48 YEARS AGO
JANUARY 29, 1970
Pulaski Teachers Could Walk Out
The Pulaski County Education Association voted to support the Kentucky Education Association in any endeavor to pass the legislative program supported by the KEA.
This means that teachers will, if necessary, walk out of the classroom to force the General Assembly to take action for their cause.
Talking with a reporter of the Commonwealth-Journal, an association members remarked that "it's a shame that teachers have to take such steps to make a decent wage."
He said he went to school to qualify himself to teach and then "worked all his life for nothing."
He predicted that young people entering the profession today and not going to stand still for the same conditions endured by teachers during past generations.
Can Spring Be Far Away? By Bill Mardis
Spring shore can't be far off, friends, because the March lilies and busting through the ground.
Mrs. John H. Wells, Route 6, Somerset, sent me a big, fat envelope that contained a March lily bulb, with a big, long sprout on it. And then to top it all off, the envelope contained a bag filled smack-dab full of live ladybugs.
I bet there's 50 or 60 of the pretty little girl bugs crawling around just as lively as you please in there.
Mrs. Wells wrote that, "I know one thing for sure, the colder the weather is, the more of the bugs there are on warm days around you flowers and shrubs."
Speaking of the lightning and thunder early this morning, Mrs. Wells reminded us that the first time it thunders in February, it will frost on the same day in May. I'm gonna count the times it thunders next month and see if it works out that way.
Boy, it was bad out this morning, the wind almost blew my old news flivver off the road as I came into work.
The boys up at radio station WSFC recorded wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour during the storm. It twisted television antennae and knocked out some window panes, particularly in the Nancy and Ruth Road areas, a local insurance firm said.
Library Notes by Mrs. Mabel Pitts
When parents ask about their children's reading, they almost invariably ask, "what can we do to help?"
The answer depends upon you and your child, but you can be sure that you have tremendous potential influence.
Every time you read aloud to the child or let them flip through a picture book, they see that you are interested in reading. When you visit the library or invite him to tell about library books he has borrowed, he knows that reading is important to you.
Here are some recommendations of books that we have available: Flying Saucers - Serious Business by Frank Edwards, find out the truth about strange objects flying in the sky.
Mysterious Fires and Lights by Vincent H. Gaddis, the latest theories to explain them and Beyond the Reach of Sense by Rosalind Heywood which is an inquiry into extra-sensory perception.
Somer-Sets to Sponsor Supper Dance
The Somer-Sets Square Dance Club held a regular scheduled dance Saturday night in the club rooms on West Market Street.
Ten squares dances to the calls of Aaron Tipton of Knoxville, Tenn.
The Somer-Sets will sponsor a covered dish supper and special dance next Saturday night at their club rooms. Each member is asked to bring two covered dishes.
Two from Pulaski Perform with All-State Band
Two students from Pulaski County performed as members of the Kentucky High School All-State Band at Western Kentucky University last Saturday.
The concert of the 150-member band climaxed the three-day annual convention of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.
The two local students were Pam Shepherd and Beverly Kidd, B-flat soprano clarinets, from Somerset High School under the direction of Douglas Van Fleet.
Miss Nichols has Shower
Mrs. Bill Whitis and Mrs. Gary Colver hosted a shower Friday in the Community Room of the First and Farmers National Bank honoring the bride-elect Miss Faye Nichols.
Miss Nichols and Mr. James H. Fisher, Jr., will be married Feb. 14 at Somerset United Methodist Church.
The Tuesday Luncheon Bridge Club met at the Holiday Motel Restaurant Jan. 27. At the conclusion of the bridge game, score prizes were given to Mrs. Ben L. Adkins, Mrs. Ernest Sears and Mrs. J. P. Todd.
Garden Club Bird Sightings
The monthly meeting of the Somerset Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. C. Reid Wilson on North Maple Street Tuesday morning.
After the pledge to the flag was given and the reading of the club collect, Mrs. George W. Green, Jr., called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered by each member reporting the unusual birds seen in their yards.
Mrs. Howard Kaurish gave an informative and interesting program about birds indigenous to this area.
Coomer Takes Ohio Position
Glenn Allen Coomer graduated from the School of Respiratory Therapy at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in December.
He has accepted a position as Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at Timken Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio.
Mr. Coomer, a native of Somerset, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Coomer of Somerset.
World's Fastest Human to Try NFL
Controversial sprinter John Carlos, the world's fastest human, will seek a whopping four-year pro football contract totaling between $600,000 and $1 million although he has never played organized football.
"He's going to be some drawing card, his drawing power is fabulous," said Robert "Pappy" Gault after the 24-year old became a 15th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles who will try him at receiver.
Cliff Gasper, who was shot by a teammate during the season was one of nine players taken from little Grambling College and later in the same round, Minnesota took wide receiver Bruce Cerone of Emporia State, the top pass catcher in NAIA history.
SCC Entertains Sullivan
The Somerset Community College Cougars will entertain the talented cagers of Sullivan Business College tonight at the National Guard Armory.
Sullivan has ruled as champion of the National Little College Athletic Association the last three seasons. The Louisville business school was victim of Somerset last season, but went on to post a 29-4 record en route to the crown.
Sullivan will be the Cougars' tallest opponent of the season with a pair of 6-2 guards leading the charge. And the front wall is built around 6'4 Robert Unseld and his running mates, including a 6-9 freshman and 6-5 sophomore.
Have a cup of coffee on Tuesday, Feb. 3 for "Heart." It may save your life.
Somerset restaurants and coffee shops are cooperating with the Pulaski County Heart Association by donating money received for sales of coffee on this special day.
Serving as Heart Sunday chairmen are: Mrs. Mary Auxier Hale, Burnside; Mrs. Virginia Greer, Eubank; Mrs. Mae Barlow, Nancy; Mrs. Bob Foster, Science Hill; and Mrs. Glenn Broyles, Mrs. William Clark and John Godby in Somerset.
News from Feb. 24, 1921 - 98 Years Ago
Death Claims Love
Joe M. Love, son of the late John C. Love, died last Sunday, February 20. He was 54 years old and leaves a wife and three children. He had been married five times.
Mr. Love went with Somerset Company I, 1st Ky. Div., in 1808 to Porto Rico during the Spanish-American War and planted a flag at a small town on foreign soil during one of the skirmishes of the conflict. He spent five of six months with the American troops during this period of hostilities.
The deceased was formerly employed at the Ferguson Shops and was liked by all his co-workers and a host of acquaintances and friends in and around Somerset.
Everyone within a 25-mile radius of Somerset sent in a name for my store it seems, and I hope one and all of you find time to visit my store, now called the "Red Star."
I would like to meet each of you, because the judges of the contest had hundreds of good names to select from and gave me a name that I am proud of.
I am only sorry that you all could not win a prize.
Our spring good are coming in every day now. Men's boys' pretty suits will be here in a few days. Ladies' dresses, pretty waists, skirts and wash skirts, Polly-Anna house dresses and those pretty silk waists that we are selling at $1.98.
I wish to publicly thank the judges, J. H. Denney, John Catron and Judge James Denton, for they labored hard with those hundreds of names.
Hoping we become better acquainted, I am, truly yours. - J. D. Denney
Four Wounded in Pistol Duel
Another serious shooting occurred at a sale near Bernetta, in western part of the county last Saturday, when it is reported that Bird Woods shot James Pierce through the heart, killing him instantly.
Bird Woods and his brother Virgil, from the best information obtained, met James Pierce and his two brothers, Hugh and Grover, and after that Bird had killed James Pierce.
Hugh Pierce, after witnessing the killing rushed in to pick up his brother and the supposition is that Woods thought he was endeavoring to get the pistol from the dead man to take part in the affray whereupon Woods fired a shot into the back of his neck as he was stooping over his brother.
Grover, the other brother, then rushed into the scene, and in the affray between him and Woods he received a shot in the arm and Wood was shot through the nose. A late report is that the wounded men are still alive and will probably recover.
The fight came up as the renewal of bad feelings which had existed between the Woods boys and Pierce boys for some time.
Sheriff J. M. Weddle and Prohibition Enforcement Officers Chas. Winfrey, John Bash and Silas West captured another one of Pulaski's moonshine stills near Fishing Creek, 6 miles west of Somerset, Monday night. The officers lay in waiting all night, watching for the operators of the still.
Found was three barrels containing 150 gallons of beer, two washing tubs used for the still and a lard can for the still cap. Chester Yanders was arrested and he gave bond Tuesday morning.
Faces From The Past
Kathe Gastineau. "Joins radio" is written on back of undated photo.
James Cothran, candidate for magistrate from the 4th District in 1993. He and the former Gertrude Taylor of Squib have four children. Leasing agent and road maintenance
supervisor for Ikerd & Bandy Coal Company. Deacon at Line Creek Baptist Church.
Charles C. Adams in 1979
Cecil Helton, candidate for mayor of Burnside in 1993
Barbara Fulcher Reynolds in 1996