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The Way We Were



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Thursday, August 5, 1926 Whitesburg businessmen George H. Zimmerman and M.N. Marlow have bought the Nagola-Elkhorn Coal Company out of bankruptcy. A man identified only as Mr. Deegans also bought part of the firm from bankruptcy referee Stephen Combs Jr. Nagola-Elkhorn’s Jackhorn operations were bought by Zimmerman and Marlow for $12,000. Deegans paid $13,000 for the company’s Whitaker operations. The Nagola-Elkhorn works are regarded as one of the best operations in the Boone coalfield. Deegans is said to be a heavy stockholder in the old Nagola.

. Bell Telephone Company has been given permission to buy and take over the Whitesburg Telephone and the Eastern Kentucky Telephone lines. The Whitesburg City Council approved the sale Tuesday evening. It will still be months before Bell takes over here, however, as permission must still be granted by the Kentucky State Railroad Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission.

. Thirty-seven guests were registered to stay at the Daniel Boone Hotel in Whitesburg on Tuesday night.

. Fess Whitaker, known as Letcher County’s “Jailed Jailer,” has purchased a new Buick from Kyva Motor Company. L.C. Huckby of Blackey is the proud owner of a new Studebaker from Miners Motor Company.

. Six students from Letcher County are now attending the University of Kentucky. That number is up when compared to the fact that Letcher sent only 44 students to the Lexington campus during the previous 50 years combined.

Thursday, August 8, 1946 Dr. B.F. Wright announced this week that he would either build a new theater in Haymond or remodel the one that is already there. Wright said he has already ordered 240 new seats of the best grade available, at a cost of $3,000. He said the theater would have steam heat and air conditioning.

. Lieutenant Colonel Marcus W. Adams of Whitesburg has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the sixth-highest U.S. military award. Lt. Col. Adams is now assigned to the S-I Section of the IRTC Headquarters. He is honored for “exceptionally meritorious conduct” between August 7, 1944 and May 8, 1945. “Then-Major Adams’s courage and skill in leading troops was responsible for the capture of Vizille, France,” the citation accompanying the high award says.

. Consolidation Coal Company made an official announcement this week confirming the transfer of ownership and management of its eight stores, one restaurant, one central warehouse, six recreational buildings, one theater and three manufacturing plants in Jenkins and McRoberts to Champion Stores Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

. Frazier Adams, a seven-year schoolteacher who will receive an advance teaching degree later this month, has announced that he is a candidate for the office of Letcher County School Superintendent “through the election of members of the County Board of Education.” The current superintendent is Martha Jane Potter.

. Floyd County will hold a local option election on September 3. Alcohol sales are presently allowed in that county.

. Last Saturday’s August primary election resulted in Republican John Sherman Cooper and Democrat John Young Brown facing off in the race for U.S. Senate in November. Brown, a Lexington lawyer who is the favorite of the United Mine Workers Union, won overwhelmingly in Letcher County.

Thursday, August 2, 1956 Nick Diachenko has been selected as head football coach at Jenkins High School. Diachenko, a 1950 graduate of Western State College at Bowling Green who played two seasons for the Army, has been head coach at Lynn Camp in Harlan County for two years. The Gary, West Virginia High School graduate is also a former assistant at Corbin High School.

. All schools in the Jenkins Independent School System will open August 24.

. The Letcher County Health Department has given more than 14,000 polio vaccinations. Officials hope the county will be polio-free by the end of the current season.

. Hester Chapter No. 54, Order of Eastern Star celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 17.

. The Southern Bell Telephone Company will appear before the Public Service Commission in Frankfort August 6 in connection with its petition to serve the northern part of Letcher County. The petition calls for the areas of Blackey, Jeremiah, and Isom to be serviced out of the Whitesburg exchange, while the Deane area would be serviced out of the Neon exchange.

. Fire of unknown origin destroyed the warehouse of Williams Electric Sales and Service in Whitesburg on Saturday morning. Several thousand dollars worth of new and used equipment was destroyed. The metal building owned by Herman Combs Jr. and located near the Dr. Pepper plant, now occupied by Appalshop] was a complete loss.

. John R. Howard is the new minister at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg.

. Squire Ralph B. Bates of Neon received $22,057 from the U.S. Treasury Department as repayment for overpaid taxes, plus penalties and interest. The federal government had claimed in a lawsuit that Mr. Bates filed fraudulent returns for the years from 1945 to 1952. However, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that Mr. Bates was honest to the very last penny and made the government repay the sum.

. Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak star in “The Man With The Golden Arm” showing at the Alene Theatre in Whitesburg August 5-7.

Thursday, August 11, 1966 The Jenkins School System announced this week that it is establishing a junior high school for all seventh- and eighth-grade students in the system. The new junior high school will be housed in the old Dunham High School building.

. Four members of the Letcher County Economic Opportunity Committee’s professional staff resigned this week. They were Ottis Amburgey, program director; Bill Banks, director of the Lower Letcher Community Center; Mrs. Dorcas Smith, recreation director; and Miss Pat Sparks, secretary. The EOC named Mrs. Tom Gish, information and guidance counselor on the staff, as acting director until the employment of a program developer for the county is named by the four-county council.

. “The Outrage” starring Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom and Edward G. Robinson is playing at the Alene Theater.

Thursday, August 12, 1976 The Letcher County Teachers Organization voted to go out on strike until the school board completes a contract with it. Only 10 days remain before the scheduled opening of county schools.

. With an Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat pulling red, white and blue ribbons out into what was once the middle of Smithsboro, the Carr Fork Lake dedication ended Saturday, drawing to a close speculation whether the 14-year-old project would ever be completed.

. The Whitesburg City Council took a first step Monday night toward the construction of a federally funded million-dollar county recreation center. The council members approved a motion authorizing the county to apply for a grant to build the project on city land. The area near the swimming pool was discussed as a likely site for the building.

. Whitesburg High School freshmen will register Friday, August 20, at 9:30 a.m. They will report to the WHS cafeteria.

Wednesday, August 13, 1986 Pulaski County attorneys Dale Mitchell, Lester Burns and Curt Davis are among nine people charged in a civil lawsuit with conspiring to deprive Dr. Roscoe J. Acker of $1.9 million and other property stolen from his Fleming- Neon home last August. The lawsuit, filed here Friday on behalf of Dr. Acker, charges that Mitchell, Burns and Davis conspired with Benny Lee Hodge, Roger Dale Epperson and Donald Terry Bartley to convert the money and property taken during the robbery of Acker’s home last Aug. 8 which resulted in the murder of his 23-year-old daughter.

. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell will hold a town meeting in Whitesburg on Thursday, August 21, to discuss legislative issues on the Senate agenda for the remainder of 1986, including measures to address the liability insurance crisis, foreign trade and tax reform.

. Larry Ratliff, of Kingscreek, says he is the proud owner

of the largest Asimina triloba (l.) Dunal, a common papaw tree, in the United States.

Wednesday, August 14, 1996 The Letcher County school board will get a chance in October to plead for an end of state management. The Kentucky Board of Education voted last week to have the local board write a report explaining improvements the district has made.

. Cyra Combs was crowned Miss Mountain Heritage at the annual pageant August 3 at Fleming-Neon High School. She is a daughter of Teresa and Joe Combs of Sandlick. She attends Hazard Community College and plans to major in radiography.

. Virgil “Trinidad” Chavis is the 1996 Jenkins Outstanding Citizen. His selection was announced this week by the Jenkins Festival Committee, which cited his “love of his city and the unselfish interest he takes in its people.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 TECO Coal’s Hazard Four Mine, believed to be southeastern Kentucky’s oldest mine, is being closed down to make room for a new mine. The mine was known for its use of a coal-car dumping device once considered “an incredible breakthrough” in the mining industry. The drift mine has been in existence since at least 1914.

. Twenty-nine candidates for city and school board offi ces had officially filed documents to have their names appear on the November ballot as of Monday evening. The filing deadline was yesterday (Tuesday) at 4 p.m.

. A small group of Jenkins High School graduates are dedicated to restoring the old JHS building. Rosemary Shook is a member of the Old Jenkins High School Committee, a retired JHS teacher and a JHS graduate. She says though there is much work to be done, she and her fellow committee members can see a bright future for the building.

. Letcher County residents are being urged not to feed black bears. “Feeding these bears is the worst thing you can do,” said Steve Dobey, Wildlife Program coordinator for the Commerce Cabinet Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. He said when bears become accustomed to eating donuts, corn and other picnic foods, they will start looking for “free meals”.



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