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Rep. Hubert Collins

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20 years ago

(Dec. 9 and Dec. 11, 1992)

A Floyd County woman died Friday afternoon at the Dickey Town area of East Point after the vehicle she was driving was struck by a train. Zelda Vaughan, 79, of East Point, apparently drove her vehicle onto the railroad crossing near her homes directly into the path of an on-coming CSX train. The engineer was unable to stop the train in time, and Vaughan’s vehicle was struck in the passenger side…Although Allen City Commissioner Ann Bentley rescinded her resignation at the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, the city agency is still trippled by the lack of a mayor and a forum of commissioners. Both Bentley and Mayor Pro Tem Elmer “Fudd” Parsons resigned their posts on November 13, leaving Commissioner Chris Waugh as the sole remaining city offficer. Parsons cited disagreements with City Clerk Bill Parsons as the reason for his resignation and Bentley said that her physician had advised her to resign her post due to health problems…Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Economic Development Paul Patton this week officiated a ribbon cutting and open house ceremony at the Cabinet for Economic Development’s new Eastern Kentucky Department of Community Development in Prestonsburg. The office, located at 123 South Lake Drive, opened earlier this year as part of Governor Brereton Jones’ economic development initiatives to help serve the state’s counties…A Floyd County man filed a civil lawsuit December 4 against an unidentified Floyd County deputy jailer and the Floyd County Fiscal Court claiming he was injured at the jail because of negligence. In the suit, David resident Bill Thomas Shepherd alleges that during the last weekend in May when he was jailed on an alcohol intoxication charge, he was placed in the general population area of the jail with a violent inmate and as a result of that he was injured…Although teenage pregnancy statistics have been greatly exaggerated, Kentucky still has the second highest rate in the nation of births to teen-age mothers and Floyd County has the second highest rate in the eastern portion of the state. Secretary of the Cabinet for Human Resources Brad Hughes said Tuesday, that there were 9,181 live births to Kentucky mothers ages 15 to 19 last year and 199 births to mothers under the age of 15. Nearly 140 of those births were in Floyd County, Hughes said…There died: Estill Martin, 65, of Minnie, Sunday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Sandra Nadine Stumbo Wooten, 51, of Langley, Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Zelda Thomas Vaughan, 79, of East Point, Friday, in an automobile/train accident at East Point; Woodrow Jarvis, 75, of Cow Creek, near Prestonsburg, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Riley Hall, 97, of Allen, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Woodrow (Woody) Lewis, 55, of Warsaw, Indiana, formerly of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at his residence; Ocelene Baker, 45, of Auxier, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Fred Baldridge Jr., 79, of East Point, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Edgar Allen Poe “Ed” Leslie, 77, of Emma, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Maggie Dixon, 67, of Wayland, Wednesday, at her residence; Virgie Olive Dunkelbburger Reed, 103, of Winston Salem, North Carolina, formerly of Drift, Wednesday, at Meadowbrook Manor, Clemmons, North Carolina; Alex Montival Johnson Sr., 75, of Ashland, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Timothy Leon Brafford, 29, of Robinson Creek, December 9, in Robinson Creek; Maxie L. Paige, 46, of McDowell, Tuesday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Janet Perry Deal, of West Haven, Connecticut, November 3, in Connecticut Hospice; Rev. Hampton H. Ratliff, 74, of Marion, Ohio, Tuesday, at Med-Center Hospital, Marion, Ohio.


30 years ago

(December 15, 1982)

Paul Thompson and Paul Hunt Thompson, father-son owners of Thompson’s IGA grocery stores, announced the beginning of work on the development of a Lancer shopping complex called Jenny Wiley Village, which will involve the expenditure of approximately $500,000; Phase I is expected to be completed in May, 1983…Trial of James Messer, former Johns Creek resident, in U.S. district court at Pikeville on a federal indictment alleging possession of a firearm involved in interstate commerce by a convicted felon, has been scheduled for Valentine’s Day…The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will not reconsider the issuance of package liquor licenses in this county; nor will the ABC commissioner meet with Floyd residents to explain the matter…There died: E. W. (Gene) Hale, 71, of Harold, last Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Wade Stratton, 55, of Banner, Friday, December 3, at his home; Nora Akers, 85, of Weeksbury, last Friday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Ada J. Moore, 83, of McDowell, Thursday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Donald Foster, 44, of Garrett, November 30, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Flora May Crum, 69, of Martin, Monday, at her home.


40 years ago

(December 13, 1972)

Between January 15 and April 1, next year, the Social Security Administration will establish an office in Prestonsburg…Three alarms and the threats of pranksters kept Prestonsburg firemen busier than usual last week…With Prestonsburg’s secondary sewage treatment plant ready for final approval, City Council members learned Thursday night of a federal grant which will cover 75 percent of the cost…Floyd county and its four incorporated population centers received this week a total of $161,527 in federal revenues sharing funds..Ernest DeCoursey, of Estill, a reclamation inspector for the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, has received an award from the department…Efforts are being made to bring to Floyd county the “Meals on Wheels” program…The lighting of 2,000 candles will be a feature of the “Birthday Party for Christ” to be held at the parking lot opposite the courthouse here, Dec. 22…There died: Mrs. Geneva Johnson, 41, of Huntington, Indiana, formerly of Garrett, Wednesday; Mrs. Anna Akers, 77, of Drift, December 2, at a Martin hospital; Dayton Joseph, 57, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Mrs. Dixie Holt, 52, of Robinette, W. Va.,formerly of this county, Dec. 1; Mrs. Amma Burchett, of Ivel, Thursday, at a hospital, here; Mrs. Anna H. Feiler, 78, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at a nursing home, here; Mrs. Minnie Hale, of Lexington, formerly of Prestonsburg, Dec. 2, at a Lexington hospital; Mrs. Lulie S. Hatfield, 74, of Water Gap, Saturday, at a Prestonsburg hospital; Milford Crafts, 58, of Pritchard, W. Va., formerly of Prestonsburg, Monday, in Huntington; Ray Damron Compton, 59, of Claypool, Indiana, formerly of Spurlock, November 28, at his home; Silas Howard, 76, of Silver Lake, Ind., formerly of this area, Friday, in Warsaw, Indiana.


50 years ago

(December 13, 1962)

Pending negotiations scheduled at Pikeville Friday, picketing was called off Sunday in Floyd and other Eastern Kentucky mining counties…A two-inch snowfall, icy roads and near-zero temperatures slowed Floyd County to a walk this week and brought a pre-Christmas vacation from school to 12,000 youngsters…The New York and Chicago offices of the Columbia Broadcasting System have been swamped with telephone calls offering food, money and clothing to unemployed miners of Eastern Kentucky, Governor Bert Combs was advised Wednesday…The home of Charles Litteral was destroyed by fire at Auxier, Tuesday. midnight…There died: William A. Burchett, 72, of Cliff, Sunday, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Mrs. Loucretia Baldridge, 80, last Wednesday, at the home of a son, Nelson Baldridge, on Little Paint; Mrs. Judy Lewis Jarvis, 80, of Emma, last Wednesday; George Katses, 67, of Bypro, last Monday at home; Mrs. Mary Vanover Bates, 87, Sunday, Dec. 2, at her home at Melvin.


60 years ago

(December 11, 1952)

Radio Station WPRT, Prestonsburg, went on the air, last Friday noon…An interest saving of 1.50 to 1.75 on a $44,000 county debt was effected Monday, it was said, through the sale of refunding bonds in that amount…The Prestonsburg Kiwanis Club has asked the State Conservation Service to make a study of the Dewey Lake area with a view of founding a state park there…The Bank Josephine plans to remodel its banking department, at an estimated cost of $75,000, Joseph D. Harkins, Sr., chairman of the bank’s board of directors, said this week…Gomer R. Martin Jr., commander of the 10th district American Legion, and Mrs. Virginia A. Draughn, president of the 10th district American Legion Auxiliary, announced plans this week for a two-day joint gathering of Posts and Units of the district at Martin this weekend…Biggest item on the $3,630 budget of the Floyd County Fish & Game Club for the coming year was $1,000, earmarked for restocking of Dewey Lake with bass and walleye…Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Bobie Slone, of David, a son, Carl Gregory, December 5; to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin W. Moore, of Prestonsburg, a daughter, Laura Ellen, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital, December 9; to A-2C and Mrs. Clinton E. Porter, of Luke AFB, Phoenix, Arizona, a son, Clinton E. Porter, III, November 27, at Carlisle, Pennsylvania…There died: Ishmael Worth Patton, 49, of Glo, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lexington, December 5; Henry Allen, 54, of Lackey, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, Wednesday; Lewis Cooper, 41, December 9, at Lexington.


70 years ago

(December 10, 1942)

An executive order of President Roosevelt was issued this week, instructing Selective Service board not to induct registrants 38 years of age or older…Registration of all male citizens 18 years old for possible military service will begin Friday…President Roosevelt has requested an end to the WPA program, the elimination of which will affect only 135 men in this county, presently employed on road projects…With Floyd county residents having been asked to buy $409,500 worth of Victory Bonds before December 18, as their part in the nation-wide Victory Loan drive to obtain $9,000,000,000, the Floyd fiscal court and two Prestonsburg banks have purchased $50,000 worth of Bonds each…Burned by an explosion of gas in her home at Glo, Thursday of last week, Mrs. Hattie Williams, 64 yearsold, died four hours later at the Martin General Hospital…The Prestonsburg City Council, in complying with a suggestion of the federal government for fewer traffic lights in an effort to economize on electricity, decided to have the Mayo Trail-Dingus street traffic light removed…Mothers of soldiers have been asked to assist, next Tuesday, in the sewing of surgical dressings…Married: Miss Grace Mitchell, of West Prestonsburg, and Mr. S. P. Bland, Jr., of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at Louisville, Kentucky, November 28; Miss Florence Crook, of Meridian, Mississippi, and Mr. Dick Mayo Allen, of Prestonsburg, now serving at Camp Puckett, Virginia, at Meridian, Mississippi, November 19; Miss Opal Salisbury, of Hunter, and Mr. Meredith Spurlock, of Huntington, West Virginia, at Fleming, Kentucky, November 21; Miss Patricia June Kelly, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Mr. Hershel Begley, of Prestonsburg, at the Union Congregational Church, Boston, November 30…Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Jess Howell, of Newport News, Virginia, Mrs. Howell formerly of Maytown, a son, Thomas Everett, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital, Thanksgiving Day; to Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Hall of McDowell, a daughter, December 6; to the Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Hahn, of Maytown, twin sons, Richard Donald and Charles Ronald, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, Tuesday; to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Spencer, a daughter, Gloria Jean, at the Paintsville Hospital, Sunday; to Mr. and Mrs. Brady Shepherd, a daughter, Edna Arnold, December 2…There died: Samuel Beecher Hamilton, 49, formerly of Honaker, at Detroit, Michigan, November 26; Ed Stephens, 74, Floyd native, at his home at Salyersville, Wednesday; Delbert Hall, 39 years old, of Weeksbury, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, Wednesday; Sam Jarrell, 64, at his home at Cracker, Wednesday.

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