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1923 – 100 Years Ago
Big Airship A Success
The biggest airship in the world today designed and built at Lakehurst, NJ, by the United States Navy, made its initial flight of one hour to the entire satisfaction of all. This is the ZR-1, which was started early in 1922 and built at a cost of $1,500,000.
A New Economy Store
Broadus 5-10-25 Store opened on Ronceverte’s Railroad Avenue. They have suitable, handy articles for every imaginable use ranging from 5 cents to $1.00. As a special yet-acquainted inducement, they offer these wonderful bargains: Heavy 18×36 Turkish towels, 29 cents, one-piece steel frying pan, 25 cents, hair nets, 10 cents, screw drivers 15 cents, and galvanized water pails, 25 cents.
Renick High School
Renick High School opened September 16th with an enrollment of seventy for the second year of the school. The boys of the school have organized a football team and hope to have an excellent team as a result of their extensive training. The Browning Literary Society met and elected officers. Chapel exercises were conducted by Rev. Mr. Fowler of North Carolina. The High School with the assistance of the businessmen of the town is undertaking a lyceum course for the people of Renick and vicinity. The first performance, The Du Mond Male Quartette, will appear September 27.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
In New York
Mrs. S. G. Yarid is in New York buying winter merchandise for Yarid’s Speciality Shop. She was accompanied to New York by her son, Eddie, who will matriculate at New York University this year.
Leek Livesay of Frankford brought to our office a cucumber that weighed 3 pounds and 2 ounces and measured 11 ½ by 14 inches. It was sound and good.
Denounces River Pollution
The pollution of West Virginia river and streams and particularly the Greenbrier River was soundly denounced at Beckley by members of the West Virginia Department of Veteran Affairs. The resolution stated regarding the Greenbrier River that pollution does exist and is known to exist from Marlinton and other points down stream. District 10, VFW, is aware that corrective measures have been taken over a period of years and requested that legislation be enacted to control pollution of all West Virginia streams, and particularly the Greenbrier River and its tributaries.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
Agnew Will Fight Instead Of Resign
A source close to Vice President Spiro T. Agnew said today the White House apparently was behind the report that Agnew had discussed resigning. He said the vice president will “fight” rather than step down. Agnew was officially notified by U. S. Attorney George Beall that he was under investigation in connection with building contractor kickbacks in Maryland.
Brezhnev Wants New Principles
Soviet party leader Leonid Brezhnev called for a “new set of principles” in international relations based on “an honest approach by all participants.” He warned, without mentioning names, that “some circles” wanted to return to the “icy period” of the Cold War era, but said such a move would be a “grave mistake.”
Burr Is Spa City Rotary Speaker
“What we needed was some old timey horse traders to deal with Russia in the recent sale of grain to that country,” was the opinion expressed by Charles Burr, speaker at the White Sulphur Springs Rotary Club luncheon. Turning to the subject of cattle breeding, Burr gave statistics on the value of good breeding for higher production in beef and dairy herds, better dispositions in the animals, higher quality, and the like.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
Ground Broken For New Fire Station
Ground was broken September 9 at 840 North Jefferson Street, Route 219 north for the new satellite fire station. “The land was purchased in 1994 by the Lewisburg Fire Company, Inc. The property was acquired because of the lack of existing land to the current firehouse and because of the continued commercial growth on Rt. 219 north,” said Fire Chief Wayne Pennington.
North House Museum Featured On Public Television Program
WVPTV, the state’s Public Television network, will broadcast walking tours through three West Virginia sites designated to the National Register of Historic Places. The program takes viewers to the pre-Civil War period of Lewisburg. The North House, an impressive Greek revival with a double portico, was built as a private residence in 1820 by John North, the clerk of the District Court of Chancery. It then served as a popular tavern throughout the Civil War, and later became home of the president of Greenbrier College for Women.
GEHS Concert Choir Under New Leadership
The Greenbrier East Concert Choir is under the new direction of Susan Adkins. She made the move from Eastern Greenbrier Junior High this summer and is excited to work with some familiar faces again. There has been much anticipation on her part as well as the students. A busy year is ahead of them, and all are eager to begin a new year.
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