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20 years ago

(Feb. 17 and Feb. 19, 1993)

Floyd County Housing Authority Director Julia May is in stable condition at a Frankfort hospital, recovering from injuries received last week when she was struck by a van. Steve Clark, spokesman for the Frankfort police, said Tuesday that May, 56, was hit at 3:15 p.m., last Wednesday, while she was trying to cross Clinton Street in Frankfort…Two Floyd County brothers were killed, Saturday, when their house at Little Paint burned to the ground. Ronald Clay Freeman, 52, and Paul Freeman, 46, of East Point, were both pronounced dead at the scene by Floyd County Coroner Roger Nelson. Another brother discovered the fire around noon Saturday. Police suspect the fire was caused by an electric space heater in the living room. Ronald Freeman stayed at home to care for his brother, Paul, who had Down’s Syndrome, relatives said Saturday…In an effort to improve communications between personnel and the community, Floyd County Superintendent Steve Towler hired a former newspaper editor as an administrative assistant for personnel and communications. Terry Spears, 31, of Pike County was hired last week to the new position created in December by the Floyd County Board of Education. Spears, former editor of the Appalachian News-Express in Pike County and The Martin Countian and Mercury in Martin County, assumed his duties Tuesday…Intense heat, high winds and a store of ammunition contributed to the injuries of five Prestonsburg firefighters, Sunday, when they attempted to extinguish a blaze at the Middle Creek residence of Prestonsburg attorney C.V. Reynolds. Department spokesman Major Mike Wells said, Tuesday, that firemen Tommy Hereford, Mike Mays, James Hager, Kenny Crisp and Adrian Blackburn were taken to the Highlands Regional Medical Center for various injuries and smoke inhalation…The Longrifles are coming back to Eastern Kentucky! No, it’s not the famous Kentucky pioneer weapon of years gone by—it’s baseball in the mountains. The Kentucky Longrifles will make the Big Sandy Valley their home, according to an announcement, Monday, by Paintsville City Councilman and former major league player Johnnie LeMaster…Georgia authorities released Floyd County native Harry Hale on bond, Friday, but they are looking for him again to assist the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. Hale, 46, is charged in Floyd County with possession of stolen property in connection with a search at his home last month which turned up several personal belongings of a Swiss traveler, Christoph Zahn, 21, who was reported missing in Atlanta last year. Hale is also wanted for questioning by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department in the 1990 disappearance of Mitchell Manns…A removal hearing for Floyd County School Board Chairman Ray “Shag” Campbell will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, February 22, at the state board meeting room in Frankfort. In January, Education Commissioner Thomas Boysen charged Campbell with misconduct in office for signing architect and construction manager contracts without the full school board’s approval. Boysen recommended that Campbell be publicly reprimanded for his actions, but the State Board for Elementary and Secondary Education ruled last month that enough evidence was presented to conduct a removal hearing. Campbell denies any wrongdoing in the case…The Kentucky State Police undercover Operation: CUPID netted nearly 500 suspected drug-offenders statewide, Wednesday, including three Floyd County residents. Among the 13 alleged offenders captured were Glen “Nero” Vance of Mud Creek; Teddy B. Tackett of Tinker Fork; and Mike Riley, no address given. Charges included trafficking in marijuana, prescription drugs and cocaine…There died: Manis E. Gray, Tuesday, February 16, at his home in Lancer; Ronald Clay Freeman, 52, and Paul Freeman, 46, of Little Paint, at East Point, Saturday, as the result of a fire at their residence; Clyde B. Bates, 72, formerly of Buckingham, and more recently of Silver Lake, Indiana, Wednesday; J. David Tufts Sr., 91, of Wayland, Thursday, at the Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Pikeville; Billie B. Little, 71, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital; Allie Smith Parsons, 83, of Allen, Friday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Joseph Akers, 50, of Galveston, Sunday, at his residence; Clyde Bates, 66, of Melvin, Sunday, at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington; Andy Reynolds, 11-month-old infant son of Hugh and Becky Hunderson Reynolds of Beaver, Monday; Raymond Lewis, 54, of Sidney, Wednesday, at his residence; Ethel Ward, 70, of Tomahawk, Tuesday, at the Three Rivers Medical Center at Louisa; Vernon Martin, 71, of Wittensville, formerly of Coal Run, Stone Coal, in Pike County, Thursday; Champ Childers, 60, of Dema, Wednesday, at his residence; Christina Lewis, 45, of Sidney, Wednesday, at her residence; Aaron J. Akers, 77, of Louisville, formerly of Banner, Friday, at the Surburban Humana Hospital, St. Matthews; Richard “Dick” Spurlock, 89, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home; Easter Mae Lowe, 56, of Harold, Tuesday, at the University Hospital, Augusta Georgia; Cedric Jesse Rodebaugh, 65, of Creedmoore, North Carolina, Tuesday, at his home; Ora Pigman Horn, 88, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Sadie Shepherd Salyers, 81, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Ivan Slone, 73, of Brinkley, Tuesday, at his residence; Oma A. Hackworth, 79, formerly of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at Meadowview Care Center in Seville, Ohio.

30 years ago

(February 23, 1983)

The robbery of the home of Frank and Bernice Howard, near Martin, Thursday morning, may be the most dramatic in a recent rash of burglaries and attemped burglaries which has affected this county…Barely four months after it went on the air, radio station WMDJ at Martin was destroyed, Tuesday night, by a fire; arson is suspected in the $120,000 blaze…Four juvenile inmates of the detention center have escaped custody after locking two staff counselors in a cell, yesterday afternoon…There died: Perry Meade, 70, Thursday, at his home at Printer; Pebble Irene Little, 64, of Weeksbury; Ola Katses, 73, Friday, at her home at Garrett; Sally Collins, 76, of Wayland, yesterday at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Dolly Carroll Case, 82, of Craynor, Friday, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home; Wesley Tackett, 69, of Hi Hat, Sunday, in Lexington; Mae Beam, 86, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Mary J. Stephens, 98, of Wayland, Monday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Catherine Elizabeth Moore, 74, of Hi Hat, last Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Galloway Lafferty, 63, of Allen, Tuesday, February 8; George Tivis Goble, 76, of Cow Creek, last Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.

40 years ago

(February 28, 1973)

The Third Street building, here, housing The Floyd County Times plant, was destroyed by fire, with almost all its contents, shortly after midnight, Friday…The Prestonsburg Kiwanis Club last week initiated a movement to protect the environment of Floyd County—not from stripminers or other industry—but from people who litter the streams and highways of the county…Two commercial fishermen had marketed almost 10,000 pounds of “rough” fish when they ended their operations at Dewey Lake last Friday…The nation’s second highest court has affirmed that union coal miners in seven districts have the right to elect their own officials, the UMWA said today…Floyd County Democratic leaders were in Frankfort, last weekend, for a state Democratic fund-raising seminar. They are Woodrow Burchett, Henry Stumbo, James Allen, Jim Hammond, Barkley Sturgill, and Chester Layne…Born: a daughter, Jacqueline Denice, December 30, to Mr. and Mrs. James Crowe, of Springfield, O. Mrs. Crowe is the former Judy D. Howard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Howard, of Prestonsburg…There died: Mrs. Fannie M. Tackett, 70, of Grethel, Sunday, at a Pikeville hospital; Mrs. Lizzie S. Miller, 45, of Blue River, Thursday, at a hospital here; Darrell Fitch, 17, of Martin, February 19, at a hospital there; Mrs. Lula K. Hubbard, 93, Sunday, at her home near Patriot, Ohio.

50 years ago

(February 29, 1963)

Contract on construction of an amphitheatre at Jenny Wiley State Park, for the presentation of a pageant written around the life of the pioneer heroine for whom the park was named, has been awarded to the Dana contracting firm of Akers & Akers…If a food stamp recipient refuses work in the strawberry fields, on the farm, or any kind of employment, his card will be pulled, according to a new ruling issued in November…Despite snow and icy roads, about 60 pesons interested in U. S. 23 as an artery of traffic into the potential vacationland that is eastern Kentucky, attended the Regional Travel Conference sponsored, last Thursday, at May Lodge, Jenny Wiley State Park, by the Kentucky Travel Council…Mickey Goble, 10, a pupil of the Corn Fork school, near Lancer, was reported recovering, this week, from an attack of what is believed to be meningococcic meningitis, the disease which, on February 15, caused the death at Dock, of 12-year-old Marilyn Pitts…Contract for construction of a headquarters building at Harold was awarded, Monday, by the Harold Telephone Company to Akers & Akers, Dana Contractors…Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Arnold Dixon, of Lexington, a daughter, Mariann Louise, Feb. 14; to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald DeRossett, a son, Gerald Douglas, Feb. 24 at the Prestonsburg General Hospital…There died: Bonita Kay Fannin, 12, of Drift, last Wednesday, at McDowell Memorial Hospital; Starling Sweeney, 67, Sunday, at home at Prestonsburg; Mrs. Lizzie Hoover, 62, of Garrett, Tuesday, at the McDowell Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Mary Scutchfield, 75, last Wednesday, at home at Water Gap; Thomas J. Combs, 24, of Orkney, last Tuesday, at Louisville; Mrs. Lora Freeman, 83, of Auxier, last Monday, at St. Joseph Hospital, Louisville; Mrs. Lizzie Blanton, 76, of Allen, last Tuesday, in Marion, O.; Ethel Johnson, 18, of Weeksbury, Saturday, at McDowell Memorial.

60 years ago

(February 26, 1953)

Acting on behalf of the Floyd County Good Government Taxpayers League, Dr. Edward B. Leslie and John Warrix this week filed with the Floyd Circuit Court an appeal asking the court to avoid three orders of the Floyd Fiscal Court fixing the salaries and numbers of deputies the various officials may have, and the pay officials’ assistants may receive…On the Jack Arnett Branch on Middle Creek, Floyd County has at least one bed of shale clay, which geologists have declared of industrial worth…With 26 suspected cases now receiving treatment, Dr. Marvin Ransdell, county health officer, said Wednesday, the recent rabies epidemic in Floyd County is the worst he has ever seen…Henry Ward, Kentucky Commissioner of Conservation, will confer here, March 3, with representatives of the Huntington office, U. S. Corps of Engineers, to consider the founding of a state park at Dewey Lake…Employees of the Inland Steel Company at Wheelwright, and Princess Elkhorn Coal Company, at David, resumed work this week, after brief lay-offs described as sympathy strikes in support of striking Kentucky & West Virginia Power Company employees at Pikeville…A reward of $2,000 has been posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who caused a shutdown of the Buck’s Branch Coal Company at Martin, recently, by cutting a conveyor belt and attempting the sabotage of other mining machinery…The average home value in Prestonsburg according to 1950 census reports, is $4,950…Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Byrel Fraley, of Prestonsburg, a son, Byrel Douglas II, Feb. 14, at the Paintsville Hospital…There died: Vernice Moore, 16, of Price, at home, February 22; John D. (Dick) Mayo, 70, at his home near Prestonsburg, Thursday.

70 years ago

(February 25, 1943)

National defense courses and services designed, to boost farm production, have been initiated in Floyd County, superintendent of schools Town Hall said this week…A rationing certificate no longer is required to have passenger car and light truck tires recapped with reclaimed rubber…Complete reorganization of the school bus transportation system of Floyd County as ordered by the Office of Defense Transportation, is underway this week…One hundred seven selectees will leave here, Friday morning, for possible induction to the armed forces…The Red Cross drive for a War Fund quota of $13,500 will begin March 1…Mrs. A. J. Baldridge, 75, was seriously burned, Feb. 14, at her home on Little Paint Creek…The U. S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve procurement officer at Cleveland, announced this week that Miss Cassie Patrick, of West Prestonsburg, is Floyd County’s first lady Marine, and is also the youngest woman to enter the military service from the county…There died: Asa Brooks Ewen, 58, Floyd coal operator, Wednesday of last week, at Martin; Mrs. Sallie J. Hall Frasure, 83, Floyd native, Friday, at the home of her daughter at Flemingsburg; William Lewis Sammons, 63, Friday, at Hunter; John Branham, 83, Monday, at Emma; Willliam A. Goble, 76, Sunday, at Emma; James Berry Howes, 49, last Wednesday, in an accident at the Atlantic Seaboard Corporation compressor station at Boldman; Mrs. Launa Mosley, 41, native Floyd woman, Feb. 18, at Knox, Ind.; Elder Linzie Moore, 55, Friday, at Gearheart; Phares Bradley, 66, last Wednesday, at Dock.

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