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THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES, HARTFORD, KENTUCKY, FEBRUARY 12, 1976 20 Pending approval of the State Senate, Richard S. "Smitty" Taylor, a native of Hartford, will become the newest member of the state Public Service Commission. Taylor, who now makes his home in Owensboro where he practices law, was appointed by Governor Julian Carroll. Taylor was approved by a Senate committee Tuesday and the issue went before the full body Wednesday. If confirmed, Taylor will fill an unexpired term that will run through March. "I don't expect any problems with Senate confirmation. If they have the power to confirm someone, they have the right to ask questions. I have no objections to answering them," he said in a recent interview. Taylor is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Taylor, Hartford. "Smitty" Taylor Expenditures by the Veterans Administration for Ohio County .during fiscal year 1975 totaled $1,110,646, according to Kenneth E. McDonald, regional office director of the VA in Louisville. In Ohio County, veterans received $749,063 in pension and compensation payments; educational benefits totaled $311,758, and insurance and indemnity costs amounted to $49,825. Western Kentucky's unemployment rate rose from 7.2 per cent in November to 7,7 per cent in December, according to Department for Human Resources (DHR) statistics. Ohio County's rate remained one of the lowest at 4.8 per cent. The area's rate is the same as the state rate, said Robert MacDonald, chief labor market analyst for DHR. Lee County had the highest unemployment rate in the state -- 19.1 per cent -- and Martin the lowest, 4 per cent. Both are in Eastern Ken- tucky, which had the state's highest area rate, 9.3 per cent. In Western Kentucky, Marshall County had the highest rate, 15.5, and Union, at 4.2, the lowest. MacDonald said that Eastern and North Central Kentucky had the highest gains in numbers of unem- ployed persons, while Northern Kentucky and the Bluegrass areas changed the least. "The increased unemployment in the state is due in part to seasonal layoffs which usually do push the rates somewhat higher in December," he explained. He cited construction, sawmill work and agriculture as areas which usually slow down during the month. / / Jay Ross attempts shot over towering Tom Wendt in Tuesday night's game which was won by Apollo. The highly-publicized showdown attracted a standing-room-only corwd. ,onln Continued From Page 1 mission to use the property as an insurance office for as long as he desired. .e* AT THE SIDE ** OF THE STORE equ Weedman went back to the council in hopes that panel would overrule the Planning and Zoning ruling but was told instead that the permission granted by the Board of Adjustment was not legal. The council recommended that the issue be sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further ac- tion. Weedman said he removed the kitchen during the remodeling and that it will have to be replaced if the house is reverted to rental property. Mrs. Ann Carr took her battle for a county-wide animal shelter before the council and left with results similar to those she obtained from the Hartford City Council. The council ,members told Mrs. Carr they would discuss the matter at a later meeting. O. D. Rogers, manager of Cyn- tbetex, requested that he be notified of water problems in advance of his ! :- A KPA Award Winning Column By Date The untimely passing of Wellington V. Matthews left a void in the lives of all employes of this newspaper. W. V., as he was affectionately known, died early Sunday morning at his home in Fordsville. Despite declining health, he left with an unequaled zest for life. Many of you will remember W. V. for his informative and oftentimes moving column "Repetoire" which appeared in this newspaper for several years. In that column he drew from a vast storehouse of knowledge and first- hand experiences which met with approval of most readers. With his wife Doris and daughter Neffra, he traveled extensively in quest of new knowledge and en- joyment. A rare knife was a revered discovery and a good book was added companionship. A big disappointment in his life of 60 years came last year when he was layed off from his job at General Electric in Owensboro. A big disappointment in passing will be missing his daughter's high school graduation this spring. W.V. struck a familiar sight on the streets of Hartford ana Fordsville with his tall, slender frame and with a hat almost always cocked to the right atop that frame. He always had the time of day and much more for those with a welcome ear. Few rejected the opportunity to share in his awareness of the world around him. While oftentimes limited by physical exhaustion, he seldom refused a request for help. Republican politics was a love second only to his family. Wellington Virgil Matthews .... a regal name for a really nice guy. The program chairman of a women's club in a nearby .city couldn't round up a speaker for one of the forthcoming meetings, so she decided to interview an Ohio County former's wife in order that she speak with authority on the Day in the Life of a Farmer's The program chairman a hay stack from a fodder she did see the need for Therefore, she jumped conditioned Continental and into the country to find a could interview. Following the introduction front door, the program with tablet and pencil in hand, "Tell me dearie, as a just what routine do you follo~ day. Please tell hold back anythhing. Farmer's wife: "Well, to with, I get up at 4 a.m. in the start a fire in the kitchen stove, fires in all of the grates and cooking breakfast. To do that, I to run down to the well for buckets of water and kindling to get the fires "After the fires are going breakfast is being cooked, I my eight children and start them dressed for school .... for the little ones which I change and feed while I'm others ready. "After some of the children school and the others are playpens, I help my husband cows and clean the stalls in the "Then, I feed the chickenS, clothes, help carry milk to truck when it comes, farm hands, scrub the mud out, mend stockings, dresses and shirts for the iron curtains, then fix dinner while family. "In the evening I help my cut up meat for the tomatoes, corn, peaches and make pies for the next day'S and bank the furance for the Program chairman: ' ' outstanding. But you haven't thing about outside do you do in your spare time? Farme'r~wife: "I go to the J employes coming to work. Rogers was confronted with a recent water shortage and was not notified before workers reported for their regular shift. The operation at Cynthetex reportedly relies on an abundant water supply. Rogers was assured he would be notified unless a major break came at an unexpected time. Benny Young, owner of property on Broadway recently used by the city as a parking lot, came before the council seeking to clarify boundary lines and drainage problems in the event he fills in a ditch and constructs a fence around the property. Guynn Cagle, an Owensboro developer, was given six months to start work on the proposed Twin City Subdivision. A motion to terminate the contract between Cagle and the city if work is not started in six months was made by Councilman David Taylor and passed on a 6-0 vote. Ky. Javco was given place a radio antenna on the tower next to the antenna no~V! by the Royal Crown Bottling pany pending an agr~eement drawn up by City Attorney Conway. James W. Tindle, son of M. Trindle, Route 17, promoted on Dec. 16 to Sergeant while serving with Infantry Division in Germany. Sgt. Tindle is a turret with Troop C, 3rd Squadro~ division's 8th Cavalry. .The sergeant entered the 1973 and completed basic Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He is a 1973 graduate of County High School, Trio Sets Solitaires Men's 7-D/amond