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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 23-27, 1995
25 Years Ago…
Cathey Sawyer, artistic director of Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, is currently in Manhattan where she is directing the world premiere of “Glory Girls.”
A number of people from Lewisburg are planning to go to New York for the opening. They want to be there for Sawyer’s directing debut in the Big Apple.
Novella Estep-Green, art teacher at Lewisburg Elementary School, was presented the Youth Art Month Award of Excellence for Outstanding Youth Art Month activities. The award was presented at the 16th annual conference of the West Virginia Art Education Association held on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington.
Reagan Simms, daughter of Sue Simms of Ronceverte and the late Tom Simms, competed in the state FFA extemporaneous speaking contest. She won the Greenbrier East chapter contest at the regional contest and placed third in the state contest.
Bob Mick, owner of the Dairy Queen in Fairlea, is renovating his rest-aurant, most visibly adding a 12’x18’ extension onto the front of the facility, in order to seat more diners.
William Sargent, son of Bernice and Clifford Sargent of Friars Hill, has been accepted at Northwestern College, Lima, OH, to begin classes in August. He will be majoring in the high performance program.
Harrison Marcus, a student at Frankford Elementary School, and Kristi Reickauer, a Rupert sixth grader, were the winners of the Country Challenge Mile Run held at the Frankford Autumnfest on September 29.
Brandy Rapp, daughter of David and Ann Rapp of Renick, won the state FFA creed contest held recently. She won the right to compete for winning the chapter contest and the regional contest.
The American Lung Association of West Virginia has named White Sulphur Springs School a member of the association’s “Honor Roll of Clean Indoor Air.” The honor roll recognizes West Virginia businesses that have smoking policies.
Greenbrier East coach Joe Boswell has been nominated for the honor of West Virginia Soccer Coach of the Year. He is one of four coaches receiving such a nomination.
Deanna Vaughan, daughter of Tommy and Linda Vaughan of Lewisburg, won first place FFA record book in the first year members category. The award was presented at the state FFA Convention held at Cedar Lakes.

October 22, 1970
50 Years Ago…
Mrs. Tom Housby of Alderson has been selected to appear in the 1970 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America. She was nominated by the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, of which she is a member.
On Saturday, mail delivery in Lewisburg, Ronceverte, and White Sulphur Springs began being delivered by motorized carriers. Heretofore the carriers covered their routes on foot. They are using small Jeep-type trucks.
Hanover Shoe Inc. will expand its West Virginia operations with installation of a sole cutting plant at Marlinton, Governor Moore announced last week.
The plant will be in a portion of a former tannery in the Pocatontas County community.
Nina Jean Windon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Windon of Renick, was recently awarded the Nancy Taylor Secretarial diploma at the Lakeland Business School, Lakeland, Fla.
She is a 1969 graduate of Greenbrier East High School.
Army Private Roger D. Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Jackson of Frankford, recently completed advanced individual training as a military policeman at Fort Gordon, Ga.
He is a 1968 graduate of Lewisburg High School.
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Arbuckle of Lewisburg attended a three-day insurance meeting in San Francisco, Calif., last week. Following the Mutual Insurance Company meeting, they are taking a 10-day tour of Hawaii.

October 25, 1945
75 Years Ago…
An end to meat and butter rationing by Jan. 1 or earlier was forecast Monday by Dr. D.A. Fitzgerald, spokesman for the Department of Argriculture.
Secretary of Agriculture Anderson said earlier that he was hopeful that the butter ration values could be reduced from the present 12 points a pound in November.
Post No. 4484 Veterans of Foreign Wars was organized in East Rainelle on October 12, which post will be known as Slabtown Post No. 4484.
Gold fish will be given to anyone who requests them at the fish hatchery pond in White Sulphur.
They were introduced in one of the hatchery ponds as food for bass. However, when the pond was drained to check the growth of the bass, it was found that the gold fish had been so prolific they were crowding out the bass — hence their disposal to those who will take them.
Clarence Sullivan, first class petty officer, arrived home in Lewisburg this week with an honorable discharge after 27 months of service with the Seabees. He spent several months in the Pacific, principally in the Philippines.
Robert L. Lipps, after four years as a carpenter at Alexandria, Va., returned to Lewisburg this week and opened his filling station on Frankford Road.

October 23, 1920
100 Years Ago…
The pre-war American dollar is coming back. A little slow, but it has jumped 18 cents in value since May.
Five months ago the dollar was worth just 27 cents in purchasing power. Now it is worth approximately 55 cents.
A.J. Perrault, who is employed by the Cannon Ball Alarm Company of Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday finished installing the burglar alarm system controlled by his company in the First National Bank of Alderson.
Deposits in the First National Bank of Ronceverte have crossed the half-million mark on yesterday, reaching a high-water mark total of $530,647.33.

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