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Image 1 of Mountain eagle (Whitesburg, Ky.), February 18, 1965

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-- . vwnsu . (,w n - - T YrfTI ATM 'Hii'uuaam f Kentucky SerL61 llfJ?iB Department UK Sterns Library Levin "'n 12& 0118011 - IV V FAGLF M IT SCREAMS I Whitesburg, x oac Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, February 18, 1965 Vol. 57, No. 41 Pickets visit mines Mines of two Letcher County coal companies were picketed this week by large groups of men and women in an apparent renewal of the "roving picket" movement of two years ago. One of the firms, Elkhorn-Jell-iCoal Company of Marlowe, obtained a temporary restraining order from Letcher Circuit Court against the United Mine Workers of America and some of its members, and the number of pickets at both mines has declined. The picketing began Monday co and morning at Elknorn-Jellicabout 60 miners left their jobs, some to join the picket moveo, ment. o (Elkhorn-Jelliccanceled its union contract last spring and reopened as a mine last non-uni- fall.) Berman Gibson, leader of the roving picket movement of two years ago, was present at the n-Jellico picketing, but was not with pickets who visited the Polly Mine of South East Coal Company the following day. He Elkhor- denied leadership of the current picket movement. South East employees went to work and did not leave their J obs INDUSTRIES HONORED Nathan Baker (center) of Letcher received certificates of appreciation this week from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Cliamber of Commerce at a luncheon in Louisville honoring the 85 manufacturing firms which announced new industrial plants in Kentucky durine 1964. Mrs. Baker represented Fire -- Glo Cannel Corporation at Isom. which Dackaees cannel coal for home fireplace use, and Boone Boy Industries Inc. at Letcher, which manufacturers upholstered furniture. Kentucky Gov. Edward T. Breathitt and G. J. Tankersley (right), Owensboro, presented the certificates. The luncheon marked the beginning of "Industry Appreciation Week" sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Department of Commerce. Hospital patient load 101 per cent 1 ne Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital operated at 101 per cent of its capacity during the month of January, according to a statistical report released this week by hospital administrator Ray Roberts. The average daily number of patients during January was 62. The hospital's capacit y is rated at 61 patients. The highest number of persons hospitalized at one time during January was 75; the lowest was 52. The January figures contrasted sharply with those of November, when occupancy was 72 per cent, and December, when it was 82 per cent. Hospital officials say occupancy must be 83 per cent for the institution to break even. Thirty-eigper cent of the January patient load was financed by government welfare programs. Seventy-fiv- e patients were under the medical assistance and public assistance programs administered by the Kentucky Department of Economic Security, and 30 were hospitalized under the special medical indigent program set up by the state ot Kentucky to keep the hospitals in operation. Beneficiaries of the United Mine Workers of America Welfare and Retirement Fund accounted for 20 per cent of the January patient load. Private self-pa- y patients made up 15 per cent, and Blue Cross Insurance beneficiaries 13 per cent. Workmen's compensation accounted for two per cent, and private commercial insurance for 12 Der cent. . Roberts said the hospital's accounts receivable now total $137, 721.23. Of this amount, $72,676.27 is less than 60 days old, $24,712.44 is 60 to 90 days old and $45,979.07 Is more than 90 days old. ht Three-hundr- ed thirty-tw- o per- sons were treated in the hospital emergency room during January. The average daily emergency room visits were 11. Roberts broke down the January admissions to the hospital by ge ography. Here's where the tients came from: pa- Don-gol- Whitesburg, 47; Ermine, 14; Jenkins, 12; Letcher, Mayking and McRoberts, 11 each; Black -ey and b on, 10 each; Eolia and Roxana each; Burdine, Cro-m. .id Payne Gap, 8 each; Jackhorn, Millstone, Seco and Southdown, 7 each; Colson, Dunham, Isom and Premium, 6 each; Jeremiah and Van, 4 each; Deane, Thornton, on . Kona, Kingscreek, Partridge, a, Ulvah, three each; Crown, Hallie, Sergent, Shelby Gap, two each; Amburgey, Carcassonne, Day, Democrat, Line-for- k, Littcarr, Oscaloosa, Oven Fork, Skyline, B.ith, one each; Dorton, two; Red Fox, three; Salem, Ind., two; Chicago, 111., one; Wise, Va., two, and Big Stone Gap, Va. , one. Twenty-tw- o babies were born at the hospital during January. . Sexton poultry house destroyed by fire Fire of unexplained origin destroyed a 10, poultry house at the home of Columbus Sexton at Colson early Sunday morning, Feb. 14. Sexton was a pioneer in the new emphasis on in Letcher County, and his poultry house was the first of several built in the county during the 000-lay- er past three years. All 10,000 hens were lost, with equipment and a barn which stood nearby. Sexton said the loss was partly covered by insurance. He is making plans to rebuild the house. A well and pumphouse which supplied the chicken house ng were saved from the fire. The blaze was discovered when the bright light it created awoke the Sextons at about 2 a. m. Sun- Carcassonne area uii 11 gpf telPDhfinP Construction of new telephone facilities for the Carcassonne of Letcher County has been completed, according to J. M. Gipe, local manager for Southern Bell Telephone Company. The $16,000 construction project involved 32,400 feet of cable and wire, ranging from 75 pairs of wire (150 wires) down to a single line. The provision of telephone service in the Carcassonne area completed another step in serving the rural mountain area of to join the pickets. There were conflicting reports of violence among the picketers. State police, who were at both mines, reported one man, Clyde Hatton, was beaten, and another, Clark Hall, was held to a bonfire and burned. Hall visited the Mountain Eagle office and said he was burned accidentally on the leg when he backed into the fire. Both these incidents allegedly occurred at Elkhorn-Jellico. A picketer was arrested at the South East mine after he. and a state trooper exchanged words concerning the trooper's driving of a car past the motorcade to Letcher County from Hazard, where many of the pickets live. He was Ashford Thomas, who was charged with breach of the peace. Troopers were armed with carbines and shotguns. A picket spokesman denied that he or his fellow pickets were armed. There were reports that the UMW would issue coveted "welfare cards" covering hospitalization and other benefits to those who joined the picket lines. A UMW official said the union will provide subsistence vouchers for all workers who succeed in closing down any mines. The UMW recently announced that it plans a nationwide drive to unionize all coal mines. ea western Letcher County. A feed Blaine Adams dies 7 er cable project costing $110,000 was completed into the Blackey area in Decernber of 1964. This made possible the new service for Carcassonne and for other areas of the county where construction work is now in progress, Gipe said. Actual installation of telephones in the Carcassonne area will begin in a few weeks, he added. Funeral rites for James Blaine Adams, 80, of Mayking, were conducted Feb. 13 at the Thornton Regular Baptist Church by Elders Ray Collins and I. D. Back. Burial was in the Mayking Cemetery. Mr. Adams, a retired miner, died Feb. 10. He was a son of the late Simpson E. and Sarah Webb Adams. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Martha Webb Adams; eleven children, Bennett, Dayton, Ohio; Mayking; Benjamin, Hamilton; Mrs. Roy Bullock, Pontiac, Mich. ; Mrs. Camel McGinnis, as, Mayking; Mrs. Whit Rose, Berea; Mrs. Charles R. Webb, Pikeville; and Chester, Mayking; 19 grandchildren, four great -- grandchildren and a sister, Betsy Ann Webb of Mayking. day. The VFW firctruck from Whitesburg was called, but the building was already destroyed. The fire fighters wet down adjacent buildings to keep them from catching fire. At 7 a. m. Sexton, who also is chairman of the Salvation-ArmCitizens Committee overseeing the distribution of charitable donations sent here, was in Whitesburg helping to unload a truck -load of donated goods sent here from Rockland County, N. Y. y Roberts to leave Ray G. Roberts, who has been administrator of the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital since last August, will become administrator of the South Williamson, Ky., Appalachian Regional Hospital on March 1. Roberts will supervisr operation d South Wilof both the liamson hospital and the 61 -- bed Whitesburg hospital until a new administrator can be found for the hospital here. At South Williamson, Roberts will succeed William B. Esson, who is taking charge of a 350-bhospital in Youngstown, 145-be- ed Q-h- io. Before coming here Roberts was administrator of Western State Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital at Bolivar, Tenn. He spent five years In Pikeville as a public accountant and insurance company representative and tliree years as business manager of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn. Roberts is a native of Elkhorn City and holds a bachelor's degree from the Bowling Green, Ky. , College of Commerce and a master's degree in hospital administration from Northwestern University. He and his wife and their two young daughters will live in ' IN VIET NAM A 1. 1 h uiW soldier. Sp4 Edward Raleigh of Eolia, is beliy carried on a stretcher at Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington, D. C. , en route to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment of wounds received in the intensified fighting in Viet Nam earlier this month. WOUNDED

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