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9ELONa,NG TO PU8LIC e MOUNTAIN EAGLE IT SCREAMS! Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April $ 1971 Vol. 63, No. 48 r Jenkins school boycott begins Spring vacation has begun two days early In the Jenkins Independent School system. Due to growing tensions arising from a dispute between black students and parents and the Jenkins Board of Education, Superintendent Henry Ed Wright ordered the schools closed after classes yesterday "so that we can get things straightened out. Black parents and students In Jenkins and the Tom Biggs section of McRoberts began a boycott of school yesterday. They say the boycott will end only when five black students expelled for the year by the Board of Education are reinstated. The boy- - Probe moves The U.S. Justice Department's continuing probe into the United Mine Workers (UMW) has come to Kentucky, with a federal grand jury examining activities of UMW District 19 in London. In the past, federal investigators have publicly speculated that a payoff given to the murderers of the late UMW reformer, Joseph A. (Jock) Yablon-sk- i, was somehow passed through District 19, based in Middles-bor- o. back her claim. "Everyone supposed to remove their lunch trays from the table. If we (the black students) go to a table, you can be sure we'll be made to clean up our treys and everyone else's, but white kids are usually not forced to clean up theirs, " she said. "If there are ever three black kids standing together, " another student said, "we're ordered to go to homeroom, even if it's fifteen minutes until the bell rings. "They (teachers) have it in their minds, one girl said, and white--ha"that students--blac- k to have respect for the (Continued on Page 2) cotters claim that the five expulsions were unfair, and reflect a basic pattern of alleged neglect and mistreatment of black students In the Jenkins school system. Most of the black students enrolled In Jenkins High School did not board their school bus yesterday morning. Between six and ten students did, however. Parents and students involved in the boycott explained that no one was prevented from going to school, and that the school bus's path was left clear. They insisted that reports that students "were forced from buses" or that buses were blocked are untrue. Mrs. Katherine Ellis, one of the mothers leading the protest, told a reporter that "our demand is simple--w- e want our kids allowed back In school. And when they get back, we want them treated like human beings. She, along with a number of orhp.r parents and students, emphasized that the problems which came to a head yesterday have been building for sdme :o is Maggard dies Funeral services for I. D. Maggard, 99, were held March 31 at the Isom Presbyterian Church. Maggard, who would have been itflS I fcWi&iA 100 in July, died in a Preston-sbur- g nursing home after an extended illness. He was survived by his daugh" HI Timniidsf sPBHI ter, Mrs. Gerald Eckman, and I AJB Wm three grandchildren, Otis Banks, ssJBBW Bfl HBBBS JP tlH Una Hacker and Vella Katz; seven and 10 great-gre- at grandchildren. Known as Uncle Ike, Maggard was long active in the Little Colly Regular Baptist Church as a singer and preacher. Officiating ministers were SSSsHsBlktalsSSSSSSSSSSSH Rev. Hargls Ison, Rev. Bert Carmichael, and Elder Raymond Collins. Burial was In the family plot of the Isom WHERE'S THAT RABBIT?--Ma- ry Cemetery. Page Polly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Polly of Whitesburg, is all ready for the EasThe Ray Collins Funeral Home was in charge of ter bunny. She got a preview of Easter egg hunting at a party Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg. She is 4. (Eagle photo). I VA 9 r4i sFskVI time. "Those teachers over there, " she said, "treat our kids so dirty that we're sick of it. " Another parent stated that the black students receive harsher punishments from teachers and A Justice Department attorney, administrative personnel, and Thomas H. Henderson, Jr. , has that they are "more closely watched" than white students. been in Kentucky all week handling the questioning of witnesOne boycotting student said, ses. Henderson also directs the "The black students get along Washington Inquiry into UMW swell with the white kids. No practices which, among other problem. None of us really things, has already Indicted agree with the teachers, who UMW President W. A. (Tony) abuse the white kids too. But, " Boyle for Illegally conspirshe continued, "it's just that ing to misuse union funds for they abuse us an awful lot more. political purposes. She recalled several incidents ve " B H BbI B Requesf denied A request made by the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Whitesburg to the Kentucky River Comprehensive Health Planning Council for $150, 000 to expand emergency care facilities was turned down at the Council's quarterly meeting BIL JM I vim fclk on March 16 in Hazard. The Whitesburg facility had requested the money , which would have been matched by a $30, 000 local contribution, in an effort to ease some of the heavy burden currently being placed on the hospital's existing emergency section. However, by a 1 vote, the eight-coun- ty body turned down the proposal. According to Health Planning Council director Bill Squires, there were two primary factors behind 7-- B v. the negative vote. First, Squires said, the Council believed that the hospital had not yet exhausted other possible sources for construcCOLORFUL SUNFLOWERS fashioned from comsfaucks by Sarah Hall of Mozelle. Leslie County, are among craft Items to bp shown Saturday at the Letcher County Craft Fair. The fourth annual fair will be held at the Historical Society log cabin near the swimming pool In Whitesburg. (Eagle photo). tion grants. Second, it was the group's feeling that "there already are adequate facilities at the hospital at the present time. " Of Letcher County's five rep resentatives to the Council, only Dr. E. E. Musgrave was present. According to Squires, Musgrave supported the on Page 16) major-(Continu- ed Sunrise service The Whitesburg Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at the parking circle of the Whitesburg Appalachian Hospi- tal. If weather Is bad and the sun falls to put In an appearance, the service will be held at the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Mackey, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will be the speaker. Music will be provided by the Presby-:eria- n Church Choir and a Brass Quartet, under the direction of Carl Banks. The Presbyterian Youth Fellowship will cook a pancake and sausage breakfast at the church immediately following the sunrise service for those who attend the early morning event.

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