February 18, 1960
Things appeared to be looking up this week for both teachers and pupils in the Jenkins and Letcher County school systems. Gov. Bert T. Combs announced at Frankfort that his budget for schools in Kentucky for the next two years will total $271,130,530, a record-high sum which is 62 percent higher than the amount spent for education in Kentucky during the past two years.
The House of Representatives in Frankfort has adopted a resolution calling upon state health officials to establish a tuberculosis hospital in Letcher County.
”It was positively lonely around here over the weekend,” said Letcher County Jailer Robert Sexton. There was not a Letcher County prisoner in his bastille from Friday through Tuesday.
Only half a dozen taxpayers had claimed their “paid” receipts at the sheriff ’s office by dinner time Tuesday, despite the moderating weather.
February 19, 1970
There’s money to be made in cleaning up much of the mess left by coal mines of yesteryear on the hillsides and in the valleys of eastern Kentucky. Whitesburg coal figure and motel operator Herman Combs Jr. has formed a new firm, Clubb and Combs Mining Co., to scoop up and sell the gob piles which dot the hillsides.
Several Letcher County residents who live between a quarter and a half mile from the post office will start receiving home mail delivery soon. Fifteen Letcher County post offices will be able to expand their mail services under a new plan.
Legislation to “toughen up” state regulation of strip mining has been introduced in the General Assembly in Frankfort. The legislation, House Bill 492, also would do away with the broadform deed by requiring that strip operators obtain permission from affected surface owners.
One of Letcher County’s school buses was hit Jan. 14 by an L&N train at long Branch, near Whitesburg. The bus was fortunately unloaded at the time of the accident and was headed back toward the school parking lot.
February 21, 1980
The Brown administration is said to be leaning toward sending some of the coal severance tax money paid to the state by coal mining companies back to the counties where the coal was mined.
The Kentucky Legislature is considering a bill aimed at giving the state the right to enforce federal surface mining regulations.
The new movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, based on the life of Johnson County native Loretta Lynn, is to have its Kentucky premiere in Louisville on March 5. Pat of the movie was filmed in Letcher County and several county residents who have parts in the film are to attend the premiere.
Letcher County native James A. Adams, superintendent of the Winston Salem/Forsyth County school system in North Carolina, was chosen one of American’s “top school executives” by The Executive Educator magazine.
February 21, 1990
U.S. Hwy. 119 across Pine Mountain has been reduced to gravel in some sections where the roadbed is sliding down the mountainside. The state highway department has replaced asphalt with gravel in an attempt to fill in cracks left by the slide.
Warm temperatures throughout January and continuing into mid February may have tempted some fruit crops into breaking dormancy earlier than usual. As a result, a sudden cold snap could damage flower buds.
Kentucky State Police have received several reports from Letcher, Perry and Breathitt counties about two men who are “taking advantage of elderly people by trying to sell them lightning rods and charging them several hundred dollars.”
Letcher County academic teams took 26 of the 32 prizes in the middle school division of the 13th Region Governor’s Cup tournament. Sixteen county students will advance to state competition.
February 23, 2000
Members of the Reynolds family have donated the Foodland building in Whitesburg to Southeast Community College — Whitesburg Campus. The million-dollar property apparently is the largest gift ever from a Letcher County family to a local public institution.
Letcher County Water and Sewer District is sponsoring a junk car cleanup in an attempt to remove vehicles from the streams that are a potential water source for the county. Civic groups can cash in on the process by finding the cars and tagging them.
When the children of Beulah and Cassel Caudill of Cowan off ered to take them out to supper as a celebration of their 71st wedding anniversary, Mrs. Caudill said no — she wanted to cook the supper herself for her husband and children.
”Walt Disney’s The Tigger Movie”, “Scream 3” and “The Whole Nine Yards” are playing at Whitesburg Cinema.