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Echoes Of The Past: Thursday, September 30

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90 YEARS AGO…

September, 1931

September 30, 1931: Same Benefits Now Urged For City Dwellers

The members of the Virginia delegation in Congress are to be called upon by a large group of Virginia real estate men and bankers to advance a plan whereby the Federal Reserve Board would recognize certain classes of real estate, which are not at present acceptable for rediscount.

The plan became known here today and it was said that it would be pushed immediately.

The Federal Reserve Board will also be urged to liberalize restrictions so as to take into account the improved status of real estate paper in relation to other paper, which, it is contended, would serve to relieve the present business depression, particularly in view of the scarcity of collateral of other kinds, including commercial paper.

The Federal Reserve Board will also be urged to extend the farm loan system, so as to allow other classes equal opportunity with the farmers in securing loans or homes and other real estate, to the end that the city homeowner would be accorded the same benefits as the rural homeowner in the matter of raising funds.

75 YEARS AGO…

September, 1946

September 30, 1946: VFW To Hold ‘Open House’ For All Ex-GIs

Presenting a special “Veterans’ night” program Tuesday night in the VFW Hall at 7:30, Post 1033 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has asked John W. Glenn, contact representative of the local office of the Veterans Administration to speak to former GIs on the latest changes in laws and benefits which may affect ex-servicemen.

Post Commander William Dressler emphasized that all veterans are urged to attend the meeting whether they are members of the VFW or not.

50 YEARS AGO…

September, 1971

September 30, 1971: Drug Case Tried

Michael Ray Hostetter, 22, of Iron Gate, charged on Sept. 11 with possession of marijuana, was found guilty during a hearing conducted this morning in Alleghany County Circuit Court. He was fined $250, sentenced to 6 days in jail (suspended) and placed on 12 months probation.

Carl Gene Little, 27, owner and operator of the Crazy Horse Inn, also charged with possession (along with Hostetter), was released, and all evidence against him was stricken from court records.

25 YEARS AGO…

September, 1996

September 30, 1996: Clifton Forge City Council To Meet For Work Session

Clifton Forge City Council will meet for a work session Tuesday night at 7. The meeting will be held in the conference room at Cuty Hall.

Under presentations, Council will receive information from Cindy Durham and Lynette Bradley of the National Association of Senior Friends.

Under old business, Council will discuss 1996 Appreciation Weeks and activities, the regional jail, the ISTEA grant, a yard sale signage ordinance, parking in handicapped spaces, the city’s grievance procedure, a Virginia Department of Transportation project, usage of the armory, readopting of the city’s curfew ordinance and Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Authority negotiations for properties.

10 YEARS AGO…

September, 2011

September 30, 2011: Iron Gate Town Council Approves Tobacco Tax

Iron Gate Town Council, during a brief meeting Thursday night, voted to enact a tobacco tax to enhance revenue streams.

The tax, approved 5-0, will go into effect Jan. 1. It will impose a 10-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes sold within the town’s limits. The tax will not exceed $1 per carton of cigarettes.

Council also unanimously voted Tuesday to move the Town Council elections from May to November, effective in 2012.

The change was made in response to low voter turnout in May elections. Council elections will now coincide with federal and state elections in November. Alleghany County elections are also held in November.

The four-laneing of U.S. Route 220 was also discussed at Thursday night’s meeting.

Council voted 5-0 not to support a resolution submitted by Covington attorney Bill Wilson. The resolution would have supported calls for the Virginia Depoartment of Transportation to complete the four-laneing of U.S. 220 from Iron Gate to Eagle Rock.

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