49 YEARS AGO
MARCH 31, 1970
The brilliant, long-tailed "star," now visible in the eastern sky before sunup is a comet, according to Dr. Robert Stokes, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kentucky.
The comet, named after its discoverer, J. C. Bennett, a South African amateur astronomer, should be visible to the unaided eye for another week to 10 days, Dr. Stokes observed.
For the benefit of amateur astronomers, Dr. Stokes noted that the comet was in Aquarius last week; it has moved across Pegasus, and in a week or two it will be in the southeast edge of Andromeda.
Teen Dances at the Y the Goal
The sock hop controversy continued last night between the community's teenagers and city fathers and, after an hour and a half discussion, the position of each side seems to be clear.
City officials are trying to guide the young people back to the Pulaski YMCA where they feel dances can be better supervised and the city is offering police protection at the events to prevent trouble.
The teenagers are willing to give the "Y" a try as an alternative to having no dances at all, but they make no secret that they prefer to have their sock hops at the Hotel Beecher.
The issue arose when Mayor Wilson reported to City Council that complaints of drug abuse and other disorders are reaching him from the dance sites, not necessarily from inside the buildings where the sock hops are held, but in the area surrounding such events.
Baptized at Presbyterian Church
At an impressive baptismal service Easter Sunday at the regular morning worship service of the First Presbyterian Church, John Hanon Rakestraw, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Hanon Rakestraw, and William David Watkins and Mark Anderson Watkins, young sons of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Watkins, were baptized.
Using the ritual of the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Jack Wilheim officiated at the rites. He was assisted by Dr. Robert N. McLeod, who represented the elders of the church.
Mayor Gets Visit
Mayor and Mrs. Jesse W. Wilson had as their guests for the Easter weekend their granddaughter, Miss Karen Malcolm and her friend, Miss Carol Rushlow, both of Trenton, Mich.
Maine Families Meet
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Maine and children, Susan and Robert of Charlottesville, Va., spent the Easter weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Maine, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Maine's daughter, Mrs. William B. Grant and Mr. Grant of Louisville, joined the family here Sunday. The group were Sunday dinner guests at Boone Tavern, Berea.
College Students Home for Spring Break
Misses Cathy McLeod, Sally Kay Waddle, Linda Sears and John P. Hill, III, all students at Centre College, Danville are spending their spring vacations here with their parents.
Wild Game in YMCA Industrial League
The Pulaski YMCA Industrial League got underway last night and already two teams have fallen by the wayside. Last year's champion, Food Fair, beat Warner Fertilizer 84-78, while the Crane Company had an easier time, beating Kildares 94-71.
Behind the shooting of Bob Kidd and Vertress Warner, the Warner cagers held a one-point lead over Food Fair at halftime. Food Fair eventually took the lead in the third period as both teams began to pick up an excessive amount of fouls. In the last four minutes both teams lost two players each, forcing the game to finish with just six players on the court. Adding to the chaos, Warner was assessed with a technical foul in the final minute when they tried to call a sixth timeout and the teams were only allowed five.
In the second game, the Crane Company's John Jones proved to be too much for the local doctors as he ripped the nets for 32 points.
Somerset Youths Benefit from Coach Clark
The youngsters of the Somerset city school district are lucky to have the caliber of instruction that Coach William (Ebb) Clark provides for them every day. The former Somerset High School football, basketball and golf coach and Athletic Director is now supervisor of the physical program for the elementary school children in the city's four schools.
Serving in many capacities, he teaches the young people the meaning of coordination and how to build a strong body. The children of Parker, Memorial, Hopkins and the Central Elementary Schools learn all the sports and learn to play the games in the proper perspective.
During the recent District Basketball Tournaments, Coach Clark and several of his pupils demonstrated what they were learning when they put on a tumbling exhibition. The show had many adults wondering where they had learned the maneuvers and how they had mastered several of the difficult ones.
Eubank High to Present Comedy
The senior class of Eubank High School will present Hobgoblin House, a three act mystery comedy by Jay Tobias on Friday night, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
The characters are: Ricky Baugh, Diana Grabeel, Teresa Moore, Brenda Bishop, W. C. McQueen, Barry Wooton, Helen Todd, Margaret Mullins, Kay Singleton, Roger Hall and Vickie Floyd. Nancy Albright will introduce the characters.
The stage managers are Charles Wooton and Steve Smith, the costumes were designed by Barbara Lefler. The play is under the direction of Mr. Gordon Warren and Miss Mary Margaret Silvers, senior class sponsors.
Local Musicians Entertain
Choral and instrumental groups from Somerset High School entertained Rotarians and their wives last week at a ladies' night dinner at Quality Restaurant.
Under the direction of Douglas VanFleet, SHS Music Director, one of his vocal classes sang several numbers, accompanied on the piano by Beth Lackey and Janet Yahnig.
Beverly Kidd and Pam Shepherd, who played with the All-State Band in Bowling Green last fall, presented numbers on their instruments. Miss Kidd played the French horn, accompanied by Judy Ledford, and Miss Shepherd played the clarinet, accompanied on the piano by Miss Kidd.
231 New Voters
There will be 231 new voters eligible to participate in the May primary election this year. They registered to vote with County Court Clerk Marshall Davenport before the deadline Saturday at Noon.
Davenport said the 231 new voters had registered in his office since last November's general election. The books will remain closed until five days after the primary election.
A breakdown on the new registrants shows that 136 are Republicans, 87 are Democrats and eight registered as Independents.
Rules When Dancing at the Y
When sock hops are moved to the "Y," here is a selection of the rules that must be followed.
No drinking of alcoholic beverages. Teens may drink soft drinks only in the lounge and not on the dance floor. This is to protect dancers in the event of broken glass.
No suggestive dancing is allowed at any time.
No objectionable or extreme form of dress may be worn by either boys of girls. One teen complained that when mini-skirts first became popular, a girl was sent home from a YMCA sock hop to get into "more proper attire." A youth observed that no one was staring at the short-skirted lass except apparently the chaperone who sent her home.
Only boy and girl dancing partners are permitted on the dance floor. This rule triggered laughter, but officials said that boy-and-boy and girl-and-girl dance partners had been observed.
No smoking is permitted in the gymnasium.
Concerning chaperones at the dances, the teens said they don't want the "past 30" variety. They said at the Hotel Beecher off-duty officers were hired to supervise the dances and it was usually the younger officers. The youths claimed that older policemen portray a "father image" which they don't like.
Another youth observed that "parents talk too much," and theorized that they would object if a boy danced "too close" to a girl.
News from March 25, 1931 - 88 Years Ago
Moving in from Oakdale
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Goforth and children, who have been residing in Oakdale, Tenn., moved to their home Friday in South Somerset. Mr. Goforth is signal foreman for the Southern Railway.
At Training School
William E. Day, 108 Jarvis Ave., of this city, who recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy, is now at Great Lakes Training School.
Those who desire to renew their tomato contracts with the Walton Canning Co., at the new rate may do so at the office of County Agent M. F. Goff. No new contracts are being made.
Pulaski Jury Acquits Man
Si Wright, 50, was acquitted in Wayne Circuit Court Saturday of a murder charge arising from the slaying of Oscar Boils, 39, Feb. 26.
Wright testified Boils accused him of being familiar with his wife and snapped a pistol at him three times but it did not discharge. He claimed he killed Boils in self-defense.
A Pulaski County jury trying the case received it at 8 p.m. and returned its verdict of not guilty at 8:39 p.m. A prolonged demonstration from the crowded courtroom greeted the verdict and the applause subsided only after Judge R. C. Tartar threatened to clear the room.
A Reo Flying Cloud car belonging to Rev. Jack Dew of Jacksonville, Fla., caught fire last Friday night near Harrodsburg where he was visiting friends. The gasoline exploded and the car was a complete loss. Mr. Dew also lost his baggage which was in the car. Mr. Dew is well remembered in Somerset where he came several months ago and opened up a flower stand factory.
Dabney Store Robbed
The general store of Manford Price, at Dabney, was broken into Monday night. Money had been taken from the cash drawer and several items of merchandise were missing. No arrests have been made.
Mr. J. E. Claunch is a strong believer in classified advertising. Is fine Collie dog was missing last week and a few lines in the Commonwealth located the dog for him at Faubush on Friday.
Judge Denton Has Operation
Judge James Denton returned from Lexington Thursday where he underwent a slight operation upon his throat. He was the guest of his daughter, Mrs. H. V. McChesney, and Mr. McChesney, while in Lexington and stopped over in Danville on his way home with his son, Mr. James Denton and Mrs. Denton.
Faces From The Past
Oscar Davidson in 1986
Tom B. Grissom, Jr. of Lakeshore Drive in Burnside. Born at Burnside in 1933
Dee Davis in 1992. Attended Burnside High and graduated from Somerset High in 1951. Graduated from Georgetown College in 1955 with degree in business administration. Veteran of U. S, Navy. Full partner and sales manager of Grissom-Rakestraw Lumber Company 1958-69. In 1969, became general manager of Hamer Hardwood Manufacturing plant. In 1971, became president of Furniture Fair, Inc.
In early 1960's, became a corporate officer in Burnside CATV, serving southern Pulaski County. Became owner of radio station WTLO in 1975, and in 1977 was one of the founders of TV-8, a local cable casting TV station. At age 33, he was president of the National Lumber Manufacturers Association and was the youngest president of a major trade association in the United States.
He and the former Marylin Bauer of Norman, Oklahoma, were parents of three children; James Neil, Michell, and Julie Bauer.
Joel Dowlen in 1977
Tom Dodson in 1971