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Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - January 14, 1977, Middlesboro, Kentucky Weather A adviiQry IB In effect for today. Snow occasionally mixed with rain or freezing rain beginning today and continuing as inov tonight and Saturday. Highs today will he in the mid to upper 30S. VOL. 64 NO. 248 The Home Daily of the MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY FRIDAY JANUARY 14, 1977 Schools May Not Make Up All of Missed 'Snow Days' By RANDY MINKOFP FRANKFORT, Ky. (UPI) Kentucky's schoolchildren, fac- ing up to two weeks of makeup days because of the weather, can take heart from some comments by the state's top education offic ia I regarding rescheduling of classes later in the year. Dr. James P. Graham, Kentucky Superintendent of Public Instruction, said Thurs- day because accrediting organi- zations usually rely heavily on the recommendations by the state, some school districts may not have to make up all the cancelled schooldays of the past two weeks. He added (he state would "understand" in some unusual cases the problems in making up the necessary days. Because of recent snow- storms and the prospects of another winterstorm for today, a majority of school districts in the state have had lo cancel classes for most of this week. And, about one fourth of the counties in Kentucky had to cancel classes for most of last week, meaning some districts haven't had any classes since shortly before Christmas when the annual holiday recess began. Graham explained under ac- creditation regulations, school Fiscal Court Pays Stone Bill PINEVILLE The 'Bell County Fiscal Court paid its back bills this week for road surfacing materials such, as stone in the amount of Judge Willie Hendrickson stated that he did not know how that large a sum could accrue, The bill was owed to Kentucky- Virginia Stone Company and was incurred by the four rural district magistrates Alva Miracle, Edmus McGeorge, Curt Hoskins, and Matt Taylor. Hendrickson stated that the magistrates had ap- proximately remaining as the total in their rural road accounts but that the bills were paid from Coal Severance Tax and Anti-Recession funds. The court hired Tracy Eldridge of Page to operate the county's road-grader which has been idle since it was purchased about one year ago. Eldridge will be paid the salary that was budgetted and did not require an additional ap- propriation. The court paid W. B. Browning Construction Company approximately for work on the cour- thouse. It was the.fourth such payment made to the company with approximately S5 per cent of the renovation complete. A termination date is set for July. It was also announced that the court will hold a public meeting to discuss roads with Otto Ingram, deputy road commissioner, on January 25 at p.m. The purpose will be to plan next year's rural- road program. districts must have a minimim of 175 school days or face a loss of accreditation. However, he explained the cases are usually reviewed in a case-by-case basis. "We are usually flexible enough to look at a county school's situation and deter- mine whether an effort was made to reschedule the days that had to be cancelled because of the Graham said. "We look at them individually and urge all to make up all the days and meet the necessary guide! i nes." If the inclement weather were to continue, however, Graha m said ma ny school districts would be facing a "serious" problem in making up the necessary amount of time in order to meet the 175 dayrequirement. Complicating the situation is an attorney general's opinion which has said the school districts musl make up the cancelled school days before the end of the fiscal year, July 1. "And, some districts, if the weather were to c ontl nue, mi ght have some problems doing Graham At the present time, a majority of the school districts lo have built-in safeguards to prevent a problem in meeting the 175 day rule, Graham said. "Several of them have built in snow days allotted so they are actually meeting several more days than the minimum requirement of 175 he said. School districts that haven't done that or those which have had more than 15 postponed days face several alternatives according to the superin- tendent. He said they can: Cancel spring vacations and make up some of the days at that time. Hold classes during the traditional in-service days held by faculty and staff. Hold classes when the Kentucky Education Associa- tion convention is held, which is usually a holiday for students. Add on classes at the end of the term, which would mean classes would be held in June. Many of the school districts, faced with large numbers of makeup days, would have to use several of those alter- natives, including the add-on classes at the end of the term. "Of course you run into a problem with attendance Graham conceded. "Many stu- dents would rather be down at the fishing hole than in class in the summer and this is a problem the districts are Graham said he hoped the weather would break and classes at all county schools would continue at a normal pace. But he added the decision to postpone classes each day is made by the school district, not the stale. "It's their decision, not the state's, "he added. Enjoy Current Weather, It May Get Much Worse Name your winter weather and you can probably find H somewhere in Kentucky today. Weather conditions in the Bluegrass State early today ranged from rain to freezing rain and sleet, to rain and snow and just sleet. The Weather Service said the new winter storm could dump up to'three inches of new snow on Ken- tucky with more possible in New Harrogate Restaurant Opens Specializing in Italian and Sicilian sly led pizza. The Oasis restaurant Is open for business at Patterson's Crossroads near Harrogate, It Is being opera.ed by Walter 'Poppa Wally" Jones (rear) and BUI Poorc (not Helping Poppa Wally serve his (our sizes of pizza, spaghetti, and chili features are Carol Blakely, front, and from left, Mrs. Patty Jones and .Mrs. Betty Poore. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 12 midnight. the extreme northern Ken- tucky area. The Frankfort and Lexington areas reported nearly an inch of new snow before dawn. A winter storm warning was issued for northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area, with motorists warned to stay off the roads. A freezing rain warning went up for extreme western Kentucky, while travelers' ad- visories were issued for most otbersections of the state. weather summary early today showed hazardous driving cond itions over the wes tern and northern counties of Kentucky. Road conditions were expected to continue to deteriorate over the western and northern sections of the state. River interests hoped the warmer temperatures in most of Kentucky today would keep the Ohio River from freezing over completely. Bank to bank floating ice had reduced river traffic from 50 to 75 per cent by Thursday. Rain falling over Kentucky today will wash away some-of the snow and ice blanketing most areas of the state, but an expected drop in temperatures tonight should turn the wet roads to sheets of ice, making travel extremely dangerous for motorists. The forecast called for rain today, possibly mixed with snow at times and high temperatures in the 30s. Goudy tonight with snow likely, ending gra dually Sa turd ay, h ighs from the upper 20s to low 30s following overnight lows in the 20s. More of the same on tap for next week around Kentucky. Weather forecasters predict partly cloudy Sunday and Monday and cloudy Tuesday and a chance of snow will prevail. Very cold during the period with overnight lows 10 degrees or below and daytime highs in the upper 20s to low 30s, Most of the school systems across Kentucky forced closed by inclement weather through- out the week, remained closed again today. ,On .Ihe plus side of the Continued oo Page 8 S'no Bolher to Abe. (Photo by Giry Carter. IJHU Sludrnl) A recent snow over a two-day period completely covered the Lincoln MrmorUI Univerilly campus buf'Llncoln the Lawyer" never complained once and he Hi through It ill. Seven inchei of mow and a layer of ice on top mude driving hazardous and day of claim and a basketball game were canceled by unlveraUy official! due to one of the woril mow itormt to hit Ilarrogate In many years. Carter Staff Mostly Young Georgians Hughes' 'Beneficiary' Admits Planting Fake 'Morman' Will By JAMES J.DOYLE LOS ANGELES (UPI) Melvin Dummar, Ulan service station attendant who was named as an heir of Howard Hughes in the so-called "Mormon will" admitted he lied about how the will was found and renounced any part of the billionaire's huge estate, attorney Howard Rhoden said Thursday. Rhoden, attorney for former Hughes' aide Noah Dietrich, named executor of the will, saidDummaradmitteddeliver- ing the purported will to the Mormon Church headquarters in Salt LaXe City last April 27. Rhoden said Dummnr told .him several stories about how he came into possession of Ihe will. "They're all he said. Hhoden said he talked with Dummar and his attorney, Roger Dutson, at Ogden, Utah Wednesday. "Dummar Rhoden said. "We had several hours of a grilling session. He finally admitted he wrote theenvel ope, Ihe note inside the envelope saying it (Ihe will) was found by Joseph Smith's house. And he admitted he delivered the will. "We still ckin't know who wrote the will." Dummar said he would renounce any part in Ihe estate even if the will is found to be legitimate, Rhoden said. "He's just out of it. As soon as he signs a renunciation." Dutson said the matter of where the will originally came from wasbeing investigated. Rboden said he would ask for a formal court hearing for Dummar, "and see what he says about it when he faces jail (or perjury." But he said Dietrich would continue to support the will until it was finally determined who wrote it. He said that could be determined by an FBI examination, which was under way. "We expect lo have the results of the FBI's investiga- tion very Rhoden said. He said Dummar still insists he picked up an man in the desertwhoidentifiedhimself as Howard Hughes and subse- quently included Dummar in his will for l-16th of the billionaire's billion fortune. Hughes died on a plane en route from Acapulco, Mexico, to Houston, Tex., last April 5. Several wills have been pro- duced since his death, but the Mormon will was the only one taken seriously by those who would benefit, including the Summa Corp., the company, that controls the Hughes' holdings. Rhoden said Dummar has not violated the law by lying to attorneys or the news media. "But if he tried to defraud the intestate heirs, or if the will is a forgery, or he attempted to defraud the court, that's another mailer." By HELEN THOMAS UPI While House Reporter PLAINS, Ga. (UPI) President elect Jimmy Carter, admitledly weary from inten- sive briefings in Washington, wasback hometoday preparing to announce a White House staff predominantly made up of young men from his native Georgia. Carter flew to Plains Irom Washington Thursday evening, saying, "it's always sentimen- tal when I come home, but next week I'll have a new home." "I'm he told reporters after spending eight hours in intensive discussions with the Joint Chiefs of Staff before leaving Washington. Carter said he would look over prospective staff appoin- tees by his Cabinet officials today. He also expects to announce the names of his White House aides and expects Inauguration Hamburgers For Carter WASHINGTON (UPI) President-elect Jimmy Carter will break with custom and pass up a sumptuous luncheon to have a hamburger or other such bite with family and close friendsaftcr his Inaugural. The Inaugural ceremonies are tailored to Carter's wishes and "right at Ihe beginning" he ruled out the luncheon, accord- ing to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The luncheon, hosted by Congressional leaders in the Capitol, is traditional but Carter is not the first president to pass it up. To allow lime for clearing (he easl plaza Inaugural site so the parade can start, Carter will spend about 45 minutes in the Capitol, eating a light lunch with family and friends. Another indication Carter wants to keep the Inaugural ceremonies simple is that there will be only two prayers, the invocation by Bishop William R. Cannon of the United Methodist Church and the benediction by John R. Roach, the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Richard Nixon had five. to spend time on his Inaugural address, which he wants to be "great" and to "set a lone" for the country, he said. During his two days in Washington, Carter talked by telephone to the leaders of Great Britain, France, West Germany and Japan to start preparations for an economic summit meeting this spring, probably in Europe. He apparently also inviled British Prime Minister James Callahan to visit Washington soon after Ihe Inaugiiartion. Carter has indicated that invitations are in the works for many heads of state to visit him this year. Carter spent much of Thurs- day with the Joint Chiefs, discussing strategic arms limi- tation and U.S. military ability to meet a Soviet threat. The chiefs, headed by Air Force Gen. George lirown ns chairman, and other Pentagon officials nre believed lo have taken a harder line on SALT than have Carter's diplomatic advisers and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Vice Presidenl-elecl Waller Mondalc participated in the session with the Joint Chiefs, along with Secretary of Slale- designa leCyrus Vance, Defense Secretary designate Harold Brown, nalional security advis- erZbigniew lirzezinski and CIA Director-designate Theodore Sorenson. Vance told reporters Ihe discussions included an assess- ment of U.S. forces worldwide "and whether Ihey are ready and able to take on various commitments and contingen- cies." He said there was no discussion of when a SALT II agreement with the Soviet Union might be reached, but "this Is a terribly important objective for our country to acliieve." Vance said the assessment was that U.S. forces are ready lo overcome threats to U.S. security and that o state of "rough strategic equivalence" exists between the United Stales and Russia. Carter continued a series of phone calls started the nighl before to foreign leaders whom Mondale will visit shortly after the Inauguration. He talked for 10 to IS minutes each with Callaghan, French President Valery Giscard d'Es- talng and Weal German Chan- cellor Helmut Schmidt. Ellen Myers Construction Slowed but On Schedule TAZEWELL The Claiborne County School Board heard a report last night from Superintendent Clay Neely concerning the construction of the additional classrooms at Ellen Myers Elementary School. Neely stated that weather .had slowed work somewhat but that the construction was still on schedule and should be completed by some date in March. He stated that the contractor bad requested that a certain percentage of his earning be held in escrow so that he could draw interest on that amount, an action that is within his legal rights to request. Neely staled that he and the board had been criticized severely in a letter from the contractor to himself and the school's architect because the money had not been paid. The superintendent stated that he had taken the initiative to request that the architect present him with a percentage of completion and an estimate of how much of the school's utility bills are costs incurred by the contractor using the system's water and electricity. That amount will be deducted from the money to be placed in escrow. "He is going lo owe us some stated Neely firmly. Neely stated in summary that the work being done is according to specifications and is moving along at a normal pace despite the contractor causing interruptions that he agreed earlier not lo cause. In a discussion that required no action by the board, Neely stated that he and his prin- cipals and maintenance people had met lo discuss ways of saving on utility bills while the school children are out of school due to Inclement weather. The superintendent staled thai Ihey were saving in every fashion that they could think of but that Ihe utilities were running higher than in previous years, Neely stated thai he felt the situation was not too critical concerning Ihe number of days missed due to snow, stating that they had aliened one day since noon December 22. The schools were not in operation today, making it a total of 11 days missed. In a discussion that followed it was agreed that going to school on Saturdays was not the way to make up the defkit because the resulting student morale problems caused them lo not accomplish much on [hose days. Adding lime to each day was agreed to not be the answer either but using part or all of Easter vacation was just about assured. If the days are made up it will be at the end of the regular school year. Neely staled that with so many of the state's schools out piling up so many missed days, it looked favorable that the total days that the students had to allcnd could be waived. He slated that there was a question as lo whether or not Ihe State School Commissioner could waive those days but the state legislature had indicated that if it took action on their part, it would be forthcoming. The board provided maternity leaves for Mary Prances Fultz of Forge Ridge High School, Rebekah Fultz of TMT Elementary and Sherry Surber of Powell Valley High School. It hired as replacements at FRHS and TMT Montgomery and Sandra Smyth.
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