Thursday, November 19, 1970

BEAR

Bear were hard to come by during the first week of bear season, but last Thursday, a big 420 pound sheep killing bear was shot by Krellis Wimer, of Hillsboro. On Wednesday, Lee Dean found two sheep and Orval McMillion, whose farm adjoins the Dean farm, also had two sheep killed by a bear. They reported to Conservation Officer Scallon and got lined up for the hunt.

Thursday morning, with Dean’s, Argile Arbogast’s and Wimer’s dogs, the party set out in search of its bear. Hunting were Mr. Wimer, Lee Dean and son, Mike, Argile Arbogast, Randall Morgan, Robert Hall and Clarence Carpenter.

He was cold-trailed on the south side of Jake’s Knob by the dogs for approximately a mile and a half. Then they jumped the bear from his bed and fifteen to eighteen minutes after, by 10 a.m. the bear was shot. This is the third bear weighing 400 pounds or more which has been killed in this area by Dean, Arbogast and Wimer, and they wonder where they all are coming from. With the food supply scarce this fall, the bear is more likely to work on the sheep.

The front paw measured five and a half inches across and the hind foot nine inches.

Andy Pritt assisted the group in getting the Jeep in to and out of the place where the bear was killed.

Rural Development

County agency representatives attended a multi-county training meeting regarding Rural Development.

Early in his administration, President Nixon established a high level Task Force on Rural Development to make recommendations on what might be done in private and public sectors to stimulate rural development. Generally, the purpose is to halt the national-wide migration of rural Americans to the urban areas. To reverse this national trend – particularly acute in West Virginia – we must somehow make living conditions and opportunities more attractive in rural areas…

To get the job done, the plan calls for the organization of “Mountaineers For Rural Progress.” Walter E. Jett, County Extension Agent, was named chairman of the committee…

ZONING

There is an open letter to the Planning and Zoning Commission in this paper and we understand it has been sent to the Gazette and other state papers. This is everyone’s right, but don’t blindly tear things down without giving a better way. We ask everyone to make definite suggestions as to how things can be changed or improved. No one is trying to force anything on anyone. The Commission was asked to prepare a land use ordinance. It has. Now it is time for our citizens to examine it and see what changes need to be made and how it can be improved. We need a plan to help our county in the years ahead.

No one has the right to make our beautiful county a slum area of panel trucks, old bus bodies, and crowded camps. We hope this plan will help…

RETIRED

John Coyner retired as postmaster at Clover Lick August 1 and has been succeeded by Mrs. Paul (Juanita Shinaberry) Dilley.

The Clover Lick post office was established in 1875; prior to that the mail was brought from Edray two or three times a week.

DEATHS

Oda H. Gay, 79; born at Marlinton, a son of the late William H. and Frances Geiger Gay. Burial in the Gay Cemetery.

Charles Marvin Moss, 58, of Minnehaha Springs, a member of the Cass Presbyterian Church and employed by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Marlinton. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Mrs. Leah Easter Ruckman Boggs, 79; born at Mill Point, a daughter of the late James R. and Minnie Smith Ruckman. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Ernest Lee Halterman, 54, of Cass; a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County, and a shop maintenance man with the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company at Durbin and Mower Lumber Company. Burial in the Wanless Cemetery at Cass.

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