90 Years Ago

Alleghany Health Board Closes Four Schools

Complaints of the parents of the children at the Selma school as to the lack of sanitation in that school has resulted in a full investigation by the Alleghany County Board of Health of unsatisfactory conditions in three other schools of the county.

As a result, not only the school at Selma, but the consolidated schools at Low Moor, Dunlap and Barber have been ordered “closed” until they are put in shape where they will meet the requirements laid down in the health laws of the state.

Ordered “closed” means they cannot open for the school year this week until they have been inspected by the Board of Health and meet all requirements.

This means a victory for the Selma parents, who appeared in a deadlock with Superintendent Jeter as to their demands until the health authorities acted.

For a long time, school conditions in Alleghany County have not been up to par.

Public opinion has been simmering and now the determined attitude of the Selma parents has brought things to a head.

Considering the health of the children of Alleghany County a matter of the most vital importance, the Alleghany County Board of Health conducted a thorough investigation of the schools at Selma, Low Moor, Barber and Dunlap.

They informed Mr. Jeter that these schools must be closed until the proper changes necessary for the safety-hood of the children were made.

75 Years Ago

Memorial Services

Memorial services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church for First Lieutenant Clyde H. Saylor Jr., who lost his life while flying a mission over Germany October 3, 1944.

The Rev. G.C. Bentley and the American Legion will have charge of the service.

He was first reported missing on October 3 and after eight months with no word, on June 10, his mother received a message from the War Department stating he had been killed on the date he was reported missing.

Lt. Saylor, who would have been 22 years old on May 24, 1945, was a graduate of Covington High School, class of 1939, and was employed at the

J.C. Penney Company before entering the service.

He was a member of Epworth Methodist Church.

Sgt. Downes Now In Martinsburg Hospital

Sgt. Durwood E. Downes, of Covington, is at the Newton D. Baker General Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., for treatment.

He served overseas 18 months in Guam, Leyte, Tokosiki, Iwoshima, Okinawa, with the 77th Division.

He attended Jeter School and was employed at the Industrial Rayon plant in Covington before entering the service.

His wife, formerly Miss Louise Montgomery, resides in Covington.

50 Years Ago

Aunt Mary’s Letter Box

I certainly agree with the person writing about the “girley” shows at the fair.
Does this prove what the people have on their minds?
It was mentioned in one of the local churches that services be available to the carnival workers and their families while here.
These people live in a world of their own because they are forced to by a lot of Christians who look down on them.
They will not seek us out; we must go to them.
Christians, pray about this and then put some action behind your prayers.

Bath County Supervisors Oppose C&O Train Cut

Bath County’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday told W.H. Frost, superintendent of the C&O Railroad, politely but positively, it would stick to a previous resolution of not lending the board’s support to any further downgrading of passenger train service to Hot Springs.

The board also produced an ally in N.J. Sprinkle, state legislative director of the United Transportation Union, who urged the board to again present itself in a positive manner at the October 29 meeting of the State Corporation Commission in Richmond when C&O officials will bring their case before the commission.

25 Years Ago

Tommy Garten Winner Of CHS Alumni Award

Tommy Garten was presented the Covington High School “Outstanding Alumni” award for 1995 and Amy Shaw was crowned CHS Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Covington-Riverheads football game Friday night.

Covington won the game 14-13.

These presentations were made during the CHS Marching Cougars halftime show.

The band was under the direction of Band Director Allan Tucker, since its two drum majors, Tiffany Hancock and Adria Woods, were homecoming queen candidates.

The other candidates were Michelle Jeter, Trisha Rayle and Rebecca Comer.

10 Years Ago

Expanded Broadband An Economic Boost For Area

A project to expand broadband access in Alleghany County was hailed Wednesday as a big boost to economic development efforts in the Highlands.

U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, joined Ntelos executives Wednesday morning at the Alleghany Highlands YMCA to announce the start of a $16 million project to bring broadband services and infrastructure to underserved and underserved areas of Alleghany County.

Boucher, who is running for re-election in November, helped Ntelos secure an $8 million federal grant for the Alleghany County broadband project.

The grant, originally announced in February, comes through federal stimulus money administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.

Ntelos is providing an $8 million match.

The local project will provide high-speed Internet services to more than 4,000 homes and 200 businesses in the county.