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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

Earl (Curley) Hawkins, 32, and Rufus Deem, 52, were captured in a woods half a mile from Harrisville, three hours after they and another prisoner, Lee (Chicken) Weaver, 24, had made a successful break for freedom from Ritchie County jail. Weaver is still at large.

All three have served terms in the state prison: Deem, three separate terms for a total of 12 years; Weaver, one year for theft; and Hawkins, two years for car theft. Weaver and Hawkins were being held for action of the grand jury on a charge of breaking and entering, while Deem was awaiting trial for on an indictment by the last grand jury for manufacturing moonshine liquor. Conviction on this count would mean life imprisonment under the habitual criminal act.



  1958, 50 years ago

One of the annual highlights of Americana are the Miss America, Miss Universe, and Miss Hog Jowl contests. We have gone slightly crazy down the beauty queen road.


Be that as it may, we have no particular kick, and the young things are mighty pretty. What we dislike about the trend is the fact that so many girls take these things seriously. Just because God gave a girl good looks, or because she knows how to strut her stuff--or maybe even has some mental talent--does not mean too much.


The best wives are, as the traditional saying goes, not the beauty queens who become self-centered and spoiled long before their time (assuming that many will end up spoiled under any conditions). The most deserving girl who will be the happiest and make her husband and family happy is not necessarily the most striking-looking.


Therefore, there are many values in life far more important than surface beauty values. Girls in today’s contests should not get so serious about the compe-tition. For example, after the Miss Universe selections were narrowed down to 15 girls, some of those eliminated ran from the stage crying and wail-ing, and one had to be chased down from behind. Others could not even stand up, and were revived with cold water, etc.




 1983, 25 years ago


The Calhoun Chronicle and its sister publication, The Grantsville News, are now, by official decision of the W.Va. Press Association, award winning newspapers. The Chronicle won two prizes and the News won one at the annual Better Newspapers Contest awards banquet on Friday, Aug. 19, at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.


Contest entries were limited to material that was published in 1982. Winners were selected in 18 categories. Entries were divided into groups according to the circulation of the newspaper.


 Judging of the more than 1,900 entries in this year’s competition was done by the Kentucky Press Association. The annual competition is held to promote improvement in the quality of West Virginia’s daily and weekly newspapers.


First place for best column went to Richard Knowles’ “The Chronicle Corner,” published periodically up to the time of his death in October, 1982. Third place in “Reporting of Local Governmental Affairs” was for coverage of the controversy surrounding Calhoun General Hospital. The Grantsville News won third place for “Best Sports Page or Section” category.


This is the first time either newspaper had been submitted for consideration.

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