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The following information is taken from the pages of The West Virginia Daily News, The West Virginia News, and The Greenbrier Independent in The West Virginia Daily News archives from 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

October 19-20, 1995
25 Years Ago…

Lewisburg Elementary School establisted the Crystal Apple award to recognize teaching excellence of the staff members.
For the month of September, teachers receiving the award were Kathy Mankins and Debbie McClung.

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Greg V. Honaker of Lewisburg was the winner of a hog in a raffle held at Walmart. The store purchased the hog from Adam Long at the Greenbrier and Monroe Counties FFA/4-H Sale.

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Angela Masters of Maxwelton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sheets, was crowned Miss GCCC 1995 on October 9 at Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State College.

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The Greenbrier West Marching Band, under the direction of Tony Sims, traveled to Staunton, VA, as one of over 20 participants in the annual Stonewell Jackson Classic competition.
The marching Cavaliers brought home third place honors for both guard and drum major.

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Anna Holland and Laura Bare, both of Ronceverte, were the youngest finishers in the 1995 Lewisburg 10K Run. The 13-year-olds posted times of 66.22 as they crossed the finish line arm-in-arm.

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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Howard E. Forren, a 1992 graduate of Union High School in Union, recently returned to Norfolk, VA, after completing a six-month overseas deployment aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Mississippi, which included duty in the Adriatic Sea near Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Christopher Hedrick from Ronceverte is among 2,084 students enrolled for the fall semester at Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee. He is enrolled in diesel and heavy equioment technology.

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A1C Charles Ezra Miles, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Madeline Hedrick of Lewisburg, completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in August. He then worked with the recruiting office in Washington, D.C., for two weeks before reporting for duty at Whiteman AFB, MO.

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At the Federation of Democratic Women’s convention, recently held at the Brier Inn in Lewisburg, a new project, known as the Hall of Fame, was initiated.
Bea Burns Harvey of Lewisburg was one of the first three Democratic Women awarded membership in the Hall of Fame.

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H.B. Cavendish came up from Tampa, FL, to attend the Second Annual Fall Fling/Homecoming at the WSS Green Devil Civic Center. He was principal of White Sulphur Springs School from 1955-61.
He and Emory Anderson, the last principal of the local high school, were among the special guests at a reception which kicked off the Fall Fling.

October 15, 1970
50 Years Ago…

A.N. Daniel, a long-time member of the Council of the City of Lewisburg, recently resigned due to pressing business matters.
R.D. “Dusty” Rhodes has been appointed to fill the vacancy.

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About 500 persons were on hand for the recent dedication ceremonies of the visitors center and new hatchery building at the WSS National Fish Hatchery.

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Samuel Wayne Yates, son of Mrs. S. Wilson Yates of Lewisburg and the late Mr. Yates, has been appointed managing editor of the “Chief Justice,” Marshall University’s student edited yearbook.

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Technical Sergeant Benjamin H. Phillips, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Phillips of Alderson, has received the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Bergstrom AFB, Texas. He was decorated for his outstanding professional skill, leadership, and dedication to duty in Vietman.

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Mrs. Lois M. Fry, instructor of Latin and English at Greenbrier East High School, was one of the four Greenbrier County representatives at the West Virginia Association of Classroom Teachers Leadership Training Conference held at Jackson’s Mill on October 9-11.

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Airman Bobby L. Flack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee V. Flack of White Sulphur Springs, has completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas.
He is a 1970 graduate of Greenbrier East High School.

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Marine Gunnery Sgt. Charles M. Lockhart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Noel E. Lockhart of Alvon, is serving with the Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, in Vietnam.

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A new board of directors was elected by the Mountainaire Travel Council at a meeting at Pipestem Resort recently. President William Boone of Ronceverte presented the 1970 President’s Award to Dr. Margaret Ballard of Union.

October 16, 1945
75 Years Ago…

Circuit Clerk T.W. Henry, who has been acting as explosive licensing agent for the Federal Bureau of Mines since 1941, informs us it is no longer necessary to obtain a federal license to purchase and use explosives.

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Thousands of Army homing pigeons, veteran GIs message carriers of good breeding stock, are now being offered for direct sale to civilians, according to the Office of Surplus Property, Department of Commerce.

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Clyde Hopper and Mrs. M.C. Brackman, both veterans, left for Charleston recently to take a two-week instructional course to familiarize themselves with the work of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. Hopper and Brackman will be employed in the office at Lewisburg, which is located in the town hall.

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Ensign Melvin Grey Livesay, husband of Helen Louise Livesay of Lewisburg, has been posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism as a dive bomber pilot in Air Group 15 attached to the USS Essex during a battle off Cap Engano in the Philippines on October 25, 1994.

October 16, 1920
100 Years Ago…

The Amusu Theatre in Ronceverte has been sold to James C. Shanklin of Union.

For many years this popular amusement place has been owned and managed by B.D. Eagan, surviving successfully the early rush of the motion picture business in Ronceverte, which at one time had four of such theatres.

Shanklin plans to make changes which will add to the comfort and convenience of patrons.

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Mr. C.C. Fullen presented this office with some extra large size Wolf River apples. This variety took first premium at the California exposition.

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West Virginia’s population, according to the census taken last January, was 1,463,610, an increase of 242,491 since 1910. Ten years ago, West Virginia was the 28th state in population. It now displaces Maryland and become the 27th.

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