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.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Fireman have fine time at exercise of their officers
Firemen who were recently elected officers of the Covington Fire Department gave a banquet to all other members of the department last night at 6:30 in the Granbery Memorial Church Annex.
There were sweet sentiments as well as fine frivolity at last night’s meeting of firemen, for present were three surviving charter members of the present Covington Fire Department. They were Fred Jesser, George Alexander and J. H. Overholt.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
Covington City Council agrees on site for motel
Following an hour’s discussion City Council adopted a special agreement between landowner J. T. Fudge, the Jackson River Land and Development Corporation and the city of Covington which would protect residents from the rezoning of the tract of land owned by Fudge from R-2 to C-1 and which would protect residents of the area from any future objectionable use of the land.
The final agreement was drawn up by R.B. Stephenson, Jr., for Fudge and Eugene Huffman, president of the recently formed corporation which hopes to build a motel and possibly an adjoining restaurant on the land in question.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Karen VanReenen accepted at MCV
Karen VanReenen was recently notified of her acceptance at The Medical College of Virginia for Occupational Therapy School.
She is presently attending Virginia Commonwealth University and has achieved there the requirements for MCV and has obtained a minor in psychology.
Karen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John G. VanReenen of Hot Springs.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
Highlands Facing Taxing Challenges
Needed capital projects in the highlands will likely necessitate tax increases and make the area less competitive in the economic development arena.
Maintaining low taxes is identified as the fourth major challenge facing the Highlands in a report issued by the Alleghany Foundation on April 2.
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