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Items taken from The Floyd County Times, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years ago.

Ten Years Ago
February 7 and 9, 1996
James H. “Jim” Daniels of Auxier, the first person convicted of theft of services for not paying his garbage bill, has an invitation on his answering machine for callers to witness his arrival at “debtor's prison,” Friday, at 2 p.m. He is set to report to the Floyd County jail to begin a 30-day jail term for failing to pay $210 in past due garbage bills...A Floyd County Grand Jury returned five indictments, Tuesday, including a reckless homicide charge against Larry Gene Castle, 45, a Prestonsburg coal truck driver, relating to a car wreck last April, resulting in the death of Wilbur L. Hamilton, and the injury of Shelby J. Hamilton...In the wee hours of Saturday morning, vandals made a stop at the Floyd County Courthouse and sprayed the numbers, �,” and a dollar sign on the outside windows of the county attorney office...Vicky Boyd was sworn in as the new post master at Weeksbury, on January 24. Boyd replaces John McIntosh, who was promoted to postmaster at Stanville...Former Floyd County Deputy Judge-Executive Pauline C. Stumbo died Saturday, February 3, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center...In an effort to overcome the loss of more than 25 percent of their funding, attorneys from the Legal Services Corporation have asked the state legislature for more money...After nearly two months of a temporary closure, Wickes Lumber has announced it will permanently close the doors to its Allen facility. The store closed shop December 13, due to a rock fall hazard threatening the property...An investigation is underway by the attorney general's office. and Kentucky State Police. into funds reported missing from Floyd County Clerk Carla Boyd's office...The number of AIDS cases continues to grow-across the country and in Floyd County. The end-of-the-year totals show that a new case of the disease was diagnosed in Floyd County between October 1 and December 31...The public got its first peek, Thursday, at the new Floyd County Jail during an open house at the facility. Jailer Roger Webb said he hopes to move prisoners into the facility by next week. Security company officials are currently trying to work out bugs in the facility's security system, the jailer said...The unemployment rate in Floyd County has decreased, but no one seems to know why and state advice is to not read too much into the drop. The unemployment rate fell more than one percentage point from November to December. The November rate was 7.8 percent and the December rate was 6.7 percent...Donald Bliss, 32, of Prestonsburg, is alleging that his former landlord, Lowell Wheeler, 57, of Salyersville, took advantage of his illiteracy and swindled him out of $2,800 in lottery winnings last September, when Bliss purchased a $10,000 winning ticket...The case against three men charged in a theft scam at the Wal-Mart store in Pikeville was sent to the grand jury. After a preliminary hearing in Pikeville, Monday, before District Judge Larry Thompson, Dillard Shawn Boyd, 21, of Dana, Travis Conn, 22, of Martin; and James B. Fairchild, 20, of Paintsville, were bound over to the grand jury to face charges of theft and shoplifting...Winners in the Floyd County Times Subscriber Appreciation Sweepstakes were: George and Julie Love of Prestonsburg; Clara Allen of Garrett; Betty Baldridge of Wayland; and James E. Tackett of Allen...There died: Jamie Lee Caudill, 23, of Melvin, Tuesday, February 7, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital emergency room; Lillie Slone, 77, of Topmost, Friday, February 2, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin; Noah Hall Jr., 54, of Galveston, Tuesday, January 30, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Lottie (Spears) Goble Johnson, 103, of Dwale, Saturday, February 3, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Arnold Ray Wallen, 48, of Langley, Wednesday, January 31, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Priscilla (Pat) Collins Hicks, 50, of Martin, February 2, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital at Huntington, West Virginia; Pauline C. Stumbo, 70, of Harold, Saturday, February 3, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg; Laura Farley Blankenship, 77, of Betsy Layne, Saturday, February 3, in Louisville; Delbert Kazee, 72, of Louisa, Thursday, February 1, at his residence; Dunbar Scott, 80, of Wheelwright, Monday, February 5, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital; Manis Webb, 77, of State Road Fork, Prestonsburg, Tuesday, February 6, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Alma Page Estep, 66, of Georgetown, formerly of Floyd County, Saturday, February 3, at Scott General Hospital, in Georgetown; Steve Rudolph Justice, 79, of Forest, Virginia, formerly of Pikeville, Saturday, February 3, at Lynchburg General Hospital; Elaine Carico Castle, 70, of Printer, Tuesday, February 6, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital; Mada Gibson Meade, 90, of Hi Hat, Tuesday, February 6, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Iseral Tussey, 76, formerly of Hueysville, at his home in Garrett, Indiana; Ed Arnold Nelson, 47, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, February 7, at his mother's residence; Rev. Norman L. Salisbury, 54, of Sundusky, Ohio, a native of Hunter, Tuesday, February 6, in Firelands Community Hospital; Albert F. Basinger, 53, of Oneida, Tennessee, Sunday, January 21, at the Scott County Hospital; Beatrice Lynard, 72, of Hi Hat, Tuesday, February 6, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Avenell Pittman, 92, of Zanesville, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, Saturday, January 6, at Willow Haven Nursing Home.

Twenty Years Ago
February 12, 1986
Kenneth Roberts, accused of 12 felony counts of misconduct while he was magistrate for the Right Beaver Creek section, was cleared of two counts by a Pike Circuit Court...Anthony Castle, indicted by a Floyd Circuit grand jury in 1984, on two felony counts of posessing a forged instrument, and two counts of theft by deception, entered a guilty plea to two misdemeanor counts...Basel Ray Moore, 27, of Frasure's Creek, was indicted for murder by a Floyd Circuit grand jury, which accused him of being drunk when he lost control of his car, killing a passenger...The wrong man was being tried for the 1983 shooting death of Ellis “Bo” Campbell, said a defense attorney, who suggested that the man seen with Campbell in a gray Chevy Camaro shortly before his death, may have been one of the accused man's brothers...There died: Truman Tackett, 61, of Weeksbury; Willie Lewis Baldridge, 67, of Bays Branch; Serenity Rose Slone, infant daughter of Ricky and Ginger Rose Bentley Slone; Oma Ray Spradlin, 72, of Cliff; Hobert Hayes of Betsy Layne; Robert Bingham, 56, formerly of Water Gap; Don Carlos Childers Sr., 84, formerly of Prestonsburg, Degarmo H. Holbrook, 70, formerly of Floyd County; Vinnie Carroll, 62, of Honaker; and Vernie Mae Bentley, 65, of Teaberry.

Thirty Years Ago
February 11, 1976
State Senator Jim Hammond unveiled Gov. Julian Carroll's proposed program for the return to the coal counties, the revenues to be derived from the state's coal severance tax. Prestonsburg city taxes, the City Council voted, will stand unchanged from the past year. The basic real estate and personal property tax rate will remain at 30 cents per $100 evaluation...Jimmy Turner, of Drift, third district Railroad Commissioner said, Friday, he has called on the C&O Railway Company and the Kentucky Department of Transportation for the installation of signals at the junction of KY 7 and KY 80, and at the crossing near McDowell High School, off KY 122...Work on the long-planned Floyd County Courthouse and Juvenile Detention Center was officially launched in groundbreaking ceremonies, Monday...There died: Tivis Yates, 72, of Honaker, Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Dusty Hall Armcost, 71, former resident of this county, January 27, in a Flint, Mich. hospital; Rev. William E. Garriott, Methodist minister for 43 years, Tuesday, February 3; Pem Smith, 84, Thursday, at his home at Justell; Margaret Gibson Hall, 72, of Raven, Jan. 14, at the McDowell Regional Hospital; Walk Derossett, 46, Monday, at Louisa Community Hospital; Louis L. Bauers, 57, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Mary K. Waugh, 77, of Piqua, O., formerly of Prestonsburg, last Wednesday afternoon, at Piqua Memorial Hospital; Maggie Yates, 71, of Martin, last Friday, at her home, following a brief illness; Randolph Jacobs, 36, of Topmost, Monday, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington; Benny Ray Campbell, former Prestonsburg resident, Feb. 7, at his Detroit, Mich., home.

Forty Years Ago
February 10, 1966
A giant slatefall in a mine of the Stephens Elkhorn Fuel Corporation at Manton, claimed the lives of four workers. The dead are Caleb P. (Doc) Wells of Auxier; Irvin Litton of Manton; Evan Slone, Betsy Layne; James Fraley of Thelma...Approval of a new post office at West Prestonsburg has been made...Dewey Newsome, 61, was shot, and seriously wounded, at his home near Teaberry, Saturday...There died: Hope Hereford Spradlin Tussey, 60, of the Abbott road, Sunday, at the Paintsville Hospital; Arthur Martin, 51, of Galveston, Wednesday, at a Huntington hospital; Sarah Hall, 52, of Topmost, January 25, at the Beaver Valley Hospital; Henry McGuire, 84, February 6, at his home in Prestonsburg; Zella M. Hamilton, 70, February 5, at her home at East McDowell; Oak Cooley, 72, of Hippo, Sunday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital; Sill Hall, 81, Friday, at his home at Wheelwright; Betty Ousley, 72, Friday, at her home at Eastern; Delilah Bryant, 67, of Martin, Wednesday, at Printer; Newtreen Dillon, 36, of Lancer, Monday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin.

Fifty Years Ago
February 9, 1956
A total of 4,698 vaccinations against polio were administered in a week's record-breaking series of clinics held in five Floyd communities...Fists began flying on Mare Creek, when truck drivers of a Pike County contractor allegedly refused to repair the road impaired by cinder hauling...Roy Cook, of Drift, announced Tuesday, that he will resign his post today (Thursday), as county dog warden...Five Floyd schools are closed for lack of teachers...There died: Herbert Edward Humphrey, 52, of Ligon, Monday; Mrs. Sarah Webb Baldridge, 74, last Wedneday, at her home on Little Paint.

Sixty Years Ago
February 7, 1946
Green Haywood Hackworth, who was born on Spurlock Fork of Middle Creek, near what is now Dock post office, reached another milestone in a distinguished career, with his appointment as one of the 15 judges of the International Court of Justice...The Floyd County Board of Education, this week, directed Superintendent of Schools Town Hall to advertise for bids on construction of a 10-room grade school and auditorium at Betsy Layne, and a seven-room school building at Weeksbury...There died: Sollie Hopson, 35, of Prestonsburg; Willie Carr, 59, at his home near Allen; Fred Thacker, 80, at his home at Lackey; Ruthie Reynolds Terry, 59, of Lackey.

Seventy Years Ago
February 7, 1936
Bogey Shepherd, 21, of Salt Lick Creek, is in serious condition at his home as the result of a bullet wound in his thigh suffered, Sunday night, when he accidentally discharged a pistol on which he was working...Definite action toward contracting for the construction of a new courthouse, or the enlargement and remodeling of the present building, was deferred...Senator Joe P. Tackett, serving his first term in the General Assembly, has been appointed to the Rules Committee of the Senate...All highways in this section have been in a hazardous condition since the onset of bad weather, just before Christmas...The home owned by the Richmond estate at the mouth of Beaver Creek near Bosco, was destroyed by fire Monday morning.

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