Out Of The Past

50 Years Ago

Feb. 18, 1970

The president of the medical staff at Stonewall Jackson Hospital asked that some modifications be made to the visitor policy during cold and flu season. Under the new restrictions, only immediate family would be permitted to visit patients and visitors with active respiratory infections would be turned away.

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“A short, paunchy Pied Piper of a commonwealth’s attorney” is how Erwin “Shad” Solomon was described in a news story about a crisis in state funding for local schools. Solomon was “a persuasive spokesman for causes,” particularly the underfunded schools in Bath County.

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A front page story on tremendous sales on Washington’s birthday urged people to come downtown and shop as “hundreds of valuable items” were being offered at “truly unbelievable” prices.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 22, 1995

Virginia Military Institute honored the memory of Jonathan Daniels, a 1961 graduate who was killed in Hayneville, Ala., while trying to shield a young girl from a bullet during the Civil Rights era. The young girl, Ruby Sales, now a grown woman, was present for the ceremony at Jackson Memorial Hall.

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Washington and Lee University’s board of trustees was looking at a change in the housing policy that would require all sophomores to live on campus beginning in the fall of 1996.

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Georgia Bonded Fibers in Buena Vista laid off 13 workers. The president and CEO of the company insisted that the layoffs were not indicative of financial troubles and that they were part of a company-wide cost-cutting measure.

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