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20 years ago

(Nov. 11, 1992, and Nov. 13, 1992)

Thanks to prolonged discussions by the Prestonsburg City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting, Monday evening, three city employees will retain their jobs, and the city itself, hopefully, will stop losing money. The council had previously discussed the possibility of laying off the three attendants at the municipal parking lot in order to save the city the approximately $25,000 loss it suffered annually on the municipal lot system. However, hesitant to fire anyone, the council reasoned that the attendants perform other important duties, such as giving directions, providing motorist assistance and acting as goodwill ambassadors. The council, acting on the recommendation of the traffic committee, worked out a complex plan that is expected to bring increased revenues to the city, and provide more and better parking for the citizens of Prestonsburg.

Members of the Betsy Layne High School Site Based Council have called misconduct charges levied by state Education Commissioner Thomas Boysen against school board member Tommy Boyd “a grave travesty of justice.” School council members are also calling for the State Board for Elementary and Secondary Education to conduct its own investigation into the alleged interference by a school administrator in the hiring of a youth service center office manager.

Floyd County school officials are trying to get an estimate of damages to the roof at the new Left Beaver High School, after the facility was apparently vandalized Halloween night. Officials are also trying to determine why there was no security on the school construction site when the incident happened.

Prestonsburg Mayor Ann Latta signed a proclamation yesterday, Thursday, proclaiming Friday, November 13, as “Blackcat Day” in Prestonsburg. The proclamation came as a result of the Prestonsburg Blackcat football team reaching the semifinals of the Region 4 playoffs in which they will face the Russell Red Devils, tonight, at the Prestonsburg stadium.

Volunteers in five counties are preparing to combine their efforts, Saturday, to call attention to the problem of hungry senior citizens, and to celebrate national “Make A Difference Day.” Senior citizen centers and local civic groups are planning activities in the five-county area served by Big Sandy ADD to raise money for the Meals on Wheels program that provides meals to needy senior citizens.

There died: Wanda Perkins, 62, of Hindman, Saturday, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center; Peggy Taylor, 61, of River, Wednesday, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center; Doris E. Lyday, 74, of Fairfield, Ohio, November 2, at Mercy Hospital, Hamilton, Ohio; Edna Conley Everidge, 66, of Garrett and Eastern, Sunday, in Lexington, of cancer; Nancy Ruth Akers, 71, of Martin, Monday, at UK Medical Center; Desta Louise Conlee Price, 41, of Prestonsburg, Sunday morning, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Dollie Mosley, 67, of Hindman, Tuesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Jessie Mae Caudill Oliver, 81, of Marysville, Ohio, Friday, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Johnie Hagans, 84, of Gallipolis, Ohio, formerly of Langley, Sunday, at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis; Ella Bowling, 89, of Pikeville, Wednesday, at the Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Douglas; Flo Francis Homes, 87, of Louisville, formerly of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, in the Jefferson Manor Nursing Home; Edward Newsome, 63, of Vermilion, Ohio, formerly of Dana, Sunday, at his residence.

30 years ago

(November 17, 1982)

U.S. District Judge C. Wix Unthank, last week, agreed to stay an order that would permit 16 Dinwood residents to evict the Dinco Coal Sales tipple from their neighborhood.

Curtis Clark, 73, former mayor and first city manager of Prestonsburg, died Saturday night at Highlands Regional Medical Center.

State Labor Commissioner John C. Wells announced at a press conference in Frankfort, Tuesday, that one of the two black lung clinics to serve Kentuckians will be in Prestonsburg, and that it is scheduled to begin service around December 1.

Danny Mead, of Beaver, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, last Thursday, to a single count of mail fraud and sentencing was set for January 3.

There died: Cussie Spurlock Barbe, 83, of Betsy Layne, Friday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Jim Bob Elswick Jr., 50, formerly of Floyd County, Monday, at Mountain Heritage Hospital in Taylor, Michigan; Levi Mitchell, 92, of Beaver, Saturday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Amon Mature Jr., 25, of Grethel, last Thursday, in Ridgefield, Washington, a victim of a self-inflicted gun wound; Mildred C. Thompson, 61, formerly of Prestonsburg, November 9; Willie R. Patton, 71, formerly of Langley, Saturday, in Lima, Ohio; Glenn “Sarge” Walke, 63, former golf professional at the Paintsville Country Club, November 3.

40 years ago

(November 15, 1972)

Groundbreaking for St. James’ Episcopal Church were held here last Wednesday afternoon.

The Floyd Circuit Court began its November criminal term Monday, two days after the conclusion of a civil session during which several cases involving rights-of-way for new US 23 in this county were heard.

The newly organized Transportation Committee of the Big Sandy Area Development Committee met, last Thursday, to organize and develop strategies for expediting the four-laning and completion of U.S. 23.

Prestonsburg, last Thursday, became the only eastern Kentucky municipality to be accorded a reduction in fire insurance rates this year.

Terry Kinzer, formerly of Allen, recently won the Canadian National Championship in professional motorcycle hillcimbing.

The gunshot death, Monday afternoon, of eight-year-old Darwin Douglas Burchett, former Floyd boy, at Abbey Branch, near Phelps, Pike County, is being investigated, authorities said Tuesday.

H. Devaughn Pratt, of Lexington, father of Dr. William D. Pratt, of McDowell, died at General Hospital in Louisville, of gunshot wounds sustained, Thursday afternoon, when he was shot in the back and robbed, while walking to his car at Churchill Downs.

There died: Frank Blackburn, 75, former Prestonsburg policeman, Monday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Miss Virgie Baldridge, 83, of East Point, Wednesday, at the Mountain Manor Nursing Home here; Thomas E. (Bobby) Terry, 46, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Lackey, Tuesday, in a San Antonio hospital; Ira Cecil Smith, 54, of Garrett, Friday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Mrs. Lillie C. Patrick, 64, of Hager Hill, Sunday, at her home; Noah Robert Nichols, 56, of Banner, Thursday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Frank Gibson, 47, of West Prestonsburg, November 2, at Veterans’ Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Mrs. Regina E. Ranier, 72, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Prestonsburg General Hospital; Clyde Tackett, 37, of Harold, Wednesday, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Bud Hall, 55-year-old Floyd County native, Monday, at his home at Greasy Creek.

50 years ago

(November 15, 1962)

It was said here, Wednesday, that the Prestonsburg arm of the Mountain Parkway, from Prestonsburg to the junction with the David road, is approximately 95 percent complete.

Bids for a grade, drain and concrete surfacing project on the Paintsville-Auxier-Prestonsburg road in Floyd and Johnson counties will be received by the Highway Department on November 30.

Kentucky Power Company’s $37-million Big Sandy Plant, near Louisa, was dedicated last Thursday.

The Kentucky Coroners’ Association, at a recent meeting in Lexington, named James Carter, Floyd County Coroner, as a regional vice-president.

On the whole, the Floyd County coal mining scene was quiet this week, with scattered mines operating without interference, and with the only open disputes being those represented by court action.

Bodies of two Floyd Countians were found early last Thursday morning, in a parked car at Lorain, Ohio. The deaths of Bobby Gene Hamilton, 18, formerly of Grethel, and Russell Branham, 20, of Amba, resulted from asphyxiation by carbon monoxide.

The body of a Floyd County woman, an escapee from the Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, was found, Tuesday morning, near the Southern Railway tracks, two miles south of Sadieville, Scott County.

There died: J. W. Peters, 66, of Martin, Tuesday, at a Martin hospital; Hiram Wills, 67, Monday, at his home at Water Gap; Richard Gayheart, 88, Monday, at his home at Orkney; Mrs. Missouri Frances Fraley, 90, Sunday, at her home at Sandy Hook; Sgt. Charles W. Dale, 26, of Tram, in an auto accident in Germany, November 2.

60 years ago

(November 13, 1952)

Rumor persisted here this week that a federal probe of the conduct of the November election in three Floyd County precincts will be made, the three precincts under suspicion being Toler Creek Antioch and Drift.

Work on the Prater Creek-Mud Creek highway will be started within the next few days, the Winston Ford Company, contractors on the job, assured County Judge Henry Stumbo, Wednesday.

Bobby Gene Quillen, 22-year-old employee of the Inland Steel Company, was instantly killed, late Tuesday afternoon, when he was caught by a coal car, at Price, and rolled beneath it on the tracks.

Virgil O. Turner, superintendent of Floyd County schools, was elected, Saturday, without opposition as president of the Eastern Ky. Education Association.

The Big Sandy Coal Operators Association will assist in the sampling of coal to find rare geranium, C.W. Davis, secretary of the Association, has advised Hansford May, chairman of the Prestonsburg Chamber of Commerce committee on geranium.

Melvin Hughes, 27 years old, former Hueysville miner, was fatally injured, Saturday night, in an auto wreck near LaPorte, Indiana.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hughes, formerly of Martin, a daughter, Maria Jean, October 8.

There died: Willie Hall, 63, of Water Gap, at his home, November 7; Elbert S. Dotson, 76, former Floyd Countian, at his home in Oak Hills, Ohio, November 7; Mrs. Evalene Owens, 19, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, November 10; Mrs. Sophia Patton Gearheart, 86 years old, at her home on Salt Lick Creek, Wednesday; Add Inman, 79, at his home on the Rock Fork section of Garrett, November 3; Henry Daniel Hall, 63, of Bevinsville, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital, Sunday; Dinas Lynn Crum, three-months-old, of Wayland, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, November 11.

70 years ago

(November 12, 1942)

Registration of home owners and car operators for kerosene and gasoline rationing will be started in Floyd County, today (Thursday).

Mines operated by Ward and M. K. Reed, in this county, led mines of the Big Sandy area in safety during September, A. D. Sisk, secretary of the Big Sandy Elkhorn Mining Institute, reported last week.

George Burke, Jr., 14-year-old Drift schoolboy, succumbed, Tuesday morning, at Orthopedic Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia, to injuries sustained September 21, when struck by a truck, while in search of scrap to aid the national war effort. Fifty-one of the 168 Floyd Countians called from Selective Service Board 44 for final examination at Huntington, West Virginia, were rejected because of a variety of shortcomings.

Gene Hughes, 53, of Minnie, was fatally crushed by a slatefall in the Stumbo Elkhorn Coal Company Mine at Drift, Thursday morning.

Quarantine of several Floyd Countians who have been rejected for military service, because of syphilis, and who have not submitted to later treatment as directed, was asked Thursday, by the Floyd County Board of Health.

Fillmore F. Jones, 30, former Martin liquor store operator, died at Memorial Hospital, Williamson, West Virginia, October 29, of injuries sustained in an automobile wreck on the Williamson-Matewan highway.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Hager of David, Friday, a son, Robert Lee; to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Neeley, November 9, a son, Ashlay Brian, to Mr. and Mrs. Andy (Buster) McClanahan, of Bull Creek, a son, Andrew Anthony, November 9.

There died; Mrs. Arminta Crager Cyrus, 71, Wednesday, at the home of her daughter at Winchester, Ohio.

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