48 YEARS AGO
MARCH 2, 1970
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The week-long teachers' strike at the Pulaski County and Science Hill School Systems has ended and the work stoppage shows signs of collapsing across the state as teachers return to their classrooms voluntarily or by court order.
Although the strike is over in the county, the some 5,500 students in Pulaski County won't return to class until tomorrow as Superintendent Raymond Combs granted the teachers' request that today be declared an in-service day with only teachers, principals and staffs attending.
The 153 students at Science Hill Elementary did not miss any school, despite six of the eight teachers in the small district joining the strike. Superintendent W. E. Moore called in substitute teachers and classes continued uninterrupted.
The six teachers who participated in the strike will not get paid for the period they were out of the classroom. "I certainly can't pay them for the days they missed because substitutes were paid in their place," said the superintendent.
Somerset's John W. Fitzwater added another honor to the long list he has already accumulated by being named one of Kentucky's three "outstanding young men."
The announcement came Saturday night in Ashland where Fitzwater - along with W. Terry McBrayer, Greenup County attorney and majority leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives and David A. Schneider, Covington attorney and conservationist - were recognized.
Fitzwater, former Commonwealth-Journal advertising manager and former president of the local Jaycee chapter, is currently Vice President of the Holland Company, an advertising and public relations firm in Louisville.
He is the son of Mrs. Martha Fitzwater, 130 Richards Court, Somerset.
At the age of 27, Fitzwater was the youngest man to serve as President of the Kentucky Jaycees, 1967-68. He is a native of Somerset and attended Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.
Service Station Damaged
Major damage was caused to the Standard Oil service station at the corner of Rosewood and South Central Avenues late Friday when fire of undetermined origin swept through the one-story building.
Somerset firemen, responding to the call at 11:41 p.m., were able to contain the blaze in the building and prevent it from spreading to gasoline storage tanks.
A passing motorist saw smoke coming from the building and reported it, when the firemen got to the building, the rear of it was engulfed in flames.
The station was operated by Doyle Hardwick.
Mr. and Mrs. George Q. Hamlin are enjoying a baby daughter in their home born to them on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1970 in Somerset City Hospital.
They have given her the name "Cynthia Quinn." She weighed 7 lbs. and 2 ½ oz. at birth.
The Army flew Mr. Hamlin home for a 30-day furlough to be with his wife and baby before returning to Vietnam.
Somerset Edged by Wayne
Last Saturday the Somerset Briar Jumper traveled to Wayne County where they were saddled with a third straight defeat, 75-66.
Not until the final minute was the game ever out of reach as the Jumpers got three big performances from a group of seniors.
John Edwards, Tom Petrey and Mike Tucker played their last regular-season contest for the Jumpers. Edwards netted 25 points, Petrey 20 and Tucker 17.
Youth "Showing Off" in Accident
Three persons received minor injuries early Thursday night when a 1964 Comet in which they were riding left the Incline Road near Sloans Valley and struck a tree.
The driver of the car, Eugene Combs, 15, of Sloans Valley, told State Trooper Paul Dodson that he was "showing off…going too fast," and the car left the gravel road in a turn and hit the tree.
Combs and his two passengers - William McKee, 16, and Christopher Land, 18, both of Sloans Valley, were treated for minor injuries and City Hospital.
Combs suffered a broken right wrist and head cuts, Land had head injuries and McKee complained of non-visible injuries.
MARCH 3, 1970
Portion of Letter to the Editor - Teachers Need Our Support
Do teachers really need to be placed on welfare and issued food stamps? The answer should be easy to obtain if people investigate Kentucky's teacher pay scale and compare it with other states of about the same resources as Kentucky possesses.
The majority of teachers chose the profession because they want to educate children, and they certainly didn't choose it thinking they were going to be rich.
The teachers are asking only for enough to have their families live comfortably and as securely as anyone else who has drive, self pride and wants to get ahead.
Whether you are a teacher, factory worker, coal miner, farmer or whatever, who would deny their family a few luxuries?
David C. Burdine, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam
Eubanks Honored on 58th
Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Eubank celebrated their fifty-eighth wedding anniversary recently at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Leslie Cook, and Mr. Cook, Route 1, Eubank.
The couple was married Jan. 21, 1912 in Eubank by the late Rev. A. K. Gooch.
They have three grandchildren, Roger, Sharon and David Cook.
Has Spring Sprung?
Mrs. David Rogers broke out her ol' fishing pole and a can of worms to try her luck yesterday in a pond near Nancy as the temperatures rose into the high 60's.
Joining her for the outing was Tinker Bell, her Siamese cat, and Ginger, the family dog.
March came in like a "lamb," a welcome respite after a long, cold winter.
Home from Florida
Miss Sadie Barnes and her brother, Mr. William J. Barnes, have returned home from a two-months stay in Ocala, Fla.
Cheerleading Has Its Ups and Downs
Young girls with aspirations of becoming cheerleaders found out Saturday that it's not all precision yelling.
Exercises in tumbling are part of the YMCA cheerleading classes that began last Saturday.
Instructors for the classes include, Brenda Leigh, Debbie Anderson, Ruth Price, Brenda Bishop, Debbie Jones, Beverly Cook, Cindy Glass and Jana Yahnig.
NEWS FROM MARCH 24, 1921
Killing in Eastern Part of County
It has been reported in Somerset that two men by the names of Rice and Mink killed a man by the name of Arthur at Clifty, in the eastern part of the county, near the Rockcastle line last Saturday.
It is said that drinking and an old grudge was the cause of the trouble. No arrests have been made at the time of this writing.
It appears that lawlessness and crime is running rampant all over the country, but Somerset has been fortunate to escape, in a sense, many of the tragedies that have been reported in other towns and cities.
That is until recently when it seems that crime has broken loose in our county. Tuesday night four residences in Somerset were entered at burglars and as of this writing it is not known how much loot has been carried away.
The houses entered were Elmer Hughes' residence, and the residences of Mrs. Lola Singleton, W. M. Doyle and Mrs. S. M. Catchings.
At Elmer Hughes' the burglars carried away Mr. Hughes' trousers while he was asleep. His keys being in his trouser pockets, he telephoned the police to watch his store for the burglars to come by.
Mr. Hughes eventually found his trousers and keys in a field of Mr. J. M. Richardson yesterday morning.
Mrs. Catchings said her burglar was scared away by her daughter. It seems that this was done by an organized gang as the burglary attempt was made at all the places in the same hour.
A fire alarm was turned in Tuesday afternoon and the fire department was called to the home of Dr. H. K. Fulkerson on West Columbia Street to find out that the alarm had been turned on as a result of burning trash in the stove and unusual amount of smoke from the flame.
Rev. R. D. Houston of Chaplin, Ky., will arrive Friday to conduct a revival at Sweeneys Chapel.
He will be assisted by the Pastor Rev. W. A. Wells. The public is cordially invited to attend these meetings.
Boys Stealing Chickens
It is reported that Mr. Ben Hines discovered some boys stealing chickens at his farm near town on two days this week in open daylight.
The act was quite a bold attempt by the boys who were ordered by Mr. Hines to turn the chickens loose that they had caught and tied.
Secret Wedding Announced
The secret wedding of Miss Stella May Sears and Mr. F. B. Richardson, which took place last June, has just been announced.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Sears of this city and is one of Somerset's most accomplished and refined young ladies, having graduated from Somerset High School last year. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Richardson of this city and will graduate soon from State University in Lexington.
The announcement of their wedding, which took place a year ago, comes as quite a surprise to their families as well as a host of friends.
Buried at Camp Ground
Private Milford Hines, son of Uncle Jimmie Hines, was killed in battle overseas on Nov. 11, Armistice Day. His father requested that his body be brought home for burial, which arrived here Sunday and was interred at Camp Ground.
Faces From The Past
Judy Johnson in 1992
Cecil Helton, Jr. of Sumerset Houseboats in 1997
Frank Hranicky in 1965
Wade Hughes of Hughes Department Store in downtown Somerset
Glenn Workman, owner of Tax Bytes in 1991
Nina Joplin, columnist for The Commonwealth-Journal