2014-01-15 / News

The Purple and Gold

By ERNEST T. HUNTER, JR.

After the band paraded through town, the Juniorettes, ages ranging from 6 to 9, performed a precision routine which was very good. Leaders of this group are Joyce Peace, Linda Davis, and Linda Kay Bentley. Also the Piratettes, ages 14 to 17, performed a precision of dance routine with perfect timing. Leader of this group is Linda Dingus. Assistants are Nova Lemaster and Anna Ruth Warf. These groups are organized and instructed by me.

The Fleming-Neon Pirates did a good job on the field Saturday night against Leslie County. This being the Fleming-Neon homecoming game, everyone was elevated at the 46-6 score.

The touchdowns were as follows: Don Skaggs scored three times (he only ran the ball two times); James Hill (the work horse) scored two, and added four extra points; Carl Sweanger got one and Donnie Browning one, totaling 46 points. Leslie County scored twice, but one was called back. The extra point try was short, leaving them with the six points. The Pirates’ second and third teams played all of the last 3 quarters on defense, and all of the last half on offense.

Next week, the Pirates meet Pikeville at Pikeville. Everyone try to come out to see the team and band, because when the fans are behind you, it sure helps.

At half-time, the crowning of the Homecoming Queen took place with the assistance of that wonderful band. Reigning Queen was the lovely Miss Janet Young. Janet is a junior and is very active in school affairs. The queen’s attendants were: Norma Spence, a sophomore and cheerleader; Nancy McKinney, an junior and former Queen of Halloween Carnival; Adrienne Jackson, current Queen of Labor Day celebration, she being a junior; Dierlene Short, an image of feminine beauty. Dierlene is very interested in school and school affairs and is vice-president of the senior class, and last but not least the lovely Miss Sandy Skaggs, a majorette.

The band was very proud to be represented in the ceremony, led by the lovely Miss Skaggs. Miss Skaggs is a junior. The Homecoming that followed the victorious game attracted several alumni from past classes. The newly organized dance band furnished the music.

The new dance band includes: J.V. Quillen and Gary Underwood on trumpet; Frank Burchwell on sax; Melvin Arnold on piano; Jimmy and Dickie Craft on trombones; Kenneth Harlow and Phyllis Ann Hall on drums; and yours truly (Ernest T. Hunter, Jr.) on clarinet.

The name we have chosen for our dance band is “The Moonshiners.” It was a success and so was the dance and game.

All you fans better get a chance on the ’57 Ford that will be given away Oct. 20 at the Fleming-Neon vs. Whitesburg game. The proceeds go to buy a bus for the athletic association and band. Remember, someone will drive a ‘57 away and it could by you!

Senior news

We plan to take our senior tour as classes have done, sometime in May. King and Queen candidates for Halloween are Phyllis Ann Hall and Omer Champion. Class officers are: Carl Swanger, President, and Dierlene Short, Vice-President. Remaining officers will be selected soon.

(The above article from the Oct. 11, 1956 Mountain Eagle.

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