Whitesburg KY

The way we were



August 7, 1958

Letcher Fiscal Court has refused to approve appointment of a county patrol. The magistrates said that if they couldn’t pay themselves they couldn’t pay patrolmen.

The Mountain Eagle will expand its news coverage in the Jenkins area, starting next week, by the addition of a special Jenkins page in the paper. The page will have its own name — “The Jenkins Eagle.”

Charles Haynes, manager of the Neon A&P store, has been promoted to a job as manager of the A&P store at Hazard. Bob Adams, a Letcher County native, will take over as manager of the Neon store.

Several women in the Jeremiah community met at the home of Mrs. Hassie Breeding last Thursday night, in regard to organizing a woman’s club.

August 8, 1968

Dr. Arthur Nash, Jenkins surgeon, this week filed suit against three Whitesburg physicians and Appalachian Regional Hospitals, charging them with conspiracy. The suit said Dr. Nash had been suspended from the staff of the hospital and refused the right to admit patients there as a result of “false reports” from the other three doctors charging him with substandard medical care.

The Letcher County 4-H Council has completed its garden project for this year. Jeff Kiser’s garden at Colson was chosen the winning garden. He not only used 20 feet of plastic to mulch his tomato plants, but also used old linoleum rugs to mulch his whole tomato crop.

Baked ham is on sale for 58 cents a pound at the A&P Food Store. Chuck roast is 78 cents a pound.

August 10, 1978

An estimated $10,000 in damage occurred at the Sandlick Presbyterian Church when weekend rains unleashed a torrent of silt, rock and mud from the access road to Ivy Coal Co.

Tackett and Manning Corp., until recently the largest strip mine firm in Letcher County, is reportedly moving its operations to Breathitt County. A major subcontractor with Beth-Elkhorn Coal Corp., the firm failed to negotiate a new contract following the United Mine Workers strike and implementation of the federal strip mine law.

Traveling carnivals and a large coal company came under fire as Jenkins residents reiterated complaints that their water supply is tainted. “Tackett & Manning (Coal Co.) dump fuel oil into the ditch leading into the lake and every time it rains it goes into the lake,” said a Jenkins resident. Several people also complained about traveling carnivals and other shows dumping garbage and sewage from porto-lets into the lake.

Susan Sexton, 12, daughter of Daniel and Phyllis Adams of Sergent, is the junior division grand champion in the annual East Kentucky 4-H Club Vegetable Field Day.

August 10, 1988

Officials were working on a plan to distribute more than 16,000 pounds of good-quality used clothing which arrived here in trucks from a National Guard unit in Tennessee. Circuit Judge Larry Collins said he was working with the local office of the Department of Social Services to be sure the clothes got to deserving families.

Constable Walden Cuddy said he was resigning his office because of poor health. He was the third official in about eight months to leave office because of illness. Coroner Charles Day and Property Valuation Administrator Columbus Sexton also had resigned this year, citing poor health as the reason.

Letcher County’s unemployment rate for June was 13.4 percent up from May’s 12.5 percent, according to state government figures.

August 12, 1998

Kentucky geologists say the layers of rock on new U.S. Highway 23 make this “one of the most extraordinary geologic sections to be found in the eastern United States. The area is just west of Pound Gap above Jenkins. The geologists and Jenkins officials expect the roadcut to become a major attraction for both students and tourists.

Classified employees of the Letcher County school system are still dissatisfied with their paychecks but they agreed tentatively to stay on the job and to try to work things out with Dr. William Kinzer, superintendent of county schools.

“Mask of Zorro” and “Doctor Doolittle” are being shown at the Jeremiah Drive-In Theatre.

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