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01110 COUNTY&apos;S NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER THE OHIO COUNTY Your Picture Newspaper Ohio Number 2 County Times Is The Only Newspaper That Is Completely Owned, Edited, Published And Printed In Ohio County Hartford and Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Thursday, October 1, October 11, 1973 ai Iv i II II 20 Pates. 10 Cents ducation Pitfalls In County NOTE: The past two Ohio County limes have dealing with groups or supporting the Ken- Association. This with the aid of local looks into Ohio County's with special critical areas of need. By Dave McBride Editor this paper," the teacher was written by a high and a smart third have done better." in question was, in fact, a of eleventh grade was unreadable, in- and unhealthy .... from the standpoint that has no place in that Unhealthy from the stand- point that his presence is detrimental to students with far greater learning abilities. Some teachers in the system feel their teaching capabilities are hin- dered by students who in no way conform with the grade levels in which they are placed. "These students require more special attention than we have time to administer," one secondary teacher explained. Why do such situations exist and who is to blame for their existance? There are real answers to these real problems but those questioned hesitated to point a direct finger. All readily admitted there is a vital link missing in the county's educational chain. One ranking administrator at Ohio County High placed part of the blame on state laws, part on teacher inex- perience, and part on passive at- titudes of students.., especially those students in the all-important lower grades. He explained his viewpoints in this manner: "The majority of our teachers are dedicated to their profession and to the welfare of their students. Their efforts,however, are handicapped by an overload of students in the lower grades. "When a teacher is burdened with more students than he can handle, he automatically is limited in the amount of individual instruction oftentimes needed. "It is this limitation that .often results in a youngster slipping into a passive state. "Take for instance, a .youngster who fails to grasp an important part of a given class. Instead of asking for immediate help he will simply let the loss slide past. "The following day the youngster will miss another vital segment of the class because of having missed out on the previous day. This continues and the passive state sets in. "Mind you, the youngster is a good boy and he never gives anybody trouble. He is in class every day but ' he is not learning." By the end of the school year, ac- cording to the administrator, the teacher has developed pity for the "poor little fellow" and passes him to the next grade. Thus, the youngster's educational process is thrown into reverse and he is headed on a course of ignorance. This one factual example possibly accounts for the fact that Ohio County High, today, has 120 freshman students who cannot read on a sixth grade level. The problem, not uncommon in many other school systems throughout the state, brought on additional headaches. One of those headaches came in the form of a law passed by the Kentucky Legislature requiringamandatory reading class for freshman students who cannot read on a sixth grade level. As a result, the 120 freshman at Ohio County High, because of the mandatory reading, will miss out on their basic English courses and will be passed into the tenth grade with- out thosebasics. Also, the school is faced with theproblemof not having adaquate instuctors for the reading class. "We have one of our most dedicated teachers assigned to the reading classes but we know and she knows that she is not qualified to handle the job," the administrator said. The teacher in question does not hold a degree since she entered the profession before teaching degrees became a requirement. Another instructor, concerned about a particular student, asked the youngster if he received any help at home. "My daddy ain't no smarter than me," the boy replied. Still another high school instructor asked his class to list a number of nature's elements. One student miserably failed the assignment. Elements, apparently, were as foreign to the youngster as an "A" would be on his report card. The instructor called the student aside for a the purpose of giving him (continued on page 20) IFat,00r System w In Operation Rough River Water went into operation the installation of the meter. with 226 customers, Dundee, Sunnydale, rings, Narrows and The near corn- means that only the of Horse Branch and without public water in :meter was installed at the hCharles Price on Ky. 69. contains 27 miles of With water supplied by Water District at system also has a station and a 100,000 tank located off Ky. 69 Road. facilities are being in- stalled by the Cobell Construction Half of the project was financed Company of Henderson and the by the Farmers Home Ad- Turner Engineering Company out of ministration, with the remaining half Nashville. coming in the form of a federal grant. Planned Park .... Could Come Sooner Approximately one-fourth of the 155-acre tract of strip-mined land earmarked for a new county park could be ready for development as early as next summer. The property is located two miles east of Hartford on Ky. 69 near the Ohio County Club. Weebro Coal Company engineers i!iiiiii!iiiiii!!!!iii!!Tiiii!i!:iiii ::: left, Ohio County sanitation officer, gives his okay for instal- first meter on the new Rough River Water System that will and the surrounding area. With Himes are Virgil Somers, at with the Cobell Construction Company, builder of and Herschel Rickets, a representative with the Turner Engin- from Nashville. The first meter was set at Dr. Charles Price's 69. informed County Attorney Frank Martin, spokesman for the park board, that all coal will be taken from the land within .18 to 24 months and that one-fourth of the property could be ready for development next summer. Weebro, in 1972, entered into an agreement with the county whereby the property, owned by the Peabody Coal Company, will be deeded to the county at the conclusion of mining operations. Martin said the schedule provided by the coal firm is in line with the board's schedule. The starting date tentatively was set for 1974, giving the Unfortunately, the telephoto lens on the camera from within The Times office could not pick up the conversation between Hartford Mayor Charles Ellis and Hayward Spinks, his November opponent in the city election. They could have been discussing the playoffs between the Mets and the Reds, but, it's doubtful. County Misses Big Check Ohio County did not receive its federal revenue sharing check on schedule but what could poibly come later will be better than the original amount. County Attorney Frank Martin said revisions in the county's 1973-74 budget necessitated filing anew report and that report could not be compiled in time to meet the government's schedule. i Martin, however, is not worried. He said the county now has more than $I00,000 of revenue sharing money in a savings account and that "we're in good shape." Ohio County originally was to have received $62,177 in its first handout of thefiscalyear from the government and the report, now bein compiled, could mean an increase in sharing funds. Martin did not know what the increase would be. Two other county communities, Fordsville and Rockport also did not get their checks on schedule. Ford- sville was to get $675 and Rockport was in line for $152. board time for planning andconsul- ration. Ohio County'00 Growth Assets B lltin .... U e ,'ice President SpiroAgnew Documented In New Study announced his resignation from r office at 2 p.m. <EST) Wed- nesdav. Shorth" before the announcement, .gnew entered 'The new brochure, Industrial was $2,229, an increase of 75 percent educational institutions within a 60- i a plea of guilty in Federal Court Resources Beaver Dam and llartford, of 1960. However, the Ohio County's mile radius of the Beaver Dam and to one count of income tax will be the first facts seen by most per capita income is 28 percent lower Hartford area which includes three evasion, industrialists showing an interest in than Kentucky s and increased at a universities, two senior colleges, and the Beaver Dam and Hartford area," slower rate during the last decade, two community colleges. Two said Kentucky Commissioner of Overall manufacturing em- vocational schools, offering a total of 2 Commerce, Damon W. Harrison. p loyment in Ohio County has in- 27 courses, are located in Owensboro. " /t one Harrison was commenting on a creased a strong 359 percent since 4. A fine recreational and en- : publication which is a cooperative 1962with largest gains occuring in the tertainment location with proximity : effort by the Department of Corn- apparel, leather and electric to twostate parks, Rough River Dam oe'- City ofmerce and the Ohio County Chambercommerce. machinerYindustries industrieS.products areMajrapparel,in" Owensboro.State Resort Park, as well as "Ohio County's assets for economic bituminous concrete, leather and 5. Beaver Dam has two industrial !: growth are well documented in this vinyl gloves, lighting fixtures and sites, of 9 and 95 acres and Hartford  1Vants To survev." Harrison continued.. "This plastic coatedmetallicproducts, one site of 35 acres. Thesesit, have 38 page document includes basic facts The potential for growth in the some limitations for industrial use, but about industrial sites, population, Beaver Dam and Hartford areas but the Kentucky Department of :i: employment, income, labor supply, during the 1970 is excellent based on Commerce is working with local : : The small community of Rosine, education, transportation, power and the area's resources. Some major industrial development leaders to apparently enlivened by the recent fuel, local government, health, resources for growth include: improve the industrial site situation. successes of its Bluegrass Festival community livability, agriculture, 1. A growing supply of available and centennial celebration, is seeking natural resources, climate and workers in the Beaver Dam and "This survey is a basic inventory of re-incorporation as a sixth class city. history." Hartford area (Ohio and its seven the assets that Beaver Darn and According to Wendell Allen, ttartford had a 1970 populationof adjoining counties.) Hartfordhaveto work with and also Rosine's charter of incorporation, as 1.868. Beaver Dam had a 1970 2. Good transportation capability indicates where inadequacies exist," : passed by the Kentucky Legislature, population of 2,622. Ohio County, the with rail and trucking service as well Harrison pointed out. "Our staff is is on file in Frankfort and legal fifth largest county in Kentucky as commmercial air facilities at available to help improve the local counsel for the community is geographically, had a population of Ownsboro, 25 miles from Beaver economic development program." proceeding toward the re-instatement 18,790. In the decade of the 60's, Ohio Dam. The Western Kentucky Park- "We should all keep in mind that a of the charter. County's population grew by 6 per- way and the Green River Parkway growing Kentucky is a must if we are : In theevent the re-instatement does cent, the first growth since 1900 when interchanges are less than 5 miles to count on having a growing Beaver the population peaked at 27,287. Per south of Beaver Dam. (continued on page 20) capita income in Ohio County in 1970 3. Easy access to a variety of (continued on page 20}