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Image 1 of Mountain eagle (Whitesburg, Ky.), April 1, 1965

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s. w University of LJ--r- UK bl kiiHL' I T SCREAMS! mum mm oiticers recovered 12, 000 worth of stolen mining equipment at the home of a McRoberts man Sunday night. State police, Letcher County sheriffs officers and Neon city police found the goods in an outbuilding at the home of Vernon Mullins. Mulllns had been arrested earlier in Pike County after he and three companions were caught in an attempted robbery of a Pike County mine, officers aaid. None o.f the stolen property could be identified as belonging to anyone in Letcher County. A large amount of copper stolen recently at Electric Machine Company near Whitesburg was not included in the loot, and neither was several hundred dollars worth of materials stolen Law on Page 12) m mm 00300 HGQd KVm h mm MOUNT A I M EAGLE ITIV w Whitesburg, mi MM Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April THE NEW REPLACES THE OLDLetcher County politics lost some of its flavor when the old courthouse (right) was demolished more than a year ago. Primary time is here again, but you'd hardly know it. Fiscal court has passed a strong regulation against placing political signs on the shiny new aluminum,' steel and brick courthouse (above) which will be dedicated in formal ceremonies Saturday morning. William B. Moore of Louisville was the architect for the new building, which features panels of royal blue and gray; the name of the architect who Recovered mm Library ir. Vol. 57, No. 46 designed tne old building (if indeed there was an architect) has disappeared. The old structure was built late in the 19th century of bricks made within the county. At the left front of the new courthouse Is a memorial fountain honoring dead of three wars from Letcher County. The fountain is topped by a bell tower which holds the bell which came from the loft of the old courthouse. The bell once was used to summon jurors to court and will be so used again. The new building was financed by a federal grant and loan. (Eagle photos). Right area, wrong plan The Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington said today it made a mistake in turning down a recreation project proposal submitted by the Upper Kentucky River AVea Development Council. OEO said it did not make clear In its letter to Hazard Mayor Willie Dawahare, former president of the council.that the project it was turning down was one for a grant of $128, 000 for planning for the four counties of Letcher, Perry, Knott and Leslie. The request was filed by an Indiana firm, City Planning Associates Inc. , of Mlshewaka. The firm had had earlier negotiations with the area council but never had formally been hired. Members of the council said at their last meeting here that they could not understand how the application got to Washington when 1, 1965 the council had never seen it. OEO's refusal to grant the project brought a strong protest last week from Dawahare, who thought the prohect being turned down was a $15,000 request for summer recreation. Dawahare questioned the sincerity of the "war on poverty. " City Planning Associates was represented at earlier council meetings by Tom Brademas, a brother ofU. S. Rep. John Brademas, South Bend, Ind. The congressman is a member of the House Committee on Health, Education and Labor, of which Rep. Carl Perkins of Hindman is an official. Rep. Brademas was recently ap- Polnted by Rep. Adam Clayton of New York, the committee chairman, to conduct an investigation into the progress of the "war on poverty" li the midwest. (Continued on Page 2) Combs to speak Letcher County's new dollar courthouse and war half-milli- on memorial fountain will be dedicated in special ceremonies here Saturday. A parade will be held shortly before the formal program begins at 11 a. m. Don Crosthwaite, president of the Whitesburg Chamber of Commerce, will serve as master of ceremonies for the dedication service. The Rev. Edward Henegar, pastor of the Isom Presbyterian Church, will give the invocation. Circuit Judge J. L. Hays will welcome visitors on behalf of Letcher County, and Whitesburg Mayor Ferdinand Moore will welcome them on behalf of Whites- burg. County Judge James M, Caudill will introduce former Gov, Bert Combs, who will give the dedication address. Company K of the U. S. Army Reserve at Neon will raise the national and Kentucky flags on the flagpoles above the war memorial. Bands from Whitesburg, Jenkins and Fleming-Neo- n High schools will play the national anthem, and the Jenkins band will play "My Old Kentucky Home. The Rev. Lloyd Senters will give the benediction, and Mrs. Janet Ison Tate, formerly of Letcher County, will sing. The courthouse is completed except for quarters for tne new county public library located at the rear entrance. Most offices have been in use several weeks. The first term of Letcher Circuit Court to be held in the new building is scheduled to open Monday. Hospital retains high quality of services and automation was moving in, inevitably, inexorably. The outstanding man-maCame the startling, stark announcement that five of the hosphysical structure in Letcher pitals would be closed July 1, Countyin all of the county's 117-ye1963. historyis the Appalachian Regional Hospital. The mountains, the coal fields It is far more than an edifice were shaken. The shock effect of the decision was felt far beyond in concrete and steel and glass. It is a symbol of a peoplethe the borders of Kentucky. This could not happen: This Kentucky mountaineer. It is a monument to our past and could not be allowed to happen. a dedication to our future, and The extent of the portending dislet us hope we are worthy on both aster was inconceivable. Bert Combs, a mountain man, counts. was governor. He called a meetLet us presume that this applies also to the other nine hospitals in ing in late winter at a motel near Harlan on Pine Mountain, Fewer Appalachian Regional Hospitals, than 200 persons met for two days. Inc. The hospital plant is a master-pi- e In near half a century of I have been concerned ce of utilitarian efficiency, but its finest attribute is in the in many and varied public gatherings. people who operate it. When I returned to my native This was the finest gathering in quality of mind, ability and charhills five years ago after nearly acter I have had the privilege of half a century In the big-cireporting. life of newspapering, I learned Many possible avenues to the about the chain of hospitals. It solution of the problem of salwas an amazing and magnificent vation of the hospitals were exhumanitarian gesture of the Unitplored. They ranged from seped Mine Workers Union. arate community projects to purIt was a massive effort to meet chases by the states, or church a massive need. The hospital chain was meeting the challenge. groups, or the Social Security system or the U. S. Public Health The people who benefited from it were just learning to appreciate Service. One view of the situation imit in the less than a decade of its mediately rubbed this far from disoperation. But history was marching on, interested reporter the wrong way. By LARRY CAUDILL de ar news-paperi- ty Qnp. srv.aker indicated a feelins that the hospitals were somewhat of a luxury, that they were pampering us mountaineers. The UMW's Welfare and Retirement Fund had indicated the hospitals were too much of a drain on its funds. This speaker suggested that the hospitals could be operated far less expensively. 1 was lunching at a table near Combs, and I recalled the speaker's views. I stated my reactions flatly. .Never, personally or editorially, would I consent to the lowering of the medical or service standards of the hospitals. The doctors were obtained from the finest fields of medicine in the world and their helpers vere of the best training. I felt that If we started letting the standards decline, the process would snowball and there would be no stopping the erosion. I resented the implication that anything was too good for us in the mountaineers. Perhaps I let my prejudice show in the belief that nothing was too good for us mountaineers. I Insisted that the greater our need, the greater our worthiness. And certainly the need was, and continues, desperate. At the Harlan meeting were some high churchmen of the Northern Presbyterian church. They said they were there as interest- ed observers. Ultimately they were persuaded to spearhead the movement to save the hospitals, to act as t "front men." After long, Intricate, sometimes discouraging negotiations, persuasion and pressuring, there emerged the Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Inc., which embraced all 10 of the hospitals. Of course, the question of the future remains. But as of now, after lengthy and somewhat varied experience with the Whitesburg unit, I can say proudly that tne standards remain at the nigh level of medical skill, nursing care and business administration. Even to the minutest detail. And a particularly pleasing aspect of the hospital staffing is in the fact that the nurses nearly all are of our own mountain people. Recently Ray Roberts, hospital administrator, pointed to pride in the fact that a very high percentage of the nurses trained at the nursing schools at Harlan and Williamson, W. Va., stay with the hospitals and In the mountains. In the Whitesburg hospital you are apt to learn that your nurse is a fellow mountaineer, probably a neighbor and possibly a kinswoman. This Is an asset In the prognosis of the patient. He has more confidence in his nurse, and she is apt to speak his language and combine genuine sympathy with a high, conscientious skill In her work. This is not to suggest that you need hospitalizing, but to assure you that in case you must go to the hospital you will get the best treatment. Of course It costs money to operate the hospital. But it is unthinkable that we might lose it for lack of capital. The people and their economy In the area It serves simply cannot afford it. Massive financial support must be found from the outside. The officials, the trustees, the local advisory committees, the Upper Kentucky River Area Development Council, Governor ; Breathitt, Congressman Carl Perkins, Senator John Sherman Cooper and countless other grand people are working ceaselessly to assure adequate financing for the hospitals. "We need to let out own people as well as those outside know what a wonderful thing it Is for our people," said Mrs. Harry M. Caudill, a member of the Board of Trustees of Appalachian Regional Hospitals Inc. So let it be known, far and wide.

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