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The Way We Were

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Thursday, July 27, 1944

Chester F. Holbrook, 24, was killed in action on Saipan Island on July 4, his relatives have learned. Relatives learned of Holbrook’s death via telegram. He was a son of W. M. and Rachel Holbrook of Southdown. His father said he would have been in service three years on September 1. Two brothers, Basil Holbrook, who is serving in France, and Cecil Holbrook, who is stationed at Camp Springs near Washington, D.C, also survive him.

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Mr. and Mrs. Will Combs of Whitesburg received the sad news Wednesday that their son, Sgt. Bradley Combs, was killed in action in France on July 7. Mr. and Mrs. Combs have four other sons serving in the armed forces, three of them overseas.

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Work on the new Linefork road will begin August 1, says Letcher County Judge B. F. Wright. A steam shovel, one gas shovel and one bulldozer are already at the site. Fifteen men will be hired to build the road. The road is planned to continue from Big Cowan over to the head of Kingscreek and down Dry Fork.

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A Tennessee man has been charged with raping a Jenkins woman. At a court hearing this week, the woman testified she was on the way to her work when she was grabbed and dragged some 75 feet off the highway and assaulted. The woman said she was able to break away from the man and that her screams for help were heard by a man passing by who came to her rescue. The rapist then tried to leave in his Dodge sedan, but ran the car into a ditch and was apprehended by the Jenkins City Police. The man who rescued the woman, Robert Mullins of Jenkins, is being credited with saving her life.

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Pfc. Claude Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Brown of Jackhorn, volunteered for service on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor. He spent a year in Australia and is now in New Guinea. In a letter home, he told his mother not to worry about him, because there were other mothers who had sons overseas and he is no better than them.

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1st Lt. Frazier B. Adams and Pfc. Burnett Adams, brothers from Jeremiah, recently met in England for the first time in two years. Lt. Adams was well known in Letcher County as a schoolteacher before he joined the Army Air Force in 1940. Pfc. Adams will be remembered for his abilities in basketball in 1939 and 1940. Both are graduates of Stuart Robinson High School. Burnett Adams is an Army infantryman.

Thursday, July 22, 1954

The son of Codell Gibson, about seven years of age, is confined to Sharon Heights Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in an automobile accident last Saturday afternoon. It was reported that the boy, who was returning from a picnic and riding in the rear of a truck, jumped from the truck while it was still moving, falling beneath the truck and receiving injuries when the rear wheels ran over him. His condition is reported as satisfactory.

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A local quartet composed of Mickey Bowen, John Edward Collins, Bert Francis and Jimmy Enlowe, accompanied by Ann Cox at the piano, will appear on Huntington TV on Sunday. The Melody Boys are outstanding and will appear on Star’s Parade of Stars at 1 p.m.

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President Eisenhower has appointed a six-member committee to study the problems of the coal industry.

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Members of Letcher County’s polio committee are encouraged to attend a polio business meeting at the home of Mrs. Archie Craft in the Craft Funeral Home building on Friday, July 23. This is polio season and urgent business needs attention, Mrs. Craft says.

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Lunchroom cooks and administrators from the school systems of Letcher County, Jenkins Independent, and Knott County gathered at Whitesburg High School last week for a training program conducted by the state’s two school lunch supervisors. With the school lunch program still in its infancy, the supervisors gave lectures on sanitation, preservation of vitamins, scientific management and integration of the school lunch into the total school program. The group also learned about the foods the government is expected to provide for the school lunches for the 1954-55 year.

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Airman 1st Class Chester T. Spears was married in England Saturday to Miss Eileen Taylor. The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Spears of Seco, enlisted in the Air Force in January 1951 and was sent to Manston Air Force Base, England, in December of that year. The base is located in the town of Margate, which is where he met Miss Taylor. The new Mr. and Mrs. Spears are touring the Scottish Highlands for their honeymoon. Their future home will be in Edinburgh.

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Thirty-two students from Letcher County are attending summer school classes at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

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In the first half of 1954, two-thirds of all American families own one or more automobiles and almost half of all families have television sets, according to the Federal Reserve Board survey of consumer finances.

Thursday, July 23, 1964

Hearings are scheduled for a large group of coal truck drivers cited for driving overweight loads on highways in Letcher County. Most of the drivers were cited on KY 1148 near Colson or KY 7 near Blackey.

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Reorganization of Boone Boy Inc., a furniture manufacturing industry in the Blackey area, was announced. Lois A. Baker is the new president of the company. Other new officers are Hobart Ison, Begie Breeding and Bill Banks. The company is planning to sell upholstered furniture to wholesale outlets in the mountain area.

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Development of the Kingdom Come State Park, located on Pine Mountain between Harlan and Letcher counties, will begin with construction of a dam and fiveacre lake. Also planned is a road extending the existing road into the park to a connection with the Little Shepherd Trail.

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”No Time for Sergeants” starring Andy Griffith is being shown at the Alene Theater in Whitesburg. Also being shown is “Shootout at Medicine Bend” starring Randolph Scott.

Thursday, July 25, 1974

Letcher Fiscal Court voted to increase the pay of county magistrates from $200 to $560 a month. The court also voted to increase the pay of County Judge Estill Blair to $14,300 from $12,600.

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Coal miners at the Brookside mine of Eastover Mining Company are still on strike a year after they voted to be represented by the United Mine Workers of America.

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Millstone correspondent Mable Kiser poses the question, which are happier, teachers in the spring or mothers in autumn?

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First Security Bank reports $15,024,130.35 in assets.

Wednesday, July 25, 1984

The Letcher Fiscal Court will not override an earlier decision to allow TAPS Contracting Co. of Millstone to mine coal on 797 acres of county property at Webb Branch below Fishpond Lake. Under a lease agreement with TAPS, the county will get 50 cents surface royalty for each ton of coal mined on the tract. Beth-Elkhorn Coal Corp. owns the mineral rights to the property. News of the contract was met with protests by local sportsmen and others who fear the mining will endanger Fishpond Lake, as well as those who believe the county should get a surface royalty higher than 50 cents.

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A Mountain Eagle editorial on the Democratic National Convention, which nominated Walter Mondale for president and Geraldine Ferraro as vice president, has this to say: “The selection of Mrs. Ferraro as the candidate for vice president was an inspired choice, and gave true meaning to those all-too-empty phrases and promises about women’s equality. Having witnessed so many failures of male leadership on the local, state and national level, we welcome the Ferraro choice and look forward to the day when we have some women serving as magistrates and school board members and county judges here in the mountains.”

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A special circuit judge has ruled the Letcher Fiscal Court was wrong to move its legal advertising from The Mountain Eagle in June of 1983. Floyd Circuit Judge Hollie Conley issued a permanent injunction preventing the court from placing legal ads in any other newspaper unless they are also placed in the Eagle.

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The family of Mary Hall gathered at Whitesburg to celebrate her 100th birthday. Mrs. Hall, the widow of Alvin Hall, received birthday greetings from President Ronald Reagan, former President Jimmy Carter, Gov. Martha Layne Collins and U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins.

Wednesday, July 27, 1994

Letcher County is out of debt for the first time in a long time. Judge/Executive Carroll Smith said workers in his office are busy making payments totaling $749,599.30. When the last check is issued, the fiscal court will have finished paying $473,074.38 in debts left over from the previous administration.

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Two Whitesburg women, Brenda Newman and Nellie Kincer, testified before members of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee about how the health care crisis had affected them. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who invited them to speak, had heard about the women through “Fast Food Women”, a documentary video produced by Appalshop in Whitesburg. The video, directed by Anne Lewis, explores the lives of women who work in fast food restaurants around Whitesburg.

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The Whitesburg City Council signed an agreement permitting Pine Mountain Lumber to exercise its option to rent 12 acres of the new industrial site in Whitesburg to construct a sawmill. The company will pay $1,500 a month for the site.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court said Roger Dale Epperson could have limited use of the disciplinary case against his lawyer, Lester H. Burns Jr., to pursue the appeal of his own conviction and death sentence. Epperson was convicted in the 1985 murder of Tammy Acker during a robbery at the Fleming-Neon home of her father, Dr. Roscoe Acker. Burns went to federal prison for taking a $175,000 fee from what he knew was stolen money.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

About 30 coal truck owners and drivers parked their rigs at Enterprise Mining Company’s Roxana tipple to protest the company’s refusal to increase the per-ton fee the truckers are paid for hauling coal. Enterprise Mining officials refused to increase haulage fees from $1.60 per ton to $3 per ton.

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Melvin Potter, chairman of the Fleming-Neon Utility Commission, asked the Fleming-Neon City Council’s permission to allow the Water Department to increase flat-rate water fees by $1. An additional $1 would also be applied to flat-rate sewer bills.

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Blue bag recycling has come to Jenkins. The Letcher County Fiscal Court in cooperation with the City of Jenkins has placed a green and white recyclables container outside the gate of the Jenkins Water Plant for use by Jenkins area residents and businesses.

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A public hearing on substance and alcohol abuse in coal mine operations will take place August 19 at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg. The hearing is in response to a number of accident investigations and inspections that have been conducted by the state Department of Mines and Minerals where alcohol or drug abuse has been suspected as a contributing factor.


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