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The following essay won
first place in
Conservation Contest

Miss Alene Reynolds, Seco, student at Fleming-Neon High School, won first place in the Letcher County Soil Conservation Contest, by submitting the winning theme on “How Soil Conservation Benefits My Community.”

The following article was written by Alene and will be submitted to the statewide Soil Conservation contest.

The community I am to write about, my community, takes in the southeastern part of Kentucky or to be more specific, just Letcher County. This region is largely a mining community. It is also a lumbering community with a small percentage of our population being farmers who raise gardens, hogs, cattle, sheep, and horses.

Most of our soil here is destroyed by either erosion or the planting of the same crop year after year on the same piece of ground.



The steps we have taken to conserve our soil in this community are these: The planting of trees, crop rotation, and supplying the soil with commercial fertilizers. Others that we could follow are the scattering of decayed plant life on the ground, the development of good pastures, irrigation of land during dry weather, and the planting of legumes.

The well-being of my community is dependent on the soil, so anyone knows the better the soil is the better off the community is going to be. Soil Conservation helps plants to grow and we have to have plant life before we can live ourselves, then in turn, the plants help fertilize the soil when they decay.

Better soil, made possible by Soil Conservation, enables us to have better homes, good fences, churches, good crops, better schools, and other buildings all well cared for. These are made possible by getting more money from our timber and farm products, besides our coal, and it’s made possible by our Soil Conservation. Thus, we have more to spend in our community center, making ourselves and the whole community more prosperous because of our Soil Conservation. You know yourself this makes the people happier.

By planting trees for Soil Conservation we are providing the hunter and all nature lovers their paradise by conserving our wildlife, at the same time we are providing for other recreations too, such as hiking, picnicking, and camping. Really too, when we conserve our soil we are conserving our air and water. In fact, when we conserve one of these we are conserving all three, which are the great factors of life. We can conserve our water by ponds and lakes, then irrigate our soil from them. This also provided fishing, swimming and boating, three of our favorite sports.

While conserving our soil we are working closer together to meet a great need. Doing this we form a warmer friendship with our neighbors.

I think the people of my community have already awakened to the fact of erosion and other destructive agencies of soil. They have as I mentioned, tried the best of their abilities and knowledge to conserve our soil. To my notion they will try even more in the future since they have realized its value. I think if you visited our community you would notice the difference Soil Conservation has made on such things as cooperation, education, happiness, friendliness, and to all the well-being of my community.

Seco, my home community, was named the cleanest and one of the most prosperous coal-mining towns in Letcher County. We’ll give all the credit to Soil Conservation. If we traced it far enough back I think that’s where it would belong.

I hereby certify that this essay is the original work of Alene Reynolds. Mrs. Jack Reynolds, Mrs. Maurice Lewis, Teacher.

(The above article from the Jan. 7, 1954 Mountain Eagle)

A3c Martin D. Quillen, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Quillen of Seco, Ky., has entered the Aircraft Mechanics School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, the home of the largest technical school of this type in the world.

During his specialized training as a student at Sheppard he will receive intensive training designed to provide him with the thorough knowledge and basic skills required in servicing, inspecting and maintaining aircraft currently used by the United States Air Force.

Upon graduation he will be awarded the rating of Airplane and Engine Mechanic. Along with the majority of graduates in his class, he will enter a course for advanced training or will be assigned to one of the major Air Force commands for on-the-job experience with first-line operational aircraft after completion of schooling here.

Prior to his enlistment on Feb. 9, 1954, Airman Quillen attended Fleming High School.

(The above article from the May 13, 1954 Mountain Eagle)

Wayland edges Fleming- Neon 7-0

Wayland High School, playing a slow, controlled brand of football, waited for a fourth-period opportunity to down a sub-par Fleming-Neon squad 7-0 on the Wayland field. Wayland had possession of the oval for at least three-fourths of the game, and a last quarter plunge brought the winning margin to the home team.

The Wayland defense held the Pirates visitors to a minimum of yardage, and not once during the game were the Pirates able to maneuver into a threatening position. The Fleming defense, although unable to turn the ball over to the Pirate offense many times during the contest, merits some praise for holding the Wayland boys to one lone score. Outstanding in Fleming line was Raymond Isaacs, who accounted for a great number of his teams tackles and was responsible for holding Wayland’s scoring to one touchdown.

Norwood LeMaster was the best Pirate on the field, and his blocking and tackling was surpassed by no one.

Fleming will play host to Pikeville Saturday evening at 8 p.m. on the Fleming-Neon field.

(The above article from the Oct. 15, 1953 Mountain Eagle)

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