Ten Years Ago
April 19 and 21, 1995
Some Floyd County government employees are eyeing the possibility of union representation, apparently in response to some changes in the way local government business is being conducted...Wheelwright City Commissioners reviewed an architect's drawing of a proposed renovation of the city's swimming pool...There is a vacant seat on the Wheelwright City Commission with Monday's announcement by Commissioner Luther Johnson Jr., that he is the first announced write-in candidate for Floyd County Judge-Executive...Osborne school officials are asking city and county officials for their help to provide water to the school. In a letter to Wheelwright City Commissioners, Osborne principal Paul Tackett asked that the school be hooked up to the Beaver Elkhorn or Wheelwright Utility Commission's water system...Prestonsburg and Cow Creek fire department battled flames this past weekend and lost a few homes...Shelia Jackson's face beams as she describes her relationship with her sister, Lucy Samons. "She's a part of me now," she says. While the sentiment is one voiced by many siblings, for Jackson and Samons, it is literally true. On August 18, 1994, Jackson's sister provided her with the bone marrow necessary to save her life...Jeffery Byron Marcum, 37, of Grethel, was killed, Saturday night, in Pike County, when he apparently stepped off a bicycle and into the path of a vehicle...On Wednesday, April 12, the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital had a ground breaking ceremony. The hospital is building emergency room offices, and renovating the existing building...The family of 14-month-old Floyd County child Terri LaSha Jarvis finally heard the good news they have been waiting for. State Human Resources Secretary Masten Childers announced on Wednesday that the state will pay an estimated $300,000 cost of a liver-small bowel transplant the child desperately needs...Prestonsburg businessman Frank Fitzpatrick will present a proposal to put an eastern Kentucky shareholder on the board of directors of Pittsburgh-based Equitable Resources at an annual meeting of shareholders on May 26...Accused Knott County murderer Clawvern Jacobs has been declared competent to be retried for the 1986 murder of Alice Lloyd College student Judy Ann Howard. After a day-long hearing, Thursday, Floyd Circuit Judge John David Caudill ruled that Jacobs was competent to aid in his own defense and to be tried for Howard's murder...Floyd County's Fiscal Court will review a proposed E-911 ordinance today (Friday) in an effort to resolve legal issues surrounding the collection of more than $800,000 to implement the service...A Lancer home caught fire Thursday, and lightning is believed to be a contributing factor. Prestonsburg fire department officials said. Sergeant Mike Mays said the fire is still under investigation, but believes the fire began on the second floor of the home and that lightning may have caused it...Floyd County businesses are being encouraged by the state Chamber of Commerce to attend a public hearing Tuesday, April 25, on proposed water quality standards being conducted by the Kentucky Division of Water...There died: Hascue Collins, 68, of Leesburg, Indiana, a native of Prestonsburg, Saturday, April 15, at Kosciuskuo Community Hospital in Warsaw, Indiana; Carl Potter, 85, of Patriot, Indiana, formerly of Allen, Saturday, April 15, at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Indiana; Jeffrey Byron Marcum, 37, of Grethel, Saturday, April 15, in Boldman, Pike County, the result of an accident; Junior Calhoun, 68, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Saturday, April 15, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne; Abram "Abe" Cole, 90, of Banner, formerly of Martin, Sunday, April 16, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; James Fred Edwards, 53, of Salyersville, Sunday, April 16, at Pikeville Medical Hospital; Wilma P. Allen, 57, of Minnie, Monday, April 17, at her residence; Ruth Oppenheimer Worland, 80, of Prestonsburg, Friday, April 14, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center North in Covington; Banner Joe Slone, 86, of Lackey, Monday, April 10, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Larry Douglas Allen, 48, of Flatwoods, formerly of Allen, Friday, April 14, at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia; Charlos Fern Akers, 62, of Bevinsville, Thursday, April 13, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington; Granville Hunter, 44, of Topmost, Friday, April 14, at his residence; Oma Johnson, 70, of Kite, Thursday, April 13, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Carrie M. Martin Wimer, 74, of Cincinnati, Ohio, April 16; Amos Garrett, 78, of Betsy Layne, Friday April 14, at his residence; Mollie Goodman Robinson, 84, of Martin, Wednesday, April 19, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center; Tom "Tekle" Wendell Burchett, 68, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, April 20, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg; Pauline Combs Slone, 52, of Fisty, dead on arrival at Hazard Medical Center, Thursday, April 19, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident; Freda Marie Justice, 80, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, April 12, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg; Walter Adams, 58, of Wooster, Ohio, formerly of Teaberry, Tuesday, April 18, at the Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio; Larry Dean Robinson, 45, of Prestonsburg and Langley, Wednesday, April 19, at the UK Medical Center, Lexington.
Twenty Years Ago
April 17, 1985
Roger Recktenwald, 40, of Dwale, has been named executive-director of the Big Sandy Area Development District. He replaces the late Joseph S. McCauley...In upholding a 1983 decision by a Floyd Circuit Court jury, the state Court of Appeals last week gave support to the notion that coal companies should be made to pay fair rental value to any landowners on whose property they trespass...Officials of the financially-strapped Big Rivers Electric Corp. in western Kentucky last week approved a merger with the East Kentucky Electric Cooperative, and the merger issue could come to a vote by the 18 cooperative in this section of the state, including Big Sandy REA, as early as June, it was indicated...Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler hastened to assure staff members in Social Security Admininistration field offices that no massive closing of existing social security offices was planned...Floyd schools have again been put on notice by state education authorities to shape up-or, this time, risk their accreditation...Albert O. "Buddy" Gibson, 49, filed a courtroom here last December when he was about to be tried on assault and wanton endangerment charges...The Big Sandy-Elkhorn Coal Mining Institute will be holding its eighth annual Coal Mining Instute. Thursday and Friday, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park...There died: Jimmie Joe Watson, 37, of Hi Hat, died Friday, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, following a brief illness...Gary Lee Rice, 37, of Inez, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, April 10, in Nashville, Tennessee, following an extended illness...Smith Hagans, 71, of Abbott Creek, died Friday, at his home following an apparent heart attack...Miss Athene Scott, 63, of Wheelwright, died Wednesday, April 10, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital following an extended illness...William H. Mathis, 88, of Waynesboro, Virginia, formerly of this county, died at the Waynesboro Commnity Hospital, Friday, April 5.
Thirty Years Ago
April 16, 1975
The Prestonsburg Gas and Water System, this week, announced that until further notice, it will not apply water service to any new consumers outside the city limits...Approximately 18 miles of Floyd County roads are scheduled for repair in the program begun this week by the state, which will spend $21.5 million of its own funds to repair 420 miles of highway that have been severely damaged by coal trucks...The Floyd County Save Our Land Club joined five other Kentucky groups, this week, in entering the Broad Form Deed appeal which is testing the constitutionality of the new state law requiring the permission of landowners before stripmining can be done under the old deeds...The 11th annual Mountain Dew Festival will begin tomorrow at Prestonsburg Community College...Miss Melissa Lee Lafferty, 17, of Allen, was crowned Miss Floyd County at the annual scholarship pageant here, Saturday...There died: Alex Samons, 81, of Martin, last Tuesday, at Martin; Cordelia Hall Powers, 83, April 8, at McDowell; Ocie Irene Clay Gunnell, 69, of Prestonsburg, March 31, here; Jennie Layne Caldwell, 97, of Tram, Friday night here; Floyd Johnson, 62, of Weeksbury, Thursday, near his home; Mrs. Donie W. Calhoun, 78, of West Prestonsburg, last Tuesday, here; Charlie Stapleton, 73, April 1, at home at Water Gap; Mrs. Edith Gore Adkins, 62, last Thursday, at Logan, W. Va.; Mrs. Minnie Hunter, 71, Saturday, at her home at Honaker; Mrs. Frances Denes, 97, last Thursday, at Tram; Paul Raymond Hale Jr., 31, native of West Prestonsburg, Sunday; Mrs. Susie A. Holden, 88, of Lafayette, Ind., April 7, here; Earl Manns, 51, of Wayland, last Saturday, at McDowell.
Forty Years Ago
April 15, 1965
Several hundred adults and 37 teachers in Floyd County are in school again, as part of the new adult education program, which opened in the county, April 5...Election of city officials will be held in three municipalities of the county next November, but the only possible "scrap" foreseen will be in Martin, where two tickets have filed for City Council...The Floyd County Health Department, various state and county officials, and many civic organizations joined this week in urging citizens to cooperate in the clean-up campaign that opens here today (Thursday)...Floyd, a county which normally produces a "crop" of 20 or more Democratic candidates for the Jailer's office, this year has only four, and the time for others to file has past...The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church, last Sunday, approved the recommendation of its Building Committee, concerning plans for the construction of a church building...Born: to Dr. and Mrs. James Douglas Adams, a son, James Douglas II, April 10, at Prestonsburg General Hospital...There died: Judy Lee Boyd, 16, Saturday, at home at Ivel; Mrs. Emma King, 72, Friday, at her home at Kite; Preston Bailey, 76, of Stanville, Monday, at Pikeville.
Fifty Years Ago
April 14, 1955
The long search by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis for a definite polio preventive ended, Tuesday morning, when the Salk vaccine was declared safe, effective, and powerful, in preventing paralytic polio, and was officially licensed for public use...Approval of plans by both state and federal agencies, last week, cleared the way for construction here of an $85,000 health center...David L. Francis, president of the Princess Elkhorn Coal Company at David, told a gathering, Saturday evening, that Princess Elkhorn "came through last year, one of the worst in the history of the coal industry, with flying colors."...Guy Bates, an escaped convict from the state reformatory at La Grange, was captured, Saturday, on Left Beaver Creek by Deputy Sheriffs Willie and Green Johnson...The Cumberland Field Station, with a staff of 24 various medical specialists, which has been in operation at West Prestonsburg since last summer, is working to identify the cause or causes of diarrheal disease. There died: Johnnie Hughes, 25, of Blue River, Monday, in a car wreck near Albion, Michigan; Johnnie Conn, 56, of Martin, last Friday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Mrs. Pearl Lewis Clark, 53, of Endicott, last Thursday, at her home; Elliot Prater, 49, formerly of this county, recently at home, in Kenton, Ohio.
Sixty Years Ago
April 12, 1945
Damage, estimated at $20,000, was caused, here, Friday, when the Club Rustique, and equipment and records of the Ryan-Manchester-Keel Lumber Company burned...Two Floyd Countians are reported killed in action-Pfc. Clyde Patton, of Lancer, March 9, on Luzon, and Pfc. Daniel Howard, of Hueysville, on Iwo Jima. The wounded: Pfc. Tom Parsons, of Allen, April 8, in Germany; Pvt. Gilbert E. Ray, of Cliff, March 21, in Germany...President Roosevelt died last Thursday, at Warm Springs, Georgia; and Wednesday, of this week, Ernie Pyle, famed war correspondent, was killed on Okinawa by a Japanese sniper...W. H. Fields, this week, sold his 5 & 10-cent store and furniture business at Garrett to Dr. R. H. Messer, H. H. Hornsby and Rudolph Spencer...There died: Samuel Robinson, 42, killed Wednesday, by a mine motor at Wayland; Mrs. Fronia Tackett, 38, of Hunter, Friday, at a Martin hospital; R. B. Sturgill, 49, of Garner, Saturday, at a Martin hospital; Andrew Jackson Damron, 52, of Tram, Friday, at a Martin hospital; Malica Austin, 81, Tuesday, at Hunter.
Seventy Years Ago
April 12, 1935
Five men and a woman were jailed here, Wednesday, after Adam Smith, Knott County deputy sheriff, had died of bullet wounds suffered on Jones Fork, the preceding day...Waite Hall and Ed Leslie led the Floyd County basketball team to the intra-mural basketball championship at Morehead College recently, defeating Letcher County in the finals...Judge Edgar Hager, of Ashland, will be the speaker, Friday, at the Kiwanis inter-club meeting here...There died: Henry Davis, 41, April 1, at Betsy Layne; Mrs. Hattie Sturgill Hays, 46, of Lackey, today (Thursday), at a Martin hospital.