20 years ago
(April 7 and April 9, 1993)
About 50 people gathered in the Wheelwright High School auditorium, Monday night, to hear details and ask questions about 85 new jobs expected to be available when the Otter Creek Correctional Center opens in the community this fall. U.S. Corrections Company officials, who are building the 300-bed minimum security prison, explained to the prospective employees about salaries, benefits, and job descriptions which will be available when the facility opens. Most of the questions from citizens centered on job salaries and educational requirements.
Less than two weeks after he had been shot, Wheelwright Police Chief Bob Moore resigned from his post, citing personal reasons. Moore told city commissioners, Monday night, that he could no longer hold the position of Police Chief, because he needed to take care of his mother who is ill. Moore did ask to stay on the police force as an auxiliary officer. Moore’s resignation was accepted by Commissioner Lowell Parker, who supervises the police department, and David Duncan was appointed as acting chief. A special meeting was set Thursday, April 8, to discuss Moore’s replacement.
Two Wayland men were arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with burglary for allegedly entering the home of Todd Crace at Water Gap, and taking several items. Floyd County Deputy Sheriff Danny McCoy said, Tuesday, that he had received a call that two men had entered Crace’s home, and that Crace was holding one of the suspects at his home. On his arrival, McCoy said, Crace had restrained Robert Jacobs, 20, after he apparently opened the unlocked front door of the trailer and went inside. The deputy said that a second suspect had fled the scene. McCoy found the second suspect, Brian Mulkey, 20, at a Cardinal Mart, near the Big Branch residence.
Larry and Charlene Johnson, of Maytown, and their country line dance group, the Rhinestone Cowboys, will soon be performing nationally. The Johnsons and the Rhinestone Cowboys, 72 people in all, will travel to Knoxville, May 21, to appear on several tapings of The Nashville Network’s “White Horse Cafe” country dance show, which is broadcast daily.” A Floyd County company that operated two medical waste incinerators was cited, March 25, by the Kentucky Division of Air Quality, for an opacity level violation. Medisen Inc., was cited for releasing smoke omissions that exceeded the allowable 10 percent opacity level.
First Commonwealth Bank President Burl Wells Spurlock said, Thursday, that he intends to appeal a Pike Circuit jury’s decision against the bank in which a Floyd County coal operator was awarded more than $2.6 million. Jerry Baldwin, of the Lexington-based law firm of Frost & Jacobs, said Tuesday, that the jury had awarded Terry Giese, of Prestonsburg, $1.9 million in compensatory damages, and $700,000 in punitive damages in a breach of contract countersuit.
There died: Purvis Riley, 54, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, formerly of Teaberry, Wednesday, at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Ocie Lee Music, 90, of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Saturday, in Eaton Rapids; Lee Franklin Mitchell, 34, of Teaberry, Sunday, at U.K. Medical Center, Lexington; William “Brad” Boyd, 97, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Rebecca Bernice Thompson, 62, of Wyandotte, Michigan, formerly of Betsy Layne, Monday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Millie Waddles, 83, of Kite, Saturday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; J.R. Miller, 56, of Prestonsburg, Friday, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center; Inez S. Jacobs, 63, of Auxier, formerly of Pippa Passes, Tuesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Harold H. Fitzpatrick, 71, of Columbus, Ohio, native of Martin, March 31, at his residence; and Bertha Hale Hicks, 74, of Blue River, Tuesday, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center.
30 years ago
(April 13, 1983)
A midnight blaze swept through a Martin lumber yard, Friday, causing heavy damage, and disrupting telephone service, community-wide for more than 12 hours.
William “Oakie” Bevins, 72, will be sentenced, April 22, for the slaying of five men at Allen 18 months ago.
The death of Dr. Robert Darrell Akers, 37, Sunday, was viewed by authorities as accidental asphyxiation.
A documentary film, which is being made to represent rural post offices all over America, will feature people around the Betsy Layne area.
There died: Melanie Lynn Newsome, three-month-old daughter of Teddy and Patricia Howell Newsome of Ligon, Tuesday, April 5, at her home; Ezra Jarrell, 63, of Cow Creek, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Columbus Conn, 94, of Martin, Saturday, April 2, at his home on Arkansas Creek; Violet J. Bradley, 76, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Anne L. Montgomery, 62, of Prestonsburg, last Wednesday, April 6, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home; Pearlie Hatfield Mullins, 73, of Bevinsville, Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Gladis Newman, 63, of Hi Hat, Tuesday, April 5, at Rockcastle County Hospital; Christine Symon Adams, 67, of Martin, last Wednesday, en route to McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Billy Ray Ramey, 33, of Prestonsburg, last Thursday, at Town Branch.
40 years ago
(April 11, 1973)
Purchase of acreage for an athletic field at Allen Central High School, and a move to change the site of proposed Phase II construction there, were approved by the Floyd County Board of Education at its meeting here, Saturday.
A ready-made plant in Prestonsburg became available, Friday, when Irvin Industries Inc., offered to sub-lease the long-vacant building in West Prestonsburg, which formerly housed Kentucky Appalachian Industries.
A Mud Creek man who was named in a warrant, procured Tuesday, by Deputy Sheriffs Dester Hamilton and Ralph Howell, charging him with shooting and wounding with intent to kill, retaliated later by swearing out warrants for the officers’ arrest, accusing them of shooting into his trailer-home and into his auto.
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brown, a daughter, Trudy Dawn, March 30, at Point Pleasant, W.Va.; to Mr. and Mrs. James R. Allen, of Prestonsburg, a daughter, Robyn Lynne, March 30, at Ashland; to Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Ray Horne, of Little Paint, a son, March 26, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; to Mr. and Mrs. Stuart E. Stephens, of the Goble-Roberts Addition, a son, Ray Eugene, April 6, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville.
There died: Elizabeth Allen Cadenhead, 73, formerly of Prestonsburg, April 4, at Vero Beach, Fla.; John Warix, 72, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Orlando, Fla.; Mrs. Sallie Conley Martin, 72, of Estill, Sunday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Silas Hunter, 86, of Honaker, Tuesday; Edward Griffith, 69, of Lackey, Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way; Mrs. Dollie Rice Terry, 68, Friday, at her home at Martin; Thomas Luther Spradlin, 38, formerly of Prestonsburg, March 10, at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.
50 years ago
(April 11, 1963)
The Dana contracting firm of Akers & Akers is the low bidder on construction of Floyd County’s new courthouse, with a bid of $496,848.
The work of conveying the Floyd County Water & Gas System to private management, and eventually, to private ownership, is well underway, it was learned this week.
The Jenny Wiley Escape Trail had its first hikers, Sunday, when nearly half a hundred Boy Scouts of Troop No. 27, Prestonsburg, broke the way for what is hoped will be a flood of hikers in the years to come.
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Byron Nunnery, of Prestonsburg, a daughter, Leigh Ann, March 28, at Prestonsburg General Hospital.
There died: Mrs. Lula Harris, 83, of Prestonsburg, April 2, at a Louisville hospital; Mrs. Martha Cole Henson, 79, of Hi Hat, Thursday, at Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Joseph McCoy, 59, of Thomas, Sunday, at Ironton, O.; William C. Johnson, 92, of Minnie, Monday, at the McDowell Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Rebecca Hayes, 72, of Langley, Sunday, at Prestonsburg General Hospital; Fred N. Caudill, 50, former Floyd miner, Monday, at Warsaw, Ind.; Mrs. Levina Hunter, 63, of Ivel, last week at Pikeville.
60 years ago
(April 9, 1953)
Faced with the need of doing something about a variety of city problems, among them sewage disposal, an expanded water system and street repairs, the Prestonsburg City Council voted unanimously, Monday night, to authorize a bond issue of $1,000,000.
With no more than $400,000 available for the work to be done, and the lowest bids offered totalling $475,430.66, the Floyd Fiscal Court and Floyd County Board of Education in joint session, Tuesday, were forced to delay awarding of contracts on the proposed 23-classroom county high school building here.
John E. Manies, 47, of Detroit, Mich., drowned in Dewey Lake, early Wednesday morning, when his auto dropped from the road leading to the Brandy Keg dock into approximately eight feet of water.
Ashland Nelson, 21-year-old Blue River man, was accidentally killed, Thursday, by a blast from his shotgun, while hunting on Buckeye Fork of Middle Creek.
There died: Mrs. Bessie Greer Mullins, 37, of Printer, Tuesday morning, when struck by a hit-and-run driver on the highway at Printer; W.I. Myers, 57, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of Drift, Monday, at Detroit; Mrs. Mary Campbell, 91, of Prestonsburg, at the home of a step-daughter, at Lancer, April 2; Mrs. Kate Wallen Hammonds, 39, of Water Gap, last Thursday, at a Paintsville hospital; Dr. Gideon D. Ison, 72, formerly of Blackey, Sunday, at Atlanta, Georgia.
70 years ago
(April 8, 1943)
The Howard Motor Company, Ford dealer here, was destroyed by fire, early Sunday morning.
Johnson County authorities, Tuesday, expressed the belief that Cpl. Ennis Spradlin, 30, of Spradlin Branch, near here, whose body was found, late Friday night, beneath a railway trestle at Paintsville, died as a result of a fall.
All temporary gasoline rations were discontinued as of March 31…Of the $13,000,000-goal for the Second War Loan, which will be conducted throughout the nation, Floyd County’s quota is $463,000.
Willie Hicks, 21-year-old soldier, of Middle Creek, has been reported missing in action, after the first big push on the Tunisian front.
The fiscal court, at its special session, Tuesday, added the services of a home demonstration agent to the county’s farm and home program.
Funeral rites for Miss Irma Mae Vanderpool, 19, of West Prestonsburg, who was a murder victim at Bisbee, Arizona, March 27, were conducted, Sunday afternoon, at West Prestonsburg…Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Billie Mayo, of Hite, a daughter; to Mr. and Mrs. Will Little, of Weeksbury, a son.