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Hiram Collins honored

Fleming-Neon

Fleming- Neon Senior Citizens Center August news:

Regular Bingo: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Exercise Bingo: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Will let everyone know on Fridays of schedule changes.

The Fleming-Neon Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on weekdays. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 12:30. For more information call (606)855-7567.

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Aug. 30, we gathered to honor a “giant” in Letcher County. Coach Hiram Collins, our beloved teacher and friend of Hemphill, was honored as we dedicated our newly renovated outside basketball court to him. He has given our community so much we wanted to give honor where honor was due. In attendance were his sweet wife Ruby, his brother Ted, his son Ronnie and his lovely wife, and his beautiful daughter Amy. Friends and former students gathered with many memories and tales to tell.

The ceremony came as a surprise to Coach. He spoke at length about the first paving of the court in the 1960s. He surprised us as he told the jersey numbers of his former players who were present, some of the students having played on teams dating 40 plus years ago.

He coached at Hemphill Grade School for 36 years accumulated both boys’ and girls’ teams. He taught students to play football, basketball and volleyball.

Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward was on hand to present a proclamation to Coach proclaiming Aug. 30 as Coach Hiram Collins Day.

A potluck dinner was enjoyed afterward with music and dancing by State of Mind. The band is made up of former students and ballplayers who were brought up under the watchful eye of Coach Collins. We danced and had a blast.

A favorite quote from Coach that evening: “Teachers are the dads and moms for the children when they are at school. Teachers are like mother hens.” That is surely the way it was with Hiram Collins. May our county be filled with teachers with that same attitude!

Many thanks to County Judge/Executive Jim Ward and the Fiscal Court for their help in renovating the basketball court, as it was no easy feat given the rainy weather. It will be a welcome place for the ballplayers of our area for many days to come.

Important note: Friday Nite Pickin’ will not take place during the month of September in observance of Mountain Heritage Festival Events. We will resume on the first Friday of October with Will Caudill and Rt. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 17:21-23



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