60 years ago...
From the Feb. 11, 1960 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:
- A Puritan man whose coal truck was struck by a B&O freight train on Route 75 escaped the crash with minor injuries.
- Orville Hutt was appointed to the Vinton County election board by then Secretary of State Ted. W. Brown. Harold Wortman was also re-appointed to a board position.
- In sports, Hamden dropped its first league game in a loss to McArthur. The Engineers had already sewed up the Vinton County league, but the defeat was “a blow to their hopes of a perfect season,” the Democrat-Enquirer reported. Red Salts scored 27 points for Hamden.
- In ads, Gill Chevrolet sold a 1957 Mercury two-door for $1,495.
50 years ago...
From the Feb. 12, 1970 edition of the McArthur Democrat-Enquirer:
- This edition was the publication’s “Progress” special edition, highlighting all of the developments in the county in the past year. Notably, the Vinton County airport was given $50,000 from the Vinton County commissioners to fund the installation of lighting equipment.
- In ads, Brenner’s Grocery in McArthur sold ground beef for 69 cents per pound.
40 years ago...
From the Feb. 13, 1980 edition of the Vinton County Courier:
- Over 700 students were absent from schools in Vinton County due to an outbreak of the flu. The schools in the district shut down for a few days as a result.
- The Vinton County commissioners declared 1980 “The Year of the Schools.” “The spiritual and material support of an educational system is the moral obligation of all segments of our society at the local and state level,” their proclamation read.
- In sports, the seventh and eighth grade girls teams finished first in their basketball league that season. They faced off with teams like Athens, Logan and Gallipolis during a twelve-game season.
- In ads, the Vinton Theatre played “Prize Fighter” with Don Knotts and Tim Conway.