It Happened...as reported in The Jackson Herald
50 Years Ago
• Residents were shoveling snow after a late-March snow fall.
• Jerry Harman was named manager at Big R Supermarket in Ripley.
• Carolyn Minney, Pat Ball, Shirley Ruben, Ida Springston, and Mare Mahone were the top winners in the Ripley Women's Bowling League.
• Ron Nuckles of Ripley, a member of the West Virginia University judo team, placed fourth in a state-wide judo competition.
• Nancy Hurt of Ripley was selected as a princess for he fourth annual Braxton Regatta Festival at Sutton Lake.
40 Years Ago
• Ripley High's freshman basketball team coached by Dan Barnette won its second consecutive LKC title led by David Chancey and Scott Cunningham.
• John Ray was named to the Jackson General board of directors.
• Jewell Shamblin was initiated into the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5501 in Ripley.
• Bob Bumgardner was employed as a deputy sheriff in Jackson County succeeding Bob Westfall who left the department to join the force in the plant production staff at Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood.
30 Years Ago
• Work was accelerated on the Ripley town bridge repairs due to traffic tie-ups.
• Ravenswood's SDR Plastics was planning to double its size.
• The County Commission approved a budget that had no funding for libraries, the health department, or the development authority.
• Extension Agent Sue Black left to take a job as Preventicare director at WVU.
• Jay Robinson of Ripley was named head pro at Lakeside Country Club in Laurens, South Carolina.
• Airman Jennifer Hudnall graduated from basic.
20 Years Ago
• Ripley senior Erica Anderson was selected as one of the top ten competitors at the annual Marshall University Academic Festival in Huntington.
• Keiah White of Sandyville was the winner in the Arnold Classic Gymnastic Challenge in Columbus, Ohio.
• Chris Monk of Kenna advanced to third-degree black belt in tae kwon do karate.
• Ashley Dean of Ravenswood Middle School and Jessica Anderson of Ripley Middle School were honored by Governor Bob Wise in Charleston for their art work.
10 Years Ago
• The Red Devils were state basketball champions after defeating Bluefield.
• Work was underway to repair a damaged flood gate at Woodrum Lake.
• Casie Waskey of Ripley High was WVIAC pitcher of the week.
• Pilot Club presented its third annual art show in the United Bank lobby.
• State HOSA winners from RJTC included Andrew Rowlett, April Weekley, Stormy Lunch, and Rachel Pate.
• Brandon Humphreys of Ravenswood Middle was recognized for his volunteer work.