Thursday, February 25, 1970

Amazing Fact: The longest stretch of straight country highway in the state lies where?

In Pocahontas County.

It is the two miles between Mill Point and Hillsboro, according to the state Geological Survey.

ENGAGEMENT

Mrs. and Mrs. J. E. McComb, of Huntersville, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Hope Pauletta, to Randall Aron Andrick, of Shinnston.

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Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Price, of Marlinton, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Connie Louise, to Douglas Grimes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Odell Grimes, of Huntersville.

DEATHS

Jonie Sue Burdette, age three, daughter of William and Peggy Kelley Burdette, of Huntersville. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Wesley A. Shue, age three, son of Darleigh D. and Marie W. Shue, of Droop. Burial in the Cutlip Cemetery at Droop.

Warrant Officer Cadet Robert L. McComb, Jr., 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McComb, Sr., of Marlinton, died of injuries received in a helicopter crash during practice maneuvers at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Mrs. Eula McCauley Buckley, of Princeton and Buckeye, daughter of the late John A. and Mary Bogus McCauley and wife of William Buckley, of Buckeye. Burial in the Resthaven Memorial Cemetery at Princeton.

Mrs. Mattie Smith Miller, 76, of Marlinton. Burial in the Baxter Presbyterian Church cemetery.

Mrs. Ernestine Ervine Potter, 71, of Fairmont; born at Huntersville, a daughter of the late George McClure and Mary Elizabeth Sharp Ervine.

Around the County

Hibernation: If asked to name an animal that hibernates, don’t say “bear,” as I once did; or on second guess, “toad.” If you do, you’ll be wrong. Say “woodchuck,” “bat,” or “chipmunk,” and you’ll be right.

In the strict sense, hibernation goes way beyond the winter sleep of the bear, or the torpor of the cold-blooded toad.

In cold hibernation, the animal (it must be warm-blooded) turns down its thermostat, so to speak, suspends all vital functions, and, curled up underground, sinks into a kind of living death. In this way, nature guarantees that it will survive a winter and wake in the spring, ready to function, and if a female, to give birth.

An animal as large as the bear does not need to go to these extremes. Because the bear has more volume in relation to surface, it does not lose its vital heat, and, in fact, remains warmer than its den. A small animal like the chipmunk, on the other hand, having more surface in relation to volume, would radiate its vital heat and die if it did not turn completely off.

Curiously enough, in the warmer months, the temperature of the huge bear and that of the little chipmunk is the same, 99 degrees. But as winter approaches, the bear’s temperature drops to 93 degrees, while that of the chipmunk drops to 39 degrees. The chipmunk collapses its digestive tract, breathes but three times a minute and maintains a heartbeat too weak to be detected…

Green Bank Community
Writings of R. W. Brown, 1935
continued

The old part of the Academy building was used to hold elections, justice court and public meetings. After the annex was completed, the old Academy looked like a mansion or palace and put a brilliant shine on the town of Green Bank which lasted until the year of 1907 when the progressive school patrons of the Green Bank sub-district wanted more advan- cement in school architecture, and they petitioned the Board of Education to build a new building from start to finish. They cited to the Board a few cracks in the old brick wall, which had been there since the Mexican War, but they claimed the old brick wall was giving away and therefore condemned it as unsafe. So after due consideration, the Board of Education… ordered that a new building be erected and the old building torn down, the contract being awarded to M. H. Sutton and Walter Rolston for the sum of $1,000, who tore down the old brick building in the year of 1907, after a period of 60 odd years of usefulness. No school building in the community has been more beneficial than the old brick academy.

The new building was erected on the site of the old Academy, a one story building, a frame structure with a folding partition in the center making two rooms. This building was supplanted by the high school building in 1917 and closed the drama of its day with C. E. Flynn, as last teacher. The old building was then sold to the Independent Order of odd Fellows in the year 1917, who raised it to two stories which is now the Odd Fellows Hall…

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