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20 years ago

(Sept. 2 and Sept. 4, 1992)

A two-month extension, granted by the state, to bring the Floyd County landfill into compliance with new regulations expired Sunday, and county officials are asking for more time. By Sunday, the state natural resources and environmental protection cabinet expected the county to have installed, a ground water monitoring system, a clay liner and a leachate collection system at the Garth site.

The Floyd County Development Authority has entered into an agreement with Lowe’s Home Centers to negotiate the purchase of 12 acres of land near Prestonsburg, to provide a permanent home for the Kentucky Opry. Darrell Gilliam, executive director of the development authority, announced the agreement, Tuesday, and he said if the site is purchased it could be used to attract other industrial and commercial facilities.

Two separate traffic accidents Monday morning in less than seven hours, claimed the lives of three Floyd Countians, including a 32-year-old woman. Clara Jarvis, 32, of Banner, died after she drove into the path of a Mack utility truck on US 23 at Ivel. The accident happened at 6:55 a.m. In an earlier accident, Monday, Harmon W. Goble, 30, of Prestonsburg, and James E. Sword, 24, of Prestonsburg, were killed when the vehicle they were in, collided with a flatbed truck, on U.S. 23, one mile north of Prestonsburg.

A Floyd County jury, picked to hear a civil case concerning the controversial Left Beaver High School construction project, listened to opening arguments, Thursday, on the school ground. Jurors were taken to the school site, at Hi Hat to get a better understanding of the lawsuit filed by Triple B Corporation against the Floyd County Board of Education and B&J Construction.

There died: Howard Doss Blackburn, 70, of Prestonsburg, Monday, in the Highlands Regional Medical Center; Yvonne B. Davis, 60, of Waynesville, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, Thursday, from injuries sustained in an auto accident; James Edward “Pete” Sword, 24, of Goble-Roberts, Prestonsburg, Monday, on Auxier Road, near Prestonsburg, from injuries received in an automobile accident; Ivis Hall, 69, of Garner, Monday, at the V.A. Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia; Betty J. Osborne, 56, of Hunter, Thursday, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington; Gertrude Holbrook Arnett, 80, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Harmon Goble, 30, of Allen, Monday, on Auxier Road near Prestonsburg, from injuries received in an automobile accident; Roscoe E. Evans, 92, of Prestonsburg, formerly of Elliott County, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Winfrey Lee, 59, of Marion, Ohio, Thursday, at the Marion General Hospital; Lee Edward Turner, 66, of Wabash, Indiana, July 15, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Palmyra Branham, 84, of Melvin, Friday, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Clara Ellen Jarvis, 32, of Banner, Monday, on U.S. 23, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident; Parthene Rogers, 64, of Robinson Creek, August 29, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Ova Lawrence Thompson, 84, of River, Tuesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.

30 years ago

(September 8, 1982)

With unemployment running around 14 percent here, this is not the time to seek a property tax increase, Asst. Superintendent Ray Brackett advised at a meeting of the Floyd County Board of Education, last week.

As a result of a Board of Education decision last week, cheerleaders at county schools will be chosen by students’ votes from a list of candidates approved by a screening committee.

The Kentucky Highlands Folk Festival, oldest of its kind in the region, opens for the 17th consecutive year.

There died: Nora Lee Hayes, 80, of Hueysville, Tuesday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Hassel Burke, 66, of Wheelwright, Wednesday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Virginia Roop Little, 66, of Wheelwright, Monday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Myrtle Slone, 75, of Hueysville, Sunday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Mallie Walter Conn, 85, of Harold, Sunday, at his home; Raymond Meade, 55, of McDowell, Monday, at St. Joseph Hospital; Jason Bentley, day-old son of Jack and Lisa Ward Bentley of Wayland, Monday, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

40 years ago

(September 6, 1972)

In a scathing denunication of stripmining practices in Eastern Kentucky, and official neglect of the enforcement of surface mining regulations, Gov. Wendell Ford, last Wednesday, took the strongest stand of any Kentucky governor on the controversial mining subject and at the same time suspended the permits of seven strip-mining operations in Pike County.

Miss Miki Jane Little, 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Little, of Melvin, was crowned Miss Floyd County of 1973, last Sunday night.

As of Monday afternoon only two traffic accidents had been reported for the county, despite the usual heavy flow of Labor Day weekend traffic. Bruce Branham was seriously injured in an accident on the Abbott Creek road, Saturday, and Ricky Reynolds, of Allen, suffered a chipped vertebra in an accident at the Ball Alley curve near here.

The mining town of David may have produced its last car of coal, it was said this week, as all machinery of the Patsy Development Company was being pulled from the workings. Closing of the operation idles 90 workers.

Construction is scheduled for completion, next summer, on Boyd F. Reed Hall at Morehead State University. Mr. Reed, executive vice-president of the Turner Elkhorn Mining Co., is being honored for his more than 15 years of service on the MSU Board of Regents and for his civic and business contribution to Eastern Kentucky.

There died: Frank Hammonds, 68-year-old teacher, of Water Gap, last Friday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Mrs. Betty G. Terry, 36, of Castalia, O., formerly of Lackey, last Wednesday, in a Sandusky, O., hospital; Robie Kilgore, 32, of West Prestonsburg, last Friday afternoon, at his home; Ellis Patrick, 69, of Pyramid, last Thursday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Ernest Holstead, 73, of Robinson Creek, last Thursday, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Mrs. Berniece Deloris Endicott Thompson, 45, of West Liberty, formerly of this county, last Friday, at a Morehead Hospital.

50 years ago

(September 6, 1962)

Organized bootlegging in Floyd County, reminiscent of Chicago’s days of gangsterism., was described by Circuit Judge Edward P. Hill to the grand jury, Tuesday morning, as that body prepared to begin an investigation of crime.

One of the largest and most modern moonshine stills ever found in this county was destroyed, Thursday of last week, at Minnie. The 500-gallon still had gas and water line connections for its operation.

Spencer Geddes Lloyd died in the small hours of Tuesday morning in her bedroom, only a few feet removed from her “office” where she had planned and worked through the years for the education of mountain youth at the Caney Creek Community Center and Caney Junior College at Pippa Passes.

Ollie James Bailey, 20, of Hippo, died shortly after the car which he was driving collided, Saturday, with another on KY 80, between Garrett and Bosco.

There died: Mrs. Ruby Williams Robinson, 57, of Lima, O., formerly of Wayland, Saturday, at Toledo, O.; James Thomas Snipes, 79, Tuesday, at his home at Bosco; Mrs. Gertrude Bogan, 70, of Weeksbury, last Tuesday, at Martin; Mrs. Osa F. Ligon, 77, Friday at her home here

60 years ago

(September 4, 1952)

Auto insurance rates, locally, jumped 22 to 29 percent.

The county purgation board was prepared for the possible purging of as many as 4,000 names from the voting lists, but Chairman German Vance announced, this week, that none would be purged.

A U.S. Bureau of Mines report says this week that Knott County has 263 million tons of recoverable coal.

A hydraulic lift for mowing machines, invented by Richard Newman, Hi Hat electrician, has been granted a patent. And a patent has been applied for by Ernest Maynard, of Cow Creek, on a calf-weaner which he invented.

Six hundred attended the opening here of Leva’s Style Shop.

Married: Miss Nelle Hamilton, of Harold, and Mr. James E. Payne, of Flat Gap, at the Salyersville Methodist Church, August 23.

There died: John B. Risner, 67, former Floyd man, Saturday, as the auto in which he was speeding to the scene of a fire was wrecked; Edmund A. Smith, 63, Floyd mining engineer, Saturday, at his home here; Thomas P. Carlton, 63, August 17, as he was being taken from this county to a Huntington hospital; Homer Wright, 34, of Drift, August 28, at a Huntington hospital; Effie Risner, 42, of Estill, August 30, at a Lexington hospital; Rev. James A. Garfield Hall, 69, of Honaker, August 29, at a Martin hospital; Tom Turner, 72, September 1, at Wayland.

70 years ago

(September 3, 1942)

A pay increase of $10 a month is proposed for teachers, this year, by the Floyd County Board of Education. That will bring the base salary up to $75 a month.

Petitions seeking a local option election will be circulated here within the next few days, it was announced.

Ligon mining properties are being operated by the Hi Hat Elkhorn Mining Company.

R. H. Koch, of Prestonsburg, owner of the county’s oldest radio repair shop, closed his business, this week, prepatory to leaving for employment in a radio plant. His former assistants, William Dingus and Estill Picklesimer, already are working in airplane factories.

Willie, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hager May, is believed recovering after being unconscious five days. He sufffered a skull fracture when an auto hit the bike he was riding near Bonanza.

Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Martin, of Jump, have been notified that their son, Sheridan, 25, is missing in action, presumably in the Solomon Islands offensive.

County Auditor R. R. Allen and Atty. Bert T. Combs have received notice that they have passed the VOC examination, and that they will be received this month, for officers’ training.

There died: Mrs. Amanda Louise Howard Patrick, 81, wife of Ex-Circuit Judge A. T. Patrick, Sunday, at her home here; Thomas Patton, 54, Martin native, who in 1908 helped build the fortress of Corregidor, August 24, at a Cleveland hospital; Joe DeMurry, of Wayland, Monday, at a Rochester, Minnesota hospital; Rell Daniels, 39, former Floyd man, Sunday, at Franklin Furnace Ohio.

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