The April Grand Jury is
looking into affairs of the Letcher County Board of Education.
The grand jury's attention
was directed to the school
board's business by Circuit
Judge Courtney C. Wells, who
said he had heard reports there
were "irregularities in the actions of the school board." Judge
Wells told the jury he did not
A total of 350 books and sevknow whether there was any
eral cartons of magazines were
truth to the reports but asked
that the jurors investigate the collected April 7 for the Letcher County Bookmobiles and Limatter.
brary during the Woman's Club
The grand jury is in the
fourth day of its
Valuable additions to the litoday. So far it has not returnbrary have been sent by the
ed any indictments to the court.
Dock Webb is grand jury State Library Extension Divisforeman. Members of the panel ion as a permanent loan. The
are James Fleming, Mary Tyre, reference works include: a 1958
Ezra Gilley, Mander Blair, Les- edition of the WORLD BOOK
lie Webb, Floyd Bach, Herschel ENCYCLOPEDIA,
COLUMBIA ENCYCLOBrock, Bertha Blair, Hanes ArLInold, George Elliott and Joe C. PEDIA, the LINCOLN
BRARY OF ESSENTIAL INBranson.
a new WEBJudge Wells' instructions to STER'S COLLEGIATE
DICTIONthe jury were routine except ARY, a 1958 WORLD ALMANfor the school boardi matter.
AC and a 1958 INFORMATION
Posters for the drive were
made by Mrs. B. Kaufmann, Mrs.
J. Gouaux and Miss Ruth York
and her art group.
Brownie Scouts, Girl Scouts
and Boy Scouts under the direction of respective leaders Mrs.
A total of 24 cases was dis Walter Owens. Mrs. Harold Mc
missed during the first two days intosh and Mr. Troy Stallard
of the April term of Letcher made the Collection.
Most of the cases were dis
missed on the motion of Com
Combs. Several were dismissed
on motion of prosecuting witnesses.
A new post office will bo
built at Neon between now and
early fall. Postmaster General
week at Washington.
He said the Neon post office
is one of 23 to be built in Ken-
The Douglas Day Post No. 152
of the American Legion was reorganized at a meeting in the
courthouse here last week, to
serve the Whitesburg area.
Officers were elected, as fol
lows: James R. Jones, command-- '
er; Paul Sharpe, first vice com-- i
mander; Mitchell Davidson, post
adjutant; Fred Frazier, histor-- 1
ian; Jack Frazier, chaplain. 'and
Coleman Day, finance officer.
An executive committee also
was named. Its members are
Johnnie Hall, C. S. Dagnon,
Duncan Hampton and John Sergeant.
Meeting will be held tempor
arily in tho fiscal court room
of the courthouse, at 7:30 p.m.,
on Wednesday of each week, until a regular meeting date is decided.
The post has a history dating
lltnn Ort . n n
has been inactive recently.
Jurors Investigating Death
of Of Prisoner At
tucky at an estimated cost
or about $30,000 each.
The Letcher County grand King had fell from the ton bunk
Tho Neon post office. Sum-- jury today was investigating
and hit the concrete floor. Joo
merfield said, will be built with
death of Milford Henry Pack (a Whitesburg city nollce-Klng, 39, Ermine, who died in man) was with me. We asked
viduals, who then will lease the
him if he was hurt, and offered
the county jail last Friday.
building to the government.
The grand jury had called as to pick him up and lay him on
The other Kentucky cities
witnesses and had heard Jailer the bed, but he said 'No, I'm
which definitclv will get new Bob
Sexton, Deputy Coroner not hurt,' " Sexton said.
post offices under way by fall
Ferdinand Moore, and John
Sexton continued: "Tho next
were listed by Summerficld as
"'"s- - morning, i weni upstairs ana
Bulan, Burlington, Covinnton '
was understood one or two ho asked mo tn enmo ilnwnct.ilra.
Drakesboro, Eminence. Franch It
other witnesses might also be He said he always stayed down
burg, Horse Cave, McKce, Mid
stairs and I brought him and
way, Monticello, Newport, Nich
County Coroner Mrs. Virginia two others down, and kept them
olasville, Sandv Hook,
Warsaw, Craft said an inquest had result downstairs that day and the
cd in a jury's verdict that King next day following.
Wickliffe and Wingo.
"In tho evening I went in and
James E. Morris, acting post- died of "natural causes," apmaster at Neon, said he did not parently as the result of a hem they said Milford had been
asleep all day. He was feeling
know who would construct the orrhage.
Sexton said King was brought i pretty bad.
new building or where it would
to the jail the night of April 2
"Henry Holbrook (a deputy
after his arrest on a drunk jailer) asked him about coming
charge. He was placed in a cell Into the women's department
in the upstairs of the jail.
and laying down where it was
"About an hour after he was cool. He said sure.
fbrought in I heard a noise up
"About 30 minutes later I
stairs. Going up to check, Mr.
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For Liquor Violations
Baseball Team Organized
before lack of funds to pay salaries forced its disbandment.
There just weren't enough
mountain folk who enjoyed baseball (or could afford) to sco it
three or four times a week.
No sooner had the professionals packed their bags than tho
amateurs began scheduling
games again. First they tried to
reorganize the Lonesome Pino
League and later converted It
into the Mountain States
Leoguo. but neither reached tho
popularity of, the post or prewar teams.
Now we have what wo think
Is a fine league. A schedule of
30 pimcs has been set. Games
will bo played on Saturday
night and Sunday evening. An
game has been set for
the Fourth of July and a four-teaplay-of- f
ct tho season's
end. Players will receive expenses from a small admission
charge. This league is someI'll have to admit that Coach
thing for us t otake an interest Hall lost some mighty fine main and be proud of. Get behind terial, but I can't visualize
your Letcher boys and we're
a dismissal campaign as Hall
sure to have a fino baseball
predicts. The Pirates aren't ex
Any boy or man interested In ceptionally fast or big, but they
trying out for this team may do have a little better balance
come to the McRoberts ball than some of tho other teams
park at 5:00, when practice will in the EKMC. The scrappy Pir- be held each evening. Tho seas- ates probably will win six next
on gets underway April 19, so season Hall's chargers mod
break out that glove and head (powerful Louisville Manual at
Louisville around October 24.
for the McRoberts ball park.
Next Year's Pirates
I'm very pleased to learn of this
I was fortunate Saturday in contest. If tho mountain teams
watching Jack Hall's Fleming would receive better ratings and
football hopefuls in action as did more playing down In tho
they prepare to rebuild a strong Louisvillc-Iixingtoarea, we
eleven for next season. The stand a better chance of placPirates, who won eight and lost ing men on the
only two last year, arc shy 14
regulars from last year's fino from end to quarterback, looms
team and Jack maintains that as tho Pirates' big gun. With
they'll be lucky to win two ball Tackett arc Icttennen Danny
games next season.
fullback, and Ross
County Judge Arthur Dixon
today called a special meeting
of fiscal court to consider purchase of voting machines for
use in most Letcher precincts In
the November election.
The special meeting will be
held in the courthouso Wednes
day, April 23, at 10 a.m.
Dixon called the meeting after conferring for some two
hours Wednesday night with
Ollle W. Montgomery, salesman
for the Shoup Voting Machine
Corp., New York. Montgomery
had explained that the prico of
the machines will be Increased
on May 1, and urged the county
to art before that date.
Dixon said tho Information he
has been able to gather Indicates Letcher County may bo
able to eliminate 27 of its f3
precincts, and by so doing save
enough money to purchase tho
Elections currently cost
Letcher County about $10,000
a year. Use of voting machines
could bo oxpected to cut the
cost to about $5,000. Voting
machines' could be purchased
for approximately $4,300 a
Halving the number of precincts and using voting machines would enable the county to
save money In several ways.
The cost of tabulating ballots
about $2,400 a year would
be almost eliminated.
the $3,392 tho
county now spends each year
two counts, one of possessing for precinct election officers
alcoholic beverages for sale and would be halved, since just half
the other of selling alcoholic as many would be required.
In dry territory.
There are four election officers
Three charges against him wcro for each precinct, and each is
dismissed on motion of tho paid $0 per election.
commonwealth. They were posOther savings would come
sessing gambling implements, through reduction in tho costs
knowingly receiving stolen prop--, of prlnljnK ballots and sharp
crty and fclonlqusly possessing reductions in the costs of var
Hammonds was fined $20 and which are required when paper
sentenced to 30 days in Jail on ballots are used.
a count of selling alcoholic bevDixon said his present thinkerages In dry territory.
ing is that the county should
Trial of Sam Bates on a reduce its total number of precharge of selling alcoholic bev- cincts to 26, and then use
erages In dry territory and a voting machines In 20 of those
charge of possessing intoxicatprecincts. He said he thought
ing beverages for sale In dry paper ballots should be conterritory was continued' to Fri tinued in use in about six
precincts where the number
In other trials held this wcpk'i of votes cast Is too small to
A jury acquitted
use of machines, or
Asher, charged with flourishing where lack of adequate roads
a ueauiy weapon.
makes consolidation ef preA Jury found Clyde Webb
cincts impossible. For examguilty of assault and battery ple, he said he thought the
and fined him $10.
most economical thing to do
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would be to continue paper
ballots at the Deefhlde precinct, tho three precincts on
Linefork, and perhaps in onto
or two other small precincts.
Montgomery said the voting
machines cost $1,040 each at
Chancy and "Peanut" Hall at present rates, but will incrcaso
halfback. Thee four returnees by $75 on May 1. Thus Letchgive Hall one of the conference's er County could save $1,500 if
finest backflelds. With only four it voted to purchase tho machreturning lottermen, tho lino ines now If the county does buy
poses a larger problem for now, it still wouldn't have to
mako the down payment on tho
machines until sometlmo next
The etandpolnt Is without a fall.
Montgomery said he thought
Dean Tackett. Ernest Johnson, that If
the county decides to
will fill tho oth- use machine In 20 of its preer tackle slot. Roger Elklns and
Jerry Rains will fill the guard cincts, then it should . actually
21 machines, so that
posts. Both are 170 pounders. purchase
it would have a spare for uso
At end Hall has three almost In
equal man in Slasher, Bontley.
Tho 21 machines, ho sakl,
could be purchased with a pay
Oug Hortoti, a
ment this year of C3.32fl
rwundd out (ho proabl
alert- i tnnUr, hu tald, could ba
ing lineup. Before tho season paid during the next nlms years
opens however, there will bo at tho rate of $4,326 a year.
some minor changes In this.
Montgomery plans to bring
Hall's frontline subs are linea sample voting machlno with
man Harry Lcc Phillips and him to the April 23 fiscal
halfback Harlan Seals.
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Four" Fined, Jailed
Jerry Montgomery, a former
Whitesburg high school teacher
who brought state and national
prominence to the community
through his work with the Future Farmers of America, received an award this week for
Three men pleaded guilty to
his outstanding contribution to bootlegging charges in Letcher
Circuit Court this week, and anMontgomery was honored by other was found guilty by a
the Kentucky Press and Radio jury after a trial.
Guilty pleas wcro entered by
Association in a dinner at Lou
isville. He was named "Man Jack Parrott. Johnny Jackson.
of the Year in Kentucky Agri- and Arthur Jennings. George
Hammonds was found guilty by
a jury. All were charged with
Montgomery taught vocation- selling alcoholic beverages in
al agriculture at the Whitesburg dry territory.
from 1935 until
Parrott was fined $100 and
1940. During those years he de sentenced
to 30 days. Two
veloped the Whitesburg Future charges of possessing alcoholic
Farmers chapter into one of the beverages for sain In dry terrimost outstanding in the nation. tory against him were dismissed
It received 'numerous district, on motion of Commonwealth's
state and national prizes.
Attorney Tolbert Combs.
After leaving Letcher County
Jackson also was fined $100
Montgomery taught vocational and sentenced to 30 days. On
agriculture at Lafayette High motion of the commonwealth's
School, Lexington, and since attorney, Judge Courtney C.
1940 has been in charge of the Wells dismissed another charge
FFA program throughout Ken- of selling alcoholic leverages
In dry territory and op of postucky.
Montgomery is married to the sessing alcoholic beverages for
former Miss Jennie Caudill, of sale In dry territory.
Whitesburg, the sister of Mrs.
Jennings was sentenced to o0
days and fined $100 on each of
Grand Jury Checking Neon To Get Dixon Calls Special Meeting
f Court To Consiclcr Purcllase
School Board Action Pidsce
Of Voting Machines Bv County
The Letcher County Board of
monthly meeting Hlme.
Members of the board voted
at their April meeting last
Thursday to meet on the first
Saturday of each month at
noon (CST). The board had been
meeting on the first Thursday
of each month. The change was
made because some members of
the board start to work in the
afternoons and found it hard
to stay for the entire board
meeting, a spokesman said.
The board also decided to increase the fire insurance it carries on the older large school
buildings in the county. It will
obtain all the insurance it can
get, up to $100,000 apiece, on
the two buildings at Whites-burand those at Eolia, Black-ey- ,
Mavking and Kingdom
Come. Bonding companies require the board insurance covering the full amount of construction cost on the newer
buildings in the county school
system. Other buildings will not
be insured because costs would
be prohibitive, the board said.
The board also voted to let
the Whitesburg Woman's Club
sponsor a dance for students
in the Whitesburg gymnasium
on Saturday mornings. The
board said it would okay the
project on a trial basis. Board
Member Alvin Holbrook refrained from voting on the proposal.
The board hired 171 certified
teachers to teach in the county
school system next year. The
system employs a total of 261
teachers. Until July 1. the Board
can hire only certified teachers. If all positions are not fillCases dismissed included:
ed by then, it may employ
Orbin Hobbs, destroying peremergency teachers. Here is the sonal property of another with
list of certified teachers:
felonious intent; Jerry Farley,
"Bobby" M.""Adams, Ina Mae reckless driving, dismissed on
Adams, James A. Adams, Mary motion of prosecuting witness;
Ann Adams, Mildred S. Adams, Jack Parrott, possessing whisky
Pauline B. Adams. Richard Ad- or other intoxicating beverages
ams, Ruby C. Adams, Sarah Ad- for sale in dry territory; Johnams, Truman Adams, . Goldia ny Jackson, selling alcoholic
Aldridge, Mattie Lou Anderson, beverages in dry, local option
Benton territory; Johnnie Jackson, posPreston Armstrong,
Back, Nola Back, Ollle James sessing alcoholic beverages for
Back, Virgie Back, Willie Back, sale in dry territory; Jack ParCuna Mae Banks, Edrio Banks, rott, possessing alcoholic beverJ. B. Banks, R. Edgar Banks, ages for sale in dry territory;
Muriel Barger, Inez Barker, Arthur Jennings,
Ruth Bass, Creeda Bates, Eun- gambling implements (dismissed
ice Bates, Helen Bentley, Lois on motion of commonwealth for
Bentley, Aileen Blair, Fess lack of prosecution); Paul Lusk,
Blair, Sue C. Blair, Arlie Boggs, child desertion;
Carl Boggs, Vivian Rose Boggs, Clifton, child desertion; Lee
Josephine Cough Jr., child desertion;
Bowcn, Bcrnicc Bowling.
Clarence Smith, nonsupport;
Lclah Joan Branson, Bradley George David Sexton, deserting
R. Breeding, Joy Wray Breed- pregnant wife; Eugene Scott,
ing, Monroe Breeding,
Billy child desertion; Walter Turner,
Royce Brown, Jack M. Burkich,
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Ruby Burkich, Carl Campbell,
Irene Campbell, Beckham Caud-HCecil R. Caudill, Freda
Caudill, General Caudill, Hcr-- j
man Caudill, Ruby Caudill, Virginia W. Caudill, Wanda P.
Caudill, Rex Chancy, Ruby C.
By R. Percy Elklns
Collier, Anna Collins, Betty Jo
Semi - professional baseball
Collins, Billie Faye Collins, Dan-ol- a teams representing Pikeville,
Collins, Denola Collins,
Shelbiana, Drift, Prestonsburg,
Collins, Loulso V. Collins,1 Martin, and Letcher County
Virginia Combs, Hetty B.
(which will probably bo known
Maxie S. Cornctt, Vcrna as Neon, practice at McRoberts,
S. Cornett, Dallas June Craft, and play at Jenkins) have form, Madge Craft, Tildcn Crase, Bon- ed a new league here in Eastnie Day, Doris Ison Day, Fran ern Kentucky.
ces Day, Randall C. Day Jr.,
We hope this will bring back
Ruby E. Day.
basethe popularity semi-prJulia Dixon, Louisa Dixon, ball once enjoyed here in the
Ann Dugan, Lora Fields, Oma mountains. Several years ago
Fields, Patsy Ann Fields,
Jenkins alone could boast four
Frazier, Ira Lee Frazier, teams capablo of competing
Rittcr Fugate, successfully in class "D" pro
Jack Ray Hall, John Rufus ball. With the advent of class
Hall, Majie Hall, Nora II. Hall, "D" baseball to Jenkins, Hazard,
Shirley Ann Hall. Gladys B. Norton, end other mountain
Hampton, Fann L, Holbrook, towns, tho semi-prteams fell
John E. Holbrook, Doris Ann by the wayside; some of their
Horn, Audrey B. Hubbs, Corbln better players joined the pro
Ison, Edith Ison, Havel S. Ison, fessionals.
Martha Lee Ison, Wcss Ison,
The class "D" league experi(Continued on Back Page)
enced a topsy-turvhalf decade
Whitesburg, Lurcher County, Kentucky, Thursday Evening, April 10, 1958
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