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1923 – 100 Years Ago
The “West Virginia”
The “West Virginia,” monster fighting ship of the United States Navy, will be ready for launch by Dec. 1 of this year. This huge cruiser, constructed at a cost of over $27,000,000, will be one of the largest battleships on the seas.
Charges Filed Against The Klan
Charges that members of the Ku Klux Klan are conspiring to become a super-government that will supplant the Constitution of the United States, and are endeavoring to take over the administration of justice in the United States, are contained in a suit filed against the Klan in Federal court. The Klan is an organization to oppress American citizens who are negroes, Catholics, and members of the Jewish faith.
Rainelle High School Notes
The class in biology is developing a great deal of interest in the crayfish, alias craw-fish, alias craw-dad. A field trip Tuesday netted the class a magnificent crayfish, and one frog, thanks to the one boy in the class who acted a chief catcher.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
Those Brackenrich Boys
B. Brackenrich of Hines sent us one day last week a rutabaga he dug from his patch that weighs 13 pounds. It was solid and firm and good eating. Thanks, Gus.
Senate investigators of 1946 elections fraud charges in West Virginia are being asked to keep an eye on the 1948 election, Senator Jenner (R-Ind.) said. The investigators are gathering data now in the election contest brought against Senator Kilgore (D-W.Va.) by Thomas Sweeney, Republican. The official count showed Kilgore the winner by 3,534 votes.
Wild Geese Pass
Ed. C. Rapp and others on Tuesday morning about 8 o’clock saw a drove of about 25 wild geese pass over Renick headed south. They were flying low and for a time seemed to be lost, but got straightened out.
Elks Lodge At Lewisburg
A lodge of Elks (B.P.O.E.) has been organized in Lewisburg, the initiation of 50 of the 52 members taking place at Hinton.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
Train Derails In Ronceverte
Two hundred empty C&O coal cars were involved in a derailment near the Pump House in Ronceverte. No one was injured and only the fifteenth through the twenty-first cars were actually derailed. Cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Man Blinded By Unidentified Flying Object
A physics professor investigating a reported attack on a truck driver by an unidentified flying object (UFO) said the victim’s eyeglasses were damaged by internal heat from an unknown source. In this latest of a series of recent UFO sightings in southeastern Missouri, Eddie Doyle Webb, said he was driving a tractor-trailer rig about dawn when he saw a bright light or aluminum object in the air behind him “coming up fast.”
Soviet Union Blames Israel
Soviet Union blamed Israel and “external reactionary circles” for the outbreaks of fighting in the Middle East and said Moscow “resolutely supports” the Arab cause.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
Planners Say DOH Failed To Seek Public Input On Bypass
Jim Morgan, Jr., chairman of the Greenbrier County planning commission, noted that when DOH representatives presented plans for a proposed (Rt. 219) bypass two years ago, they assured him they would work with area communities and consider local input concerning the alternatives. “That promise to work with the local communities was not fulfilled.” he stated.
Cattle Producers Warned About Acorn Poisoning
Agricultural Commissioner Gus Douglas issued a warning to cattle producers about oak and, specifically, acorn poisoning. Although most animals are susceptible, cattle and sheep are most affected. With such a bountiful acorn crop this year, cattle cold become susceptible to falling ill – and possibly dying – from eating the plentiful nuts. Acorns contain gallotannin, which is also present in the oak throughout the growing season. The toxin affects the kidneys, and symptoms include off feed, depression and constipation, followed by weakness, diarrhea, increased thirst, blood in urine, down cow condition and death.
Spartan Mixed Choir To Perform
The 1998-99 Spartan Mixed Choir has been scheduled to perform at Taste of Our Towns and the Greenbrier East Choral Concert. Officers for the choir are (front row, left to right): Christy Rennard, Josh Sheridan, Kelly VanHoose; (back row): Oliver Irons and Maggie Mankins.
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