Out Of The Past

50 Years Ago

Feb. 4, 1970

Needy families in the Rockbridge area had the opportunity to apply for the Federal Food Stamp Program starting March 1. The Lexington City Welfare Department was in charge of administering the area-wide program.

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Edward F. Parcha of Roanoke was appointed the executive director of the newly formed Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission.

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“Greetings,” a film the New York Post called “An overground sex-protest film,” was playing at the Lyric Cinema. Not surprisingly, it was rated X.

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Minnesota Twins outfielder Charlie Manuel, a Buena Vista native, was speaker at the Lexington Rotary Club meeting.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 8, 1995

Lexington resident Fontaine McKemy looked out his window to find hundreds of robins in the trees in his yard. A couple hours later they were gone.

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Buena Vista native Charlie Manuel was inducted into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame before a large crowd at the Salem Civic Center. The crowd included members of Manuel’s family and friends from Buena Vista. At the time, Manuel was serving as hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians.

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The Best Western Inn at Hunt Ridge opened on Va. 39 near the Virginia Horse Center. The hotel has 100 guest rooms, an indoor/outdoor pool, meeting rooms and a restaurant and lounge.

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