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1923 – 100 Years Ago
Blue Sulphur Springs
Tourists on the Midland Trail, acclaimed the most scenic highway in the United States, will be given an opportunity to rest at the “Garden Spot of West Virginia” if efforts of a great number of citizens of the southern section of the state are successful. Plans are in the making for the purchase of a tract of land in Blue Sulphur Springs to be used as a free tourist camp for the benefit of the thousands of motorists who will travel over the state’s east and west highway when it is completed.
On last Sunday a delegation of government officials from Washington visited Alderson to view the site of the new proposed federal prison for women. The institution is to be established at some point in the near future and the Chamber of Commerce of Alderson took the matter on some time ago, and as a result the delegation visited Alderson.
The first snow of the season fell on Monday night, the 22nd. While there was only a small amount to be seen on the ground in Lewisburg and vicinity, the mountains were covered. In many parts of the state the snow was as much as two and three inches deep.
Penalty For Selling Extracts
L. Goddard, East Rainelle merchant, was tried before Justice Finley Arbuckle, in Lewisburg and found guilty of selling flavoring extracts of a high percentage of alcohol, which were used for beverage purposes. He was fined $500 and costs and given a jail sentence of six months, but took an appeal of his case to the circuit court, and gave a bond of $2,000.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
The Burning Cross
The Lewis Theatre in Lewisburg will have a midnight show only on “The Burning Cross” next Saturday night. This is a very interesting story of the modern KKK showing its un-American terror and death in its work. Also an added attraction with Bob Feller, baseball’s most colorful pitcher in a short, “How To Pitch.”
The first Greenbrier County girls to enroll as peacetime WACs were Miss Marilyn Turner and Miss Wanda Slaven, both of East Rainelle. Both girls have been given physical examinations and accepted for Women Army Corps training at Camp Lee.
Members of the Greenbrier Valley Community Concerts Association received their membership cards and a schedule of the dates of performances last week The first concert will be Oct. 29 at Carnegie Hall. The artist will be Marina Svetlova and her Metropolitan Opera ballet troupe.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
Cease-fire Appears Working Despite Reported Clashes
The superpower-backed cease-fire ending the 1973 Middle East war appeared to be taking hold today despite reports of clashes by Israeli and Egyptian troops along the Suez Canal. Egypt asked the United Nations to send Soviet and U. S. troops to the region to police the on-again, off-again truce.
Poll Shows Many Favor Impeachment
Congress is undecided about whether to begin impeachment proceedings against President Nixon although there is widespread disapproval of his firing of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, a UPI poll indicated today.
UFO Is Spotted At Caldwell
Richard Morgan, 15 and Donnie Honaker, 12, of Caldwell reported to the NEWS that they saw a UFO in the Caldwell area Sunday night and again last night. Morgan said that the UFO landed “near 9 o’clock” Sunday night near the railroad tracks in Caldwell, remained in place while a train went by, and then took off. Morgan described the UFO as “big, with lights all around. The lights keep flashing, and they kept changing colors…from red to yellow, then to all different colors.” Morgan said that it made a sound that was not like the sound of any “jet, or helicopter, or airplane.”
1998 – 25 Years Ago
Geologists Point Out Potential Problem Areas In Lewisburg’s Natural Drainage System
Two geologists who recently completed an extensive study of Lewisburg’s caves, sinkholes, injection wells and other drainage areas presented their findings to city council during its regular meeting. Citizen and council members listed as Vince Ruarke and Bill Balfour discussed the city’s karst topography, springs and very little surface water drainage over the limestone base. Balfour explained that as sinkholes and caves which are most important for drainage become filled in water must find another place to go. As a result, he said that smaller secondary sinkholes will start to take some of the drainage, and people will begin to see flooding in areas where it did not occur previously.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church Fair
Three generations of the Argyrakis family were on hand at the St. Thomas Episcopal Fair in White Sulphur Springs Ourania Argyrakis, whose Greek cookies and delicate aprons were best sellers at the country fair for a number of years, is shown with her grandson, John Argyrakis of Princeton, and his children, Mikaela Ourania Argyrakis and Uriah Argyrakis.
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