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University of Kentucky Serials Depi rtment Elizabeth Hanson UK Library .v n irv. aosofi !5 e MOUNTAIN EAGLE IT SCREAMS! Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, August Senator complains about A United States Senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate his charge that some adverintisements by terests have been more fancy than fact. " Sen. Philip A. Hart specifically named two concerns active in Letcher County. They are Bethlehem Steel, which is engaged in strip- - and through its subauger-miniand the sidiary, Surface Mining and Reclama- strip-mini- ng h.) ng Beth-Elkho- rn, Tourney game here The first game in the Kentucky Little League Baseball tournament will be played Monday afternoon at the Whitesburg ball park. Hazard and Ashland teams will vie for the chance to go in Lexingto the semi-fina- ls ton. The game will start at 4 p. m. It will be broadcast by Hazard and Ashland radio stations. ma jmwmm? School bids exceed available money ads strip-mi- ne tion Association, a group of eastern Kentucky surface operators. In a letter to FTC chairman Miles W. Kirkpatrick, Hart asked the Commission to investigate the ads for possible violations of law. "For example, " he told the FTC, "one ad proclaims that the beautifully forested mound. tains pictured have been No contract has been awarded for construction of an addition strip-mine- In reality, I'm toTd, the mining was done on the side of the mountains not in the picture." Hart was referring to advertisements showing Fishtrap Lake in Pike County. "Another (ad) claims a fishing and swimming lake was created out of a stripped area, " Hart's letter continued. "Actually, the lake is closed to swimming because of drainage of mine acid and other pollutants and the fish stocked in the lake have never prospered. " That ad, by Bethlehem, pictured Fishpond Lake near Jenkins. The ad included the line, "Every acre surface mined by Bethlehem Steel is promptly 5, 1971 Vol. 64, No. 13 JOHN LYLE EADS EADS WILL COACH BASKETBALL HERE John Lyle Eads has been hired as head basketball coach for Whitesburg High school. He succeeds Darrell Bell. Eads' appointment was announced by Supt. Kendall V. Boggs. (Continued on Page 20) (Continued on Page 21) to Kingdom Come School, Linefork, because the lowest bid received exceeded preliminary estimates by nearly $150. 000. Letcher Count y school superintendent Kendall Boggs said he is working with the architect, the state Department of Education and the low bidder in an attempt to bring the cost of the building down to the amount the county system has available for construction. The low bid was $495, 000, with an alternate Ibid of $485, 955. The school system had hoped to get the building constructed for $350, 000. Funds are to come mainly from capital outlay reserves which the system has been accumulating to use in the Kingdom Come project, and a $43, 000 allocation of funds from the Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Boggs said he thought rising construction costs were a factor in the bidding, along with the remote location of the school site and some unexpectedly high bids on site preparation. 'Associations' soon "Association time" is nearing again in the mountains. The only association scheduled to be held in Letcher County this year is the Thornton Union, which will meet at the McRoberts Regular Baptist Church Aug. 20-2- 2. The Indian Bottom Association will be Sept. at the Reynolds Fork church at Brink-le- y, Knott County. The Union Association will be Sept. 17-1- 9 at Haysi, Va. "Associations" are the annual gatherings of members of the Old Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, a denomination which has wide membership in the Kentucky mountains. The meetings include three days of " eat i n preachin' and 3-- 5, singin. " mm, tmm wPX4 vim wbm, THE COAL BUSINESS IS GETTING tVr BACK TO NORMAL WITH THE SETTLEMENT (EAGLE photo by Lauran Emerson) OF RAIL AND STEEL LABOR DISPUTES. Letcher County miners seek better fringe benefits By PHIL PRJMAC K More and better fringe benefits is the goal of Letcher County union coal miners as negotiations near on a new United Mine Workers-co- al industry contract. Inle terviews with union men in the McRoberts rank-and-fi- area indicate that a substantial wage increase is not particularly wanted and, in some cases, is even 'opposed. U.M.W. President W. A. "Tony" Boyle announced in Washington last week that unless a new contract were agreed to by September 30, a nationwide coal strike would begin. Boyle has also Mid that he will seek a $50 daily wage, a substantial increase in the Welfare Fund royalty payment, and other provisions as serious talks begin this month. Union policy has been that contract terms are kept secret until the settlement is actually reached . So members don't really know just what their negotiators are seeking. The contract demands are compiled by the union's Wage Policy Committee, which this year met in New York City. Local miners expressed a hope that the demands will emphasize fringe benefits. "I'm pretty satifled with wages right now, " one veteran of 30 years said, "but we sure do need something done about the things that go along with wages. The fringe benefits, I mean. " His response to the question of what the new contract should contain was typical of others gathered in a random trip to miners' homes. The men were not working since their employer, Beth- - Elkhorn, had closed down for fear of a national steel strike (that strike was avoidsd this week, and mining should return to normal by next week). The relative disinterest in a wage hike may seem confusing in this day of soaring inflation, but the view is explained pretty simply. Relaxing on his porch, another 30 year man (none of the men interviewed wanted their names used) put it this way: "Listen, if the coal miners get a big pay raise this year, the price of everything in the country will go up. We wouldn't really gain much that way, and people with smaller salaries wouldn't have a chance. But if we got a better deal with the benefits, then we would gain something, but without an actual pay raise which isn't going to help anyone for long anyway. That same theme was echoed by another worker who said, "We'd be in better shape with some guaranteed benefits. " Likewise, there was little enthusiasm among some of the interviewed miners for shorter working days. "Sure, I'd love to have a six -- hour day, or even seven, " one said. But he, like all the felt such a goal was, at this point, unrealistic. Or maybe it just seemed too good to be true. "A six hour day ? Sure, I'd love it. Don't think there's much chance, though. " Some U.M.W. members have expressed a strong stand in favor of the shorter day, however. Some are pushing day. They say the that such a schedule would allow for a shift devoted exclusively to clean-u- p and safety. At the same rs, six-ho- ur time, it would mean more jobs while giving miners more free and leisure time. But the interests of the coal miners in McRoberts seemed to be on much less profound goals. "There's a whole lot we need, and should have, " one commented. "But you're never going to get a contract that'll satisfy everyone. So let's talk about the things that think most of the men here agree on. One of those things upon which consensus seems to rest is that the Miners Welfare Fund should provide additional benefits. The men acknowledged that in this case, the U. M. W., as well as the coal industry, will have to make changes. For example, the very first thing mentioned by two of the miners was the need to extend benefits to widows of (Continued on Page 3) 1

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