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June 28, 2004

The bowling fraternity of Danville will have a big day on the Fourth of July. The Manhattan Alleys will be open all day and some especially interesting games have been arranged. All the best bowlers will be in attendance and some record-breaking playing will be done.

H.H. Banford entertained several of his friends with a horseback ride to Lover's Leap. Supper was served by a blazing bonfire. The party rode back by moonlight. Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Cecil chaperoned the party. Some of those attending were Sadie Cecil, Louise VanWinkle and Margaret and Amanda Rodes, L.L. Banford, John Herron, Frank Lee, Josh Bell and Fox Caldwell.

A defective flue started a fire in Perryville's Enterprise Hotel owned by J.H. Seay. It looked like the hotel would burn, but a bucket brigade rushed to the scene and after a few minutes succeeded in saving the building.

J.N. Menefee and A.C. Sine of Stanford have leased land a mile below the Dix River Bridge on New Lancaster Pike. They opened a zinc and flurospar mine. The metal crops out of the cliff at that point and the croppings indicate that this mine is a valuable one. About 10 tons of the ore have been taken from the opening. The minerals are worth $12 a ton.


Floyd Shelton, the small son of Thomas Shelton, had an accident while rocking on his father's porch on East Main Street. The porch was damp and the chair slipped to the edge before the boy noticed it. The porch was a high one and when the chair overturned, the boy fell several feet to the ground, breaking his arm at the elbow.

Someone broke in the Danville freight depot and took nine pairs of shoes from a box stored there. The local police and railroad detectives have searched for the guilty party, but have made no arrests. Some of the shoe boxes were found down the track from the depot.

The latest fad in Danville is fortune telling. Young folks are going by the score to Mrs. Highlander's at Junction City. For 25 cents, she will reveal what a person is, what he has done and what he can expect to do.

J.T. Parks, general manager of the Hotel Gilcher Coffee Shoppe and the Paris Confectionary was elected councilman from the fourth ward by the city council. He succeeds C.P. Cecil Jr., who resigned to accept a federal job. Parks was nominated by E.P. Faulconer Jr. Cecil had served under four mayors - Mayor Fisher, Mayor Woolfolk, Mayor Wallace and the current mayor, W.O. McIntyre.

The proposed merger of the Citizens National Bank and the Farmers National Bank is off. The agreement was announced several months ago but E.W. Cook, cashier at Citizens National Bank says it will not happen. Citizens plans to erect a new and modern banking building on Main Street in the place formerly occupied by Crooks and Ware druggists and now occupied by A.L. Gates, antique and used furniture dealer.

Plans for restoring and preserving the historic home of Gen. Thomas Kennedy, made famous by Harriet Beecher Stowe in "Uncle Tom's Cabin," took definite shape when W.F. Champ, mayor of Lancaster secured a 30-day option on the noted ruin and three acres surrounding it. A completed restoration is estimated to cost $15,000. The old building, a hulking architectural monstrosity, is six miles from Lancaster off Richmond Road. The restoration will be funded through public donations or forming a stock company.

The playground at Maple Avenue School grounds will open next week. Workmen are busy building marble frames and sand piles for boys and girls. The big play spaces are carefully cut and leveled so there will be no hindrance to activity. Children from kndergarten through high school should be able to find an activity. There will be team games such as baseball. Other activites will be singing and dramatic games, contests in marbles, hopscotch, O'Leary ball, checkers and jacks.

A heavy, but brief storm seriously damaged 85 to 90 percent of the tobacco on almost all the farms in the area bounded by Lexington and Shakertown roads. J.J. Isaacs, group manager of the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. reported that 300 telephones, all within Danville's exchange, were in trouble. Lightning hit wires and ran into telephone company cables.

A small fire in Perryville caused all 450 telephones to be out. The fire started in an outbuilding on the property of Mrs. W.L. Laws on Danville Street. The building housed 3 tons of coal and kindling. It spread to a small smokehouse where meat was stored and raged close to the main cable of Southern Bell. The intense heat melted the cable, knocking out all the telephones.

The Boyle County Fiscal Court was split over a motion to increase funding for city and county recreation. County Judge Sam Cheek cast the deciding vote to give the recreation program an additional $1,800 for a total of $5,400. The court also elected J.T. Edwards of Mitchellsburg as dog warden at a salary of $150 a month. They ordered that a dog pound be built at the county quarry at Perryville.

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