Blast from the past

January 17, 2007

Week of Jan. 13, 1957

One of the most unique shows probably in the history of art last week netted $8 for the Washington County Red Cross Chapter's Hungarian Relief fund.

The art show, at a minimal fee of $.25 per person, was staged by the youngsters at St. Jude's for their friends. The show came at the urging of 13-year-old Virginia Boschert, a dancing student at St. Jude's, who last Tuesday explained to the younger students in her dance class the plight of the Hungarian people and the plight of the local Red Cross in obtaining money to meet the needs of these European heroes.

Just three days later, on last Friday afternoon, the resourceful and energetic youngsters, most of them of preschool age, brought to St. Jude's some 60 of their friends and a delightful display of posters depicting the Red Cross in action.


Although the stated price of the show was a quarter, many of the children came only with a few pennies, all of which added up to $8. The money will be formally presented to the Red Cross headquarters this morning by the children.

Week of Jan. 10, 1982

The overall crime rate was up by 3 percent in Washington County during the first nine months of 1981, compared with the same period the year before, state police statistics show.

There was a sharp drop in robberies, with 33 reported in 1981 compared to 55 the year before. Other violent crimes were up, however. There were 11 reported rapes, compared to 8 in 1980. Aggravated assaults increased from 172 to 181 while the number of murders held steady at two.

Statewide, murders increased by 11 percent and robberies by 21 percent during the period. Total reported crimes increased by 3 percent, from 206,018 to 211,418.

The total number of crimes reported in Washington County was 2,946 in 1981 and 2,863 the year before.

Property crimes were down in Washington County with the exception of larcenies and thefts. Crimes in that category rose from 1,702 to 1,861. Motor vehicle thefts declined from 118 to 92 and the number of break-ins decreased from 806 to 766.

An abandoned school building in rural Berkeley County may be renovated for use as a juvenile detention center if the County Commissioners can work out a way to lease the structure from the school department.

The commissioners discussed their plan at a meeting yesterday morning with representatives of the Berkeley County Juvenile Justice Committee. They refused to say where the building was located or what agency controlled its use, but school officials later in the day confirmed that the proposed site was the former Jones Spring Elementary School, located on County Route Seven, midway between W.Va. 9 and Glengary. The school was closed about 10 years ago.

Commissioner Robert L. Burkhart said it would cost "about $50,000" to transform the building into a 10-bed center to hold delinquents. The structure is one story and of brick and wood design, school officials said.

- Compiled by Josh Hughes

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