25 Years Ago
* What, after all, happens to the hijackers who have been taking over planes at gunpoint and diverting them to Cuba? This is a question which has been perplexing thousands of outraged Americans who resent this threat to their travel safety in the skies. Now we know what has happened to at least one of them. . . . U.S. District Court Judge Albert Henderson, sitting on the federal bench at Newman, Ga., has sentenced convicted
hijacker Lorenzo Edward Ervin, Jr., of Chattanooga, Tenn., to life imprisonment on two counts of aircraft hijacking. . . . A federal jury convicted him of kidnapping and air piracy, but declined to recommend the death sentence. Judge Henderson gave him the next most severe penalty -- life imprisonment -- which will give him ample time to relect over his rash act. -- editorial, Community Reporter, July 10, 1970.
50 Years Ago
* For the second consecutive year, three plants of the B. F. Shriver Co. of Westminster, have received the nation's top honor for wartime food processors and are the first in the state to receive this recognition, according to Miles S. Baldridge, district representative for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Supply. He announced that the coveted "star" award has been won by plants of this concern located in Westminster, New Windsor and Littlestown, Pa. The award means that a white star will be added to the "A" Achievement flag which now flies over the honored plants. Government survey revealed that each plant had increased its production during the past year even though in the case of the Littlestown plant 15 percent less labor was available; two of the plants increased the percentage of output available to the government. -- Democratic Advocate, July 6, 1945.