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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1932, 75 years ago


At least half of the state’s rural schools will be compelled to close before expiration of the regular month term due to lack of funds, it was estimated by W.W. Trent, state superintendent of schools.


Trent said, “Already many of them have shut their doors because of the state’s inability to meet the second installment of state aid amounting to approximately $500,000 due in January.”


The superintendent said that the condition of the treasury does not warrant even the promise of payment of a third installment due in April and that he is advising district boards of education that there is no alternative other than discontinuing schools.


The superintendent estimated that 7,200 teachers will be affected by the shortage in districts receiving state aid. A proposed new plan provides that money shall be distributed on a pupil to teacher basis varying with the density of school population. The number of pupils per teacher will range from 18 to 38 in different districts. An estimate under this plan places the reduction in the number of teachers at 12 per cent.



  1957, 50 years ago

Phillip L. Charles, Parkersburg’s IRS district director, cautioned taxpayers to make sure they know a person is a bona fide federal tax representative before they pay him any money.


There have been a few episodes in Kentucky, where individuals are impersonating revenue service employees and fraudulently taking funds from taxpayers.


Charles urged public cooperation in bringing about the downfall of such unscrupulous individuals by requesting presentation of proper credentials.



  1982, 25 years ago


Cabot Corp. has either a computer or a couple of meters that may be afflicted with an occasional case of the hiccups, or else one or the other, or both, has a diabolical sense of humor.


Bill Harris of Grantsville came into the Chronicle office to pay his gas bill, or rather, not to pay his gas bill. He had just been to the post office to collect his mail. His usual monthly gas bill runs about $60. The bill he received, covering just one month, was sensationally higher than it should have been.


He asked, “Who do I complain to about my gas bill?” Karen Allen of the Chronicle staff advised him to get in touch with the Cabot business office at Oak Hill. She inquired as to his problem.


She was told that the bill was for $3,450.07. The Cabot computer helpfully printed out the message on the bottom of the bill that his average daily cost was $119.67.


“I will protest,” said Harris as he departed the office staring pensively at his unusual bill.


Later the same day, the Chronicle heard of yet another exciting gas bill. This one was received by Orville Kight, whose monthly gas bill runs about $45. This time, he was billed $1,503.94.


There is a possible clue to why these two bills turned out to be so high. Both gentlemen involved reported that their gas meters had been changed recently. Perhaps the trouble isn’t with the computer at all. The culprits may be the meters. Whichever, we thought Cabot Corp. would like to know about these situations.

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