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20 years ago

(Oct. 21, 1992, and Oct. 23, 1992)

More budget cuts for the city of Wheelwright could be in store soon, following an announcement at Monday’s city commission meeting that the general fund balance is $298. At Monday’s meeting, three city commissioners defended their decision, last week, to lay off the city’s part-time and auxiliary policemen, a city worker and to employ the city clerk only three days a week.

Floyd County Fiscal Court members received a resolution, Friday, which proposed that the county particpate in a community-based solid waste management planning process to prepare for the disposal of Floyd County’s solid waste, after June 30, 1995. Floyd County Attorney Jim Hammond and Big Sandy Area Development District Director Roger Recktenwald told the court, Friday, that community input into the plan is essential to develop a long-term waste disposal plan for the county. “This is inviting folks like Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and any other citizen groups, in to plan for a community-wide meeting,” Recktenwald said. “We are going to ask (citizens) to come to meet and participate in the plan. We want to try to have as much public input as possible.”

A Hueysville couple was arrested, Saturday night, when Floyd County sheriff’s deputies found three pounds of marijuana at their home while responding to a domestic violence complaint. Larry D. Collins, 31, and his wife, Rebecca Collins, 26, were arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana, more than eight ounces, less than five pounds; posession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a police radio.

With children beginning to experiment with drugs at a younger age, a push is on, by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, to educate more elementary students with the addition of another D.A.R.E. instructor. Floyd deputy Dewayne Jarrell joined lone D.A.R.E. officer Ricky Thornsberry, this school year, in teaching the nationally-used D.A.R.E. curriculum in the Floyd County School System.

Amendment No. 3 on the ballot for the upcoming November General Election, which, if passed, will, among other things, abolish Kentucky’s Railroad Commission, has a surprising amount of supporters…including one of the members of that commission. Believe it or not, Railroad Commissioner J.E. Combs, who has been on the commission for five years, will be spending much of the next two weeks trying to persuade his constituents to vote him out of office.

An attorney representing Floyd County school administrators has forwarded a complaint made by the group against an unnamed member of the board of education, to the state’s watchdog for school reform. John David Caudill said, Thursday, that he advised members of the Floyd County Administrators Association to ask the state’s Office of Education Accountability to investigate their claims that they have been threatned and intimidated by a school board member.

There died: Billia Irene Wright Atkinson, 68, of Madeira Beach, Florida, formerly of Martin, Sunday, at her residence; Stewart Banks, 78, of Hueysville, Saturday, at his residence; Martha B. Yates, 76, of Printer, Friday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; James Lee Laferty, 57, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Lacy Mae Hall, 87, of Galveston, Sunday, at her residence; Howard Doc Thurman, 88, of Wheelwright, October 12, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center; Ruth A. Music, 54, of Mansfield, Ohio, native of Betsy Layne, Monday, at Mansfield General Hospital; Ershel Calhoun, 76, of Warsaw, Indiana, formerly of Prestonsburg, Thursday, in the Kosciusko Community Hospital.

30 years ago

(October 27, 1982)

The agreement on garbage bills rate followed a meeting between city and county officials over the vexing question of how much Prestonsburg should pay to dump its trash on the county landfill; it was decided that they would raise the bill from $1350 to $1600 a month.

A 70-year-old Toler Creek woman, Connie Thacker Bush, was found guilty of first degree manslaughter in the slaying of her 71-year-old husband, John Bush, at their home on Meade Branch. She was sentenced to an 18-year-term.

The legal sale of liquors (whiskey, wine, etc.) was slated for November 1, but according to the county alcoholic beverage administrator it could be as late as November 25.

There died: Sharee Lynn Ousley, 2 1/2-year-old daughter of Anthony and Alisa Lynn Leckrone Ousley, of the Middle Creek Road, last Wednesday, at her home; Robert Lee Matthews, 88, of Ligon, Saturday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Forrest Burchett, 75, formerly of Sugarloaf, Sunday, at Bowling Green Medical Center; Nancy DeRossett, 88, of Martin, last Thursday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Rebecca Wheeler, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, in Charleston, West Virginia; Lillie VanDyke McCoy, 84, of Pikeville, Saturday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Nannie M. Gibson, 73, of Hueysville, Monday, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington; Curtis Richardson, 71, of Little Paint Creek, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Friday; Billie Gene Hamilton, Sunday, at his home in West Prestonsburg; Thomas E. Parson, 36, of Martin, last Thursday, at his home; Roxie Akers Collins, 87, of McDowell, Saturday, en route to McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.

40 years ago

(October 25, 1972)

The hearing held here, last Thursday, by the Kentucky Water Pollution Control Commission, gave residents of this section an opportunity to let the Commission, know they aren’t satisfied with the job it is doing, and it afforded the Commission an opportunity to explain classifications.

The President has committed $640,000 to date from his Disaster Relief Fund to help Kentucky residents and communities recover from the effects of last April’s flooding, and Floyd County’s was the largest, with $103,000.

Thousands of persons jammed Prestonsburg street and sidewalks, Saturday, to witness the observance of Red, White and Blue Day.

Two murder trials are expected to be heard during the coming term of the Floyd Circuit Court, which will convene November 13.

The 92nd Congress, before adjournment last week, passed a welfare Social Security bill which will raise Social Security taxes from the present 5.2 percent on the first $9,000 a year of earnings to 5.85 on the first $10,800 of earnings in 1973.

The Prestonsburg Blackcats assured themselves a winning season, Friday night, by blanking the Hazard Bulldogs, 27-0.

There died: Pfc. Marvin R. Hicks, 22, native of this county in a car accident in Marion, Ohio, Sunday; Dolly Howard Marsillett, 81, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at the Mountain Manor Nursing Home; Bertha Eva Herrell, 66, of Martin, last Thursday, at the McDowell Hospital; Crit Wicker, 71, of Garrett, Sunday, at his home; William N. Stratton, native of Banner, last Thursday, in Ashland; Eliza Smallwood, 86, Friday, at her home at Wheelwright; Thomas Russell Wells, 72, of Auxier, last Wednesday, at the McDowell Hospital; Commodore Reed, 66, of Hueysville, Monday, at a Pikeville hospital; and Lucinda D. Branham, 74, of Water Gap, at her home.

50 years ago

(October 25, 1962)

In an atmosphere of deep tension, one truck mine and one tipple serving truck mines, resumed operation Tuesday morning, breaking the solid shutdown in effect in this county since picketing of such workings began.

Receivership for some of the functions of the city government of Martin was asked in a suit filed in circuit court here, Tuesday, by holders of bonds issued to finance the city’s share of urban renewal expenses.

An estimated 5,000 Big Sandians last Saturday, heard Ex-President Harry S. Truman, in typical give-’em-hell-Harry style, blister Republicans and call on the voters to elect Democrats Wilson W. Wyatt to the Senate and Carl Perkins to the House of Representatives. The former president spoke at Pikeville.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Perry, a son, Johnny Ray, October 14, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital.

There died: George Campbell, 69, of the Town Branch section, last Thursday, at Prestonsburg General Hospital; Eden F. Gable, 71, of West Prestonsburg, Friday, at Lexington; Mrs. Gladys K. Justice, 59, of Endicott, Friday, at home; Mrs. Mytle Williams, 62, of Dana, last Thursday, at Pikeville; and Mrs. Sallie Scutchfield, 64, of Water Gap, Tuesday, at home.

60 years ago

(October 23, 1952)

Floyd County coal mines were shut down, solid, this week, and will probably remain so until the $1.90 pay increase allowed the miners by the new coal contract is approved by the Wage Stabilization Board, or until other means of getting the men back to work are devised.

Two Floyd County soldiers have lost their lives recently. One, Henry E. Gibson, of Prestonsburg, was a victim of fighting in Korea, October 4, and the other Cpl. Carl Whittaker, of Abbott Creek, was killed Tuesday in a motor wreck near White Sands Proving Grounds, Los Cruses, New Mexico.

Floyd County is suffering the effects of the worst drought to hit this area since 1930.

The Floyd County Good Government Taxpayer’s League, and one individual, Bill Pettrey, each posted a $100 reward for each person convicted of vote fraud at the November elections.

Sandra Gale Crisp, two-year-old daughter of Billy J. and Catherine Crisp, formerly of Martin, was the victim of carbon monoxide fumes escaping from a coal burner, October 17, at Munith, Michigan.

Dr. R. M. Sirkle, of Prestonsburg, was installed, Thursday, as the grand master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky Masons, the first resident of the Big Sandy Valley ever to hold that post.

Floyd County Democratic women will participate in the current political campaign, it was said, after the Floyd County Women’s Democratic Club was organized here, Tuesday night.

Floyd, Johnson, and Magoffin counties were consolidated into one Scout district, at the district Scout meeting, here, Tuesday night, and the area was named the Jenny Wiley district.

John D. Robinson, 33, and Charlie Blanton, 44, both of Printer, were killed in a car wreck, this week, at Waynesfield, Ohio, and Frank Boyd, 48, of Arkansas Creek, also was fatally injured in an auto accident near Munith, Michigan.

Born: to Dr. and Mrs. R. M. Wilhite Jr., a son, Robert Montgomery Wilhite III, at Paintsville, October 9; to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Alley, a daughter, Dianne Keith, at the Paintsville Hospital, October 19.

There died: William Dingus, 95, former State Senator and Floyd County attorney, Tuesday, at his home in Prestonsburg; Opal Kidd McKinney, 37, of Amba, at her home October 19; Louise Belcher Wells, 74, of Auxier, at Paintsville, October 8.

70 years ago

(October 22, 1942)

Floyd County’s scrap pile, this week, weighed a total of 1,231,000 pounds, with 257,514 pounds of metal and rubber being added to the junk collection since last week.

There will be no opposing factions in either the election of two County Board of Education members, or three City Board of Education members here, but a heated city election is in prospect, the election lineup showed Monday night.

W. G. Africa, commander of Floyd Post, American Legion, has asked County Superintendent Town Hall to enlist the aid of school children in salvaging old records for use by the armed forces.

Delmas Martin, 26-year-old Wayland miner, was fatally crushed, Tuesday, when he was pinned between the mine motor he was operating and the “rib,” in the mines of Glogora Coal Company at Glo.

Edward B. Leslie, Wheelwright teacher, was elected chairman of Floyd County Legislative District No. 2, at a Democratic caucas, held at McDowell, Saturday, and Morton McGlothen, of Printer, was elected secretary.

The Floyd County Transportation Committee will hold meetings in the five Floyd County towns for the purpose of receiving applications of farm truck owners for War Necessity Certificates, James Stephens, chairman of the county USDA War Board, announced, Monday.

Observance of Navy Day, Tuesday, October 26, was asked, this week, by Mayor E. P. Arnold in a proclamation, and by Superintendent Town Hall in a statement to teachers.

Induction into the Army of Jesse Elliott, has left four Floyd County schools—Maytown, Wheelwright, Auxier and McDowell—without a music instructor.

Married: Miss Edna E. Prater, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Lackey, and Mr. John Priddy Irvin, of Washington, D.C., at Marlboro, Maryland, October 1; Miss Georgia E. Adkins, of Covington, Kentucky, and Pvt. Savage Wayne Allen, of Prestonsburg, October 14, at Fort Thomas, Kentucky; Miss Ilene Fyffe and John Graham Leroy Combs, of Prestonsburg, here, October 17; Miss Ella Marie Woods, of Prestonsburg, and Mr. Paul Messer of Prestonsburg, October 15, at Allen.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lee May, of Prestonsburg, a son, Martin Lee May Jr., Saturday; to the Rev. and Mrs. Campbell Jeffries, of Martinsburg, Virginia, a daughter, Victoria Murill; to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Cooley, Prestonsburg, a son, David Ray, October 10.

There died: Mrs. Hattie Dotson Allen, 66-year-old Floyd County native, Thursday morning, at Ivyton; Alma Jean Horn, 2, of Ligon, at the Martin General Hospital; Mrs. Gertie Lena Fife, 40, of Martin, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, Saturday.

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