The following reports are taken from
The Calhoun Chronicle archives:
To the editor, Calhoun Chronicle.
It seems that the press of this state has taken delight in the
publication of a report concerning myself being implicated in the manufacture
and sale of Moonshine whiskey. I want to say that the report is without
foundation and was manufactured by some of Satan’s Hell-Hounds who had not the
courage to tell the truth, but will sneak behind the government to do their
Hellish dirty work or have the government officials to believe that someone is
violating the revenue laws. It seems that the press is not as ready to vindicate
a man when the court says he is not guilty as they are to condemn him. I
appeared before the U.S. Commissioners at Sutton and not one of those infernal
imps appeared. The government officials exhausted every source of information
they could find and could not even prove a suspicion. I defy the world to prove
by truthful witnesses that I ever sold a drop of whiskey outside the regular
drug line usually sold in grocery stores. I never seen a still; could not
describe one and do not want to see one. I am opposed to the use of spirituous
liquors in any form. I verily believe that the traffic in liquor to be an
illegitimate business. If my friends and my own people will consider for one
moment they would know that it would ruin my business, ruin my reputation as a
law abiding citizen, and lower me to the same level as the drunkard. Sincerely,
One of the biggest timbering jobs in Calhoun has been started in
the Bee Creek section. Covering a very large tract of land, it is expected that
it will take eight years to cut, bringing with it a boost to the economy.
Hughart Stump of Apple Farm bought a tract of about 1,299 acres
from the estate of the late A. Hardman. Estimates have been made by timber men
that it will contain some seven million feet of timber, and some estimates have
placed this at an even higher figure. Stump said that he had spent eight days
going over the tract and had yet to see nearly all of it.
The large tract has not been cut for more than 50 years. It
contains all kinds of timber, both hard and soft woods. The tract is almost
three miles long, and runs from Joker ridge to the Little Kanawha River. Stump
said that he was undecided as to what the tract would be used for once the
timber of useable size had been cut, but he is considering, among others,
turning part of it into a game preserve.
West Virginia anglers caught five state record fish in 1984,
according to the State Wildlife Resources Division.
Four record golden trout were caught during March. The first
record was reported by Wayne Maynard of Huntington, a 4.8 lb., 22.5 from the
South Branch of the Potomac River. A 5.31 lb., 21.5 inch was landed from the
North Fork of the South Branch by Phillip Moreland of Ridgeley.
Stanley A. Simmons of Upper Tract reported a 5.5 lb., 21.5 inch
he had caught from the South Branch. Eric Wheeler of Cherry Grove caught a 5.56
lb., 22 inch from the Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County.
Rickey A. Baire of Charleston landed a 48.5 inch, 14.56 lb.
longnose gar from the Kanawha River in Kanawha County on Aug. 5, surpassing the
length record set in 1975.