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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1909

A campaign advertisement with a photograph of Mrs. Eliza Webb, wife of Letcher County Court Clerk candidate John S. Webb, appears in this week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle with the following request to readers: “I’m a poor, crippled mother and cannot work. Please vote for my husband for County Court Clerk.” Mrs. Webb traces a severe leg injury to a sprained ankle she suffered “while hoeing corn on the hot hillside at Camp Branch … sometime before I became the wife of John S. Webb.” Mr. Webb is a brother of Mountain Eagle editor and publisher Nehemiah Webb.

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Patrick Collins of Tillie lost all of his belongings to fire the first of this week.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1929

The A&P Food Store in Whitesburg is taking part in the company’s celebration of its 70th year in business in the United States.

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A week after the Jenkins High School football team battled Lynch to a scoreless tie in a game that saw the starting 11 for Jenkins play the entire game without a substitution, Jenkins fell to Coalwood High, 25 to 0, in a game played at Coalwood. Stories about both games appear on the front page of this week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle. “All the Jenkins boys were in fine physical condition, as was shone by the fact not a single substitution was made,” The Mountain Eagle reports about the game with Lynch.

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A new radio shop is now open in downtown Whitesburg. D.W. Little, who owns and operates the Public Square Service Station, has opened the new radio shop in the room formerly occupied by Letcher State Bank on the corner of Main Street and Webb Avenue. The new business, known as the Service Radio Shop, carries the Silver line of radios, which are “considered to be the highest class radios yet to be put on the market.”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1949

The third jury trial for Ted Meade, 36, of McRoberts, ended with Meade being found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the shooting of his handicapped brother-in-law. He has been sentenced to 12 years in the state reformatory at LaGrange. Meade shot 20-year-old Ballard Bentley last January 8 at the Meade home in Bark Camp. Meade’s first trial, held in April, ended in a hung jury. He was found guilty at his second trial in July and sentenced to eight years in prison, but the Kentucky Court of Appeals overturned that conviction.

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The trial of Jody P. Adams, charged with the Easter Sunday 1948 shooting death of 46-year-old Howard Polly began today (Thursday) in Letcher Circuit Court. Adams, a constable, was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty in July 1948, but he was freed after the state Appeals Court overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial. Adams returned to his duties as constable after his release, but has since been charged with shooting and wounding, false arrest, and drunkenness in office.

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Three Jenkins residents and a Pike County woman are charged in connection with the murder of a Pike County man near Dunham. Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Ison and John M. Ford, all of Jenkins, and Draxie Sowards are charged in the beating death of 47-year-old Eddie Sowards, whose body was found last Wednesday in an outhouse near his home at Shelby Gap. Draxie Sowards is the wife of Eddie Sowards. Sanford Ison and Ford are accused of beating Sowards with steel knuckles. The two women are charged with aiding and abetting.

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A large moonshine still with a 200-gallon capacity was raided on Saturday on Pine Mountain. Nearly 1,000 gallons of mash and several gallons of moonshine were confiscated from the operation that apparently belongs to Alonzo Fields of Partridge. Two other suspects escaped from the site of the still, situated near a cliff in the mountain. Federal and state investigators conducted the raid.

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The Combs Motor Company of Whitesburg this week relinquished its Ford dealership in favor of de Soto and Plymouth.

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The new two-story Katherine’s Grill and Hotel on Main Street in Neon will open between November 1 and November 15, said builder Clarence Akers. He said the roof garden would not be ready until spring.

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Boone Motor Company’s new building on Madison Street in Whitesburg is expected to be completed by the end of this week. Watson Collins is in charge of construction. Roy Crawford is the architect. Boone Motor is a Chevrolet dealership and distributor for Texaco gas and oil products.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1959

Residents of the City of Whitesburg may soon get home delivery of mail, U.S. Congressman Carl D. Perkins has reported to Fred Coffey, president of the Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce. Coffey said Perkins told him there is a good possibility home delivery could be installed here if houses are numbered and streets are named.

. Workers were busy today removing parking meters from one side of Main Street in downtown Whitesburg. When the new city parking lot goes into operation, no parking will be allowed on the south side of Main from Baker Maytag to Webb Avenue. Plans also are to make parking on the courthouse side of Courthouse Square parallel instead of the present angle system. Blacktopping of the new parking lot, located on Eagle Street next to The Mountain Eagle, already has been completed. Posts for meters are now being installed and the lot is expected to be ready for use sometime next week.

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All-State candidate Roger Kincer tallied 24 points to help lead Whitesburg High School to a 51 to 6 win over Fleming-Neon. Kincer raised his season points total to 128.

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Homecoming celebrations are scheduled this weekend at Fleming-Neon High School, Jenkins High School, and Whitesburg High School.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1969

The Letcher County Grand Jury has recommended the creation of a countywide garbage collection system. The grand jury report says, “We feel that the only way the county can be kept clean would be to have a regular schedule of garbage collection and removal available to everybody.”

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Private First Class Michael Stan Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Acie Wright of Mayking, is now serving in the Army in Vietnam. Pfc. Wright is a 1968 graduate of Whitesburg High School.

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“The Green Berets,” starring John Wayne and David Janssen, will play at the Alene Theatre in Whitesburg Oct. 24-26.

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Richard Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Brown, is a recent graduate of barber school in Lexington. He is a 1968 graduate of Whitesburg High School and is now employed at Tolliver’s Barber Shop in Whitesburg.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1979

The state local finance officer will begin overseeing the spending of Letcher County’s money next week. The state stepped in because Letcher Fiscal Court has taken three loans totaling more than $90,000 recently without making budget amendments and getting approval from the state Department of Local Government and because of an overdraft in the court’s checking account. State officials said this is the first time the state had to take so much authority over any county’s spending.

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An L&N coal train hit a pickup truck near Mayking when the driver, Dema Halcomb, didn’t notice the train and began to cross the tracks, according to state police. Halcomb and a passenger were taken to Whitesburg Hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.

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Letcher County had the lowest farm income of any county in the state during 1978. Letcher County farmers received a total of $110,000 for their total livestock and farm crop sales last year.

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Edison Banks, a 1978 graduate of Whitesburg High School, has been elected president of the Student Government Association at Hazard Community College.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1989

About 200 United Mine Workers returned to work at Sun Glo Coal on Tuesday, a move that has triggered sharp criticism of union officials. At issue are 50 union workers at Mine 29 Mining and Processing who went on strike with the Sun Glo miners. Though the union apparently resolved the Sun Glo strike, it broke a promise to the Mine 29 workers that both mines would return to work at the same time.

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Jenkins Mayor Robert Shubert will ask Haymond residents to meet with city officials to discuss annexing the Haymond community. Shubert may also invite residents of Marshall’s Branch, McRoberts and Payne Gap to join the City of Jenkins.

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Airman 1st Class Adam W. Holbrook has arrived for duty at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. He is a construction equipment operator with the 343rd Civil Engineering Squad. Holbrook is a son of Linda S. Holbrook of Cromona and Adam J. Holbrook of Mayking. He is a 1987 graduate of Fleming-Neon High School.

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Mane ‘n Tail, a compound for improving the quality of horses’ tails and manes, has caught on in Letcher County as a conditioner for humans’ hair. Users say it makes hair thicker and softer. Carl Hampton, an assistant manager at Frazier’s Farmer Supply, says it outsells Bag Balm, another animal skin product popular with humans.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1999

The Letcher County Fiscal Court will consider an ordinance setting new rules for Fishpond Lake, including a buffer zone between the heavily used recreation areas of the lake and hunters in the surrounding hills. The proposed ordinance would also outlaw all-terrain vehicles except in designated areas; outlaw spear, bow and snare fishing; require dogs to be on leashes; and reiterate the ban on gasoline or other internal combustion boat motors on the lake.

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A congressional conference committee has approved a bill to create a partnership with Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation for a veterans clinic in Whitesburg.

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Two documentary films produced by women associated with Appalshop are among nine films that received juror awards from the 1999 Louisville Film and Video Festival. The films are Girls’ Hoops, produced by Justine Richardson, and To Save the Land, produced by Anne Lewis.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009

Thousands of coal miners fearing the loss of jobs if mountaintop removal mining is curtailed or outlawed shouted down a handful of public hearings on the much-debated practice. Many in Kentucky and West Virginia wore hardhats and t-shirts and waved signs proclaiming the merits of coal. Mining supporters in West Virginia heckled the few environmentalists who testified in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to eliminate or at least suspend a streamlined permitting process for surface mines in six Appalachian states. The Corps said 4,800 people attended the meetings.

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Recent flooding in Fleming-Neon apparently did more damage that was originally thought. Mayor Susan Polis read a letter from resident Gwen Johnson, who said she learned her home had been flooded while she was at work. Johnson wrote she has contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster relief but was informed that her home was not in an area that had been declared a disaster area. She said FEMA told her that businesses were eligible for relief but not individual homeowners.

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Eldora Trimble was the winner of the Mountain Heritage Festival poetry contest. Emily Baker, a fifth-grade student at West Whitesburg Elementary School, took first place in the festival essay contest.

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Thrill the World, a worldwide simultaneous dance of “Thriller” for world records and charity, will be held October 24 at the Letcher County Central High School football field. Registration for the tribute to Michael Jackson will take place at 5:30 p.m. and the dance time is 8:30 p.m.

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