the night is out. We are still looking for two good men. Hold it. Hold it. Hold it. She already has a good man so I will take two. That way I will have a backup plan. I’ll be like the rest of these women around here. They usually have three or four tagging on the side.

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To the person who called last week about the wet and dry election: If we do vote against it they are just going to go to some other place to buy it and for some odd reason they are going to think in their head that they can drive home. That just causes more car wrecks and more people to be killed.

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This is concerning Chris Cantrell, who died in the jail. I know something about what he was going through, because I was hurting really bad in jail and I beat on the window for 15 minutes and nobody came to help me. Maybe somebody needs to start investigating that place, because it was the nastiest place I have ever been in my life. I wouldn’t let an outside dog stay there. The service of them trying to help you when you are in need of help was horrible. Nobody came to my call when I beat on the window. Maybe someone should investigate to see if he was beating on the window.

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I sure would like to know what I did to annoy somebody. Six months ago you are best friends going places and doing stuff together. Now all of a sudden somebody with a little money comes along and they don’t know you. That’s all I’ve got to say.

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This is in response to the comment made about the little trashy girl: She left that nasty trailer court and came to ours. We love her. She is a keeper.

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To the person who put in Speak Your Piece about the trashy girl who left the trailer park owing lot rent: For your information, the lot rent wasn’t due yet and it wasn’t the trashy alcoholic, it was the psycho mother. When she bought the trailer she was left owing a $400 water bill that had to be paid. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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I was over on Eolia and visiting family. When I was driving up the road there were three boys on a Rhino and they came within a hair of hitting me. If they had it would have done a lot of damage to those poor children. What in the world were they thinking? They were flying. Don’t their parents have any control of what the kids are doing? There is one parent who always seems to get her child out of trouble. If he hit my vehicle, he would have been really hurt and she would have been going to the hospital to see him. The other two were just sitting there laughing and thought it was funny. I don’t think it is funny. You parents need to get your child under control flying on a Rhino. God bless on your children.

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This goes out to the person talking about the lady who works at a restaurant who has one tooth: First of all, at least she works and she may not draw a check. Maybe you should buy her a set of teeth if it bothers you so much. You talk about stereotyping us hillbillies? At least she is not a brainless hillbilly like you.

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Fact: Alcohol-related car wrecks occur much more often in Kentucky’s dry counties where alcohol sales are illegal than in our state’s wet counties where the sale of alcohol is allowed. This information can be found in a September 2003 study that appeared in Accident Analysis & Prevention. The study found that ‘a higher proportion of dry counties residents are involved in an alcohol-related crash,’ apparently because ‘dry county drivers may be driving to wet counties to consume alcohol thus increasing impaired driving exposure.’ The study concludes that ‘prohibition is not necessarily effective in improving highway safety.’ Google this subject if you don’t believe what I’m saying is true.

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This goes out to the person talking about people dying gray hair: It’s not that these people don’t like gray hair, it’s just that they like color instead. You know like makeup, long hair, short hair. They aren’t trying to fool anyone. A person likes what they like. They don’t have to make the preacher, you or anyone else happy. They are old enough to make this choice all by themselves.

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Our magistrate lost it in the courthouse the other day. I never heard so much cursing and swearing in my life. I apologize for voting for him. I won’t vote for him anymore.

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I am calling about the recreation center built by basically the coal miners and the people of this county with taxpayer dollars. This center is for these kids to have a place to go because there is no place without it. If you keep charging these amounts, although they are not extraordinarily expensive, they are too much for the lower class of this community, which is 60 percent of the people who live here. This recreation center needs to be free for the people who built it. They built it and paid for it. Let them come in there and walk around and look at it and use it. This is not for certain people in Letcher County who are well-connected and have government connections to use. This is for every child to be able to go in there climb that rock wall, say hey and have fun. Charging for the golf and all the extra stuff is OK, but do not charge for children to have a place to go. Wake up and help save our children. Stop all of this old political bull crap that keeps going on in this county.

(The Letcher County Recreation Center was built on $7 million of borrowed money that is currently being paid back at the rate of about $600,000 a year.)

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I’m just wondering why certain teachers are allowed to wear blue jeans at the Burdine school. They must know something on somebody or be doing something to somebody. It’s kind of funny.

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Here it is the end of the second complete day with no water and I guarantee that everybody who works for the Jenkins Water Department is at home taking a bath or drinking water. One thing you can say about Charlie Dixon when he was a mayor, when they went out to fix a leak they stayed until they were done. That is the difference.

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Now how do you like eating clover and crow and stringing beans and going to Hindman to shop at Save- A-Lot, dollar worshippers? What goes around comes around.

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On April 25 around 11:45 a.m., I watched a man defending himself in Letcher District Court. His performance was outstanding. He backed down the prosecutor and the opposing lawyer. I found out later that he is not even an attorney. Who was this man? This is the M.P. Inquiring minds want to know. Thank you very much. Good day.

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Can the mayor of Neon or someone else make people clean all of this trash up and rat bins? Maybe the government might come in and flatten down Neon and clean out all these rat holes.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: I really enjoy playing the guessing game about who is the queen bee. I just about have the riddle solved, so give me a few more clues. Maybe you can offer a prize for whoever solves the mystery. Let me see if I have the clues correct. The person is manipulative and conniving. If you add to that list of qualities that the person spreads innuendos to deliberately hurts people and their families, I can solve the riddle. One more thing, the person has been fired for malfeasance of their appointed position.

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Thank you for the excellent article on the EPA. I am old enough to remember how bad it was before Richard Nixon signed the bill creating it into law, so I thank my lucky stars for it every day. What I don’t understand is the coal industry’s War on the EPA. Sure, it fires up those in the industry like little else, but it also gives it a black eye that drives people outside the industry to vote for President Obama. A classic case of shooting one’s self in the foot.

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The county has a garbage problem. OK, let’s fix it. Oh no, first we have to hear from a guy who doesn’t even live in Millstone anymore and has nothing to do but run off at the mouth about what he has done and what he will do. Jerry Collins, you only gripe and want so bad to get attention. Now here is what I think: You live in Virginia and South Carolina, so you say. I am going to check the voter registration rolls and the Letcher County Clerk’s office to see if your vehicles are registered here and if you pay taxes here. Also, I will ask the PVA to check your property taxes. If it is found that you have in the past, present or future misrepresented the facts to avoid taxes in Letcher County I will file a suit against you. Jerry, you come here only when there is something going on that you can cry about. If you don’t like what the county government doe, just leave. Some of the others who spoke against fixing the garbage don’t have a history of working for anything. As a matter of fact, they don’t have a work history at all. I will be checking the same things on one of them in particular and will publish all public information that I can find on both him and Jerry Collins. And to Codell Gibson: I will fight you tooth and nail. You, Codell, have been the sorriest excuse of a public servant that District Three has ever known. It would have surprised me had you not jumped on the Dumb Train with Jerry and the others. Anyone that does not work for the county as a whole and doesn’t have the sense to know how to accept progress needs to find somewhere else to play. What is so hard to understand? No cost to the county, no contamination of the water, air or soil. No more odor than is already there. More truck traffic should not be of concern to a person that doesn’t even live here most of the time — not even to a man that lives on the other fork with no working knowledge of how mechanical processes work. If I were the owner of any type of business, I think this county would be the last place I would choose to invest after reading the idiotic statements made at the past meeting. The weight limit on the roads and bridges can be increased, but then anyone with intelligence would know this. I borrowed a lawn mower a few years ago and cut the grass at the Little League park. So now can I say who plays there?

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Your white car was at a drug dealer’s house two weeks ago driven by mom’s boyfriend.

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Someone answer why the Jenkins police use city police cars to do their personal business while on the clock. This has been seen many times and should stop. And how about instead of sitting at the fire department and the Jenkins self-serve and wasting tax dollars sitting with their cars running they start patrolling more hollows so they can catch persons stealing things from people’s homes while they are at work? This may not apply to all Jenkins cops, as the ones doing their jobs know who they are. We the people in Jenkins struggle everyday to take our kids to and from school and ourselves to work for little pay. All others should have to do the same on their own dime, not the taxpayers’ money.

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This is entitled ‘Hillbilly Heaven,’ an anthem for the leisure class of eastern Kentucky: ‘I got a double-wide trailer and a satelite dish, a new bass boat and time to fish./ Got a big-screen Sony and a DVR, Bill Dance on video and live NASCAR./ I get 500 channels and Pay- Per-View, HBO and the nekid channel too!/ Got the best laptop that money can buy, with Facebook, Twitter, and a little porn on the sly./ I never had crap till I got on the draw from a year in the mines and a deer stand fall./ Lawyer said ‘work-related,’ the doctor complied. Two slipped discs and a hurting in my side./ I bought a new fourwheeler with my first comp check, two coon hounds, and built a redwood deck./ Been once to the Smokies and twice to Myrtle Beach, drove my wife to Atlanta to hear Benny Hinn preach./ There ain’t no life like the life I’m livin’ cause there ain’t no place like Hillbilly Heaven./ My lawyer said ‘Son, you’re barely gettin’ by, let’s sue for black lung and silicosis — to hell with SSI!/ Now on the first of the month I get so many checks it keeps me busy just making my‘X.’/Gota4X4Chevy with a hitch on the back, hood scoop, roll bars and a deer gun rack./ She’s got hi-jack shocks and a new bed tarp/ When I get the windows tinted this babe will look sharp!/ Bought a Z-28 with hardly a dent. Used three coats of primer — money well spent./ Got a fuzz buster, CB and a whip antenna, Pioneer speakers and a Bearcat scanner. / She’s got a 4-barrel Holly that’ll really kick butt, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the back winder glass./ There ain’t no life like the life I’m livin’ cause there ain’t no place like Hillbilly Heaven./ My maw was a cheeser, I got a brother in the pen. Sister’s got nine young’uns with no two kin./ My pa sold whiskey but he drunk up the pay, then became a Happy Pappy under LBJ./ I get free beer by the bottle and the can since my daughter had a baby by the Budweiser man./ My old lady’s never worked cause she never was smart till she slipped on a ’nanner peel at Super Wal-Mart./ The judge said ‘Fifty grand is what she deserves, and a year’s supply of Xanax to settle her nerves!’/ No, there ain’t no life like the life I’m livin’ cause there ain’t no place like Hillbilly Heaven./ I got a ‘55 Chevy setting up on blocks in my front yard among the creeping phlox./ Got kudzu growing down the garden path, three pink flamingos and a stone bird bath./ When I get the urge to cut my grass I lay down in the porch swing and let it pass!/ There ain’t no life like the life I’m livin’ cause there ain’t no place like Hillbilly Heaven./ I don’t mind if the working man calls me lazy — I might look stupid, but I ain’t crazy./ Let the working man worry about the national debt, let him pay the taxes for the welfare set./ When he’s working like a dog for what little he’s paid I’ll be sleeping like a log and lying in the shade./ Now brother, it don’t take no GED to see I got the whole damn working class working for me!/ Oh, there ain’t no life like the life I’m livin.’ I thank the Lord and the workingman for Hillbilly Heaven?’

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I was watching Jenkins Mayor Kincer on the government channel attempting to justify the City of Jenkins imposing a twopercent occupational tax on anyone employed within the city limits. There has never been a more strained economy since the 1930s. The people of Jenkins pay a much higher school tax on vehicles and all utilities than anywhere else in this or any surrounding county. The county, not the city, has poured coal severance tax money into the industrial park in an effort to bring more business into the county. This tax will be a deterrent to business and future employees and the Jenkins leadership is fully responsible for taking advantage of the industrial park for a greed tax. It is like inviting someone to spend time at your home and robbing them while they sleep. Low taxation will generate more improvement in the economy. The greed of this city council will strangle any hope of growth.

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To the person who said they don’t want to see Whitesburg turned into a sin city: Where have you been the last 50 years? Or actually where have you been for the last 100 years? When wasn’t Whitesburg sin city? Matter of fact, why just say Whitesburg? It is everywhere. And anyway, all of your tax dollars are going to the top of the mountain in Virginia or to Vicco in Perry County. Sin city or not, you are in Sin City. By the way, a beer is not going to make it sin city, honey. Mouths flapping 90 miles an hour, 24 hours, seven days a week gossiping is what makes it sin city. I’d take a Budweiser any day over the trashy gossip going on these days.

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To a certain person: I think you are just jealous of the person who has the money. And apparently if they wanted teeth they would buy them. Some people don’t want to go around clamping plastic all day. Furthermore, what is it any of your business? I’d rather be fat than a pill rip. What happened to you? Did the rock man get you?

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We saw the flash of your long-range camera. If we see it again, the can of worms shall be reopened, if you get my drift. Warning: Beware of the dog. I have people watching you. Do you understand?

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Thank you Speak Your Piece for providing a public forum whereby I may exercise my right to freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. I am tired of lawyers telling me I can’t yell fire in a theater. It is legal to yell fire in a theater if there is fire. Furthermore, it is legal to yell movie in a firehouse whether or not there is a movie. I trust this clears up this point of law once and for all. This brilliant commentary is brought to you courtesy of the M.P. Have a good day.

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How does a certain woman put her picture on Facebook with everybody knowing she partied with seven guys one night when she was 18 and pregnant?

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To a certain woman: You are still the one and only in my life. I love you. You are my angel.

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To a certain person: I just wanted to say that you have no idea how it brightened my whole day Saturday when you smiled and waved at me. I know we are the past, but that doesn’t stop my heart from caring and I always will.

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I was reading in the newspaper about the fourwheelers in Colson. Is it still illegal for four-wheelers to be out on a two-lane road? I have been seeing quite a few on the road and we aren’t sure we are allowed to ride them on the road or not. One of my friends said that you can ride them for two miles to get to off-road. I don’t know if that is true or not. I know you don’t have wear a helmet to ride a motorcycle anymore. I was just wondering really and truly, is there a law about having to have a helmet on? This would be some useful information for the summer. Have a happy, safe summer. Whatever you kids do, do not drink and drive. If you don’t kill somebody, you could kill yourself. Have a happy, safe summer. If you do drink, get in one place and stay there. Don’t get out and drive around. You could ruin your whole life and you have your whole life to live. It could be gone in a matter of minutes. I hope everybody has a safe summer. We have a lot of good stuff to do this summer. We’ll have the swimming pool and recreation center for all of our birthday parties. We’ve got racetracks. I think we are giving the youth of this town a lot of good choices to make this summer. Remember, don’t drink and drive. Treat other people the way you would want to be treated.

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This is the Letcher County drone. I have never worked and never intend to work. Work is for worker bees, but we drones are made for loving. I am young and good looking and have a great personality. The ladies love me. Why should I work when I have all of these wonderful attributes? Work is for husbands, not for us drones. We live to love and love to live. It doesn’t matter if the queen bee has had 15 or 20 drones before me. I just go from one queen bee to another; that is the nature of our species. Me and the queen bees, we get in harmony and we make little honeybees and they make honey and all is well with the world. For all of you queen bees out there who would like to make an appointment with me, just dial 1-800-bee-gum-hero.

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Hey, stupid. It didn’t do you any good to go to the Commonwealth’s Attorney. You must have an investigation, documentation and proof before you go for an indictment in front of a grand jury. I hope this information helps you with your endeavor, which is totally fruitless. Get it? Or would you like the word frugal? Get it?

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I’m looking for ancestors for Ladonna Vanover of Canada. Her grandfather was George Lowe Vanover; great-grandparents were Ira Gilliam Vanover and wife Susan Webb; great-greatgrandparents were David ‘Long Dave’ Vanover and wife Mary Mullins; greatgreat great grandparents were Daniel Vanover and wife Nancy Collins. Most of these families came from Pike County and lived in Burdine, and some are buried in the #3 Cemetery at East Jenkins. She needs information on George Lowe Vanover and Ira Gilliam and wife, Susan Webb’s descendants. If anyone has any information on these Vanovers, please write me, Everett Vanover, 3007 Ponderosa Ct., Fairfield, CA 94533-1455.

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I wish The Mountain Eagle didn’t have to print the foolish comments that show up in Speak Your Piece, especially one like that from the person who claims to be worried prostitutes would be lining the streets of Whitesburg if package alcohol sales were approved. I know, you have to give everyone their voice. But still.



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