Our Yesterdays

Rep. Greg StumboSpeaker of the House

October 9, 2012

20 years ago

(Oct. 14, 1992 and Oct. 16, 1992)

Floyd Countians can expect to see higher property taxes this year as the Floyd County Board of Education voted to pass a general fund tax increase at its regularly scheduled meeting at Adams Middle School, Tuesday evening. The board’s decision followed a special public hearing prior to Tuesday’s meeting to allow the public the opportunity to comment on the new tax. However, only one person spoke at the thirty-minute meeting before board chairman Ray “Shag” Campbell broke off the monologue to begin the regular monthly board meeting.

Four days of fun in Floyd County will begin Thursday, October 15, at Martin with the opening of the 23rd annual Red, White and Blue Days, and culminating, Sunday, at Stumbo Park at Allen, with WMDJ’s annual Day in the Park. Martin’s Red, White and Blue Days will include a gospel sing on Thursday; and live entertainment, food, games, crafts and clogging on Friday.

The city of Prestonsburg is losing more than $20,000 per year, Councilman Billy Ray Collins’ said at Monday evening’s regularly scheduled city council meeting, and that annual loss may cost three city employees their jobs. The city’s municipal parking lots are costing the city much more revenue than they bring in, Collins said, due to leasing, payroll and worker’s compensation expenses, and the unreliability of the city’s metering system.

Floyd County Education Forum members passed a resolution, Monday, criticizing an “attack” on state Education Commissioner Thomas Boysen, and the Office of Education Accountability, by State Representative Greg Stumbo last week. Stumbo last week accused Boysen of being a “prima donna” who surrounded himself with high paid employees, and said that the Department of Education is “right back in the mess it was in, “before Kentucky’s Education Reform Act was passed.

A discussion on the physical condition of Martin Elementary sparked a debate at Tuesday’s school board meeting between a parent and the school system’s director of buildings and grounds. Tallina Rayburn, who has a child at Martin Elementary, asked Frankie Francis, buildings and grounds director, if work had been done to correct problems noted in an engineer’s report on the condition of the school. Francis said the work had been completed and the building had been inspected by architect Randy Burchett. Rayburn disagreed with Francis and passed out to the board recent photographs taken at the school. “I brought some pictures for you to look at and a lot of (these repairs) have not been done,” Rayburn said.

Three new state constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot for the November 3 general election. Kentucky’s Legislative Research Commission has compiled information on these amendments, which will appear in its entirety in the Floyd County Times.

The Prestonsburg Police Department, on Wednesday afternoon, destroyed nearly $1 million worth of marijuana, cocaine and illegal prescription medication that had been confiscated in several of the department’s raids and undercover sting operations. Chief of Police Greg Hall and Assistant Chief Roy Roberts dumped two garbage bags full of illegal drugs taken between December, 1989 and December 1991, alone, into the incinerator at the Highlands Regional Medical Center.

A body found near Atlanta, Georgia, last week, has been positively identified as that of a missing Carl D. Perkins Job Corps student. John Bankhead, public affairs director for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Thursday, that dental records sent to the bureau proved conclusively that the body was that of Walter Cropper, 21, formerly of Panama City, Florida.

There died: Quinciano C. Asuncion of Taytay, Rizal, Philippines, brother of Dr. Virginia A. de Guzman of Martin, died October 10, in an automobile accident at Layfayette, Indiana, following a brief visit here; Susie Puckett, 75, of Ada, Ohio, Monday, at Lima Memorial Hospital; Cora G. Watts Sparkman, 73, of Pippa Passes, Wednesday, at the East Kentucky Health Services Center at Mallie; Russell Johnson, 61, of Hi Hat, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Tivis Neeley, 43, of Hueysville, Monday, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington; Christine Sweeney, 63, of Prestonsburg, Friday, in Highlands Regional Medical Center; Maude McComas, 90, of Cridersville, Ohio, formerly of Eastern, Friday, in the Wapakoneta Nursing Home; Courtney Lee Ann Griffith, 2 1/2, of Whitesburg, Tennessee, Saturday, at the Knoxville Childrens Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee; Montana (Tean) Keathley Osborne, 56, of Banner, Sunday, at her residence; Ramon Hamilton, 56, of Phyllis, formerly of Teaberry, Saturday, at his residence; Eugene Tackett, 45, of Hi Hat, Monday, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Veaneda A. Boyd, 67, of Bevinsville, Tuesday, at Jenkins Community Hospital; Lillie Newsome, 79, of Teaberry, Tuesday, at her residence; Elisha Hall, 73, of Grethel, Tuesday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.

30 years ago

(October 20, 1982)

The trial of Okie Bevins, charged with the murder of five persons at Allen, October 16, of last year, has been continued in Greenup Circuit Court until January.

Highlands Regional Medical Center is not to do anything to interfere with two doctors in their practice of anesthesiology at the hospital; the hospital is to make necessary supplies and equipment available to the physicians, and any failure to do so could result in a fine of $500 a day.

More than half a grant that was supposed to help juvenile offenders will have to be paid back to the state, because it was misused, according to an auditor’s findings disclosed last week at the Floyd County Fiscal Court meeting.

There died: Julia Ann Bentley, 76, of Langley, en route to Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Bruce Blair, 33, of Water Gap, last Tuesday, when a tractor-trailer went out of control on the Parkway bridge, striking Blair’s pickup truck; Violet Mae Ward, 56, of Prestonsburg, last Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Ervin Wallen, 73, of Williamsport, died Sunday, in Birmingham, Alabama; Maebelle Osborne, 65, of Melvin, Monday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; James W. Perry Sr., 59, last Thursday, in Lima, Ohio; George C. Stanley Sr., 75, of Vicco, formerly of Prestonsburg, last Thursday, en route to a Lexington hospital; Catherine Harris Wiechers, 82, of Prestonsburg, last Friday, at Good Samaritan Hospital; Dixie Howard Gibson, 61, of Lower Johns Creek, last Thursday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Sandra Lynn Halbert, two-year-old daughter of Della and Virgil Halbert Jr., of Langley, Tuesday, at McDowell Regional Hospital.

40 years ago

(October 18, 1972)

What has become perhaps Kentucky’s most unusual event will be staged here, Saturday, for the third consecutive year as thousands join to observe Red, White and Blue Day.

Raids on Mud Creek and Left Beaver Creek, last Friday, netted 87 cases of beer and 202 bottles of whiskey, wine, gin and vodka, and one prisoner.

Weeksbury community leaders were presented, recently, at Ashland, signs proclaiming the former mining town winner of third place in the Northeast Kentucky Rual Community Development contest.

The Goins Brothers Country Music Show headed by Melvin Goins, of West Prestonsburg, and Ray Goins, of Pikeville, will appear on the Grand Ole Opry’s Early Bird Bluegrass Show in Nashville.

Franklin Brooks Bentley, 31, formerly of Garrett, was killed in Detroit, Michigan, last Wednesday, victim of a gunshot wound.

Bobby Hall, 49, well-known McDowell man, was killed shortly after noon Monday when the truck he was driving was struck by a C&O coal train near the Hite preparation plant.

George Shell, 53-year-old Cliff man, was killed when struck by a coal train, here, last Saturday.

There died: John Lemaster, 80, of Whitehouse, October 10; Mrs. Alva Jean Newsome, 42, of Teaberry, October 11; Mrs. Cynthia E. Howard, 87, last Tuesday, at her home in Garrett; Frank D. Taylor, 39, of Ashland, October 1; Bruce Stanley, 76, of Ligon, last Friday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Walter Sherman Woods, 58, of Weeksbury, Thursday, at the McDowell Hospital; Mrs. Melvina Newsome Mosley, 80, of Melvin, at her home, Monday; Jake Hamilton, 70, of Stanville, Sunday, at a Pikeville hospital; Mrs. America Moore, 78, formerly of Weeksbury, last Tuesday, in Napoleon, Ohio.

50 years ago

(October 18, 1962)

The United Mine Workers Welfare and Retirement Fund is negotiating to transfer the McDowell Memorial Hospital and three other hospitals of the Miners Memorial Hospital Association to interested groups who would operate the four as community institutions.

Implementation of the Public Works Bill with the appropriation of $400 million by Congress, last Saturday, had apparently made certain the construction of a sewer plant and a sewage treatment plant here.

Former President Harry S. Truman will speak at Pikeville, Saturday.

A gathering of alumni and friends of Alice Lloyd College, Sunday afternoon, heard Congressman Carl D. Perkins, best-known alumnus of the school, and Governor Bert T. Combs, pay tribute to the life and work of the late Alice Lloyd, founder of the famed Knott County school.

Motion for a temporary restraining order against 140 Floyd men who allegedly have been engaged in picketing coal operations in the county was filed, Friday, by 181 operators of small coal companies.

Mrs. Grayce Lou Mirzaian is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Riffe, before leaving for Iran, to join her husband.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Corley, October 4, in Louisville, a daughter, Betty Lynn. Mrs. Conley is the former Jessica Smiley.

There died: Mrs. Patsy Burchett Preston, 31, Friday, in Paintsville; James B. Samons, 99, last Wednesday, at the home of his son, Quinn Samons, in Martin; Mrs. May Cooley, 51, of Water Gap, Sunday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Mrs. Lettie Patton, 78, of McDowell, Saturday, at the McDowell Hospital; John J. Shepherd, 44, of Cincinnati, O., Sunday, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hoot Shepherd, at Dwale; Liney Boyd Jr., 84, formerly of Banner, Friday, in Flatwoods; Mrs. Gilda K. Ingole, 48, sister of James R. Camicia, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, in Welch, W. Va.

60 years ago

(October 16, 1952)

Walter S. Franklin, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, presented the road’s heroic service medal to Glenn L. McComas, baggageman, native of Eastern, who rescued three-year-old Tommy Schoonover from the path of a moving passenger train after sprinting the distance of two city blocks near the Lima, Ohio, station.

Mrs. A. H. Mandt, of Manton, was elected to the board of directors of the Kentucky Society for Crippled Children last Saturday.

The Prestonsburg Blackcats and the Lynch Bulldogs have been selected to play in the second Big Sandy Bowl football game at Paintsville, Thursday, November 13.

“Blue” Childers, former Prestonsburg southpaw, has won 16 and lost two for the Johnson Air Force Base of the Far East League in Japan.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Martin, of Prestonsburg, a daughter, Mary Lou; to Mr. and Mrs. Elza Bowling, at Martin, twin daughters, Annalee and Vernalee.

There died: H. H. Moore, 46, of Wayland, October 12, at the Stumbo Memorial Hospital, Lackey; Leander Grim, 78, of Hite, October 11; Mrs. Thelma Conley Howard, 41, at the home at Estill, Friday; William Wallace, 71, of Betsy Layne, October 10, in Berwine, West Virginia; Robert Hall, 72, at his son’s home at Wayland; Emmett K. Howell, 67, Wednesday, in a Lexington hospital; Richard Baker, 49, of Lancer, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, October 13; Donna Gay Williams, nine-months-old daughter of John and Christine McDonald Williamson, of Drift, October 2; Anna Laura Case, nine-months-old daughter of Andy and Mary Fife Case, of Amba, October 4.

70 years ago

(October 15, 1942)

Floyd county’s scrap weighed to date jumped 90,343 pounds with the junk harvest of 13 additional schools weighed and reported this week, S. L. Isbell, county salvage director, announced.

Fifteen-year-old Hobert Minix Jr., of Lancer, was instantly killed Sunday afternoon when he fell beneath a train of empty coal cars near the Town Branch bridge here.

Floyd County’s quota for the month of October of surgical dressings for army hospitals is 25,000, Mrs. Lillian Keenon, director of this phase of Red Cross work, announced, Wednesday.

Oscar Greer, 57, of Abbott Creek, died a few hours after being crushed by a fall of slate and rubble in the old Purity Cannel Coal Company mine on Abbott Creek.

Alex H. Spradlin, Prestonsburg, was recently appointed a member of Selective Service Board No. 44 here, to succeed Edward L. Allen, Prestonsburg, who resigned.

The Rev. William Smith, 68, well-known minister of the Right Beaver section of this county, was instantly killed, Friday, when his head was crushed by a rockfall in a country coal “bank” in which he was working near his home on Snaggy Fork at Salt Lick Creek.

Married: Miss Bobbie Buffaloe, of Durham, North Carolina, and Staff Sergeant Arbie Hunt, formerly of Prestonsburg, now of Camp Butler, North Carolina, on October 3; Miss Eloise Thompson, of Catlettsburg, and Cpl. John Pratt, of Martin, October 5; Miss Louella Hall, of Dewey, and Mr. Leon Buskirk, of Inez, at Paintsville, October 9.

There died; Miles L. (Buddy) Hall, 65, Sunday, at his home at Pippa Passes; Lily Arlene Blair, five-months-old, of Ivel, Thursday; Ben Spears, 63, of Betsy Layne, September 30, at a Paintsville hospital; Mrs. Amy Sturgill Weddington, 82, October 7, at home at Harold.