OUT OF THE PAST

50 Years Ago

Feb. 17, 1971

Dr. Charles F. Phillips Jr., 36, a professor of economics at Washington and Lee University and member of Lexington City Council, announced his candidacy for mayor of Lexington.

Walter Johnson, an employee at Lees Carpets, obtained a patent for a device he invented that facilitated the sewing of binding on carpet.

White Front Super Market advertized a sale on Falstaff Beef, 99 cents for a six pack.

The Rev. John H. Burns and his family moved into the parsonage of the Collierstown Baptist Church.

20 Years Ago

Feb. 21, 2001

Lexington became the second locality in the state to endorse a moratorium on executions in Virginia.

Following a rave review published in the Wall Street Journal, Cocoa Mill Chocolate Co. experienced a serious uptick in sales and had to shut down for two days to keep up with the demand for its chocolate.

Students at Rockbridge County High School who arrived at school wearing their seatbelts were rewarded with cans of soda by deputies with the Rockbridge Sheriff’s Department. The free drinks were part of a week-long campaign to raise awareness on the importance of buckling up while driving.

Longtime NASCAR driver and Rockbridge Baths resident Rick Mast reflected on the sudden death of seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. “There’s a void now,” Mast said. “There’s nobody out there like Earnhardt.”

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