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20 years ago

(August 10 and August 12, 1994)

A special judge has given the attorney for a Floyd County man until Friday to complete the taking of evidence in a civil suit that accuses Judge-Executive John M. Stumbo of election fraud during the May 1993 primary election campaign. But attorney C.K. Belhasen, who represents radio station owner Dale McKinney in the suit against Stumbo, said he had not been officially served with the judge’s order on Monday.

A former Adams Middle School principal’s suit against the Floyd County Board of Education will go to trial Thursday, more than two years after the orginal complaint was filed.

About 25 craftspeople from Floyd County, and other counties in the region, gathered at the lodge at Jenny Wiley State Park, last Wednesday, to learn the ends and outs of marketing their crafts. The day-long workshop was sponsored by the Kentucky Arts and Crafts Foundation in Louisville.

Allen City Hall became a verbal battleground Monday night, during the city’s council meeting, but that didn’t stop the council from giving themselves raises, or naming a city manager. Discussion became heated about halfway through the meeting when city councilwoman Anne Bentley began casting aspersions on the ability of police chief Virgil Conn, to carry out his duties.

The Prestonsburg City Council’s personnel committee will be going back to the drawing board to find the best way to comparing “apples to apples.” The council is trying to finalize the pay rates, work schedules and raises for city employees for the current fiscal year, with dispatch, fire and police departments still to be worked out.

Several coal trucks lined up at Garth, last week, as Rumpke of Kentucky cleaned out the temporary land fill. The waste was transported to Cooksey Brothers Land Fill in Greenup County.

Martin City Council is continuing its efforts to clear up the city’s water problems, and is considering assistance from the Water Resources Assistance Corporation (WRAC), a division of the Big Sandy Area Development District. It is also considering raising the city’s water rates.

Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin handed acting Police Chief Darrell Conley the keys, Wednesday, to one of the six new police cars the city purchased for the police department.

A countywide crusade to raise donations for Terri LaShae Jarvis, of Allen, a Floyd County infant, in need of two life-saving transplants will get underway today. Crusade volunteers were manning roadblocks at strategic locations in Prestonsburg, Martin, Allen, Mud Creek and Garrett, and asking for donations for expenses needed for transporting the infant and mother to a Pittsburgh hospital for a donor match and to cover other expenses.

Members of the Jenny Wiley Festival Committee, the Prestonsburg tourism director, and the press, waited for almost an hour wednesday morning, for a meeting of the Prestonsburg Tourism Commission to get underway.

Preliminary hearings were held in Floyd District Court, Wednesday afternoon, and included a hearing for a Floyd man who escaped from custody earlier this month. Rodney Blackburn had been brought downstairs from the Floyd County jail to District Court for arraignment on August 2, along with 12 other prisoners and fled when the group was filing into the courtroom.

Testimony concluded Thursday afternoon in a day-long civil trial involving a dispute between a former Adams Middle School principal and the Floyd County Board of Education. It could take a month, though, before a verdict is issued in the case. At issue is a complaint filed by former AMS principal Thomas Tackett, who was demoted in 1992 by interim, state-appointed superintendent Eldon Smith to the job of housebound instructor.

The Army Corps of Engineers will soon be looking at the ups and downs of flood control along the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. Funding for a study of the Levisa Fork Basin in Floyd, Pike and Johnson counties was included in the 1995 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, passed by the House of Representatives this week.

There died: Tina Lafferty Crum, 84, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, August 4, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Oma Whittaker, 84, of Prestonsburg, Monday, August 8, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Opal Spears May, 84, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, April 6, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Frank Patton, 65, of Ashtabula, Ohio, Wednesday, July 27, at his home; Nora Belle Martin, 87, of Martin, Friday, August 5, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center; Emogene Moore, 56, of Bainbridge, Indiana, formerly of McDowell, Sunday, August 7, at Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Indiana; Lucille Greene Bingham, 87, of Hurricane, West Virginia, formerly of Prestonsburg, Thursday, August 4, at Chateau Grove Nursing Home, Hurricane, West Virginia; Bobby D. Wallen, 37, of Martin, Friday, August 5, at his residence; Everett Slone, 75, of Martin, Saturday, August 6, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Alice Gearheart, 75, of Hi Hat, Monday, August 8, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Alexander Boone Fletcher, 84, of Knoxville, Tennessee, Monday, August 1, at St. Marys Hospital in Knoxville; and Rebecca Hall, 20, of Delaware, Ohio, Monday, August 8, at the Grady Memorial Hospital, following injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

30 years ago

(August 15, 1984)

The Floyd County Fiscal Court’s policy on health insurance is the target of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Floyd County Sheriff Henry Hale and his deputies.

Plans were announced for construction of a $3 million shopping center near Prestonsburg, to be known as Glyn View Plaza.

After deliberating nearly three hours a Floyd Circuit Court jury declared itself about evenly split or whether David Lee Allen, 23, of Garrett, was guilty of selling three “hits” of PCP to Det. Johnny Creech.

There died: Alto Lovely, 73, of Hueysville, last Wednesday, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington; Mittle Gunter Johnson, 70, of Melvin, Sunday, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington; Fannie Cole Johnson, 84, of Melvin, Saturday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Carley McSurley, 78, of Drift, last Friday, at his home; Lula Florence Burchfield Jervis, 84, of Prestonsburg, last Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Thomas Marshall, 73, of Martin, Sunday, at VA Hospital in Lexington; Mary Elizabeth Wells, of Auxier, August 10, at the Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

40 years ago

(August 14, 1974)

The Mountain Investment Corporation, Florida-based firm which “owns’ the town of Wheelwright, filed Monday, in circuit court here, a suit asking that Wheelwright officials be enjoined from enforcing ordinances adopted recently to control housing and other conditions there.

A police investigation into neighbors reports of a disturbance in an apartment building at the Goble-Roberts Addition here late Monday night terminated a “pot” party and resulted in the arrest of 14 youths.

R. Donald Goble, of Prestonsburg, became assistant county attorney, effective July 1.

The Floyd Fiscal Court, last Wednesday, accepted the apparent low bid on reroofing of the courthouse. The bid was $33,982 submitted by Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., of Charleston, W.Va.

The United Mine Workers called, Monday, for a five-day shutdown of the nation’s soft coal mines, starting next Monday.

There died: Mrs. Wanda Lee Slone, 50, of Topmost, late Wednesday, at the McDowell Hospital; Hargus Dinnson Hall, 48, of New Philadelphia, O., formerly of this county, Friday afternoon, in an accident in Lafayette, Ohio; Trimble Charley Mitchell, 29, of Wheelwright, Sunday, at a Martin hospital; R. B. “Bert” Stewart, 76, last Thursday, at his home at Hindman; Melvin Keene, 61, of Wolcottville, Ind., formerly of Melvin, Tuesday, August 6, in a LaGrange, Indiana hospital; George Hancock, 61, of Columbus, O., formerly of Garrett, August 6, in a Columbus, hospital; Mrs. Maude Billips, 73, of Martin, last Wednesday, victim of a heart attack; Benny Boyd, 77, August 6, at his home at Dana; Miss Sherry Lynn Cole, 20, August 7, at her home at Melvin; Mrs. Joan Hunter Webb, 68, of Auxier, Friday, at a Paintsville hospital; Joe Paris Poe, 41, of Abbott Creek, Thursday, at his home on Big Branch.

50 years ago

(August 20, 1964)

The Prestonsburg City Council voted, Tuesday night, to purchase from the heirs of the late Hiram Harris, 22 acres of land at the outskirts of West Prestonsburg as a start toward the realization of a community dream of a city park and recreation area.

One day’s work last week by county, state and federal officers reduced the number of moonshine stills operating in the county by six.

As a direct result of lessons learned in Floyd County and seven other areas where the program has been operated on an experimental basis since mid-1961, Congress has decided to expand the food-stamp program.

Clifford B. Latta, executive director of the Municipal Housing Commission, said Tuesday, that the work of razing the old Floyd County courthouse may be begun Monday, if the fiscal court grants right of entry.

There died: Mrs. Annie C. Collins, 77, Sunday, at her home at Lancer; Wendell Ratliff, 33, Sunday, at his home at Wayland; Ely Lewis, 90, of Prestonsburg, last Thursday, at Lackey; Mrs. Florence (Hebads) Martin, 81, of McDowell, last Wednesday, at the home of a daughter there; Orville Jackson Moore, 50, formerly of Floyd County, August 5, in a slate fall in a Pike County coal mine; Mrs. Lakie Cline, 49, formerly of this county, last Tuesday, in Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Ada N. Crisp, 67, of Water Gap, Tuesday, en route to a hospital; W. B. Pratt, 83, Floyd native, August 7, at West Liberty.

60 years ago

(August 19, 1954)

Officials of the Division of Parks, Conservation and Highways will visit Dewey Lake, Friday, to make tentative location of a scenic highway route along the lake, from Stratton Branch to the road which connects with Hager Gap, and later will connect with the dam itself.

A suit filed by the town of Martin, asking the annexation of extensive territory to the corporate limits, reached the court last Friday, and at least one attorney has been employed by dissenting citizens to fight the move.

One-fifth of the more than 130,000 persons in 27 counties who are beneficiaries of the commodity relief program live in Floyd and Pike counties, survey figures released this week show.

A suit growing out of a two-truck collision, last November 27, was filed in circuit court, Friday, asking a total of $55,090 for the two plaintiffs, Patsy Jean Osborne and her mother, Mrs. Irene Osborne.

The Senate approved, Tuesday, an amendment to the Rivers and Harbors Bill, which directs the Army Corps of Engineers to resurvey the Big Sandy River, and its two forks, for possible canalization.

East Kentucky is making, through the cooperation of Senator John Sherman Cooper, a determined bid for a substantial part of the 10 million tons of American gift coal to be shipped to friendly countries, before next June 30.

The return to classroom work for pupils of all the county’s larger schools will begin, Monday, August 30.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Artiver, of Detroit, Michigan, a daughter, Glenda Carol, August 15.

There died: Thomas Irvin Ford, 79, former peace officer, at home at Lackey, Monday; Felix Milton Allen, 74, at home at Warco, Tuesday; Mrs. Easter Yates Whittaker, 84, at her home on Little Paint, Wednesday; Nelson Moore, 80, of Wayland, at the home of his daughter at Garrett, August 13; Ike Litton, 31, of Rockwood, Virginia, formerly of Buckingham, killed in a car accident in Tennessee, Monday; Sharon Lee Stith, shortly after birth, Tuesday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Stanley Mekoliter Jr., 29, of Lima, Ohio, at the home of his mother-in-law, on Middle Creek, Friday; William B. Short, 46, native of Abbott Creek, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, Wednesday.

70 years ago

(August 17, 1944)

Floyd County war casualties reported this week are: Killed in action-Pfc. Hillard Tuttle, of Minnie; wounded-Pfc. George W. Sizemore, of Prestonsburg; Pfc. James Tackett, of Cliff; Bud Ford, of Wayland; Roy Mullett, of Bonanza, and Lewis Calhoun, of Bevinsville; missing-Pvt. Charles Mullins, of Weeksbury.

Elson Kendrick, 38, special officer at the David operations of the Princess Elkhorn Coal Company Mines was found seriously wounded, late Sunday night at the company’s No. 2 mine.

An altar-bound couple, Andy Inman, of Lackey, and Miss Zora Music, of Glo, on their way to the home of a minister, were seriously injured, Monday afternoon, at Lackey, when their automobile left the highway and overturned. In separate hospitals, both will recover, it was said.

John Rufus Green, two years old, of Orkney, is the third case of polio reported in Floyd County this year.

Henry Caldwell, 37, native of Ivel, this county, was shot and killed in front of an inn near Tams Mountain, West Virginia, Sunday.

Fire destroyed the Banner post office and the store of Postmaster I. N. Hall, last week.

Upon expiration of the present rationing period, motorists will be required to refile applications for “A” gasoline coupons, it was announced this week by the Floyd War Price and Rationing Board.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Robinson, of Garrett, a daughter, Manuela Manilla, to S-Sgt. and Mrs. John A. Davidson, a son, John Jr., August 13, at The Paintsville Hospital; to Mr. and Mrs. Hershell Pennington, of Ligon, a son, Larry Joe; to Mr. and Mrs. Noah Akers Jr., of Ligon, a son; to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Moore, of Cliff, a son.

There died: Allen Slone, 93 years old, at the home of his son at Blue River, Tuesday; William L. Noe, 76, of Wayland, at the Martin General Hospital, Thursday; Mrs. Martha Rose, 91, at her home at Lancer, Sunday; Mrs. Dulsna Bentley, 64, of Langley, last week; Hershell Lester Jr., two months old, of Martin, at the Martin General Hospital, Saturday.

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