2012-02-02 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of February 4, 1982


A tractor-trailer, descending the west side of Scrub Ridge on Saturday gained too much speed in the descent and the brakes failed to function on a curve. The rig crossed the road, struck the guardrails on the south berm and snapped off an electric pole. Part of the rig and the load of lumber ran down a 20-foot embankment, and the trailer came to rest blocking the eastbound lane. The driver escaped injury, but there was $10,000 damage to the rig, $1,000 damage to the guardrails and $150 to the pole.

Unemployment hit what could be a record high of 18 percent in Fulton County in December, mainly due to a big jump, also a possible record, in the number of people in the labor force.

Roy J. Mathias, 93, of Burnt Cabins, suffered smoke inhalation in a fire which destroyed his home early last Wednesday morning. He remains a patient in Fulton County Medical Center, where he was taken after being rescued by his son-in-law, local physician Dr. James E. Witt. Dr. and Mrs. Witt, who stay with the elderly invalid, who is confined to a wheelchair, were awakened at about 2:20 a.m. by the smell of smoke. Rushing to his father-in-law’s bedroom on the first floor from their bedroom on the second floor, Dr. Witt was able to get him out of the burning home and to a neighbor’s home. The three escaped with only the clothes they were wearing.

Kevin Hann, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Hann of McConnellsburg, remains a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital and improving satisfactorily following a kidney transplant there on November 17.

The Little Duke Restaurant opened Saturday under new management. Pat and Vicki Kelso, who run the adjacent Little Duchess Restaurant, are the new managers.

Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Carmack of Chambersburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Rhonda Carmack, to Kent Horton, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Horton, St. Thomas. The two were married December 5 in Chambersburg.

Specials at the IGA: yams, 39 cents lb.; Pepsi, $1.69, six pack; lettuce, 59 cents a head; Dove bath soap, 59 cents; Kraft Miracle Whip, 99 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Foster Earley Jr., Mc- Connellsburg, January 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Iden of Hancock on January 27.

Deaths: Mrs. Betty Hine, Harrisonville; Mildred Walker, Mount Union; Mildred A. Hockenberry, Shade Gap; Sgt. Douglas Hightower, McConnellsburg.

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