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Nov. 1, 1962

Letcher County should start its Cloud City development at the top of Pine Mountain immediately with a 50-unit deluxe motel and should work toward completion of 2,000 units by 1972, two firms of consultants advised this week.

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Letcher Fiscal Court voted down a motion to give extra funds for the Letcher County Public Library. Commissioner Herman Fields, who made the motion, said he understood that an appropriation from the county of five centers per $100 of assessed property value is required in order for the two county libraries to take part in regional library programs.

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Some of the roving pickets who have been attempting to close coal mines in several eastern Kentucky counties visited Letcher County this week Two carloads of Harlan County miners on their way to work at South-East Coal Co. in Letcher County were stopped by a group of about 40 pickets at the top of Pine Mountain.

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A hearing has been set at Whitesburg on the seven miles of the Whitesburg-Hazard road to be constructed between Whitesburg and Isom.

Nov. 9, 1972

President Richard M. Nixon carried Letcher County along with him in his overwhelming second-term victory. He won 59 percent of the votes cast in Letcher County, 64 percent of votes cast in Kentucky and 61 percent of votes cast in the nation. His opponent was Democrat George McGovern.

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The biggest election victory in Letcher County this week went to Willard Gilliam the Committee to Save Letcher County. By a three-to-one margin, voters supported a return to the magisterial form of county government from the commission form, which had been in effect here since 1961.

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United Mine Workers President W.A. ‘Tony’ Boyle authorized the transfer of $20,000 in union loans to UMW District 19 in the fall of 1969. The loan was made shortly before the December 1969 slayings of UMW presidential contender Joseph ‘Jock’ Yablonski, his wife and daughter. Government probing has resulted in the arrest of a District 19 official in connection with the murders. A former UMW District 19 official who has decided to confess in the Yablonski case says a “murder fund” had been established within the UMW administration and it was from that fund that payment for the slayings was made.

Nov. 11, 1982

Local supporters of Rich Trumka expect to see some quick action when the 33-year-old miner-lawyer takes over as president of the United Mine Workers union in January. Most observers agree that Trumka’s overwhelming victory over UWM leader Sam Church is a call for the union’s leadership to take the measures necessary to pull the rank-and-file union members out of unemployment lines and put them back to work.

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Funeral services were held for Edward P. ‘Ned’ Day, 86, who over a 30-year period raised millions of dollars for colleges, churches and philanthropic organizations across the country. Day was born at Mandrake, now Day, and grew up on Cowan. He was the first boarding student at Stuart Robinson School. He was found dead in the living room of his home. He was seated in a wheelchair and had a gunshot wound in his chest. Day maintained a home and farm on Cowan Creek throughout his life and came home to garden when his job did not require him to be away. He retired in the late ‘50s and returned to Cowan to live.

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Students are back in school at West Whitesburg Elementary School this week after nearly a week of absence from classes. A stomach illness sent more than 200 youngsters home. Health officials say the illness probably was a virus and not related to food served at the school.

Nov. 11, 1992

For the first time in recent memory, women hold the majority on the Jenkins Independent Board of Education. Brenda Fleming of Burdine and Margaret Sue Woods Fulton of McRoberts join board member Peggy Webb, who was elected last year. Letcher County Board of Education member Regina Sizemore lost her bid for re-election to Will Smith of Whitesburg.

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Local leaders say they think better times are coming with the election of President Bill Clinton.

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The Letcher County Board of Education voted to increase the school tax rate because of a $25 million drop in local assessments.

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The Bituminous Coal Operators’ Association says troubling economic factors will set the tone for this year’s negotiations with the United Mine Workers union.

Nov. 13, 2002

Jerome Boggs pleaded guilty last week to murdering Timothy Lewis ‘Blister’ Cook and his four-year-old son T.J. Boggs admitted to murdering the Cooks, to robbing Blister Cook of marijuana and $1,000 cash, and to possessing a handgun while already having been convicted of a felony.

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More than 100 residents of the Camp Branch community have filed a civil lawsuit asking that Cook and Sons Mining Inc. of Whitesburg be required to supply their homes with public water.

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A group of residents upset about the University of Kentucky’s decision to shut down its air ambulance base in Jackson have collected 4,200 signatures on petitions asking the university to reopen the base in eastern Kentucky, preferably in Whitesburg.


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