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20 years ago

(Sept.29, and Oct. 1, 1993)

A cease-fire was signed, Monday, in a long and often bitter dispute over the construction of a coal-ash landfill near Ivel, clearing the way for the issuance of an operating permit for the facility by the end of this year. The state’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet announced, Monday, that an agreed order had been inked by representatives for Costain Coal Company Inc., and the Ivel and Big Sandy Citizens Against Pollution, who have been battling one another for much of the past three years.

A majority of Floyd County School Board members rejected a recommendation, Saturday, from the district’s Local Planning Committee, to reinstate the Betsy Layne Elementary building project as a number one priority.

Perry County Circuit Judge Douglas Combs was tossed the political hot potato, Tuesday, when he was assigned to hear testimony in a Floyd County case alleging election fraud in the May primary. Combs was assigned the case of Dale McKinney vs. John M. Stumbo and Floyd County’s Board of Education by Chief Regional Judge Stephen “Nick” Frazier, after Pike County Judge Charles Lowe recused from the case.

Floyd County civic leader Blaine Ronald Hall died Saturday, September 25, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. A member of the Prestonsburg Development Corporation board, Hall, who was 72, helped instigate the building of the Jenny Wiley Convention Center. He also sat on the board of directors of several civic and social organizations.

The Prestonsburg City Council meeting, Monday, yielded some interesting comments from Mayor Ann Latta about “unwritten understandings” and “verbal commitments” between the city and Floyd County officials for the construction of a new courthouse and government facility on the site of the city’s main parking lot.

Although no evidence of vote fraud emerged from depositions of witnesses Thursday, three people testified that the Floyd County Attorney tried to get a member of the Floyd County Board of Elections a higher ranking job in the Floyd County School System.

Jim Jack Penix Jr., was denied parole Wednesday, September 22, by the Kentucky probation and parole board, but his fortune could be changing. In August the Kentucky Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Penix, 34, formerly of Van Lear, now lodged in a Bell County Detention Center, in the shooting death of Barrett Heath Endicott, of Prestonsburg, in a trailer park behind Combs Airport on May 13, 1990.

Special meetings of the Floyd County Public Properties Corporation and the fiscal court will be held Friday, (today), beginning at 9:30 a.m. The public properties corporation will meet, first, to open a sealed bid from Simpson and Associates to build a stadium facility for a harness racing track in Floyd County.

A write-in candidate has filed to run against District Three school board member Brent Clark in the November election. Betsy Layne resident Lance Blackburn filed his declaration of intent to run as a write-in candidate in the county court clerk’s office, Thursday morning.

At a special meeting Wednesday, Wheelwright City Commissioners voted to hire a new acting police chief and agreed to a lease with the Floyd County Board of Education for a building for a family resource center.

Kentucky Department of Education investigators are scheduled to be in Floyd County, Monday, to begin a week-long review of improvements in the school system, noted in an extensive report submitted to the state earlier this month.

A Wednesday evening raid in the left fork of Toler Creek by the Mountain Area Drug Task Force netted approximately $3,500 worth of marijuana. Junior Hall, 63, of Harold, was arrested by Floyd County Chief Deputy Linzie Hunt and charged with trafficking in marijuana.

Depositions were taken Thursday, from 20 witnesses expected to testify, Monday, in a vote fraud civil lawsuit filed against Floyd County Judge Executive John M. Stumbo. Although none of the witnesses testified that they knew of any wrongdoing or illegal acts, by Stumbo in the May primary, three of those scheduled to testify, invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

There died: Perlinda McDaniels, 81, of Minnie, Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Jesse James Vance Jr., 69, of Fairborn, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, Tuesday, at his residence; Robert F. Heintzelman Sr., 59, of Wyoming, September 21; Jackie Mulkey, 51, of Ivel, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Tommy Dean Bray, 36, of McAndrews, formerly of Drift, Friday, at South Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital; Edward Crase Sr., 72, of Leesburg, Indiana, September 25, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Edd Thornsberry, 73, of Topmost, Saturday, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center; Jewel Agnes Pilkington, 63, of Lake City, Florida, a native of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at her home; Marvin Dixon Jr., 57, of Auburndale, Florida, formerly of Prestonsburg, Friday, at Winter Haven Hospital; Oma Tackett, 81, of Houston, Texas, Sunday, in a Houston hospital; Sarah Prince, 83, of Dwale, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Pauline Robinson Symbulski, 63, August 28, at St. Alexis Hosital in Cleveland, Ohio; Elvyrtha Scott Mosley, 88, of Wheelwright, Sunday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Sadie Ratliff, 73, of Albion, Michigan, Thursday, at Albion Community Hospital.

30 years ago

(October 5, 1983)

A lengthy history of turmoil between a Mud Creek couple ended, last Thursday afternoon, with the fatal shooting of Danny Ray Reynolds, 35, at the Grethel home of his ex-wife, Juanita Akers Reynolds, who was arrested and charged with murder.

The parole of Roy Salisbury has not been granted by the state Parole Board—last week’s story in the Times, to the contrary.

Property surveying risked some of its reputation as an exact science in the Floyd Circuit Courtroom, as attorney Cliff Latta challenged surveyor Harold Baldridge on the accuracy of a plat Baldridge had prepared.

There died: George Preston Castle, 88, of Hueysville, last Thursday, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital; Charles R. Vanderpool, 45, of Garrett, Sunday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Oscar Branham, 82, of Martin, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Peter N. Justice, 95, of Tram, Monday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Ruth Worrix Coleman, 57, of Pikeville, Saturday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; George D. Allen, 62, of Minnie, Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Crit Mitchell, 81, of Beaver, Monday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Ella Tankersley, 87, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Ruth Marie McCarty, 60, of Dema, Sunday, at Eastern Kentucky Health Center; Marion Jervis, 82, of Endicott, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Gertrude Bradbury, 85, of Prestonsburg, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Willie B. Porter, 64, of Harold, Tuesday, September 27, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Ida Hughes, 86, of Blue River, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Katherine Stephens, 83, of Prestonsburg, September 26, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home.

40 years ago

(October 3, 1973)

In an all-day hearing, held at Prestonsburg Community College here, Wednesday, representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency heard the testimony of area residents and environmentalists criticizing the state’s failure to enforce regulations concerning the discharge of waste water into streams.

Two months ago, County Judge Henry Stumbo expressed the hope that the county’s solid waste disposal program would be a reality this month. Now, he doesn’t know. Among other problems, there’s the one of landfill sites—and he’s careful to emphasize that he is not speaking of “a plain old garbage dump..”

The car of Sheriff Frank Leslie wrecked on Cow Mountain early Sunday night, while he was chasing another auto, and he sufffered a mangled left arm and severe loss of blood.

The Parkway Water Association’s work of two years toward a water distribution system along a four-mile stretch of the Mountain Parkway on Middle Creek, resulted this week in advertising for contractors’ bids on construction.

Born: to Dr. and Mrs. Tom O. McGuire Jr., a daughter, Emily Elizabeth, September 20, at Springfield, Illinois; to Mr. and Mrs. Demoris Martin, of Minnie, a son, Matthew Keene, September 12, at Lexington; to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin L. Kohler of Weeksbury, a son, September 18; to Mr. and Mrs. Ray D. Isaac, of Bevinsville, a son, September 20.

There died: Mrs. Fay Henderson, 48, of Boldman, Thursday, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Mrs. Susie Ousley, 61, of Martin, Saturday, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Morna Wallen Lafferty of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at a Lexington hospital; Miss Nancy Turner of Harold, September 22, at Our Lady of the Way hospital, Martin; Mrs. Myrtle Simmons McGuire, 79, of West Prestonsburg, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.

50 years ago

(October 3, 1963)

“Except for some policy changes, we simply are continuing the work already begun,” said J. Fred Bingham, administrator of the former McDowell Memorial Hospital, Monday, the first day that hospital, and four others, were operated by Appalachian Regional Hospital Inc.

Occupancy of Prestonsburg’s brand-new low-rent public housing units began over the weekend, and by Tuesday, 14 families were at home there.

Rubin Robinson, 47-year-old McDowell miner, was killed instantly, last Thursday, in the mines of the Broad Valley Coal Company at Printer.

Clarence Martin, 36, brother of the Rev. Robert Martin, well-known Floyd minister, was fatally injured when his auto was wrecked as he drove from work to his home in Cleveland, Ohio, last Friday.

The Bank Josephine advertised this week, auto loans at four percent, with up to 36 months to pay.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gibson, of Langley, a son, Michael Dwayne, September 24, at the McDowell Hospital; to Capt. and Mrs. Robert A. Butt, a daughter, August 30, at Dayton, Ohio. Mrs. Butt is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Riffe of Prestonsburg.

There died; Mrs. Lucy Robison, 52, of Wheelwright, September 19, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.

60 years ago

(October 8, 1953)

State Senator Doug Hayes turned the first spadeful of earth, Saturday, as ground was broken for the Miners’ Memorial Hospital at McDowell.

The Kentucky Department of Conservation is negotiating with the U.S. Corps of Engineers for two leases, one, the west side of Dewey Lake for the founding there of a state park.

Recovery of Dr. O.W. Thompson, who was injured last Friday, when a farm tractor overturned on him, is doubtful says a Pikeville report.

An estimated 12,000 persons attended the Floyd County Fair here, the last three days of last week, D.S. Nesler, treasurer of the Fair Association, said Monday.

Woody, 16-year-old son of County Attorney and Mrs. W.W. Burchett, was seriously injured, Saturday night, in a football game at Shelbyville.

There died: James Sherman, 50, Tuesday, at his home on Abbott Creek; Dave M. Hunter, 74, of Ivel, Monday, at a hospital, here; E.L. Johnson, 70, Monday, at Hi Hat; Clinton Fraley, 70, formerly of East Point, Monday, at a Cincinnati hospital of a broken neck, suffered in a fall near his home, at Butler, Fleming County; Robert Elliott Allen, 38, last Thursday, at Needles, California; Bert Fannin, 34, formerly of Drift, victim of an auto wreck near Kendallville, Indiana, Saturday.

70 years ago

(October 7, 1943)

Three persons were killed, and as many injured, over the weekend in accidents. Cecil Whitt, 25, Water Gap, was killed, and Berlie Prater, 36, also of Water Gap, was injured when they were struck by a passenger train, Sunday, at the old Eureka Coal Company tipple, near here. Noah Case, 22, of Honaker, and Estill Kidd, 20, of Harold, were killed Sunday, in a car wreck near Pikeville. Passengers in the car, suffering severe injuries, were Richard Cecil, 21, a sailor home on leave, and Miss Ethel Branham, 19, of Harold.

T-Sgt. Harry Vaughan, 26, was killed Saturday night, when his Jeep wrecked during Army maneuvers in Tennessee.

Quentin Lockwood has received his “wings” as an aerial navigator at Selmar Field, Louisiana, and has been commissioned a second lieutenant.

Aviation Cadet Raymond N. Stephens has been named commander of Squadrons 2 and 4 at Garden City, Kansas, where his basic training as a pursuit pilot is almost complete…Five of the eight sons of the late W.L. and Teen Osborne, of Martin, are in Army and Navy service.

Dick E. Mayo has received his “wings” as a gunner-sergeant at the Harlington, Texas, flexible gunnery school.

There died: Dingus Lafferty, 30, Friday, at Sloan; Lawrence Compton, 47, of Maytown, last Thursday, at a Martin hospital; Mrs. Rosie Belle Hurst, 46, formerly of Minnie, September 23, at Yeager, Kentucky; Tom Gariluke, 67, Russian-born resident of Weeksbury, Sunday, at a Martin hospital; Miss Margie Ann Crider, 20, of Mare Creek, in a motorcycle accident, September 28, at Marion, Ohio.

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