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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago

A fine big son and heir made its arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Watt Stump early Friday morning. Watt’s smile is as broad as a barn door, and the youngster and Mrs. Stump are getting along nicely.


Prof. Bruce Ferrell and Miss Hattie Williams are teaching the best term of school we have ever had here.


Mrs. M.W. Hoskins of Arnoldsburg has been in poor health. She is an excellent lady, and we hope that her illness will be of short duration.


The May boys are cutting timber on Mud Lick. They have two saw sets completed and three more to out.


Assessor Bob Knotts of Frozen was looking after some business connected with his office. We are always glad to see him. He has many friends here who enjoy his visits.



1961, 50 years ago

Government has launched a court fight against 29 major oil firms, charging that the firms conspired to regulate oil and gasoline prices. While it will take the government several months to present its case, and then require some time for the 60 defense lawyers to unify and present their defense, a comment on the trial at this early stage is in order.


The government believes that during the Suez Canal crisis the oil firms jointly acted to raise the price of oil when there was plenty of oil and when there was no justification increases. The oil companies deny this, and say that there was not plenty of oil, and that they did not confer before making the price hike.


The trial is something of a farce, for the 29 major oil companies have a worth of several billion dollars, and do not stand to lose much if the governments contention is substantiated. Each company, if convicted, can be fined a maximum of $50,000. For a big oil company, $50,000 is a drop in the bucket. Anti-trust laws are as important as any of the laws on the books. They are designed to ensure competition and protect the consumer against giant business firms, which can--and sometimes do--gain a strangle-hold on prices, or on supply, and charge what they like. With a product such as oil, the Justice Dept. is morally obligated to keep a close watch.



 1986, 25 years ago

Various routine matters were disposed of quickly when the five-member board of education met at Minnora Elementary School. Prolonged discussion evolved on such themes as a preliminary budget that was “not worth the paper it’s printed on,” the salary range for the new position of director of curriculum and instruction, and concern about the poor showing of 11th grade students in the nationwide CTBS scores.


 Presentations were made by Minnora principal John Queen and teachers Patti Hicks and Betty Westfall on incentive awards programs at their school to show appreciation and praise for students doing outstanding work academically, athletically, or in citizenship and service.


When superintendent Ron Blankenship presented a preliminary budget to the board, he declared that “it was not worth the paper it was printed on” because the county still had not received any tax figures from the assessor, and that nobody had any idea what the final tax valuations might be. As a result, he had been forced to use whatever figures were presently available, but knew the figures had no relationship to reality.







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