Serials Dcpa rtmcnt
whltesbuiq. Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April
will cost county
schools $125, 000
The Committee to Save the
Jobless Fathers Program has announced a meeting for Sunday,
at 2:30 p.m.
The meeting will be held at
Blair Lake, off U.S. 119 at Partridge between Oven Fork and
Committee chairman Cliston
Johnson announced that the Committee would award a $50 door
prize at the meeting. He said
that free coffee and doughnuts
would be served.
Johnson said that he hoped a
large turnout of men on the
Work Experience and Training
Program would attend the
meeting, which he said would be
"a family affair. "
Whltesburg attorney Harry M.
Caudill is scheduled to talk to
the men, according to Johnson.
He said that telegrams have
been sent to all the major candidates for Governor inviting
them to attend. In addition,
Johnson said, a group of WE&T
men from West Virginia is planning to come.
The purpose of the meeting,
according to Johnson, is to discuss substitute programs being
set up to replace the WE&T
program on a temporary basis,
and to make plans for a permanent group to lobby for a
'better plan" to be a permanent
replacement for WE&T
as expected, WE&T is eventually broken up.
"We've got a lot of jobs that
need to be done In Eastern"Ken-tuck- y,
" Johnson said. 'We need
a program that will get them
done. We've got the manpower
but It isn't being used. "
Vol. 59, No. 47
Letcher County stands to lose
about $125, 000 In federal aid to
schools as the result of a congressional committee's action this
County school officials estimated this was the amount above current federal aid which the school
system would have received next
year under a formula which gives
KENTUCKY 1UWER COMPANY crews worked feverishly Tuesmore aid to poorer school disday morning to restore service to Whltesburg after a truck had
sheared off a
tricts. The formula was adoptline on Bentley Avenue.
ed by the last Congress but had
fell Into the street but missed passersby and cars; live wires
-- - but they were unoccupied
never been ptlt Into effect. It was
fell across several parked cars
expected to take effect next fisthe time, and nobody was injured. Power was restored to the
city within an hour after the accident.
This week, however, th e House
Education and Labor Committee
approved a proposed amendment
to the law which would require
that the new formula not go Into
effect until full financing of the
they removed the hanging wires
Whltesburg was without elecFederal Elementary and Secondand towed the broken pole out
tric power for several minutes
ary Education Act is provided.
of the road.
Tuesday morning after a truck
Congress has authorized $2.4 bilLess than an hour after the
collided with a utility pole and
lion for the ESEA Title I proaccident, power was restored
sheared it in two.
grams, but President Lyndon B.
on a temporary basis while a new
The pole, located onBentley
Johnson asked for only half that
pole was hoisted into position.
near Bridge Street, fell
billion-- - In his
Power was off again briefly while
directly Into the street, blockbudget message. Johnson cited
were made to the
ing traffic In and out of the
the war in Vietnam as the reason
city. A tangle of potentially
for failure to request full finanAt least one motorist found a
lethal wires fell on parked cars,
cing for ESEA.
novel way to pass the time while
houses, and sidewalks. FortunateAccording to administration budhe waited to drive through the
ly, there were no Injuries to
get estimates, Kentucky would
detour. An amateur golfer who
have received $34.1 million ungiyes exhibitions throughout
The pole carries
der the formula which favored
arid other states was
electrical lines Into the city.
schools In poor areas. This woulU
behind the truck that sheared
It broke off approximately two
have been 20 per cent more than
the pole. He was driving a
feet above the ground. Retainlast year. Letcher County Is fifth
large camper-va- n
that was too
ing cables kept it from falling
highest in the state in the amount
high to pass under the dangling
all the way into the street, but
of ESEA funds received; the counwires. So he pulled it over to
most of the wires snapped, and
ty's share of the money last year
side of the road, got out,
the top of the pole hung menacwas about $500, 000. Thus the
and began driving golf balls
ingly a foot or two above the
school district had expected an
and sometimes into--tout over
extra $100, 000 to $125, 000 under
Kentucky River nearby. He
Whitesburg Fire Chief Phil
for Emit Duncan
kept this up until the power crew the formula over and above last
Bowen arrived on the scene only
had cleared the wires away some
a minute or two after the acciUnder the amendment approved
fifteen minutes later.
dent and directed traffic Into
by the committee, Kentucky will
At one' point Sheriff
town via Webb Avenue. Sheriff
get about $28.2 million and LetchFuneral services were held at 2
Chief Bowen, directing traffic
Hogg arrived soon after that and
er County will not receive any
30 at Moore and
p. m. March
nearby, noticed the golfer's pera roadblock was established for
sizable i n crease.
Craft Funeral Home for Emit Berl
formance and watched unbelievtraffic into and out of town,
School officials 'do not anticipate
ton Duncan, 75, The Rev. Daingly as he sliced a ball neatly
cars. Trucks were temhaving to cut any current programs
vid Morrow officiated. Burial
into the river. On the
porarily ordered to the roadside
financed by Title I but will not
was in Sandltck Cemetery.
his golf club came
because live wires were hanging
be able to put into effect all the
Mr. Duncan died March 28 at
within Inches of a wire that was
only seven or eight feet above
programs they had hoped for.
the St. Joseph Hospital In Lexstill hot. He seemed not to notthe detour.
Title I money In Letcher Counington. He had been In ill health
Kentucky Power Company
ty is used for remedial reading,
for several years.'
"I've seen everything now, "
crews arrived at the scene a few
libraries, social services, physHe was a son of the late Robert
Sheriff Hogg said. 'There's
minutes later. All power into
ical training and other educationLee and Elizabeth Thompson Dun- the city was shut down while
nothing left. "
al programs as well as for some
Widely known as a carpenter and
SPRING IN CARCASSONNE
like Spring all over
Washington news reports said
builder, he had constructed many
dogwood, redbud, the1 .
the pressure for delaying applicabuildings In Letcher County. He
sound of birds, and best of all, children playing
tion of the special aid formula
had lived in Lexington with his
outdoors. In Carcassonne recently, Appalachian
came mostly from big cities and
daughter, Mrs. Virgin! a Roe,
Volunteer Jon Henrickson and VISTA Nancy Gigow-s- kl
wealthier states which stand to
since ill health forced his retirehad a field day with the children of the commungain little under the budget terms
ity. At left: Betty Carol Smith races Sarah Mae
set by the President. These areas
Survivors besides his daughter
as Clifford Fields starts them off.
would, however, benefit from full
are another daughter, Mrs. Ruby
financing of the ESEA program,
Nancy Gigowskl distributes prizes to Betty Carol,
Morrow, Lexington; a son, RobSarah Mae, Clifford, and L. B. Smith; at right,
and it was this which convinced
ert W. Duncan, Alaska; a sister,
Jon Henrickson blows up a balloon for Betty Carol
their representatives to approve the
Mrs. Ann Caxty, Virginia, and
formula last year.
and Tommy Smith.
Full financing of Title I using the
formula would have brought $72
million Into Kentucky schools-m- ore
than twice what the state
Congressman Carl D. Perkins
said there still Is some chance
the formula may be restored on
the floor of the House, but he Is
Power pole clipped
JANE ALLEN ROBINSON
Miss Robinson wins
county spelling title
Jane Allen Robinson
ot'Mr. and Mrs. Allen Robinson
of Sergent, was winner of the annual Letcher County spelling bee
held at Whitesburg. She is an
eighth grade student at Whitesburg.
She will represent the county
at an Appalachian Spelling Bee
to be held In Knoxvllle In May.
Other school representatives
participating included Helen Louise Adams, Cowan; Janet Raleigh, Eolia; Teresa Wright, Col-soCandal Strange, Hemphill;
Sheila Wampler, Mayking; Donna
Kay Caudill, Letcher; Patricia
Gale Fields, Campbell's Branch;
Bobby Ricky King, Fleming-NeoRonnie Kiser Jr. , Martha Jane
Potter; Carlos Morgan, Ermine;
Freddie. B. Collins, Cow Branch;
Earl Banks, Kingdom Come; Karen Sue Reed, Middle Dry Fork.
lackey group meets
About 50 residents of the Blackey
area met Sunday afternoon at the
Blackey Community Center and
voted to explore possible ways of
retaining the building for the use
of the community.
Wayne Dixon, owner of the
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