Corbin Daily Tribune in Corbin, Kentucky
20 Mar 1980

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20 Mar 1980

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Corbin Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - March 20, 1980, Corbin, Kentucky 10�?corbin times Tribune thursday March 20, 1980no police no taxes there s Only one Rule one shop Light in the Rock Georgia by Tom Tiede the Rock a. Nea its not Likely any of this years presidential candidates will Stop in this farm Community. That a unfortunate. There s a Good Deal to be Learned Trust it has no rules or regulations. Well there is a traffic Light Here. Also there is one Law forbidding the Sale of liquor but that s All of it. The Rock has no taxes no town Hall no Public services no Eolice no lockup a and no bureaucracy. It does no to even have a head count. Many residents estimate there Are 90 to 100 people in the Village some others insist it is More like 100 to 110, but no one would think of about government Here and leadership and Public support. And perhaps most of what else constitutes democracy. The Rock Vou see has organized its civic responsibilities in the spirit of Mutual conducting a census. Folks believe that if a Man says he lives in the Rock he does if he a a liar then he does no to. The idea that nurtures the body politic Here is the Golden Rule. People Are expected to do unto others As they would have others do unto them and to a remarkable degree it works. When the Community needs Money for instance no tax is levied because its simpler and More satisfying to just pass the hat. The same goes for Public services. Cecil Harris at 74 the oldest citizen claims there a no need for garbage pickup because people do it themselves. There a no need for a fire department for the same reason. As for police Harris sighs a there ainu to a lot of temptation in the Rock actually there has never been much temptation Here. The town situated about 90 Miles due South of Atlanta has been Small Plain and Remote since it was chartered in 1877. In those Days it was merely a Stagecoach Stop and was characterized by a Large Boulder in the Trail. The town took its name from that Rock which was eventually detonated. The town at that time was surrounded by peach Orchards thus despite its modest size it had worries and complexities. For one thing Compromise reached in eagles Case by Gordon Hanson associated press writer Grassy Butte . Apr the Case of the Oil Well is. The amorous eagles has reached a Compromise of sorts. The Oil Rig is drilling and the eagles Are courting. But wildlife biologist Lewis Young still thinks there a too much traffic rumbling Over a rutted Road in the rugged badlands of North Dakota. Young who works for the . Forest service believes a pair of rare Golden eagles May be discouraged from mating because of trucks and heavy equipment travelling Back and Forth to an isolated Oil Well. A if it were up to me and in a not the decision maker they use that Road during the period the eagles Are ordinarily resting there and raising their Young a a said Young 31. That period is a from approximately late february until about Early july a he said. The problem is not the Well itself located 10 Miles from Grassy Butte and a Good three or four Miles from two of the huge nests in which the eagles might want to set up housekeeping. The problem is that the Access Road to the Well a runs within 100 to 300 feet of those nests on the Side of a Clay Cliff a Young said. A with All that unexpected vehicle activity going to the Well the Birds Are susceptible to disturbance during their courtship egg laying and that a the period they re most Likely to desert their nest. It does no to take much harassment for them to leave and that Means they wont Breed and raise their Young this egg laying is anywhere from Early March to late april. A they usually Lay two eggs quite often both Hatch and it takes nine or 10 weeks before the nestlings Are ready to get out of the nest a Young said. Under terms of a 1975 land use plan Pennzoil co. Of Houston was granted permission to use the Access Road to the test Well site until this april 1, said Jim Fishbum a District Ranger at Watford City. A that Date is probably later than it should be this Spring in the Vicinity of those nests a Fishbum said. The Compromise lies in Pennzoil a application for a new route to the Well. If Oil is discovered at the test site traffic will be rerouted away from the two Cliff nests. A a there Are things we can work out to accommodate the Oil Industry and the environment said Fishbum. A a we re holding them Pennzoil to the april 1 deadline. A a the Birds Arentt necessarily going to hold up Oil production but they re certainly going to be considered in the the Overall management of the area a he said. Wilburn Lura drilling superintendent for Pennzoil exploration and production co., said in Denver a if there soil in that Well Well get a different route and work with the Forest service. If that comes up Well be ready to Fishbum said the two Birds Are two of the 23 known Golden eagles in the badlands. A a we re in the process of determining exactly How much Impact this activity has on them a he said. There were 37 nests in the badlands six years ago and the eagles build upon them each Spring As part of their courtship Young said. Each pair May have More than one nest and nobody really knows which one choose each year. Golden eagles actually a dark Brown color Arentt an endangered species but they Are included in the Eagle Protection act. Although they attack lambs calves and chickens they also Benefit ranchers by feeding primarily on rabbits Prairie dogs and ground squirrels. They have a wingspan of 6 to 7 Fedt and mate for life Young said. If one Bird Dies the other usually finds another mate immediately. Courtship is begun anew each year in the late Winter or Early Spring. Nest building is part of the action with the eagles adding twigs and branches to the already existing nests in Trees or along Cliffs. The nests near the Access Road a Are probably five feet in diameter and four feet deep. They weigh hundreds of pounds a said Young. A was Long As the Oil companies work with us we can work out some of the details where sometimes we have the Best of both worlds the Birds Are protected and Oil exploration can fruit pickers would come to the Rock on weekends to raise hell. So there was a Normal government Here then and Laws that told people what they could or do. One of the Laws was the a prevention of idleness ordinance. It required All Able bodied residents to help maintain the streets sidewalks and alleys. In other words they had to Clear the horse droppings. If they did no to they were subject to a $5 Fine which could be relieved at a Dollar a Day in jail. Maybe that Law had something to do with it maybe not but in any event the Rock fell into a steady decline following the turn of the Century. As the years passed the Orchards were Cut Down to make Way for cattle ranches. Business hit Bottom and for several decades the Village lived mostly on memories. Then in 1960 a dental technician named Clifford Clark set up shop on one of the rocks two roads. He hired a dentist to perform Cut rate work and thereupon began luring patrons and Cash Back into the Community. He also talked residents into reactivating the political machinery and was elected mayor. Clark established a government by Golden Rule a and wrote a new charter around it. He a still mayor today and his philosophy Hasni to changed. A when i came to the Rock it almost dead a he says. Was a nobody cared. Nobody tried. Now we work As a unit we done to just have a town Here a we have a his Honor says most problems Are solved by getting people together Over Coffee. But he adds there Arentt Many problems. Of the traffic Light needs repair the mayor admits. And the county is threatening to remove its garbage dumpster. Otherwise though a things Are pretty even the misunderstand Ings Are few. The mayor who is also the Justice of the peace says the last Legal dispute in the Rock occurred when a resident did no to pay for a newly installed water pump. There was some talk about a warrant but tempers cooled. Clark got the protagonists to shake hands. A a that a the Way we do things Here a the mayor says. A we done to demand cooperation we ask for in 1966, As example the townspeople were asked to put flags out on Flag Day. A do you know that we were the first town in the nation to have every Home display a Flag a Isnit that something a the Golden Rule does wonders Clark insists. And it is alive and operative in the Rock. A we have proved government does no to have to be big and Tough to get people to work together. And we believe that idea should grow. Wed like to have the presidential candidates Here to see what really can be what the candidates would see is 26 Homes three churches and the Railroad tracks. They would also see 100 people a hopeless affairs who Are terribly naive Ive or take who Are y outdated in civic about Public management but who May very Well have the Best system of government in America. Deaths and funerals Fannie Trosper Eugene Killion Fannie e. Trosper 87, of Barbourville died wednesday March 19, in the Knox county general Hospital. She was a member of the first Baptist Church in Barbourville. She is survived by three daughters Georgia Ramsey Middletown Ohio Lucille Venters Leesburg Florida and Mossie Jarvis Cincinnati Ohio one son Roy Trosper Middletown Ohio six grandchildren ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted in the Hopper funeral Home Chapel 11 . March 22, with the Rev. . Reese officiating. Pallbearers Are Bev Sowders Charles Buchanan Homer Bain Cordell Miracle Joe Mitchell and . Scent. Honorary pallbearers Are Jessie d. Lay Morehead Bingham John Mackey Bill Nau Bert scent and Curtis Mcgaffee. Burial will be at the Barbourville City cemetery. Eugene Killion 65, of route 12 London died wednesday in London. Funeral services will be at 2 . Friday at the Robinson Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Denvis Rush and the Rev. Haskel Bolding officiating. Burial will be in the Campground cemetery. Friends May Call after 6 . Thursday at the Bowling funeral Home in London. Announcement Courtesy of the Vankirk funeral Home. Funds granted Frankfort by. A a $20,000 emergency fund Grant was approved to a Lexington Halfway House for women trying to overcome alcoholism. Human resources Secretary Grady Stumbo said the Money will help Chrysalis House keep its doors open until grand funds arrive in the summer from a Federal Agency. John Garrett John Garrett 79, of 801 East Center Street of Corbin died at 8 28 . Wednesday in the Good Samaritan Hospital of Lexington. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Vankirk funeral Home. Jobless Rise Frankfort by. A Kentucky a unemployment rate reached 7.7 percent of the states labor Force last month the department for human resources reported wednesday. The figure reflects the continuing slowdown of the states Economy according to Robert Macdonald the departments chief labor Market analyst. He said most major industries experienced lessened employment last month. Among the major losses were in construction transportation Trade and tobacco stemming and readying. Many attend Hunt party Frankfort by. A former gov. Julian Carroll was among the 70 to 100 guests who attended the birthday party last sunday for former democratic state chairman Howard a a Sonny Hunt or. Hunt reportedly is one of those whose names have surfaced in a Federal grand jury and the party invitations in the form of subpoenas took a lighthearted View of the situation. A you Are hereby commanded to to present any evidence you May have concerning the age of the named defendant a the invitations read. While grand jury subpoenas Are normally accompanied by an a advice of rights statement the invitations included a advice of benefits a such As a anything you say under the influence of alcoholic beverages will not be used against under a a attire was the notation. A no striped suits the author of the invitations be determined. The party was held at the Frankfort electric and water Plant boards clubhouse and two people who attended said the party apparently was arranged by Ann Shirley Brooks of Frankfort. She could not be reached for comment. Gifts to Hunt now 50, reportedly included a Cane and a Hacksaw Blade. The special grand jury which was convened last summer at Lexington reportedly is looking into alleged wrongdoing in state government. Innocent plea Terre haute ind. Apr the Man accused in the shooting deaths of an Evansville family pleaded innocent today to four counts of murder in the Case. The defendant Donald Ray Wallace 22, Evansville entered the plea this morning during a hearing before Vigo circuit judge Hugh Mcquillan. The judge granted a request by defense lawyer William Smock to postpone the trial Date from april 28 to May 7 to allow More time for preparation. The Case was moved to Terre haute from Evansville where the crime occurred in january. Wallace is accused of four counts of murder in commission of a burglary in the deaths of Patrick Gilligan his wife and their two children. Prosecutor Eric Abel has asked for the death penalty in the Case. Reappointed Frankfort by. A James s. May of Richmond and Philip Taliafferrio of Covington has been reappointed by gov. John y. Brownjr. To the state personnel Board for four year terms

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