Echoes of the Past is a collection of historical articles curated from The Virginian Review and other publications archived since 1914. You may be exposed to content that you find offensive or objectionable. For historical purposes and accuracy, articles are reprinted in their original, unedited form, and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the publisher.
June 10, 1923
99 Years Ago
Drastic Law For Speeding
That there will be drastic legislation enacted by the next General Assembly concerning operation of automobiles by reckless drivers is considered certain here as agitation follows the brutal killing of William Kidd, a University of Richmond student, by an automobile occupied by a man and a woman. It is proposed that reckless driving which results in a fatality be made a felony, punishable by not less than 18 years in prison. In the Kidd case the driver of the machine was going 60 miles an hour, it is said, and did not stop after the accident. His identity remains a secret. It is also proposed that every driver be compelled to carry liability insurance.
June 10, 1937
85 years Ago
Old Council Candidates Returned With Woodson
Four members of Covington Town Council who sought re-election got it, while Arch(Pat) Woodson. a popular citizen and a foreman at the paper mill, was successful over the other 11 candidates to be the fifth member of the council in yesterday’s record-setting poll. The total ballots cast were 955, almost 300 more than in 1935. Harry Robertson repeated his triumph of two years ago to lead the entire field. Robertson and Jimmy Steger were far out in front of the parade of candidates, with the next three R.O. Heironimus, Dick Beirne and “Pat” Woodson.
June 10, 1962
60 Years Ago
School Board May Purchase New Laboratory Equipment
After discussing the matter at Friday’s meeting, the Alleghany School Board agreed to purchase laboratory equipment for the new Alleghany County High School from the Roanoke firm of J.H. Pence and Company. Mrs. John Hamlett, one of the three board members present, made the motion to buy the equipment from Pence, subject to the firm’s acceptance of any recommendations for change made by the board chairman or superintendent. The motion carried unanimously. Bishop W. Pentz, chairman, and Robert F. Burrowes were the other board members present.
June 10, 2012
10 Years Ago
Clifton Forge Bridge Work
The new bridge on Main Street in Clifton Forge is scheduled to be completed in mid-October. This week, pre-cast concrete deck sections arrived, from Princeton W.Va., and are being installed on top of the piers. The sections arrived by truck from West Virginia. After the sections are in place, the concrete deck will be poured and the sidewalks in front of the Masonic Theatre will be laid. Note the fire escape beside the Masonic Theatre will eventually be used as a sidewalk to the amphitheatre that is now being built behind the theatre.
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