Turning Back Time: A Look at the Newsmakers of 1984 in Pulaski County

SOMERSET, Ky. – January marks the beginning of a new month and a new year, but let’s turn back the pages of the calendar to 1984 for a moment. It’s fascinating to see how many figures from that year are still influential members of our community today. Familiar names such as Venters, Cain, and Godsey continue to make an impact.

One notable article from 1984 predicted the rise of home computer ownership and electronic shopping and bill paying. At the time, these ideas may have seemed far-fetched, but today, they are part of our everyday lives.

Looking back at the news in Pulaski County in 1984, we learn about the swearing-in of Daniel Venters as circuit judge. Venters, who won the November election, acknowledged that he would make mistakes but promised to listen carefully to all cases and strive to make fair decisions.

Meanwhile, Somerset attorney Michael Duncan was sworn in as the county’s third Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Duncan had recently passed the bar exam and joined the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney Benny Ham. The article also mentions the appointment of William T. Cain as District Judge for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties.

In other news, A.F. Atwood was appointed as the new city police chief of Eubank, and Harold Cash was elected to serve on the Somerset-Pulaski County Jaycees fair board.

The article also highlights Marjorie S. McCoy’s swearing-in as postmaster at Burnside and the retirement of Clarence Love, the city clerk of Somerset for the past 29 years. Love was succeeded by David Godsey, who had been working at the city clerk’s office for the past month to ensure a smooth transition.

Financial concerns threatened the Pulaski County Public Library, which ended the previous year with a deficit. The library’s Bookmobile also broke down after serving the community for eight years. There were fears that library branches in Nancy, Science Hill, and Burnside might have to close if additional sources of revenue were not found.

Sheriff John Adams advocated for the acquisition of submachine guns, noting that criminals often had automatic weapons. Adams believed that law enforcement should have equal firepower to combat these threats.

One positive note was the recent formation of the John Sherman Cooper Commemorative Foundation, Inc. The foundation aimed to raise funds to honor the former senator with a bronze statue, a marble bust, and a film documenting Cooper’s life.

Local businesses also featured in the news. Johnson’s Dollar Stores’ owner, Ted Johnson, was recovering in the hospital after a heart attack, while Fred Coyne Motors offered a wide selection of top-quality used cars and trucks.

On the sports front, Somerset High’s basketball teams competed in the inaugural Lake Cumberland Ladies’ Invitational and Fayette County Invitational Tournaments. The Pulaski County High Lady Maroons played an outstanding game from start to finish, solidifying their position as a strong team.

And finally, the local cinemas showcased a range of films, including “The Sting II,” “Terms of Endearment,” “Uncommon Valor,” and “Sudden Impact.”

January 1984 was a time of change and continuity in Pulaski County, with familiar faces taking on new roles and the community navigating both challenges and progress.