90 Years Ago

Clifton Forge Council Factions Deadlock In Fight

With a wide-open split in the Clifton Forge City Council between the Nair and Halloran factions in a fight for control, four hours and forty minutes of balloting took place last night in an unsuccessful attempt to elect a president of the new council.

The council finally adjourned with the two interests deadlocked, neither side giving an inch of ground.

A total of seventy-six ballots were cast in the attempt to elect a successor to President C.P. Nair.

The fight was largely between Mr. Nair and Mr. Tim Halloran throughout the session, although late in the evening both gentlemen withdrew as candidates for president.

After a long deadlock, Mr. Halloran, the storm center of the fight, withdrew and nominated Dr. Courtney Edmonds in his stead.

Still later, after several ballots revealed that neither side would budge, President Nair also withdrew from the race and nominated J.W. Evans to oppose Dr. Edmonds.

The balloting then lasted until 12:40 a.m. in the attempt to elect one of the two nominees before adjournment finally came.

It is expected that Mayor Wheeler will call another council meeting, possibly next Monday night, to make a second attempt to settle the issue

75 Years Ago

S/Sgt. Snead Gets Oak Leaf Cluster

Five Virginia flyers who have been awarded the Air Medal, one of them for the second time, for meritorious achievement in B-29 combat missions against Japan, were disclosed today.

The 58th Wing was formerly stationed in the Indian-China theater and was the first superfortress outfit to bomb Japan.

Among men who received the awards as S/Sgt. Thomas J. Snead, gunner, 118 Maryland Ave., Covington, who received the Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a second Air Medal.

Captain Hudnall On Duty At Deshon General Hospital

Captain Harry G. Hudnall, of 322 Riverside Avenue, Covington, was recently assigned to the duty staff of the Army’s Deshon General Hospital in Butler, Penn.

Having received his commission in August, 1942, Captain Hudnall has served 22 months overseas in England, France and Germany.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Virginia and also the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

Prior to entering the service, the physician practiced in Covington.

Capt. Hudnall’s wife, Elizabeth Revercomb, and children, Bertrand and George, reside in?Covington, as does his mother, Mrs. B.R. Hudnall.

50 Years Ago

New Hospital Is Discussed

Moving ahead on its own with plans to undertake the construction of a new hospital for the area, the Alleghany Memorial Hospital Commission met last night with representatives of the Lynchburg-based engineering firm of Wiley and Wilson, which, if hired, would co-ordinate all phases of the project from preliminary studies through actual construction.

The commission made available copies of a 1969 feasibility study made when the Hospital Corporation of America first indicated it might be interested in locating a hospital here, as well as other information the firm would need in preparing a preliminary report and cost estimate.

The report and the estimate are to be brought back to the commission at its next meeting, set for Sept. 30.

The decision of the commission to start out on its own to build a hospital for the area came after the disclosure at last month’s meeting that the HCA had all but closed the door in its building one here, giving the reason as being the tight money situation.

The HCA has been considering the area for a hospital site for more than a year, and until last month’s announcement, the situation had been encouraging.

25 Years Ago

Highlands’ 50th Labor Day Celebration Features Parades, Speeches & Music

An estimated 4,500 persons turned out Monday to watch the 1995 Labor Day Parade.

A smaller audience attended festivities at Casey Field, where politicians gave speeches before free musical entertainment was featured.

The parade was sponsored by Local 675, United Paperworkers International Union.

The Union was holding its 50th Labor Day and the keynote address was given by Arnold Brown, vice-president and area director for Region 4.

10 Years Ago

Virginian Review Plans Special Cancer Section

October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the country.

During October, the Virginian Review will not only recognize and remember breast cancer victims and survivors, but will also honor everyone that has been impacted by the dreaded disease.

On October 1, the Virginian Review will publish its second annual Cancer Awareness section in that day’s edition.