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Thursday, September 9, 1926 The town of Haymond has been officially separated from the corporate limits of Fleming and will now be under the supervision of Letcher County.
. An estimated 7,000 people attended Consolidation Coal Company’s all-day picnic in Jenkins on September 4. The white baseball team from Charleston, West Virginia was awarded $260 for winning its division. The winner of the games for colored baseball teams, hometown not listed, was awarded a prize of $20.
. The Whitesburg graded and high schools are reporting the largest enrollment in the history of the schools — 350 grade school pupils and 132 high school pupils. In 1910, there were only five high school students at Whitesburg and 90 students the various other grades. “In high school this year we have enrolled students from Ice, Ermine, Whitco, Millstone, Kona, Sandlick, Craftsville, Jackhorn, Fleming, Cowan, Colly, Mayking, Cumberland, Elsiecoal and Hindman,” reports Professor H.H. Harris.
. “The school on the beautiful little hill is ours,” writes Mountain Eagle editor Nehemiah M. Webb. “What shall we make it?’
. Miss Hazel Hale and Professor Henry Holbrook are now teaching the first year of high school in Fleming. .
Hazard attorney Thomas E. Moore says he saw one of the wonders of the world while driving up and over Pine Mountain yesterday. “At the head of a deep ravine, almost a canyon, we looked down on a blood-red sun,” Moore told The Mountain Eagle. “If I remember correctly, it was the first time in my life to look absolutely down on a setting sun — the first time to have sun at my feet.”
. Grade work has started on the Garner Road of Rockhouse toward the Knott County line.
. Codell Construction has secured the state highway contract for hard-surfacing the state highway from Pound Gap to Seco.
. The Miners Motor Company in Whitesburg sold three Big Six Studebaker sport roadsters this week.
. Seco Coal Company official Henry Pfening is temporarily moving his family to Lexington “so as to give his children better opportunities for school.”
Thursday, September 12, 1946 Whitesburg High School bandleader Hugh C. Adams directed several Army bands during a 45-month tour of duty overseas. His military bands toured North Africa, Italy, France, England, Switzerland, Egypt, Greece and Persia. Adams’s bands have appeared in two movie shorts with General Dwight Eisenhower — “North African News” and “Tehran.” Adams is a native of Whitesburg and former principal at Marlowe Grade School. He started Whitesburg’s first band in 1937 before entering service. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal in 1945 and returned to lead the WHS band this year.
. A six-week miners’ strike against Elkhorn Coal Corporation has ended and miners are returning to work, the United Mine Workers union says. The strike was started over Hemphill miners’ demand that a deputy sheriff be removed from duty in that community.
. Governor Simeon S. Willis commissioned Miss Kentucky Madonna Smith of Jenkins a “Kentucky Colonel” as she returned from Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.
. James Back, 54, of Blackey was fatally injured in a slate fall Saturday at the Collins and Adams Coal Company mine on Camp Branch. His wife and four children survive him. .
The new battleship Kentucky, which is now under construction, will be equipped to carry atomic missiles, the Navy says.
. Donald Day of Whitesburg, and Ralph Reed and Glenn Brown of Dry Fork, all young boys between the ages of 10 and 13, killed a four-foot long copperhead at Dry Fork. The snake, which was nine inches around, was found to be carrying 28 little ones.
. Jenkins High School basketball coach Cleston Saylor is in coaches’ training at the University of Kentucky.
. The young people of Upper Linefork have organized a recreation club. Dues are 50 cents per month or $5 per year.
Thursday, September 6, 1956 Mayor Arthur T. Banks has proclaimed Sunday, September 9 as “Ernest Tubb and Hank Snow Day” in Whitesburg. The country music stars are the new owners of WTCW-AM in Whitesburg.
. Former Letcher County Judge Sandy Adams died of a heart attack Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was managing the Weddell Hotel. Adams, 66, was the judge here from 1920 to 1924.
. Bert Barkdull is the new manager at the Doctor Pepper Bottling Company in Whitesburg. He comes to Letcher County from Nashville.
. Willard Adkins is the new manager at Star Service Station, located on Hazard Road in Whitesburg.
. The Whitesburg Yellowjackets crushed M.C. Napier High School, 95-7, while the Fleming-Neon Pirates romped over Belfrey, 28-0, in high school football action Friday night.
. The new Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center and Coliseum will open in Louisville September 7 with the opening of the Kentucky State Fair.
Thursday, September 8, 1966 Construction is underway on a new building to house Letcher Manufacturing Company at Isom. Mrs. Nathan (Lois) Baker, president of the firm, said a new $100,000 building is going on land purchased from N.L. Combs. The firm has a $601,000 contract to build furniture for the Federal Services Administration during the coming year.
. Chuck roast in on sale for 39 cents pound at the Foodtown located in Whitesburg.
. ”Folks in and around Millstone are killing many squirrels this season. I reckon they think if there is nothing for the squirrels to eat this winter they might as well kill them,” writes Eagle correspondent Mable Kiser.
. An Eagle editorial states “Whitesburg city officials find themselves this week facing both a crisis and a challenging opportunity as the result of the stop of construction on the new Whitesburg Area Vocational School by the state health department.” The editorial comes after sewage problems stopped the school’s construction.
. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held last week for construction of Lake Barkley State Park near Cadiz in western Kentucky. The $8-million facility will feature a 124-unit resort lodge and 15 vacation cottages.
Thursday, September 9, 1976 Letcher County Attorney Leroy
Fields has sued the Letcher Fiscal Court for violating the state’s Sunshine Law requiring public agencies to give proper notice of meetings. Neither the county attorney’s office nor The Mountain Eagle was informed of a secret meeting held August 31. Fields asks that action taken at the meeting be “declared null and void.”
. A 3-1/2 year old Neon boy died Monday after the car in which he was left sitting alone caught fire and burned.
. The Whitesburg City Council has hired local architect Bill Richardson to design a $180,000 renovation project at the municipal swimming pool.
. The Whitesburg Yellowjackets received a scare at Jenkins Saturday night but hung on for a 21-20 win.
. The Fleming-Neon Pirates suffered their third straight loss over the weekend, losing to the undefeated Lynch Bulldogs in a close game, 14-12.
Wednesday, September 3, 1986 According to Letcher County Sheriff Ben B. Taylor and Fleming-Neon Police Chief Carlos Phillips, two men broke down the door of the Neon post of the American Legion last Tuesday night and robbed the club of about $2,000. The holdup is the third since early August when a lone man with a pistol walked into the Energy Express convenience store at Payne Gap, and forced the night clerk to empty the cash register. He left on foot with about $550. Just one day before the stickup at the American Legion post, a small man with a nylon stocking over his head and carrying a small pistol took an undetermined amount of money from the manager of the Family Dollar Store in Whitesburg.
. Chris and George Adams raised some pumpkins that weighed more than 100 pounds according to Eagle correspondent Kathy Wolfe.
. Governor Martha Layne Collins recently attended the annual meeting of
the Kentucky River Area Development District’s board of directors at Buckhorn State Park. She said the future of the eastern Kentucky economy does not appear bright.
Wednesday, September 4, 1996 U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (RSomerset) told an audience of Letcher County Republicans last week that he traces the rise in teenage drug abuse to an action by the administration of Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1992. That year, he said, Clinton “wiped out” a drug office within the White House which had as its main effort stopping heroin and cocaine from coming into the United States.
. The host Corbin Redhounds scored three touchdowns in just five plays last Friday in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic and went on to blast shellshocked Whitesburg 48-7.
. The cost of teenage auto accidents in Kentucky reached about $410 million in 1994, according to a newly released study.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 James Webb, 41, of Cromona, was arrested Saturday morning after alleged stealing three vehicles Friday night. Webb is accused of stealing a 1987 Ford Ranger, a 1999 Chevy Tahoe and a 2000 GMC Sonoma.
. The Whitesburg Middle School UNITE club has been named Middle School UNITE Club of the Year.
. The Grascals, whose 2005 Grammynominated debut album featured a guest appearance by Dolly Parton, will perform at the Appalshop Theater on WMMT’s “Bluegrass Express Live” on September 14.
. A ballpark at Fleming-Neon was vandalized over Labor Day weekend, leaving a long list of items that will need to be fixed or replaced. A minimum of $3,500 worth of damage was done to the Fleming-Neon Goose Creek Fields, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Adam Hall.