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The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 1910

The Whitesburg City Council approved an ordinance this week granting the Lexington & Eastern Railway Company “the right to locate, construct, maintain and operate its railroad upon and along Main Street on the south side of the Kentucky River.’ A contract for construction of the new railroad from Jackson will be let October 10 with construction completed to the mouth of Craft’s Colly by December 1, 1911.

Land and mineral buyers are in the Baker area of Letcher County this week.

Boyd Roark, a soldier stationed at Fort Niagara in New York, writes that he reads The Mountain Eagle to keep posted on local news.

C.C. Crawford is building a new corncrib at his farm on Colson.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 3, 1940

There are 834 more jobs now open in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Men enlisting for the Air Corps ground units must have a high-school education or its equivalent, or else a journeyman’s rating in a mechanical trade.

The busy little town of East Jenkins is having another new business starting Saturday of this week. From what we hear this new business will be welcomed by the community as an added service to that side of the county. It is a new, modern, up-to-date drugstore owned and operated by the Childers Drug Company of Whitesburg, a firm well-known throughout the county for the past sixteen years for their courteous service and fair dealing.

Probably the largest crowd to witness a football game here in the last four years will gather on Lewis Field next Friday when the Yellowjackets of Whitesburg High renew athletic acquaintances with the Hazard High School Bulldogs. Meetings between these two old rivals have always been a classic of mountain football until four years ago when officials of the two schools broke off athletic relations.

Miss Rose Wise has recently returned from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she purchased a lot of new fall goods for the N. Wise & Sons store.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 5, 1950

Pvt. Alfred Ramsey, Seco, a member of the 90th Field Artillery Battery, was award the Bronze Star Medal for “selfless devotion to duty, exemplifying the highest traditions of the military service” it was announced this week by the Army. Ramsey was seriously injured during mortar fire on his battalion post. A radio operator, he turned down sedatives offered him at a first aid station, requesting that the drugs be used for the more critically wounded.

Population figures for Letcher County show a 2.7 percent decrease between the years 1940-1950, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of persons in Letcher County dipped from 40,592 in 1940 to 39,497 in 1950, or a decrease of 1,095 persons over the ten-year span. In general, towns in coal-mining areas show declines. The biggest decline was taken by Jenkins with a 26.5 percent loss over ten years. Whitesburg showed a 14.2 percent decline while Neon dropped 10.9 percent.

The Defense Department announced Monday that Cpl. Elijah Stallard, son of Sampson Stallard of Jeremiah, had been wounded in action while in Korea fighting. Cpl. Stallard was one of six Kentuckians listed as wounded.

“Bright Leaf” starring Gary Cooper and Lauren Bacall and the first chapter of the new Superman serial will be shown this weekend at Isaac’s Alene Theatre in Whitesburg.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6, 1960

The Letcher County Board of Education looked at plans for two new schools and learned that Architect D.E. Perkins believes both could be in use by next fall. The schools are to be built at Colson and Campbells Branch.

Don Sexton, 29, was electrocuted in a mine accident at Colson on October 3. He was a coal miner for Little Rock Coal Company. Surviving are his wife and two children.

The Letcher County Library has completed its move into its new quarters in the L&N Depot in Whitesburg and is open five days a week. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday.

“Career” starring Dean Martin, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley MacLaine and Carolyn Jones will play this weekend at Isaac’s Alene Theatre in Whitesburg.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 1, 1970

A highly controversial bypass route for KY 15 through Whitesburg proposed by the State Highway Department has been approved by the Kentucky River Development District Board, on recommendation of Whitesburg Mayor Ferdinand Moore. The route, which would cut across the Cowan Street-School Hill-Upper Bottom-Hospital area, was criticized because it would take so much already developed land, would create safety and traffic hazards, and would jeopardize future growth potential at Whitesburg Hospital.

River Coal Co. of Hazard was fined $5,000 this week by the Division of Strip-Mining and Reclamation for working two days while under suspension. The company was also cited for several other major violations of strip-mining regulations. While investigating the charges which led to the $5000 fine, as a state surface mining inspector was struck twice by one of River Coal’s supervisors at the mine site in Breathitt County.

Letcher County is one of the major centers for new drilling activities in search of natural gas deposits in eastern Kentucky. The Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company, based in Prestonsburg, has a 75-well drilling quota for this year and, according to Phillip Jenkins, production manager, Perry and Letcher counties are prime areas.

U.S. Air Force Captain LeRoy Stallard, son of Mrs. Dona Adams of Whitesburg, has been decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross at Phu Cat AB, Vietnam. Captain Stallard, the citation said, distinguished himself as an F-4 Phantom pilot when, despite withering defensive fire, he neutralized a large enemy force attacking allied troops. “His heroism and aggressive attacks disorganized the enemy and saved numerous American lives.” A 1959 graduate of Whitesburg High School, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Cumberland College in 1964. He was commissioned in 1966 upon completion of officer training school at Lackland AFB, Texas.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 1980

In what at least three magistrates contend was an illegal meeting, the Letcher Fiscal Court met for its September session Monday and approved the minutes for the court’s August meeting, which it refused to do less than two weeks ago. Magistrates Lee Hogg and George Arthur Adams left Monday’s meeting at its beginning, saying they had not had sufficient notification it was to be held. Both magistrates went back into the meeting when Magistrate Charles Dixon arrived. All the magistrates at the meeting approved the minutes except Hogg. The minutes contained a list of amendments by Judge/Executive Robert Collins, which he said were needed to complete records of the August meeting.

An official with Beth-Elkhorn Coal Corp. dismissed as having “no foundation” claims made by several employees of the company’s Mine 25 that company officials are trying to instigate a strike at the mine. A local United Mine Workers of America official told The Mountain Eagle that several miners feel the company is trying to fuel a strike to put salaried employees of the recently closed Mine 29 to work in Mine 25. The miner said the move would enable Beth-Elkhorn to justify to its parent company, Bethlehem Steel, why it has retained nearly 30 salaried workers at Mine 29, after laying off 150 miners there.

Senior fullback Rex Johnson rushed for 184 yards and scored 10 points to lead the Fleming-Neon Pirates to a hard-fought 22-6 victory over the Knott County Central Patriots at Hindman.

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star in “The Blues Brothers” this week at Cinema 7 Drive-In Theatre.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 3, 1990

The United Mine Workers union gave indications this week that it may begin trying to organize more workers at coal companies in Letcher and Knott counties. Members of the newly formed Local Union 3007 of the Whitesburg area invited employees of Golden Oak Mining Co. and Big Elk Creek Coal Co. to a “special service” to honor two miners recently fired from their jobs at Golden Oak’s Black Oak 6 mine near Amburgey in Knott County. An attorney for the two workers say they were fired because a Golden Oak boss overheard them discussing an attempt to organize their fellow workers. A Golden Oak official says the charges are not true.

Increased gas prices could force local school systems to cut services. Gasoline prices have increased 25 cents per gallon since Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August. That increase means more than $40,000 in additional fuel costs for the Letcher County School District and more than $4,000 for the Jenkins Independent School District, if the prices remain the same for the rest of the school year. However, analysts expect prices to increase even more.

U.S. Corrections Corporation, a company that is to discuss building a new jail in Letcher County and a regional juvenile detention center in the Kentucky River area, is in the center of a lawsuit alleging it received a state contract because of political connections. Florida-based Bannum Inc. has sued the Commonwealth of Kentucky alleging U.S. Corrections Corporation received a contract because the company had made contributions to the political causes of Gov. Wallace Wilkinson and First Lady Martha Wilkinson, who hopes to succeed her husband in office.

The Whitesburg Yellowjackets struggled Friday in Fleming-Neon but still managed to keep their unbeaten string intact with a 20-12 victory over the Pirates.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2000

Leonard E. Collins Jr., 51, of Millstone, was killed when the school bus he was driving collided with a low-boy tractor-trailer on U.S. 119 on September 20. According to Kentucky State Police, the bus was traveling south with five students on board when it crossed the center line and was struck by the tractor-trailer.

Ten years from now, eastern Kentucky should be “one of the diminishing number of distinctive and real places left in America,” says a consulting group which is looking at the effects expanded tourism development could have on Kentucky mountain counties and southern Kentucky counties. Local leaders are considering a new strategy to promote tourism. The group met at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset to hear ideas from professional tourism planners about how they might attract more tourists to the Appalachian region.

Senior quarterback Willie Webb rallied Fleming-Neon to an impressive 42-0 shutout of visiting district foe South Floyd Friday. The victory raised the Pirates’ record overall to 3-2, but more importantly, to 2-1 and second place in district play.

The Whitesburg Middle School and the Jenkins Middle School girls’ basketball teams will meet October 5 in Jenkins. Both teams won their latest games, Jenkins over Dorton 46-31 and Whitesburg over Kingdom Come 67-17.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

The retrial of a Jeffrey Allen, 46, of Sandlick, who is accused of murdering his foster child more than seven years ago, began this week in Letcher Circuit Court. Allen is charged with murdering Dakota Yonts, 2½, by beating the child severely in March 2003. The Kentucky Supreme Court ordered0 the case retried after finding the 2006 jury was improperly allowed to hear recordings of telephone calls made to E-911 operators in Hazard after Dakota’s death was reported.

The Whitesburg City Council spent much of its September meeting addressing water and sewer issues, including the discussion of ways to alleviate odor problems that continue to plague the Maple Street area in West Whitesburg. Kevin Howard of Summit Engineering said the odors are the result of a sewer line extension to the area around the Parkway Motel. He said the “low flow” causing the current problem should be fixed when the sewer line is extended to the area around Dry Fork Market.

For the second time in less than five years, schools making up the Jenkins Independent School System have failed to meet their goals required by the federal No Child Left Behind program. The release of national test scores for the 2009-2010 academic year shows that the Jenkins schools failed to meet any of the reading and math standards required under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Bethel Community Church will sponsor a fall all-terrain vehicle ride October 2. The ride will begin at the church parking lot in McRoberts and go to the new ATV trail at Fishpond Lake.

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