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February 11 1943

The executive council of the Letcher County Liquor Control Association met January 5 at the Baptist Church in Whitesburg to organize for the local-option election the association asked for after a public meeting in the Letcher County Courthouse on January 1. Committee president Thomas B. Hale said the group’s campaign to become Kentucky’s 69th dry county would be overseen by the Anti- Saloon League of Kentucky. One of the association’s first actions was to establish an advertising campaign through which they are linking the fight against alcohol in Letcher County with the Allies’ fight against the Axis. “A drinking nation can’t win,” says one ad. “Is it right to send boys away to fight who can’t walk straight, much less shoot straight?” the association asks in another ad.

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“The time has come for people to work and not loaf,” Letcher Quarterly Court Judge Dr. B.F. Wright of Seco proclaims in a notice published to advise members of the public they will be arrested and jailed on vagrancy charges if they are found loitering inside the Letcher County Courthouse. “I have personally noticed young men and old men apparently making dates with married women and girls as young as 12 and 14 years of age and doing other immoral practices,” Wright’s notice said. “All persons who have no business other than loitering and immoral purposes are hereby ordered to stay out of the hallway of the courthouse so that those who do have business to attend to can do it and go home.”

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The Whitesburg restaurant Mother Craft’s Dining Room is welcoming the effort to outlaw the sale of alcohol in Letcher County. “We do not sell any kind of intoxicating drinks,” Mother Craft, proprietor of the Main Street establishment says in an advertisement. “This is a place where Grandma can come to eat and not be disturbed by drunken boisterous noises and disturbances.”

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Rufus Holbrook of Mayking has filed for a license to operate a roadhouse at Mayking Post Office, Letcher County Court Clerk Cossie Quillen says in a public notice.

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“Mom says OK, Three-a-Day for Judy Mae” proclaims an advertisement for the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of Whitesburg. The ad, featuring a photograph of a curlyheaded little girl with a glass of soda, says good mothers know hard-playing youngsters need “a sweet treat at 10, 2 & 4.” At only five-cents a bottle, says the ad, Dr. Pepper’s “natural flavors and pure cane sugar are wholesome and beneficial.”

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A “Notice of Dissolution” informs the public that Eureka Elkhorn Coal Company “is closing up its business.” The notice is signed by M.K. Marlowe, president, and Mark V. Marlowe, secretary-treasurer.

February 12, 1953

A petition for an election deciding whether people would be in favor of liquor or beer being sold in the corporate limits of Jenkins was filed this week in the Letcher County Court Clerk’s Office. County Judge Robert B. Collins set the special election for April 25. The last local-option election in Jenkins was held in 1948, with the “dry” forces winning by 363 votes (1,256 to 893). The question on the ballot will read: “Are you in favor of continuing prohibition now in effect in the City of Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky?”

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Farmer’s Supply announces the arrival of 1,000 baby chicks, 10 of which will be given away February 14 to each customer buying at least 25 pounds of feed. Roy Gilley, owner of the Whitesburg store, says he is holding the promotion to encourage the raising of more chickens in Letcher County.

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Whitesburg attorney Stephen Combs Jr. reported to fellow Rotary Club members about his recent trip to Washington, D.C., for the January 20 inauguration of President Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, our nation’s 34th commander in chief. In addition to describing the day’s events to the audience at Mother Craft’s restaurant, Combs shared a number of photographs and literature about the event, which “made his talk one of the best.”

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Kentucky State Police are investigating the February 5 thefts of a taxi in the Isom area and a Jeep at Neon. Trooper Elwood Champion said the blue 1950 Chevrolet cab, driven by Dennis Breeding and owned by Proffit’s Cab, was stolen after 11 p.m. Champion said the red 1948 Jeep with two wooden doors was stolen from Dallas Webb. Police are also investigating two thefts of automobile equipment in the Thornton area. Arnold Blair had the left rear wheel stolen from his black 1951 Chevrolet on February 7, the same night someone stole two front wheels and the spare wheel from S.T. Wright’s 1953 Hudson Hornet. Fingerprints discovered on both cars will be used as evidence.

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Bill Adams confirmed reports this week that he will be a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for Letcher County Judge. A two-term state representative from the Isom area, Adams, who is also a farmer and truck mine operator, has been encouraged to run by party leaders. He says his race will be run on what he terms moral issues. “I am dry,” Adams said. “I am against whiskey in any form.” In a related matter, Emil Clay of Sandlick announced he is withdrawing as a Republican candidate for county judge. “I feel that the people of Letcher County would prefer Mr. Bill Adams as their candidate,” Clay said.

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The First Baptist Church of Whitesburg announced it will co-operate with 15 other Letcher, Harlan and Perry County churches in the Pine Mountain Association that has scheduled a revival for March 27 through April 5.

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Letcher County’s automobile dealers are boasting about the quality of the products they offer. An advertisements placed by Ammerman Motor Co. of Whitesburg points out that Willys new Aero automobile placed just behind Cadillac in a ranking of “performance, handling, safety, economy and maintenance” appearing in the February issue of Motor Trend Magazine. Phillips Motor Company of Neon encourages readers to come and see the 1953 Oldsmobile “Super” 88. Kyva Motor of Whitesburg is advertising the value of 1953 Pontiacs, while W.H. Hudson sales of Pine Mountain Junction is promoting the Hudson Hornet and Hudson Wasp and their “lowest center of gravity among American cars.” Hudson, says the ad, won 47 victories in 60 starts in stock-car events in 1952. Wright Motor Company of Neon is touting the low-priced Chrysler Windsor; Boone Motor of Whitesburg and Jenkins wants customers to consider Chevrolet’s 1953 two-door Bel Air sedan; and Jordan Motor of Jenkins is drawing attention to the new 140-horsepower engine Dodge calls the “Red Ram V-8”.

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The Whitesburg Police Department’s night officer, Oda Amburgey, reported that three soldiers listed by the Army as absent without leave (AWOL) were picked up here on February 2 and returned to Ft. Knox, Ky.

February 13, 1963

Letcher County schools will extend their terms to make up for days lost because of bad weather, said Supt. Sanford Adams. Weather has forced schools to close for 10 days.

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The Letcher County Board of Education has voted to shift the Isom, Doty and Marion-Carbon Glow precincts into different school board districts. All had been in District 4, represented by School Board Chairman Kerney Day. In their old districts, the precincts would vote in the 1964 election. However, the districts into which the precincts were moved are not scheduled to hold elections for three more years, thus depriving the residents of voting for seven years. School board member Ray Collins who opposed the move, said of the switch, “Let’s just call it was it is. It’s politics.”

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Porterhouse steak costs 99 cents a pound at the A&P grocery store. The store is also advertising fryers at 27 cents a pound, and shrimp at $4.79 for a three-pound bag.

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South-East Coal Co. is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone furnishing information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible for causing an explosion at its Millstone Headhouse. The explosion resulted in a fire, which caused considerable damage to the facility.

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Sarah Adams is the new Hemphill correspondent for The Mountain Eagle.

February 15, 1973

West Whitesburg Elementary School is scheduled to open in early March. Supt. Kendall Boggs told the school board that all equipment except library shelving is in, and the shelving is to be shipped February 18. March 5 is the target date for moving pupils into the new building.

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United Mine Workers President Arnold Miller will speak to eastern Kentucky miners in Pike County. Miller will attend and speak at a meeting of Miners For Democracy (MFD) at Millard High School. The purpose of the meeting is to select and nominate a MFD slate of candidates for offices in District 30 of the UMWA. Union officers will be nominated and elected by the miners of District 30 themselves as a result of a court order in a suit brought by MFD against the union. A federal court ruled the various UMWA districts should be given full autonomy, including the right to elect their own officers.

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Sandlick correspondent Daisy Halcomb advises readers to raise a garden as everything is so high in the stores.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities and other foundations are sponsoring the Appalachian Educational Media Project, a part of Appalshop in which young Appalachians are working on documentary films. The subjects of the films are the Old Regular Baptist Church and coal camp life in eastern Kentucky. Other films are planned on one-room schools, mountain music, moonshining, and cockfighting.

February 17, 1983

The Letcher County School Board voted to file a condemnation suit against the Whitesburg-Letcher County Industrial Site and the City of Whitesburg to obtain the industrial site property in West Whitesburg for the new Whitesburg High School. The action came only a week after the industrial foundation sold the site to the city for $1 in a move designed to protect the property from condemnation. The land is located just beyond the second railroad crossing on KY 15 west of Whitesburg.

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The National Weather Service in Jackson is predicting mild temperatures with highs in the 50’s and lows around 30 degrees.

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An agreement reached between the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) and the City of Jenkins apparently removed several Jenkins area residents from the threat of being disconnected from city water and sewage. KHC told the Jenkins City Council it would provide $22,000 to the city to finish reconstruction of a city water tank which had been out of operation since 1979. The city had been considering disconnecting residents of the Marshall’s Branch area from city water and sewage because of dilapidated lines and lack of pressure.

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Cowan correspondent Elsie Banks reports that Cassel and Beulah Caudill will celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary February 16. Pearl and John Fleenor will mark their 65th wedding anniversary the same day.

February 17, 1993

Former Letcher Circuit Judge Larry D. Collins is fighting for the dismissal of a five-count felony indictment on bribery charges against him. Collins entered a plea of not guilt at a hearing in Lexington. He was indicted February 9 just hours after a special grand jury was impaneled in Whitesburg to being reviewing evidence gathered during a 15-month Kentucky State Police investigation into alleged corruption on Letcher County.

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Letcher County and Jenkins Independent school districts both scored below the average of all state school districts in the district-wide “base-line” scores. Each district got base-line scores, which tell how fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are doing today, and threshold scores, that tell where they were two years ago.

February 19, 2003

Judge/Executive Carroll Smith declared an emergency in Letcher County on Monday in the wake of flooding, preparing the county for any disaster declaration made by the governor and the president. Letcher County received more than three inches of rain between Friday and Sunday nights.

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Mark K. Shriver, managing director for U.S. programs of Save the Children and a nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, toured the Cowan Community Center Feb. 13. He said he made the trip to Cowan and other centers around the region so he could see firsthand the programs that work.

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Police charged a Neon man with attempted robbery after an employee of Neon Food World grabbed him as he showed the store manager a gun and demanded money. The gun turned out to be a toy, said a Kentucky State Police spokesman.


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