Ten Years Ago
February 8 and 10, 1995
Four Floyd County schools could share approximately $262,000 in reward money for scoring beyond performance thresholds on state tests established by Kentucky's Education Reform Act. Auxier, Duff and Harold Elementaries, and Betsy Layne High School were deemed eligible for rewards because the schools either exceeded the threshold by one point or more, or because at least 10 percent of students at novice level moved to the apprentice level or higher...When a sudden impairment, such as erosion and mud slides, takes place, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) natural resources conservation service steps in to help. The conservation service showed three impairment sites in Prestonsburg to thirteen prospective construction companies on Thursday, February 2...The state Justice Cabinet has denied an open records request from The Floyd County Times for information concerning licensed bingo operations in the county...The county official whose ouster caused statewide panic and resulted in legislative action got his office back Tuesday. Breathitt County Judge-Executive Nim Henson, the lone victim of a state Supreme Court decision relating to the filing of performance bonds, may be the final recipient of legislative grace, according to a ruling issued February 7 by special Judge Stephen "Nick" Frazier, of Paintsville...A five-member blue ribbon panel was named February 1 to either receive citizen input on where an E-911 center is to be located or to advise Floyd County's Fiscal Court on how to implement an agreement for the service with the Kentucky State Police...Floyd County's fiscal court will meet at 11 a.m., Wednesday, (today), to decide if the sheriff's department can get back on its feet sooner than expected. The court will consider a request from Sheriff Paul Hunt Thompson to borrow $115,000 from First Commonwealth Bank to repay a state loan acquired last year...If a proposal to hire a full-time attorney to represent Prestonsburg passes city council's muster, the odds are that current city attorney Larry Brown won't be the man for the job. Council's administration and personnel committee discussed the city attorney's position in a meeting, Friday, at the request of Brown, but came away with no formal recommendation...Repair and renovation work at the Strand Theatre in Prestonsburg, which was damaged by fire, last month, is underway...In an effort to quell rumors that the prison at Wheelwright is to be upgraded to a medium security facility, Otter Creek officials say such a move is definitely not in the works. According to an official with the state Corrections Cabinet, prison owners cannot make such a change, even if they wanted to...A Floyd County Grand Jury will hear a case against a Hunter man who is charged with 21 offenses, after a Kentucky State Police trooper was allegedly dragged under the suspect's car. In a preliminary hearing, Wednesday, in Floyd District Court, trooper Ron Peppi testified against Anthony Salisbury, 20, of Hunter...Floyd County Sheriff Paul Hunt Thompson has secured a loan so that he can obtain another loan to get his office back on track. A $115,000 check from the First Commonwealth Bank was deposited, Thursday, in the sheriff's account, so that a $115,000 loan from the state's Finance Cabinet can be repaid. Now Sheriff Thompson can secure another loan from the Finance Cabinet to finance his office operations until property tax revenues are collected...Floyd County will be among at least 22 counties in Kentucky that will be observing Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week, February 13 through 18, in honor of Terri LaSha Jarvis, who turns one-year-old on February 13. Jarvis, the daughter of Terri and Tammy Jarvis of Banner, is in need of a lower bowel/liver transplant..There died: Buell Shepherd, 57, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Tuesday, January 24, in Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Retired Col. James Darwin Stephens, 78, of Georgetown, Tuesday, January 31, at his residence; Odessa Patrick Slone, 63, of Martin, Friday, February 2, at her residence; Willie Mae Blackburn Shepherd, 80, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, February 5, at Northside Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee; Nova Parker, 77, of McDowell, Monday, February 6, at the residence of her son, Don Parker; Latisha Rose Hall, infant daughter of Gregory Allen and Debra Dee Harris Hall of Weeksbury, Friday, February 3, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Ethel Ray Mims, 75, of Pikeville, Saturday, February 4, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Vinson Shepherd, 76, of West Prestonsburg, Saturday, February 4, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Albert Henderson, 23, of Chillicothe, Ohio, formerly of Hi Hat, Thursday, February 2, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; Ernest Newman, 95, of Grethel, Thursday, February 2, at his residence; Margie Shepherd Crum, 56, of Banner, Monday, February 6, dead on arrival at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Myrtle Duff Roberts, 48, of Oley, Pennsylvania, formerly of Garrett, Sunday, February 5, in Pennsylvania; Essie "Big Mom" Gayheart Martin, 94, of Eastern, Monday, February 6, at her residence; Irene Wright Dotson, 72, of Middle Creek Road, Prestonsburg, Sunday, February 5, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Clyde Preston Allen, 88, of Hazard, formerly of Martin, Monday, February 6, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center; Windle W. Blair, 74, of Gallatin, Tennessee, formerly of Water Gap, Thursday, February 2, at Summer Regional Medical Center; Ray Tuttle, 79, of Milan, Indiana, formerly of Garrett, Monday, February 6, at Dearborn County Hospital, Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Hulda Hall Lawson, 87, of Honaker, Wednesday, February 8, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington; Raymond C. Gilliam, 55, of Wheelwright, Wednesday, February 8, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.
Twenty Years Ago
February 6, 1985
Prestonsburg's oldest house, known locally as "the old Johns House," was gutted by fire, Friday morning...Child support offices in Prestonsburg, Salyersville and Paintsville are being consolidated into one regional office in Prestonsburg...The weekend snow was runningboard high to a Volkswagen...There died: John F. Hall, 77, of Grethel, January 28, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Hester Vanderpool, 72, of Hueysville, Thursday, in Ohio; Judy F. Isaacs, 89, of Teaberry, Saturday, at her home; Ross E. Johns, 60, of Eastern; Anna Brookover, 88, of Prestonsburg, Friday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Lona Cole, 69, of Prestonsburg, January 29, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Gertrude Cheek Clay, 82, of Allen, January 30, at her home; Willie E. Osborne, 89, of Eastern, last Wednesday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; James Ervin Halbert, 85, of Printer, Monday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Lillian Virginia Hunt, 55, of Prestonsburg, Monday, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home; Grace D. Spradlin, 80, of Stanville, January 16, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Otis Musick, 77, of Lancer, Friday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home.
Thirty Years Ago
February 5, 1975
The fiscal court at its meeting, here, this afternoon, (Wednesday) will consider bids on the collection, hauling and disposal of solid waste from the county's four magisterial districts to the one county-maintained landfill on Turkey Creek, near Maytown...With plane crashes becoming more frequent in eastern Kentucky, the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad has purchased a scanner which will receive "beeps" from a downed plane, enabling searchers to locate the craft quickly...Ashland Oil Inc., plans to expand its coal holdings, with "special emphasis in the Appalachian area."...Four Floyd County students are among those named to the Dean's List at Pikeville College. They are Johnny Lee Martin, Freshman, of Garrett; Randy Dale Osborne, Freshman, of Martin; Charles Azea Conn, Sophomore, of Betsy Layne, and John Alan Salisbury, Freshman, of Martin...Born: a son, Bryant Dean, to Mr. and Mrs. Dean C. Cornett, of Prestonsburg, Jan. 14; a son, James Christopher, to Mr. and Mrs. James Larry Daniels, of Allen, Jan. 19; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Blackburn, of Drift, Jan. 25...There died: Ernest Hill, 85, Monday, Jan. 27, at his home at Wheelwright; Mrs. Lizzie Akers, 67, of Galveston, last Friday, at a Pikeville hospital; Willie Shepherd, 64, formerly of this county, Thursday, at his home in Marshall, Mich.; Dollie Marshall Dotson, 82, of the Middle Creek Road, last Thursday, at a hospital here; Curtis McCown, 54, of Wheelwright, Tuesday, at a Martin hospital; Sam P. Collins, 89, of Wheelwright, last Friday, at a Lexington hospital; Mary Eileen Hughes, 56, of Wheelwright, last Wednesday, at the McDowell Hospital; Hi Prater, 83, of Blue River, last Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Paintsville Hospital; Thomas Y. Harmon, Sr., 90, of Bayes Branch, Monday, at a nursing home, here.
Forty Years Ago
February 4, 1965
Beaten about the head with a heavy timber at her home on the Middle Creek road, last Saturday, a 28-year-old mother of two was listed in critical condition in a Lexington hospital, and two men were jailed in connection with the incident...A 12-room addition to May Lodge, new tent-camping facilities, expanded camping areas, and an enlarged boat dock are planned at Jenny Wiley State Park this year, it was announced, Monday...Ted Hicks, president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, will serve as chairman of Heart Days-for Business in Prestonsburg, for the 1965 Heart Fund, it was announced this week...The Prestonsburg Chamber of Commerce, at a meeting held, Thursday, last week at the Municipal building, named Homer Neeley Jr., as director to succeed Rev. T. W. Chisholm, who resigned...Blaine R. Hall has purchased the interest of Ed Music in the Hall-Music Insurance Agency, here, the change in ownership becoming effective January 1, it was learned this week...Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Barkley J. Sturgill, a son, Barkley Jennings Jr., Jan. 21, at the Pikeville Appalachian Regional Hospital...There died: William Henry Warren, 68, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; A. J. Hamilton, 88, formerly of Floyd County, January 19, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Alex Birchfield, 82, formerly of Mare Creek, Tuesday, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Kate Greer Alexander, 65, of East Point, January 25, at the Paintsville Hospital; Mrs. Lilly Collins, 60, of Wayland, Thursday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; James Caudill, 26, formerly of Lackey, Sunday, at a Fort Wayne, Indiana hospital; Miss Doll Salisbury, 81, of Martin, Wednesday, at the home of a sister at Martin; Walter H. Crisp, 57, Floyd County native, Sunday, in an Ashland Hospital.
Fifty Years Ago
February 3, 1955
H. L. Ley, of Prestonsburg, vice-president in charge of operations, Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company, announced, today (Thursday), that applications have been filed for authorization which would enable its recently-formed subsidiary, the Kentucky Hydro-Carbon Company, to construct a $9,000,000 hydro-carbon recovery plant near Maytown...A contract, which promises to break the stalemate on highway construction to Dewey Dam, and around Dewey Lake, is scheduled for letting by the State Department of Highways, February 18...What may by the first polio case in Floyd County this year is suspected in the illness of three-year-old Gregory Wade Bailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bailey of Hippo...Nomination of Curtis Clark, Mayor of Prestonsburg, to the post of U.S. Marshall for the Eastern district of Kentucky was made, Tuesday, by President Eisenhower...Resignation of Judge Bert T. Combs from the bench of the state's highest court was submitted, Monday, to Acting Governor Emerson Beauchamp, and became effective the following day...Kelly Coleman, Wayland's six-foot-one junior guard, played in three-games last week, and poured 128 points through the nets for an average of 42 per contest...Born: to Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Smiley, of Prestonsburg, their sixteenth child, a son, Phillip Lindsay, January 30...There died: Lawrence Webb, 50, of East Point, Wednesday, at the Paintsville Hospital; Harvey Hamilton, 64, of Beaver, last Saturday, at the home of his daughter; Mrs. Ella M. Ratliff, 77, of Lancer, Monday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital.
Sixty Years Ago
February 1, 1945
Floyd County's worst mine disaster took place at the Horn Elkhorn Coal Company mine, West Prestonsburg, Thursday evening, last week, when an explosion took the lives of three miners. The dead: Otto Stephens, 33, of Sloan; John P. Pennington, 42, of Lancer, and Theodore R. Collins, 39, West Prestonsburg...Floyd Countians listed this week as war casualties: Killed in action; Pfc. Orville Chaffins, of Minnie; missing-T-5 Charles E. Hunter, of Martin; Willie A. Damron Jr., of Amba; wounded-Pfc. Johnny H. Davis, of Myrtle; Pvt. Jewell G. Minix, of Prestonsburg; Joseph DeRossett, of Lancer; captured-Cpl. James W. Caudill, of Auxier, and Ross Caudill, of Dony...The Floyd County Circuit Court grand jury, Saturday, endorsed the "work-or-fight" legislation now pending in Congress...Elkhorn City won the Big Sandy Conference tournament at Pikeville last week. Barkley Sturgill of the Prestonsburg team, suffered a broken arm, Friday night, in the game with Meade Memorial...Fire caused an estimated damage of $200 to Charles Crum's Pure Oil Service Station at Martin, Tuesday...There died: Mrs. Margaret Potter, 74, Tuesday, at Kite; Mrs. Martha Cook, 76, Monday, at Topmost; the Rev. Daniel Hughes, 72, of Martin, Saturday, at a Martin hospital; Barney Davis, 68, last Thursday, at Tram; Mrs. Lula Boyd Mosley, 50, Monday, at Emma; Mrs. T. C. Campbell, 46, of Mousie, Tuesday, at a Martin hospital; John C. Chaffins, 63, of Harold, at a Martin hospital, last Wednesday.
Seventy Years Ago
February 1, 1935
Dr. W. L. Stumbo has sold the Beaver Valley Hospital at Martin to a group of Pikeville doctors-Paul Gronnerud, R. S. Johnson, M.D. Flannery, A. G. Osborne, S. B. Casebolt, and R. W. Raynor...The fire which destroyed the barn of John (Cat) Calhoun, Friday morning, in the Porter Addition, here, may have been of incendiary origin, Mr. Calhoun said...Miss Mabel Porter, Floyd Circuit Court reporter, was seriously injured, Friday, when the auto driven by her brother, Paul, skidded on icy pavement near East Point...Jarvey Hamilton, night watchman for the Pike-Floyd Coal Company at Betsy Layne, was killed by a revolver shot, Sunday night...There died: Mrs. Sally Davidson Fitzpatrick, 78, widow of H. H. Fitzpatrick, Wednesday, at a Paintsville hospital; Hy H. Allen, of Middle Creek, Saturday.