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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

More than five tons of salt bacon furnished by the federal government for distribution among the needy on the R.F.C. rolls arrived in Grantsville on Wednesday.


The shipment consisted of sides and bellies, the choicer portions of the pigs having been diverted before reaching this place.


Just why the workers of Calhoun County have to subsist on backs and bellies, while more favored sections wallow in spare-ribs and sausage, is not clear. Who ever heard of R.F.C. officials eating salt bellies?



 1958, 50 years ago

It is surprising how many Americans take no regular exercise. This may not sound too alarming, but think of this condition in relation to a piece of machinery, or automobile, or anything like the body with moving parts.


If machinery is left idle, or an automobile is not driven, the moving parts grow stiff or unworkable, and the same is true with the body. If you work at a desk, as many of us do, and never do much more than drive an automobile to the office or home, your body is being mistreated.


Your muscles, heart, lungs and other working parts of the body require some use, some exercise if they are to remain workable and in good condition. Exercise builds up muscles and enables the body to throw off waste and to function properly.


One health expert estimates that those who take regular exercise add as much as 10 years to their lives. They keep down body weight, keep muscles and body posture in proper harmony and, through use, maintain properly functioning organs. If you would feel better, look better and work better, and in addition add years to your life--why not take exercise regularly? Do you?



 1983, 25 years ago

County commissioners gave preliminary approval to the initiation of a treatment program for alcoholics. They told Sandy Webb of the Western District Guidance Center that a room would be available in the former jailer’s residence in Grantsville for a facility where the treat-ment program could operate.


Webb reviewed recent changes in West Virginia law that require medical counseling and treatment rather than jail terms for habitual inebriates. With the new focus on counseling and education, the Western District staff needs a place in Calhoun County where persons picked up for public inebriation can be placed until they sober up.


At most, said Webb, inebriates would have to be held for 24 hours. Once they were sober, the staff counselors could begin working with them. Violet drunks would not be handled in this program, she said, but for the others a magistrate’s order would be needed to refer them to the rehabilitation center.


It was emphasized that there would not be any new out-of-pocket expenses to the county. With space and some furnishings provided by the county in the jailer’s residence, salaries and operating expenses would come out of the Western District budget for the treatment pro-gram.

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