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The Ohio County Times Is OHIO COUNTY'S NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER THE OHIO COUNTY Your Picture Newspaper The Only Newspaper That Is Completely Owned, Edited, Published And Printed In Ohio County 7 - Number 18 Hartford and Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Thursday, January 27, 1972 16 Pages - 10 Cents Speakirrg chil o The Nit-Pickers ,hildr nd h :child And The Hospital th osc  ons by some members of Ohio appointed tasks. cer : Y Fiscal Court during last so  s meeting indicate that petty ate :s--the game some men play because they have nothing to do-will remain a crippling ikeHa  :le in the path of the Ohio County L a l. 1 iz that meeting, hospital ad- n m Lrator Jim Bonner presented a . al and progress reports which i g have prompted the seven 1 d :rates to respond with a stan- ,q )vation. :ead, five of our county's u u akers sat idly back and let two m rir counterparts'nit.pick, tothe o ;. of bringing the hard-working il 1 mistrator to the point of noticable ion. h  truethat Bonner, whohas been a, :{ ! financially-plagued institution I i' me months, has not worked m r ties but, his knowledge of ing and a dedicated desire to Lg 0 i something out of nothing have t  d as great strides in the right v L Lion. , t ner came to the hospital at a 1  when it was a dirty,  Lanaged and ill-equipped e ice to Ohio County and its I the medical hub is clean, managed and much better e All or most of the trouble- rs have been :'removed" and ::i leit to conduct the business of i )spital apparently are doing so ]b spirit of cooperation.  hospital still is deeply in debt idll be for a considerable period fi me Bonnet, however, feels thin I or the voters of the county to micra  iy examine the actions of some of ,, i elected officials and re wiu  , , member ...,t mey learn when election day ..tns  around again ie:ge! ie ! r eaPa nmP: to:r!:; l de:d rtohf! tar.  cal football and are dead set o e rloilng that ball in the -a--- 7 .n by that charge amn peWnUliy [, :mn the persons responsible. feel it is time for the people of 1 County to recognize the need for y in oficient hospital and to remove the obstacles in the path of such a )ital is bility. the  ke a few minutes soon to visit the orion [ ital and see for yourself how ntY Jl sionalism is rapidly replacing pital ! )rmer defeatist attitude. Observe :o vott lleanliness and the hustle-bustle pard aS Xses and others going about their omefl Stop for a short visit with some of the patients and ask them about the care and attention now being provided by the "new look" facility. After doing this, go back home and call your magistrate. Ask him to get off Bonner's back and onto the bandwagon destined for the best possible hospital for Ohio County. Ask your magistrate to forget his misplaced loyalty to the former ad- ministrator and to solidly stand behind the present hospital head. Remind him that petty politics have no place in an institution where a person's life could depend on the treatment received while a patient at the hospital. An inferior facility, created because some greedy politicians will not get their greedy feet out of the door, could mean that some patients will not survive their stay. Ask him to allow Bonner to continue with the remarkable progress he has made without the burden of nit- picking politicians who lack even the qualifications to be good nit-pickers. Such nit-picking took place at last week's meeting of Fiscal Court when two of the magistrates "hounded" Bonner for monthly financial reports. Bonner had made a previous committment to provide such reports and admits the reports would be beneficial to the proper financial management of the hospital. However, the administrator, because of the pitiful condition of the books when he took over the reins, has not been able to provide the reports. He did promise quarterly reports and again promised monthly reports as soon as possible. The Times cannot understand the m " ' aglstrates msmtance on getting monthly statements and what benefits they will derive from such statements or reports. The reports, more than likely, will be unfavorable for some time. Bonner is only human and working miracles is not his cup of tea. Maybe certain magistrates will be able to take the unfavorable statements, wave a magic wand over them and make everything come up roses. Better than that, maybe they can start acting like responsible elected officials and start working for the hospital and not against it. Only then will it be possible to remove the political football from the game and replace it with one that will bounce in the right direction. "orld War Veterans Get More Money wars. who are covered by other types of insurance, will not participate either. The $18,000 that is going to Ohio County will be divided by some 260 local veterans. It will not be necessary for them to apply for the money, it is noted. It will be distributed automatically. County residents who are veterans will have their improved by apProximately this year by virtue of a special of accumulated funds. money represents a stepped-up of dividends declared on GI insurance policies. The of such dividends, when ble, is usually spread out over of a year and paid to zns on the anniversary dates of The average check to the nation's World War I veterans will be $135 and, to the World War II vets, $68. In in- dividual cases, the payments will be above or below these figures, varying with the amount of insurance held and other factors. The VA explains that the dividends were made possible by an increase in the amount of interest earned by the two life insurance trust funds. In addition, the mortality rate among the veterans has been lower than originally anticipated. Many ex-service men will gain in other directions. Beginning in February, some 2,300,000 disabled vets and the families of deceased veterans will be getting an additional $195,000,000 in pension benefits on an annual basis: time, however, the payments accelerated so that all the will be distributed within the ;ix months. The bulk of it will go are April 15th. in the dividend, which s to a record high of $286,000,000, to the Veterans Ad- will be 3,905,000 men who saw service in World [I and 154,900 who were in the War. fourth of the 1,020 Ohio residents who were in those will share. They are the ones hold National Life Insurance United States Government Insurance. Veterans of other Former Hartford Mayor Dies Carol Ann Tinsley, right, was named Miss Congeniality last Saturday night during the finals of the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant at Stouffer's Louisville Inn. Miss Tinsley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Barnard, Hartford. Charlesy Gulick, second from left, was crowned the queen by Lt. Gov. Julian Carroll. Sharon McLarty, Miss Union County Fair, and Deborah Gay Winstead, Miss Hopkins County Fair, were runners-up. Miss Tinsley was accompanied by her parents and Bob Higdon, chairman of The Ohio County Fair Pageant. Karl C. Hoover, former Hartford mayor, died last Wednesday night in Shelbyville, Tennessee after a short illness. :, Hoover became mayor of the county seat around 1934 and served in that capacity for 12 years. Prior to becoming mayor he was a member of the town council. Hoover also was the first president of the Ohio County Savings and Loan Association and served as president of the Hartford Bank. It was through the efforts of Hoover, and others, that the p'esent courthouse was constructed. One prominent Hartford citizen said it also was through the efforts of Hoover and others that the city of Hartford enjoyed its golden years. Those were the years of the WPA programs when Hartford reaped its ...... share of federal financing. Fiscal Court Dislikes Firing At Hospital court has anything to say about it," Bonner said. One courthouse source said Taylor apparently approached all or some of the magistrates between the time he received the termination of em- ployment letter from Bonner and the time fiscal court convened around 4 p.m. Bonner delivered the letter to Taylor at 2:30 p.m. Monday. It was assumed by the source that Taylor was trying to muster support from the squires, with the possibility of squashing Bonner's mandate. County Judge Andy Funk said he did not think the magistrates could dictate who Bonner hires or fires. He said the administrator's contract gives him authority to run the hospital and that the dismissal of an employe certainly would fall under this authority. Bonner's letter, presented to Taylor and members of the beard of direc- Ohio County Fiscal court voted Monday afternoon to prohibit hospital administrator Jim Bonner from firing an employe who already has been fired. On a vote of five to two foilowing a motion by Maxie Pulliam, the magistrates voted to retain the ser- vices of Truman Taylor, laboratory technician at the hospital. Pulliam's motion, in effect, stated that the technicians remain on the job until "some good reason is presented as to their removal and that Ohio County people have a preference, if qualified, for the position." Bonner, who was not at the meeting, later said that Taylor already has been fired, that the technician is presently working out a month's notice, and that the position will be filled by a "qualified" technician from Paducah. "My contract gives me the power to hire and fire and I don't think fiscal tots of the hospital, read in part: "Due to numerous complaints regarding your technical competence as a lab technician I have found it necessary to re-organize the laboratory department of Ohio County Hospital. "These complaints came primarily from the medical staff and primarily concern the reliability of your test results, EKG's (electrocardiagrams) run by you and the frequency com- plaints are received from patients that you hurt them when drawing blood. "Accordingly, Mr. Jon Abenroth, at my instruction, recruited an ad- ditional technician for the lab." The letter also stated that on January 18, 1972, Taylor was in- formed on Bonner's plans to make changes in the lab and of "a sincere effort to improve our laboratory service to our patients." At that time Taylor also was in- formed by Bonner that he (Taylor) would receive an hourly rate increase of from $3.27 an hour to $3.50 an hour; that he no longer would have to make after-hours calls; that his work week would consist of four regular days work relieving the other technicians on their days off; that he no longer would be required to draw blood or run EKG's, and that he would be allowed to retain full-time status for the purpose of accrueing fringe benefits, holidays, vacations and sick leave. In the letter, Bonner reminded Taylor that he (Taylor) was asked to take a few days to think over the changes. However, at 9 a.m. the following day, January 19, according to the letter. Taylor went to Bonnet's office and refused the new work assign- ments and employment terms. The letter also stated that Taylor continued to refuse the offer even after a visit by one of the members of the hospital board and after Bonner decided to allow Taylor to draw blood from outpatients when no other technicians are available. Voting in favor of Pulliam's motion were Don James, Earl Mattingly, Lannie Daugherty and Herschel Park. Ken Kirk and Durwood Porter went against the measure. In other action, the court passed a motion by Kirk that the county pay its portion of the radio operator's salary along with the cities of Hartford and Beaver Dam for the month of January. The magistrates also instructed Sheriff Lawrence Westerfield to make a complete report by February 7.  Debbie Danks, left, expresses her surprise Tuesday night after having been named 1971-72 Basketball Queen prior to Ohio County's game with Calhoun Tuesday night. Crowning the new queen was last year's queen Alison Paxton. Miss Danks won out over seven other candidates. Along with the courthouse, Hoover helped acquire several concrete streets, the sewer system, the theater building and the city hall building. Hoover, his father and brother also opened the Nehi Bottling Company in Hartford. The company's line of products included Royal Crown Cola when that soft drink came into existence in 1936. At the time of his death Hoover owned the R. C. Bottling plant in Shelbyville. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Karl C. Hoover of Shelbyville; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne Gallend and Mrs. Hobart Durbin both of Shelbyville, and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held last Friday at the Gower-Smith Chapel in Shelbyville. Burial also was in Shelbyville. VA Outlay In County $472,448 The Veterans Administration spent over $472,448 in Ohio County last year, according to J. G. Ratliff, Director of the VA Regional Office in Louisville. Total expenditures for the State of Kentucky amounted to $171,794,718, according to Ratliff. The largest segment of the ex- penditures was for compensation and pension payments which amounted to $108,979,648. Of this total, Ohio County received $455,535. Compensation is paid to veterans who received some sort of disability while on active duty. Pension payments go to disabled veterans who have little or no income because of disabilities suffered in service. In Ohio County, the VA spent $68,114 or readjustment and vocational rehabilitation costs. These figures include the costs involved in the GI Bill which provides money for Vietnam veterans to attend colleges, technical schools and below college schools. Statewide VA expenditures pyramided to $16,295,201 for these benefits. Insurance and indemnities account for $48,799 of the county's share of VA expenses. Kentucky veterans received $11,674,494.