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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


The steamer Keystone State was sold Saturday at Pt. Pleasant by U.S. Commissioner Walter Summers to Pt. Pleasant Dock Co. for $12,000.


The boat was sold for debt, with Pt. Pleasant Dock Co. one of the heaviest creditors. The sum claimed by them was $9,000. Other creditors have put in claims, and the sum realized from the sale will go toward their liquidation.


Keystone State is among the best equipped packets in Ohio and the sum paid for it is understood to represent but a fraction of its value.


Wig Bickel lost his fine black mare at Creston last week from poisoning, presumably by eating bark off a wild cherry tree.



1960, 50 years ago

Calhoun County officials are making a determined effort to rid the county of diseased foxes, and with them the threat of further exposure of the people to rabies.


In their meeting here Tuesday afternoon, members of the county court made arrangements to pay a bounty of $3 per head on all foxes killed in the county. They also employed Luther Booher as dog warden in an effort to enforce the quarantine already imposed by the State Dept. of Agriculture.


Court members stressed that their actions in the matter were done as a safety factor for the benefit of the people, and were not meant to impose a hardship on anyone. They pointed out that the sooner the diseased animals were killed or died off, and stray dogs eliminated, the sooner the quarantine could be lifted.



 1985, 25 years ago

The last remaining physical vestiges of the bankrupt West Central Community Action Association were dispersed last Friday at an all-day auction at the West Fork Community Park at Arnoldsburg. The auction was ordered by Judge Ronald G. Pearson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of West Virginia.


Auctioneers were Staats and McCormick of Clendenin and the items they offered ranged from computers to office furniture, from a large carton of shiny plastic hard hats to a fleet of trucks.


The decision to file for bankruptcy was made this past summer by the board of directors of the 10-county agency when it became evident that financial mismanagement in the agency’s Parkersburg office could not be readily solved.


Although board president Carmine DeFeo, a resident of Wirt County, sought a reprieve from the Governor’s office relating to continuation of West Central’s programs, state and federal funds were withheld.


Additionally, such programs as nutrition and weatherization were turned over to Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council for administration. County agencies were closed and their staffs laid off. In a few instances, personnel were re-hired, but   the majority of employees remained on unemployment insurance.

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