Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

December 5, 2008

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Pershing Rohrer, a Cumberland native and one-time sports reporter for the Cumberland Evening and Sunday Times, recently celebrated his 90th birthday — by going to his newspaper job in Ohio.

Rohrer is still working for the Record-Courier in Ravenna, Ohio. Although he retired as a full-time journalist in 1989, he continues writing bowling and golf news for the paper.

While in Cumberland, Rohrer worked as a sports reporter with the late J. Suter Kegg before being hired at the Ohio paper in 1952. Jim Day, retired sports editor for the Cumberland Evening and Sunday Times, said that when he first began working at the Times-News in 1951, Rohrer had already departed. “But Suter talked about him a lot. He must have been quite a guy,” Day said.

Incidentally, Rohrer was born on Nov. 11, 1918, the day World War I ended. Rohrer was named after General John J. Pershing, who at the time was the Commander of the United States Expeditionary Force in France....

Cumberland’s downtown maintenance personnel do a nice job of keeping the area clear of cigarette butts. However, butts pile up in other well-traveled parts of the city.

In Charleston, W.Va., city officials are dealing with the same problem. But they are taking an aggressive approach. A new ordinance calls for a fine up $50 to $500 for anyone littering the city with cigarette butts...

Seen on the Internet — More Mostly Useless Facts:

• A horse can look forward with one eye and back with the other.

• Facetious, abstemious and aresenious contain all the vowels in the correct order.

• “Obsession” is the most popular boat name.

• There is approximately one chicken for every human being in the world.

• The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

• The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Jan Alderton is managing editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Contact Jan Alderton at

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