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Scott County, Virginia
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Kingsport Times-News, December 29, 1957
Flood, Fire Highlight Scott News
GATE CITY. Va. -- Dec. 28-Rampaging flood waters, a roaring fire and demands for increased salaries for school teachers were the big stories in Scott County in 1957.
In addition, such minor items as a polluted water supply, the opening of a new post office and the election of municipal officers shared the spotlight briefly during the year.
During the latter part of January, flood waters draining from higher regions of Southwest Virginia forced Clinch River to jump its banks at Fort Blackmore and Clinchport. The muddy, swirling water charged through both towns routing residents from their homes and virtually submerging the area.
Both the Red Cross and the National Guard saw duly in the isolated towns before order was restored.
During the last week of February, a new post office replaced rented quarters in Gate City.
On March 7, Paul Collins was reappointed by the Board of Education for his second four year term as Superintendent of Scott County’s schools.
A Citizens Committee on March 30, ask County Supervisors to disapprove a $1,000,000 school budget or give the teachers a pay raise. The budget was approved.
On June 12, Mayors E. B. Elliott and O. R. Bellamy were returned to office respectively at Gate City and Weber City. Mayor Otto B. Dingus was elected at Dungannon.
A raid by state and county authorities netted three men in connection with illegal gambling on July 26.
An early morning fire swept through old Shoemaker School at Gate City on November 21 virtually leveling the ancient structure as firemen helplessly stood by. The historic 60-year-old building had, during its lifetime housed a college, a high school and most recently an elementary school.
As the year draws to a close, plans are underway to replace the burned building with a new and modern school.
That briefly was the news picture in Scott County during the past 12 months.