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i /:i!ii  i y J. Woodrow Park Wants position Hartford Postmaster Battle Line Drawn Case Going To Court Circuit Judge Earl F. Martin last Friday overruled a motion for a summary judgement following a hearing involving Hartford Postmaster L. C. Hunter. The hearing, brought by a group of concerned citizens in support of School Superintendent J. Woodrow Park, was held in an attempt to determine if Hunter can legally serve as both postmaster and a member of the Ohio County Board of Education. Martin's ruling went against Hunter's attorney, Clarence Bar- tlett, but his decision to grant a full trial prompted the judge to warn Jerry Nail, representing the citizens group, "you're fighting an uphill battle." The restraining order prohibiting Hunter from attending school board meetings was lifted and the postmaster again took his seat on the panel during a Monday night meeting. Hunter is now in his third year of a four-year term on the boarct but the question of his right to serve was not severely tested until after a January meeting when the board voted not to renew Park's contract for another year. Charging a violation of the state's open meetings law, among other things, the citizens group, headed by the Rev. William Hoiladay, has been riding on the hope that the hearing and sub- sequent trial will void Hunter's vote against Park and force a new vote in favor of the superintendent. However, Holladay, following last Friday's hearing, indicated the prospects for a favorable new vote are practically non.existant because the board member who abstained during the January balloting apparently has moved to the side of Hunter. That member, Robert Shown, along with board chairman Fred Raley, was seated with Hunter prior to the start of Friday's hearing. Also present in the chamber were Hunter's wife, Jean, and his son Critt. Huddled on the other side of the room were Park, Holladay, A. H. Freer, and Ken Campbell, a representative of the Kentucky Education Association. The focal point of the hearing was Hunter's official status with the U.S. Postal Service. In his defense, Bartlett sought to establish that Hunter is an employe and not an official of the service... an issue that seemingly could be a deciding factor in the case. The 79-year-old former judge used up at least half of the three- hour session going through a myriad of postal service rules and regulations and court rulings in- volving similar or related cases. Nall, who argued that much of Bartlett's defense was not relevant to the case, presented documents he said proves Hunter is an executive by virtue of his position in a second-class post office. In a much shorter presentation, Nall said there is reason to believe that Hunter's job and school board position are incompatible and (Continued on page 20) L. C. Hunter Defends position 10_ Number 26 OHIO COUNTY'S NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER THE OHIO COUNTY Your Piclure Newspaper THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES IS THE ONLY NEWSPAPER COMPLETELY CWNED, EDITED AND PUBLISHED IN OHIO COUNTY Hartford and Beaver Dam, KentUcky, Thursday, April 10, 1975 i i 20 Pages - 10 Cents i icts 1"8 Monday of next week at the Ohio County be limited. The new authorized by the and the board of to the new directive, f  visitors in- functions of nursing staff from per- efficiency and cause due to noise and 'Monday, visiting hours 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. .only two visitors per permitted in a room at to assist the hospital with volunteer workers tion desk in the from 8:30 a.m. passes will be 2 to 4 p.m. and in- room numbers, condition will be desk personnel passes to members of families of patients in '.are and intensive care members will be Wait in the ICU-CCU and only one person Patient for five minutes SPecial permission is the nurse in charge, be allowed to stay with Patient day and night. Will not be permitted to Where there are two The same rule visitors. passes will be the nurse in charge. will enforce the in each room. 12 years of age are visit patients, nor the corridors of areas. Children not Visits must remain in adult supervision. , Only one person will a patient to Other friends to remain rmation. News City Council was told chances are slim Proposed city-county Program sponsored of Housing and Frank Martin said money available for that efforts will be Caney Creek Water Project :ii!! Bid Accepted Burl Morris, a long-time advocate of the Caney Creek watershed project, is pictured with his son in 1973 when water covered several hundred acres in east Ohio County. A multi-million dollar bid was approved late last week for re-channeling of portions of Caney Creek, a project that hopefully will stop a recurrance of this scene. A bid for more than ,187,000 for the second phase of work on the Caney Creek Watershed project was ac- cepted late last week by the Caney !: Creek Conservancy District. The contract for the project, to be awarded to McGinnis Brothers Construction Company of Houston, Texas, is the largest recorded in Ohio County. Archie Gragg, district con- servationist, and the U.S. Soil Con- servation Service worked closely with the watershed district in obtaining the project funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The announcement of the bid ac- ceptance ended a long struggle bet- ween the district and en- vironmentalists who claimed the watershed project is detrimental to fish and wildlife in the area. The 8.6 miles of new channel con- Agent Unhappy With struction'will extend from the Rough Ins River to one mile east of U.S. 62 at u ran ce ,orse Branch. Two miles of the Court's Selection Of Insurer dicated the situation is macte worse when a bid substantially lower is rejected. "'Is there any need for me to submit bids in the future?" he asked. County Judge C. B. Embry said Weedman should feel free to bid and suggested that the county, in future business, list specifications desired by bidders. Weedman said the county will be advertising for bids on additional insurance in the near future and added. "I think it's a forgone con- clusion on who will get the business." On an unanimous vote of the five magistrates, the court voted to allocate $13,500 of coal severance tax money to Hartford for the purchase of the old state highway garage property. The city's original allowance was $10,000 but Brown persisted in allowing the additional $3,500 because the purchase could further the county industrial growth. Hartford Mayor Hayward Spinks later said the city does not have a prospective industry at the present time. At its last meeting, the court ap- proved $1,500 in coal severance tax money for a Cromwell recreation project but that figure was increased to $3,000 at Monday's meeting: It wa y the March 25 idents of Cromwell had close to $3,000 for the construction of a new concession stand and other improvements. Actually, only $900 has been raised. The project is ex- pected to cost between $8,000 and $1o,000. The court gave County Attorney A. V. Conway permission to draw up a contract between the county and the Dixie Engineering and Construction Company, allowing the company to mine coal under an abandoned road in the southeast section of the county. Dixie proposes to remove ap- proximately 1,012 tons from under the old Pea Ridge Road and will pay the county $1.50 for each ton or $1,518. Magistrate Hugh Schroader discussed the Beaver Dam drainage ditch and told the court the project will cost between $25,000 and $35,000. The court agreed to allow the county's Soil Conservation Office to proceed with a study of the project. Coal severance tax money would be used to finance the work. Remodeling of the judge's office, the court clerk's office and the tax commissioner's office again was discussed but action was delayed pending a study of the needs of each office. The combined projects will be put up for bids to be opened on May 5. The court's agenda included discussion on the pay for project was completed in 1972 before the environmentalists stepped in. Gragg said the new construction will drain 97,000 acres involving 1,450 farms. "It will reduce flooding from five times during a growing season to one time within five years," he said. Area landowners donated easements for rights-of-way and have agreed to maintain the watershed. It is estimated that the 8.6 miles of construction would require three years but a spokesman for McGinnis Brothers said the work could be completed in one year, providing his crews and equipment are kept on the job 20 hours a day. In 1967 the area's landowners voted A Beaver Dam Insurance executive provided most of the excitement Monday morning in an otherwise routine meeting of Ohio County Fiscal Court. Bill Weedman. with Weedman Insurance Agency. came before the governing body demanding to know why his recent bid for insurance on all county-owned vehicles was not ac- cepted and if he should "bother to submit bids in the future." The bids in question were opened at the court's March 25 meeting. Weedman's bid was $4,541 or $1,176 less than the $5,717 bid submitted by C. E Taylor Insurance Agency. The contract was given to Taylor on the strength of a suggestion by W. E. "John" Brown who applauded Taylor's insurance dealings with the county in the past. Brown also is in the insurance business in Hartford. "I'm a taxpayer and feel that the people of the county should get the best price possible," Weedman said at Monday's meeting. "In my opinion you did not have a professional bid," Brown told Weedman. He added that Weedman did not rate and price each vehicle. Weedman said he submitted his bid without a list of specifications from the county. "I'll bid it anyway you want if you'll tell me how you want the bid he said. said difficult enou to submit a itive bid but in- a  .a tax on themselv th : which to raise money to pay for easements on which to build water retarding structures. Eight such structures have been built, another is under construction, and one other is being planned, t Gragg said much of the existing channel will be left as it is for fish and wildlife enthusiasts. Other sections will be straightened. In July, 1973, Gragg estimated the crop losses due to flooding at more than $200,000. The figure, he said at the time, could have been a lot higher had it not been for the two-mile section of the project completed at the time. He credited the seven completed water retarding structures with holding back an additional 7,150 acre- feet of water off of farmland. One of those fighting hardest for the project has been Bud Morris who was hard-hit by the 1973 flooding. Morris estimated he lost $17,000 in profits and an additional $10,850 in planting costs. "These bottoms have some of the best top soil in Kentucky and, if properly drained, can compete with any row-crop soil in Kentucky," Morris said at the time. Gragg admitted that the July, 1973 rain was a real freak of nature. He said such a rain will hit an area only once in every one hundred years. But, it did hit and it did hurt. James Miller lost $1,320 in corn and another $2,400 in beans. The losses did not include his planting costs. Jewel Woosley had more than 400 acres under water. New Grading Cards Approved By Board In one of the quietest sessions in recent months, the Ohio County Board of Education Monday night went through a long but routine agenda. On the recommendation of Joe Davenport, principal at Wayland Alexander Elementary School, the board approved a new report card for grades one through six. According to Davenport and a committee working under him, the cards will allow for more details and a better grading scale than the ones presently being used. The new system will be employed next year. a member of Ohio came the board to the pertaining to new tennis courts at Ohio County High. Schroader said the courts will be part of a paving program at the school and will be paid for out of coal severance tax money. The board accepted the resignation of Stephen Kim Hope, Central Park, and elected Charles Allen to a bus- driving position in the Rockport- Centertown area. Approval was given for Group I textbook adoptions for i975-1980 and the board named the Louisville firm of Johnsoton-Brown.Burnett and as for the On 20 On 20 Co On 20