1966 - Police Force / Closure of "Negro School"
Police Force Breaks Up, Mayor Directs Traffic Continued from First Page also has agreed to cooperate until the police department can be reestablished. He said that the problem will be taken up today at a meeting of his police committee and the Hodgenville Ministerial Ministerial Association. Mayor Describes Cause The mayor, a former Kentucky Insurance Insurance commissioner who returned to his hometown three years ago. said the dispute dispute stems from "the old small town factionalism." He said that there has been bickering since he took office in January, inheriting inheriting his Police Department from a previous previous administration. . One of the former policeman, Keith, said yesterday that he quit because he was assigned to walk the night beat without without having access to the town's police car. Mayor Thurman confirmed that he had disposed of a second police car "We didn't need It" and made Keith a "night watchman." r Former Police Chief Benningfield would not comment except to say that "in little towns when they change the Commerce Agency Names Office Head AtMclaM Prm Jack Hoover, an industrial agent for has administration they want to change everything." In addition to its three regular members, members, the Police Department lost a part-time part-time part-time member, Stewart Cisscl, during the weekend. ' Cissell was charged with "shooting with intent to kill but without wounding" after he took custody of three or four young men Friday night on the Hodgenville Hodgenville Square. Mayor Thurman said that the men got away from Cissell after he took them to county jail. He said that Cissell apparently apparently fired shots in the air in an attempt to stop them. Warrant Is Filed A warrant against Cissell was filed by William Iglehart, Larue County. Cissell is free on $500 bond, awaiting action by the grand jury. No charges have been filed against the men he tried to stop. In the school situation, teachers were back in their classrooms after winning salary increases reported to average about $675 for the year. , " - However, eight families were keeping 13 children out of school because they were transferred from Hodgenville Elementary Elementary School to classrooms in Buffalo and Magnolia, five to seven miles away. School Board Chairman Lee Miller said that about 75 pupils had to be transferred transferred because of overcrowding that resulted resulted from the closing of an all-Negro all-Negro all-Negro school. He said that it was decided yesterday to allow the protesting pupils to attend Hodgenville school until a better solution solution can be found.