Whitesburg, Lotcher County, Kentucky, Thursday Evening, April 3, 1958
Whitesburg Councilmen To Seek Federal Assistance
On Projects To Improve Conditions Within City
Magistrates Vote Selves
Letcher County's eight magis
Tuesday to pay
themselves a salary of $200
month each. The salaries are to
begin April 1.
The magistrates acted to take
advantage of a law passed by
the 1968 legislature and recent
ly signed by the governor. The
new law permits counties wfth
a population of 30,000 or more
to pay their magistrates salaries
f up to $200 a month, but it
does not require them to do
a man to come down here and
pay a fine and not even go be-
The City of Whitesburg this week took the first step toward
obtaining federal aid for local improvement projects.
Members of the city council voted at their meeting Tuesday
night to direct Mayor Arthur T. Banks to write the Urban Renewal
Administration and the Federal Housing Authority expressing
Whitcsburg's interest in federal help for local civic Improvement.
In addition, the council voted to spend $320 a year for the
help of a professional city planner from the Division of Planning
Hogg said he had talked with
By R. Percy Elklns
the 15th at a neutral field for
The track meet looms as a and Zoning of the State Department of Economic Development.
Asst. Atty. Gen. Ed Fossett,
Rex Chancy's Fleming Pir- - the championship game. Pros- - repeat of last year's with The planner will visit Whitesburg once a month and advise city
who told him it was "highly ates, who had the roof cave In tonsburg is the defending champions Jenkins and Paints-oofficials about ways and means
their tournament appear- - champion,
dropped ville returning with most of last
of obtaining federal aid and
magistrates could raise their ances, salvaged some of their Jenkins eight to seven in last year's victorious squads,
putting it to the best use. He
salaries during their terms of prestige by placing first in the year's title game.
also will help the city work out
Hazard's Don Smith and
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The Cavaliers will probably James Moore of Hindman were
a scrcis of plans which arc
Until recently, magistrates
race", repeat last year's fine spring selected to the Kentucky
necessary to obtain federal aid.
received most of their income
Pirates dropped one of six season when the Green Teams State basketball
Councilman Orval Hughes
from fees collected for trying
conference games to edge Haz- - captured five trophies in base- - Fourteenth Region was also
petty criminal cases. The Court
called the council's action "a
ard and Paintsvillo, who notch- - ball and track. The Cavaliers represented on the third team
forward step toward organized
of Appeals ruled, however, that
records to tie were denied a trip to the state by Jim Calhoun of Carr Creek
growth." He said It is "the only
they could no longer try such
tournament last season when and Bobby Baker of Hazard.
The city of Whitesburg has course open for us." All the
for second place.
cases because the fee system
Fleming's Acic Hall and Ross obtained an option to purchase members of the council who
gave them a monetary interest
V10? ,dr0DPcd an olovcn-to-toat Chaney and Jenkins' Nick Dann a loi next 10 uuy nan ior usu were at the meeting appeared
in the outcome. Fees were not
got a tax
as a municipal parking lot.
to be enthusiastic In their suppaid unless the defendant was windfall from Pittsburgh Con- mucsuo,r- - n,s years team received honorable mention,
ls "turning stars Hodges,
Five Letcher countians were
found guilty at trial or pleaded solidation Coal Co. this week. i"f"?v
Members of the city council port of tho program. Tho motZwuS Zr
at their meeting Tuesday night tions putting it into effect passThe windfall amounts to forccs to try to wrest the track f,!. fi
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County Atty. F. Byrd Hogg SMITHS 14 Tt rnnrnsnntc rnnn- Councilman
directed City Atty. Lcroy Fields ed unanimously.
uuauuciu uuca away iiuin
obiected strongly to the magis ly, siaie ana i scnooi iaxes iuiu other seven schools rcpre
to draw up the option to buy Bill Blair was absent from the
tratcs' action. Ho told them he against the firm's Letcher Coun senting four counties,
the property from the heirs of meeting.
thought it was unconstitutional ty properties for 1956.
Cornelia Adams for $14,500.
The council's action was takperiod of
and felt the state Court of Ap
The land now has a house and en after a meeting Tuesday afThe money will be distribut spring football the EKMC mem
peals would decide it was.
some outbuildings on it: these ternoon with local citizens and
ed as folio ivs:
bcrs will meet at Elkhorn City
Hogg read the section of the
would be removed. In addition representatives of tho state and
To the county general fund, May 9 for the conference and
Kentucky Constitution which $2,785.70.
to parking space, the lot also federal agencies Involved. The
regional track meets. Last seas
says the compensation of a pub
would provide room for an en- meeting was the second within
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on Jenkins captured the EKMC
lie official may not be changed
trance to the basement of City a wcok
and was runner-uto Paintsvillo
Letcher County now has two health department is rcsponsl- - Hall, councilmen said. The Thursday on Gall program. Last
during his term of office. (This
Godscy of thd
for the regional track crown.
dpg wardens, with power to ble for seeing that dog owners
was the same section under
The EKMC baseball meet will pick up stray dogs and destroy have their pets vaccinated property, located on Webb Ave Department of Economic Develwhich the court at its March
nue, is generally known as the opment met with a group of
be held in two sessions, one at them.
against rabies and the county is john A. Webb home
meeting denied Jailer Robert
Whitesburg residents and officJenkins and the other at Pros- - ' FihcaltfCourt this vfeck- - hired responsible for seeing that
Sexton jomo money he had re
The city plans to Issuo reve ials In the office of Atty. Harry
tonsburg on May 12, 13 and 14, Harrison Gibson as county dog stray dogs are controlled. State
The two winners will meet on warden for the upper end of law requires the county to hire nue bonds to finance the park- Caudlll. Godscy camo to Whitesing lot. The bonds would bo burg at
"That's old constitution this
the county, and Gid Ison of a dog warden and to maintain a paid off through money taken Mountain tho request of The
Eagle after several
is now law," said Magistrate
Mayking for the lower end of pound, he said. Dog wardens
in on parking meters.
Whitesburg residents had exClcamond Scott.
are paid from fees collected
The city also is considering pressed their interest in public
Hogg explained that the conLetcher Fiscal Court has re
dRS "eT 1Jcenscd- another parking lot project, improvement projects which
The court acted after Beyrl
is the supreme law of pealed its rule on holding busistitution
were explained at a meeting of
Boggs, sanitarian for the Letch- ""S1??10 Jwrence Cornell this one to be located on
the state and that no law pass- ness portions of its monthly
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the Eastern Kentucky Regional
er County Health Department,
super- meetings in private.
ct?hcr Co,nt,y the worst
ed by the legislature can
Planning Commission at Hazard
appeared to ask for help in con- - nc h knoy
sede it. In addition, he said,
The motion for repeal was
early in March and reported in
trolling rabies (mad dog dls. stray dogs. "Fill this
there is another statute which made by Magistrate Add Polly
r three times, and
The Whitesburg Business and ease), which is now on the in- " m,W
says the county may not ex- and seconded by Magistrate
mc ,in and license their
Tuesday Godscy returned, acceed its budget. The county does Willis Hawley. It passed unani- Professional Woman's Club will crease in Letcher County.
Already this year, Boggs said, dogs' he said- not have money budgeted for mously, just as the original mo again sponsor the annual drive
companied by Gene Hinds of
magistrates' salaries this year. tion to hold private sessions had for funds for the American the county has had more cases
the Atlanta regional office of
Gibson, who served as dog
of rabies than It had all last warden some time ano. said
tho Federal Urban Renewal AdAfter that, Magistrate J. C. done.
Fields has year. Recently the health de- - many families had 10 or 20
Day commented, "If we're not
State road crews in Letcher ministration. Hlndii was visiting
Several magistrates said they been named chairman of this partmcnt
has had reports on dogs but would swear to the Cmmtv will work fmm lleht to other Eastern Kentucky cities
going to have enough money, did not understand when they
let's cut down some of these passed the original motion in year's drive and announced about one case a week.
doc warden when he visited dark seven days a week if ncccs-- 1 lntcrcstcd
Boggs explained that the
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Eram and fitted Whitesburg in- to repair damaged roads in
January that they were voting
"Other counties will pay it to hold sessions in private. will be made on Monday, April
thc county as soon as fair wca to his tour.
14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Business
to other magistrates.
Hinds encouraged Whitesther arrives.
However, the dsicussion at the
think we're not as good as other January meeting included a firms will be contacted prior
That's the word Hasscir burg to apply for both urban
to that date,
magistrates?" Magistrate Law- statement by one magistrate
Stamper, state road foreman renewal help (also known at
"Although much progress has
rence Cornett asked.
for tho county, gave members slum clearance) and
that he had nothing to hide and
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"Do you think it's legal for
of Letcher Fiscal Court this public housing.
statement by another that
He explained that the feeV
there would be "plenty of
Stamper said ho realized eral government pays the entimes" when the court would
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desire to meet privately.
Defending 12 snccch events, thev will ren-Pikcville, Ky.
public housing and a
At a called meeting in Januchamplon Whitesburg
High resent the Eastern Kentucky
good port of the cost of slum
ary, the court voted not to let
School, with only 17 students region there,
a representative of The Moun
entered, won two ratings of
The Hazard delegate of 22
In cloaranco work. ho discussOne project which
tain Eagle Hake notes on the
Brownie Scouts, Girl Scouts "superior" and five of "excel- - students took the rcron title
ed In detail with city officials
Letcher Fiscal Court voted meeting.
and Boy Scouts will make a lent" in the Pikevillo Regional and the symbolic plaque ' Uh
The county has collected
was construction of a city parkCounty Clerk Charlie Wright
unanimously Tuesday to purcanvass Monday Speech Festival last weekend. 165 competitive points, based n
in back taxes datfug from ing lot on property on Broadchase a used air compressor for brought the matter before the afternoon for books and magaHazard High School's speech entries and ratings. Second
1952 since County Atty Byrd way along the Kentucky River.
use in county road work from magistrates at their meeting zines for the Letcher County students topped the Regional the first time, with 155. was Hogg
announced plans a month
Whayne Supply Co., Louisville. Tuesday.
Public Library and bookmobile Festival at Pikcville College as Benham High School, winner ago to file suits to collect de- Hinds said tho fcdoral agency
possibly wtiuld be willing to help
The machine has been used
55 students were advanced to each year they have competed linquent taxes.
the city with this project; Haz45 days. It will cost the county
The drive will be from 4 to state competition.
here from 1052 through 1050.
Hogg estimates that the coun- ard is obtaining a parking
$3,000. At the court's March
Belfry and Johns Creek high
Belfry High School, whose ty has between $100,000 nnd
meeting, members voted to buy
The drive is sponsored by the school debate teams triumphed champion debate team was $200,000 Jn delinquent taxes on under a similar situation now.
Here's how tho plan would
a new compressor
from the The 'Whitesburg'
Whitesburg Woman's Club. over squads from seven other crowned yesterday, was third by its books.
same firm for $5,300. They reAssociation will meet at 3:30 Mrs. Allyn F. Judd, chairman of schools to earn admission to the a whisker with 153 points.
Money received through the
Tho Urban Renewal Adminispealed that motion at their p.m. Tuesday in the Grade the club's library committee,
state speech festival sides the number-onpublfc collection of back taxes goes to
tration would first of all ad- meeting Tuesday.
School Auditorium. President said financial contributions for April
at Lexington. With speaker, Paintsvillo received 15 schools and tho county general
Vflnr. im rliv mnnnv in m,v
The court did not take com- Cossie Qulllen said the group the library also would be wel- the
winner in public superior ratings,
the highest fund just as H would have If lIclaIIcU plan3 to gco whcthcr
petitive bids on either machine. will make plans for a special comed. Books and magazines to speaking,
Howes Johnson, number given, but placed fourth it had been collected on time tho project is feasible.
County Clerk Charlie Wright, program for the PTA's May be donated should be in good Paintsvillo, and the 40 students with 138.
Taxpayers must pay penalties
Wlien the plans were made,
who serves as clerk of the fiscal iiiwuiig, 10 uq neia ai nigni.
condition, she said.
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rated superior in others of the
on back taxes.
the agency would get threo apcourt, said he thought the law
praisers to set a value on tho
required the court to. take bid3
property In question (all tho
on a purchase requiring such a
land on the north side of
large expenditure of money.
Broadway beyond the Mountain
County Atty. F. Byrd Hogg said
Eagle) and would buy the lamf
he thought it would be eood
There are no locks on most themselves salaries of $200 could unlock one with his fing- - dows. The bars in the windows by guarding them,
and he "has for tho figure they set.
business practico for the court celk in the Le tcher County jail, monthly.)
are of old, soft steel that of- - to have some sleep." If the court
Then, tho agency would clear
to take competitive bids.
and It appeared today that there
There is little to keep any
Tho locks on the doors to the fers no resistance to a saw,
doesn't fix tho Jail It will havo the land and mako It ready for
Hasscll Stamper, state road v,vn t be any In the near fu- - prisoner who wants to from jail arc in
"I want the people of tho to hire him someono to help redevelopment. It would have
Just as bad shape,
foreman for the county, said
walking out of jail whenever according to Sexton. Tho doors county to know that this Is a guard the prisoners, Sexton enfd it appraised
again and would
ho had tried the used compresCounty Jailer Robert Sexton ho nleaSCS. In fact, three nris- - nri rarroH nnd tho lnrk rfnn't had rnnHnmnwI all Wn'vn nni
sell It to the city for that flk.
sor and found that it ran per- appeared beforo the fiscal court oners have done so this past fit. The locks havo been torn to get it In shape so
that we ald he would suggest that thu un?. The city could
apan anu men repaired so many can Keep the prisoners in it," court get somo locks, and them land for. a parking then me tho
wtI.K- lot or for
purchased. The court
The few cells where there times they no longer serve their Jfcxton said.
look Into the poulblUty of get-- ! come
said L. C. Banks had offered refused to buy the locks, on are locks present no problem purpose.
"You know we've got a Jail ting some harder steel for bars, sell the proirty
to sell the county, a used com- grounds it has no money to to anyone who really wants to
Sexton said that prisoners you can't hold anybody In,"
Maghtrate W. R. Bates told 'user for rXveloomL
pressor, but the other magis-trate- s
accordln8 t0 Sexton, who don't want to walk out one Sexton told fiscal court.
Sexton that "if you watch them
There would U a
said the one owned by SPa few minutes before Sexton's tlcapc'
The locks that are there arc of the doors havo no difficulty
Sexton said the only way he close enough, they can't get i ence between tho value of
Banks Is not big enough,
plea, the court members voted worn out, and almost anyone getting out one of tho Jail win- - can keep tho prisoners there is out."
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fore the county attorney and
the county attorney still get a
fee from it?" Magistrate Add
Polly asked Hogg. Hogg safd it
was legal, since the county attorney had to be on duty
Fleming Pirates Win Conference Crown
In Basketball; Track, Baseball Season In
Option On Land
For Parking Lot
Acts To Curb
Spread Of Rabies Here
To Repeal Rule
Set April 14
County To Buy
Whitesburg Speech Class
Wins Festival Honors
PTA To Meet
Jail 'Won't Hold Anybody Jailer Sexton Tells Court