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OIIIO COUNTY'S NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER THE OHIO COUNTY Your Piclure Newspaper e Ohio County Times Is The Only Newspaper That Is Completely Owned, Edited, Published And Printed In Ohio County u [ |" Number 52 Hartford and Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Thursday, September 27, 1973 20 Pages - 10 Cents i i p 0 County Teachers Quit KEY1 40 Ohio County dropped their mem- Kentucky Education and more might follow. to the situation claim COme from accusations KEA ranging from a near total disregard educational process. :chords of discontent were five years ago when a rule was established requiring Ohio County Education Association members also to hold memberships in the KEA and the National Education Association. Many younger Ohio County teachers were against the compulsory three-organization membership rule when it came up for a vote and, ac- cording to one high-ranking school official , "have been trapped into it." Shelby Forsythe, principal at Ohio County High, is one of those who have dropped their memberships. "I don't think it's right to force a member to belong to all three or none," he said. The outspoken Forsythe said he thinks the KEA leadership value with the Kentucky Legislature has slipped. Defending the obvious needs of students in this area and throughout the state, Forsythe said, "all of the KEA meetings turned into grievance discussions instead of being con- structive and innovative. We should have been worrying about doing something for the children." Forsythe and other KEA dropouts also are disturbed about UNISERV, an offspring of the OCEA-KEA-NEA mandatory membership move. Ken Campbell, Bowling Green, is the UNISERV representative in the KEA's Third District and has drawn verbal fire from both the county's teaching ranks and Ohio County Board of Education members. Campbell was present at the recent heated meeting between the school board and parents disturbed over the new dress code and was told by at least two board members that "he had no business at the meeting." Campbell justified his presence by telling the board he was representing two teachers who had youngsters involved in the dress code dispute. Campbell reportedly was hired to handle teacher grievances in the Third Disctrict and many teachers feel he was out of his domain when he showed up at the meeting. Forsythe is unhappy because Continued on page 6 Held County Woman First by first experience with a and I hope it never again,,, Mrs. Dorothy id. wife of Ohio County pal Earl Russell, he tellers window at the last Wednesday a man entered and fill a sack with cash just inside the win- on a federal warrant for was Jerry Joseph af Owensboro. held in the Daviess on a $50,000 corporate and his preliminary SCheduled today in U.S. Court in Owensboro. at Mr. Magan for he said nothing and did Mrs. Russell recalled. Magan, the bank's and cashier, office with a customer SUspect entered the bank. or did nothing not want to get Magan said. executive said his instructed to conform of would-be robbers in down the pessiblity of POssible death. said she was not but "shook a little all over. a sack under and demanded she "fill it Understand him at first to repeat what he had id. his demand and obeyed. A total of $1.620 In the sack. The total been $1,625 but Mrs. slightly nervous con- a five dollar bill on the said the man held one POcket in a manner in- Was carrying a gun. nor any of the other the bank actually saw a officers said there the man actually'had said she hR the alarm the man walked out and a nearby grocery by giving chase car which also con- was able to inform of the direction in which arrested by officials of of Investigation, Sheriff's Depart- State Police Knottsviile in Daviess arrest came about four  1:05 p.m. holdup. All of recovered. :e Detective Chester has served .time Mrs. Arrena Simpson in mining togs. "Functional Illiterates" Abountl In County How many people in Ohio County would be unable to qualify for the following job because they lack the normal reading and writing skills? (eneral office worker, bright, good at figures. Excellent opportunity for advancentent. Write fully, stating education, experience etc to ...... The vast majority of local people would be quite capable of doing work of this kind because they have had adequate training They live in an area where the level of education has been on the rise in recent years. The median amount of schooling being attained locally, according to the latest Department of Commerce statistics, is 8.8 years, as compared with the 1960 median of 8.3 years. There still remain, however, a sizeable number of local residents who have reached adult age without having acquired sufficient proficiency in reading, writing and arithmetic to hold down the ad- vertised job. There are 197, the government figures show. who have had no schooling at all or who have gone for less than one year. Some 880 have reached adulthood with a background of only one to four years of schooling and another 1.680 with five to seven years. Those who cannot read or write at all are called totally illiterate. Others. for whom books, newspapers, welfare forms, license applications and the like are unfathomable mysteries. are designated "'functional illiterates." The Department of Health. Education,and Welfare. in a recent statement, declared that there are 19 million adult Americans who are totally or functionally illiterate and another 7 million elementary and secondary students who have severe reading problems. A national effort is being made, under a Right to Read program aided by Federal funds, toward correcting Continued On page 20 In Underground Mine? By Janice Francis Times Staff Writer At 3:00 p.m. Monday a new un- derground miner began work at the Alston No. 4 mine on Highway 85 near Centertown. Coveralls, steel-toed shoes, miner's belt and battery powered light comprised the outfit. Nothing so unusual about that, except that this time they were not on a man, but a 42 year-old woman. Mrs. Arrena Simpson, McHenry, may possibly be the first woman miner to go underground in the state - a fact hard to substantiate due to the large" number of small and non-union mines in the State. She is the first woman to work underground out of the Madisonville Office of Peabody Coal. After three and one-half hours of what Mrs. Simpson calls "playing follow the leader" and her husband terms "playing games," Mrs. Simp- son walked out of the mine without ever having gone to work in the proper "I think they were just trying to see how far I would go," said Mrs. Simpson. "They walked me around in low coal for three and one-half hours. Several times we passed places we had already been. I think they were just trying to wear me out before I ever went to work." Mrs. Simspon, the mother of 13 children, is 5'2" and weighs 190 lb. During her orientation Monday she was conducted through entries 42-48" high. "I knew I would be working in low coal, but I understood I would go right to work as a laborer, or tim- bering, or shoveling coal on the belt," said Mrs. Simpson. "You can work on your knees but you can't walk on your knees and with my weight, I didn't feel like I could hold out any longer." Gene Sharp, general superin- tendent of Alston No. 3 and No. 4 mines disputes Mrs. Simpson's contention that officials tried to "wear her down." "That's a bunch of bull," said Sharp. "She's blowed the whole thing out of proportion. We show each new employee the escape routes. To take an extra precaution we had a health and safety officer go down with her instead of a regular foreman." Joe Parks. Health and Safety Of- ficer who conducted Mrs. Simpson through the mine stated that for some reason she missed the safety orientation meeting at Central City where new employees receive an outline on mine and safety proceedures. "The only reason I went with Mrs. Simpson was to be on the safe side," said Parks. "I wanted to familiarize her with the mine and make her feel at ease. If one isn't at ease and feels insecure, that's just asking for an accident." Parks notes that ordinarily a new employee would be shown the mine layout in about 15-30 minutes, but rejects the idea that Mrs. Simpson was walked for three and one-half hours. "I discussed safety proceedures with her outside the mine until 4:15, just like I would with anyone else," he said. This is not the first time Mrs. Simpson has worked underground. When she was 15 she helped, her brother-in-law in a country mine at Renfrow, Ky. There she helped shoot the coal, hand load the carts, push them out of the mine and dump them. She worked there one year. Willard Simpson disapproved of the idea of his wife going underground, but also feels she received unequal treatment on her first shift. "A man would have to be a fool to want his wife to go underground," he said. "I've worked underground. Many men have been killed un- derground and there will be men killed at the mine where Arrena was Monday. That's a bad mine. "But I do feel they should have met her halfway. If they had put her to work with a laborer with common sense she could have made it for a full shift. I couldn't have walked in low coal like that for three hours. Both Mr. and Mrs. Simpson believe there is more connected to Arrena's first day underground than just the fact that she was a woman breaking into what is traditionally a man's domain. Willard Simpson worked at Ken Underground No. 4 Mine from Nov. 1968 until he sustained an injured back Dec. 29, 1970. He has been awarded 100 percent disability by the Workmen's Compensation Board but a court case with company insurance is still in litigation. Four of Simpson's sons have ap- plied for work, and never been hired. Simpson contends that the last of January. one son, Michael Joe, asked for work at a county a mine and was told they weren't needing help. Later Continued on page 6 Band Festival, Square Dance Top Activities An old-fashioned square dance and the Ohio County Band Festival will highlight two days of festivities in downtown Hartford .on Friday and Saturday. The square dance will begin at 8 p.m. Friday on the Courthouse square with "The Five Stars" providing the music. The Band features Shelby "Tex" Atchinson, the left-handed fiddling star who has performed with many of the top country and western groups. Boots Faught of Hartforc will be on the drums. Boots claims to be one of the oldest active musicians in West Kentucky. He was been in the business more than 50 years. The dance will be called by Goeble Moore. The dance ':is sponsored by the Hartford Jaycees. The band fes"tival will be staged at 4 p.m. Saturday. Fifteen area high school bands will participate in the event. Joh n Kava na ugh To Get NA CAA Award John M. Kavanaugh, County Ex- tension Agent for Agriculture in Ohio County. has been named to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents tNACAA). He will receive the award October 4 at a banquet concluding the 58th annual meeting of the NACAA in Baltimore, 5Id. The award is in recognition of Kavanaugh's accomplishments in Extension work since coming to Ohio County in 1965. Kavanaugh has worked to promote greater production of corn and soybeans, forage crops and beef cattle in the county. In 1965, county grain producers were raising only 15,000 acres of corn and 15,800 acres of soybeans. In cooperation with the University of Kentucky and county committees, Kavanaugh set up test plots to compare different varieties, fertilizer rates and practices, insect and weed control treatments, and plant populations for corn and soybeans. He helped establish a Corn Field Day in 1966 so farmers could view the results of the treatments used in the test plots, and this has become an annual event. He has also held meetings and used newspapers and radio to present the plot results to county farmers. His work has been a Continued on page 6 John M. Kavanaugh