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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 29, 2015, Bluefield, West Virginia Celebrating the big game and the �?T65 West Virginia a a aah champs Pmj a Quot Al vhf a a a / was talking with or. Beckett about the 65 state title team and so impressed. As he the list he pointed out numbers hypes ant pos on isl by seeing the names. Bluefield the area has enjoyed Many claims to Fame Over the years from its unique location As a rail Yard and retail Hub for the great Pocahontas coalfields to the unique a lemonade Days originated by the late h. Edward a a Eddie Steele. Many would argue and rightfully so that one of the most hallowed traditions involves the annual football game Between the two local High schools. Depending upon ones immediate location this is either referred to As the a Beaver Grahame or a Graham Beaver contest. Not Only Are the two teams separated by just a couple of Miles but also by state lines. The students at either school usually have known each other since childhood and so this idea of a bragging rights is virtually absolute not Only among the children but also the general Public mommies and daddies who work Side by Side with the a a other Side. For 90 years this contest has dominated the headlines in the daily Telegraph local radio and television broadcasts and Community conversation. Merrill gainer on the Bluefield Side and Lawrence a Bur Rheade Bradley for Graham. Glynn Carlock coached for both. John Chmara and Fred Simon for the beavers. State championship coaches All. Bluefield High has often won with 65 wins in the series As outlined by Tom Bone in fridays sports Section. Having taught at both schools i can Tell you the school spirit is out of sight during this week every year. Sometimes that spirit goes beyond the Norm but usually All is just Good clean rivalry fun. Highways Are painted and signs Are made. For 90 percent of the fans it is a War on the Field for about two hours and that is the end of it. Even the great american rivalry series has noticed this amazing Battle Between two terrific schools. No matter who wins both institutions have much to be proud of through the years and each has made some great moments on Friday nights. A True Golden gathering met the beavers in the school Media Center Friday afternoon before the big Pep rally. Principal Mike Collins assistant Anna Lilly and assistant Don Jones were on hand to Greet Many of the members of the 1965 state championship team. Half a Century ago this incredible team won la straight including a 13-0 Triumph Over Dunbar for the a a aah title. Those players who also were recognized at Mitchell stadium prior to the game included Ron Phelps Jim Justice Tom Woodward Dick Ward Mike Spradlin Benny Disibbio Butch Poe John Wright Doug Romano John Beckett Bill Mccue Ron Goodwin Jim Beckett Mark Arrington Clyde Hutchinson Sam Lambert Dave Spracher Phillip Arrington Rick Harman Bill Spracher Bruce Sizemore John Patteson Pat Magann and Gary Lawson. Managers Don Johnston and Bob land were also recognized. That team was coached by gainer with Carlock and Chmara As assistants. All three have passed away. However coach Ralph Crandall is still living and he was recognized along with former assistant principal and bus coach George Erps. Living legends is an appropriate term for that group from end to end. The late great Al. A a stubby Currence was no doubt looking Down from his Long time Perch in the Mitchell stadium press Box and smiling Over his trusty pipe As his old team once again took its place on the turf a artificial now a at the great event. A John Beckett son of John Beckett was a great player for the �?T65 champs and an assistant coach for the �?T75 winners. He accepted a plaque on behalf of the family. That includes Brothers Jim �?T65 and �?T67joey �?T75and Levi 09as Well As Jeff who played from 1979-81 but somehow missed a title. Or. John Beckett a i Call him a is a Well respected business Man Here in town and i am proud to Call him a Friend. He and his wife Becky Are Loyal fans of the beavers As Well As staunch supporters of the Bluefield College rams. They both know their sports and Are former faculty members of their Alma mater Bluefield High school. Becky also taught at Pocahontas and at Graham. She has a Host of friends from All those schools too. I was talking with or. Beckett about the �?T65 state title team and so impressed. As he looked Down the list he pointed out numbers and positions just by seeing the names. What a memory. Speaking of memories a can you imagine the memories those players have to share on a team that won la games by an average of More than 27 Points allowed just 19 Points All season and had a first string defense that gave up a single touchdown in four months eight shutouts and a recognition from a National Magazine for being the no. 2 defense in the nation. Did i remember All that no. Give credit to another number no. 35, co Captain Jim Justice for sharing those Golden numbers. Larry hypes a daily Telegraph columnist is a Bluefield High school teacher. Ifa efm pols Randy Mooney publisher new editor. Andy Patton sports Woodson Samantha Perry editor senior Archer asst managing editor Charles Owens a these things i have spoken to you that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation but be of Good cheer i have overcome the world. A John 16 33 a Jav Jimmy former president the soft spoken older Man in the Gray suit had taught Bible classes before. He had led a scripture class As a midshipman at Annapolis and then on a submarine As an officer in the Navy. He taught the Bible As a Farmer and he even conducted 15 classes at Washington a first Baptist Church when he lived in the White House. When Jimmy Carter sauntered up to the microphone last week at his Hometown Baptist Church in Plains ga., it was the 689th Tine the former president taught the Bible there. This session would be different however. This was the first time that Carter 90, would teach scripture since disclosing last week that a deadly cancer Melanoma had spread from his liver to his brain. People camped out overnight to get a seat for this class. Some drove hundreds of Miles. About 460 listeners packed the Sanctuary and the Church set up an overflow room. Later Carter taught a second class at the nearby High school for 250 More and dozens were still turned away. What his listeners heard a and what millions of americans got a glimpse of last week a was inspiration. And Grace. They saw a quiet courage As Carter dealt publicly with the kind of news that can be devastating for a person or family to process. They saw Carter draw on his Faith in god to carry him through. Carter told them a any time we can just Bow our Heads and say a god in a really troubled. I ask you to give me the strength to Bear whatever is on my shoulders and to Bear whatever comes to it was an act of sharing the common human Bond of powerlessness Carter draws upon Faith a a a he taught the Bible As a Farmer and he even conducted 15 classes at Washington s first Baptist Church when he lived in the White House. When faced with mortality. Carter has modelled a Calm acceptance perhaps conveying a sense of peace to people who desperately need it. Carters Post presidency has been one of indefatigable Public service from building houses for the poor to fighting disease in Africa and monitoring elections and human rights abroad. A lifelong Democrat Carter is known for a sunny disposition that Hasni to kept him from occasionally scolding a Republican or others he a disagreed with. Some of his admirers Are willing to leave politics aside. One to reporter interviewed Tyler Knierim 19, of Terre haute ind., who drove 650 Miles to hear the Bible taught by someone known for living out his Christian calling of love and care for others. To a conservative but his values from the Day he was born until now make him a wonderful person a can quoted Knierim As saying. Carter has had radiation treatment and began a drug regimen for his brain cancer. Ifs a disease he May not beat but May Well be Able to live with for some time to come. We join those americans who Hope that Carters work is not yet done. The Dallas morning news distributed by Tribune Content Agency Lix. Letters. Where is the uproar Over abortion i do not believe in the mistreatment of animals. There is an uproar when they Are not taken care of. God put them Here for our Benefit. Where is the uproar for the unborn babies. Thousands and thousands Are aborted every Day because of greed. Read Isaiah 10 1 a woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees and that grievous Ness which they have shame on us As a nation that have shed innocent blood. I love my country where All lives should be precious and we As christians can Pray and change things for our nation. Ii chronicles 7 14. Sandra Bish Princeton write to us. The daily Telegraph will publish letters on matters of Public interest. Letters must contain the signature address and phone number of the writer to be considered for publication Send your opinion about a Public Issue by email by mail letters to the editor Bluefield daily Telegraph to. Box 1599 Bluefield we 24701 by a signed fax 304 327-6179 Carter redefined sex presidency a j j the answer from the Man who has redefined America s sex presidency was As urgent Martin of it was unassuming. Schram Jimmy Carter who has always been most at Home in the Backway tens of the world was determined to come Home to his own after a hard weeks groundwork As president elect of the United states. So he was not about to let a Little thing like a South Georgia mix of fog and rain Stop him. While the travelling press corps following him was being prudently bussed from Atlanta Down to Plains ga., Carter had opted to get Home faster aboard a Small twin engine plane accompanied by just a couple of aides and a Pilot. Now approaching what the instruments assured was Plains the Pilot dropped lower and lower listening to his radio for guidance to the grass Airstrip Carters press corps liked to Call Plains International Airport. The voice of Plains air traffic control one Guy in a Shack beside the grass strip could be heard Over the radio. He had stretched his microphone Cord so he could stand outside in the rain and peer through the fog toward the treetops he really see but he had his Good ears so he could guide the president elect a Pilot Home. His voice could be clearly heard on the radio saying things like a i can to see you but i can hear you. Sounds like you need to be Over just a bit to your left. A Little More. A Little More. That sounds about and to the plane touched Down safely rolled to a Stop and americans president elect got into a waiting car and headed Down the Road to his weekend at Home. A Plains has always been a Haven for us a Carter observed a Mere 38 unpretentious but extraordinarily eventful years later at per haps the largest and most globally watched press conference head convened in a Long time. It was aug. 20 and Carter was calmly conscientiously and even at times humorously announcing he has cancer that has spread beyond his liver to four Small spots in his brain. He detailed How it will be treated and explained he was ready for whatever was to be. Then he took questions which of course led him to reflect upon his exceptional life. Carter really was some thing of a late Bloomer. Carters greatest legacy will be that he redefined by example and accomplish ment the sex presidency of the United states. He is proud of his rather Early accomplishments becoming Georgia a governor then americans presi Dent and forging the historic peace that has lasted Between the Middle East a warring neighbors Egypt and Israel. Yet it was after returning Home to Plains that Carter embarked on global efforts that really brought him his greatest satisfaction. He created the Carter Center an institution he shaped and folded to be a driving Force for achieving peace and combating poverty and promoting humanity. There is a common trait that was the key to Carters greatest achievements in his sex presidency his Carter Center and the most illustrious achievement of his presidency the Israel Egypt peace Accord. Carter pursued both goals without any pre scripting or Assur Ance that Success could be achieved and seemingly without concern for How he looked to outsiders or How head look in history if his efforts failed. Carter pursued his goals doggedly. As an sex president he monitored elections in dangerous places and pursued health and House construction in backwaters famous figures rarely visit. He just rolled up his sleeves and got to work. His Carter centers global Effort has almost eradicated the horrible but overlooked disease caused by Guinea Worms. In 1986, the disease spread through drinking water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae affect cd 3.5 million victims each year in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. In 2014, the world had a Mere 126 cases. Watching Carters aug. 20 press conference we help but be struck by the jarring contrast Between Carters exemplary words and those we be endured for months As politicians preened and Peacocke across our screens pursuing a presidency Jimmy Carter remembers most fondly As having enabled him to help his Carter centers work succeed. Jimmy Carters last wish the answer from the Man who has redefined americans sex presidency was As urgent As it was unassuming a a in a like the last Guinea worm to die before i Martin Schram an oped columnist for Tribune news service. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency Lac

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