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Echoes Of The Past: Tuesday, November 2

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90 YEARS AGO…

November, 1931

November 2, 1931: VA. Teachers To Hold Meeting

Three thousand Virginia classroom teachers will gather here in their annual three-day meeting starting November 25, to study and make suggestions on the changes in the cirriculum of the Virginia public school system.

Teachers attending the annual convention of the Virginia Education Association will be divided into groups to make an exhaustive study of the present curriculum and to make suggestions for improvements. The results of these studies will be incorporated in reports to be submitted to the executive committee appointed by the state department of Education.

C.J. Heatwhole, secretary of the Virginia Education Association, said that in the past when curriculum changes were made, they were decided by the “higher-ups” and handed down. Now, the “higher-ups” are receiving suggestions from those who carry out instructions.

75 YEARS AGO…

November, 1946

November 2, 1946: Crane Worker Hurt As Gas Tank Explodes

Eugene Charles, crane operator, was slightly burned on the right arm and neck and a large crane and a sand and stone mixer were damaged to an undetermined extent when a gas tank exploded at the upper mill of West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company at 1 p.m. today.

C.M. Rookstool, who was inside the mixer at the time of the explosion was unhurt, said that a 100-gallon gas tank on the crane exploded while it was being filled from a nearby truck.

Flames spread to the mixer, about 15 feet distant, and to the truck. Rookstool said he drove the truck a safe distance from the fire and then returned to the scene of the explosion.

Mill officials had the fire under control before the Covington Fire Department arrived and the flames were quickly extinguished.

No immediate estimate of the damage was obtainable.

Damage to the mixer was mainly on the exterior although work clothing on the inside was smoldering.

50 YEARS AGO…

November, 1971

November 2, 1971: Some County Residents Denied Vote By Law

A number of county residents, including some absentee land owners, were denied, according to law, the right to vote today in Alleghany County.

Complaints from frustrated would-be voters were heard today by Guy Jones, county registrar and at both Deomcratic and Republican headquarters here.

These votes were denied due to non-residency in the precincts in which the voter meant to cast his ballot according to Jones.

25 YEARS AGO…

November, 1996

November 2, 1996: CHS Student Ties For 2nd Place In Math Rally

Covington High School senior Joseph Yancey tied for second place in the Class A individual division of the 23rd annual Radford University Math Rally.

Yancey is the son of Edgar and Peggy Yancey of Covington.

Forty-seven area high schools sent teams of three students to the RU campus, where students took a test developed by RU mathematics and statistics professor J.D. Hansard, director of the Math Rally.

Radford University is a coeducational institution founded in 1910 which offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Approximately 8,270 students are enrolled in six colleges: Arts and Science, Business and Economics, Education and Human Development, Waldron College of Nursing and Health Services, Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Graduate and Extended Education.

10 YEARS AGO…

November, 2011

November 2, 2011: CHS Releases Results Of Tuesday Mock Election

Covington High School has released the results of a mock election held Tuesday.

Alleghany County-Covington consolidation: No 126, Yes 51.

Virginia Senate: Democrat Creigh Deeds, 111, Republican T.J. Aldous, 48.

House of Delegates: Democrat Lewis Medlin, 70, Independent Lacey Putney, 42, Republican Jerry Johnson, 40.

Commonwealth’s Attorney: Ed Stein, 151.

Sheriff: Kevin Hall, 114, Donnie Cale, 61, Dwaine Paxton, 14, Barry Rose, 11.

Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District: Allen Dressler, 135.

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