February 25, 1960
A total of 24 inches of snow was recorded in Letcher County in the week ended Feb. 20. That was more snow in a week than had fallen during the entire season since first snowfall of the winter began Oct. 28. So far this winter, Letcher County has recorded three feet and eight inches of snow.
Basketball fever will reach a high point in Letcher County next week as teams from all high schools in the county vie for the district championship.
The Kentucky Senate has adopted a resolution calling on the state Department of Conservation to “give all possible consideration to the establishment of a state park on top of Pine Mountain on Highway 119 between Whitesburg and Cumberland.”
The Jenkins Little League organization will present a basketball contest between the Jenkins Woman’s Club and the Woman’s Club of Pound, Va., Friday night at the Jenkins Field House.
February 26, 1970
Letcher County Judge Robert Collins revealed today that a major gas and oil boom, maybe of Texas proportions, is underway in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky. And the judge proposed that the oil and gas be taxed, along with coal, limestone, and other natural wealth in the area.
Letcher County teachers joined thousand of teachers from other counties in Kentucky this week in a statewide work stoppage to press for higher salaries and other benefi ts.
State Highway Engineer Wendell Bayes, Pikeville, confi rmed that the winter has been unusually severe in its effect upon the highways, especially roads having a surface designed for light loads.
Round steak is 98 cents a pound at the A&P food store in Whitesburg. Ground beef is 69 cents a pound.
February 28, 1980
The Jenkins Independent School district plans to take action against the cities of Fleming-Neon and Jenkins if they do not soon remit to the school system the utilities taxes it claims they owe.
After completing an investigation into the legality of Letcher County’s use of $8,750 in federal disaster relief funds to pay salaries and expenses of some county officials, County Atty. Forest Cook has determined that the use was “improper.” He says all officials who received the salary and expense payments were advised to pay the money back to the county and all but two have done so.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Boggs of Cowan celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Glen and Wayne Palumbo of Whitesburg attended the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, La. Sara Ison reported crocuses are blooming in her yard at Ice.
February 28, 1990
The Letcher County Fiscal Court may begin “laying the groundwork” for mandatory garbage collection at a special meeting next week. The court last week approved the first reading of an ordinance placing a dumping fee on garbage taken to the landfill, but magistrates and Judge/ Executive Ruben Watts said that is a temporary measure until the county can prepare a universal mandatory collection ordinance.
Funeral services will be held today for a Letcher County miner killed in a roof fall at Golden Oak Mining Company’s Mine 33 at Carbon Glow. The fall killed mine foreman Rex Johnson, 27, of Neon, and injured one other miner, James Johnson of Goose Creek.
Work has begun to stabilize a slide that is causing the ground to fall away beneath US 119 and a nearby house on Pine Mountain. State highway department workers began driving steel posts into the ground on the downhill side of the road Thursday in an effort to catch the road.
Former Whitesburg resident Charles M. “Marty” Newell is the new executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.
March 1, 2000
Kentucky State Police have linked an automotive chop shop operation raided Monday to Wilford Henry Niece, a former coal operator already facing federal drug charges. Police say Niece rented the two buildings at Colson where officers found two trucks, a backhoe, a Bobcat mini-bulldozer, and a set of construction lights, all stolen. One of the trucks, a Ford 350 Ranger stolen from Tennessee, was loaded with stolen auto parts, police said.
Laurel Grocery Chief Executive Officer Bruce Chesnut said his company will work with the Reynolds family and the school to give the Foodland building to Southeast Community College’s Whitesburg Campus. Laurel Grocery holds the lease on the building.
Twenty-eight cans, 250 bottles, 97 fast-food containers, 48 aerosol and oil cans on 1,200 feet of shoreline. That’s how much garbage Letcher County Judge/Executive Carroll Smith, Deputy Judge/Executive Mike Gover and their families found along two stretches of the Kentucky River bank in Whitesburg.
Tim Blair, son of Doreen Calhoun of Blackey and grandson of Brady Blair of Letcher, has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army. He has been assigned to the Pentagon beginning in April, and will work for the Secretary of Defense in the office of Kenneth Bacon.