Thursday, November 8, 1973
For the first time in the memory of those at the Courthouse, there was no sale of land for delinquent taxes. Every tract was redeemed prior to the sale.
The UFO fever is contagious and spreading rapidly. On October 24, many people watched a lighted object in the sky to the north, lights going from red to blue to white like a Christmas tree. A call to Green Bank said it was a star, with unusual turbulence in the atmosphere making it twinkle much more than ordinary. Some girls at Hillsboro had a more frightening experience of lights and a flying something, and their mother saw it, too. Several were seen at Frost the same night. No explanation yet for those.
In reference to the people that are around since the first train arrived in Marlinton:
I remember very well, as I was standing on the porch at the square house in front of the Methodist church with mother and some others, when the whistle blew as the train was crossing the bridge; it scared me so bad I fell off the porch.
Also, my dad was at the depot with the rest of Pocahontas county people all shoving and looking at the new show. All very suddenly, the Engineer yelled out that he was going to turn the train around, and, at that, there was a stampede; they were knocking people down like ten pins.
Minimum temperature: 23 degrees on the 18th.
Maximum temperature: 79 degrees on the 4th.
Average high temperature: 67.2 degrees
Average low: 36.6.
Rainfall: 4.66 inches
Mr. and Miss Red Devil
The Mr. and Miss Red Devil Contest for this year at Hillsboro Junior High School was won by Debra Pritt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Pritt, of Droop Mountain and Tony Wiley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wiley, also of Droop Mountain. They will be crowned at the first home basketball game at Hillsboro.
Karen Galford was revealed as Queen during halftime activities at the first Annual Homecoming game of the Marlinton Copperheads.
The Queen, escorted by Ronnie Dean, was crowned by Robert Kessee, principal of Marlinton Elementary School.
The Queen’s Court was composed of: Eighth Grade: Vickie Shearer and Larry Ryder and Karen Brown and Arthur Sayre. Seventh Grade: Pam Mace and Jeff Barb. Sixth Grade: Karen Buchanan and John Friel. Fifth Grade: Sandy Brown and Sam Helmick. Fourth Grade: Lisa VanReenen and Brett Withers. Third Grade: Brenda Ricottilli and David Michael. Second Grade: Becky Shelton and Tim Helmick, First Grade: Rhonda Maddy and Herbie Barlow. Kindergarten Crown Bearer Lisa McComb and Jeff Robertson. Flower Girl, Angela Wilson and Kenneth Ervine.
Special Education: Patty Oscar and Ray Oscar.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Burks, Jr., of Mill Point, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Workman, of Hillsboro, a son, named Matthew Thomas.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sheets of Richmond, Virginia, a son, named William Wetzel.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Hurst, of Mineral Wells, a son, named Jason Edward. Mrs. Hurst is the former Maybell Kelley.
John Leslie Kennedy, 76, of Marlinton; born in Albermarle County, Virginia, a son of the late Kawse Coleman and Anna Kirby Kennedy. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Miss Lillian M. Cleek, 93, of Hillsboro; born at Huntersville a daughter of the late Peter Cleek and Effie Amos Cleek. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Marie Curry Witt, of Maitland, Florida; a daughter of Meade Curry, of Frost, and the late Ada Hamrick Curry. Burial in Maitland.
Mrs. Ida S. Collins Miller, 85, of Elkins; a native of Mount Sterling, Kentucky, and a member of the Durbin United Methodist Church. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Mrs. Mae W. Crigger, of Huntersville; born near Clendenin, a daughter of the late Edward Johnson and Sarah Elizabeth Pickering Schoolcraft. Burial in the Beaver Creek Cemetery.
William Keith Sebert, 62, of Lewisburg; born in Nicholas County, a son of the late Kyle and Minnie Harold Sebert. Burial in Rosewood Cemetery.