May 12, 1960
Letcher County residents may attend the University of Kentucky next fall merely by crossing Pine Mountain into Cumberland. The university said today its new Southeast Center will open for classes in September.
In its “School Lunch Tips” pamphlet for May, the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of School Lunch pays tribute to the lunch program at the Kona Elementary School in upper Letcher County. The Letcher County school lunch program was nationally recognized in 1959 for efficiency in operating 17 lunch programs and serving type A menus at a cost of only 20 cents.
The Girls Auxiliary of the Fleming Baptist Church will hold its coronation service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Leaders of the group are Audrey Stallard, Pauline Pece, and Billy McKinney.
Pork loin chops are on sale at the Whitesburg A&P food store for 79 cents a pound. Bananas are 10 cents a pound.
May 14, 1970
Whitesburg has decided to add a fourth city policeman and to increase the fee for auto stickers to pay his salary. Auto stickers will cost $7.50 for the first sticker and $5 per sticker for additional stickers in families with a second or third car.
Letcher County came a step closer to receiving Kentucky Educational Television Network programs this week as a helicopter carried sections of a tower from Mayking to the top of Pine Mountain. The tower will rebroadcast KET programs into the county.
Richard Yinger has been elected president of the Whitesburg Jaycees for the coming year.
Whitesburg City Attorney Leroy Fields has proposed establishment of a trust fund to provide perpetual care for the old cemeteries in the city’s Graveyard Hollow
May 15, 1980
Kentucky Power Company has again refused to agree to pay the City of Whitesburg four percent of gross annual revenues it collects from Whitesburg customers for the privilege of operating within the city limits.
Denson Jones and Eli Johnson were standing on the street in Neon when they spotted a bus “with Tennessee tags” and thought it might be some big group. They followed the bus to Burger Queen in Whitesburg where they discovered that not only was Dolly Parton on the bus but Jane Fonda was there too.
Jenkins Mayor Jesse Bates, a longtime political figure in Letcher County, died of a heart attack while visiting in Florida.
A University of Kentucky survey shows that the economy continues to dominate Kentuckians’ list of major problems facing the state.
May 16, 1990
The Letcher County school system soon will have to make “hard and lasting choices” about how it will “do business and the direction it will take toward the year 2000,” but the system now is on a path “that will not likely take it to where it will want to be in 10 years.” Those are the words of a Kentucky Department of Education curriculum audit of Letcher County schools soon to be released.
The National Labor Relations Board has been asked to schedule an election to allow South East Coal Co.’s 650 hourly employees to decide if they want union representation.
Commencement exercises for seniors at three Letcher County high schools will be held this week and next. The valedictorians are: Jennifer Stephens, Whitesburg High School; Lucinda Beth Kincer, Jennifer Vance, and Bridgette Denise Griffith, Fleming-Neon High School; and Amanda Rene Tolliver and Gwenna Bates, Letcher High School.
May 17, 2000
Five homes on Tunnel Hill will get sewer service and 12 more on High Street and Day Hollow Road may get sewers. The Whitesburg City Council voted to spend up to $10,000 to lay sewer lines to homes along 2,000 feet of Jenkins Road between the stone bridge and A&C Drive-In.
Appalshop will receive a $1.25 million challenge grant from the Ford Foundation to stimulate new support from individual donors. Appalshop will match the Ford grant by raising $1.25 million over five years in new or increased gifts from individuals.
With victories over Buckhorn and Riverside Christian last week, the Jenkins Cavaliers raised their record to 10-3.