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20 years ago

(May 19 and May 21, 1993)

A two-day review by state officials of a long-running school construction controversy in Floyd County was delivered Tuesday in a report to the state Board for Elementary and secondary education meeting at Barren River State Park. The report, delivered by Gary Griessler, associate commissioner for district support services, offered eight recommendations which arose from a chronological review of the controversial south Floyd High School project in Floyd County.

Due process hearings scheduled in Monday for four Floyd County school administrators whose jobs were eliminated under a reorganization, were canceled on the advice of the board’s attorney. Board Attorney Cliff Latta recommended, on Monday, that the hearings be canceled, because, in his opinion, the administrators didn’t comply with a provision of state law regarding demotion hearings.

The Floyd County Board of Education has until September to convince the state Department of Education that adequate progress is being made to implement department-mandated short and long-range goals, Education Commissioner Thomas Boysen said Tuesday. Addressing the state board for Elementary and secondary education at Barren River State Park-near Glasgow, Boysen suggested that some leeway would be granted a nearly all-new Floyd County board, but he added that progress on the educational improvement plan is a must.

Pilot error was the probable cause of a plane crash last Thursday evening that left two men critically burned and injured, officials say. Miraculously however, Terry D. Hall and Larry K. Williamson survived when the single-engine aircraft slammed into a mountainside and burst into flames, moments after taking off from Bert Combs Field.

Just one week before the one-year anniversary of the date a young Swiss traveler disappeared, a Floyd County man, who is wanted for questioning in the disappearance, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Friday in Laurel County. Harry Eugene Hale, 46, of Martin, is being held at the Laurel County jail on a bail jumping charge from Carrollton, Georgia. Hale was arrested in Georgia, last year, on a theft charge involving the use of a credit card belonging to Chris Zahn from Bolligen, Switzerland, who has been missing from Deltona, Florida, since May 21, 1992.

A Perry County woman was killed and a Floyd County couple were seriously injured in two separate accidents Wednesday, less than an hour and a mile apart on new US 23. At 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Elaine S. Adkins, 63, of Hazard, was killed when she apparently drove her vehicle into the path of a truck driven by Stephen Salyer, 23, of Stambaugh, a state police report said. Less than an hour, Charles and Grace Woody of Prestonsburg, were traveling south on new US 23, when their vehicle was apparently struck by a van, driven by Kathy Lowe of Prestonsburg. Charles Woody, 73, received lacerations to his head and arms. Grace Woody, 65, received a severe laceration to her head. The couple is in stable condition.

A Wheelwright City Commissioner said Thursday that comments made at Tuesday’s commission meeting concerning the lack of local jobs for the construction of a new prison were the result of a misunderstanding.

The long-standing battle over the ultimate fate of the Bert T. Combs Airport may soon come to a close, as an informal city-county affiliation proceeds with plans to offer the property to the federal government as a possible site for a proposed Veteran’s Administration nursing home. The heated debate over the airport’s impending demise began early last year—when the cities of Prestonsburg and Paintsville proposed closing the facility for use as an industrial site. Others contested that the airport was far too valuable to the Big Sandy region’s economy to shut down, just because the site had development-potential. The matter remains unresolved pending further investigation by an advisory panel created by the two cities.

Combining ’60s activism with good old fashioned Eastern Kentucky pride, a small group of concerned citizens converged on Governor Brereton Jones’ Frankfort offices, Thursday, in an attempt to air their grievances with the Kentucky Racing Commission. The protest group, organized last week after the racing commission apparently reneged on its original commitment to Eastern Kentucky Racing Incorporated, by refusing to allow the group to operate the proposed Kentucky Downs Harness Track with temporary facilities.

State school officials have disputed a claim that local school board member, Eddie Billips, is responsible for delaying phase III of the South Floyd High construction project.

There died: Clinton “Charlie” Ray, 58, of Prestonsburg, Saturday, at his residence; Mary Burchell Blackburn, 87, of Westwood, Sunday, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Russell; Della Whitaker Allen, 88, of West Prestonsburg, Saturday, in the Mary Breckinridge Hospital, at Hyden; Willis Sexton, 75, of Hueysville, Friday, at his residence; MacKenzie Allan Banner, 12, of Lawrenceburg, Monday, at University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington; Mary Taylor Lewis, 72, of Prestonsburg, Thursday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Lizzie Hamilton, 78, of Teaberry, Saturday, at her residence; Janice Opal Tackett, 57, of Virgie, Saturday, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Pikeville; Hawley Scott, 89, of Garrett, Tuesday, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington; Fay H. Hall, 92, of Pekin, Indiana, formerly of Honaker, Wednesday, at the Meadow View Health Care Center, Salem, Indiana; Minnie Bradley Pope, 84, of Hollybush, Wednesday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Lenna B. Moore, 98, of Prestonsburg, Tuesday, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home; James Robert Shelton, 67, of Fisty, Tuesday, at his residence; Norman Woodrow Foley, 50, of Warsaw, Indiana, Wednesday, at his home; Floyd Ray Frasure, 59, of Pine Knot, May 17, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital; Leslie Isaac Scott, 65, of Topmost, Thursday, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital; Margaret G. Slone, 68, of Prestonsburg, Wednesday, at her residence.

30 years ago

(May 18, 1983)

Gov. John Y. Brown appointed Barkley J. Sturgill as the new Floyd County Judge-Executive.

The 200,000 sq. ft. shopping and office complex, located beside Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse, could begin construction in as little as 10 days.

Floyd County Democratic Executive Committee chose John M. Stumbo, of Harold, as the party nominee for judge-executive in a special election to be held in November.

There died: Palmer Crisp, 68, of Allen, Tuesday, May 10, in Lexington; Leslie Bradley, 62, of Hueysville, Friday, at his home; Lewis Mayo Stamper, 48, of West Prestonsburg, Saturday, at his residence; Callie F. Marcum, 66, of Allen, Sunday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Isabell Slone, 93, of Wayland, April 27, at McDowell; Emma Carrie Foster, 93, of Drift, Friday, at her home; Lang Hall, 72, of Betsy Layne, Thursday at his home; Lena Conley, 84, of Martin, Friday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center; Janie E. Harris, 78, of Prestonsburg, May 12, in Louisa; Nelsie Allen Crum, 76, of Martin, Monday, at her home.

40 years ago

(May 23, 1973)

A levee in the upper area of Dewey Lake, designed along the lines of a miniature dam, has been suggested as the primary hope of reducing sedimentation of the main part of the lake, and of preventing a yearly collection of unsightly debris along the shores of the impoundment.

Negotiations toward a settlement of differences between members of the Floyd County Election Board, as it faces the task of preparing for next Tuesday’s primary, ended Friday in a lawsuit.

Work on construction of the Regional Development Disabilities Center for Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, north of Prestonsburg, is near, Richard Stai executive director of M.C.C.C. said this week.

Five hundred thirty-one seniors will receive their diplomas this week and next, at graduation exercises at the county’s five high schools.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Albert R. Osborne, of Hunter, a son, May 10; to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby D. Hobson, of East McDowell, a son, May 10; to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Caldwell, of Prestonsburg, a son, Jim Morgan, May 14; to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Osborne, of Hite, a son, Antony Todd, May 10…Married: Miss Sharon Kaye Rice and Mr. Roger Tee Watkins, March 23, at the Little Paint Church of God…There died: William George Post, 63, of Langley, Friday, at the Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin; Burt Hall, 63, of Banner, Saturday, at Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC); Mrs. Jennie McCary, 58, of Wheelwright, Saturday, at Williamson, W. Va.; Elbert Powers Jr., 44, of Auxier, Friday, at Pikeville; Jeanella O. Campbell, 66, of Weeksbury, Saturday; Lacy P. Smith, 66, May 8, at his home at Endicott; Clifford R. Halstead, 71, of Prestonsburg, Sunday, at HRMC; Virgil Bray, 35, of Drift, Saturday, at home; Mrs. Ella Newsome, 66, of Teaberry, Wednesday, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; Robert Henson, 36, formerly of Floyd County, Sunday, at Ashtabula, Ohio.

50 years ago

(May 23, 1963)

The Kentucky Department of Finance will issue invitations, Friday, to contractors to bid on construction of the Prestonsburg Community College, and will open the bids, June 21…In a period of 11 hours next Tuesday—from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.—the voters of Kentucky will resolve the issues of the current political campaign, by many termed the bitterest in state history.

Dynamiting, last Wednesday night, of two coal chutes on Frazier’s Creek, near the scene of a tipple blast on May 6, plus two Perry County explosions and additional thefts of explosives, brought fears of new trouble in the area’s coal field this week.

For the first time in its history the Floyd Fiscal Court officially endorsed a candidate for public office at its meeting, Tuesday. By unanimous vote the court adopted resolutions in support of Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Born: to Mr. and Mrs. John R. Dixon, formerly of Prestonsburg, a daughter, Terry Gay, May 3, at Tulsa, Okla.; to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jackson Arnett, of Lexington, a son, Alan Shawn, May 20, at Central Baptist Hospital; to Lt. and Mrs. James Donahoe, of Dover Delaware, a daughter, Natalie Beth, May 17, at Dover Air Force Base; to Mr. and Mrs. William T. Crothers, a son, William Thomas Jr., May 1, at Paintsville; to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Goble Jr., of Prestonsburg, a son, Daniel III, April 29, at Morehead, Ky.; to Dr. and Mrs. Adrian Nunnery Collins, of South Shore, Ky., a daughter, Mary Teresa, May 14, at Portsmouth, Ohio.

There died: William Preston Slone, 67, formerly of the Right Beaver section, last week at Ypsilanti, Mich.; Bert Donahan, 72, veteran of World War I, last Thursday, at home at Grethel; John David Barney, 60, of Dema, May 10, at Paintsville; Jasper Mullins, 81, of Estill, last Wednesday, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin; Mallie Fields, 62, of East Point, last Thursday; David Morgan Wright, 71, formerly of Allen, Sunday, at Marshall, Michigan.

60 years ago

(May 21, 1953)

Every direction he turned on a visit here, Friday, Governor Lawrence Weatherby saw placards reading, “We Want a State Park at Dewey Lake,” but he could not say when such an improvement would be made.

The new $475,000 high school building here has been temporarily delayed by failure of bond firms to offer bids on bonds. The bond market was described as “nervous.”

A State Department of Education survey group privately expressed the opinion that Floyd County needs $3 million worth of school construction.

The Floyd Fiscal Court voted, Wednesday, to issue $230,000 worth of revenue bonds to finance four independent gas distributing systems in the county.

Married: Miss Barbara Allen and Mr. John G. Heinze, both of Prestonsburg, May 16, at the First Presbyterian Church here.

There died: Willie Frazier, 51, of Dock, Sunday, at the Prestonsburg Hospital; Robert Neal Harris, 74, last Thursday, at the home, here, of his daughter, Mrs. W. O. Goebel Sr.; Mrs. Lula Childers, 44, of Emma, Monday, at the Paintsville Hospital; Mrs. Leona B. Oaks, 38, last Thursday, at the home, here, of her mother, Mrs. Lou Baldridge; Mrs. Carolina J. Prater, 65, Friday, at the home, here, of her daughter, Mrs. Dove Vaughan; Miles Gibson, 61, of Langley, Tuesday.

70 years ago

(May 13, 1943)

As part of President Roosevelt’s nation-wide stabilization order of wages, prices and employment, Floyd County workers, and all others in the Pikeville area, who plan to get jobs elsewhere, will not be hired without a referral and a statement of inter-area clearance from the local office of the U.S. Employment Service.

CPA investigators this week were probing into food prices, asked and received, by grocery stores of this section, seeking to verify or refute charges of John L. Lewis, UMWA leader, that food prices are out of control in mining sections, and a $2-a-day pay raise is necessary for the miners.

Robert Mosley, 19 years old, of Detroit, was killed March 31, in action on the North African front.

The Floyd War Price and Rationing Board prepared, this week, for registration of users of sugar for canning purposes.

After 74 disabling injuries, and two deaths, as a result of accidents to miners in the Elk Horn Coal Corporation’s Mine No. 28, Wayland, the mine was inspected and reported “gassy,” and in need of extensive safety work.

Floyd County more than doubled its War Bond quota of $466,000 for the month of April…There died: Mrs. Venice Gibson, 21, of Melvin, at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Martin, Tuesday; Lonnie C. Estep, 47, of Gearheart, May 5, at Baltimore, Md.; Lois Dingus, 8, of Martin, Saturday, at the Martin General Hospital.

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