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Thursday, September 2, 1926 The new Stuart Robinson School, a boarding school near Blackey, is now open. The school is located in one of the prettiest sections of the lower Rockhouse in a fine farming section, almost in sight of Blackey and easily reached by train or state highway.
. “We know our readers will pardon our lateness in issuing The Mountain Eagle,” editor Nehemiah Webb writes, explaining this issue’s tardiness on the fact that Linotypist Karl E. Davis and chief handyman Parnell Johnson were both called for jury duty this week. “Besides all the above,” Webb writes, “the editor was called to Louisville on account of the death of his son-in-law.”
. Hundreds of dollars worth of “the finest ripe tomatoes ever seen in this country are decaying on the vines all over this section,” a front-page story says. “There is no market for them and the raisers have no way to keep them for winter use.”
. Cameo Coal Company of Mayking is now shipping coal.
. A top coal company executive in the Elkhorn coalfield located above Whitesburg tells The Eagle: “We have worked harder, produced and shipped more coal the past six months than ever [before], but we have the nearest nothing left to show for it in all our past history. We are making no money and our workmen are getting what little there is to it.”
. A visit to the town of Blackey by Mountain Eagle editor Webb finds that coal operations are running every day but operators there are “in the hole” just like those “in every section of the county.” In more positive news, Webb reports the foundation for the Blackey Presbyterian Church is now finished and things are going well at Dr. Ison’s hospital. Adds Webb, “We heard no tell of persons getting drunk or fooling with moonshine in that section lately. Great, good and noble people they are, and success and happiness is bound to come to them.”
. Passenger train No. 1 now leaves Lexington at 10:45 p.m. and No. 3 at 11:15 a.m., but there is no change in time of arrivals at Whitesburg.
Thursday, September 5, 1946 Meryl Pennington, a 23-year-old World War II veteran, was killed Monday and two fellow workers were seriously injured at Dry Fork while opening a new coal mine for the Elkhorn Jellico Coal Company. Pennington was crushed by a slate fall in the new truck mine. Injured were Boyd Sexton and Fred McCray. Pennington leaves behind his wife and one child.
. Dewey Collins of Democrat writes to The Mountain Eagle on behalf of Upper Rockhouse residents who are tired of being isolated in the “thrown away section of the county.” Collins said the lack of roads in the area means that it costs residents there $35 just to get to the doctor. While the area has some of the county’s finest farmland, he said, “We feed our surplus cabbage and potatoes to the hogs.” Writes Collins: “Why can’t this section be placed on the map? It’s a good farming section with plenty of coal, plenty of timber, and — above all — good horses and pretty women.”
. Fifty building lots and 50 baby farms will be sold at auction one mile west of Whitesburg at the mouth of Sandlick on Saturday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m. The property, which consists of a part of the B.F. Holbrook farm, is owned by Star Elkhorn Coal Company.
. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company plans to build an extension of the Elkhorn and Beaver Valley subdivision from Wayland up the Right Fork of Beaver to the mouth of Isaac Fork, then up Isaac Fork to Beaver Gap and down Mill Creek to its confluence with Rockhouse Creek. From there, the new rail line will go through a gap to Indian Creek for a total distance of 25 miles, all in Letcher Knott and Floyd counties. The building of this railroad is expected to open up vast coal operations in the three counties.
. Millard Tolliver is the new principal at Whitesburg High School, which opened Monday for the 1946-47 school year.
. The new Miss Kentucky for 1946, Madonna Smith of Jenkins, sent the following telegram to The Mountain Eagle this week from Atlantic City, New Jersey, home of the Miss America Pageant: “Arrived by plane safely. Had our float yesterday. They start judging tonight. Hope to see you soon.”
. Miss Johnnie Arrington of Jenkins has caught the largest fish ever to be landed from the South Holston River in Tennessee. The fish, a carp, was 31-1/2 inches long and weighed 16-1/2 pounds. She caught the fish with a simple reed pole while using dough balls for bait. A junior at Jenkins High School, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Arrington, Main Street, Jenkins.
. Visiting Tommy Gish of Seco this week Pat Burnett of Lexington, editor of The Kentucky Kernel, the student newspaper at the University of Kentucky. Tommy Gish is the editor of the school’s annual, The Kentuckian.
A Texas man is believed to have set the new record for the most miles put on a Chrysler by an individual for private driving. Henry Gruene (pronounced Green), who lives in the Texas town of the same name, bought the car in 1926 and has driven it more than 900,000 miles. His goal is to drive it for one million miles. A 1940 Chrysler sedan used as a taxicab in Tacoma, Washington, is certified by its owner as having traveled more than one million miles, with a new engine installed at 528,000 miles. The cab is still in service day and night.
. Dave Kincer has moved his grocery store from Neon to Haymond.
. Johnny Weissmuller stars in “Tarzan And The Leopard Woman” showing at the Kentucky Theatre in Whitesburg September 8-9. On September 10-11 is the double feature of “Jesse James,” starring Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda, and “The Return of Frank James,” starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney.
. Norman Lucas of Dry Fork lost an eye while working in the mine at Marlowe.
Thursday, August 30, 1956 Thieves dynamited safes in two Whitesburg businesses Monday night and made off with about $250 in cash. The safes were located in Home Lumber Company and Lewis Wholesale Company, which are located next door to each other on Railroad Street.
. Phyllis Hall, Eloise Reynolds and Pat Fulton of Whitesburg, Betty Sue Correll and Adrienne Alice Jackson of Neon, Romana Lee Sparks and Mary K. Wright of Millstone, and Shelbia Jean Lucas of Farraday will be contestants in the United Mine Workers of America District 30 Beauty Contest at the union’s Labor Day Celebration in the Floyd County community of Allen.
. A 3-1/2-year-old Letcher County boy died of smoke inhalation at Sergent Wednesday morning. Enoch A. Holbrook Jr. was pronounced dead at Whitesburg Memorial Hospital. The child was rushed there for treatment after his father, Enoch A. Holbrook Sr., tried to rescue him from the family’s burning home. The child’s mother was a patient in the hospital at the time the fire broke out. The house was destroyed.
. The Rev. Kenneth Myers has arrived in Whitesburg, where he will be the new pastor of the Whitesburg Methodist Church.
. The Rev. John R. Howard, the new pastor at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg, has returned from Tifton, Georgia, where he went to receive a citizenship award for the 10 years he spent there before coming to Letcher County.
. The Lions Club Kindergarten will open in Whitesburg next Monday with Mrs. Gurtha Boatright as instructor again this year. Twenty-seven children are now enrolled.
Nine telephone operators for the local Bell Telephone Company gathered for a party at the home of chief operator Mrs. Ed Hoback at her apartment in the Quillen Building in Whitesburg. Those attending were Glaudaware Adams, Emma Carolyn Brown, Barbara Frazier, Wanda Faye Day,
Eloise Reynolds, Joyce Fitch, Janice Smallwood and Shannon Fields Banks.
Thursday, September 8, 1966 The start of construction of the new Letcher County Area Vocational School was halted this week by a question involving sewers and stream pollution. The health department and the water pollution control agency said the new building is located too close to the proposed water intake for the Whitesburg water system to permit septic tank-sewerage drainage fields.
. Construction is underway on a new building to house Letcher Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Nathan Baker, president of the firm, said a new $100,000 building is going up on land near Isom purchased from N.L. Combs. The firm, which has a $601,000 contract to build furniture for the federal General Services Administration during the coming year, hopes to occupy the building by November.
. “The school bells are ringing now throughout our land. Vacation time is over for the teachers and will begin now for the parents — or so they might think,” writes Eagle correspondent Mable Kiser.
. Darrell Crase of Kingscreek received a degree as doctor of philosophy from Ohio State University in its summer quarter commencement exercises September 2.
Thursday, September 9, 1976 The ambulance service subsidized by Letcher County is operating without a valid state license and without a valid franchise agreement, Mountain Eagle reporters Bill Bishop and Tom Riesenberg learned this week. Letcher County Ambulance Service Inc., owned by Ben Johnson of Pike County and R.W. Henson of Winchester, has been operating in the county since August 1, just after the Letcher Fiscal Court voted in a secret meeting to transfer the county’s ambulances from public to private hands.
. Members of the Letcher County Teachers Organization (LCTO) voted Tuesday night to file a county-claim against the county school board for its failure to abide by its written agreement with the teachers to negotiate a contract. The teachers are asking for an injunction against the school board for its refusal to negotiate with them and for refusing to accept mediation offered by the Kentucky Commission of Labor, Eagle reporter Kathleen Stanton writes.
. Coal operator Harry Smith has been able to block inspectors from the federal Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration (MESA) from entering his Little Branch No. 4 mine at Skyline for the last two years. The nine-employee mine produced 80,000 tons during the two years he successfully kept out the inspectors attempting to enforce the 1969 Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.
. The Jenkins Cavaliers defeated visiting Fleming-Neon Saturday night, 22-14, after Cavaliers quarterback Jeff Combs scored on a seven-yard run with nine seconds left in the game. Pirates running back Johnny Kiser rushed for 181 yards on 13 carries, while Jenkins fullback Clifford Gales led his team with 129 yards on 12 carries.
. Halfback Jeff Cook, quarterback Eddie Morgan, end Roger Yonts, and kicker
Johnny Ison powered the Whitesburg Yellowjackets to a 44-0 creaming of Leslie County on Friday night.
. Doug Adams, a Letcher County native and associate professor of art at Morehead State University, will demonstrate water coloring during the “Watercolor Weekend” scheduled to be held Sept. 10-12 at Cumberland Falls State Park.
Wednesday, September 10, 1986 Officials apparently are still trying to determine the origin of a dynamite blast near Mayking which damaged one home, jarred a number of others, and set off a flurry of telephone calls to state mining officials in Hazard and Pikeville.
. A small jewel in Letcher County’s natural inheritance was discovered this summer in the forest along a tributary of Bad Branch near the top of Pine Mountain. It is the rose pogonia, a species of orchid unrecorded in Kentucky for more than 150 years.
. The City of Jenkins will begin mandatory garbage pickup sometime after the first of the year. At the September meeting held last week, the city council voted unanimously to obtain a copy of the state’s model mandatory garbage collection ordinance, and adapt that ordinance for use in Jenkins.
Wednesday, September 11, 1996 Citing an increasing number of complaints from residents tired of dealing with chicken dung in their yards, the Jenkins City Council this week asked City Attorney James Wiley Craft to draft an ordinance that would regulate the raising of farm chickens within city limits.
. Jenkins city water customers will remain under a “boil before drinking” notice until the state says the warning can be lifted, Mayor Robert E. “Pud” Shubert said Monday night.
. The Whitesburg Yellowjackets rebounded from their season-opening bash at Corbin two weeks ago with a resounding 63-24 thumping of Shelby Valley last Friday night in Whitesburg.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 David Shawn Slaven and Misty Franks have been charged with murdering their landlord, Jackie Von Quillen. The couple owed Quillen $150 in rent. Slaven led Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb to Quillen’s body hidden near the former dam of Snake Valley Lake, an old pay-tofi sh lake in Craft’s Colly at Ermine. Webb and his deputies had been trying to find Quillen since he was reported missing late Saturday afternoon.
. The Kentucky Bureau of Investigation recently seized 50 packages of illegal Internet drugs from a Lexington area shipping hub. The packages, which included more than 700 pills addressed to Letcher County residents, were shipped to Kentucky from a pharmacy located in Florida.
. Students from Cowan Creek Music School will perform at the Indian Summer Folk Festival in Jenkins, which will take place October 6 and 7.
. The Letcher County Central High School Cougars suffered their first loss despite scoring 44 point against Madison Southern. The final score was 61-44.