The following reports are taken from
The Calhoun Chronicle archives:
Col. A.J. Ott, well-known ex-Confederate soldier of this place,
some time ago took up the matter of securing a pension for George W. Lyons, the
blind son of the late W.W. Lyons, who was an ex-Union veteran, and placed it in
the hands of Congressman Woodyard in order to have Congress to pass a special
act for his relief.
Woodyard informed Ott by letter, dated last Saturday, that he
had secured the passage of the measure through the Lower House, and that it had
been passed up to the Senate where Sen. Scott now has the matter in hand. It
seems that “Blind George” will get the relief he deserves, and the real credit
for securing it will belong to an old ex-Rebel.
Watt Stump is working on Cabot’s factory at Creston. We
understand he will move his family there soon.
After going through one snow storm after another, the point has
arrived where the word “snow” is almost an unmentionable dirty word--everyone
being sick and tired of it.
It turns out, there is one use for it after all. It has brought
out works of some Good Samaritans who ordinarily go about their way in a very
One person who has done some thoughtful deeds is Jim Bell of Grantsville. He
is very adept at tractor and bulldozer work. He has gone several times to
Calhoun General Hospital and donated his time clearing off driveways and parking
Due to bad weather, county schools have been forced to close
more days than is normal.
According to superintendent of schools Ron Blankenship, eight
days of instruction were missed so far, leaving the county school system short
of the state required 178 days of instruction, and with a budget of 200 paid
days per year for teachers, makeup will be difficult indeed.
The plan is to convert
four non-instructional days in the school calendar to pupil instruction. These
days, set aside for teachers and administrators to handle other school related
matters, would still leave a deficit of two days instruction.
Blankenship will bring before board members this plan of
conversion, which would set the closing date for school as either June 7 or 11,
depending on where and how scheduling changes are made.
The two-day shortfall on state requirements will still remain,
due to a lack of money.