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20 years ago

(April 14 and April 16, 1992)

A write-in candidate for the district three school board seat, who received just two votes in last November’s general election, is asking state officials to declare him the winner of that race. Robert Stewart, who was defeated by incumbent board member Tommy Boyd by 1,496 votes, sent a letter, Tuesday, asking Attorney General Chris Gorman to investigate the issue, because he says he wants to know “how a person can resign from office when, legally, he never held that position.” Boyd, who suffered a stroke, last October, and who has remained in a wheelchair and unable to speak, was sworn into office in a private ceremony in January. Dan Hall, acting as legal guardian for Boyd, resigned Boyd from his board seat March 31, because of health reasons. Boyd’s resignation came just days before he was scheduled to answer charges of misconduct in office, before the State Board for Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Easter holiday was marred, for at least three Floyd County families, Sunday, following an afternoon traffic accident that put two men in the hospital, and a Meade Branch woman in the Floyd County Jail. Mickey Keller and Erman Dean Poe were driving west on Route 114 at Middle Creek, Sunday, when an eastbound Cadillac, driven by Lois G. Hieronymus, crossed the center line, struck the Keller vehicle and forced it off the road. Keller and Poe were transported to the Highlands Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released. Trooper David Maynard of the Pikeville Post of the Kentucky State Police, arrested Hieronymus, and transported her to the Floyd County jail. She was charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

A third suspect has been charged in the Thursday night assault on Wayland police chief Danny Francis. Marion Wade Martin, 21, of Wayland, was arrested Monday night and charged with fourth degree assault on a police officer. Martin is the third person charged in the incident, which left Francis slightly injured. Francis received a broken nose and required stitches in his face and head. Two suspects were arrested at the scene, Thursday, Gary Jacobs, 18, of Wayland and a 17-year-old juvenile. Both were charged with third degree assault on a police officer.

Members of a local planning committee, charged with recommending architects for future school construction projects, have wasted no time in getting down to work. Monday evening, committee members listened to presentations from three architectural firms, and have sessions planned to talk with six more companies. The committee is conducting the informational sessions in an effort to get a jump on two projects they have listed as the next major school construction projects needed for Floyd County.

Discussions about the city’s annual July Fourth fireworks display, and about the use of Area Development Fund revenues, set off fireworks of a different kind, Monday evening, at a meeting of the Prestonsburg City Council. Tempers flared when Perry Summers, newly-elected chairman of the Prestonsburg Tourism Commission, told council members that he was “pretty sure” that the tourism commission would arrange and pay for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Archer Park, but said that, with severe budget cuts, he was not sure where the commission would find the funds to pay for the display.

A CSX railroad worker was killed at Dwale, Tuesday, when he was struck by a train while walking along the track. Franklin “Frank” Scalf, 44, of Prestonsburg, was struck by an oncoming train, and died at the scene. Scalf was a brakeman for the CSX Corporation.

Two Floyd County men were indicted, Tuesday, by a Fayette County grand jury on heroin trafficking charges, following a February arrest by officers of the Lexington-Fayette Urban-County Police Department. Joey Wesley Campbell, 28, of Prestonsburg, faces trial on one count of trafficking in heroin; and Ronald Harold Neeley, 32, also of Prestonsburg, has been charged with one count off trafficking in heroin, one count of possession of heroin, and first degree persistent felony offenses.

The Mountain Comprehensive Care Adult Day Habilitation Program, better known as “the Greenhouse Training Program,” is currently celebrating its twentieth year of operation as “a growing concern.” Program Director Chalmer Howard has been active with the Adult Day Habilitation Program since its inception, overseeing about 45 developmentally challenged adults who work at the greenhouse, growing trees, flowers and vegetables for the entire region.

Two Floyd County school board members discussed the finishing touches on a revised short-term improvement plan, Tuesday, in order to meet a deadline imposed by state education officials, and to avoid the threat of being ousted from office. Board members approved revisions on 35 recommendations in the short-term plan, which state officials had deemed unacceptable last month.

Area health care providers publicly criticized Governor Brereton Jones’ controversial new health care reform program, Tuesday evening, at a Floyd County Medical Association banquet, saying that it needed a “major overhaul” in order to accomplish its projected goals. Keynote speaker for the event, Chairman of the Board of the Kentucky Medical Association Political Action Committee, Dr. Samuel J. King, said that the members of his organization are “so disgruntled (about Jones’ plan) that we are considering…pursuing litigation.”.

There died: Shirley Caldwell, 76, of Betsy Layne, Saturday, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center; Lorena Mullins Hamilton, 59, of Betsy Layne, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Abel Johnson, 68, of Bevinsville, Thursday, at the UK Medical Center, Lexington; George Smith, 74, of Leburn, Friday, at his residence; Sam Williams, 86, of Mousie, Wednesday, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center; Ollie James Slone, 80, of Bypro, Monday, at his residence in Monticello; Vance Hall, 23, of Honaker, Friday, at Honaker; John Dennis Caudill, 87, of Bevinsville, Friday, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Jacquline Johnson, 54, of Wayland, Friday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Edgar Holland, 69, of Carrie, Wednesday, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center; William Yancy Cash Sr., 74, of Prestonsburg, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Florence Ann Nelson, 59, of Auxier, Monday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Ena Pigman Mills, 80, of Wayland, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; “Tootsie” Dorothy Joyce Hall, 66, of Harold, Friday, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital; Franklin “Frank” Scalf, 44, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, as a result of a train accident at Dwale; Mamie Sturgill, 73, of Wayland, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Cosby “Connie” Hazlett, 64, of Ocala, Florida, native of Martin, Thursday, at Shands Hospital; Nola Gearheart Cox, 75, of Greenwich, Ohio, native of Hueysville, Monday, at the Mansfield General Hospital.

30 years ago

(April 20, 1983)

Floyd County will probably have to sue the estate of the late county court clerk, C. Ollie Robinson, who appeared to owe the court $51,047, according to a 1981 audit.

State officials, who have been closely supervising Floyd County finances, since an investigation in February, revealed the county was in serious financial difficulty, assumed complete control of spending.

A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the 1979 murder conviction of a Floyd County man, after finding “prosecutorial misconduct” on the part of Lester H. Burns Jr.

There died: Larcie Endicott, 67, of Cow Creek, last Wednesday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Kenneth Dale Collins, 47, of Langley, Sunday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Annie Mae Mosley, 71, of Wheelwright, April 7, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Paul Crawford, 54, of Hi Hat, April 12, in a Lexington hospital; Carter Dale King, 3, son of Shiller and Clara Belle Hamilton of Teaberry, last Wednesday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Edward Mitchel, 53, of Teaberry, last Thursday, at his home; Hatler Hill, 54, of Wheelwright, April 7, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Ernestine Samons, 48, of Arkansas Creek, April 11, at her home; Rev. Harry Moore, 67, of McDowell, last Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Marion Tackett, 79, of Printer, April 13, at her home; Fred (Yellow Cat) Goble, 71, of Auxier, Saturday, at his home; Grace DeRossett, 67, of Prestonsburg, last Wednesday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; Jeanetta (June) Mollett, 86, of Wheelwright, January 1, at he home of her daughter.

40 years ago

(April 18, 1973)

Floyd County’s share of Rural Secondary highway funds for the fiscal 1973-74, beginning July 1, is $393,985, it was announced, last Friday.

Sunny skies and relatively mild temperatures helped make this year’s ninth annual Mountain Dew Festival one of the most successful ever, with a record number of participating students.

Wind damage, sustained last Thursday, temporarily interrupted expansion and renovation of Jenny Wiley boat dock.

W. L. Wells and R. M. Henderson, founders of the Princess Manufacturing Company at Auxier, have sold their interest in the company to Executive Wardrobes Inc., of Concord, N.C.

Floyd County spelling bee winners were Jackie Jarrell, champion, and Valerie Ratlifff, runnerup.

There died: Mrs. Mary C. Hobson, 84, Tuesday, at her home at McDowell; George W. Newman, 63, of Hi Hat, Saturday, at his home; Eleanor Owens Starline, of Vandalia, O., formerly of this county, April 2, in Ohio; Craig Hamilton, 80, of Craynor, Saturday, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Alton Otto Frazier, 57, formerly of Martin, April 8, in a Dayton, O., hospital; Johnny Hale, 54, formerly of Prestonsburg, at his home in Lexington, April 4; Harold Lloyd Moore, 42, found dead near his home at East McDowell.

50 years ago

(April 18, 1963)

The State Finance Department is proceeding on schedule with plans to construct a Community College building for the University of Kentucky, at Prestonsburg.

Before the Saturday midnight deadline had passed, 42 Floyd County men had filed for office at the County Clerk’s office here, as candidates.

Nearly 4,000 eastern Kentucky families, participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food stamp program, received more than $225,200 of food stamp coupons during March.

Floyd, and two other eastern Kentucky counties, are among the top six in average daily attendance figures, the Department of Education announced this week.

The National Labor Relations Board hearing, called to probe into the mine field unrest and activities of mine pickets, began at Pikeville, Monday…Woodland fires became a major threat again this week, and eight fires, whipped by a strong wind, were burning out of control in this county, Wednesday.

There died: Sam K. Music, 72, Monday, at his home on Little Paint; Ed Banks, 84, of Water Gap, Sunday, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington; Willie Baldridge, 82, of Auxier, Monday, at his home; Ernest Baldridge, 46, of West Prestonsburg, last Thursday; Ora Lee Amburgy, 47, native of Tram; Friday, at Chicago; David P. Osborne, 91, of Prestonsburg, Sunday; Lee Stewart, 90, of Morehead, formerly of Prestonsburg, April 7; Mollie Conley, 83, formerly of this county, March 28, in Silver Lake, Indiana.

60 years ago

(April 16, 1953)

The grand jury here, Tuesday, indicted two members of the Louisville accounting firm of the W. M. Cotton Company, charging them with falsification of the audit made of Floyd County officials’ receipts and expenses.

Extensive development of the Stratton Branch area for the convenience of campers and picnickers at Dewey Lake, is being planned by the Huntington district office, U.S. Corps of Engineers.

Burtis Wicker, 33, former Floyd Countian, was killed last Wednesday, when a bridge spanning the Big Sandy on a link in the Paintsville-Inez road, collapsed as Wicker was crossing it on a tractor pulling a trailer.

The Prestonsburg-West Prestonsburg bridge on which an eight, ton load limit has been placed, will undergo repairs, starting within the next few days.

Julia Ann Derossett, 6, died Monday, April 13, at King’s Daughters’ hospital, Ashland, of burns received in an accident, February 5, when her clothing caught fire at an open fireplace at the home of her parents, at Dock.

Last Thursday night’s windstorm hit Prestonsburg and vicinity with near tornado force, causing damage of several thousand dollars.

After being under the water of Beaver Creek for ten minutes, and apparently drowned, Greg Mynhier, six-year-old Martin child, was rescued from the stream and restored to life, minutes after artificial respiration was administered by Red Ison, also of Martin.

Two Floyd County high school graduates, members of the Morehead State basketball squad, honored by the Morehead Kiwanis Club recently, are Jim Duff, of Garrett, and Russell Hunley Jr., of Prestonsburg.

Married: Miss Alka Lanette Dingus, of Alphoretta, and Mr. Don Smith, April 4.

There died: Isham Webster Hughes, 59, formerly of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, in Sacremento, California; Mrs. Dave Prater Hoover, 92, former Garrett resident, at the home of a son at Carlisle, Kentucky, April 14; Wilson H. Halstead, 86, former Prestonsburg man, at the home of a son, at Wales, Pike County, April 11; John Bevins, 40, at his home on Buffalo Creek at Endicott, Friday.

70 years ago

(April 15, 1943)

The Selective Service system underwent another revamping, this week, as preparations were made to induct into the armed services, this year, every able-bodied man between the ages of 18 and 37.

Caught between a heavy fall of slate in the mines of the Inland Steel Company, at Wheelwright, Noel Bates, 32-year-old Wheelwright miner, was instantly killed early Wednesday morning.

For bravery during a submarine attack on the merchant ship on which he was serving, and the subequent sinking of the vessel, Spency Cook, 19, seaman first class U.S. Naval Reserve, of Gearheart, has been awarded a letter of commendation by the Chief of Naval Personnel.

The West Prestonsburg home of Mrs. Sadie Price was destroyed by fire at 5 a.m., Wednesday.

Lt. L. A. (Jack) Donoho, formerly of Wayland, is missing after his plane crashed in Chesapeake Bay.

Ray Patton, of Estill, former pitcher of the Prestonsbburg team, is with the Louisville Colonels this spring. Last Sunday, he hurled three-innings against the Chicago Cubs in an exhibition game, allowing one harmless single. Another Floyd County boy, Joe Weddington, of Emma, is on the Colonel’s roster as a catcher.

Staff Sgt. Walter L. Goble, of Lancer, has been hospitalized in North Africa with a slight wound. He has been in six separate engagements in North Africa.

A teacher in the Floyd County schools eight years, Miss Gradys Flannery, of Martn, will return to college herself, next Monday—to prepare for service in the WAAC.

There died: Emma Dell Prater, 17, of Glo, Monday, at a Paintsville hospital; Wilson Clark, 71, Tuesday, at his home here; Mrs. Violet Pauline Price, 27, Sunday, at Wheelwright.

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