Stonewall Jackson High School drafting students (from left) Billy Kelley, 17, Charles Cunningham Jr., 18, Stephen Becher, 18, and Bill Lewis, 17, review plans for their scale model of the New River Gorge Bridge. The four are making the bridge as a class project and have been working on it si…

First-hand knowledge of the metric system is being gained by South Charleston High students who have posters scattered about school to remind them of kilometers, centimeters and the like. LEFT: Student Karen Harrah pauses below a speed limit sign. RIGHT: Students Brasil Hamrick (left) and Ch…

First-hand knowledge of the metric system is being gained by South Charleston High students who have posters scattered about school to remind them of kilometers, centimeters and the like. Students Brasil Hamrick (left) and Chip Ellis stop for a height-measuring exercise. Jan. 16, 1976 photo …

The Charleston Fire Department began issuing $34,300 worth of new fire-fighting apparel, which is said to make the firemen’s work safer and more effective. Fireman Marvin High (left) models the new coat with lime fluorescent strips to increase visibility and Gary McClure wears one of the dep…

A group of quiet demonstrators who said their only link was friendship and concern for the embassy hostages being held in Iran, solicited about signatures in front of the Kanawha County Public Library. The group planned to collect signatures and turn them over to Gov. Jay Rockefeller to pass…

Construction was underway in late 1967 in the Charleston National Bank Plaza, which is now Chase Bank. A parking garage for the building will be under Summers Street. The stone building in the background is the old Charleston Jobs Corps building. Nov. 18, 1967 photo.

All the pageantry of a gubernatorial inauguration was accented by bright sunshine when Arch Moore Jr. took the oath of office as West Virginia’s 28th governor. Between 4,000 and 5,000 people turned out in the chilly weather to watch as Moore was sworn in on the Capitol steps. Afterwards, a t…

A new year is just that for Gregory Alan Lyall who was Charleston’s first baby of 1968. He was born at 12:37 a.m., Jan. 1, 1968 at Kanawha Valley Hospital. Today he plans to celebrate that year-one birthday by having dinner downtown with his mother, Iris Lyall of Corton. She is clerk-typist …

Charleston appears ready for any winter weather that might lay ahead. City Manager Vincent Reishman, Mayor Elmer Dodson and Street Commissioner E.A. McCoy view the three salt trucks recently purchased by the City. Jan. 2, 1969 photo by Ray Wheeler.

Wow, look what Santa brought! Not much snow, but enough for Kevin Struthers, 2, to try out his new sled with an assist from his 6-year-old sister, Anne, who shows him a handful of the white stuff. They are the children of Dr. and Mrs. George Struthers of Churchill Drive. Dec. 26, 1968 photo …

The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River in Point Pleasant was built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint. On Dec. 15, 1967, the bridge collapsed under the weight of rush-hour traffic, resulting in the deaths of 46 people. This undated photo shows the toll house, looking towa…

Ups and downs of ice skating were learned first hand by Charleston High School 10th graders who spent their physical education class time on a field trip to the ice rink at the Civic Center. The students were accompanied by teacher Charles Thom, Frances Anderson and Barbara Angelo. Rink mana…

These scenes yesterday at the Charleston Post Office will be repeated today as the flow of Christmas mail and packages touches another high peak. Mail cancellations yesterday touched 500,000 and may exceed that total by a few thousand today. While the office hasn’t experienced the one day pe…

Planes line up in the early 70’s at Kanawha Airport. The airport was renamed Yeager Airport in 1985 after retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the Lincoln County native who broke the sound barrier 1947. The airport was later renamed again in 2021 — West Virginia International Yeager Airport. Pho…

Holiday season shoppers traditionally make the day after Thanksgiving the biggest buying day of the year. Retailers at Charleston Town Center watched the crowds growing, hoping this day would be no exception. November 1986 photo.

Frank Veltri and Kelly Carlile talk in the lobby of the Holly Hotel. Though Veltri died in 2001, he left behind an endowment fund to ensure Thanksgiving dinners continued in the years after his death. Photo by Craig Cunningham

Contractors prepare for pouring concrete on the new Washington Street bridge across the Elk River. Steel was erected earlier by Bates and Rogers Construction Corp. for the $1.1 million span. The old bridge had been struck by a barge and partly collapsed on Sept. 14, 1971. Nov. 2, 1973 photo …

You’ll shoot your eye out! Playing on top of the armored vehicle at the National Guard Armory are (from left) Anthony Hill, 10; Todd Crutchfield, 7; Barry Crutchfield, 10; John Hill, 6; and Andrew Hill, 10, twin brother to Anthony. June 7, 1973.

Wishing on a star is out with the teen-age crowd. Instead, they’re tied with a fad called tagging. It works this way — a high school sophomore is approached by another sophomore and agrees to have a string or piece of yarn tied around either wrist. The student doing the tying must have a “ta…

Nell Wiant (left) shows Richard Harper from Kyle Elementary how to hold his violin correctly. Watching (left to right) are David Palmer from Montgomery Elementary; William Van der Hoeven from Montrose Elementary; and Mary Tu from South Charleston Junior High. The youngsters are participating…

Maxine Graff, RT, (seated) gives three high school students a sneak preview of a magna-scanner, one of the newer tools used to detect tumors and other conditions which cannot be picked up in routine X-rays. Students (from left to right) are, Amos Workman, Joyce Westfall and Anne Harrington. …

David Rastle (left) and John Hackney will be ready for small game season in West Virginia when it opens for bow hunters. The two live near Coonskin Park and were practicing recently. A bow hunting fan since 1949, Hackney taught Rastle the sport and both men plan to go hunt the wilds of Pendl…

A flea market at Spencer’s Black Walnut Festival attracted this couple who strolled among the displays of a variety of articles. Some of the visitors said this was the first time the festival had featured a flea market. Glassware, lamps and other items were offered for sale. Oct. 11, 1973 ph…

Visitors to the Black Walnut Festival in Spencer inspect some of the gourds on display. The 2022 West Virginia Black Walnut Festival ends this afternoon, and will feature a craft show until 2 p.m., a morning 5K run/walk, a car show from 1-4 p.m., and gospel sing from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 11, 1973 p…

H.L. Yonker, who will be 92 the day before Christmas, is shown with her postage stamp quilt that won the three top prizes offered in that class at the State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg. There are 56 blocks across and eight up and down. Each block is composed of 85 postage-stamp sized …

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., is shown in a light moment during the 43rd annual Putnam County Homecoming. In his address, Byrd told the crowd that Americans have grown too dependent on government and that the “something for nothing” syndrome is a threat to freedom. Afterward, he picked up hi…

John Tinney and son, Jack, of Lower Chester Road check out one of Charleston’s three-year-old emergency call boxes. The 127 emergency boxes are located throughout downtown streets, at schools and hazardous areas where crime or traffic accidents occur frequently and have proven to be an inval…

National Record Mart, a Pittsburgh-based retail chain that is launching an expansion into West Virginia, opened its 40th store in the country in the Capitol Street building formerly occupied by Zales Jewelry. Elaine McKulka, who was with the company’s Uniontown, Pa., site will manage the new…

Some of the 213 players from 39 West Virginia high schools are seen here competing in the sixth annual high school chess tournament in Charleston High School’s cafeteria. For the fourth straight year, George Washington High School was the winner in the state-wide event, sponsored by the West…

In a game dominated by boys, Kathy Allison of Huntington is seen pondering her next move in the annual high school chess tournament. The state-wide event, sponsored by the West Virginia Chess Association, attracted 213 players from 39 West Virginia high schools. March 9, 1974 photo by Lew Raines.

Herbert Hoover High School’s marching band performs during the 26th Annual Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette Festival. The Huskies had a good night, coming in third place in the Grand Champions category. An estimated crowd of 11,000 came out on a near-perfect fall night to watch the band p…

Bobbi Coleman, 17, a Charleston High School senior, is hoisted up by members of the school’s marching band after being named Miss Majorette of 1972. Bobbi was chosen from among 129 majorettes from Kanawha County’s 11 high schools during the 26th Annual Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette Fes…

The Chessie System’s exhibition train is giving rides during the fifth annual Sternwheel Regatta. The photo shows the train turning off Capitol Street onto Lee Way in Charleston. Graziano’s Pizza, seen in the background, is still operating today. Aug. 26, 1976. Photo by Earl Benton.

The Chessie System’s exhibition train is giving free rides on downtown Charleston streets during the fifth annual Sternwheel Regatta. The photo shows several persons who are preparing to enjoy a trip. Aug. 26, 1976. Photo by Earl Benton.

Part of the fifth annual Charleston Sternwheel Regatta is the Gateway Clipper, a 400-passenger excursion boat from Pittsburgh. The boat is shown as it arrived at the city levee. A two- to three-hour ride on the vessel was priced from $1 to $3.50 per person. Aug. 27, 1975 photo by Earl Benton.

Charleston Parks and Recreation workers (from left) Richard Buzzard, Dick Davidson, David Workman, Greg Harrison and David Barker set up bleachers on Magic Island in preparation for the Regatta volleyball tournament that will be played on the soft, sandy beach. Aug. 25, 1988 photo by Larry Pierce.

Breaking a world record is not an easy job. The Shoney’s Big Boy helps members of Boy Scout Troop 30 as they go about to break the world’s shoe shine record. The scouts polished 1,100 pairs of shoes in less than six hours to set a record to be documented in the Guinness Book of World Records…

The Charleston Distance Run is not a one-man operation by any means. Race chairman Don Cohen estimates that around 500 volunteers will help with the race. Examining a computer printout of the runners’ names are (from left) Bob Tate and Mary Ann Batten of the city’s data processing office and…

Angry coal miners march up Virginia Street toward UMW District 17’s headquarters on Kanawha Boulevard. The miners were protesting management’s use of court injunctions to get striking miners back to work. Streets in Charleston were blocked when they appeared at the office of the Kanawha Coal…

America’s most famous chef, Julia Child, signs a book while at breakfast with her husband, Paul. The couple have made their first visit to West Virginia while on a tour of the country. Originally, Child was scheduled to do only one lecture and demonstration at the Diamond Department Store in…

Rock fans gather at Oakes Field in South Charleston for “The Sunshine Music Festival,” sponsored by the Charleston Council for Drug Information. Five area bands provided continuous music from 1 to 11 p.m. on a canopied bandstand at the edge of the field’s 50-yard line. Groups performing incl…