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THE OHIO COUNTY Your Pkhlre Newsp@er HARTFORD, KENTUCKY, MAY 25, 1967 r- 10 FordsvJlle Class Night "The Past is Forever Gone...The Future is Still Our Own" was the class motto of the grad- uating class of Fordsvllle ttigh School. The Fordsville Class Night was held Monday, May 22nd. Following an entertaining p r o g r a m presented by the seniors, Mr. Midkiff, principal of Fordsville High School, gave a short talk. Mr. Midkiff congratulated and praised the seniors. There was much sincer- ity in Midkiff's words as he presented awards to the outstanding seniors. The HomeEconomics a- ward was given to Shir- ley Seaton. Johnnie Dec- ker was selected for the tlistory award. Dianne l|obbs received the Typ- ing and English awards. James Smith, Forrest Spurrler, and Sherwood Kirk received the Phy- sics, Chemistry and Math a w a r d s respectively. Charlene Pogue received awards in the fields of Psychology and Biology. J he Shorthand award was presented to Gwen David- son, and Joseph Berkley received the Agriculture award. Bill Freer re- ceived several awards in- cluding Most Valuable Player of the Year and Miller-SchapmJre Funeral Home, Inc. i Air Conditioned Oxygen Equtpped Danny 24-Hour Ambulance Service D.. Hartford, Kentucky Phone, 298 3201 Best Free I hrow Shooter. The Principal's Award for the most outstanding Fordsville Graduate was the highlight of the even- lng. The award is pre- sented to the student who has shown sincerity, co- operation, desire to learn, and character throughout his or her high school career. Delorls Ann Baker received the award. ii!ii! ill i:i< .... Rough River Grant Approved A grant of 5402,400 to continue development of a state park and tourist complex at Rough River Reservior has been ap- proved. I he Economic Development Adminis- tration at Washington an- nounced the decision last week. The grant was reques- ted by the Kentucky De- partment of Parks which is working at the reser- voir. Another 5100,600 will be added t h e EDA grant by the Kentucky Parks Department. The total amount of new cash for the park will be $503,- 000. Plans are to use the funds to expand a water distribution system, build a sports center, fishing pier and stable, develop bridle paths and foot trails, and build an air- port administration bull- ding and a golf course. After the project is completed EDA said that 26 year-round jobs will be placed in the area. *Kitchen phones. For the busiest room in the house...the wall phone. In white. Pink. Yellow. Or beige. To go with any decor. To make the day a little less hectic. What else that costs so little gives you so much value? Mer Jean Bell receives a Florida from TICHENOR "Free" three day vacation to CHEV, OLDS, & BUICK, INC. Southern Bell TICHENOR CHEV, OLDS & BUICK, INC. 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This is Bill and Bessie Forbs' trailer, where they lived this .... winter. How Far Can [Oll St)~;tch I!007 , ~_] ,, by Bonnie Lee Burk ,You know there just lhey will spend the sum- sie can claim social sec- ain t no place like home mer months in a four urity. Both seem to be In now is there? You know room tenant house dona- fairly good physical that now don't ya'?" ted by Walter Maden. health, but neither could "Yes, Bessie, I'll have to agree with you home's a wonderful place." "See me and one of my husbands we moved back and forth from Louisville. He was the night watch- man there, don't ya' know. And I always told him there ain't nothing like being here, at home. ! didn't like Louisville. I don't like that other place neither. I don't want ne- ver to go back there. We got us a home here, now.' ' "Are you happy here, Bessie?" "Oh, yeah, we done like it here." Bessie Forbs Is In her early fifties. Nearly 15 of those years were spent in Western State Hospital. Now she lives with her Their furniture con- sists of a couple of old beds, a table, a radio donated by a neighbor and a stove with four bur- ners and no oven. Bill earns about $200 a year by helping Frank Maden tend his tobacco crop. Maden lets Bill and Bessie have a piece of the tobacco field to work for their own crop. How- ever, Maden does most of the actual work him- self. The $200 is used to cover Bessie and Bill's electricity and gas bills. Frank Maden has helped them manage their money and says that no matter how you try $200 doesn't stretch very far over a year. husband, 52 year old Bill When Bill can get work Forbs, on a piece of land he does odd jobs at farm- donated by Walter But the Forbs' neigh- "That other place," bors say that "Bill can't which Bessie refers to get jobs very often, be- constantly is Western cause he just doesn't know State Hospital. She has a how to work. You got to terrifying fear of beingstay right with him or he taken back to the hospital is liable to do something and will not let a stran- foolish and hurthimself." hold down a permanent job. Medical reports on Bessie state: "It seems that this wo- man was functioning on a low level of intelligence all of her life and, there- fore, periodically her judgement was poor and her ability to adjust to new situations was Inade- quate. The following diag- nosis is determined: Mental deficiency, idio- pathetic, moderate with neurotic reaction." "Mrs. Forbs was slow and easily distracted. Mrs. Forbs achieved a verbal score of 72, a per- formance score of 71, with a total I.Q. of 70... typical of a retarded in- dividual." Yet despite Bill and Bessie's situation they have not been able to re- ceive a PublicAssistance grant. Or as Bessie says, "How come we can't get no welfare check?" A public hearing was called April 14th under ger see her untllBlll has Old Bill did odd jobs, the direction of the De: assured her it is alrlght, off and on, for one neigh- partment of Economic Se Then she will poke her bor for about four years,curry, division of Public head round the corner of"When you're right with Assistance to see if any-" the house to make one Bill to show and tell himthing could be done for final cautious inspection everything to do he does and walk slowly from her fairly well. Otherwise if hiding place, you're not with him, he'll Bill and Bessie arewhat do it first one way and you could call newly weds. then another. He just can't They were married last put his mindonhiswork." July. "We knowed each other about one hour. Mr. How do the Forbs live Evans he done wanted me to get married and he off $200 a year? That's a good question met me to Bill and we decided to get married, and the answer is, they We lived together for don't. The Forbs have a about a month till black- small garden and a lot berry picking )tlme and of good neighbors that we'd saved enough money keep Bill andBesslefrom from picking for a mar- starving. During the past riage license. That was July." Bessie had worked for a Mr. Evans, doing the family laundry and iron- year they have claimed surplus commodity from the county. They have of- ten hitchhiked and walked the nine miles to Hart- tng. When Mrs. Evans ford to pick up the sur- died, Mr. Evans wouldn'tplus food. However, Judge Chap- keep Bessie and decided man, who sympathizes it was time for her to with the Forbs' needs, have another husband. Sohas told their committee- a man hunt was started and Bill Forbs, a bache- lor, was selected. In the winter Bessie and Bill live in Bill's old mouse infested trailer. man Hugh Duke that the county cannot continue to support Bill and Bessie. The commodity must soon stop. Neither Blll nor Bes- Bill and Bessie. However, Lawrence L. Vance of Frankfort, the referee, c o n c I u d e d: "Mrs. Forbs due to re- tardation is limited In the type of work she could perform; however, the present medical findings and facts do not establish permanent and total dis- ability within the public assistance definition." So the Forbs are "in- eligible to receive a Pub- lic Assistance grant, at this time." Still Bill and Bessie are left to depend on the people who live around them. The people like the Owen Taylor family, Frank and Waiter Maden, Raymond Browns, Hugh Duke and others will be forced to keep Bill and Bessie from starving and under shelter. Out of the goodness of their hearts they will have to spend money and donate food, clothing and time to Bill and Bessie.