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Highlights of Fleming-Neon HS

1949-50

FNHS starts band (from Fleming Hi-Times)

One of the most important things that has taken place at Fleming-Neon High in years is the organization of a band. We are more than happy to introduce to you our bandmaster, Gilmer Thomas Slusser.

He started his musical career in Roanoke, Va., participating in the Thin Castle Municipal Band. From there he went to New Mexico where he played in Mrs. Eva Griffin Band. He played in various music organizations, later finishing his education at the University of Massachusetts. He took his music test in the State of Virginia, where he received a certificate, which is equivalent to a music degree for teaching in school bands and orchestras. He has instructed bands in several towns in Virginia, which have all been successful. His last band before coming to Fleming-Neon Hi, was in Worwick, Va. This band was the best and largest —which was chosen to represent the State of Virginia in Madison Square Garden in New York. It was a 114-piece band that marched down 5th Avenue giving Mr. Slusser a thrill for sure.

Mr. Slusser has a very talented wife, who will help him instruct his music. Mrs. Susie Slusser can play two different horns and also the piano.

He sees no reason why we can’t have a prize-winning band in three years. He has found wonderful talent at Fleming High. He has received the best cooperation in organizing the band, thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Hall. The backing of the Lions Club has been one of the greatest steppingstones toward getting the band started. Mr. Slusser gives his thanks and is proud to say he is a Lion himself. We wish him all the success in the world — may we have one of the best bands in the state.

( The above article reprinted from the Nov. 24, 1949 Mountain Eagle.)

The Tri-Hi-Y and Hi-Y gave a Christmas program in the auditorium of the Fleming-Neon High School. The two introductions were given by Joy Wright, Tri-Hi-Y president, and Joe Trinkle, president of the Hi-Y. Scripture reading was by Jimmie Preston and special singing was by the high school trio, Eunice Hale, Mary Jo Craft, and Jonelle Collier. Christmas in other lands was given by Buddy Curr (Italy), Dorothy Hush ( French Canada), Carlie Tolliver ( Germany) and Mary Little (Sweden). “My Ideal of Christmas” was given by John Welch as Service, Patsy Simms as Love, Roger Jackson as Unselfishness, June Cook as Giving. Bill Kindrick acted as Santa in the gift exchange. The Tri- Hi-Y made up a gift basket for some needy family to be given to Christmas Eve.

(The above article from the Dec. 22, 1949 Mt. Eagle.)

“Just Ducky” given by Fleming juniors

The junior class of FHS presented a three-act comedy Wednesday, April 13, entitled “Just Ducky.” The play, performed in the high school auditorium before a capacity crowd, was highly successful.

Members of the cast were Jimmy Preston, Bonnie Sue Vance, Beatrice Addington, Doris Anderson, Carley Tolliver, Wallace Hall, Janet Quillen, Roger Jackson, Bobby Burns, John Welch, Lorna Jean Wright, and Moselle Dempsey.

The play was presented to raise money for junior class activities. Mrs. Walter Hill was in charge of direction.

Fleming Hi-Times announces editors

Staff members of the Fleming Hi-Times, FNHS publication, was announced recently and the first issue of the year is scheduled to come out in the near future.

The paper’s staff is composed of the following: Lorna Jean Wright, editorin chief; Moselle Dempsey, assistant editor; Roy Penny and John Welch, sports editors; Kathleen Tiller, feature editor; Betty Sue Rash, exchange editor; Bonny Sue Vance, society editor; Donald Nelson, business manager; Ova Stapleton, Wallace Hall, Jerry Tucker, Bobby Burns, James Gregory, Jimmy Tucker, Eunice Hale, Rebecca McKinney, Ivalee Crase, Lady Meade, and Fred Kincer, reporters.

Mrs. Lillian Russell is faculty sponsor.

(The above article from the Oct. 6, 1949 Mountain Eagle.)

Dinner given for Fleming- Neon High and Grade faculty

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hall entertained the faculty of the FNHS and the Fleming Grade School to a chicken dinner Friday evening, Aug. 26. The dinner was held in the newly decorated lunchroom of the high school. Delicious food was served and the tables were very colorful.

Members of the high school faculty present were the following: Ivory Hershel Boggs, Mabel B. Burklow, Joyce Clements, Eugene Fox, John R. Isaacs, Mildred S. Mercer, Reeda K. Reasor, Roy T. Reasor, and Lillian F. Webb.

Members of the Fleming Grade School faculty present were the following: Anetha Reasor, grade school principal, Doyle Webb, Ruby Lee Wright, Lillian K. Isaacs, Shirley Riley, Ruby Collier and Ida Mae Allen.

Also present was Martha Jane Potter, Superintendent of the Letcher County Schools. Immediately following the dinner the group assembled in the library for a business session. After Mr. Hall’s address to the school faculty, the meeting was given over to a round table discussion of school problems. This was a very profitable meeting with good suggestions from the faculty and from Superintendent Potter.

Mr. Hall, principal of the high school, and members of the faculty feel that they can make this the best year in the history of the school.

(The above article from the Sept. 1, 1949 Mountain Eagle.)

Fleming club dance highly successful

The dance sponsored by the Science Study Club at Fleming High School last Saturday night was both a social and financial success, according to Mr. Hershel Boggs, science instructor at Fleming and one of the co-sponsors of the club. Carl Standifer, also a teacher at Fleming, is the other club sponsor.

Mr. Boggs states that approximately $50 was cleared on the dance and an enjoyable time was had by all present. He reports that square dancing, folk dancing, and round dancing were held. The dance was held in the Fleming High School gym.

Money made by the Science Club will be used for school supplies and equipment, Mr. Boggs says, and will be used in the study of physics, biology, chemistry, and general science.

(The above article from the April 7, 1949 Mountain Eagle.)

Pirates end season with 13 to 7 defeat

The Fleming-Neon Pirates lost their last game of the season last Friday night, Nov. 4, when they were defeated by Clintwood, Va. on the Fleming field. The final score was 13 to 7.

It was the last game the following players will play for Fleming: Ova Stapleton, Bobby Burns, James Tucker, Joe Trinkle, Roger Jackson, James Gregory, Meade and Wallace Hall.

In Friday night’s game the Clintwood team outplayed the Pirates in the first half. Fleming came back strong in the second half but was unable to catch up.

The Pirates record for the season is three losses against eight wins.



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