Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday Evening,
Volume No. 49
Recount of Ballots
Makes Little Change
The outcome of the county
school board race between Wallace Kincer and Alvin Holbrook
apparently hinges on whether 52
absentee ballots will be counted- If the ballots are counted, Kincer will be the winner. If they
are not, Holbrook will win.
Arguments were to be heard
today by Special Circuit Judge
Ray O. Sheehan on whether the
ballots should be counted. Sheehan,
an attorney from Harlan, came to
Whitesburg as special judge to
hear the case after the regular
judge, Courtney C. Wells, disqualified himself from sitting.
Holbrook filed suit to block
counting of the absentee ballots.
Through attorneys Harry Caudill,
Whitesburg, and Bert T. Combs,
Prestonsburg he claimed the integrity of the absentee ballots had
not been maintained.
Holbrook is a supporter of the
present county school superintendent, William B. Hall. Kincer has
pledged to support Charles L.
Kincer was the apparent winner
of the school board race. The official count showed 800 for Kincer,
for HolbrookKincer then filed a petition for
recount, claiming he actually had
won by more than his apparent
8 vote margin. The recount was
held Monday in the circuit court
room, with Sheehan acting
The recount cut five votes from
Kincer's total, leaving him 795
votes to Holbrook's 792 a margin
for Kincer of only three votes.
Kincer's total included 34 absentee votes. Holbrook received 18
absentee ballots. Should those
votes be subtracted from the totals, the result would be 774 votes
for Holbrook, 761 for Kincer,
making Holbrook the official winner by 13 votes.
Kincer and Holbrook, both residents of Mayking, made the race
to succeed Ray Collins, who was
not a candidate for
Most of us have around our
homes a toy that has been discarded as the children have grown
up or that has been laid aside because it has been broken or fails
to work just right. These toys
could make some child in a needy
family in our area mighty happy
at this Christmas season.
The Whitesburg Ministerial Association is sponsoring a "GIVE A
TOY" campaign this year to help
children of needy families to
have a bright and cheery Christmas season. Toys that are useable or can be repaired with a
little effort may be left at the
church offices of the First Baptist
Whitesburg Methodist Church of
Main Street, or the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church on
Broadway. These toys should be
left as soon as possible so that
whatever work needs to be done
may be finished before Christmas.
We are sure that if you look
good enough and far enough that
you will find a toy; So "GIVE
A TOY" today.
Arthur Dixon May Be
Candidate For Judge
Arthur Dixon was in the Eagle
office this week and stated that he
would be a candidate for the office
of County Judge and that his formal announcement would be made
at a later date.
County School Board
May Hire Auditor For Byrd Hogg- May Run
County School System For County Atty.
The County Board of Education has voted 3 to 2 to hire George
Barnes, a certified public accountant with offices at Pikeville, to
audit records of the county school
system for the past two years.
Board Chairman Dr. B. F. Wright
said the chief purpose of the audit
will be to determine whether
school funds could be spent more
Dr. Wright said the auditor will
look into the question of whether
the school board could save money
by letting" contracts for school
In recent years the
county schools have done some
construction work without taking
bids from contractors- County School Superintendent
William B. Hall said his office
had no objection to the audit "beyond the cost involved." He said
records in his office are audited
once each year by the state edu
Kentucky State Attorney General Jo M. Ferguson recently advised
the county school board that it
could hire an auditor without the
county superintendent's approval.
The "motion to hire the auditor
provides that results of the audit
are to b- published in The Moun
Kentucky has the third highest
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Mining Inst., Elects
Rotary Works For
Byrd Hogg, Whitesburg Attorney, stated this week that he plans
to run for the Republican nomination for County Attorney. Hogg
said he will make his formal announcement in the near future.
Billie Day of Letcher
May Be Republican '
Candidate for Jailer
A telephone call on Wednesday
morning informed The Eagle that
Billie Day of Letcher is seriously
considering the race for Jailer on
the Republican Ticket. He plans
to have his announcement in The
Eagle within the next few weeks.
HERMAN H. CAMPBELL
Herman H. Campbell of Ulvah
announces this week that he
will be a candidate for the office
of State Representative Subject
to the Democratic Primary, May
28th., 1957. Mr. Campbell states
that he will make a statement
later to be published in the
R. P. Price was elected to
serve as Executive Permanent
Chairman of the Democratic
Party of Letcher County for the
next four years at a meeting
,held at the Court House Satur- '
a well known coal operator has
Rotary Clubs in 99 countries
throughout the free world are
united in an endeavor to pro
mote international understand
ing, good will and peace. That
was the message of Dr. Dennie
Gooch of Somerset, Governor
of District 235 of Rotary International, in addressing
Rotary Club of Whitesburg, last
ference with local Rotary officers and committee chairmen.
In addition to the activities
of Rotary's 9225 Clubs within
their own communities to promote this objective, Dr. Gooch
explained, Rotary Internation
al has spent more than $2,000,- 000 in recent years through its
program of student- fellowships,
which enable oueswiding college graduates to study one
year in countries other than
their own, as Rotary ambassadors of good will. Since 1947,
when this program was established, 834 Rotary Fellowships
have been awarded to students
in 61 countries for study in 40
Sam Hill Jr., of Burlington
returned in June from his
years study at Cambridge UniMr. Hill
his year's study and his observation of the life and thinking
of the people in England.
"With fellowship and service
to others as its keynote, Rotary
provides a common ground for
435,000 business and professional executives throughout
the free world regardless of
differing nationalities or politic
cal or religious beliefs," the
Rotary District Governor emphasized.
"In addition to the promotion
ing," Dr. Gooch continued, special emphasis is being placed
by Rotary Clubs in this District,
which includes 40 Rotary Clubs
in the eastern half of Kentucky
jects such as, parks, play
grounds, swimming pools, other recreational projects, community centers, hospitals, boy
scouts, crippled children and
many civic improvements."
Dr. Gooch urged the local
Rotary Club to be well represented at the District Conference to be held in Cincinnati,
1957, and announced that the 47th Annual
Convention of Rotary International would be held in Lu
cerne, Switzerland next May.
SUPT. W. B. HALL
Supt. W. B. Hall will be
attending a Conference of School
been active in the Democratic
party in the county and state
a number of years and received
a loud ovation upon arising to
make his acceptance speech. He
cited the growth of the Democratic party in the past few
years and expressed a desire for
Ray Fannin was elected to
serve as secretary.
J. H. Graham
Supt. Jewel Ridge Coal Corp.
The Kentucky River Mining
Institute held its regular meeting in the V.F.W. Club Friday
night, Nov. 30th at Hazard.
In addition to the regular
program new officers were
elected for the ensuing year
James H. Graham,
Jewel Ridge Coal Corp., President; Noah Mayhew,
Leatherwood No. 1 Mine Blue
Diamond Coal Co. first Vice
President; Bill Cahoun, Supt.
Carrs Fork Coal Co. second
Vice President; Frank C. Med-ariManager HarAssistant
vey Coal Co. third Vice President; Robert Dickson, Hazard,
Miss Barbara Bentley of Louisville daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Bentley of Deane, has
been selected by the American
Radiator and Standard Sanitary
Corporation of Louisville where
she is employed to assist in the
Marine Corps Reserve's annual
drive for the collection of
secretary-TreasureChristmas toys for children in was
Louisville and Jefferson county.
Miss Bentley graduated from
Also the elected members of
Fleming High School in 1954.
the executive board are as fol-
WHITESBURG P. T. A. MEETS
Frank L. Smith, Gen. Supt.
MONDAY, 7 P. M.
Leatherwood Mines, Blue DiaThe Whitesburg P. T. A. will mond Coal Co.; Lewis A. Hopmeet Monday, December 17th at per, Green Ridge Coal Co.; L.
7 o'clock P. M. at the Grade
School auditorium instead of the
date previously announced. A
program of- - Christmas music
under the direction of music
director, Jack Taylor will be
presented. The public is cordially invited.
V.F.W. CHRISTMAS TREAT
ThP vfw Club. Post 5829 will
miai Christmas Treat
for children at the V.F.W. Clubhouse this year. This event usually is held at the Court House, but
has been voted to be held at the
Post Clubhouse December 24th.
from 4:00 till 6:00. Santa Claus
will be there to give out the
L. Mathis, Assistant Manager,
Old King Mining Co.; Guy Walton, Supt., Blue Diamond Coal
Co. No. 1 Mine; Clyde Bowen,
Supt. Leatherwood, No. 2 Mine
Blue Diamond Coal Co.; and
George Vaughn, (past president) Supt, Old King Mining
Co. No. 2 Mine.
Mr. Frank L. Smith is the
newly elected president of the
whose office is in Lexington,
Dr. J. E. Crawford and R. R,
Crawford attended funeral sertreat.
vices for their brother, Emmett
At 7:00 o'clock Santa will be on Crawford, held at Broadhead
hand to treat the children of the last Saturday.
passed away suddenly, his death
was a great shock to many
relatives and friends.
On Monday evening, Dec. 17,
at 7:00 p.m. the annual Christmas concert will be given for the
Whitesburg P.T.A. in the Grade
School Auditorium. The entire
of WhitesMusic Department
burg school will be represented
on the program. Featured will be
the High School Band, Girl's
Chorus, Mixed Chorus, and
Junior Chorus, all of which are
under the direction of Mr.
Jack Taylor. Mrs. Ruth Rice's
Fourth Grade Rhythm Band will;
also appear on the program.
Music lovers will not want to
miss this tine program ui
Christmas Music. No admission
is cordially invitea.
Kincer for superintendent to
R. P. Price Elected
GIVE A TOY FOR
Dr. Gooch Speaks
Samuel P. Collier, 86,
Dies atKeon, Saturday
Samuel P. Collier, 86 years of
The Annual program of providing baskets of food at age, of Neon, died at his home
Christmas for the needy fam- Saturday at 4:30 A. M. He had sufilies of Whitesburg and vicinity fered a stroke the week before.
Mr. Collier was born October 27,
has been set up by the Whitesburg Ministerial Association. 1870 in Letcher County. He was
Assistance to those families pre the son of the late William and
senting their needs or to families Becky Meade Collier. His first wife
whose names and informtion is i Sarah Collier preceded him in
supplied by an interested friend i death in 1945.
will be provided by the program
Funeral services were held at
Each family assisted must pre- the Millstone Baptist Church, Millsent in writing before December stone, Ky., at 10:30 A. M., Monday,
18, 1956 information as to the by Rev. Willis Tolliver, Tommy
number of people in the im- Collier and Carl Duty, officiating.
mediate family, the circum- Burial followed in the Collier cemstances or conditions that are etery, Millstone, Ky- causing the need of assistance
He is survived by his wife Nanand the approximate cash in- nie Hall Collier, two sons, John A.
come of the family as a whole. Collier, Dayton, Ohio
This information in writing must Collier, Portsmouth, Ohio; two daube mailed to:
ghters, Mrs. Rebecca Hall, Neon,
Christmas Baskets Committee Ky., and Mrs. Martha Green, RusWhitesburg, Ky.
sell, Ky. one brother, W. B. CoThe naming of persons to re- llier, Neon, 21 grandchildern and
ceive the baskets of food will be several great grandchildren. Funerdone by a committee appointed al arrangements were under the
by the Ministerial Association. direction of the Johnson Funeral
They will determine the families Home, Whitesburg, Ky.
to receive the baskets from the
information submitted in writing
as specified above.
Contributions to carry on this Week-end
work are supplied largely by the
organizations of Youth
Whitesburg. But contributions
The young people of the
for this project may be sent to Methodist Youth
Whitesburg Minsterial Associathe
tion, Box 158,
Church Church and the adult
Families assisted by the program will be largely confined to workers with youth in the
Whitesburg and vicinity. How- church met Sunday afternoon
and Monday evening under the
ever any need may be reported
Association in the address direction of Miss Louise Rhudy
Conference Director of Youth
given for it above.
Work in the church and the
place of the youth in the church.
JENKINS P. T. A.
She also led them in a discussion
The regular meeting of the Jen- of the purposes of the work of
kins P.T.A. will be held Monday, the youth and in the making of
the 27th of December at 7:00 . good programs. The group dis(EST) at the Jenkins High School. cussed at length the Program
This meeting is for and in honor Areas of youth vvt)rk endeavorof the teachers. Everyone is wel- ing to understand what each
area meant and what could be
done under each area. An exFATHER OF
planation of the various summer
MRS. BLAINE POLLY
activities for youth carried on
SUCCUMBS IN LEXINGTON
by the Conference was made and
Mr. G. B. Moores, 92 year old quite a number of the youth exfather of Mrs. Blaine Polly pass- pressed a desire to participate
ed away at St. Joseph Hospital, in some of these activities. The
Lexington on Tuesday morning. sessions were brought to a close
Mr. Moores, a life long resident with the youth and adults listing
of Richmond has visited in and discussing what they could
Whitesburg many times and has do to make their youth group
friends here who regret his pass- 'a going organization.
ing. Funeral services will be held Rhudy brought the Conference
in Richmond today with inter to a close with a fine devotional.
Monday evening the
ment following in the family
plot in Richmond. Mr. and Mrs. Woman's Society of Christian
Polly and son, James Douglas, Service prepared and served a
student at L. M. U. are in Rich- fine meal to about thirty youth
mond for the funeral services. and adult workers in the church
basement. A fine fellowship
developed around the table and
ATTENDING JUDGES' ASS'N
singing was led by Miss Rhudy.
IN LOUISVILLE, KY.
Letcher County Judge James M. Miss Louise Rhudy came to
Caudill, County Attorney, Gordon hold this conference at the inR. Lewis and Mrs. Lewis are at- vitation of the Official Board
tending the Kentucky County of the church.
Judge's Association in Louisville
Sixth Fleet (FHTNC)
Bennett Stallard, seaman, USN,
of Ermine, Ky., aboard the escort destroyer USS Holder, arrived at Piraeus-AthenGreece,
Nov. 23 as part of "Hunter-Kille- r
The Group departed from
Norfolk, Va., Oct. 1 for a good
will and training cruise in North
European waters, but was order
ed to join the 6th Fleet in early
November following the out
break o hosilities in the Middle
new extensible belt conveyor that represents a major advance
in continuous mining techniques by providing for an almost unCHRISTMAS BASKETS
interrupted flow of coal from the working face in an underFOR NEEDY
ground, coal mine, and by featuring few, easy to handle units
If you know of a needy fam- that offer savings in time and labor has been, introduced by
Superintendents in Louisville on ily who could use a Christmas Goodman Manufacturing Company, Chicago.
December 13, 14, and 15. Head- basket, write out the Mowing This new conveyor that can be extended while operating from
quarters for the Conference, information as name, number in a length of 75 feet to a length as great as 1000 feet is linked to
which all superintendents in Ky. family, circumstances of need, the discharge end of a continuous mining machine. As the minWe are authorized to state that are expected to attend will be at and send it by mail to Christmas ing machine digs its way into' the coal seam in a steady advance,
Jesse C. Day ic a candidate for the Seelbach Hotel. The general Baskets Committee, Whitesburg, spewing out a stream of coal behind it at a rate as high as 10'
Justice of the Peace, Dist- - No. 1, subject of this year's confer Kentucky. Do this now as the tons per minute, the conveyor, extends its carrying. length to
deadline is DECEMBER 15TH.
keep pace while taking the coal that has been cut and loaded
on the Republican Ticket.
ence will be "School Laws".
Candidate For J. P.
and moving it back to the