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20 years ago

(September 30-October 2, 1992)

Plans for Eastern Kentucky Racing Incorporated’s, proposed Kentucky Downs Harness track trotted back to the drawing stable, Tuesday, when the Kentucky Racing Commission tabled until late October, discussion on whether or not the track would be allowed live racing dates. The racing commission received an avalanche of criticism when, at its September 1 meeting, it approved live racing dates for every thoroughbred track in the state, but denied dates to Riverside Downs in Henderson and Kentucky Downs in Prestonsburg, two of only three harness racing tracks seeking approval.

The Ivel and Big Sandy Citizens Against Pollution received powerful support from a number of sources in their opposition to Costain Coal Incorporated’s proposed residual landfill, Thursday evening, including Fifth District Democratic candidate for the office of U.S. Representative John Doug Hays. Hays was on hand, Thursday evening, for the second Kentucky Cabinet for Natural Resources Division of Waste Management public hearing to determine whether or not to approve Costain’s permit application to construct the landfill.

Despite the Floyd County Fiscal Court’s continued public opposition to a residual landfill proposed by Costain Coal Incorporated, it is continuing negotiations with Costain to secure property to be used as an industrial site. Floyd County Attorney Jim Hammond announced those intentions, Thursday, at a public Division of Waste Management hearing to determine whether or not Costain would be allowed to construct a residual landfill that will contain fly and bottom ash produced by the burning of Costain-mined coal.

A Prestonsburg lawyer, on Tuesday, filed a second lawsuit in Floyd County Circuit Court against the Kalamazoo Michigan-based UpJohn Company, the maker of the “nerve pill” Halcion, claiming the drug had driven a Garret man to take his own life. Ned Pillersdorf, a Prestonsburg attorney, said Tuesday, that Halcion had caused Luther Messer, 68, to become increasingly confused, depressed and paranoid, and ultimately drove Messer to put a shotgun in his mouth and pull the trigger.

An 18-year-old Floyd County woman was killed in a two car accident, Wednesday, at the intersection of KY 80 and KY 1210, at the mouth of Stephens Branch, near Martin. Jennifer L. Ousley apparently pulled into the path of a pickup truck driven by Ella C. Hamilton, 51, of Viper, in Perry County, while trying to make a left turn off KY 1210 at Martin, police said. Ousley was taken to Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin and was transferrred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington where she died at 12:30 a.m., Thursday.

There died: Edith Isaacs, 72, of Teaberry, Thursday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; William K. Steele, 85, of Allen, Thursday, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Catherin Akers, 55, of Prestonsburg, Friday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Pearl Childers Williams, 74, of Thelma, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Allard Hamilton, 75, of Stanville, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Wilma “Fay” Hall, 61, of Pikeville, Monday, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Edgar Bowling, 75, of Hager Hill, Sunday, at Highland Regional Medical Center; Jackie Lynn Newsome, 40, of Belleville, Michigan, formerly of Hi Hat, Saturday, at Annapolis Hospital, Wayne, Michigan; Edna Mae Samons, 75, of Allen, Thursday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; James Benjamin “Putch” Wells, 58, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Monroe Booth, 69, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, in the Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Shelby Jean Hall, 51, of Galveston, Tuesday, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital.

30 years ago

(October 6, 1982)

The task facing officers attempting to identify the slayer of 17-year-old David Allen Whitten, whose body was found September 18, in a deserted fishing cabin in the headwaters area of Dewey Lake, was compounded, early Wednesday night, when the cabin burned to the ground.

Early last month, with the opening of legalized beer outlets, County Attorney Arnold Turner Jr., announced a “get tough” policy against alcohol-related offenses—public intoxication and drunk driving—“repeat” violators, in particular.

A West Prestonsburg man, Hershel Owens, entered a guilty plea in district court, Monday, to a charge of mining without a license and was fined $300, and equipment seized, by mining officials, was ordered forfeited.

The state Transportation Cabinet has awarded a contract to resurface five miles of KY 414, the David-Prestonsburg road.

There died: Leon Blackburn, 63, of Prestonsburg, last Friday, at the VA Hospital in West Virginia; Leonard Ousley, 58, of Risner, Monday, of an apparent heart attack; Tom Baldridge, 99, of East Point, last Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Felix Collins, 84, of Wheelwright, Tuesday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Nancy C. Carpenter, 92, of Wayland, last Wednesday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home.

40 years ago

(October 4, 1972)

Gov. Wendell Ford asked a group of representatives from various industries, in a speech at May Lodge, last Wednesday night, for “the opportunity prove to industry that the talent, skills, knowledge and personnel are all here.”

Success of the Floyd County Fair which ended here September 23, was reflected not only in public interest but also in the 1,989 exhibits entered.

Veterans Day, which annually brings to Prestonsburg the biggest crowds to gather for any Floyd County event, will be held here Saturday, October 21.

The Floyd Circuit Court ended its criminal term, last week, after a session which saw no major trials, and not a defendant sentenced to the state reformatory.

H.D. Fitzpatrick Jr., of Prestonsbburg, has been named commissioner of the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

Representative Carl D. Perkins took sharp issue last week with the formula for allocating funds under the Administration’s revenue sharing bill.

During July 9, 113 low-income persons in Floyd County received food stamps valued at $243,455, the Department of Economic Security announced last Friday.

There died: Mrs. Girlie Henderson, 50, of East McDowell, Sunday, at her home; Mrs. Daisy D. Ross, 81, of Hi Hat, last Wednesday, at the McDowell Hospital; Everett Hamilton, 76, of Rush, a native of this county, Tuesday, in an Ashland hospital; Mrs. Mabel C. Skeens, 69, of Dwale, Saturday, at a Lexington hospital; Zion Hamilton Parsons, 70, of Huntington, formerly of Grethel, last Tuesday, in a Huntington hospital; Johnny S. Reatherford, 36, of Prestonsburg, Monday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Dewey Morgan Lawson, 66, of East Point, Wednesday, in a Pikeville hospital.

50 years ago

(October 4, 1962)

Seven persons, six of whom were Floyd County residents, were killed, and a child was critically injured, shortly before midnight, Friday, in one of the worst highway crashes recorded in Kentucky. One Floyd family—Jacob Shepherd, 27; his wife, Bonnie, 27, and their two sons, Darrell, 5, and Douglas, 4, all of the Middle Creek road were killed, as well as Darb Shepherd, 53, of David, and his wife, Virgie, 52, in the crash which occurred near Richmond.

Mine picketing, court litigation, and appeals for additional state police in eastern Kentucky coal field, feature the news this week, as miners continued their demands that operators delinquent in royalty payments, and paying less than United Mine Workers contract wages, cease operations.

Preliminary plans for the Prestonsburg Junior College were being completed this week by Architects George Lee Shannon, of Prestonsburg, and Jack Hatcher, of Pikeville.

There died: B. H. (Hodley) Ousley, 84, Monday, at his home at Risner; Mrs. Ella Hall, 59, Sunday, at home at Teaberry; Frank Hopkins, 77, of Kingston, O., native of Myrtle, Sept. 23, at Chillicothe, O.; Francis (Bud) Elliott, 87, Sunday, at home at McDowell; Mrs. Margaret Payne, 65, of Martin, Sunday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; George William Moore, 40, of Melvin, recently, en route to a hospital here; Sgt. Charles Vance, 36, former East McDowell man, Sept. 23, near Munich, Germany; Raymond Morgan Goble, 36, formerly of Prestonsburg, last Thursday, at Lexington; Edwin R. (Jack) Price, 73, manager of coal properties for Inland Steel Company at Wheelwright, from 1930 till 1954, last Thursday, at his home at Frederick, Maryland.

60 years ago

(October 2, 1952)

Milt Stanley, of Bonanza, this week became the new member of the Floyd Fiscal Court, succeeding Magistrate J. E. Harris, who resigned…Winston Ford is low bidder on the Prater Creek-Mare Creek road. The bid was $174,609.08.

Prestonsburg Kiwanians heard Ted Eiland, of WSAZ-TV, explain, last Thursday, the cause of poor television reception here. He predicted all would clear up within a month, when Columbus, Ohio, was slated to move to Channel 5, leaving Channel 3 exclusively WSAZ’s.

Princess Elkhorn and Consolidation teams dominated the safety meeting at Pikeville last week-end…Roy Childers, 56, formerly of Garrett, was shot and instantly killed, Sunday, at Evanston.

The back-to-nature idyll experienced in Alaska by Edward P. Hill, son of circuit court judge and Mrs. E. P. Hill, was a feature of this week’s Times…Deepening of Dewey Lake by five feet is being urged.

Mrs. Emily Gibson, 65, of Harold, was injured last week in a collision, in Pike County, which claimed the life of Mrs. Alice Boggs, 51, of Pikeville.

Perfect All-A standings have been attained at the University of Kentucky by Miss Bessie Mae Conley, of Garrett, and Mrs. Ruth L. Willis, of Prestonsburg.

There died: Ex-Magistrate John A. Hicks, 75, at Garrett, Sunday; Margaret C. Howell, 36, at Betsy Layne, Sunday; Mrs. Letitia Chaffins, 66, Wednesday, at Martin; Willie Hughes, 39, Wednesday, at the home, near here, of his father, Jack Hughes; Edward Wireman, 38, September 26, in a car wreck at Warsaw, Indiana; Walenie Castle Clay, 36, of David, Monday, at a Huntington hospital.

70 years ago

(October 1, 1942)

Walter Wadkins, 50, of Brainard, is in critical condition at the hospital here, of injuries suffered September 21, and warrants have been issued for the arrests of four men.

Keen Burchett, well-known Cow Creek man, was killed by a falling timber at Knob Noster, Misssouri.

Seventy-six Floyd Countians are scheduled for induction to the armed forces next Tuesday.

Stanley Hays, of McDowell, has been promoted to the rank of army captain.

W. Claude Caudill announced, this week, that a class for the training of air raid wardens will be started here soon.

An athletic association has been organized here to aid the high school football team.

Miss Sarah Clay Stephens, of Prestonsburg, has been named cheerleader at Centre College.

There died: Miss Mollie Elders, 65, Tuesday, at Wayland; Jake P. Akers, 82, Monday, at his home near Printer; Mrs. Fronia George, 66, Wednesday, at Weeksbury; the Rev. Alexander Hyden, 84, of Spurlock, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital, Saturday; Marion Proffitt, 21, of Wayland, in an auto wreck in Letcher County, Tuesday, the day he was to leave here for possible military service; Mrs. Lovelia Prater Howard, 46, of Prestonsburg, last Thursday, at a Paintsville hospital; Miss Burieta Pruitt, 23, Wednesday, of last week, at Pollard, Kentucky.

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