by Dr. Carol Combs-Morris, DVM
Items taken from The Floyd County Times, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years ago.
Ten Years Ago
March 29 and 31, 1995
Three Prestonsburg attorneys have filed a class action lawsuit seeking refunds of over $800,000 paid to the Floyd County Fiscal Court for a 911 service...Floyd County's solid waste commissioners want a representative from the state auditor's office to explain to them, and the public, why $2.5 million in "user fees" cannot be accounted for...Inez May Richmond Hereford, 80, of Prestonsburg, died Monday night of complications from injuries she received in a car accident, in which her husband, Thomas May Hereford Jr., was killed on March 17, near Ashland...Kentucky State Police have apparently begun a review of Prestonsburg City Council records, but a spokesman for the agency declined to comment on the issue, Tuesday...Floyd Circuit Judge John David Caudill denied a request, Monday, that he recuse himself from the case of a Floyd District Court Clerk accused of holding two state policemen at gunpoint, and ordered that the clerk take a leave of absence from her duties...Prestonsburg's effort to cut waste and control garbage disposal costs through a recycling program is expanding, Mayor Jerry Fannin said Monday. Fannin said city sanitation crews have begun picking up cardboard, and will soon add newspapers to the list of waste that city residents may separate for recycling...Floyd County businessman Paul Gearheart has been named first runner-up, Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)...Floyd County Attorney Jim Hammond filed suit, Thursday, asking the court to decide if the county may retain funds received over the last five years from a monthly surcharge for implementation of a county-wide 911 service...Five years and 500 tons later, residents who are against Medisin Inc., still don't have the action or the answers they are seeking; which is to shut down the company's incinerators...Monday morning could be quite busy at the Floyd County Sheriff's Office, became the 1994 property tax bills will be mailed over the weekend. Workers in the sheriff's office have been spending the last week or so stuffing thousands of envelopes so that tax revenues can begin to be collected by April 3...Spring is the air and the City of Prestonsburg is getting ready to do some spring cleaning. For the month of April, Prestonsburg Public Works will pick up all those odds and ends in and around your house, free of charge...Members of a Prestonsburg planning commission quadrupled acreage needed for a proposed 18-hole championship golf course, to include a recreation complex that could be bigger than the city. At a meeting, Saturday, of the Prestonsburg Golf Course Board, board members expanded the proposed 150-acre project, first studied by the city for the golf course to 637 acres for the new plan...There died: Lima Jean Mastin, 81, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Floyd County, Tuesday, March 28, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg; Anderson Hatfield, 97, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, March 23, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Inez May Richmond Hereford, 80, of Prestonsburg, March 27, at King's Daughters Medical Center; Emma Thomas Nelson, 54, of Ivel, Monday, March 27, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, following injuries sustaind in an automobile accident; Estel Story, 82, of Teaberry, Saturday, March 25, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Alice Hazel Sammons Rose, 84, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, March 25; Howard Rose, 71, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, March 28, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Carl G. Ford, 82, of Berea, Sunday, March 26, at Berea Hospital; Dewey "Cube" Howard, 91, of Banner, formerly of Leslie County, Friday, March 24, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg; Burnard Conley, 60, of Martin, Sunday, March 26, at Knott County Nursing Home; Delbert Haley, 70, of Wheelwright, Monday, March 27, at Knott County Nursing Home; James Rayburn Stone, 55, of McDowell, Thursday, March 23, at his residence; Wilburn Page, 46, of McDowell, Saturday, March 25, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington; Bessie Dutton, 62, of Weeksbury, Thursday, March 23, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Oscar King, 71, of Green Cove, Florida, formerly of Harold, Saturday, March 25, at Specialty Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida; Harold Baldridge, 65, of Garrett, Monday, March 27, at his residence; Mabel Frazier, 78, of Noblesville, Indiana, Sunday, March 26, at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville; Joe Jack Daniels, 70, Sunday, March 26, at King's Daughters Medical Center; Barbara Allen Bentley, 61, of Langley, Tuesday, March 28, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Plina Jane Hicks, 83, of Honaker, Tuesday, March 28, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg; James "Jim" Cooley, 69, of Prestonsaburg, Wednesday, March 29, at the V.A. Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia;
Twenty Years Ago
March 27, 1985
Two poachers received stiff penalties in Floyd District Court, last week, in a case that was closely watched by area sports clubs and conservationists...Union miners of the National Mines Corporation may have scored a sizable victory in the tentative agreement that could return 275 back to work...There died: Ruth Ann Compton Sturgill, 93, of Harold, March 17, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Charles Allen Layne, 68, of Mays Branch, March 19, at Veterans' Administration Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio; Sarah Turner, 73, of Garrett, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Sarah Hunt, 90, of Stanville, March 22, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg; Dollie Woods, 73, of Emma, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Ella A. Sisco, 73, of West Prestonsburg, Sunday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Phillip Ernst, 75, of Abbott Creek, last Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Agness Stewart Music, 78, of Auxier, March 10, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.
Thirty Years Ago
March 26, 1975
Preparation of the Jenny Wiley campground has been underway more than a year. The work there involved construction of 128 camp pads, a water and sewage system...Prestonsburg police reported that an estimated $1,500 worth of "hard" drugs were taken in the burglary of Reid's Pharmacy in the Archer Clinic building here...The McDowell Daredevilettes lost to the Sheldon Clark girls in the championship game of the 15th regional girls' basketball tournament...James A. Murphy, 45, of Langley, died early Monday afternoon of injuries in the wreck of an auto in which he was a passenger...There died: Vertie Slater, 81, of Garrett, Tuesday, March 18, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Evaline Johnson, 81, of Martin, Sunday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Isaac Hall, 68, formerly of McDowell, Sunday, at his home in Beech Grove, Ind.; Robert McKinney, 68, Sunday, at his home at Harold; Frank Kidd, 90, of Honaker, last Tuesday, at Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Hiram Gibson, 75, of Wayland, March 18, at Methodist Hospital, in Pikeville; Grover Caudill, 63, of Topmost, Sunday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Jessie Goble, 73, at her home at Ivel, last Thursday; John Henry Bryant, 51, of Wellington, O., formerly of Orkney, last Wednesday, at Allen Memorial Hospital, in Wellington; Minnie Emily Witten, 79, of Wittensville, Sunday, at her home; Press Shepherd, 70, of Hueysville, Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin.
Forty Years Ago
March 25, 1965
Tragedy struck twice on Middle Creek, at almost the same hour, Tuesday, claiming the lives of Curtis Fitzpatrick, 53, of Garrett, who died of burns suffered at David, and Mack Howard, 31, of Flat Gap, who was fatally crushed as a truck was being unloaded near the intersection of the Mountain Parkway and the David road...A two-day hearing on the application of Prestonsburg businessmen for a bus franchise to serve a large portion of the county, and connect several areas with Prestonsburg, ended...An investigation made this week by members of the police department into the poisoning of a number of dogs, has uncovered the names of purchasers of poisons, it was learned, Tuesday...Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Campbell, a son, Joseph Wesley, March 15, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; to Mr. and Mrs. Jobie Click Jr., of Martin, a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, March 16, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Bussey, of Northport, Long Island, New York, formerly of Prestonsburg, a daughter, Kelly Anne, February 20...There died: H. T. Allen, 63, Wednesday, at his home here; Austin Hall, 82, of Topmost, Tuesday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; James Allen, 66, of Hueysville, last Thursday, at the home of a sister at Hueysville; Samuel E. Horton, 84, of Garrett, Saturday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Bertha Combs Branham, 60, Floyd County native.
Fifty Years Ago
March 24, 1955
Prestonsburg High School, as operated by the Prestonsburg independent school district, will cease to exist as of August 15, this year...The City Council at a special meeting, Wednesday night, named Harry Sandige to fill the vacancy in the office of Mayor here till the November election. Curtis Clark resigned the post to take the office of U. S. Marshall for the Eastern district of Kentucky...Auxier High School was given a reprieve from suspension as an accredited school, Wednesday, when Mark Godman, head of the bureau of instruction, declared he is certifying the school as an emergency High School...Last year's rumors that there are huge cottonmouth moccasins in Dewey Lake, and a more recent rumor that the Dewey Dam has sprung a leak, were called "fantastic" by J. R. "Red" Weaver, reservoir manager...Detailed plans are being worked out for the possible administration of polio vaccine to approximately 3,400 first and second grade school children in this county...Dick Davis, 49, Prestonsburg Gas & Water System superintendent, and his wife, Lucille, 44, were seriously injured, Sunday, when their auto was involved in a smashup near Lexington...Wayland's Kelly Coleman established a new all-time eastern Kentucky individual scoring record with 1,174 points in 36 games...Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crisp, of Martin, a son, Phillip Derae, March 14; to Mr. and Mrs. Glyn Arthur Hughes, of Prestonsburg, a son, March 20, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin...There died: William Meadows, 69, of the Katy Friend section, Wednesday, at the home of a son at West Prestonsburg; Sallie Bentley, 84, Monday, at her home at Garrett; John Boyd, 84, last Sunday, at his home at Dana; Alice Wolfe, 44, of Wayland, last Saturday, at the Paintsville Hospital; Rev. Malcolm Hubbard, 84, former Floyd County Magistrate, March 9, at his home near Oakhill, Ohio.
Sixty Years Ago
March 22, 1945
Surfacing of the remaining eight miles of the Left Beaver highway, from Gearheart to Wheelwright, was approved, this week, by the War Production Board...The week's casualty report: The dead-Astor Salisbury, of Mud Creek, Palmer Moore, of Gearheart, Clark Mills, of Melvin; T-5 Mitchell Ousley, of Langley; Charles L. Brooks, formerly of Betsy Layne; Wounded-Pfc. Melvin (Nick) Martin, of Wayland, T-5 Paul Burke, of the Middle Creek Road; Pfc. Jack Pitts, of Pyramid; Pvt. Earman Bayes, of Brainard; Pvt. Oval D. Pack, of Drift; Elige Goble, of Woods; Charlie Jones, of Hueysville; Pfc. Jim Stumbo, of McDowell...Henry Cline, 47, former Prestonsburg man, was burned to death, Monday, in a blaze which destroyed his home near Catlettsburg...Born: to Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Smiley, March 19, their third daughter...There died: Wendell Spurlock, 36, Saturday, at his home here; Rev. Sam G. Rice, 67, Monday, at Banner; Frank Smith, 30, of Tram, Saturday, at a Pikeville hospital; Sarah Baker, about 75, Monday, at Lancer; Gypsie Belle Pitts, 39, and her newborn son, Wednesday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital.
Seventy Years Ago
March 22, 1935
Eleven school buildings-six of the one-room variety-are planned by the Floyd County Board of Education, County Superintendent Ballard Hunter announced this week. The largest will be a four-roomer at Clear Creek...The Inez Indians lost in the semi-finals of the state basketball tournament, last week, to St. Xavier of Louisville...Home of George W. Allen was destroyed with almost all its contents, at Maytown, by fire, Friday noon. A day later, the home of Levi Rupe at Knotley Hollow went up in flames, with all the belongings of a family of 15...There died: W. R. Hurd, 73, March 15, at Banner; the Rev. James Fraley, 71, at Wayland; J. W. (Willie) Hatcher, 65, at Allen, Saturday; Vernie Hall, 9, formerly of Halo, March 12, at Myra, Pike County, when hit by a truck.
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