20 years ago
(July 29 and July 31, 1992)
The man suspected of committing the June 26 and July 8 robberies of the North Lake Drive, Prestonsburg branch of the Bank Josephine has been captured, and is reportedly in police custody at Cabell County, West Virginia. Jeffrey Mullins, 32, a native of Hi Hat, was captured early Saturday morning at the Route 17 Motel in Ceredo, West Virginia, where he had been staying with a female companion.
Two area fire departments responded to a blaze at Eastern, Friday afternoon. The Maytown Fire Department received a call at about 11:15 a.m., last Friday, according to Chief Darrell Bradley. They were joined by nine firefighters from the Garrett Fire Department. The fire was at the Eastern home of Geneva Joseph.
Many of the Democratic candidates for Congress talked during the primary about getting I-66, the new east-west interstate highway, to pass through our region. John Doug Hays, winner of the primary, has taken the highway issue in a new direction. North and south. Hays says that he supports the completion of two four-lane connector highways which would link U.S. 23 to I-73, a new north-south highway which will run from Detroit, Michigan, to Charleston, South Carolina. It will run along the western border of West Virginia just across the Big Sandy River from Pike, Martin and Lawrence counties.
A low blood sugar level apparently contributed to a three-car accident in Floyd County, Thursday morning, that injured two men and blocked traffic on Route 23 for nearly an hour. Deputy Sergeant Lloyd Powers of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday, that Francis Phillip Lindberg, of Cary, North Carolina, suffered from a low blood sugar level which caused him to become disoriented.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department announced, Tuesday, that a Floyd County man has been making unauthorized stops of motorists in the Mud Creek area and pretending to be a sheriff’s deputy. Levi Hamilton, of Teaberry, is not a deputy and is not associated with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department in any way, Omery C. Hall of the department said Tuesday.
Three Magoffin County men were victims of a drive-by shooting this week at a nightclub near the Floyd County line. At approximately 3 a.m., Tuesday, an unidentified motorist fired shots into the Two Keys Lounge, located at Ivyton, four miles east of Salyersville on Route 114.
There died: Josie Breeding, 96, of Kite, Sunday, at her residence; Franklin D. Fults, 59, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, Thursday, at Grant Hospital, Columbus; Edward Stumbo, 73, of Yorkville, July 17, at his home; Benjamin Franklin Hicks Sr., 73, of Morehead, Wednesday, at St. Claire Medical Center; James Ratliff, 69, of Martin, Thursday, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington; Charlie Goodman, 89, of Stanville, Thursday, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Pikeville; Barbara Jean Akers Burchett, 33, of Dana, Thursday, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington; Ronald Dale Tackett, 37, of Virgie, Friday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; John C. Fairchild, Wednesday, at Rockville, Maryland; Gracie Lee Patton Justice, 78, of Allen, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; William Wade Moore Jr., 77, of West Prestonsburg, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Ray Collins, 81, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia; James Michael Hunter, 59, of Lexington, formerly of Man, West Virginia, Friday, at Paintsville; Clifford H. Brown, 69, of Hi Hat, Monday, at his residence; Lura Stafford Moore, 99, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at her residence; Mary Elizabeth Ellis Branham, 80, of Prestonsburg, July 21, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.
30 years ago
(Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1982)
Responding to a plea, made last Friday, at a special ffiscal court meeting by Supt. of Schools, Pete Grigsby Jr. for a share in the “liquor tax,” the court voted to set the tax at 10 percent and to divide the “take” equally between the county and the schools.
On the whole, compliance with the new state “tarp” law requiring coal trucks to be covered has been good, but not all “button up” before leaving the loading point; District Judge Harold Stumbo said that “the next no-tarp charge that comes before me, and all others after that, will cost the violater a $500 fine, plus costs.”
The evidence will show that Eddie Slone Jr. shot and killed Paul Douglas Stanley and Terry D. Johnson with a .22 caliber revolver as they approached a house in Wheelwright on the night of January 30, the prosecuting attorney told a circuit court jury here at the opening of Slone’s murder trial, Tuesday.
There died: Madie C. Shepherd, 60, of Price, last Thursday at her home; Achilles (Kill) Williams, 67, of Auxier, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Worley Kidd, 78, of Harold, last Thursday at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Evan Tackett, 74, of Teaberry, Thursday at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio; Lewis Boyd, 93, of Regina, Saturday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.
40 years ago
(August 2, 1972)
Comprehensive Health Care Inc., has $104,800 to finance planning of a new comprehensive health program for this county, if acceptable to the Office of Economic Opportunity and its Office of Health Affairs, but it has no planner, and may not have one for months to come.
While the state of Kentucky continues with planning for a major camping facility in the Goble Branch area of Dewey Lake, with no work done after two years, the U.S. Corps of Engineers has developed a similar area at German, 15 miles upstream, which is attracting an estimated 180 persons a day during the week, and 300 or more daily on Saturdays and Sundays.
Miss Sharon O’Quinn, 17, of Garrett, was named “Miss Big Sandy RECC, 1972” at the recent annual membership meeting at Paintsville.
“Big” movies showing locally included “Catch 22” and “The Godfather.” Also, lest we forget, the blockbuster, “Ben,” sequel to “Willard,” a movie about intelligent and murderous culvert rats, was playing at a theatre here.
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Howard, a daughter, Ginger Kay, July 22, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville.
There died: Mrs. Vivian Frasure, 44, formerly of Garrett, in Wayne, Mich.; Norman B. Hamilton, 37, formerly of Banner, Monday, at Brockport, N.Y., of injuries suffered two weeks earlier in an auto mishap; Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Slone, 77, of Blue River, last Tuesday; Elder K. Lewis, 78, of Banner, Wednesday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Clint Patton, 67, formerly of Martin, Tuesday, at home at Hamilton, O.; Frank Skeens, 78, of Dwale, Wednesday, at the Paintsville Hospital; Mrs. Eliza Jane Coburn, 82, formerly of Garrett, Wednesday, at Kendallville, Ind.; Fred Daniels, 67, Friday, at Harold; Nero Shepherd, 56, of Water Gap, Tuesday, at Lexington; Henry Bentley, 97, of Virgie, formerly of Floyd County, Friday; Lewis Bolen, 58, of Garrett, Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Savage W. Allen, 61, of Covington, native of Prestonsburg, Monday, at a Covington hospital; Alex Prater, 78, of Alger, O., native of Hueysville, July 23, at Kenton, Ohio.
50 years ago
(August 2, 1962)
The University of Kentucky has completed its study for architectural design of the Prestonsburg Community College, and from that study it envisions a potential of 350 full-time students the first year of college operation, plus 150 adult part-time students.
Construction of a brand new, modern village as an addition to Prestonsburg, was ready to begin this week, as the Prestonsburg Municipal Housing Commission received from the Housing & Home Finance Agency of the Public Housing Administration, authority to award a contract on the construction of 40 low-rent public housing units here.
Dr. James D. Adams, of Prestonsburg, has been appointed by President Kennedy to serve as medical advisor of Selective Service Local Board No. 166 here, it was announced this week.
Mack Daniel has resigned as manager of Crown Bowling Lanes. Hansel Cooley has been employed to succeed him.
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Collins, formerly of Floyd County, a daughter, Kathy Gail, July 19, at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
There died: Mrs. Sadie Smith Goble, formerly of Prestonsburg, July 22, at St. Petersburg, Fla.; Floyd Daniels, 62, native of this county, last Thursday, when a tractor which he was operating on his farm at Pemberton, New Jersey, overturned; Gracie Conley, 38, formerly of this county, July 19, at Lima, Ohio.
60 years ago
(July 31, 1952)
The First National Bank has procured an option on the Mrs. W. H. Jones property at the corner of Broadway and Court street, as a site for its future bank building.
W. & W.’s “On the Village Green” program, last Sunday, saluted the town of Martin.
Thirteen Masonic lodges of this district sent approximately 100 representatives to the Saturday night meeting at Wayland.
The State Highway Department is studying original plans of the weakened West Prestonsburg bridge with a view to repairing it.
Although Floyd County has had seven polio cases this summer, and is fourth in the state in the severity of its epidemic, health offficials this week expressed the relief that incidence of the disease is waning.
Mr. and Mrs. James Stephens, of Cliff, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, August 17.
Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Howard, of Wayland, observed their silver wedding anniversary, last Wednesday.
There died: Tilden Martin, 74, of Dema, Sunday, at a Paintsville hospital; Samuel T. Bingham Jr., 66, last Thursday, at his home on Bull Creek; Sid Frasure, 36, of Langley, Sunday, at a Martin hospital; Oscar Lee Vanderpool, 34, McDowell merchant, Wednesday, at a Martin hospital.
70 years ago
(July 30, 1942)
The 235-man draft quota, for August, is the heaviest demand yet made on Floyd manpower by Selective Service during the present war.
Eight-year-old Sylvia Wilton, who, with her mother, has left bomb-torn London for sanctuary in America, is a guest at the home on the Auxier road, near here, of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley A. Combs.
B. F. Combs, Prestonsburg attorney, has traded his Clark County farm for Winchester business property.
The second annual fish fry to be staged by the Floyd County Fish & Game Club, will be held Sunday, at Allen, and will feature the world-famous Topperweins, husband-and-wife firearms experts.
Two men and a woman were jailed here this week in the Saturday afternoon slaying, at Weeksbury, of “Pebble” Tackett, of Pike County.
There died: Mrs. Willie Johnson, 62, of Banner, Friday, at Allen; Ira Conn, about 30, of Arkansas Creek, Tuesday night, by electrocution in a truck mine at Hunter; W. H. Lynch, 75, Martin merchant, July 22, at his home near Martin; Mrs. Russell Howard, 63, Sunday, at Betsy Layne; Mrs. Shirley Burton, 45, of Auxier, at Lexington, Saturday; Isaac Lee Layne, 62, July 22, at his home at Tram.