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1932, 75 years ago

According to figures released by deputy assessor Hayden Bower and from certificates by county clerk R.C. Hardman, valuation of property for purposes of taxation have been decreased in Calhoun County by nearly one million dollars.

Last year, the total valuation $9,549,173. Taxes will be collected this year on $8,505,660. Of this amount $4,086,200 is charged by the state board of public works against public utility properties, Hope Natural Gas Co., Godfrey L. Cabot, Inc., United Fuel Gas Co., West Penn System, and other corporations rendering public service.

The decrease is partly due to a clause in the new law which exempts household furniture from taxation and to a general lowering of the value of prop­erty in the county. The assessment of public utility property was raised more than $250,000.

The entire assessment plan for West Virginia was torn up by the classification amendment, which placed all property into four groups.


1957, 50 years ago

This is a story of pigs in a parlor--but isn’t a story of two pigs running through the house. Instead it’s about the Calhoun County hog industry.

Several years ago, the local bank helped to launch a drive to improve the breed of hogs raised in the county. Registered Duroc gilts were given to worthy growers to raise, breed and care for. They also purchased a registered Duroc male for service.

At weaning time, two sow pigs were returned from the first litter to be given out to others. This was a big step to improve breeding stock; however, it was agreed by those in the know, that it takes more than good breeding to improve stock.

Proper feeding, careful sanitation and good management are points stressed by county agent B.A. Hensley and vo-ag teachers Lloyd Vaughan and Clyde Gibson.

These three problems have brought about the united effort of leaders of the county to launch a pig parlor group meeting at the courthouse to show the latest advancements in the hog industry.

The bank will give a registered Duroc gilt as a door prize. Other valuable prizes will be given away by the local Purina feed dealer, Farmers Feed and Supply Center.


1982, 25 years ago

Two Calhoun artists have received cash awards for their woodwork in a special exhibit at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling.

Jude Binder of Five Forks won an award for “The Rosewood Mare,” a sculpture. She studies woodworking with R.T. Geho of Pleasant Hill. She is artistic director of Heartwood Dance Center.

Connie and Tom McColley of Chloe received an award for a white oak basket. They work from natural materials which they gather themselves.

Another Calhoun artist, Thomas Kellam, had three pieces on exhibit in the show.

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