From the Feb. 8, 1925 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

- Classes were set to begin in the new $300,000 Athens high school building. Ground broke on this project back in August of 1923. The area’s junior high school would move to the space vacated by the high school in the central school building.

- The McGovern-Nelsonville Co. manufacturers of children’s shoes opened it new factory for public inspection. Roughly 3,000 individuals reportedly showed up to check the facilities out. This business location was expected to produce 1,000 pairs of shoes per day, and it had 65 workers.

- In sports, Nelsonville High School defeated Athens High School 20-18. Both the boys and girls teams of The Plains beat Vinton County’s Hamden teams, 16-5 for the girls and 22-16 for the boys. “Both games were slow and uninteresting,” The Messenger reported. The Plains girls were reportedly set back by the absence of Wilma Wallace, who was injured in their previous Lancaster family.

- In ads, new and used textbooks and school supplies were available at Logan’s Book and News Store, located on South Court Street.

From the Feb. 9, 1930 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

- As a part of a geography lesson at their school, third grade students Richard Bobo and John Ackley threw an ink bottle containing a message detailing life in their hometown of Athens into a river. Months later, the boys received a letter from two sisters from Mississippi, letting them know their bottle was found in Tunica.

- A Trimble man was arrested for a grand poultry heist... well, an attempted one. “The cackling of a hen in a sack he (the thief) was carrying caused the arrest,” The Messenger reported. In the sack were four chickens.

- In sports, Chauncey High School’s Blue Devils triumphed over Amesville 26-21. The Chauncey girls defeated Amesville 22-3.

From the Feb. 10, 1935 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

- Construction work on the Athens City Waterworks pumping station was nearing completion. This project was funded through a $16,000 federal grant from the Public Works Administration and a bond issue of $40,000 from the City of Athens.

- In sports, Nelsonville fell to Marietta, 36-13. Gliuster edged by New Concord, 26-25.

From the Feb. 11 1940 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

- A break in the main water line left most of the City of Athens without water or with lo water pressure for a day.

- In ads, “The Colonial” restaurant in Nelsonville offered boxes of Valentine’s Day candies from 25 cents to $3.

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