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20 years ago

(July 22-24, 1992)

A Floyd County woman was rescued from what may have been a watery grave, Thursday evening, by a man who learned his life-saving techniques from the CBS television program, Rescue 911. Tony Meade, of Meade Branch at Abbott Creek, pulled his neighbor, Gail Hieronymus, out of her own swimming pool, and immediately began administering cardio-pulminary resuscitation, although he had never been formally trained for the procedure.

A 46-year-old Floyd County woman was charged with drunk driving in connection with a car accident involving a pregnant woman, Tuesday, in Wheelwright. Lonnie S. Tackett of Wheelwright was charged with DUI, second offense within five years, after the car she was operating struck a vehicle driven by Mallie Haley, 26, of Wheelwright. Haley, who is eight and a-half months pregnant, was admitted to Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin after the accident, and she was reported in good condition, Thursday.

A Wheelwright City Commissioner was arrested for driving under the influence and disorderly conduct by city police, Thursday, approximately an hour and a half after a city commission meeting. Luther Johnson Jr., 38, was arrested by Wheelwright police officer Rodney Newsome for allegedly driving while intoxicated. The arrest came just hours after a heated discussion between Johnson and police chief Charles Harmon, at the commission meeting.

A joint venture between the Floyd County Fiscal Court and the City of Prestonsburg, to secure a location for a proposed harness racing track was announced at Friday’s fiscal court meeting. County officials approved an inter-local agreement to create the Prestonsburg Corporation, which will be managed by a five-member board of incumbent members of the Eastern Kentucky Convention Commission.

There died: Martha Ward, 104, of St. Mary’s, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County; Oma P. Elkins, 74, of Hi Hat, Friday, at Hazard Nursing Home; Day Crisp, 74, of Allen, Saturday, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington; Edward Slone, 73, of Yorkville, Illinois, formerly of McDowell, Friday, at his residence; Estill Click, 80, of Dema, Thursday, at McDowell Regional Medical Center; Ballard Jones, 76, of Melvin, Monday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Donald Botts, 70, of Banner, Friday, at his residence; Vernita Amburgey, 55, of Printer, Thursday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Carol Yvonne Tudor, 53, of Park Hill, Oklahoma, Thursday, at Tahlequah City Hospital; Philip Marshall Chaffins, 50, of McDowell, Thursday, at his residence; Mary Ellis Branham, 80, of Prestonsburg, July 21, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Kenneth Lewis, 43, of Attica, Ohio, Saturday, at Cleveland Metro Health Center; Charlie Bertie Hunter, 84, of Printer, Monday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Orville Lee Collins, 55, of Honaker, Friday, at UK Medical Center; Hasadore “H.D.” Moore, 82, of Price, Wednesday, at his residence; Julia Blevins, 90, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Alton Leo Little, 55, of Price, Wednesday, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington; Danny Dale Davis, 43, of Paintsville, Sunday, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington; Oma Hamilton, 73, of Salyersville, formerly of Allen, Tuesday, at Salyersville Health Care Center.

30 years ago

(July 28, 1982)

The murder trial of Edward Slone Jr., of Price, charged in the shooting deaths of two Melvin youths, Terry Johnson and Paul Stanley, at Wheelwright, will be held in this county, ruled Circuit Judge Hollie Conley.

A new law that took effect, July 15, stated that coal trucks must have all loose loads covered by tarpaulin.

Sterling Hamilton, 55, of Teaberry, was arrested, Friday, and charged with transporting a stolen vehicle and stolen property, interstate. He remains in jail without bond.

In going behind closed doors to discuss budget cuts in a remedial reading program, the Floyd County Board of Education apparently violated the state open-meeting law, according to an attorney-general’s opinion.

There died: Vina Webb Davis, 71, of Dwale, last Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Harry May, 79, formerly of Abbott Creek, last Thursday, at Fort Logan Hospital; Martha Mollett, 84, formerly of Floyd County, last Saturday, at Albion Community Hospital; Susie Click Pitts Prater, 78, of Manton, last Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Homer Bentley, 63, of Ashland, formerly of Floyd County, Monday, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital; Virgil Justice, 83, of Harold, last Saturday, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Pikeville; Thomas Wilson, 71, of Auxier, last Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Myrtle Ann Maynard, 81, of Allen, last Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; William Spears, 94, of Emma, last Thursday, at the J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center in Louisa; Bonnie Sue Brookover, 50, formerly of Floyd County, Sunday, at her residence; Hawley Robinson, 71, native of Langley, last Friday, at Albion Community Hospital; Oakie Hall, 59, of Pikeville, native of Floyd County, last week in Pikeville; Roby V. Hamilton, 56, of Saybrook Township, Ohio, last Saturday, at his residence.

40 years ago

(July 26, 1972)

Construction of the Prestonsburg Clinic is expected to begin here within the next two weeks and the deadline for its completion has been set for next June 1, Dr. George P. Archer, one of the doctor-members of the corporation financing the structure, said this week.

The drowning, late last Thursday afternoon, of Gary Deane Tackett, 17-year-old Beaver youth, was the second of the season at Dewey Lake.

Arson is suspected in the destruction, by fire last Friday night, of a wrecker owned by Deputy Sheriff James Bartley, of Melvin.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hamilton, of Piketon, O., formerly of Beaver, a daughter, Katrina Kaye, July 9; to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton E. Bartley, of Harold, a daughter, July 11; and to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby S. Slone, of McDowell, a daughter, July 11; to Mr. and Mrs. Earn Newsome, of Garrett, a son, July 12.

There died: The Rev. Guy Coffman, 87, former pastor of the Prestonsburg and Wheelwright Methodist Churches and a former principal of the Prestonsburg elementary school, Friday, at his Ashland home; Jake Thompson, formerly of Langley, July 10, in Huntington, W.Va.; Curtis Haywood, 53, formerly of Prestonsburg, July 18, at his home at Columbus, O.; Mrs. Kate Mullins, 72, formerly of Garrett, July 17, at Greenfield, O.; Robert Sidney Hayes, 86, native of Lackey, Thursday; Henry Leonard May, 75, Thursday, at his home at Langley; Sam Musick, 65, of Auxier, Wednesday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; W. M. (Will) Allen, 89, of Lackey, Thursday, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Mrs. Nellie M. Rice, 54, formerly of Emma, Thursday, at home in Cleveland, O.; Mrs. Emma Lou Akers Layne, 82, formerly of Harold, Monday, at her home in Huntington, West Virginia.

50 years ago

(July 26, 1962)

Bids on Prestonsburg’s huge undertaking to provide the community with sanitary sewers, and a sewage disposal system, will be received until August 8, and opened at the Municipal building at 10 a.m., that day.

Dedication of the new lodge at Jenny Wiley State Park, has been moved ahead to September 22, Commissioner Edward V. Fox of the state Department of Parks announced this week.

A truck driven by Harry LaViers Jr., son of the president of the Southeast Coal Company, ran through a group of pickets at a company mine, July 24, and injured three, State Police said.

Prestonsburg City Police, acting under an order of Police Judge Watt Hale, wielded a mattock, Monday, last week, at West Prestonsburg, on 24 cases of beer, confiscated in a local raid, Sunday night.

Friends, here of Governor Bert T. Combs have, within the last week, caused four 8x16-ft., all-metal signs to be erected which point out Prestonsburg as the home of the governor.

There died: Rev. Pem L. Hunt, 72, well-known Stanville minister, Sunday, near his home; Mrs. Susie R. Crisp, 74, Monday, at her home at Dwale; Buster Hicks, 52, last Thursday, at his home at Garrett; Dusty Hall Johnson, 48, native of Buckingham, last Thursday, at Ashtabula, O.; Mrs. Merle Fraley, 51, of Wayland, Sunday, at the McDowell Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Miriam C. Hobson, 79, of Coal Run, July 15, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Sol Robinson, 68, of McDowell, last Thursday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Rhoda Ellen Ratliff, 92, Saturday, at his home at Lackey.

60 years ago

(July 24, 1952)

Floyd County is apparently suffering a polio epidemic. Seven children are reported ill of the disease.

Normal traffic loads were permitted on the West Prestonsburg bridge, this week, after it had been repaired.

The new Federal Mine Safety Act, applying to mines employing 14 or more, is in effect.

Names of Bennie Blackburn for Coroner and Charlie Laffferty for Constable must remain on the ballot, and the ballot, originally printed, must be used in the coming primary election, the attorney general’s office ruled this week.

Councilman Paul C. Combs has been named mayor pro-tem by the City Council, to permit Mayor Curtis Clark to give fuller attention to his campaign for Congress.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Stumbo Jr., a son, July 22, at a Martin hospital.

There died: James R. Hurt, Prestonsburg business leader, Tuesday, near West Liberty, of a heart attack; Ward Beech Bailey, 49, of Garrett, Tuesday, of injuries suffered when hit by a train; Arnold Conn, 44, of Arkansas Creek, July 18, at a Martin hospital; James V. Rickman, 24, of Tram, Monday, killed by a train; Russell G. Rice, 50, Garrett, Wednesday, at Martin; Mrs. Newt Stephens, 77, of Martin, Tuesday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Mrs. Liza Mayo, 52, Floyd native, Saturday, at Pinsonfork, Pike County; Mrs. Ollie Roop, formerly of Tram, last week in a Williamson, W.Va. hospital.

70 years ago

(July 23, 1942)

Circuit Judge Henry Stephens said here, Wednesday, that state employees residing in Floyd and Knott counties will be called to tell grand juries if they have been assessed to provide this year’s election campaign funds.

An appropriation of $1,500 by the Inland Steel Company, Wheelwright, has resulted in the services of a nutritionist being available as a member of the Floyd County Health Department staff. Miss Medora Davidson has been assigned to the work.

Mrs. “Fats” Lamar, Wheelwright, was killed Tuesday night by a revolver shot.

There died: Reed Henson, 18, of Ligon, by drowning, here, Monday afternoon; Mrs. Martha Mabel Harmon Knott, 46, native of this county, at Logan, W.Va., last Wednesday.

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