A new river gauge is being constructed by the federal department
of agriculture at the south end of the Grantsville bridge. It will consist of a
concrete tower extending from below the low water mark to the level of the
bridge where a recording mechanism will register the height of the water.
The reading will be telephoned to weather bureau headquarters in
Parkersburg daily. Four men, Everett Hartshorn, Billy Linville, Elias Yoak, and
a foreman from Pittsburgh, will be employed on the job for several weeks.
The very latest in fire alarm systems is in use at Calhoun High
School. It is an Edwards automatic fire alarm system, with seven stations
scattered throughout the buildings. It is completely automatic and has an
emergency battery power supply in case of electric power failure.
In a fire drill conducted at the school, all 575 students and
teachers were out of the building in one minute and 50 seconds, in what was
described as a very orderly fire drill. While outside, each teacher made a roll
check to see that all pupils are accounted for. Principal Roy J. Stump
complimented the pupils and teachers for their efficiency in the drill.
After an alarm bell is set off, a signal in the school office
indicates which station sent in the alarm. The bell continues to ring until it
is turned off in the control section. Should there be a power failure, a 20 volt
battery system goes into effect and will automatically take over all functions
of the system.
The school was inspected by the state fire marshal about two
weeks ago, and was found to be in good condition. Only a few minor
recommendations were made to school authorities, and Stump said that some had
already been corrected.