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90 YEARS AGO
October 3, 1931
Mr. LeRoy Basham, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Basham, of Jackson Street, who has been ill with scarlet fever, is getting along nicely.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Rush Givens, of Jackson Street, who have been ill with the grippe, are able to be out.
We are glad to note that Mrs. Walton Pence, who has been ill at her home, on Durant Road, has recovered.

75 YEARS AGO
October 4, 1946
H. E. Adams and Mrs. Lee McConnell entertained with a dessert bridge on Wednesday evening in the Adams home in Oakwood Forest, complimentary to Miss Dorothy Lee Riggs, who will be married this month.
Mrs. Charles Echols entertained a number of friends Wednesday afternoon at her home in Rosedale for Mrs. Phillip Hancock of Nashville, Tenn., who is visiting her mother, Mrs. Frank McAllister, and for Mrs. Donald Michela, an August bride, who has recently come to Covington to live.

50 YEARS AGO
October 4, 1971
Nine Area Squads, Hospital Participate In Mock Disaster
A simulated airplane crash emergency drill conducted Sunday afternoon by the Allegheny Mountain Emergency Group with the Dunlap Rescue Squad as host and coordinator showed that Alleghany Memorial Hospital would probably not have been able to get enough doctors and nurses to the hospital fast enough to handle 20 badly injured patients without sending them to other hospitals.
Enough beds were available, but in a real emergency it would have been impossible to get the victims through X-ray and other procedures fast enough.
Nine rescue squads and 10 vehicles participated in the simulated emergency. The squads were called at staggered intervals to Jerry’s Run Trail, 12 miles west of Covington, off Interstate 64, and told there was a simulated plane crash there.
The hospital received first notice of the ’emergency’ at 2:05 p.m., and Thompson arrived by 2:15 p.m. to find six nurses, three orderlies, two doctors, and one x-ray technician present. Eventually, there were nine nurses, three doctors, and five orderlies involved. The hospital had used the disaster plan it would use in a real emergency by calling in extra off duty personnel.
Administrator Minger commented at the critique session part: “If you had really brought 20 casualties like this in rapid order, the nurses would have been busy until Monday. It’s impossible to simulate hospital care like you can first aid Such matters as running all these victims through the x-ray department would have required two more x-ray technicians besides the one there”

25 YEARS AGO
October 4, 1996
Physician Assistants Day To Be Observed Sunday
Sunday health care workers will be observing National Physicians Assistant Day. The first class of PA’s graduated from Duke University in North Carolina on October 6, 1967.
PA’s practice medicine with the supervision of a physician, although most states allow the PA to see patients when the physician is away from the practice. It also is common in rural areas for the supervising physician to live in another community and to make routine visits as required or necessary while the PA provides day to day medical care to residents.
Back in the mid 1960’s a group of physicians and educators in North Carolina recognized the need to produce more medical care providers who would practice in underserved communities. Their solution was to develop a new profession of health care providers
who would team up with physicians. The curriculum for the first class of physician assistants was based in part on the fast track training program for physicians used during World War II.

10 YEARS AGO
October 5, 2011
BCHS Band A ‘Blast In The Draft’
The Bath County High School marching band is the toast of the town.
Tuesday night, the Bath County School Board recognized the BCHS band for its championship at the recent “Blast in the Draft” competition held at Stuarts Draft High School.
Under the direction of Melinda Hooker, the band swept first place in all categories: color guard, drum major, percussion and overall class.
“It’s a first for us,” Hooker said. “It was very exciting.”
Eighty-six students participate in band at BCHS.
“To Mrs. Hooker and the 86 band students, we’d like to make sure that we recognize this significant achievement and thank you for your work,” said Superintendent Sue Hirsh.

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