Monday, August 06, 2012
Looking back: Aug. 6, 2012
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1987 (25 years ago)
n"The Kroger Co. intends to buy the Lakeside Amusement Park site in Salem and build a 52,340-square-foot 'superstore' in a portion of the property."
n"After coming close to several bench-clearing brawls in the past few weeks, the Salem Buccaneers finally got in their licks Tuesday night as they literally fought their way past Winston-Salem 18-8."
n"The Special Olympics basketball team representing the Roanoke Valley took the title of world champions Friday at the International Summer Special Olympics Games."
n"An alien force has landed at Sixth and Florida streets in Salem. â? The only thing that's dead at Municipal Field these days is the new sod in foul territory. The Buccaneers are dominating the Carolina League's second-half season and the turnstiles don't need oil anymore."
nWSLS TV celebrated its 35th anniversary. It was Roanoke's first television station.
n"An Iowa-based company [Foot Levelers Inc.] that makes medically prescribed innersoles and other health-care products will build a manufacturing and research plant in Roanoke that will initially employ 30 to 40 workers."
1962 (50 years ago)
n"If the secretaries in City Hall sit up a little straighter and seem just a little better-looking these days, it is the conscious result of a concentrated 'charm clinic' which over 70 city employes attended weekly during July."
n"The new outdoor swimming pool at the Hotel Roanoke was formally opened Tuesday afternoon by Miss Virginia of 1962, Patricia Gaulding of Richmond."
n"Air surveillance radar was born Tuesday at Woodrum Airport and pleased Federal Aviation Agency officials promptly applauded the costly infant's first steps."
n"Plans were formed Tuesday for a swimming team at the new Castle Rock Swim and Tennis Club."
n"A plan for relocation and widening of Elm Avenue through the southern edge of Elmwood Park with the new Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley acquiring the present right-of-way was approved Wednesday by the City Planning Commission."
n"Work on the seven all-brick ticket booths now being constructed at Victory Stadium will be completed by the Aug. 25 Baltimore-Dallas professional football game."
n"Roanoke may get some federal assistance in setting up its Transportation Center and Railroad Museum in Wasena Park."
n"Viewers often get more than news of the weather on WDBJ-TV's informal ofttimes folksy weather show as presided over by Hal Grant."
1937 (75 years ago)
n"A mammoth musical festival put on by the city recreation department will be presented at Highland park on the night of August 20."
n"Story book playing enabled Bush-Hancock, defending champions, to turn back the mighty Cinder Blocks 2 to 1 at Wasena park yesterday afternoon in the first of a five-game series for the championship of the city 'A' softball league."
n"The lack of thrill matter in yesterday's city-county tennis matches at Wasena was merely the soft pedal prelude to the first rising crescendo today - the presentation of all four quarterfinals in the men's division, along with opening of competition among the more admired sex and five boy's arguments."
n"Agricultural conditions in counties surrounding Roanoke are good, crops are in good condition and farmers are displaying fine morale."
n"The Imperial quartet, which was organized in the local [Norfolk and Western] shops back in 1925, is now composed of Alexander Terrell, Felix Barbour, T.W. Macklin and George Saunders. Under the sponsorship of Homer Rodeheaver, the quartet has appeared in New York and Chicago, broadcasting over a national hookup and making a number of phonograph records."
n"Lakeside amusement park yesterday became the rendezvous of more than 3,000 employes of the Craddock-Terry Shoe company who held an all-day picnic, highlighted with a bathing beauty contest, a band concert, and amusement devices."
n"Gloria Downing, new sensation of local colored tennis circles, won the women's colored singles championship yesterday at Washington park by defeating Mrs. J.L. Beane, defending champion, 6-2, 6-1."
n"Hoot Gibson, one of Hollywood's greatest stars, rides again - not on the silver screen, but actually in person with the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus, which comes to Roanoke for two performance on Friday at Maher Field."
1912 (100 years ago)
n"Great preparations are being made for the entertainment of the visiting firemen of the state who will be in Roanoke for the last three days of August."
n"A disorderly house was pulled last night by the police on Salem avenue just west of the Blue Ridge Overalls company. A regular row was in progress, and the people in the vicinity could not sleep."
n"An inquiry at the office of the Norfolk and Western today brought out the interesting fact that the company is expending $1,500,000 in Roanoke for cars and engines rather than spend it in some other city."
n"Inability to hit in the pinches caused Roanoke's downfall yesterday at the hands of Heinie Busch and his Champions from Petersburg, who won their fifth successive victory from Pressly's men."
n"The Roanoke Gas Light Company on last evening installed the first of the series of street lighting columns which it proposes to use in making Henry street a great white way at night."
n"There never was a season when finer vegetables of every description were so plentiful and of such excellent quality as are found daily on the Roanoke market."
n"Tomato packers in this section are experiencing some trouble in securing cans for the annual tomato pack."
n"The Virginia Can Company has closed negotiations for a new tin can factory at Roanoke."