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November 28, 1963

The Kentucky Legislature has passed a resolution asking that the proposed community college be located at Hazard. Both Gov. Bert T. Combs and incoming governor Ned T. Breathitt had committed themselves to putting the college in Letcher County. Raymond Collins, who served as co-chairman of a committee which tried to get the old Stuart Robinson School approved as the college site, said it looked as though everything tried in Whitesburg went to Hazard. “We do the work and they get the results,” he said.

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The Kentucky Highway Department is asking for bids on the Mountain Parkway extension beyond Jackson. The new call is for bids on the extension from KY 15 at Quicksand to a finished part of the highway at Jackson.

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A former Whitesburg resident was present at Parkland General Hospital in Dallas, Tex., when President John F. Kennedy was brought into the emergency room, fatally wounded. Dr. Sam Burklow, an intern at the hospital, was going out of the emergency entrance as Kennedy was taken in.

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Many Whitesburg businesses closed their doors in observance of a national day of mourning for President John F. Kennedy. Schools were dismissed throughout Letcher County. Work continued, however, on the Letcher County Courthouse, a gift of the late President’s administration.

November 29, 1973

The Kentucky River sent 3½ feet of water into Main Street at Neon as the warmest, wettest November in several years has brought Letcher County close to a major flood.

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A new bridge that spans Carr Fork Lake between Whitesburg and Hazard has been closed to traffic because the structure has sunk one foot and .65 inches. The slippage left a gap of about four inches between the end of the bridge and KY 15, and left the surface of the bridge 12 to 14 inches below the highway. Officials say the bridge may be closed for months.

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The Letcher Eagles defeated the Whitesburg Yellowjackets 63-51 in the opening game of the basketball season. The following night, Whitesburg defeated Hindman 61-57.

November 23, 1983

U.S. Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts is coming to Letcher County to hold a forum on hunger and deprivation in Fleming-Neon. The senator is scheduled to tour the Jenkins water plant with U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins. He is also to visit a community health clinic in Floyd County before returning to Letcher County. The senator is following some of the steps of his brother, Sen. Robert Kennedy of New York, who visited Letcher County and other parts of eastern Kentucky in February, 1968, shortly before he was shot to death by an assassin.

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A editorial in The Mountain Eagle says, “It has been a year since MSHA, the federal mine safety agency, was notified that tests conducted by the Bureau of Mines show that much of the underground blasting equipment in use throughout the industry carries a high risk of firing when it is not supposed to, with a range of error so great that ‘miners and mine management are playing Russian roulette with their lives’ when the equipment is used. Since officials of the Reagan administration have know of the situation for a year now and have done nothing, it seems logical to assume that MSHA doesn’t give a damn how many mine explosions there are, nor how many miners are killed.”

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Letcher County 4-H members won five out of nine championships at the eight-county Quicksand 4-H Talk Meet and took blue awards in the other four divisions. Champions were Adam Morris, Melissa Blair, Keith Adams, Mary Morris and Celesta Richardson. Blue award winners were Barbara Holland, Charles Hall, Jennifer Wright and Vicki Nelson.

December 1, 1993

A faulty light fixture is believed to be the cause of a Thanksgiving Day fire which destroyed a two-story building housing a restaurant/retail story and pharmacy in downtown Jenkins. The blaze started in the rear of the building which housed Cavalier Drug Store and Boggs Pharmacy. The building was adjacent to Jenkins Community Hospital, where patients were moved to the opposite side of the hospital.

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Blackey correspondent Grace Caudill describes a scary trip across Pine Mountain when “the fog was so thick you could see only three yards ahead of you. We went across at about five miles per hour . . . I just thought about the school buses that have to go across that mountain on many mornings and evenings in such conditions. I also thought about the men who work across the mountain, including my son.”

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Christmas parades are schedule in Whitesburg and Jenkins. Santa Claus is expected to participate in both events.

December 3, 2003

Forrester Caudill, 19, died after being shot one time in the chest Sunday in the Spring Branch/Black Bottom Road neighborhood of Jeremiah. Mary Walters Williams was charged with murder in the case.

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Santa Claus will be coming to Jenkins this Saturday for a Christmas parade. After the parade, Santa will be at the new Jenkins Fire Station with treat bags for children.

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The Reynolds family has filed suit against the Whitesburg Education Development Foundation, saying the old A&P property was deed to the foundation for use as classroom space by Southeast Community College but has instead been the site of used car sales. The family is asking that the property be returned to them and that there be an accounting of all money generated by use of the property.


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