The following reports are taken from
The Calhoun Chronicle archives:
N.J.--“Gee, that’s great! I didn’t expect that!” exclaimed Victor
Soroken, 12, when a park guard gave him $1 for saving Robert Banks, 10, from
drowning in Cooper River.
day of swimming, Victor was trudging home when he saw Robert fall into the
river. He plunged in and dragged the other boy ashore.
1957, 50 years ago
Fabricators, Inc., has played an important part in the development of a new type
of life preserver, which has been termed as virtually fool-proof.
preserver, developed by the local plant and the Army, promises to be a great
help to both military personnel and civilians, preventing accidental drowning.
preserver is small enough that a soldier can carry it easily in his pants pocket
before he goes into action on the water. Even if he is pitched into the water
unconscious, the new “non-inflatable” preserver will provide buoyancy and will
keep his head out of water until help arrives. It looks and is worn like an
umpire’s chest pad and has a collar affixed.
utilizes the “trapped air” principle assisted by hydrostatic pressure. The
preserver weighs less than three pounds, and is made of nylon coated with
neoprene. It can be folded, is salt water resistant, and puncture proof.
Claude O. Lanciano, Jr., a marine engineer stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., has
spent over two years on the project, which seems to be the Army’s answer to
public demands for greater safety for soldiers on water borne operations.
expected that the Navy and Air Force, as well as commercial users, will make
wide use of the new preserver.
1982, 25 years ago
150 persons, ranging in age from babes in arms to the elderly, turned out in
front of Calhoun Courthouse to attend a fund raising rally and rock concert
sponsored by the Hospital Citizens Action Group.
next hour, Grantsville’s Main Street echoed and throbbed to the beat of the Big
Money band. Refreshments were sold and a few young women circulated among the
audience, seeking donations to the cause of changes at the hospital. James R.
Jones, president of the Citizens Group, took over the microphone to talk about
He touched on several
matters that had
been aired at previous meetings of the group: salary of the hospital
administrator; alleged loan of $30,000 to Dr. Hoover, recruiting costs for
hospital personnel, accusations that the hospital trustees had violated the
sunshine law on at least three occasions, and alleged violations of the
charged trustees with unresponsiveness to the public, poor management and waste,
and called for removal of Kay Wriston as administrator, and replacement of board