Vol. 54, No. 50
Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April 26, 1962
noted by jury
Crime is decreasing in Letcher
So says the April Grand Jury in
its final report to Circuit Judge
J. L. Hays.
"From our investigation we are
pleased to report that we believe
violations of the law in the
county are on the decline. The
trend is certainly in that direction. We have not had a murder
or robbery case or other serious
crime to consider during our
session, " the jurors said.
The jury commended those responsible for the recent repainting and resultant neat appearance
of the courthouse and jail.
"The jail is in a very bad state
of repair, but is probably as neat
and clean as conditions will per
mit. Part of the building nas
been repainted downstairs and is
much cleaner than it has been
for some time. The jailer is to
be commended for his efforts
along this line. There is a bad
break in the concrete ceiling of
the kitchen which appears very
dangerous and should be repaired
immediately. Also much of the
bedding up stairs should be replaced with new bedding as it
seems impossible to protect it
with sheets, " the jury said.
Jurors recommended immediate
action to install running water
for the urinals in, the men's
in the courthouse baserest-roo-
Former County Judge Arthur
Dixon served as jury foreman.
Another survey coming
Letcher County is part of an
Eastern Kentucky area to be
studied in a technical assistance
study to be conducted by the First
Research Corporation of Miame,
The study was announced this
week by Senators Thurston Morton ana John Sherman Cooper.
It will cost a total of $19, 600
and will be financed by the Area
The study, the announcement
said, "will consist of an economic
analysis of the area, followed by
an evaluation of locally conceived
economical plans in terms of the
solutions they propose for local
and regional problems" (whatever
Spelling bee held here
Winners in a county-wid- e
spelling bee held Monday were announced today by the county
Nancy Joyce Elam, Letcher,
was first place winner. Others
mong the first ten were Sharon
Madonna Meade, Fleming-Neothird; Oma Johnson, Hemphill,
fourth; Linda Doty, fifth; Wilma
Jean Bentley, Payne Gap, sixth;
Imogene Banks, Kingdom Come,
Branch, eighth; Brenda Hall, Hay-moninth; David Ison, Campbell's Branch, tenth.
Representatives of other schools
included SaronellSpangler, May-kin- g;
Donna Marian Bailey,
Middle Dry Fork; Benia Couch,
Upper Colly; Granville Caudill
Jr. , Upper Millstone; Danny Ray
Webb, Millstone; Oliver Alan
Holbrook Jr. , Little Creek; Ronald Day, Kingdom Come Settlement; Sharon Webb, Cram
Creek, Johnny Banks, Marlowe.
The winner received small cash
prizes and dictionaries.
Elam will take part in a regional
contest at Knoxville next month.
Miss Murphy named
director at hospital
Natalie A. Murphy, k.
formerly of Hazard and
Springdale, Ark., has recently
been promoted to assistant director of the nursing service at
Whitesburg Memorial Hospital,
according to John C. Blanken-bcckle- r,
administrator. She has
been an assistant hear! nurse.
Miss Murphy will be assistant to
Miss Martha Ramsey, who
promoted to the position of director of nursing.service at the hospital several months ago.
Miss Murphy came here irom
the UMW hospital at Hazard.
WINNERS- - -- miss Delora Sue Cook (right), a senior at Whitesburg
High School, placed first In English in a scholarship test given recently at the University of Kentucky Southeast Center at Cumberland. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cook. Miss Nancy
Joyce Elam (left) of Letcher Consolidated School was the winner of
a county-wid- e
spelling bee held last week in Whitesburg (story elsewhere on Page One.)
GUESS WHOI- - -- Believe it or not, tne group assemDled above is composed entirely ot teachers at
the Whitesburg Grade School. They're in costume for the Faculty Frolics, a benefit variety show to
be presented Friday night. May 4, at the Grade School Auditorium. The teachers will sing, dance
and generally make merry in order to raise money for new black velvet
(the twist and the
draperies and stage curtains for the auditorium. Tickets are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children
ana are available from practically any pupil you see. In case you haven't been able to figure out
who's who by now, the lovely ladies on the back row are Rachel (Flapper) Moore and Leonard
Gal) Morgan (he'll be even more shapely next week). Seated are those dignified first grade
teachers, Mrs. Erne Kincer (left) and Miss Virginia Vermillion, who will portray scrub ladies in
search of a man, and Mrs. Lora Fields, secona grade teacher, who will sing "01' Rockin Chair's
Curtain time is 7:30 p. m. May 4. (Eagle photo)
by Pat Gish
The Whitesburg Garden Club
met Monday night at the home of
Dr. and Mrs. Ben Clark on Pine
Potluck supper was
served, and Mrs. Augusta Renaker
a program on sucpresented
culents. The Club will meet
next month at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. V. D. Pickleslmer.
Mr. and Mrs. Cossie Quillen
have been in Lexington several
days this week.
Warren Davis of Whitesburg and
Bob Adams of Neon were in
on business Monday.
Robert Howard Crawford, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Crawford,
celebrated his sixth birthday with
a party at the home of his parents
Mrs. W. S. Wainscort of Fort
Chaffee, Ark., has been visiting
her mother, Mrs. Nellie Moore,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Swisher and
family were guests of Mrs. Cinda
Swisher Sunday afternoon.
Dr. and Mrs. Jim Ferwerda
were week end t,UL-Dr. and
Mrs. Clayton Bennett.
Mrs. W. P. Nolan of Hazard
was a luncheon guest of Mr. and
Mrs. Tom Gish Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Moore
spent the week end fishing at
Hickory Star dock, Tennessee.'
Marshal Archie Craft is in Pike-vil- le
Plans are being completed for
the annual Junior-Seniprom to
be held Saturday night. May 5,
at Whitesburg High School.
Day was in Pikeville
Mrs. Paul Price
members of the junior Sunday
School class at Graham Memorial
Presbyterian Church with an egg
hunt at her home on Cornelia
Avenue Saturday morning. She
was assisted by Mrs. Harry Lucas.
Mrs. Raymond Smith and Mrs.
Fred Coffey entertained
primary Sunday School class with
an egg hunt at Graham Memorial
Roy Crawford was in Morris or
Tenn., last week.
Pesis of Eureks,
Calif. , formerly
of Whitesburg, tells that her husband will soon become a member
of the faculty of Eureka State
College. He has been a technologist with the county hosptial at
Eureka since the family moved
from here last spring. Mrs. Pesis
is working with California State
Dr. and Mrs. Ben Clark will
leave Friday for a short stay in
Alabama, their former home.
Miss Mary Lynn Gentry was a
guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Forrest Gentry, last week end.
She is a student at Morehead State
Members of the Whitesburg
Woman's Club will meet Saturday
at the home of Mrs. Raymond
Smith at Mayking. Mrs. Zenneth
Bentley will be program leader.
Hostesses will be Mrs. Bentley,
Ferdinand Moore, Mrs.
R. C. Day and Mrs. Bob Stans-- (
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