Thursday, May 11, 1967

The volunteer fire departments of our County depend upon donations to carry on their valuable work. The men donate their time but equipment is expensive. At this time of honoring these men, we think it would be a fine gesture for organizations and individuals to make a donation to their community’s fire department, in addition to the fall contributions.

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Two inches of snow on Cheat Tuesday. Rain and sunshine alternating every few minutes elsewhere.

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High winds everywhere the past weekend, causing damage to power lines and the like. We have had at least three periods of high winds this spring. Mrs. Ernest White and her mother, Mrs. Frank Ryder, were in Tuesday telling of a twister that hit in the White’s front yard Sunday afternoon. They heard the terrible roar (it was likened to a freight train) and the wind took two immense pines as if they were matchsticks, twisting the limbs off, peeling the bark and splintering the trunks. They fortunately missed the house. Mr. and Mrs. White had returned home and put the car in the garage only 20 minutes before.

Marbles

Danny Cain won the marbles tournament at Marlinton Grade School last Wednesday for the second year. He is a student in Mrs. I. B. Bumgardner’s fifth grade and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cain, of Marlinton. The tournament is sponsored by the Beckley Post-Herald. The regional contest will be held in Richwood and the finals in Beckley. Danny won over eight other boys who were champions in grades 3 through 6.

Commendation

Fred C. Morrison has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the West Virginia Department of Civil and Defense Mobilization for his service and outstanding leadership in participating in Civil Defense programs. Fred was of invaluable help during the recent flood with his radio, for a while the only communication available.

SCOUTS

Dewey Sharp, ranger, Buckskin Scout Reservation, reported a record number of campers here over the weekend as there were 351 boys present…

Boys and Girls in Service

Army Private David W. Sparks, Jr., has been assigned here in the United States Army Training Center to Company E, 13 Battalion, of the 4 Basic Combat Training Brigade, for his initial eight weeks of military training…

Private Robert C. Triplett, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Triplett, of Marlinton, completed a 12 week communications center specialist course at the Army Southeastern Signal School, Ft. Gordon, Georgia.

Seaman Apprentice Gibby S. Sage, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Sage, of Marlinton, is on an extended anti-submarine exercise off the United States east coast as a crew member of the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox.

Army Private First Class Eddie C. Hannah, 19, son of Mrs. Treven A. Hannah, of Marlinton, was assigned to the 29th Artillery in Vietnam. Hannah is a searchlight operator in Battery H, located near Long Thanh.

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Dharl L. Wilfong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. Wilfong, of Bartow, has been assigned to the First Medical Battalion, First Marine Division, Da Nang, Vietnam.

Ship’s Serviceman Second Class William M. McCoy, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lanty J. McCoy, of Beard, helped destroy enemy held battle sites and storage areas in South Vietnam while serving aboard the destroyer USS McKean off the Vietnam coast.

Army Specialist Four William T. Wright, 23, son of Mrs. Nellie A. Wright, of Marlinton, and William E. Wright, of Houston, Texas, is participating in a month long field training exercise conducted by Battery C of the Berlin Brigade’s 94th Artillery near Grafenwohr, Germany.

BIRTHS

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William J. Friel, of West Palm Beach, Florida, a son, named William Matthew. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Friel, of Marlinton.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Tumblin, Jr., of Morgantown, a daughter. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Friel, of Marlinton.