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Thursday, February 11, 1971

Six below zero on Browns Mountain Wednesday morning.

Tuesday night, Mrs. Howard Mullens, on Williams River, said four below had been the coldest there.

Ice still jammed and frozen solid below Buckeye.


Unusual ice formations formed in the Greenbrier River as the slush ice jammed and froze, piling up like white crystal frosting. Nobody remembers seeing it just like this before. It extended several miles above Marlinton. Friday it moved down river, leaving cuts of eight to ten feet on the sides of what looked like icebergs. The frozen jam of chunks from Watoga to about Fred Morrison’s below Buckeye did not move and everything backed up behind it, reaching to Stillwell.

A man walked on the moon Saturday, but it was not nearly so exciting to Marlinton residents as the dynamiting of the ice below the Stillwell bridge. Knapps Creek was and is frozen from this bridge to the mouth of the creek, and Friday night the broken ice jammed behind it and pushed water into Ninth Street, around homes and into basements. The water was down some on Saturday, but still posed a threat. Forrest Rhea, who handles the dynamite for the State Road, assisted by Everette Dunbrack, with Arnold Burns supervising, placed some charges under the ice and opened a tunnel below the bridge. A white column of ice and water rose up in the air, with some chunks falling a little too close for comfort.


Louis J. McCarty, Specialist Four United States Army Company C 5th Battalion (Airmobile) 7th Cavalry was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device. The date of action, 4 November 1970. Theater: Republic of Vietnam. By direction of the President… for heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile enemy force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Louis J. McCarty distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 4 November 1970, when his unit became engaged with a determined enemy force, with complete disregard for his own safety he exposed himself to the intense hostile force as he moved forward to the point of heaviest contact and began placing a heavy volume of suppressive fire upon the insurgent forces. His actions were an inspiration to the other members of his unit and were instrumental in the successful completion of the mission. His display of personal bravery and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


The Fruit Judging Team of the West Virginia University College of Agriculture and Forestry competed last semester in the Eastern Intercollegiate Fruit Judging League contest at Penn State University, winning the contest for the fourth consecutive year. Members of the team are David Cedarleaf, alternate, of Massachusetts; John W. Jett, Marlinton, who scored second; Edith Roberts, New Jersey, first; Charles Lothes, New York, third; and team coach Dr. W. Childs.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert O. Wilfong, of Arbovale, a daughter, named Gina Ellen.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby McVey, of Buckeye, a daughter, named Susan Gale.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. June David McLaughlin, of Marlinton, a son, named Daniel Eugene.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brock, Jr., of Hanover, Pennsylvania, a daughter, named Heidi Lynn.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Cook, of Summersville, a son, named Thomas Grant, II.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Wilfong, of Ferndale, Michigan, a daughter, named Denise.


Early Murphy, 66, of Boyer, a lifelong resident of Pocahontas County and a retired carpenter. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Mrs. Gennevie Shinaberry Shields, 71, of Huntersville, a daughter of the late William and Corina Bussard Shinaberry. A member of Alexander Memorial Presbyterian Church. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Mrs. Quade Fertig Shra-der, 74, of Frost, a daughter of the late Newton and Lucy Fertig. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Lloyd Russell Coleman, 76, of Green Bank; burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.

William Hiter Cashwell, 82, of Marlinton; born in Elmhurst County, Virginia, he was a son of the late Thomas and Millie Martin Cashwell. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

Lee O. Stewart, 74, of Mill Point; born in Little Levels District in Pocahontas County, a son of the late Lace and Sallie Tibbs Stewart. A member of Pleasant Green Methodist Church and former employee of the International Shoe Company. Burial in Pleasant Green Cemetery.

Mrs. Sadie Florence Sutton, 88, of St. Albans, a daughter of the late Preston C. and Margaret R. Beverage Ervin; born at Pine Grove in Pocahontas County, one of ten children, and the ninth girl. Burial in Spring Hill Cemetery in Charleston.

Roy L. Boggs, 67, of Wilmington, Delaware, formerly of Marlinton; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

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