by Michael W. Grochowski
Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta
20 years ago
(Dec. 16, and Dec. 18, 1992)
A mishap Tuesday evening on Route 23 caused a brief scare and an extended detour near Allen, when a truck carrying explosives broke down on the highway. Traffic on Route 23 was rerouted through New Allen by officials with the state’s department for Disaster and Emergency Services, while the truck’s contents were removed. The vehicle, owned by EconExpress, of Wheaton, Illinois, was transporting explosives to a Pike County mine. The road was reopened at 6:30 p.m., about two hours after the truck broke down when its frame reportedly snapped. No injuries were reported.
Members of the Prestonsburg City Council publicly assailed the Floyd County Board of Education Monday evening for its plan to move its headquarters from the city of Prestonsburg. Mayor Ann Latta told the council at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday that Superintendent of Floyd County Schools Stephen Towler was expected to recommend that the board consider moving its central office out of Prestonsburg to a new location in Martin because the Prestonsburg office was run down.
The Floyd County Landfill, temporarily closed earlier this year in order to accommodate stringent new environmental regulations, may not reopen at all in the forseeable future… at least as a landfill facility. Due to the Kentucky Cabinet for Natural Resource’s lengthy review and constant disapproval of proposed changes in the landfill’s permit application, Floyd County Judge/Executive John M. Stumbo said Tuesday, Floyd County Solid Waste’s resources are severely depleted and several other options must be discussed for solving the problem.
Public and private officials from around the state fought snow and ice Friday afternoon to pick up a shovel and dig right in at the ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of the Kentucky Downs Harness Track/East Kentucky Fair Grounds and Convention Center. Kentucky Racing Commissioner Wayne Lyster III, who cast the deciding vote allowing the first legal horse racing facility east of Interstate 75, called the event an “historic occasion.”
The Christian Appalachian Project and volunteers from as far away as Delbarton, New Jersey labored for hours Thursday to help make Christmas just a little bit merrier for the homeless, the jobless, the disabled and the disenchanted of Eastern Kentucky. A sizable crowd of people huddled closely in line Thursday at the Christian Appalachian Project’s West Prestonsburg’s warehouse to receive packages of food, clothing and Christmas gifts. In all, Christian Appalachian Project spokesperson Judy Crum said Thursday, the group hopes to help 795 Appalachian families this year.
There died: Hobert E. Ward, 70, of Paintsville, Tuesday, at U.K. Medical Center; Gladys Little Tackett, 70, of Topmost, Sunday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Curtis Tackett, 82, of Bypro, Sunday, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital; Sallie Brown, 79, of Pierceton, Indiana, formerly of Floyd County, Saturday, at her residence; Cinda Newsom Stumbo, 81, of Pocatello, Idaho, Saturday, at a healthcare center there; Jessie James Napier, 93, of Melvin, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Veda Maris “Vennie” Harper, 97, of Logansport, Indiana, formerly of Hueysville, Tuesday, at the Memorial Hospital, Logansport; David Wayne Ratliff, 34, of Honaker, Friday, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Denvel Hunt, 49, of Norwalk, Ohio, formerly of Weeksbury,Monday, at Galion, Ohio; Carol Allen, 58, of Williamsburg, Ohio, Tuesday, in Anderson Mercy Hospital; Carlos Hale Haywood, 76, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at her residence; Anna Steffey, 89, of Tram, Wednesday, at her residence; Jane Derossett Nelson Collins, 100, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Irene Lewis, 72, of Stanville, Tuesday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.
30 years ago
(December 22, 1982)
The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board stole the initiative from disgruntled liquor-license applicants by asking the Kentucky State Police to investigate charges that bribes were solicited from some applicants.
A Hindman family physician, and secretary of the Human Resources Cabinet until his decision to run for elective office, Dr. Grady Stumbo is one of three announced Democratic candidates for governor.
Wonnell Godsey had no quibble with the opposition’s claims that the new First Commonwealth Bank would be a fine bank, but she protested that the bank would destroy the residential area that she and her husband, Prestonsburg dentist Garland Godsey, call home.
American Signal Corporation, the Tennessee-based firm which owns Radio Station WPRT, filed in District Court at Lexington a voluntary petition for reorganization under the federal bankruptcy code.
The panel of four charged with the task of finding a way to equalize the county’s lopsided magisterial districts has hit on a simple, if not wholly uncontroversial, solution by switching the Allen and Dwale communities from the first magisterial district to the second.
There died: Gold Howard, 53, of Eastern, Sunday, at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington; Lola R. Ousley, 49, of Hopkinsville, formerly of Floyd County, Thursday, in Hopkinsville; Boyd Felts, 69, of Melvin, Saturday, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Albert Spradlin, 71, of Bonanza, Wednesday, at the home of his daughters in Catlettsburg; Dawsie Hale Chaffins, 86, of Hueysville, at River Manor Nursing Home; E. W. (Gene) Hale, 71, of Harold, Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; David Compton, 85, of Hueysville, Monday, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Clara Samons Conn, 71, of Martin, Wednesday, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home; Arthur Clinton Crider, 55, of Stanville, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Della Gayheart Martin, 84, of Eastern, Monday, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home.
40 years ago
(December 20, 1972)
Thursday, a mini-fleet of pickup trucks and carry-alls will take “Santa Claus” to 2,000 of the county’s children who normally receive little or nothing in the way of Christmas gifts.
Floyd county Democrats in one of their most harmonious county conventions recently re-elected W. W. Burchett, Prestonsburg attorney, county chairman for a second four-year term.
The Floyd County Junior Chamber of Commerce has named Hershel Joseph, of Prestonsburg, as the Outstanding Young Man of the Year in Floyd County.
Senators John Sherman Cooper and Marlow Cook announced last week that the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will receive a $100,002 general community programming grant.
High school basketball tournaments have proved to be good business in the 15th Region with proceeds of $12,677 realized thus far as Floyd county’s share.
The Rev. and Mrs. Leroy Gibson will observe their 25th anniversary at their home here, Dec. 24.
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Bierman announce the marriage of their daughter, Karen Lee, to Solomon Jefferson Bingham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bingham of the Auxier Road, Dec. 4.
Born: a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Skeans, of Melvin, Dec. 13; a daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Whitaker, of Gunlock, Dec. 15; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Nollie Hamilton, of Teaberry, Dec. 17.
There died: Mrs. Leta W. Steele, 91, of Betsy Layne at a Pikeville Hospital, Thursday; Mrs. Josephine H. Lewis, 73, Sunday, at her home at Martin; Mrs. Mary Gibson Patton, formerly of Lackey, Sunday, at a Peewee Valley Hospital; Mrs. Julia Garrett, 87, of Stanville, Saturday, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Dama Crider; Grant Akers, 67, of Betsy Layne, Monday, at his home; Mike Crum, 81, of Wayland, Thursday, at the McDowell hospital; Mrs. Amalea Perry, 35, of Kendalville, Ind., formerly of this county, Friday; David Banner Leslie, II, 61, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at a nursing home here; Harvey E. Underwood, formerly of Prestonsburg, November 29, in Richwood, W. Va.; Mrs. Martha E. Collins, 98, of Chicago, Ill., formerly of this county, Monday, in Chicago; Mrs. Mary E. Harris, 72, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at the Paintsville Hospital; Mrs. Marie Jones, 50, of McDowell, at her home, Friday; Sammy Lee Wright, 25, native of Drift, in Pike county, December 10.
50 years ago
(December 20, 1962)
Various churches, service organizations and veterans clubs, each with its separate methods, are planning help to underprivileged families, especially children, for the Christmas season.
The state average per capita income was $1,573 in 1960 but Floyd, a heavy producer of coal and with a high incidence of unemployment, clung to the rank of 50 in the 120 counties with an average per capita income of $1,207. Martin county was at the bottom with a per capita income figure of only $361.
On information supplied by his 17-year-old daughter, warrants accusing a Ligon man with possessing and selling moonshine whiskey were issued from the County Judge’s office Tuesday morning.
A moonshine still, four gallons of whiskey and three barrels of mash were destroyed on the head of Toler Creek by deputy sheriffs Wednesday, but an unidentified man, presumably the owner of the outfit, escaped arrest.
Approximately 300 persons were arrested Saturday night at a gamecock fight near Paintsville.
Five 300 persons were arrested Saturday night at a gamecock fight near Paintsville…Five mining firms asked for a permanent injunction Wednesday against 21 United Mine Workers locals in Floyd county.
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vernon Dingus, of South Point, O., formerly of Little Paint, a daughter, Pamela Laverne, Dec. 6 at Huntington, West Virginia.
There died: Ike Conn, 79, Friday, at home at Dana; Kinner Crum, 71, of Martin, last Tuesday; Tom Morris, 81, formerly of Wheelwright, Tuesday, at St. Mary’s O.; William (Bill) Patton, 56, of Weeksbury, Monday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Homer Prater, 49, last Thursday, of a heart attack which he suffered that day while at work at Inland Gas Company’s Hillsdale Compressor Station on Middle Creek; Alexander Shepherd, 49, of Garrett, Friday, at home; Mrs. Pearlie Salyers, 74, of Hippo, Monday, at home; Walter Williamson, 63, of Drift, Sunday, at the McDowell Memorial Hospital; E. V. Hamilton, 72, Regular Baptist minister and a former postmaster at Teaberry, Tuesday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital.
60 years ago
(December 18, 1952)
The Prestonsburg City Council this week considered a plan to buy the First National Bank building on First Avenue as a future Municipal building.
County Judge Henry Stumbo was elected chairman of the Floyd County Democratic organization Saturday, virtually without opposition, but a scrap developed between Johnny Hall, of McDowell, and County Clerk DuRan Moore for the secretary post. State Senator Doug Hayes was named secretary by way of compromise.
John Delmar Hughes, Prestonsburg high school grid star, has been named quarterback of The Courier-Journal’s all-state eleven.
Fred Mullins, 30, auto body shop operator, died Wednesday, six hours after suffering a broken neck in a motorcycle wreck here.
Detroit police are probing the possibility of foul play in the death Thursday of Ernest B. Harris, 42, Floyd native, of a skull fracture.
Destruction by fire within the week of Callison’s Big-Y Restaurant at Allen and the home of Orbie Hamilton at Tram caused damage estimated at $14,000.
Kentucky’s famed basketball coach, Adolph Rupp, was the speaker last Thursday at the annual football banquet sponsored here by the Kiwanis Club.
There died: Tom Wright, 51, formerly of Martin, Monday, at Ashland; Charlie Conn, 36, at his home at Allen, Tuesday; Bill Damron, 58, at Hi Hat, December 13; Alonzo Frasure, 37, of Wayland, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, December 10, of slatefall injuries; Lou S. Price, 79, at her Glo home, December 11; Robert Mulkey, 64, of Harold, at a Pikeville hospital, December 11.
70 years ago
(December 17, 1942)
The Floyd circuit court docket for January is slim with “only” three murder cases booked for trial.
John Howard, of Quicksand Creek, Knott county, surrendered here Wednesday morning to Jailer Guy Horn, announcing that he had in self-defense killed two men on the Lick Fork of Salt Lick Creek. Later, authorities learned that Melvin Bolen and Adam Miller had been slain.
Mrs. Ruth S. Roberts, of Tram, resigned effective Monday as Floyd referral agent.
Mrs. Rosalee Hall, of Banner, is the first Floyd woman to enlist in the WAAC’s…The Agricultural Marketing Administration this week outlined a plan which, if adopted, would enable Floyd school children to buy milk at 1 cent per half-pint.
There died: Mrs. Rebecca Osborne Salisbury, 75, mother of five soldier sons, Saturday, at her home at Printer; William (Buck) Martin, formerly of Garrett, Dec. 8, at his home at Siloam, Kentucky; Mrs. Malinda Messer Vaughan, 52, Sunday, at her home here; Mrs. Eva Bailey Howard, 26, Monday, at her home near Martin; Mrs. Ida Brown Cox, 68, Tuesday, at Lackey; Mrs. Clona Litteral, 44, sister of Auxier residents, at Ashland, Friday; Sam Jarrell, 64, Wednesday, of last week, at Allen.
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