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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY APRIL 4, 1940

Klair Back, son of Mrs. Ella Back of Whitesburg and the late C.H. Back, is a Flying Cadet at Randolph Field, Texas. He has completed his second phase of flight instruction and has three more months of advanced training ahead of him. He is a graduate of Whitesburg High School and attended college at Georgetown, Ky., and was formerly employed at the local post office. He was one of Whitesburg’s most popular young men.

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An estimated crowd of 3,000 people assembled on the Jenkins ballpark April 1 to witness the big United Mine Workers of America celebration. Had it not been for the rain in the afternoon it would have been a grand day for all. But as it was, everybody had a nice time, and officers report they never saw such good behavior and good order prevail in so large a crowd.

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The Mammoth Marine Hippodrome will be in Whitesburg April 8 on a special double-length railroad car on the siding at the L&N depot. The performance includes a mermaid from the Bay of Tonquin China, a monster 68-ton whale, giant devilfish, man-eating sharks, and a trained flea circus. Admission is 15 cents for adults, 5 cents for children.

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Mrs. Georgia Miller and her five-week-old baby left the jail in which they had spent the weekend after Mrs. Miller’s father posted a $500 bond. She is accused of shooting her husband after a two-mile trudge over a mountain road with her baby and a rifle. Police say Mrs. Miller said she heard her husband was in a roadhouse with another woman and she handed the baby to a bystander and shot her husband.

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Clark Gable and Joan Crawford star in “Strange Cargo” at Isaac’s Kentucky Theatre.

THURSDAY APRIL 6, 1950

Funeral services were held April 5 for Dr. Boaz Adkins, 75, retired Whitesburg dentist and well-known Letcher County personage. Dr. Adkins was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, having served with I Company, First Infantry Regiment, in the Philippine Insurrection.

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A rock-dusting program and several other safety measures are proposed for the Hill Coal Company’s No. 2 mine near Whitesburg in a federal inspection report issued by the Bureau of Mines. The mine employed eight men and averaged 35 tons of coal a day when inspected in February. Rock dust had not been applied in this generally dry mine, and Inspector George E. Counts recommended that it be thoroughly rock dusted to within 60 feet of the working faces.

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Claude Hopkins and his Zanzy-Barr Revue will perform April 7 at the Jenkins Theatre. Featured will be the 4 Stepperetts, Iron Jaw Wilson, Garner and Wilson, Deborrah Robinson and Iva Brown.

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Pfc. Mack Bentley, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Bentley, Sr., of Neon, has been placed on detached service from Service Company, Provisional Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Tokyo, Japan to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, for the purpose of driving a Jeep in the 1st Battalion motor pool.

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Community Easter sunrise services will be held at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Marion Parker will be the speaker with the Methodist Choir having charge of the music.

THURSDAY APRIL 7, 1960

An editorial in The Mountain Eagle speaks of problems with the Letcher County Public Library, which is housed in “an unheated, dilapidated building, reached by rickety steps, furnished inadequately with some of its shelves leaning from the heavy weight of the books they hold, books lying haphazardly in shelves or in boxes, torn window shades, walls in need of paint, a card catalog that has drawers that stick and thus cannot be used.” The editorial says blame does not lie with the unpaid librarian, Mrs. Homer McKenzie, but with community apathy.

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The R.H. Hobbs Company is remodeling and rearranging its Whitesburg store to become a self-service store. Work on remodeling the basement has been in progress for several weeks and work on the main floor started this week.

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The Letcher County Board of Education hired 150 certified teachers for work in the county school system next year. Supt. W.B. Hall said the number represented all the certified teachers who had applied at the time, but he has since received additional applications. Hall said about 15 of the teachers hired had not worked in the county school system before

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On Monday at 7 a.m., 150 seniors and their sponsors will board the Cumberland Coach Line buses in Whitesburg and start on a trip to Washington, D.C. They plan to stop at Jefferson’s home, Monticello, and will stay at the Stratford Hotel in Washington, D.C. For three days they will visit government buildings, the Capitol, the White House, the treasury department, the FBI building, Arlington Cemetery, Robert E. Lee’s home, the Smithsonian and other places of interest.

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The A&P food store in Whitesburg is holding a veal sale. Round bone steaks are $1.09 a pound, rib chops are 79 cents a pound, and should roasts are 49 cents a pound.

THURSDAY APRIL 2, 1970

Powell Walker, Bill Banks and Estill Caudill will serve as commissioners of the new countywide water district formed in an attempt to obtain community water service throughout Letcher County.

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Jenkins Mayor R. Percy Elkins has resigned the office of mayor and has been named by the city council of Jenkins to serve as manager of the city. The council named William Toth to succeed Elkins as mayor.

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Lt. Colonel Jack W.R. Peters, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Peters of Neon, recently helped launch a U.S. Air Force Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandberg AFB, California. Peters was commander of the Grand Forks AFB, N.D., missile combat crew which fired the missile. He is a 1946 graduate of Fleming High School and is married to the former E. Roxanne Thompson.

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Hamburger is on sale at the A&P grocery for 59 cents a pound. Jane Parker apple pies cost 49 cents each.

THURSDAY APRIL 3, 1980

The Census-taking in eastern Kentucky may have been botched and the count could come up as much as 25 percent short. A Census failure to count accurately the huge explosion in population in the mountains during the coal boom could cost schools and local governments hundreds of millions of dollars during the coming decade.

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The cost of telephone service in Letcher County may go up — in some areas by 41 percent. South Central Bell and Continental Telephone Company of Kentucky have both filed requests with the state Utility Regulatory Commission seeking to increase service rates. If approved, South Central Bill’s increases will affect customers living in the Whitesburg area, while Continental’s increases will hit residents in the Jenkins and McRoberts areas.

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The Eastern Kentucky Housing Development Corporation of Neon is one of five manufacturers chosen by the Tennessee Valley Authority to design and produce energy-efficient prototype solar homes for less than $30,000 under TVA’s Modular Solar Homes Project. The selection clears the way for EKHDC to complete design details that will combine proven solar techniques with inexpensive mass construction by units.

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“Coal Miner’s Daughter” is playing for the second week at Isaac’s Alene Theatre in Whitesburg

WEDNESDAY APRIL 4, 1990

The Kentucky Revenue Cabinet says Letcher County’s unmined coal reserves are worth only $31.2 million — less than half the 1988 assessment. However, former Letcher County Property Valuation Administrator Columbus Sexton, who did the 1988 assessment, said even his figure of $75.8 million was too low. The revenue cabinet’s chief geologist said he too thinks the new assessment is low, but he said the 1988 assessment is “indefensible.”

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Whitesburg officials say they had no choice but to take seriously an anonymous caller’s threat of poisoning meat at a local supermarket. The caller to the Kentucky Regional Poison Center claimed he had injected all the meat in a Whitesburg grocery with cyanide. City officials were leaving it up to the city’s three supermarkets and their customers to take the necessary precautionary measures. No meats were being sold Monday night at the three groceries.

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The Letcher County Fiscal Court has turned down the National Flood Insurance Program, shutting off federal aid to flood victims. The county must belong to the National Flood Insurance Program before flood victims can receive federal aid. About 50 Letcher County families had property destroyed in heavy flooding in October.

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Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Cook of Thornton will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house on April 14.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 29, 2000

Police arrested 14 persons on sealed indictment warrants charging them with obtaining prescription medication by fraud. The charges all stem from investigations aided by the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, a computer system into which all pharmacists report prescriptions for “schedule” drugs. Schedule drugs are those that have at least some addictive properties and are capable of being abused.

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Joe Begley, a leader in the fight to stop abuses of strip-mining for nearly 40 years, died March 27 at his home in Blackey. Begley and his wife, Gaynell, moved to Letcher County to run the C.B. Caudill Store, which had been established by her father. The couple almost immediately became involved in local efforts to restrict or outlaw strip-mining.

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The Mountain Eagle is moving this week to the old Whitesburg City Hall building. The Eagle’s owners bought the building from the City of Whitesburg in December and remodeling work has been underway for several weeks.

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“The PRIDE program and the people of Blackey are having a spring cleanup day,” writes Blackey correspondent Diana Combs. “They will meet at the Blackey Library at 9 a.m. The starting place will be at Robert Collins’s home and the end will be at the mouth of Elk Creek. Most of the cleaning will be around the river.”

WEDNESDAY MARCH 31, 2010

Tim Miller, 29, and David Young, 38, both maintenance employees with the county school system, were seriously injured in a gas explosion near Letcher County Central High School in Whitesburg. The men were working behind the high school where the heating units are located when the explosion occurred. The area contains propane tanks, a boiler, a cooling tower and other components of the system used to heat and cool the building.

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About 250 people attended a community meeting at Arlie Boggs Elementary School, protesting plans to close the school next year. Letcher County Schools Supt. Anna Craft said more students must attend the school to keep it open. The school’s enrollment is now 135, but is expected to fall to 125 next school year.

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The Jenkins Lady Cavs softball team opened the 2010 season at home on March 24 with an impressive 12-2 win against the Lady Warriors of East Ridge. The Lady Cavs traveled to Wise, Va., on March 25 to play the Lady Indians of J.J. Kelly High School. The Lady Cavs took a 14-0 victory in the game.

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The Little Shepherd Outdoor Drama will have its annual Easter egg hunt in Jenkins on Amphitheater Road on April 3 at noon. There will be a prize in every egg and the hunt is free to all children.

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