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July 3, 1975

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OHIO COUNTY'S NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER 38 THE OHIO COUNTY Your Picture Newspaper THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES IS THE ONLY NEWSPAPER COMPLETELY CWNED, EDITED AND PUBLISHED IN OHIO,COUNTY i Hartford. and Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Thursday, July 3, 1975 i = ........ 20 Pages - 10 Cents ff Installed New County erintendent i!! i!i iii: A. H. Freer fdolT investigation will Mine morning accident at Company's Ken Mine Dam resulted in the Madisonville a mine electrician, Other workers around 8 cable attached to near the opening of ing to Ohio County an. one area of the high- Was without insulation. of death at 7:45 a.m. the Federal Mining and Safety Ad- Peabody Coal Corn- Department started an .=stigation which y. The mine inspection. in McCreary a member of the y Baptist He was a member of 420 of Free and Grace Order of the Eastern Reathel Goff was formally installed = as superintendent of the Ohio County ..... school system Tuesday morning during a special meeting of the Ohio County Board of Education. J. Woodrow Park, the system's boss through midnight Monday, was ..... noticeable by his absence. The installation, for the time being, ended a long hassle sparked by the board's refusal to renew Park's contract for another year. A citizens group, headed by the Rev. William Holladay, lined up behind the deposed superintendent shortly after it was learned Park would not be re-hired. A. H. Freer, a resident of Fordsville and a former educator, is counted among the Park supporters and was at Tuesday's meeting to serve notice the battle might not be over. =! , In his distinct oratorical style, : : Freer told Goff the investigation into the new superintendent's past is being continued and the probe could possibly produce some adverse publicity. "I have some questions in mind and they will come out in the future," Freer said following an invitation for questions by Goff. Golf's last school administrative position was in Orange County, In- diana where he served as principal of Paoli High School. He was indicted by the Orange County grand jury in a case growing out of the purchase of a backhoe but was cleared of the charges after it was determined that information vital to his defense was withheld during the investigation. According to a story appearing in an April, 1974 issue of the Bedford, Indiana Daily Times-Mail, "Goff was under fire for alleged misrepresen- tation in the purchase of a backhoe from Kenny's Tractor Sales in Bedford. Golf was accused of using a Paoli school's letterhead to buy the backhoe for his personal use. Because it was a (school purchase) there was a $1,800 discount and there was no state sales tax." The newspaper account further stated, "Golf was indicted by the grand jury for deceptive practices by making a false or misleading statement and for unlawful issue of a tax exemption certificate." Goff steadfastly maintained he was innocent of any wrongdoing in the transaction. A sales lip and cancelled check were submitted as evidence in his behalf. Those documents, along with others, were presented Tuesday morning following Freer's in- vestigation announcement and his wife, Winnie daughters, Mrs. % Mrs. Jerry Dam, and Mrs. four sons, Hartford, Willard Watson, both of and Willis Watson Jr., three step-sons, Beaver Dam, U.S. Navy, and Madisonville; Mrs. Sandra file; and Madisonville; a Pine Knott; 3. Evelyn Boyd and 1, both of Muncie, Waters, Dalton, held at 10 a.m. L. Danks Funeral Burial was in subsequent remarks. "The Paoli incident is the only mark against me as far as my school record is concerned and I have been cleared of those charges," Golf calmly said. Freer said some members of the citizens committee went to Paoli as part of the group's probe into the matter. "I'm saying to you in fairness that the charges should be cleared or brought out into the open," Freer said. Robert Shown, vice-chairman of the board and presiding in the absence of Fred Raley, appeared slightly irritated by Freer's presentation. "You can go back and tell your group that this board has a job to do and we're going to do it," he told Freer. After signing the contracts of- ficially naming him superintendent and secretary of the board, Goff briefly outlined his goals. He said he is looking forward to serving as superintdent, adding that it will be a challenge and that his office will maintain an open door policy. "I'm sure there are many good things going on in the county's education system and that there are areas in need of improvement," he said. He said the central office will offer programs, to meet the needs of all students in an effort to reduce the number of dropouts. In his defense, Golf said he was the only Paoli principal to serve more than two years since 1955 and received a raise every year he was there. Mrs. Dalma Tunks, president of the Ohio County Education Association, told Goff the teachers in Ohio County are "very interested" in working with him. "Education is a team effort and we intend for the staff and teachers to work together," Goff said. In answer to a reporter's question pertaining to some personnel not yet assigned for the next school year, Goff said Bruce Stewart will remain as principal at Fordsville, Earl Russell will stay on as supervisor of secondary education, W. M. Martin will keep his job as finance officer, and Mrs. Nancy Leach will be retained as the central office secretary. Park, who is now without a job for his final year before retirement, was  not assigned at Tuesday's meeting. That decision is expected to be made at Monday night's regular board Continued On Page 20 KU Customers Will Get 10 Per Cent Cut A dec'tease of almost 10 per cent in the fuel adjustment charges on the electricity its retail customers use during July, August and September was announced by Kentucky Utilities Company. This will of slightly more than 5C month for residential 650 KWH per month. The decrease to kilowatt hour from kilowatt hour reflects of the coal KU burned April and May from the its generating plants. The fule adjustment been in effect on mercial and industrial electric bills since August, 1972. but did not become a significant part of the bills until last summer reflecting the continuing large increases in the cost of coal. This is the first time the fuel ad- justment charge has dropped since January. 1973. The fuel ad ustment charge is asa of its m- The charge Reathel Goff, the new superintendent of Ohio County schools, signs contracts during Tuesday morning's special meeting of the Ohio County Board of Education. Looking on is Robert Shown who acted as chairman of the board in the absence of Fred Raley. Freer, Fordsville, was the only objector present at the meeting. BOR Grant Totaling $153,525 Approved For Proposed Park A federal grant totaling $153,525 has been approved for the proposed Ohio County recreation complex. The announcement was made this week by U.S. Senators Wendell Ford and Walter Dee Huddieston, and Congressman William Natcher. The money will be allocated through the Department of the In- terior, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. The entire project, to be con- structed on 154 acres of re-claimed stripmined land near the Ohio County Country Club, will cost more than $400,000. The county is expected to make up the difference with coal severance tax money. The area currently is being mined by the Weebro Coal Company andwill be deeded to the county by Peabody Coal Company at the conclusion of the mining operation. Weebro is expected to be out of the area in the near future and con- struction on the park could begin next spring. The complex will include a swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball court, facilities for senior citizens including shuffleboard, croquet and horse shoes, a hiking trail, picnic area, lake, riding trail, playground area, fairground area and a civic building. Fiscal Court Stamps Approval On Severance Tax Projects Ohio County Fiscal Court is ex- pected to gain approval from the Coal County Development Fund in Frank- fort for three projects totaling more than $215,000. Following a public hearing Friday night, the magistrates went in session and agreed to forward the requests to the state committee for con- sideration. A "catchall" provision in the regulations governing the spending of coal severance tax .money reportedly will result in the appro;cal of the applications. The county's applications include $150,000 for the proposed Ohio County airport, $35,000 for new bridges, and $25,000 for drainage work in Beaver Dam. Heretofore, counties receiving coal severance money were led to believe that the money could only be spent for recreation and industrial purposes. Magistrate W. E. "John" Brown made the motion to approve the ap- plications and received the backing of Magistrates V.T. Brigance, Lanie Daugherty and Judge C. B. Embry. Hugh Schroader and Earl Mattingly were not present. Chief Minton To Mark Chief Minton 2 7th Year With City Hartford Police Chief Hayward Minton has been a law enforcement officer for more than 28 years. Saturday will mark his 27th year as chief in Hartford. He has never shot to injure or kill a person and he has never been the victim of a shooting. "I've shot over the heaits of a few persons in an attempt to stop them and I've had a couple of men hold shotguns on me,'.' he said. The shotgun was knocked from the hands of one would-be assailant and the other was talked into dropping the weapon. Minton came to Hartford from Grayson County where he was born and raised. "We were making a bootleg raid one Saturday night in 1948 when a call came in for me to go to Caneyville. When I got there I was met by Hart- ford Mayor G. W. "Pete" Wallace and three councilmen," he recalls. Wallace was familiar with Minton's law enforcement ability and wanted the 32-year-old officer to come to Hartford. Minton told the men he would go if the price was right. The price was made right and Minton made the move. With . the exception of one hour Minton has been the city's chief of police since the day he took the job. He quit the job for that one hour several years ago during a strike at State Contracting and Stone Com- pany, "I was going to work for State but the council came up with more money so I stayed," he said. Minton has been much more and meant much more to the City of Hartford than just a police officer. In his "spare" time he operates a Continued On Page 20