Thursday, December 20, 1945\r\n\r\nOur Army and Navy Boys\r\n\r\nJulian Hunter \u201cJack\u201d Philipps and Jack Anthony Filuta returned to their homes at Frank December 5, 1945, honorably discharged from the United States Navy, after more than forty months in the service. These two boys enlisted in the Navy on July 18, 1942 and went through boot training together, after which they were separated and never saw each other again until on December 2nd, they met in Bainbridge, Maryland, received their discharges and came home together.\r\n\r\nJesse Arden Shinaberry, of the Navy, is home on a 30-day leave. He has been in service for 2 1\/2 years with 25 months\u2019 service in the South and Central Pacific.\r\n\r\nBerlin D. Rider, S F 3-c, of Minnehaha Springs, was one whom the \u201cMagic Carpet\u201d brought back to the States aboard the U. S. S. Nevada. He has now been honorably discharged from the Naval Service.\r\n\r\nAllan Reid Davis is home from the Army with an honorable discharge. His last service was in the Pacific area.\r\n\r\nLieutenant Julian Hamed, of the Air Service, is at his home at Greenbank on furlough. He was in Europe many months.\r\n\r\nOran McLaughlin, just back from the Army, is at his old job of running a steam shovel on the state roads.\r\n\r\nJohn S. Chappell, of the Untied States Marines, is at his home at Hillsboro, on leave.\r\n\r\nClyde D. McCoy, Technician Third Grade, with the 132nd Ordinance Company, Ninth Army, is home with an honorable discharge. He is the son of Denny McCoy, of the Levels District. Clyde served 11 months overseas. He wears three battle stars \u2013 Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Germany.\r\n\r\nSchools Closed\r\n\r\nPublic schools at Durbin, Cass, Greenbank, Dunmore, Slaty Fork, Woodrow, Buckeye, Marlinton, and Hillsboro are closed until after New Year\u2019s by reason of the influenza epidemic.\r\n\r\nLOCAL MENTION\r\n\r\nBorn to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith, a daughter.\r\n\r\nArchie Walker, of Hillsboro, who has been so seriously ill, is much improved.\r\n\r\nGeorge P. Edgar, who has been ill at his home near Hillsboro, is better.\r\n\r\nMiss Wilda Young was home from Charleston over the weekend.\r\n\r\nChristmas Spirit is in the air and there are so many happy faces shopping without the anxious strained look on their faces. This will indeed be a merrier Christmas than has been for several years or since the war started.\r\n\r\nMoody Wilson was given a surprise birthday party on Monday night, December 10th, at his home. Despite the bad weather, a host of friends arrived with gifts and made merry.\r\n\r\nHarry Shinaberry and Mrs. Jacob Job left Monday for Hardin, Montana, where Mrs. Job will join her husband who has just returned from overseas. Mrs. Job is the former Miss Helen Shinaberry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shinaberry, of Knapps Creek.\r\n\r\nEugene Kelly, of Dunmore, is at the Greenbrier Valley Hospital, slowly recovering from an operation; he was hurt in the lumber woods about four months ago.\r\n\r\nLIGHT AFTER DARKNESS\r\n\r\nThis is our brightest Christmas in a long, dark time. Every light on every tree \u2013 every window that greets night with cheerful challenge \u2013 is a shining symbol of the passing of war\u2019s shadow.\r\n\r\nThere is radiant happiness in family gatherings this year. Men are coming home from war. And those who hear their Christmas carols under strange skies are closer, nearer to home than they have been in a great while.\r\n\r\nFor many, this will be a wistful Christmas \u2013 but a Christmas brave and strong in the knowledge that those who bought victory so dearly will make tomorrow\u2019s world a brighter place for us all.