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The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

Thursday, November 5, 1925 Ballots were cast Tuesday by 6,566 Letcher County voters at 29 precincts. Among those elected to county offices were Noah Bentley (county judge), Harry L. Moore (county attorney), Cro C. Caudill (county court clerk), Grant Craft (sheriff ), and Fess Whitaker (jailer).

. Fewer than 100 Thornton residents voted Tuesday after word circulated that George Bates, son of merchant Robert Bates, was shot dead and Green Hall was seriously wounded after a fight spurred by “whiskey, pistols and an old grudge” between George Bates, his brother Sam Bates and Hall. Arrested so far as a result of the incident are Sam Bates, his brother Maryland Bates, and Jerry Noble. Hall is being treated at the Seco hospital and is expected to lose sight in at least one eye.

. News that famous Indian athlete Jim Thorpe has married Freeda Kirkpatrick of Endicott, West Virginia began circulating widely after Thorpe was released by the New York Professional Football Club because of his failure to get into proper playing condition. The couple are on their honeymoon.

Thursday, November 8, 1945 Four persons were killed and two others were injured Saturday night in a head-on collision of an automobile and a truck on a fog-bound stretch of highway along the Cumberland River near Cumberland. The dead are Miss Pauline Fouts, 25, and Miss Aleida Fouts, 22, daughter of the Rev. Riley Fouts and Mrs. Fouts of Partridge; Clyde Ray Huff, 22, of Norton, and Earl Sexton, 17, of Lynch.

. Winners of Letcher County offices in Tuesday’s election include Harry L. Moore (state representative), Archie Craft (coroner), John H. Gose (jailer), Burley W. Hale (county attorney), Astor Collins (county court clerk), W.L. Stallard Jr. (circuit court clerk), Herman Combs (sheriff ), and Arthur Dixon (county judge). Ed Williams was elected mayor of Whitesburg and Hillard Kincer was elected mayor of Neon.

. Sergeant Bruce Eldridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eldridge of Roxana and grandson of the late Isaac Mitchell, has been killed in a plane crash in New Guinea.

. Students at Whitesburg High School walked out of their classes and protested in front of the county school superintendent’s office after the school’s football team was disqualified from competing.

. The Kentucky Hotel has reopened in Whitesburg under the new management of Ray and Otis Williams of Thornton.

Thursday, November 3, 1955 Funeral services for Betty Frances Webb, 19, of Mayking were held Monday at the Thornton Old Regular Baptist Church, also at Mayking. Miss Webb, a 1954 graduate of Whitesburg High School, died at Friday night at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington of injuries she received in an auto accident in Lee County. She was en route to Letcher County from Eastern State College at Richmond when the wreck occurred. Seriously injured in the mishap were friends and traveling companions Burkey Holbrook, Sheila Moore, and Bobby Spangler.

. Frank T. Welch of Neon will play a part in the first production of the newly organized Pikeville College Drama Club. Welch, a junior at Pikeville, will have one of the principal roles in the one-act comedy satire “Our Famous Ancestors.”

. The Mountain Eagle urges voters to support Amendment No. 1 to the Kentucky Constitution on November 8. The amendment would lower the voting age from 21 to 18. “We think that if youths of 18 through 20 were old enough to lay down their lives in World War I and World War II and the Korean conflict” they are old enough to vote, The Eagle says.

. Actor Burt Lancaster stars as “The Kentuckian,” which scheduled to show Sunday and Monday at the Lycinda Drive-In Theatre at Fusonia, seven miles from Jeff on Route 7.

. New car buyers can choose from many 1956 model vehicles now available at dealerships in Letcher County. The Clipper is available at Combs Motor in Whitesburg; GMC Blue Chip trucks can be purchased at Fields Motor in Whitesburg; Ford Thunderbirds are on display at Harlow Motor in Neon; the Willy’s 4-wheel drive Jeep and Willy’s Jeep truck are for sale at both Ammerman Motor in Whitesburg and Robinson Motor in Neon, and the 1956 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight is on display in the showroom at Phillips Motor in Neon.

Thursday, November 4, 1965 Democrats swept to easy victory in all but two countywide offices in Tuesday’s general election. The exceptions were Maynard Hogg, elected sheriff, and Ben A. Adams, re-elected jailor.

. Members of the Whitesburg Community Action Council will meet at Ermine, Nov. 15.

. Chief Gunner’s Mate Charles T. Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Jones of Whitesburg, is serving aboard the anti-submarine warfare aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid, which has been named the best in her class in the Atlantic Fleet.

. ”Not all can win. Some will lose. But let’s get behind the elected officials of the people’s choice, and work hard for the betterment of the county. Remember we all voted the best we could according to our lights,” writes Eagle correspondent Mabel Kiser.

Thursday, November 6, 1975 Acting on a state probation officer’s report that Johnny Dwight Caudill was “a victim of circumstances,” Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg has placed the former Whitesburg city policeman on probation for five years for his part in the arson of The Mountain Eagle building.

. In a long-expected move, the Letcher County Fiscal Court voted last week to transfer all the county’s legal advertising from The Mountain Eagle to the Community Press “until the fiscal court can determine which newspaper has the largest circulation.”

. Letcher County Fiscal Court voted last week to pledge 50,000 of local money to match $225,000 in federal

funds the county will attempt to get from Uncle Sam to prepare a site for low and moderate income housing in the Neon area.

. In an editorial, Tom Gish explains that The Mountain Eagle has tried to keep up with the basic news of Letcher County by attending and thoroughly reporting meetings of fiscal courts, city councils, school boards and similar agencies. “As long as we own The Eagle we will continue to do these things to report events as we find them, to champion the mountain man and his family against all who would abuse them,” writes Gish.

Wednesday, November 13, 1985 Letcher County Sheriff Ben B. Taylor, concerned over a study which shows drug use among high school students may be increasing, says he will soon revive his drug education program. An annual University of Michigan survey of America’s high school seniors, released last week, says recent progress reducing drug use among high school students seems to have stalled in 1985.

. The Letcher County Election Commission has been asked to recanvass the absentee and machine votes in the Neon and Fleming precincts. The recanvass, which takes place sometime this week, was requested by Tom Haynes, who came just short of being elected to the sixmember Fleming-Neon City Council.

. New federal vehicle enforcement standards designed to reduce auto theft will be welcomed by Letcher County law enforcement agents. Trying to cut off “chop shops” at the knees, the government is about to require some components of frequently stolen cars to carry identification numbers..

. Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Whitaker of Roxana are pictured on the front page of The Mountain Eagle standing beside the largest concrete rooster in Letcher County. They bought the bird in Tennessee for $95 and a hi-lift was used to unload the lawn decoration

Wednesday, November 8, 1995 Letcher County’s new school superintendent, Charles E. Wilson, has asked the Kentucky Board of Education to put him on the agenda for its December meeting. Wilson said he wants to join members of the state school management team which is working in Letcher County in telling the state school board how things are going in the Letcher County school system.

. Citizens unhappy with what they see as a lack of progress on the proposed reconstruction of US 119 across Pine Mountain plan to make their feelings known at a public meeting next week. The Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, based in Cumberland, is asking all citizens of Letcher and Harlan counties who are concerned about the road to attend a meeting Monday night at Southeast

Community College in Cumberland.

. The Whitesburg Yellowjackets gave new meaning to winning ugly” last Friday night in their 24-6 opening round Class AA, Region IV play-offs district win over visiting Newport. “Because of a plethora of mistakes and penalties, the ‘Jackets squandered numerous opportunities that could have allowed them to put the Wildcats away early. Instead, Newport hung around and trailed by only 10 points midway of the fourth quarter,” wrote Eagle sports reporter Jerry Tolliver.

. A bill containing a $500,000 appropriation for erosion control work along the Kentucky River in Whitesburg is awaiting the signature of President Bill Clinton, U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) said.

. A house fire resulted in the death of Ishmel Payton, 85, at Seco. The fire was apparently started by a downstairs heater.

Wednesday, November 9, 2005 Roger Dale Lankford, 39, of Whitco, was electrocuted at Enterprise Mining Mine 1 at Gordon when he was showing an employee how to use a piece of electrical equipment. The accident occurred in a trailer office at the mine site.

. Letcher County Public Library officials say the number of students holding library cards has skyrocketed since early August when Letcher County Central High School started holding several classes in the library’s basement.

. Attorneys for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and two other organizations asked U.S. District Judge David Bunning this week to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing permits that allow mining companies to push mountaintops into valleys. Environmentalists argued the mining practice is so destructive it should be banned.

. Two former Whitesburg Lady Jackets, Whitney Hogg and Camille Cook, started their college careers this past week for the Lady Bears of Pikeville College. Another former Whitesburg Yellowjacket, Brian Howard, will start his senior season for the Transylvania Pioneers. Howard and Robert Pendleton have been chosen as co-captains of the 2005–06 team.

. WMMT FM 88.7 will celebrate its 20th anniversary of broadcasting with a free bluegrass concert and gathering on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 at the Appalshop in Whitesburg. The public community station went on the air Nov. 26, 1985 broadcasting at 1,000 watts from a transmitter on top of Pine Mountain at Mayking. Today, WMMT broadcasts with 15,000 watts throughout eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia, and parts of North Carolina and Tennessee, as well as worldwide on the Internet.



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