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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 1928

The First National Bank of Whitesburg has won a $90,000 judgment against the Letcher County government in the largest verdict in the history of Letcher Circuit Court. Special Judge H.C. Faulkner of Hazard ruled against the county government’s argument that the bank was at fault because it loaned the county money after the county government had already exceeded its constitutional limit of indebtedness.

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Roy Butler, charged with stabbing his wife to death in the couple’s home at Fleming, was arrested in Lexington and returned to Letcher County by train Tuesday to face charges. Butler is accused of stabbing his wife in the breast and twisting the knife to make sure she was dead before he fled by train to Lexington.

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Don Wright, 43, has been sentenced to three years in the state penitentiary for killing Booker Mullins. Meanwhile, Noah Hamilton, 22, was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary for housebreaking.

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The Smoot Creek girls’ basketball team defeated Colley by a score of 11 to 1. Members of the Little Colley team are Effie Pebble, Gertrude Collins, Martha Hall, and Gladys. The Little Colley boys’ team beat Smoot Creek, 10 to 0. Members of the Colley team are Floyd Ison, Will Adams, Finley Collins, Elisha Ison, and Albert Adams.

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Two men were hurt seriously in an automobile wreck at Payne Gap, above Jenkins. Percy Elkins suffered a broken shoulder and broken ribs in the wreck, which also injured his passenger, identified as a Cantrell boy. Elkins said the wreck occurred after he was forced off the road by an oncoming vehicle.

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The Public Square Service Station in Whitesburg will give one quart of Standard Oil motor oil free with every five gallons of gas purchased on Saturday, September 1, says station manager D.W. Little.

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The Whitesburg Grade School and Whitesburg High School open their doors for the 1928-29 school year on Monday, September 3.

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Among the highlights at the Blair Branch School, which has been in session now for five weeks, was the appearance of Dock Boggs and three other musicians who performed at the school on August 4.

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The game of marbles is now the center of attention at the Carcassonne Community School now that the basketball used by the boys is worn out, and the new basketball that was ordered for use by the girls arrived without a bladder and can’t be used. The school is in its fourth year.

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The L&N Railroad is offering round trip tickets from Letcher County to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville for $14.09.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1938

“The people around Ulvah and lower Linefork are isolated from the county seat,” The Mountain Eagle reports. “To reach Whitesburg they must drive down by way of Viper and Jeff and up Carr’s Fork, but when this link [the Blackey to Ulvah bridge] is completed it will only be a short drive to town.”

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Whitesburg city school will open Monday, September 5, says R. Dean Squires, superintendent of the city school system.

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A new filling station located across from the Letcher County Courthouse is near completion. It will be operated by Lee Adams and will be the county’s first Pepper gasoline station.

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The Mountain Eagle will soon be 32 years old and still going strong,” The Eagle announces on its front page. “What a change in this section during the past 32 years. Then there were no railroads, no highways, no automobiles, no radios, no airplanes, and not even a high school. What a marvelous change in so short a time.”

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Steve Caudill, well-known lumberman of Ermine, had the misfortune of losing three of the fingers of his right hand while helping out with some of the work around the band mill at his place of business.

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One of the busiest places in this part of the state is the Ison Stockyards at Isom, where owner Floyd Ison is a very busy man.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 1948

The L&N Railroad has filed a petition before the Kentucky State Railroad Commission at Frankfort to discontinue passenger trains No. 1 and No. 2, which now serve communities from McRoberts to Lexington. Reports The Mountain Eagle: “Discontinuing these trains would affect the following: All business firms and corporations, school children having no other means of transportation, people who depend on trains to transport their perishables, and the essence of express.”

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Funeral services for Private R.B. Marshall were held at the Isom Cemetery on August 21. Private Marshall entered service on June 6, 1944 and was killed in action in Germany on February 23, 1945, at age 19.

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All schools in the Jenkins Independent School District — Jenkins, lower and upper McRoberts, Burdine, Dunham, and Negro Schools — will open Friday, September 3. “In both white and colored schools, parents are asked to observe the same boundary lines as last year,” says Jenkins Superintendent C.V. Snapp.

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Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotton, and Jennifer Jones star in “Duel In The Sun,” showing next Tuesday and Thursday at the Kentucky Theatre in Whitesburg.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 1958

Letcher County’s eight magistrates have scored a court victory in their battle to pay themselves $200 monthly salaries. Special Circuit Judge Henry D. Stratton, Pikeville, has ruled that the county may go ahead and start paying the salaries even if a question does exist as to their legality. Regardless of the salary issue, fiscal court must adopt an annual budget, Stratton said.

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A solution of part of the parking problem in the City of Whitesburg appears to be in the making. The Whitesburg City Council has obtained on option on a large lot on Broadway [behind the Letcher County Courthouse and beside The Mountain Eagle office] for use as a metered parking lot. Mrs. Claudia Hall of Cumberland has agreed to sell the property for $16,500 if the deal is completed in 30 days.

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The newly remodeled A&P Store in Whitesburg will hold its formal reopening tomorrow. Store manager Vernon Goff says plans are also underway to have the store fully air-conditioned soon.

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About 300 Letcher County residents met at the Letcher County Courthouse Friday night to continue the talks about Letcher and other eastern Kentucky counties succeeding from the state of Kentucky.

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Whitesburg funeral director Archie Craft said he is considering running for the Democratic nomination for state senator from this district.

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Radio station WNKY-AM of Neon is celebrating its second anniversary of being on the air this week. The station manager is Dee Dawahare.

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A $346,000 tax lien has been filed in the Letcher County Clerk’s Office on the estate of the late Dahar Cury of Norton, Virginia.

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The Jenkins Independent School System will have three new principals this year — John E. Holbrook at McRoberts, Lee J. Johnson at Burdine, and Dennis Dixon at Dunham.

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The Jenkins High School Cavaliers football team ended its first clash of the seasonina7to7tiewithKetronHigh School of Kingsport, Tennessee.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1968

Youngsters at the Whitesburg Municipal Housing Project are enjoying new play equipment. Plans by which the housing was built in the mid-1960s did not include playground equipment. Officials of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development allowed for some funds later but not enough to pay for the type of equipment needed. So the local commission looked to local businesses for help. Electric and Machine Co., Kentucky-West Virginia Armature Co. and Davis Electric Co. and others donated materials, which were taken to the Whitesburg Vocational School where students have used them to construct heavy-duty swings, a merrygo round, horizontal bars, three see-saws, a slide and a basketball goal. There was enough money left to buy basketballs, a volleyball set, badminton sets, a croquet set and a horseshoe game. Earl Mohn and Dave Collins supervised the work of the students.

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The heart of the 11-year-old grandson of Myrtle and Wallace Kincer of Mayking was donated to a five-year-old Maryland girl after the boy’s parents learned he would not recover from the coma caused by a brain hemorrhage. James Dudley Herron II was a son of Joyce Kincer Herron and James Dudley Herron of Lafayette, Ind.

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Letcher County ranked 11th in Kentucky in the amount of food stamps distributed during fiscal year 1968. Local residents paid $340,007 for $701,201 in food stamps.

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The new Hazard Community College will hold an open house at the school’s temporary quarters at 511 Broadway in Hazard.

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Letcher County school officials say they expect an enrollment of 6,000 in grades 1 through 12 when school opens August 26.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1978

The August Letcher Grand Jury spent half its session considering evidence concerning the administration of former County Judge Estill Blair but did not return any indictments linked to Blair’s administration.

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Lawyers for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have decided that Stearns Mining Co. violated federal law in recognizing a newly formed union instead of the United Mine Workers (UMW) at its Justus Mine in McCreary County. However, the NLRB found there was “insufficient evidence” to support a UMW complaint that Blue Diamond Coal Co., parent firm of Stearns, helped form the Justus Employees Association with which it signed a contract, almost two years after Justus miners struck to win representation

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Mr. and Mrs. Beckham Bates of Colson celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on August 6. Each of their seven children and their families were present for the occasion.

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C.&H. Rauch Jewelers is holding the grand opening of its store in Hazard. A Las Vegas vacation will be given away at the opening.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1988

Letcher County will begin cancelling garbage franchises if contract haulers don’t pay up, and haulers without contracts will be turned away at the landfill gates. Garbage companies with contracts to operate in Letcher County have until Sept. 15 to pay the money they owe the county or the county will void their contracts. Each company is required to pay 5 percent of its monthly gross income to the county.

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The state Revenue Cabinet says four people have passed the Letcher County Special PVA Exam — Randy Hall, Roger Blair, Jewell Mayberry and Ben A. Taylor. A Revenue Cabinet official has been serving as Letcher County Property Valuation Administrator since acting PVA Jean Collins failed to quality.

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“The big yellow school buses are on their job, hauling our young people to school,” writes Ice correspondent Sara C. Ison. “It is very uncomfortable for the children in all this heat and humidity, but maybe they can make it. Our young people are our most valuable asset, so the more that get an education, the more that may know how to help run our country.”

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Linda Prince celebrated her 88th birthday July 16 at the home of her daughter, Betty Jo Sturgill, on Little Cowan. Mrs. Prince lived in the Carbon Glow area for many years.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1998

Country singer Gary Stewart will be grand marshal of the Jenkins Homecoming Festival parade August 29, and will perform in the city park at 9:30 p.m. Stewart, known as “The King of Honky-tonk”, lived in the Jenkins and Payne Gap area as a youth. This will be his first concert in Jenkins. The Country Music Highway (US 23) through Letcher County is named for Stewart.

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Eastern Kentucky is becoming a new Florida — but without the income, says Ron Crouch of Louisville, who keeps track of population trends for the state of Kentucky. He told an audience in Whitesburg that the number of older people in eastern Kentucky is growing at the same time that the number of babies being born in shrinking.

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The third annual Letcher County Pine Mountain Classic features Fleming-Neon and Whitesburg hosting Pineville and Evarts for the season-opener for all four teams. Whitesburg is attempting to snap a two-year season-opening losing streak. Fleming-Neon is returning to the Classic after a two-year absence.

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Members of the Letcher County Economic Development Authority believe they have found land for playing fields for Little League and Senior League baseball teams and a place to locate new industry as well. The site is a former coal strip mine near Whitco. It was mined by the mountaintop removal method and now has 18 to 23 acres of land almost level and covered with grass.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted to enter into a lease agreement with the Kentucky Association of Counties for the financing of a proposed $6 million county recreation center to be located on the old A&P property in Whitesburg.

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Misty Michelle Franks, 34, who pleaded guilty in June to helping murder her 69-year-old landlord, now says she had no part in his death. She now says she helped her husband, David Shawn Slaven, hide Jackie Von Quillen’s body because she was afraid he’d kill her too.

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The Letcher County Extension Office and Homemakers Clubs will hold the Mountain Heritage Festival arts and crafts contest, a quilt contest, and canning and baking contests.

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The Whitesburg High School Class of 1968 held its 40-year reunion July 18-19. The reunion events included a cookout at Riverside Park in Whitesburg and dinner at the Shriners Building.

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