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20 years ago

(Feb. 19 and Feb. 21, 1992)

A state Appellate Court Judge ruled, Tuesday, that an investigator for the state Office of Education Accountability does not have to testify before a Floyd County Grand Jury, Wednesday, about an investigation into the Floyd County School System. Appeals Judge John Gardner blocked a decision issued by Floyd County Circuit Judge Harold Stumbo, Tuesday morning, that ordered OEA investigator Phil Austin to obey a subpoena from Commonwealth Attorney Jerry Patton.

The other contenders in the race for eastern Kentucky’s first harness racing track apparently threw a shoe down the home stretch, as Prestonsburg crossed the finish line alone in the race for the $3 million-plus facility. Friday, the Kentucky Harness Racing Commission unanimously approved the application by Eastern Kentucky Racing Inc. president, and Prestonsburg businessman Clyde Woods, to conduct live harness racing and intertrack wagering within the mountains.

A Carl D. Perkins Job Corps counselor was arrested, Thursday night, for allegedly soliciting an assault upon a 17-year-old student, January 10. Clarence Trammel Jr., 52, of Wheelwright, was arrested by Prestonsburg police sergeant Jeff Stumbo and charged with criminal solicitation and criminal facilitation in connection with an altercation at the center involving six students, who allegedly assaulted another student.

Students and instructors from Prestonsburg Community College (PCC) met in a peaceful rally, Monday afternoon, at the college to protest apparent state funding cuts for community colleges across Kentucky. Linda Smith, president of Phi Theta Kappa, an honorary scholastic society member, and sponsor of the rally, led the demonstration to discuss the effects of past cuts and apparent future cuts on community colleges and to ask others to contact their legislators about their concerns as to whether quality education will be allowed to continue within community college systems across Kentucky.

The Prestonsburg Tourism Commission needs tour guides for one-day trips with groups visiting the area. A clear speaking voice and good communication skills are important in presenting interesting information about our past and present.

Approximately 50 Allen city residents were at the Floyd County courthouse annex, Thursday, to protest an entertainment permit application that would allow, if approved, a beer by the drink roadhouse near a New Allen residential section. The application was submitted by Darrell Preston of Ivel, to sell beer by the drink and operate the Crossroads Lounge, “three tenths of a mile from the intersection of U.S. 23 and Route 1428 at Allen,” according to the Floyd County Court entertainment application. The application also noted that the business would offer live music and dancing between the hours of 4 p.m. to midnight, and would be closed only on Sundays and major holidays.

No further information has been received by the state Division of Air Quality on an application by a North Carolina soil remediation company to locate a mobile soil incinerator in Floyd County. Roger Cook, with the Division of Air Quality, said earlier this week that his office has not received the additional information from Enviro-Spec that is needed to complete their application.

There died: Forrest Clinton Stephens, 60, of Prestonsburg, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; David Allen Songer, 38, of Paintsville, Friday, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington; John Pack Sr., 95, of Drift, Wednesday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Arizona (Arie) Caudill, 79, of Plumwood, Ohio, Sunday, at her residence; Eva Evans, 64, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Stephens Branch Road, Sunday; Paul Richard Wright, 40, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Mae Hunt, 68, of Ypsilanti, Mich., formerly of Cow Creek, Wednesday, at St. Joe’s Hospital in Ypsilanti; Nedra Turner Slone, 44, of McDowell, Saturday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Maude Salyers Hannah, 88, of West Van Lear, Tuesday, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center; Adrian Griffith, 31, a former Floyd County resident, in an automoble accident on Saturday, at Bean Station, Tennessee; Mary Mynhier Wolverton, 73, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, at her residence; Virgil Shepherd, 63, of Warsaw, Indiana, Thursday, at IU Medical Center; Verdia Sammons, 71, of Prestonsburg, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Verlin “Tuck” Kimbler, 80, of Sitka, Sunday, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center; Lucille Conley Hackworth, 70, of Silver Lake, Indiana, formerly of Floyd County, Tuesday, at Miller’s Manor Nursing Home in Warsaw, Indiana; Warner Roark Jr., 66, of Weeksbury, Tuesday, at his residence; Woodrow Bradley, 59, of Claypool, Indiana, Wednesday, at his residence; Raymond Astor Woods, 76, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at his residence; Bascom Clark May, 49, of Crestwood, formerly of Martin, Wednesday, at the Tri-County Community Hospital; Edith P. Terry, 70, of Wayland, Wednesday, at Fisher-Titus Hospital in Norwalk, Ohio.

30 years ago

(February 24, 1982)

An abducted 10-year-old Allen girl, missing nearly 12 hours, was found walking in the vicinity of the Allen Park; she was badly frightened and her clothes had been slashed with a knife.

Three Mud Creek men, Tony (19) and Johnny “Buck” (25) Tackett and Melvin Howell (22), were jailed for allegedly beating and stabbing Darrell Hunter, 25, of Printer.

Ronald Gullett, 45, of Wheelwright, survived after he came in contact with a power line carrying approximately 45,000 volts of electricity.

New South Central Bell opens Prestonsburg Operations Building at Water Gap.

There died: Polly Hicks, 62, of Hueysville, Friday, at her home; Troy Calhoun, 76, of Warsaw, Indiana, formerly of Floyd County, Monday, at his home; Robert Keith Osborne, 28, of Azusa, California, formerly of Floyd County, Friday, following a brief illness; Daisy Osborne, native of Floyd County, February 12, in Louisville; Otto Hyden, 76, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, at his home; Lucian Laferty Sr., 68, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at St. Joseph Hospital; Johnny Neeley, 71, of Abbott, Tuesday, at his home; Edna Mae Martin, 55, of McDowell, Monday, at her home; Minnie Prater, 78, of Greenup, formerly of Hueysville, Friday, at home; and J.C. Finley, 83, of Tennessee, formerly of Wayland, February 14, at Harrisman Hospital.

40 years ago

(February 24, 1972)

A grant of approximately $100,000 has been made by the Office of Economic Opportunity in finance planning of a new comprehensive health program in Floyd County within the next 12 months.

Gov. Wendell Ford said last week he is seriously considering imposing a moratorium of up to 60 days on issuance of new strip-mining permits.

The rugged 58th district basketball tournament will get underway at the Prestonsburg High School fieldhouse next Wednesday night, with three of the favored teams, Betsy Layne, McDowell, and Wheelwright, clustered together in the lower bracket.

Governor Wendell H. Ford has moved toward construction of not one, but two, highway bridges to span the Big Sandy River in this county. In addition to the Emma bridge, first promised by Gov. Nunn, a span will be built at Banner.

Anita Lou Auxier, of Emma, the third-place state winner in the 1971 Conservation Essay, received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and an award certificate at the annual Farm Awards Luncheon in Louisville, February 19; Miss Auxier, 13, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Auxier.

Six Floyd County students have been named to the dean’s list at Eastern Kentucky University. They are Philip A. Haywood, and Kathy L. May, both of Prestonsburg; James P. Reebes, Melvin; Robert E. Stanley, Betsy Layne; Mary K. Stickler, Drift.

Born: a son, Jason Ray, first child of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ray Branham, of Prestonsburg, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, January 30.

There died: Lawrence C. Thacker, 74, of Pikeville, Tuesday, February 16 at the Methodist Hospital in Pikeville; Jasper Slone, 80, at his home at at Hueysville, last Tuesday; Bryan Douglas Keathley, 14, son of Walker and Thursda Dotson Keathley of Ashland, formerly of this county, February 4, in a Louisville hospital; Mrs. Anna M. Call, 60, of Harold, Monday, at the McDowell Hospital; Dick Robinson, 80, of the Spurlock Fork of Middle Creek, last Wednesday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Michael Schmidt, 78, Friday, at his home at Rush; Gilbert Samons, 61, of Martin, Thursday, at a Martin hospital; Elizabeth Ann McCown, seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest McCown, of Melvin, last Tuesday, at U.K. Medical Center; Mrs. Lourina O. Slone, 83, of Wayland, Saturday, in a Louisa hospital; Mrs. Dora C. Green, of Sesser, Ill., formerly of the Left Beaver section of this county, Saturday, in Sesser; Mrs. Julia Miller Wallen, 53, of Water Gap, last Wednesday at the U.K. Medical Center; Mrs. Amanda C. Hunter, 88, of Estill, last Wednesday, at a Martin hospital; William R. Hall, 86, of Auxier, last Tuesday, in a nursing home here; Mrs. Ellen Flannery Salisbury, 71, of Martin, Sunday, in a Martin hospital; John Francis “Jack” Ribble, Jr., 74, Sunday, at his home in Midland, Va.; Mrs. Georgia M. Arnett, 63, of West Liberty, February 4.

50 years ago

(February 22, 1962)

Monday will be moving day for the offices of the county superintendent to the new administrative offices in the newly remodeled high school building on Arnold Avenue.

The Prestonsburg Kiwanis Club was joined, last Thursday evening, by Edward T. (Ned) Breathitt, of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, in its rejoicing over the almost-unanimous acclaim given the junior college legislation by the House of Representatives.

W.R. Callihan, of Prestonsburg, has been named chairman of the 1962 American Red Cross fund drive in Floyd County, it was announced this week by Miss Ella Noel White, executive secretary of the Floyd Red Cross Chapter.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Osborn, of Allen, a son, John David, Thursday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin.

There died: Arthur Clarence Carter, 73, former mayor of Prestonsburg, in an auto mishap last Wednesday near Hager Gap; Isadore Horn, 70, of Lackey, Monday, at his home; Mrs. Letha Scalf Compton, 84, last Tuesday, at her home at Hite; Thomas F. Marshall, 85, of Manton, Friday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Richard Frasure, 65, Tuesday, at Martin; Walter Ray Booth, 62, of Martin, Saturday, at Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Vicie Frasure, 83, of Langley, last Thursday, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Ashland; Mrs. Lillie Rose Hughes, 74, of Drift, Monday, at the Beaver Valley hospital; Green R. Allen, 81, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Floyd Jones, 74 of Printer, last Thursday, at Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Mrs. Orlena Stanley, 76, of Hueysville, Friday, at Homeplace Hospital, Ary, Ky.; Mrs. Thelma Hager, 61, of Cliff, last Wednesday, at McDowell Memorial Hospital.

60 years ago

(February 21, 1952)

The Floyd Fiscal Court indicated, at its meeting Monday, that it is planning a common home for the indigents who are charges of the county.

Disapproval of the Breaks of Sandy as a national park site will not discourage the Breaks Park Association in its efforts to promote a bistate or interstate park in the scenic area, the organization’s president said this week.

One UMW hospital in eastern Kentucky became a certainty this week with the presentation of a $32,000 check for real estate at Whitesburg, and another hospital site was nearing purchase in Floyd County, with acceptance and survey of a Beaver Creek parcel of land.

Floyd County, was flu-ridden this week, with every section of the county reporting numerous cases. But for sulfa drugs and penicillin which makes home treatment possible for physicians, hospitals would have been taxed to capacity, it was said.

An advertisement in this week’s Times expressed interest in dead stock! “Get cash for horses, cattle, mules,” read the ad of Darling & Company.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Israel Addington, of Drift, a daughter, Feb. 10, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin.

There died: Laura Minnie Hatfield, 81, last Thursday, at her home at East Point; Wesley Hale, 75, Sunday, at his home at Hueysville; Adam Prater, of Pyramid, Monday, at Prestonsburg General Hospital; Malinda Frances Laferty, 58, Thursday, at her home at Allen; James Bentley, 65, native of Brush Creek, Friday, at Logan, Ohio.

70 years ago

(February 26, 1942)

Members of the Floyd County rationing board said here this week, that the county’s truck and tire quota is insufficient to the needs of motorists whose cars and trucks are essential to industrial and other necessary activities.

Floyd County draft board officials this week expressed belief that the new ruling providing for induction of selectees on the same day they are given their physical examination will not apply to the approximately 100 who have been notified to appear here, Monday, to be taken to Huntington, W. Va., for final examination preparatory to beginning military service.

A.C.P. committeemen, Smith-Hughes teachers, Farm Security administration supervisors, county farm and home agents, and members of Homemakers’ clubs of four counties of this section, attended the district Food-for-Victory meeting held at the Prestonsburg grade school, Thursday, last week.

In the community news from Hippo this week, a fairly complex car swap deal was reported. The transactions follow: “E.C. Moore bought a Pontiac from Herb Paul, then swapped it to C.P. Ousley for a Plymouth. Mr. Moore had previously sold Mr. Ousley a Ford truck. Grover Ousley now has the truck and is using it to drive to the Warco compressor station.”

There died: Charles Baldridge, 68, Friday, at his home on Little Paint; Dr. Carl L. Prichard, 71, veteran eastern Kentucky physician, Saturday, at his home at Harold; Thomas Hall, 76, last Thursday, at his home at Myrtle; Edith Derossett, 19, of Dwale, Monday, at Martin General Hospital, as the result of injuries suffered in an auto wreck, Feb. 13; Flora Agnes Harris, 42, native of Cow Creek, Sunday, at the Paintsville Hospital; J.D. Collins, 24, of Wayland, last Wednesday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital; Beatrice Boyd, 33, Sunday, at Dana; Whitt Chaffins, 32, Saturday, at his home at West Garrett.

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