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December 23, 1965

The second section of the bear season came in this week and the first results we saw was a nice, compact 232 pound bear killed near Briery Knob Fire Tower Monday about 3:30 with a 30.06 by Russell Webb, of Huntington. The bear had a heavy coat, several inches deep and Argile Arbogast guessed his age at 4 years. They jumped the bear on Hills Creek and chased him about an hour and a half. About fifty yards from where he was killed he grabbed one of Lee Dean’s dogs by the neck and snapped his neck like you would wring the neck of a chicken. One of his teeth went right through the heavy leather dog collar. About everybody, plus about 15 others, was in on the hunt but we got this many names besides these mentioned above: Arthur Friel, Clarence Carpenter, Willie Dilley, Omer Kellison, Elvern Totten, Lloyd Arbogast, Ronald Bruffey, Lowell Walton, a Wimer boy, Bill Ruckman, Walter McNeill, Mr. Kerr, of Hinton, Krellis Wimer and Lee Dean.

Last Friday at Green Bank High School sixteen men graduated from a Heavy Equipment Training Class conducted under the Manpower Development and Training Act on Buffalo Run. Superintendent M. H. Brooks guided the program along since the classes are held under the auspices of the Board of Education. A sort of record was set – seventeen men started, one man got a good job, and all others remained to finish.
A telegram of congratulation came from Governor Smith. H. G. Woodrum represented the Department of Natural Resources, John W. Cole was there from the Manpower office and Karl D. Massey came from the Employment Security office. Ed Vinoski, Forest Ranger, seemed quite pleased with the road that was built.
The men who completed this training were: Osborne C. Alderman, Marlinton; Robert A. Armstrong, Marlinton; Julian E. Corso, Clover Lick; Roy L. Elza, Cass; Dennis Grimes, Jr., Clover Lick; Alfred R. Gum, Buckeye; Claudy Harrington, Sinks Grove; Bernell C. Kelley, Durbin; Gene H. Kesler, Cass; Gordon Daniel Rexrode, Durbin; Alton J. Ryder, Bartow; William W. Ryder, Marlinton; Clayton P. Seldomridge, Cass; Warren E. Slavin, Cass; Charles A. Taylor, Green Bank; Roy F. Workman, Jr. Stony Bottom.

The old barn at the rear of the Bus Smith lot by Smith Funeral Home is being torn down. This was part of the Smith Livery Stable.

In your December 2 issue, Volume 84, under the caption of “Deer,” you ask, “How’s this for piracy?” then follows the experience of Frank Barrett and his 6-point buck.
Please permit a few comments and my personal opinion. First, there was no piracy involved for the simple reason there is no evidence that pirates were present, not even a ship. Pirates are not the most honorable people the world has produced, but it is an insult to their clan to infer that the two jackals, who robbed Mr. Barrett, could ever have belonged to such a daring, nefarious band of thieves; they were human. Elsewhere you refer to the pair of swine as “Deer hunters.” This is a reflection on every man or woman who succumbs to that inbred urge, inherited from our backwoods parents, to get out in the fall, when the woods are wearing their indescribable beauty, to follow the age old custom of “gittin in” our winter’s supply of meat. Third, it is regrettable that pair of scummy vermin were not caught and made to eat the buck – hide, horns, hooves – raw.
Fourth, Mr. Barrett used rare judgment in walking away from such filth and should be congratulated. I hope he got a second shot and has a nice venison in his smokehouse.
The Times story was timid.
Yours very Sincerely,
W. W. Henry

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William R. Shelton, a daughter, named Rebecca Sue.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Ratliff, of Arbovale, a daughter, Gina Denise.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Burley Pritt, of Droop, a son, named Randall Kevin.

Mrs. Violet Wilfong Kerr Dilley, 51, of Richwood, died a few hours after she had been found by a neighbor in her home overcome by gas. Her mother was also hospitalized. She was a daughter of Rosie Miller Wilfong Tacy and the late E. J. Wilfong. Burial in Wilfong Cemetery.
George Gum, 74, of Monterey, Virginia. Service and burial at Arbovale.
Willie Franklin Sampson, 69, of Crimora, Virginia. Born in Pocahontas County, a son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Ryder Sampson. Burial in the Riverview Cemetery.
Dr. Emmett William Price, 69, of Gadsden, Alabama; born at Clover Lick, a son of the late John Calvin and Mary A. Price. Dr. Price was internationally known as a zoologist and had served as president of the American Society of Parasitology.
He was a past president of the Helminthological Society of Washington and a member of the Alabama Academy of Science, American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Microscopal Society.
Burial in the Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden.

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