25 Years Ago Officials Discuss Water Supply Proposal - Improvements to the town's water system are receiving considerable attention from Mount Airy's Board of Commissioners, and at Monday night's meeting several of the councilmen expressed different views on just what action the town should take in augmenting the municipality's supply. Most of the discussion revolved around developer Harold Skidmore's offer to deed over to the town a well on property he now holds an option on. The well, it is said, is capable of pumping up to 300 gallons of water per minute into the town's water supply. However at present, at least, the only thing the town has is Skidmore's "promise" of transfer of this well to the town, and in the absence of definite understanding of all of the terms and conditions which would be involved in the ceding of this well to the municipality, the councilmen are somewhat reluctant to move.
The Community Reporter, July 11, 1975
50 Years Ago Enrollment and Attendance of Carroll County Schools - The regular meeting of the Board of Education was held on Tuesday, July 11, 1950, with president Clyde L. Sesson presiding. The attention of the Board was called to the annual report of the enrollment and attendance of the Carroll county schools. Significant items in this report were as follows. During the 1949-50 school year 7,532 different children attended the schools in the county. Of this number 2,521 enrolled in the high school. 4,602 in the elementary school, and 124 in the colored high school, 285 in colored elementary schools. A total school population showed an increase of 285 pupils as compared with the 1948-49 report. Of this number 210 represented an increase in the white elementary schools. The report showed that the average attendance for the entire county was 93.5 percent, in 1950 as compared with 92.9 percent for the 1948-49 school year. The report indicated the existence of twenty active Parent Teacher Associations which held 145 meetings during the school year.
Democratic Advocate, July 14, 1950
100 Years Ago Between six and seven o'clock, Friday afternoon of last week, fire destroyed the carpenter shop and stable of Mr. Geo. T. Noel, on Fair Ground Hill, a short distance beyond the corporate limits of this city. The origin of the fire is not known. The dwelling was in considerable danger, but was saved by hard work. The Westminster Fire Department responded to an alarm caused by the fire, but Mr. Noel's premises were beyond the reach of the hose. Mr. Noel had an insurance of $300 on his furniture, part of which was stored in the shop and was destroyed. The building was insured for $150 and tools for $50, and the whole insurance will probably more than cover the loss, amounting altogether, it is said, to about $400 or $500. The stable was not insured. The insurance on shop, tools and furniture was placed by Mr. Chas. E. Goodwin.
American Sentinel, July 14, 1900