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The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

Thursday, October 14, 1926 More news is being released about Mountain Eagle founder Nehemiah M. Webb’s departure from the newspaper staff. Webb sold the paper a few years ago, but stayed on as editor until last week, when he was replaced by new editor Karl E. Davis, the former owner and operator of the East Kentucky News, formerly of Whitesburg.

. A group calling itself the Letcher County Fair Association has applied for a charter for the purpose of holding a county fair in Whitesburg next year.

. The U.S. Secret Service has teamed with two Jenkins police officers in arresting two men, J.E. Newberry and Vernie Rife, on charges of making counterfeit money. A witness, Ed Brown, is also being held.

. The Stewart Motor Company is the name given the new concern at Neon that will replace Wright Motor Company. The new firm will sell Dodge automobiles.

. Vandals threw a rock through the big plate glass window at the E.C. Bentley Jewelry Store on Main Street in Whitesburg. The rock also destroyed a display case holding valuable jewelry.

. Goodrich tires are on sale for $8.75 each at Kyva Motor Company in Whitesburg.

Thursday, October 24, 1946 United Mine Workers President John L. Lewis has notified the federal government that he considers rejection of his bid for wage negotiations would void the present government contract for soft coal miners. Lewis’s statement leaves the way open for a mine shutdown on November 1.

. Through the help of the Kellogg Foundation, the Bottom Fork School building has been repainted and repaired, and sanitary improvements have been added.

. The Whitesburg Bus Station is moving from Salyer Service Station to the rear of the Daniel Boone Hotel on Eagle Street.

. Starting on Saturday, October 26, a bus will start running between McRoberts and Hemphill every hour from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

. Fifty-five students from Letcher County are among the record 6,613 students enrolled for the fall quarter at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

The Whitesburg Athletic Association has purchased lights for the football field at a cost of approximately $5,500.

. The Hazard-Hyden Bus Company has started its “Highway 80 Bus Service” from Hazard to Glasgow in western Kentucky. The bus stops in Manchester, London, Somerset, and Columbia.

. The Whitesburg High School Yellowjackets and the Hazard Bulldogs played to a 0-0 tie at Hazard last Friday night.

. Jenkins civic organizations are working to raise $12,000 to provide floodlights for the Jenkins Ballpark.

Thursday, October 18, 1956 A Letcher County youth being treated for polio was greeted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the president’s visit to Lexington last week.

. The new 1957 Chevrolet will be on display at Boone Motor Company in Whitesburg and Jenkins on October 19.

. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Craft of Craft Funeral Home have purchased the home of the late J.H. Bentley located across from their funeral home on West Main Street in Whitesburg. They say the home will be remodeled and the grounds used for extra parking for the funeral home. The Crafts bought the home and property from Ellis Morgan, James Marlowe, and Dr. Lee Moore, who had hoped to develop a modern new hotel on the site before deciding the cost of such a project was too prohibitive.

. Dr. J. Huston Westover, a new physician at Whitesburg Memorial Hospital, has purchased the Pine Mountain home and small cottage of the late Archie V. Sergent at the entrance of Pine Mountain Lake. The home will undergo extensive remodeling and the cottage will be used as a guesthouse.

. The Jenkins Cavaliers defeated visiting Whitesburg, 33-28.

Thursday, October 13, 1966 Four persons died in accidental deaths in Letcher County last week. Clifford Baker, 53, of Whitesburg, a mine foreman at Scotia Coal Company, was crushed by a rock fall when he returned to the mine at 10:30 p.m. October 6, after he had finished his regular shift, in order to measure a work site in preparation for the next day’s work. Lee Truman Banks, 49, of Blackey was killed when he was hit by a car at the mouth of Elk Creek. Mark Banks, 11, and William Brashears, 7, were killed when they were hit by a suspected drunk driver while playing in a ditch at the mouth of Cowan on KY 588.

. Control and responsibility for the pov-

erty program in Letcher County this week was transferred to the new four-county poverty organization. Edwin J. Safford, area poverty director, acted after eight of the 22 members of the Letcher County Economic Opportunity Committee attended last week’s meeting.

. There are 106 Letcher County students among the 7,898 students enrolled for the fall semester at Eastern Kentucky University, President Robert R. Martin announced.

. Nancy Brock, a junior at Whitesburg High School, recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she attended a meeting with Vice President Hubert Humphrey as Kentucky’s representative to a conference on Upward Bound, the War Against Poverty program held last summer to encourage promising poor high school students to plan for college careers.

Thursday, October 14, 1976 Five men set up a picket line in front of two Tackett and Manning Coal Co. strip mines this past week, shutting down the operations that employed about 70 men. The picket line was formed by men fired about a month ago from Man-Tack Corp., a company that maintains land and buildings for Tackett and Manning. An injunction was issued by Letcher Circuit Judge F. Byrd Hogg Monday, ordering a halt to the picketing.

. Jimmy Cornett, an ex-convict sought by state police in connection with last week’s shooting of county sheriff Ruben Watts’s home, was captured Saturday night near his home on Linefork.

. Lilley Cornett Woods, a tract of woodland located on Linefork which contains the largest boundary of virgin forest in the Cumberland Mountains, will be administered by Eastern Kentucky University starting in January 1977.

. The Millstone landfill — closed last week because Letcher County has not paid its dumping fees — has been reopened. The county has still not paid the $20,000 for its two quarterly payments, but the Kentucky River Garbage and Refuse Disposal District has reopened the dump until its board either receives the money or makes a final decisions.

Wednesday, October 15, 1986 Design work for US 23 from the Virginia border to Jenkins has begun, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials. Although no timeline has been set for construction of the road, Transportation Cabinet public information director Mary Malloy said the 1986 General Assembly has appropriated $1,075,000 for the design. The estimated cost of construction is $24 million, according to Malloy.

. According to Mayor Robert Shubert, engineers were in Jenkins last week surveying land for a new Hardee’s restaurant. If the restaurant is built, it will be the first owned by a national chain to locate in Jenkins.

. Reports that Hemphill Elementary School will close are not true, according to James Follace Fields, a member of the Letcher County Board of Education. Fields was reacting to a recent meeting of the Hemphill Parent Teacher Organization, where some parents said they fear the board wants to close the 150-student school near Fleming-Neon.

Wednesday, October 16, 1996 Whitesburg police have added a patrolman to the night shift in the wake of four burglaries early last Thursday morning. Dairy Queen, Lee’s Famous Recipe, Wendy’s and Parkway Ashland were all targets of the burglaries.

. Five eastern Kentucky residents, including Letcher County School System employee Anna Craft, are finalists for the job of superintendent of the Letcher system.

. James Wiley Craft has been hired as the new Whitesburg city attorney.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 A tax increase proposed by the Letcher County Board of Education means county taxpayers might not get their bills before December. Tax bills are normally mailed to property owners by the middle of October, but won’t be sent out on time this year because of delays caused by the school board’s decision to raise its property tax rates more than 4 percent — the maximum allowed by state law without holding a public hearing.

. Funeral services were held Tuesday for former Jenkins Police Chief Bill Tackett, who died Sunday after a long illness. Tackett served as deputy sheriff in Letcher County in the 1980s before becoming a police officer in Jenkins, where he worked his way up to the position of chief.

. Acclaimed Cajun and old-time musicians Dirk Powell and Christine Balfa will be in Whitesburg as part of a week-long music residency. Residency activities will include classroom performances at local schools. Powell and Balfa will perform for the public live on WMMT-FM and two workshops will be held at Appalshop.

. ”The Hester Chapter Order of the Eastern Star celebrated its 100th birthday on Oct. 15,” writes Cowan correspondent Elsie Banks. “The chapter was named for Hester Salyer, who was the first Worthy Matron.



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