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20 years ago

(Jan. 13, and Jan. 15, 1993)

Though he is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, Floyd County Board member Tommy Boyd was sworn in to his second term at his home Friday, where he is recovering from a stroke. By officially taking his seat on the board, Boyd may have paved the way for state board action on charges of misconduct, filed by Education Commissioner Thomas Boysen. Boysen charged Boyd, last November, with misconduct in office, alleging Boyd had tried to influence the hiring of a school employee for the New Horizon Youth Service Center in Betsy Layne. Boyd was sworn in by Deloris Dingus, finance officer for the Floyd County Fiscal Court, at his home around 1 p.m., Friday. Dingus said Monday that several witnessed the swearing in, and Boyd had “made his mark” on the offficial documents.

Floyd County schools chief Steve Towler has filled a newly-created position of budget director with an independent consultant from Lexington. David Ryan Johnson, whose wife, Janet Reed, is from Drift in Floyd County, begins work today, Wednesday, at the district’s central office. Johnson’s duties will include being an “advisor’” to the board and the superintendent, Towler said Tuesday. “He’s actually not going to supervise anyone,” Towler said. “He’s going to be working with the people, he’s going to be an information provider and an information dispenser and an advisor on the budget. He’ll be an advisor on the budget. He’ll be an advisor to the board and to me. He will not have any final say.”

Elvis has left the county. Floyd Countians, like stamp collectors and fans of the King all over the country, turned out in droves, Friday, in an effort to buy the United States Postal Service’s new commemorative Elvis stamp, quickly depleting the limited supply and leaving postal workers all shook up. Although 300 million Elvis stamps were printed initially, post offices everywhere quickly sold out, prompting the postal service to print 200 million more.

Mayor Ann Latta delivered her State of the City address to the Prestonsburg City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening, declaring, in essence, that these are both the best of times and the worst of times. “Last January,” Latta said, “I warned that ‘caution should be the fiscal byword for the coming year.’ Those words have proven to be prophetic.” Latta said that although the city’s economic climate is good, with a number of new businesses, a higher employment rate and a stable economy, the county’s landfill woes have seriously depleted the city’s budget.

Funeral services were held, Thursday, for a Floyd County man and his 10-year-old daughter who were killed, Sunday, in a car crash at Hueysville. Denzil Ray Hall, 38, of Allen, and his daughter, Olivia Nikole Hall, died of their injuries at the scene of the crash. Karen Duff Hall, Denzil Hall’s wife, and the child’s mother, who was also in the vehicle, remains hospitalized in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. Classes were cancelled at Duff Elementary Thursday where Nikole Hall was a fifth grade student, and where her mother is a fourth grade teacher. The accident occured Sunday on KY 550 when Hall’s Ford Bronco II crossed into the west bound lane, plunged over a 65-foot cliff, made impact with the railroad tracks below, and came to a final rest in the Right Fork of Beaver Creek.

Commonwealth Attorney Jerry Patton made his reelection campaign official when he filed last week to run in the May Primary. Patton is seeking his second term as commonwealth attorney. The race for the Mayor of Prestonsburg has expanded with the second Prestonsburg City Councilman tossing a hat into the ring. George P. Archer of Prestonsburg, announced his intentions to seek the city’s highest office, Tuesday. Archer joins fellow councilman Jerry Fannin in a bid for that office.

Several hours of grueling deliberation greeted jurors, Thursday, in United States District Court in Pikeville, before they returned a verdict of guilty against Jeffrey Mullins, the man accused of robbing a Prestonsburg bank twice in less than two weeks after a four-day trial. Mullins, 34, formerly of Hi Hat, had been accused of robbing the North Lake Drive, Prestonsburg branch of the Bank Josephine on June 26 and July 8 of last year, threatening bank tellers and patrons, and stealing a total of $12,669.

Members of the Big Sandy Labor-Management Committee met in Prestonsburg, Thursday, with Floyd County Development Authority Executive Director Darrell Gilliam to discuss an upcoming comprehensive employment survey of the five-county area. The Big Sandy Labor-Management committee is a non-profit organization formed in 1987 with matching grants from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Office of Labor-Management relations. It is made up of more than 30 representatives of both labor and management in Floyd, Pike, Martin, Johnson and Magoffin counties, and is dedicated to educating managers, workers and the general public about the current state of labor relations in the Big Sandy area.

Kentucky State Police are investigating a string of incidents aimed at the acting Wheelwright police chief which include a death threat and the vandalism of the chief’s personal vehicle. Acting police chief Bob Moore found a note in his police cruiser last month which said “Moore will die tonight.” Moore reported the threat to KSP, and trooper Jeff Anderson is investigating the matter, said KSP Captain Bob Forsythe. Forsythe said if anyone is prosecuted in the case, the charge would be terroristic threatening.

A Bevinsville woman died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a weekend accident at Buckingham. According to a report filed by Trooper Jeff Anderson of the Pikeville Post of the Kentucky State Police, the accident occurred when Richard Adkins, 46, of Stone, driving west on Kentucky 122, crossed the center line. Adkins apparently struck an eastbound vehicle driven by Lorenza Smallwood, 49, of Bevinsville, head on. Helen Smallwood, 43, a passenger in the Smallwood vehicle, who had extensive injuries was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where she was pronounced dead at approximately 7:35 a.m., Wednesday.

There died: Denzil Ray Hall, 38, of Allen, Sunday, at Hueysville, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident; Olivia Nikole Hall, 10, of Allen, daughter of Karen Renee Duff Hall and the late Denzil Ray Hall, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident; Moverine C. Goble Lewis, 57, of New London, Ohio, Saturday, at her residence; Mitchell Huff, 79, of Garrett, Friday, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Lexington; Martha Mae Branham Miller, 90, of Prestonsburg, Friday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Frankie L. Bentley, 51, a native of Estill, and a Peninsula, Virginia, Saturday, Jan. 2; Wanda Faye Wicker, 54, of Mousie, Sunday, at her home; Goldie Irene Miller, 71, of Drift, Monday, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington; Melinda Tackett Hamilton, 71, of Harold, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Winford Howell, 67, of Wayland, Sunday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Ishmael H. Hayes, 88, of Ironton, Ohio, Friday, at his home; Arnold Roberts, 64, of Pikeville, January 12, at Pikeville; Leda A. Osborne, 62, of Hi Hat, Tuesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Johnnie Warren, 75, of Wurtland, December 22, at Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

30 years ago

(January 12, 1983)

Prudent investments by board of education treasurer, Ray Brackett, helped keep the Floyd County school district in the black last year, an auditor told the board last Wednesday.

Members of the Floyd County Fiscal Court learned of allegations that unnamed persons want to see the system destroyed, when they met, Thursday, to appoint a new commission to oversee the county’s troubled solid waste system.

The tragedy-ridden career of Roy Boleyn, 31, former Floyd County resident and state police trooper, as the trooper’s life, may have come to an end, last Tuesday, when he was critically wounded during a gunfight on Glomaur Hollow, near Hazard, in which three persons died.

There died: Fannie Tuttle, 71, of Garrett, last Wednesday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Arvel Bryant, 51, of Melvin, Monday, at his home; Emmitt Hamilton, 70, of Teaberry, Monday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Oscar Reynolds, 70, of Goble-Roberts Addition, Tuesday, in Mount Vernon; Minnie Vance Tackett, 76, of McDowell, last Wednesday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.

40 years ago

(January 10, 1973)

The Floyd Fiscal Court cannot, under the new home rule law, enact legislation to protect landowners, from provisions of the old “broad form” deeds, the Attorney General’s office said this week.

A number of burglaries in the county marred the first week of the new year, and continued a rash of similar crimes, which began over the holidays.

The move recently initiated by the City of Allen to annex territory occupied by the area known as New Allen, met last week, with opposition from 330 New Allen residents.

A Winter Weekend for Artists and Photographers will be held at Jenny Wiley State Park, January 26-27.

Born: A son, Michael Ray Dunfee Jr., to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ray Dunfee, of Garrett, on Dec. 9; a daughter, Monica Grace, to Sgt. and Mrs. Elman Blair on December 16, in Phoenix, Arizona; a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Danny Slone, of Garrett, Jan. 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Mullins, of Hall, Jan. 5, and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Parsons of Harold, on Jan. 7.

There died: Russell Sizemore, 85, Sunday, at his home in West Prestonsburg; Mrs. Sadie S. Hicks, 65, of David, Sunday, in a Lexington hospital; Willie King, 81, Friday, at his home at Melvin; William H. Jones Jr., 58, January 1, at his home, here; Mrs. Aggie H. Estepp, 88, Monday, at her home here; Mrs. Kansa C. Samons, 70, of Martin, Sunday, at a Martin hospital; Robert Lee Osborne, 58, of Tipp City, O., formerly of Melvin, Jan. 2, at a Dayton, O., hospital; Mrs. Linda A. Hunter, 80, Thursday, at her home in Martin; W. L. Bentley, formerly of this county, Dec. 29, in Dallas, Texas; Frank Hall, 54, Thursday, at his home at Harold; Mrs. Roxie C. McGuire, 74, Wednesday, at her home in Allen; Ballard McGuire, 76, of Allen, late Wednesday, at a hospital, here.

50 years ago

(January 10, 1963)

Three Big Sandy towns, Prestonsburg, Paintsville and Louisa, were complaining this week to the Kentucky Water Pollution Control Commission, because coal wastes are contaminating the river.

The new Mud Creek elementary structure is to be ready for occupancy this month, it was said…Type III oral vaccine for the prevention of polio will be given, Sunday afternoon, February 3, in a series of area clinics.

The annual “Old” Christmas party, sponsored by persons interested in the traditional folk hymns and customs of the past, and directed by Edith F. James, was held Jan. 5, at The Garfield Place here.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. James B. Goble, of Emma, a daughter, Rhondetta, Dec. 22, at the Paintsville hospital; to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Ray White, of May’s Branch, a daughter, Barbara Lynn, Jan. 3, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital.

There died: Wilson Stepp, 65, of Bonanza, Sunday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Mrs. Ella A. Sammons, 84, of West Prestonsburg, Tuesday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Cassie Hall, 62, of Galveston, Sunday, at Methodist Hospital, Pikeville; Robie Harmon, 58, formerly of Floyd County, New Year’s Day at Columbus, O.; Frank Spurlock, 54, Friday, at his home at Printer; Edward P. Merritt, 75, of Emma, last Thursday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Mrs. Lydia Hall, 83, of Garrett, last Thursday, at Garrett.

60 years ago

(January 8, 1953)

An order, voted on recommendation of County Judge Henry Stumbo, will require every elective official in Floyd County, from Circuit Judge to Constable, to file with the fiscal court, on or before April 1, a statement showing his total income and expenditures for the year 1952.

Response to The Times’ invitation of last week to its readers, to sign a petition carried in the newspaper, and asking the Corps of Engineers to increase depth of the lake by at least five feet, was immediate.

Improvement of U.S. 23 will be the No. 3 road project in Kentucky this year, with a total of $1,325,000 to be spent on the work.

Prestonsburg’s City Council at its meeting, Monday night, drew a step nearer to purchase of the First National Bank building.

Floyd Chapter National Foundation for Infantile Parlaysis, must raise more money during the March of Dimes campaign now in progress than ever before, if it is to meet the obligations it incurred as the result of a record number of polio patients from this county last year.

The Floyd County Board of Education, at its first meeting of the new year Tuesday afternoon, followed the procedure necessary to procure, through the issue of bonds, funds necessary for the construction of a county high school building here.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. William Shepherd, of Lexington, a daughter, Dec. 31; to Lt. and Mrs. Charles Tackett, a daughter, Dana Elaine, at Ft. Benning Hospital, Columbus, Georgia, Dec. 12; to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Simpson, of Drift, a son, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; to Prof. and Mrs. Z.S. Dickerson Jr., of Florence, Alabama, a daughter, Dec. 19.

There died; Mrs. Beulah Conley, 59, of Wheelwright, Jan. 1, at the Stumbo Memorial Hospital, Lackey; Sallie Crum, 75, of Cliff, Saturday, at the Prestonsburg General Hospital; Gerald Howell, six, at Frasure’s Creek, January 3; Melvin Frasure, 60, of Langley, January 4, at the Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney, Ohio.

70 years ago

(January 14, 1943)

Pfc. John D. Steele Jr., of the U.S. Marines and native Floyd Countian, returned to the United States early this month with three Japanese bullet wounds in his body and unofficial record of having killed 33 Japanese, and destroyed at least two enemy machine gun nests, single-handed, on Guadalcanal.

National Selective Service Headquarters has directed Floyd County’s two draft boards to report all delinquencies under the selective service act; at the same time state draft headquarters announced that a vigorous drive against draft delinquents has been started.

Floyd County tire inspectors have changed the January 31 deadline for tire inspections, giving holders of basic gasoline rations A coupons until the end of March for their first tire inspection, and holders of B or C coupons until the end of February for their first inspection.

Two or more Floyd Countians have become officers in the U.S. Army—Tounsel Gordon, 22, of the Auxier road, received his commission in the Air Force, and Z.S. (Dickie) Dickerson, of Water Gap, was commissioned an officer in the field artillery.

Working toward 100 percent enlistment of Floyd workers in the 1943 farm production program in response to Farm Mobilization Day, January 12, farm leaders this week called on every farmer to pledge a greater production of foodstuff’s this year.

All nine of Floyd County’s high schools retain the excellent rating held last year with the accrediting committee of the Kentucky Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

There died; Mrs. Betsy Moore, 67, of Dony, January 3; John Moore, 41, of Dony, two days after attending the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Betsy Moore; Mrs. Julia Baker Redford, 23 years old, January 7, at the home of her brother at Lancer; Ruby Jewel Collins, 15, of Halo, Saturday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Darwin Lafferty, 21, of Garrett, Sunday; Everett McDowell, of Mousie, Monday, in a Lexington hospital; Tosh Boyd, 47-year-old Floyd County native, Friday, at Newport News, Virginia; Walter Hughes, 83, Monday morning at the home of his son at Hippo; William Riley Tackett, 81, Thursday, at the home of his son at Manton.

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