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20 years ago

(Oct. 28 and Oct. 30, 1992)

Despite political gerrymandering which has left Republican Fifth District incumbent candidate Harold “Hal” Rogers with a brand new, primarily Democratic constituency, Rogers is confident that he will be elected to a sixth term. Rogers, 55, of Somerset, began his public life in 1969, when he was elected as the Pulaski/Rockcastle Commonwealth’s Attorney, a capacity in which he served for more than 11 years.

Eastern Kentucky Racing Incorporated, officials, Prestonsburg Mayor Ann Latta, and Floyd County Development Authority Director Darrell Gilliam saddled up, Tuesday, for yet another lap in the race to bring a live harness track to eastern Kentucky. Ched Jennings, director for Eastern Kentucky Racing, said, Tuesday evening, that he was very encouraged by the nature of the discussion between his group and the Kentucky Racing Commission at their meeting, Tuesday afternoon.

The state’s Office of Education Accountability is reviewing a complaint alleging that a Floyd County School Board member, who has not been identified, threatened and intimidated school administrators. OEA investigator Steve Yater said, Tuesday, that the complaint had been received, and that a review of that complaint by OEA is underway.

A Floyd County man died early Saturday morning from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. James Keith Hall, 21, of Grethel, was driving south on Route 979, at approximately 3:45 a.m., Saturday, when his car left the roadway and struck a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Floyd County school officials have made revisions to a number of items addressed in the district’s short-term plan for improvement in response to a review of that plan by the state Department of Education. The state found the majority of the recommendations in the short-term plan acceptable, but noted their objections in several areas which included the reorganization of the central office.

The property of a Floyd County family is among four historic sites in Kentucky, Alabama, and South Carolina, designated, this week, as national historic landmarks. The property, which has been owned by the Fitzpatrick family for more than two centuries, is the site of the Civil War Battle of Middle Creek which was fought on January 10, 1862.

The latest obstacle has been hurdled, the last steeple has been chased and the dark horse has won—Floyd County will soon have its own live harness racing track. “Score one for David,” Floyd County Development Authority Director Darrell Gilliam, said Thursday afternoon, referring to eastern Kentucky Racing Incorporated, and the Prestonsburg/Floyd County Properties Corporation’s triumph over gigantic odds to bring live horse racing to Eastern Kentucky for the first time in the state’s 200-year history.

There died: James Keith Hall, 21, of Grethel, Saturday, in Harold, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident; Robert Dale Wallen, 55, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, at his residence; Lucinda Brown, 69, of Mousie, Friday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Carl Akers, 80, of Jackson, Ohio, formerly of Dana, Saturday, in the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus; Paul Osborne, 70, of Wheelwright, Monday, at his residence; Isaac Wayne Pigman, 27, of Hindman, Friday, at the June Buchanan Clinic; Florence Newsome, 88, of Melvin, Saturday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Tessie Bolen Fannin, 73, of Prestonsburg, formerly of West Van Lear, Saturday, in St. Josephs Hospital in Lexington; Roy A. Stambaugh, 63, Friday, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center at Ashland; Florence Mae “Toad” Rice, 87, of Ivel, Thursday, at her residence; Hershel Joe Carroll, one-year-old son of Lowell T. and Rhonda Fouts Carroll of Honaker, Thursday, at Wurtland; Nora Lee Thornsberry, 45, of Mousie, Monday, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center; Devin Renee Gayheart, 6, daughter of Cledis Gayheart Jr., of Hindman, and the late Brenda Lou Watson Gayheart, Monday, at Hindman, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident; Martha Bradley, 82, Sunday, in DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Auburn, Indiana; Ella Boyd, 79, of Huntington, West Virginia, October 23, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital; Pansy Goble, 52, of Auxier, Wednesday, at the home of her daughter in Lexington; Dr. Mary Louise Osborne, 63, a Louisville resident, and native of Bypro, who gave up practicing law to become a physician, Wednesday, at her residence.

30 years ago

(November 3, 1982)

Residents of Toler Creek, Big Mud, Middle Creek, and Wheelwright in this county, and Hurricane Creek and the Wells Addition in Pike County, will soon have expanded cable television service as a result of plant improvements for which bids were opened, Tuesday, according to a news release issued by Tel-Com Inc.

Ground breaking for Highlands Regional Medical Center’s 53,000-square-foot expansion project came at a ceremony, Monday afternoon, which also marked the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the original medical center structure.

A story that began nearly 15 years ago—when community organizers were active in eastern Kentucky communities—moves into its final chapters today as a federal jury considers a claim by two former activitists for $8 million in damages.

There died: Estille Bentley, 62, of McDowell, Wednesday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Corrie Sanders, 73, of Wheelwright, last Wednesday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Tishie Williamson, 80, of Estill, last Friday, at her home; Hazel Lafferty, 66, of Cliff, last Wednesday, at St. Joseph Hospital; Ollie I. McCoy, 59, of Brushy Fork of Johns Creek, Saturday night, in Pike County; Georgiana Leslie Harris, 69, of Emma, last Saturday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Goble Reed, 84, of Hippo, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Carlton W. Dawson, 10, son of Carlis and Oma Burke Dawson, of Hi Hat, Sunday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Darmack S. Goble, 76, of Prestonsburg, Monday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home.

40 years ago

(November 1, 1972)

A heavy vote is in prospect for Floyd County next Tuesday, but it will not be either Richard M. Nixon or George McGovern who will bring the voters out. A school election will be the “hot” races in this election.

Three homes on Town Branch, across the river from Prestonsburg, have burned within recent weeks, and arson is suspected.

Arson and theft are suspected in the destruction by fire, Monday afternoon, of the electric power substation at the No. 2 mine of the Patsy Development Company, near David.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gayheart, of East McDowell, a son, Oct. 16; to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. King, of Bevinsville, a daughter, Oct. 19; to Mr. and Mrs. Conley Moren, of Martin, a son, Oct. 21; to Mr. and Mrs. John A. Clark, of the Abbott Road, a son, John Bryan, Oct. 25.

There died: Mrs. Inez Cottrell Hobson, 75, last Wednesday here; James B. Cole, 71, of Langley, Wednesday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Steven M. Akers, 78, of Ligon, last Monday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital (MARH); Naaman H. Slone, 77, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, at Pikeville; Mrs. Georgia Lee DeRossett, 75, of Martin, Monday, at Our Lady of the Way; Ellis (Bud) Bentley, 68, of Garrett, Friday, at Our Lady of the Way; Pearl Fraley, 69, of Tram, Tuesday, at Prestonsburg General Hospital; Mrs. Dollie C. Caudill, 76, of Prestonsburg, last Tuesday, here.

50 years ago

(November 1, 1962)

Not even the incentive of a school election has created enough steam in the current political campaign to assure a heavy vote in this county at next Tuesday’s election, it was pointed out, here, this week.

Quiet rested on the disturbed small-mine coal industry in Floyd County, Wednesday, with scattered operations working, and others preparing to return to production.

Approximately 25 percent of the population of Floyd County received the Sabin oral vaccine for the prevention of polio at seven clinics held simultaneously, Sunday afternoon, in widely separated areas of the county.

Destruction of two moonshine still locations and equipment, and the arrest of two men, last Wednesday, was made on Clear Creek by ABC Agent Claude Flanery and Deputy Sheriffs Joe Wheeler Lewis and Curt Hall.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. James E. Goble, of Prestonsburg, a daughter, Erma Lana, Oct. 25, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital.

There died: Pfc. Ermal Kidd, 25, of Honaker, October 20, at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, from injuries received in August in Vietnam; Fred Hall, 77, of Galveston, Monday, at home; Francis Marion Bentley, 15, of Estill, Tueday at Beaver Valley Hospital; Tom Patton, 82, Sunday, at home at McDowell; Mrs. Betty Manns, 46, of Martin, Friday, at Louisville; Albert Roberts, 76, of Drift, last Wednesday, at Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Isaac Redmond Ward, 73, of West Prestonsburg, Monday, at the Paintsville Hospital; David D. Brady, 74, of Wayland, Saturday, at the McDowell Memorial Hospital.

60 years ago

(October 30, 1952)

The Floyd County Good Government Taxpayers League this week had $1,100 already pledged to use as rewards for the conviction of vote violators in the federal election, next Tuesday.

Radio station WPRT should go on the air shortly after November 16, the station owner, D.C. Stephens, and Rex Osborne, manager, said this week.

Three Floyd County truck mines on Big Mud Creek have been ordered closed by the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals because of illegal use of blackpowder, a violation of the safety provisions of the mining laws.

The week-long mine strike which followed the Wage Stabilization Board’s refusal to approve the $1.90-a-day pay increase granted the miners in the new coal contract, ended, Monday night, as John L. Lewis, UMW president, requested the men to return to work.

In donating blood for the wounded in Korea, Wheelwright fell just shy of the 100-pint mark when the bloodmobile visited that community, last Wednesday.

Hundreds of acres of forest land in Floyd County were swept by fire, last week, during one of the worst droughts to afflict this season.

Sportsmen of the area heard, last Sunday, informal talks by Senators Thomas Underwood and Earl C. Clements, concerning the possible deepening of Dewey Lake.

The Prestonsburg Chamber of Commerce, Monday evening, voted funds to carry on prospecting for a “mystery metal”—geranium, worth $350 a pound, and found in coal.

There died; Susie Elta Francis, 4, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, October 24; Cpl. Carl Whitaker, 22, of Abbott Creek, October 21; Judy Green, three-months-old, last Thursday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Daniel Webster Blackburn, 65, at his home, at Lancer, October 25; Polly Sparkman Collins, 72, former Floyd Countian, last Friday; Mrs. Isabelle Terry, 37, at home on Turkey Creek near Maytown, Monday; Georgia Inis Oney, four months, at home at Wayland, October 24; Dorothy Layne Gibson, of Toledo, Ohio, Floyd County native, at Mercy Hospital, Toledo, October 27; Frank Anderson, 85, of the Abbott road, Tuesday evening, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Patricia Ann Newsome, one-month-old, of Craynor, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital, October 28; Margie Harmon Burchett, of Bays Branch, October 29, at the Paintsville Clinic; Thomas Wilson Crisp, 72, at his home at Martin, October 24.

70 years ago

(October 29, 1942)

As the deadline on the Kentucky scrap drive campaign drew near, Floyd County had hope of getting little beyond the half-way mark in its drive to gather a quota of more than 5,000,000 pounds of metal and rubber.

A dozen persons from Bull, Abbott and Middle Creek communities were receiving treatment this week at the Floyd County Health Department, after having been bitten by dogs.

The Floyd County volunteer women workers are far behind in their quotas of surgical dressings allotted them for September and October, with a quota of 55,000 dressings coming up for next month, Mrs. Lillian Keenon, director of the Red Cross endeavor, pointed out this week.

Coffee rationing, which will allow one pound every five weeks for every person who was 15 or older when sugar rationing began last May, starts November 29.

Floyd County’s first feminine contingent, trained in the NYA shop, here, for work in the nation’s war plants, left Prestonsburg, Thursday, to receive further training at Dayton, Ohio, that will qualify them as War Department employees at Patterson Field, Dayton.

Taylor Skeans, 42, of Dock, father of eight, volunteered last week for Army service.

Married: Miss Martha Helen Stone, of Louisa, and Pvt. Haskell Price, of Martin, October 9.

There died: Thomas Hall, 47, native of McDowell, at his home in Flemingsburg, Saturday morning; Sol Slone, of Dema, at home, Monday; Bonnie Lou Arrowood, 12 years old, of Langley, Thursday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Mrs. Usley Jane Vanderpool, 75, Floyd native and former resident of McDowell, Friday, at Baden, Virginia; Fred Jefferson Cochran, 4, of Salisbury, Wednesday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Tobby Marie Harris, 5, of Emma, Saturday, at St. Joseph’s Infirmary, Louisville.

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