100 Years Ago — July 1919
Notwithstanding the fact that much farm work was calling for immediate attention, and that the mercury registered over 100 degrees, a large crowd assembled here last Friday to help the returned soldier boys celebrate the Fourth. The country people brought baskets of lunch along with them, and dispensed the good things among the boys. The parade in the morning was composed of the Romney band, veterans of the war of 1861-1865 in automobiles, soldiers of the world war in khaki, decorated floats and automobiles and historic characters in costume. The floats were very pretty and the young ladies and children occupying them looked very sweet, indeed.
50 Years Ago — July 1969
AUGUSTA – Rev. and Mrs. Gary Edwards left Monday for New York, where they will board a jet for a tour of the Holy Land and other places of interest in Europe. The fireworks at the Capon Springs Summer Resort Friday night were beautiful.
SPRINGFIELD – Mrs. Pearlie Heavener, who is under the care of a doctor, is staying at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Delphia Hartman, for the present time.
Dale Iman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Iman, who is in the Air Force, is home on leave now.
Billy and Brian Patton are spending the week with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Fields.
40 Years Ago — July 1979
Helicopter flights over this area are being scheduled by the Potomac Edison Company as part of their power line maintenance program and PE’s Division Manager J.W. Lancaster has asked that local residents not be alarmed by the copters since the flights are routine ones.
Mrs. Rose Saville and Mrs. Helen Moreland, of Romney; Mrs. Ruth Bosley, Cumberland; and Mrs. Carolyn Rinker, of Short Gap, have returned from a week’s vacation in Hawaii. The ladies are sisters.
GRASSY LICK – Mr. and Mrs. Canvy Smith of Tearcoat Road attended a birthday dinner in Winchester Sunday in honor of the 80th birthday of her sister, Gertrude Haines, whose birthday is July 4. Nine of her children were present and most of her in-laws.
30 Years Ago — July 1989
Romney Rescue Squad member Jan Brookfield was recently certified as an emergency medical technician critical care by the State of West Virginia. Brookfield, who along with one other West Virginian is the first in the state to become an EMT-CC, is now qualified to administer advanced cardiac care with the ability to defibrillate a person’s heart in the field.
Norma Lee Clise, a lifelong resident of Hampshire County and a 30-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, received the oath of office for the presidency of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of West Virginia, during formal ceremonies at the 67th Annual Departmental Convention, July 7-9, in Barboursville.
Mrs. Delphia Hartman of Springfield and Gary Hartman and Jamey of Gerrardstown went to Shinnston to see the Miss West Virginia Pageant which her granddaughter, Tamra Lee Hartman, was in Saturday night.
20 Years Ago — July 1999
Firefighters from at least 14 companies spent much of last weekend fighting a brush fire that destroyed 76 acres near Romney. The fire broke out around 9:30 a.m. Friday behind the Wappacoma Trailer Park off Route 28 north of Romney.
West Virginia’s poultry farms are not the primary cause of water pollution in two Eastern Panhandle rivers, said a Department of Agriculture report released Monday. The state’s poultry industry is concentrated in the region and a 1997 state report blamed runoff from poultry farms for elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria, nitrogen and other pollutants. Yet, the 2,300 samples taken in the watersheds between July 1998 and last month suggest humans, wildlife and feedlots may be the leading pollution sources.
10 Years Ago — July 2009
CAPON BRIDGE — The sound of jazz echoed throughout the community of Capon Bridge Saturday as the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra (MJO) lit up the night. The free event, attended by a crowd of 250-300 people, was sponsored by “Bluemont 2009 Summer” and the Hampshire County Parks and Recreation Department. Held on stage at the Capon Bridge Fire Hall Pavilion, the MJO entertained the crowd with songs from the big band era, as well as the tunes of Broadway. The concert was a cooperative effort to provide the area with high quality entertainment.
ROMNEY — The Lil’ Rascals daycare center along Main Street will be more than a place for kids to wait to be picked up. “This is more of a learning center. Every night when they go home they’ll go with something new they learned that day,”