20 years ago
(July 21 and July 23, 1993)
The pilot of a single-engine aircraft was killed Tuesday when his plane crashed nose-first onto the runway at Combs Field and burst into flames. The victim was identified by Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby as Michael D. Cashion, 66, of Nashville, Tennessee. Cashion was believed to have been returning from a service clinic in Massachusetts on Beechcraft airplanes, the type he was flying when he crashed. Officials said Cashion was thought to be an airplane maintenance specialist.
The spectre of relocating Floyd County’s countyseat was raised again Friday during the regular meeting of the fiscal court. Magistrate Jackie Edford Owens directed County Attorney Jim Hammond to have a petition to relocate the countyseat ready to file with the county court clerk by the August 3 filing deadline. Fiscal court members have been discussing the possibility of moving the countyseat out of Prestonsburg for the past two months because of a controversy involving the city’s municipal parking lot.
Floyd County Fiscal Court members voted Friday to limit the amount of waste, Medisin Inc., can burn in their incinerators located at Auxier. The court voted to limit Medisin to dispose 100 tons of medical waste over the next 10 years. It was reported after Friday’s meeting that Medisin vice president Bob Ford said that company officials intended to challenge the court’s decision, because he believes the incinerators are exempt from state laws governing incinerators.
Public input ranged from threats to pleas, Monday evening as Floyd County board of education members collected comments on the system’s four-year facility plan. A Middle Creek citizen threatened to file a lawsuit to halt all school construction in Floyd County if the local board of education does not vote to build a new Prestonsburg High School at the Middle Creek site. Derek Hicks, speaking for proponents of the Middle Creek site, threatened to file a class action lawsuit if the school board goes ahead with a plan to renovate the current Prestonsburg High School.
Three Floyd County administrators lost a battle in circuit court to remain in their jobs, and the fight will now continue in federal court. Johnson County Circuit Judge Stephen Frazier ruled Monday that the Floyd County Board of Education did not violate the state’s Open Meeting Law when a central office reorganization plan was discussed in a closed session. Judge Frazier also ordered the administrators’ complaint dismissed.
A move to cancel a controversial school construction project Tuesday pitted the two newest members of the Floyd County Board of Education against each other. Newly-appointed board member Brent Clark asked that a 21-class-room addition project at Betsy Layne Elementary be abandoned until a new middle school can be constructed in the Betsy Layne area. Board member Bob Isaac disagreed with abandoning the project, saying it would open the door for “politics as usual” to interfere with decisions to build schools.
Floyd County’s school board members voted Tuesday to give pay raises to certain classified personnel, but nixed raises for teachers and certified workers. The regular July meeting was moved from South Floyd High School to Allen Elementary, Tuesday, because the district could not obtain a certificate of occupancy to hold the meeting at the new school. A fifty-cent per hour increase was granted to the system’s cooks and custodians, while school bus drivers received a two-dollar per day pay raise.
Combs Field remains closed to air traffic this week following a plane crash Tuesday that killed a Tennessee man. Wreckage of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza still covered part of the Combs Field runway, Thursday, as officials with the National Transportation Safety Board searched for clues to the cause of the crash in which pilot Michael D. Cashion, 66, of Nashville was killed.
There died: Maudie Jordan Hamilton, 78, of Teaberry, died Tuesday, July 20, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Irene “Renie” Hamilton Tackett, 83, of McDowell, Thursday, at her residence; Mary Jane Daniels Blackburn, 68, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Cherokee Kimberly Dawn Rogers, infant child of Tina Rogers and Adam Sullivan of Betsy Layne, Monday, at the U.K. Medical Center, Lexington; Pearl M. Roberts, 76, of Harold, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; E. Marie Ousley England, 59, of Warsaw, Indiana, formerly of Spurlock Creek, Sunday, in Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake, Indiana; Rosa Click Thacker, 91, of Martin, Thursday, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home; Josie Hunt Blanton, 86, of Norwalk, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, Friday, at her home; B. R. Conn, 70, of Martin, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Norma Harmon Thompson, 85, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Frank “Cowboy” Crum Sr., 70, of Big Sandy, Tennessee, formerly of Floyd County, Saturday, at Valley Regional Hospital, Camden, Tennessee; Bernie Lou Gayheart, 94, of Eastern, Sunday, at her residence; Luke Woods Sr., 64, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Sterlin Tackett, 46, died Wednesday, at his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan; Tommy Reece Music, 21, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday; Ira E. Frazier, 78, of Martin, Tuesday, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Armina Jones, 72, of Stanville, Thursday, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Seymour, Indiana.
30 years ago
(Wednesday, June 15, 1983)
The $1,968,000 awarded, last Wednesday, by the U.S. Department of Transportation, to the Big Sandy Regional Airport, may make possible site preparation work by the end of the summer on the hilltop site.
A 16-year-old youth, David S. Bradford, of Gastonia, North Carolina, attempted to save an older friend, Reginald R. Hunter, 19, of Greensboro, North Carolina, in trouble while swimming in Dewey Lake, Sunday afternoon, but resulted in the drowning of both boys. Both were students at the Prestonsburg Job Corps.
State police continued their search for a man suspected of shooting 22-year-old Rosetta Hall of Lackey, in the back, killing her unborn child.
A citizens group called the Floyd County Citizens Education Council, gathered at the board office, to ask Raymond Barber, state superintendent of public instruction, to oust Superintendent E.P. Grigsby Jr., and members of the school board.
There died: Tom E. Martin, 60, of Martin, Friday, in Lexington; Susie Mae Justice Lafferty, 58, of Water Gap, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Joe Williams, 63, of Wheelwright, Wednesday, in Lexington; Cynthia Fitzpatrick, 89, of West Prestonsburg, Sunday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Bruce Clark, 69, of Honaker, Tuesday, June 7, at his home.
40 years ago
(June 13, 1973)
The village of Emma will soon see the beginning of a modern highway-type bridge, to take the place of the 45-year-old “swinging bridge” which spans the Big Sandy there, to connect the town with US 23.
Congressman Carl D. Perkins announced in Washington, last week, that the House Education and Labor Committee, which he heads, will hold hearings in this county, June 22, and possibly on the following day, to hear the testimony of black lung applicants who have been denied benefits by the Social Security Administration.
Retirement of Dr. Russell L. Hall, as health officer heading both the Floyd and Martin county Health Departments, became effective May 10.
A single car accident, early Sunday morning, near Bonanza, claimed the life of the vehicle’s only occupant, 22-year-old Billy Monroe Howell, of Abbott Creek.
Miki Jane Little, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Little, of Melvin, will represent Floyd County in the Miss Kentucky Pageant, to be held July 12-14 in Louisville.
Timmy Crawford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Manis Crawford, of Melvin, and Mike Armour, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Armour, of Wheelwright, will attend the 30th annual convention of Key Club International in Chicago, July 1-4.
There died: Mrs. Hattie R. Reynolds, 73, of Dayton, O., formerly of Pike County, Sunday, in a Dayton hospital.
50 years ago
(June 13, 1963)
The Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad, following a search of the lakeside, and a dragging operation in the lake itself, Monday, failed to find Hillard Music, 18, who has been missing since Sunday afternoon, shortly after he jumped from a car driven by Fred McCoy, of Hager Gap.
Undersecretary of Commerce Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., will head a task force of federal representatives who will confer with Governor Bert Combs, other state officials, and area leaders at May Lodge, Jenny Wiley State Park, in an all-day meeting, next Thursday.
American Legion Post 129 will sponsor the Fourth of July celebration in Prestonsburg this year.
Wedding vows were exchanged, Saturday, June 8, in the First Methodist Church, Pikeville, by Miss Jeri Mahan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Mahan, and Mr. William Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Allen, of Prestonsburg.
Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Blackerby, of Lexington, announce the birth, on Sunday, June 9, of their first child, a daughter, Elizabeth Lea. Mrs. Blackerby is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Burchett, of Sugar Loaf.
There died: John C. Wells, 59, former principal of three Floyd County schools, Sunday, at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia; Merida Brown, 75, former Prestonsburg Police Chief, Saturday, at the McDowell Hospital; Robert Thurman McCoy, 52, of Romeo, Mich., native of Gulnare, last Thursday; Mrs. Hattie Webb, 74, of Auxier, at her home, Friday; Mrs. Melda W. Bionchi, 33, of Price, June 5, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mousie Moore; John S. Meade Sr., 67, of Weeksbury, last Wednesday, at the McDowell Hospital; James Saunders, 68, Sunday, at his home at Grethel; Mrs. Lavada Osborne, 85, native of Floyd County, Friday, at an Ashland Hospital; Ned Akers, 69, June 7, at his home at Justell; Mrs. Aline Haywood, 58, Thursday, June 7, at her home at Martin; Adam Watson, 65, of Raven, Wednesday, June 6, at the home of his daughter at Printer; Mrs. Jane Johnson, 63, of Melvin, last Wednesday, en route to a hospital; Mrs. Martha W. Smith, 63, of Gallipolis, O., Friday, in a hospital there; Francis Sturgill Howell, 91, June 1; John Wesley Wallace, 53, of Hamilton, O., last Friday, in a hospital there.
60 years ago
(June 11, 1953)
Floyd County’s school system, which has been counting heavily on an equalization fund, materially in excess of the current year’s $254,000, may be considerably weakened by the $5 million slash in the coming year’s budget, ordered by Governor Weatherby this week.
More destruction from a fire which destroyed the McDowell theatre and an adjacent building at McDowell, early Saturday morning, was prevented by C. and O. Railroad engineer, Belve Turner, who spotted the flames from the theatre, and began blowing his locomotive’s whistle, alerting the town to the blaze.
The office of County Judge Henry Stumbo was burglarized last Thursday night, and a state police investigation of the break was underway, this week…Release forms for the procuring of flowage easements to deepen Dewey Lake by five feet have been obtained by E. R. Burke, seventh district conservation supervisor.
Coal production, through May, has continued to gain, with an increase of 541.5 cars of 50 tons each over the corresponding period last year.
Larry Allen Whittaker, five years old, of Pyramid, is Floyd County’s first polio sufferer of this year.
The purchase for $150,000, by a group of Floyd and Perry county citizens, of the Hazard Gas Distribution System was consummated June 1.
Married: Miss Lillis Serena DeRossette, of Prestonsburg, to BM 3 Bernard George Jansen, St. Matthews, May 31, at the First Baptist Church, Bremerton, Washington; Miss Roberta Flannery, of Martin, and Johnny Hill, of Prestonsburg, June 9, at the Allen Baptist Church.
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Vanhoose, of Cliff, a son, Robert Michael, June 10, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; to Mr. and Mrs. Roy S. Martin, of Garrett, a daughter, Peggy Irene, May 24.
There died: William Brown, 61, at home in Prestonsburg, Tuesday; Mrs. Minerva Jane Short, 75, at the home of a daughter, at Russell, June 6; Thomas Joel Martin, 71, former Johns Creek resident, at home at Fallsburg, Friday.
70 years ago
(June 10, 1943)
Tom Raney, Pikeville international board member, United Mine Workers of America, said Wednesday, that representatives of approximately 20,000 eastern Kentucky miners have adopted resolutions defending their leader, John L. Lewis.
Last vestiges of the depression-born food relief to the poor, which later rendered assistance to the aged, and to the public schools through school lunch programs, will be completely gone by June 20, Henry McCown, Floyd County commodity supervisor, said Tuesday.
The long-planned Johns Creek dam was one of six reservoirs listed for Congressional approval last week as an after-the-war protection program for the Ohio River valley.
Two more Floyd County soldiers—Herschel Hamilton, of Ivel, and Malcolm Layne, of Langley—have been killed in action in North Africa.
Prestonsburg was declared, Monday evening, by the City Council, “open territory” for carnivals—if the carnivals pay a license fee of $250 a week.
Auto use tax stamps in the denomination of $5 were placed on sale in all postoffices and offices of Collectors of Internal Revenue, Thursday.
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Lon Hill, of David, a son, Joseph, June 8, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; to Mr. and Mrs. John Herald, formerly of Prestonsburg, a son, William Jefferson, June 3, at Georgetown.
There died: Frank Lee Hughes, 57, of Garrett, Friday, at the Martin General Hospital; Joseph Edward Harris, 71, at the home of his daughter, at Betsy Layne, Friday; Mrs. Pearl Samons Click, 46, of Martin, at the home of her son on Arkansas Creek, Monday; Dorothy Virgnia Clark, two years old, of Wonder, Friday, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville.