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June 15, 1961

The Whitesburg City Council has authorized Mayor Ferdinand Moore to sign a contract with Kentucky Power Company for installation of new street lights on Main Street.

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Relatives of Alonzo Sizemore, a coal miner who died last year, followed his wishes and erected a cutter bar from a machine he had operated in the mines as a tombstone at his grave in Adams-Craft-Webb Cemetery at Mayking.

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The Letcher County Board of Education and local and state urban renewal officials agreed informally to cooperate in obtaining a site for a new grade school in the extreme western section of Whitesburg.

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Letcher Circuit Judge J.L. Hays has declared a number of city ordinances passed by the City of Neon as illegal because they had not been advertised as required by law.

June 17, 1971

The Office of Economic Opportunity has approved a grant of $489,321 for the Leslie, Knott, Letcher, Perry Community Action Agency (LKLP) got another year of operation of a home repair project which has provided repairs to the homes of 1,500 families over the past three years. The program is operated by Eastern Kentucky Housing Development Corp., a delegate agency of LKLP.

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Beth-Elkhorn Coal Corp. has been totally shut down this week as the United Mine Workers of America has launched a wildcat nationwide strike to demonstrate support for UMWA President Tony Boyle, who has been replaced by the union’s executive board.

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Rep. Ken Hechler (D-W.Va.) is seek a probe of a plan by the U.S. Bureau of Mines to attempt to blame coal miners themselves for mining accidents.

June 18, 1981

Kentucky State Police have impounded records from the May 26 primary election in Letcher County and are investigating all aspects of the election. County Judge Robert Collins says he has given the officers the use of the first floor of the courthouse for their work. Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg said he understood activities of all election officers and candidates are being checked.

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In Washington, it is Rep. Carl D. Perkins vs. President Reagan as the White House tries to trim $36 billion in the 1982 federal budget from social programs he has fought to build.

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Letcher County schools Superintendent Jack M. Burkich has withdrawn a recommendation for the school board to place Cowan Elementary School Principal Robert Gatton into a teaching position and cut his pay. Gatton said he and his wife, Christine, also a teacher, are considering moving to another county. Burkich acted after a day and a half of testimony concerning the proposed demotion at a hearing requested by Gatton.

June 19, 1991

Three former county workers have sued the Letcher Fiscal Court for damages, alleging they were removed from their jobs illegally.

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Few have crossed the picket lines at South East Coal Company’s mines. The miners voted last week to walk out over alleged unfair labor practices. The United Mine Workers union says the 300 men recalled to work by South East recently were rehired with regard to seniority.

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South East Coal Co. has filed suit against the Kentucky Utilities Co. for allegedly abusing the court system in its fight over coal payments. South East President Harry LaViers Jr. said the suit was filed simultaneously in Estill Circuit Court and in U.S. District Court in Lexington. South East has been trying for seven years to recover $80 million it says KU owes it. KU claims a sudden drop in coal prices should have been reflected in the cost of South East coal.

June 20, 2001

The Letcher Fiscal Court Monday night decided not to decided anything about redistricting — at least until it has more information.

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When President George W. Bush and his wife Laura visited Brussels, Belgium, last week, Letcher County native Anna Richardson, 22, help to show them around. Richardson, a senior student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, is working at the American Embassy in Brussels as an intern on the Economics Desk there.

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Letcher Fiscal Court will invite every state and federal representative and senator to attend its next meeting in an effort to impress upon them the county’s need for money for project including the renovation of the old Jenkins High School and construction of the Letcher County welcome center at Pound Gap. The fiscal court voted to issue the invitations after a representative of Nesbitt Engineering told it there is little hope for the $6 million needed for the projects outside direct appropriation by Congress.


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