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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

Robert H. Mollohan, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Mollohan, has been notified of his appointment as a deputy collector of Walter Thurmond of Parkersburg.


Young Mollohan has resided in Glenville, where he was engaged in business, for several years. He has many friends here who will be glad to learn of his preferment and who will vouch for his reliability and fitness for his job.

Mollohan will have charge of collection of income taxes and other federal customs in a district of counties in the central part of the state, one of which is Calhoun.



  1958, 50 years ago

Science will be emphasized during the current year at Calhoun High School. Principal Roy J. Stump’s application for participation in the Traveling High School Science Library program has been accepted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and 200 outstanding, evaluated, up-to-date “best seller” type books in the sciences and mathematics will circulate to the school library from Washington.


All branches of science will be covered and the reading level will range from books the brilliant junior high student will find interesting, to some that will give the outstanding high school senior a taste of advanced work. The collection lists for more than $1,000.


The idea for this experimental program, aimed at interesting more students in scientific and technical careers, originated with the National Science Foundation, an agency of the federal government.



 1983, 25 years ago


Although very few official actions were taken at the monthly meeting of the Calhoun County commission, commissioners were looking ahead to the reopening of the county jail.


 Last year, when the county jail was closed by court order, the main obstacles to keeping it open were the requirements that there be round-the-clock surveillance of prisoners and a program for feeding prisoners.


Since then, Calhoun County’s prisoners have been boarded at the Gilmer County jail at a $35-a-day cost for room and board, along with transportation costs paid by Calhoun whenever prisoners had to be transported back to Grantsville for court appear-ances and similar hearings.


At the Commission meeting, it appeared that the county was ready to consider reopening the county jail. Commissioners instructed county clerk Richard Stalnaker to talk with Judge George M. Scott about the arrangements.


According to commission president David Barr, Calhoun General Hospital’s nutritionist is ready to supervise the preparation of meals for county pri-soners. The hospital cafeteria can provide the needed hot meals.


As for round-the-clock surveillance, the county now has available people who have taken special courses in training for such police work, and they are ready to go to work whenever the jail can be reopened.

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