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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908


 

 

Thursday, August 9, 1934

On Monday night, Albert York, a local preacher attending religious services on the poor farm below town, was assaulted by two unidentified men while York was on his way home on Kingdom Come Creek. York, 40, is not known to have any enemies. Reports are he is critically hurt.

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Seventeen miners were killed Monday in a methane gas explosion in a coal mine at Derby, Va., located about six miles from Appalachia. Eighty men were in the mine at the time of the blast.

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The 10-bed Bach Hospital will open in Whitesburg on August 16.

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A man delivering the Knoxville News-Sentinel newspaper was robbed by bandits Saturday night at Sergent Gap. A total of $17 and Consolidation Coal Company scrip were taken.

Thursday, August 5, 1954

The worst traffic accident in the history of Letcher County occurred about noon last Saturday when a car carrying 11 people, including seven children and one teen-aged girl, ran into a cliff near the top of Pine Mountain near Whitesburg. Hexie Maxie’s car was being driven by his brother-in-law Tom Brown when the accident occurred. Hexie Maxie said he and his family and Brown were on their way to Linefork to show their wives where they worked and had been away from their Millstone home for about 30 minutes. Maxie said he tried desperately to free the victims from the burning 1941 Buick Tudor car but couldn’t.

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Willard M. Gilliam of Mayking has been appointed Letcher County Judge Pro-tem.

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Letcher County’s first polio case was reported this week.

Thursday, August 6, 1964

Dedication ceremonies for a new park and picnic area at the top of Pine Mountain above Jenkins will be held Saturday. The 200-acre tract has been developed under sponsorship of the Jenkins Kiwanis Club.

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The Commission of Guerrant Presbytery will meet Sunday night at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg to ordain M. McCoy Frankin into the ministry and to install him as pastor of the church. The new minister is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary at Decatur, Ga.

Thursday, August 8, 1974

Fire of unknown origin did extensive damage to The Mountain Eagle offices. The burning of the Eagle followed threats to burn voiced at a public meeting and threats against the life of Editor Tom Gish by a local law enforcement officer. The fire destroyed most of the Eagle’s equipment and much of its library of photographs and materials about eastern Kentucky and Letcher County. A investigation into the possibility of arson is being conducted by state police at the request of Gish and Fire Chief Philmore Bowen of Whitesburg.

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The Whitesburg City Council plans to ask the Letcher Fiscal Court for money from coal severance tax funds for a shell building to be erected at the Whitesburg industrial site.

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The Whitesburg City Council has notified school official that city policemen will no longer attend and patrol local football and basketball games.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has released $31,263 for the Neon and Fleming sewer project.

Wednesday, August 8, 1984

U.S. Representative Carl D. Perkins died of a heart attack in an airplane at the Lexington airport as he was on his way to Letcher County for a reunion at Stuart Robinson School. He had represented mountain people in Congress for 36 years, longer than any other Kentuckian, and he had accomplished major social changes not only for eastern Kentucky but for the rest of the nation as well.

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A Mountain Eagle editorial says of Carl D. Perkins, “He was a giant of a man. His accomplishments were so enormous, touching the lives of so many people, that a full count of his achievements is impossible. His was a lifetime of struggle for the dignity of man, and most especially the dignity of his beloved mountain folks. Carl D. walked the road with John and Bob Kennedy, with Martin Luther King, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and with Ted Kennedy in pursuit of a better life for all Americans.”

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A consensus is forming that the son of Carl D. Perkins, Carl Christopher “Chris” Perkins, a Hindman lawyer, will be named in a special election to complete his father’s term in Congress.

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Letcher County’s jobless rate has fallen slightly but is still 21.5 percent, fourth-worst in the state.

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Wal-Mart Stores announced it will soon begin a job search for associates to work in the new Wal-Mart Store in Whitesburg. Approximately 70 jobs will be available.

Wednesday, August 10, 1994

After 38 years, Consolidation Coal Company is coming back to Letcher County. The company, known officially as CONSOL Inc., is buying the assets of Kentucky Criterion Coal Company, which operates in Letcher, Knott and Pike counties. CONSOL hasn’t had an active mining operation in Letcher County since 1956, when the company sold its coal operations in the Jenkins area to Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

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Four new principals have been hired in the Letcher County School System, David Boggs, Whitesburg High School; Jimmy Cornett, Letcher High School; Elmer Eldon Hall, Fleming-Neon Elementary School; and Ted Corder (interim principal), Martha Jane Elementary School.

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A five-foot timber rattlesnake with six rattles was killed in Tom Biggs Hollow at McRoberts by Cracker Litton, Bob Barnett, and Rick Whitt. Litton says he plans to make a hatband from the snake’s skin.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

A Jeremiah man was arrested and charged with stabbing a man in the back of the head with an ice pick at a scenic overlook on Interstate 26 near the community of Flag Pond, Tenn.

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Tommy Joe Pease, a former Letcher County constable, has pleaded guilty in federal court to four of seven gun and drug charges filed against him in May.

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The Jenkins High School Class of 1964 held its 40-year reunion July 23-24 at Jenkins.

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Greg Lucas returned to the winner’s circle in the Limited Late Model Division at Mountain Motor Speedway, ending Anthony Adams’s back-to-back winning streak. Adams finished second. In the Bomber Division, feature winner Tim Mason and J.J. Brock led the field.


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