2010-12-23 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of December 18, 1980
’80 The first accidental shooting of the hunting season in the county occurred around noon on Tuesday when 18-year-old Robert Skiles Jr. was hit in the hip by a pumpkin ball, shot by an unidentified hunter in the Meadow Ground Mountain area. The accident happened in an isolated area of Meadow Mountain, close to the waterfall and a few miles south of the lake, with no roads close enough for vehicular travel. His friends carried the injured man bodily, from the valley to the logging trail at the top of the ridge where they were met some distance along the trail by Sheriff Charles Waters, in a four-wheel drive vehicle. He was then driven to where the pipeline crosses the mountain, to an awaiting ambulance and crew and Dr. Russell C McLucas. He was given immediate medical emergency treatment by the physician while being transported to the Medical Center. He was later transferred to Washington County Hospital for definitive care and his condition was reported as stable.

Fulton County racing fans who have enjoyed the action at Hagerstown Speedway should enjoy it even more next season. Frank Plessinger, 38, local racing enthusiast and owner of P&W Excavating, has purchased a five-year lease to operate the Speedway and is planning to improve the track and upgrade the facilities.

Most employees at the McConnellsburg Sewing Plant on Lincoln Way West took an unexpected holiday on Monday. On Monday morning when workers arrived at the plant, the temperature inside was only 40 degrees. The workers balked at working in the cold and were told by management they could leave for an hour until the place warmed up. But an hour later the temperature was still only 44 degrees, one worker said, and most of the workers then left for the day.

Special at the IGA: Philadelphia cream cheese, 69 cents; kidney beans, 2 for $1; Heinz ketchup, 79 cents; Esskay Silver Label hams, $1.25 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hendershot of Big Cove Tannery on December 12; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Smith of Lemasters on December 9; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Place of Berkeley Springs on December 10.

Reta M. Watkins became the bride of Mont R. Chamberlain October 18 at the Church of Christ in Chambersburg. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Watkins of Hustontown and Mr. and Mrs. James Chamberlain of Mc- Connellsburg.

Deaths: Darrel E. Sipes, McConnellsburg; Arthur E. Swisher, Warfordsburg; Enza W. Williams, Big Cove Tannery; Thomas H. Woodal, Mercersburg.

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