Whitesburg KY

The Way We Were

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Thursday, June 10, 1926 A large amount of freight bound for Letcher County is being shipped to Jenkins rather than Whitesburg or Neon because of the high cost of doing business with the L&N Railroad. Just this week, the Miners Motor Company of Whitesburg unloaded two Studebakers shipped to Jenkins by the C&O Railroad and drove the automobiles to Neon and Whitesburg.

. The entire property holding of the Nagola Elkhorn Coal Company of Jackhorn sold earlier this week for $22,900 — less than half its appraised value.

. A bullet has been removed from the foot of Jesse Stambaugh, who is being held in the Letcher County Jail in connection with the shooting of Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Delzy Collins at Whitaker last week.

. An 11-year-old boy was killed at dusk Saturday when he was hit by an automobile on the road between Haymond and Jenkins. Crate Bartley, by all accounts a happy and bright child, was struck by an oncoming car after he stepped from the running board of a car whose driver he had been conversing with and onto the road. The driver of the other car was J.U. Butler, whose smiling face is often seen at the window of the Fleming train ticket office. He, too, is heartbroken over the accident.

Thursday, June 13, 1946 Jenkins educator C.V. Snapp has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative in the 7th Congressional District, which includes Letcher County.

. Commander J. Gordon King, naval officer in charge of coal mine operations under federal control, has disclosed that “scattered mines” in eastern Kentucky and other fields are idle. King, of the Coal Mines Administration, declined to estimate the number of mines and miners affected, but said most of the idle operations are truck mines in the small production class. “The operators’ concern over the price situation” under terms of the new contract negotiated by the government with the United Mine Workers Union was given as the main reason for the continued suspension of operations.

. Breathitt County voted dry in Tuesday’s local option election by a majority of 1,077 votes. Breathitt becomes the 89th of 120 Kentucky counties to vote dry.

. Observers say there is heightened interest in Letcher County’s local option election that is to take place on Saturday, June 15. It will be Letcher County’s second wet-dry election since 1943, when the dry forces narrowly won.

. Colonel Narce Whitaker, U.S. Air Force, was awarded the Legion of Merit by Major General J.W. Jones in a ceremony recently held at the Pentagon. As Field Air Inspector, and later as Chief of the PCM Inspection Division, Office of the Air Inspector Headquarters Army Air Forces, during the period from April 1943 to September 1945, Whitaker, of Letcher County, “rendered exceptionally outstanding services in assuring that bombardment units of the Army Air Forces were proficient to the degrees necessary to attain success in combat operations.” In addition to the Legion of Merit, Whitaker wears the Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and two Battle Stars for participation in the Battle of Midway and the Solomon Island Campaign. Colonel Whitaker completed 53 bombardment missions against enemy shipping and ground installations. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Squire Whitaker of Roxana.

. Dr. Lee Moore is the new president of the Whitesburg Lions Club. Troy W. Frazier was elected to be the new first vice president.

. In an address to the Whitesburg Lions Club on June 7, Kentucky Commissioner of Highways J. Stephen Watkins notes that during his 20 years in state government, Letcher County has seen the development of 96.093 miles of state-maintained roads. “You have a total of 239 miles of county roads, of which only 60 miles have been improved,” he said. Of his first visit to Letcher County, Watkins said, “I recall very vividly that the only place you could then travel by automobile was around the square in your county seat, and possibly about two miles up the river toward Jenkins, on the streets of Jenkins and the road connecting across the mountain to McRoberts. There is still a great need for roads in your county.”

. Tommy Gish, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Gish of Seco, has been named editor of The Kentuckian for 1946-47 year at the state university.

. Many are praising the development of a new war-born chemical called 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4-D, because of its ability to kill woody plants such as poison ivy without harming grasses.

. Tucker’s new and modern café is expected to open soon in Neon.

. SPRED “washable” paint, a new brand from Glidden, on sale at several Letcher County businesses for $2.98 per gallon.

Thursday, June 7, 1956 Two elderly Letcher County residents were killed in a traffic accident near Cornettsville in Perry County yesterday. The victims have been identified as James Caudill, 70, of Blackey, and Calvin Cole, also about 70, of Turkey Creek, Linefork. Officials in Letcher County were told the two died after the car in which they were riding went out of control and plunged over a steep embankment. Caudill had been living recently in Middletown, Ohio.

. Don Mills and “King” Kelly Coleman lied the East All-Stars to a 97-90 win over the West prep graduates in a basketball game in Whitesburg Tuesday night. Mills had 34 points and Kelly scored 24. Corky Withrow of Central City led the West squad with 19. Among notables present for the game were Coach Peck Hickman of the University of Louisville, Harry Lancaster, assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, and Walter Hambrick, coach at the University of South Carolina.

. The opening of the Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool will be delayed for a week to 10 days as workers replace pipes that froze over the winter.

. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new recipe for strawberry jam that requires no cooking of the berries.

. H.B. Reedy Plumbing and Heating has moved to its new location on Webb Avenue in Whitesburg, across the street from the City Hall and Fire Department. The new location is in the old Steve Frazier Building, which has been completely remodeled.

. Funeral services were held in Lexington on Monday for Hop Daniels, the former L&N Railroad conductor known to many Letcher County residents from his days here.

. Jean Collins and Nancy Bates now own and operate The Style Shop in Whitesburg, formerly known as The Style Center.

. Mr. and Mrs. John Gose are the new owners and managers of Cowan Hill Café in Whitesburg.

. Mrs. Troy Stallard has been elected president of the Whitesburg Women’s Club. Mrs. Harry M. Caudill will serve as vice-president.

. U.S. suburbs now have 27 percent of the total civilian population of the United States, the highest such proportion on record.

Thursday, June 9, 1966 A new grocery supermarket will open in Whitesburg about August 1. It will occupy the former bowling alley building adjacent to Fields Hardware & Furniture Co. The store will be operated by Foodtown Stores Inc., a corporation of Letcher County businessmen.

. The biggest moving day in Whitesburg history is expected to be completed within a few days as 40 families move into the new public housing project. The housing project was accepted formally from the building contractor by the Whitesburg Municipal Housing Commission on June 2, and families started moving in the next day.

. ”Mrs. Martha Jane Potter must have been a wonderful teacher. Her children, in faraway places, always come back for a visit whenever they are in Letcher County. And she is always glad to see them, “ wrote Eagle correspondent Mabel Kiser.

. Funeral services were held at Mayking June 4 for Lt. James Nelson Spangler, 24, who died May 19 in the explosion of a KC-135 Stratotanker that crashed after takeoff in Okinawa. Lt. Spangler was born at Kona and was a son of George and Hazel Kincer Spangler. He entered the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1960 and was graduated with high honors in 1964. After a year of pilot training in Laredo, Texas, he was assigned to Turner Air Base, Georgia, and was temporarily assigned to duty in Southeast Asia at the time of the accident that claimed his life.

. Funeral services were held in Whitesburg June 6 for a 21-year-old man who was on his back to Letcher County to by married. Denver Ray Hatfield was fatally injured when his automobile and another vehicle collided in Perry County on the night of June 3. He had been working in Florence in northern Kentucky and was on his back home to be married the next day to Miss Belvia Short of Mayking.

. Valedictorians at Fleming-Neon High School are Cheryl Collins and Brenda McFall. Bonnie Jean Isaac was graduated with honors.

Thursday, June 17, 1976 Relatives of the eight miners and three federal inspectors entombed in the sealed Scotia Mine will be told on Friday morning when and how the mine will be reopened. Robert Barrett, chief of the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration (MESA), and Harreld N. Kirkpatrick, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals, will explain a schedule for re-entry to the relatives at a meeting in the Whitesburg MESA office, according to MESA information officer Richard Nellius.

. For the past 16 months access to public records has been officially denied by the Knott County Fiscal Court. At a February 5, 1975 meeting the court voted unanimously that “records of arrests from magistrates shall not be made open for publication.”

. Pike and Scott counties may become locations for two of the first coal gasification plants in the country if federal funding is grated for the experimental projects. The Pike County plant would supply natural gas extracted from its coal to several small industries, some government buildings and a public housing development.

Wednesday, June 18, 1986 The wife of Benny Lee Hodge says he is not guilty of murdering 23-year-old Tammy Dee Acker.

. C&H Rauch Jewelers, one of the nation’s fastest growing jewelry store chains, will hold grand opening ceremonies Thursday for its newest location in Whitesburg at the Whitesburg Plaza on old US 119.

. A Whitesburg City Police Officer met Letcher County School Board members at the door before Friday’s special called meeting. According to board members, the meeting was necessary to take care of items not covered at the regular June meeting, which was adjourned abruptly. The first two items on the agenda of Friday’s meeting were the removal of Jack Burkich as the board’s secretary and the employment of a new secretary until July 1. The restraining order was issued after Burkich filed suit in Letcher Circuit Court the morning of the special board meeting.

. The Letcher County Board of Education has restored Billy K. Banks to his old job as pupil personnel director. The board was ordered to give Banks’s job back by a federal court last month, in a decision on a suit filed by Banks two years ago. Banks had charged that the board’s action in eliminating his job was the result of his political support for defeated board members.

Wednesday, June 19, 1996 Whitesburg High School, which has been in existence most of this century, will be discontinued under a new facilities plan approved by the Letcher County Board of Education. The new plan establishes two new high schools, one in north Letcher County (on the Hazard side of Whitesburg) and one in south Letcher County (on the Jenkins side of Whitesburg).

. Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney William Lewis Collins is the new chair-elect of the House of Delegates of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 Drug addiction among young Letcher Countians is the subject of two short films, produced by Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute and debuted at the annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival.

. Blackey Mayor Cathy Back has submitted her resignation to the city council, but the council cannot act on the resignation until Back appoints a temporary mayor or the council appoints a new mayor.

. Country star Mel McDaniel will headline the annual Jenkins Days festival in August. McDaniel is best know for country classics like “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” and “Louisiana Saturday Night.”

. Letcher County’s smoking ban will begin in two weeks. The Letcher Fiscal Court was presented with an award from the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy and with $2,500 from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing to support the county’s efforts to prevent smoking.

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