Coalwood miners of the Olga Coal Company have discovered what's being called the blackest, softest, purest coal we've ever seen here. This deserves some congratulations, men! Their hard work is shown by men like Homer Hickam, who worked even with and after having colon cancer. We thank him for his dedication even after he went through with the operation to remove a part of his intestine, which he was unlikely to survive but luckily did.
Also, to all the young boys who like to jump into the full coal carts from the School Bridge, please be careful. We've had a few carts that took boys with them when the trains stop moving again. The boys have to jump out of the moving train- after complaints from a few mothers, we strongly advise that these boys be more careful.
Good morning citizens of Coalwood,
Some of you may have been wondering what all the ruckus
was the other night. If you have not yet heard, it is rumored that Sonny and some other of the neighborhood boys built a rocket. One witness even called it a " beautiful and glorious sight." (pg.37) But it had not been the rocket that went up, instead the garden fence they launched it off, had burst into flames! Will these boys create more rockets, and will it lead to disaster? Homer H Hickam states that he does not stand for this boyish nonsense, and hopes his son will soon see the reality of his future.
Though many people were under the impression that Russia could not fly a satellite over the U.S. they were proved wrong tonight, as the orbiter was spotted in the sky, floating against the luminous stars. Though many looked an saw the satellite, very few were truly interested in its significance. Only one boy, Sonny Hickman seemed to be genuinely interested in the object. After spotting the satellite, instead of turning away and continuing with life, proceeded to stare at the sky for several hours.
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Despite injuries, setbacks, and the retirement of our superintendent, Olga Coal Company is pleased to announce we are currently operating at our highest production rate so far. We expect our production will continue to grow as we discover more coal deposits and develop more men like our new leader of the mine Homer Hickham.
On a similar note, in order to maintain these levels of productivity, we ask that the children of coalwood do not interfere with the miners nor their coal carts.
Our coal miners have apparently found the softest, blackest, purist coal anyone has ever seen. You would think this was a time for celebration but workers tell us that there was no celebration. Their hard work was paid off because of the leadership shown by Homer Hickman. Before his great discovery he was dealing with colon cancer and had an operation done just a month before. We can definitely say that this man has made our town proud because of his discovery and bravery in this discovery.
This just in there r three boys running around like maniacs with a bow and arrows. Their targets are single miners returning from their long day of work in the mines.
They r wearing chicken feathers in their hair, have berry juice on their faces and call themselves the coalhicans.
If u have any news on these boys please contact us at the secret witness hotline
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Miners have recently found the purest, softest, and blackest coal they have ever seen. This is quite a great accomplishment for our miners here in Coalwood because it has been a while since they have found such great coal. They have put in a lot of work and they have achieved a lot. This is for all of the hard working miners out there that mine everyday for us.
Just last night, Russia's satellite Sputnik flew directly over our town of Coalwood. Most people watched the astounding sight from their backyards. Many have said that Russia has no right to fly over America, speculating that they have cameras to spy on us, or bombs to destroy us. We've heard complaints around the town that our President shouldn't allow this to be happening.
America itself was supposed to have an aircraft like Sputnik in space, before the Russians got there. Schools across West Virginia are now dedicating themselves to academic excellence, we cannot let the Russians but us in any other race, or outsmart us by any means. Parents, please encourage your children to stay disciplined and focus on school, for the sake of our future.
Speaking of future, rumors of Russia sending a live creature into space are circling. We will keep Coalwood updated.
This just in our miners of Coal wood have just discovered what has said to be the softest, blackest, and purest coal ever discovered in the history of Coal Wood! This major discovery will benefit both Coal wood and the people within, we thank our brave and persistent miners who helped make this monumental discovery possible.
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It is a monumental time in the fascinating world of technological advances. Coalwood Daily News has received word that the USSR is planning on launching a satellite into space. If all goes to plan for the soviets, this will mark a key step in human progress. It is planned for this satellite to orbit the earth and serve as a basis for future orbital research in the Soviet state.
It is also likely that scientists of our own country are not far behind the Soviets in their orbital pursuits and an equivalent American satellite can be expected soon.
Coalwood Daily News has not confirmed the name of this satellite nor its expected launch date.
On this day Russia has successfully launched a satellite into space called "Sputnik." Russia proved us wrong as we thought we would be the first to launch a satellite into space. This crazy news is pushing the Americans to get a satellite in space as well. Many people were able to see the Sputnik up in the stars, and has even inspired on boy named Sonny. He was inspired by the satellite and decided to try to build a rocket. As many people saw the incident, it did not go as planned. Instead of the rocket shooting up, the fence went up in flames. It caused a look of chaos to him and everyone around him.
Today, the Olga Coal Company has discovered some very good quality coal! This can improve this towns economic structure greatly! It is refreshing to see some good things happen in this town as we have had some drawbacks.
Moving on to news a little bit more international, most all of us have realized the recent events regarding the space race. Sputnik 1 has successfully launched their first satellite, and even a few of our citizens have been able to watch it orbit over Coalwood!
In light of these recent events, there has been some controversy over Russia's intentions and capabilities, but we assure you that as long as Coalwood is safe, then we are safe!
If anyone happened to hear a loud crashing noise late last night near the Hickam household, we have been notified that It was Homer "Sonny" Hickam, son of big Coal man Homer Hickam, who attempted to launch a rocket. Perhaps one day he will make a successful model!
Breaking news!!! Last night, son of Homer Hickam, who is the supervisor of there Olga Coal Company, attempted to create a rocket with his friends and launch it themselves. The boy, Homer Hickam Jr., also known as Sonny, was in charge of the event. Using a flashlight as the body of a rocket and cherry bomb fireworks to launch it into the air, the boys set it off last night. A witness of the event called it "a beautiful and glorious sight." Unfortunately, it was not the rocket itself that had such a successful flight. Rather, the rose garden fence, a prized spectacle of Sonny's mother Elsie, went flying into the black night, on flames. We have yet to see what will happen to Sonny and his advisers, but we can't expect anything promising for the trouble-makers. Despite this, we congratulate them for working on the world's recent scientific advancement, rockets!
Speaking of rockets, it has been confirmed that Russia has gotten a dog, Laika, into space successfully. This is a huge accomplishment, one that most think America should have achieved.
This just in a miner waiting for a ride at the gas station claims that as he sat there waiting he spotted a large spark behind the house of Homer Hickam. He explains how it erupted into flames and was sent soaring through the air, he claims that it sounded like God himself had clapped his hands just across the street across him. As he had recovered from the situation he noticed that the Hickam's fence had been set a blaze and that he spotted a few young boys bolt from the yard. At the moment we still aren't sure of who started the explosion but will return to the subject later.
Sputnik Flies over Coalwood!
Yesterday night as the Sputnik flew over Coalwood, citizens had mixed reactions. Some were apathetic, others unhappy that Russia beat America to send a satellite into orbit, but some were inspired to build rockets of their own. A young man named Sonny talked to us about his ambitions for the future after seeing Sputnik.
"I'm going to build a rocket of my own. A real one, someday." he says. "Sputnik isn't bad for America. It just means we have to get going, that's all. So I'm going to be the one to do it."
Coalwood Daily encourages children to learn from Sonny's attitude and help us in defeating the Russians in the Space Race.
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Reports have confirmed that the object visible in the sky late last night is the Soviet satellite named Sputnik. What this accomplishment means for the Soviet Union and The United States alike remains unknown. Some speculate that an American equivalent of Sputnik is in the works though on the world stage it is hardly an accomplishment to be the second nation to orbit a satellite around the earth.
The next logical step in our technological race with the Soviet Union is to become the first nation to put a living organism or even a person in space. Let us hope our national pride can be reaffirmed.
Boy Blows Up Fence in Failed Rocket Test!
Sony, son of Homer, blew up his own fence when him and his friends tried to test there own homemade rocket after seeing the Sputnik. There just isn't anything left of his mothers fence. How he managed to blow up such a big and heavy duty fence, no one knows, but we doubt he will be trying anything like that anytime soon.
Backyard Explosion Causes Chaos
A young boy attempted to fly a model rocket in his backyard yesterday night, causing an explosion that inflicted serious damages upon a garden fence and the surrounding area. A witness reported seeing "several young boys fleeing the scene of the crime." For those who haven't already heard by word of mouth, there is no risk and this was not an attack. "Just a harmless mistake," said the boy's father. "Although I don't have time for this kind of foolishness. He's always been a problem child."
The fence that Sonny and his friends sent into flames has been completely demolished- no news yet on whether the boys will receive a punishment of some sort for their actions. Luckily, due to the way word passes so quickly in this town, we know that no one was permanently or severely harmed by the unfortunate explosion. The boys who participated in this with Sonny are still unidentified.
Also, there's been rumor of some trouble last night with the air vents in the mine. Supposedly, Homer Hickam was up almost the entire night with his crew trying to handle a problem in the mines. We will keep you updated on this situation.
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Sputnik Satellite causes outrage across Coaltown and the nation.
After the news of the Soviet satellite Sputnik's successful launch and orbit, Coaltown residents have expressed their outrage that the communist nation can beat our great nation into space. Some speculate that Sputnik is actually a stolen American satellite while others blame the inferior American education system.
It has not been confirmed whether or not this satellite carried imaging technology to spy on America or weapons systems.
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LONG TIME MINER HAS NEARLY FATAL ACCIDENT
Dedicated miner "Poppy" Hickam is in the infirmary as of now. Just mere hours ago, in a devastating accident, a mine cart got loose of its restraints and came screaming down the mine, gaining momentum at every turn. Poppy was working on a specific part of the western half of the mine with his crew when the cart whizzed into him, running him over and cutting off both of his legs at the hip! Docotrs don't know whether he'll survive or not. His son is with him now waiting anxiously with the doctors as the rest of the town prays for Mr. Hickam's recovery.
Coalwood Daily, Issue Date Oct 5, 1957
RUSSIAN SPIES IN THE SKIES
Early this Saturday morning, it was confirmed that Russian scientists have launched the first space craft in history! Called a satellite, this craft is said to orbit the earth and take pictures to gather intel. It is said that it will orbit over America! What does this mean? Are they searching for our military bases to bomb, or are they looking for something else, even more secret. Whatever it is, the US government is not taking this well as we were supposed to have launched our own satellite as of by now this year. What does this mean for America and will Russia use this intel for their own means?
High School Team Wins Again
Our local high school has won yet another football game, this one against a team from Northern Virginia. Jim Hickam was the star of the game and is being praised for his outstanding playing ability. Hickam is extremely popular at his school, both with teachers and students.
"That boy will be headed to college for little or nothing with that skill," said his coach.
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Yesterday the Russian satellite, Sputnik passed over our town. It was quite an amazing sight that won't be forgotten. It could be seen for a little less than a minute, but it was a very amazing minute. Now with these sightings of Sputnik more people are wanting to know when America will send their own satellite into space. Nobody is quite sure, but many people are saying that it will be soon.
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Sputnik's successful launch and orbit brings questions about American education system.
After the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, many american schools have begun to question themselves. Many have found that they pale in comparison to their Russian counterparts especially in the fields of math and science. Most schools are now placing an emphasis on these fields to catch up to the Soviets and show our country's superiority.
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I'm sure everyone in Coalwood heard the loud blast last night. It came from the Hickam's house and that sound that we all heard came from a rocket that a few kids built. We heard that it destroyed the Hickam's garden fence and the sound that it made could have been heard from miles around. We don't know how these kids built this rocket or what it looked like, but we do know that it will not be forgotten.
Pretty sure everyone saw the Russian Sputnik 1 fly across our beloved city of Coalwood, what a horrifying sight!! This is leaving much controversy. What are the Russian intentions? Do they plan to use the satellite to spy on us? Is this war? So many questions! In the course of future events, we'll find out!
In light of these events, several reactions have occurred. We all know the famous Hickam family. Homer Hickam, head of the Coal industry, Jim Hickam, star football player, and academic achiever, destined for great things, Elsie, beautiful wife. Then there is Sonny. The one who caused all of the commotion with his failed rocket. As we've all suspected, that boy is trouble. Will he really be able to create a rocket? We've heard talk of overhearing Elsie believing in him to get him to college, this is a slim chance.
Homer Hickam Promoted Again!
Homer Hickam, who has been working in mining for about 15 years, has just been promoted again. "There was a spot to fill after a man passed away due to an unfortunate accident," Hickam said. "I hope to continue contributing to the industry as best as I can. My first priority is feeding my family, so of course this promotion comes as good news." The Hickam family will be moving into a larger house on first street. "It's all quite exciting," Hickam says.
CRASH! BOOM! BANG! There goes the Hickams flower garden! It has been reported that "Sonny" (Son of Homer Hickam, experienced and well known mine worker) has just attempted to build a rocket! In light of the recent Sputnik rocket launch, this group of boys wanted to test out rocketry themselves. This test flight did not got as planned, instead of heading for the stars, this rocket headed straight from the fence. A close-by neighbor reported "I heard a loud cracking noise and went outside to see what the commotion was, turns out, it was Elsies garden!" But Sonny isn't stopping there, sources have told us he is still planning on building a functioning rocket. One that will take him straight out of Coalwood.
Sonny Hickman son of Homer Hickman attempted to build a rocket with his friends! The rocket was supposed to fly into the sky but ended up going straight through the family's fence. The rocket created a loud noise heard all around Coalwood and was more like a bomb than a rocket. Hopefully Sonny and his friends will not try to do this again!
Homer Hickam Sr. and his team found a huge depot of coal. It has to be the darkest and softest coal that anyone has seen or touched! This coal is bound to bring a good amount of money to the workers who manage to get that coal.
America just got a slap to the face! The US and USSR have been racing to send satellites and rockets ever since the cold war started, but the russians just scored he first point! Last night Sputnik, the first artificial satellite on earth, was lauched by the USSR not US!
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Launch of Soviet satellite overshadowed by football game.
Despite the public outcry after the Soviet satellite Sputnik was successfully launched into orbit around the earth, many people have already returned to their usual concern in life, football. Some don't see the point in worrying about a hunk of metal flying through space and others believe the only way to prevent the soviet fear is to maintain their usual way of life.
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Concerns over Soviet involvement in foreign proxy wars. After such incidents like the Greek Civil war and the Berlin blockade, experts are questioning what the launch of Sputnik could mean in future wars.
Some say that Soviet intelligence could be aided by a camera satellite, potentially giving away enemy troop movements over a large area, as well as providing a method for orbital bombardment on enemy positions. This could mean easier Soviet victories in future conflicts.
On this December day of 1957, the U.S. made an attempt to put a satellite into orbit up in space. This satellite was named the Vanguard. As seen by many families on TV, the Vanguard made it 3 feet off of the launch pad before it blew up. Needless to say, the entire country is not only disappointed, but also worried at whats this means for future America. People are saying that America must work to become an actual competitor in the space race, else Russia will dominate in a vast land we can't even comprehend yet. Our lack of technological advances signify that Russia is a more superior country. This is very worrying.
Yesterday superintendent Hickam's son and his friend's blew up Mrs. Hickam's garden fence. They were attempting to make a rocket, but instead made a bomb. Still, their initiative is a good sign if we are to ever beat the Russians.
Recently, the United States attempted to launch a satellite to orbit in space. As many families saw from the comfort of their homes, the rocket made it about three feet off of the ground before exploding. This worrying news has shocked people all throughout America. Does this signify that the technological advancements made by the USSR are too great for the United States to top? Launched a few months ago, the Sputnik was a very successful achievement for the USSR. The fact that the US has been unable to send a satellite similar to sputnik into orbit is worrying and concerning. This may pose numerous dangers to citizens of the US if we are unable to find the answer to the question that many Americans are facing today: What is the secret to getting something into space?
Due to how much our mines are producing, too much for the steel company, Mr. Hickam, the superintendent of the coal company, has had to lay off a few men these past few months. Twenty-five men, approximately, were cut. This Thanksgiving and Christmas, donate to these families who can no longer support themselves. For this first time, children in Coalwood are in need of clothing and food. Any support is good enough.
In other news, Homer Hickam and the rest of the Football Fathers started a law suit because the Big Creek high school team was disqualified from playing in the championships. This didn't go in their favor and they will not be able to play in the championship game.
Just the other day nearly the whole town of coalwood, when they came to see a fire just near the mines? Is the mine on fire? Why, it was a burning fence. Why was the fence on fire (one might ask)? After being inspired by the recent Russian rocket launch, the son of Homer Sr. (Homer Jr) built a prototype rocket, which was indeed a prototype. In attempt of launching the prototype, the rocket exploded! Then catching fire and burning the family home's fence!
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Local boy destroys fence in failed rocket launch.
Homer Jr. and his friends were found to have caused the loud bang yesterday night. Initial reports conflicted with some suggesting a Soviet attack and others suggesting an explosion in a ventilation shaft. Coalwood Daily News has now confirmed that it was in fact just a failed rocket launch.
An independent witness stated that it was a "glorious sight" after seeing the rocket and burning fence fly into the night sky.
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It has been rumored that Sonny Hickam is going to build another rocket. If you didn't already know, Sonny Hickam was the one that built a rocket a few days ago with his friends that destroyed his mothers garden fence. Now he wants to build another one that is going to be a lot better. Nobody really knows how he is going to do it, but we do hope that it doesn't leave quite as much damage as the last one.
Breaking News! A few weeks ago the coal wood football team filed a law suite in order to take part in the champion ship game. And as many has suspected coalwood lost the fight. The team claimed that they should be apart of the championship game, because they had won every other game. But is this fair to the other teams? Most oppose the team for making such a fuss over a game. What do you think?
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Coaltown in uproar after high school football controversy.
The so called 'football fathers' have been left in a tremendous uproar after their undefeated high school football team was declared ineligible to compete in the state championships after they played too many against Virginia schools.
One father in particular brought the case to court, though it was quickly dismissed.
The "rocket boys," led by Sonny Hickam, are continuing to pursue creating rockets and testing them. Going under the club name of the BCMA, the Big Creek Missile Agency, the boys were using a slack dump as a place to launch their rockets off. Unfortunately, the boys chose a launch pad far too close to the Coalwood mine.. One of their rockets, named the Auk IV, flew all the way down to the mine, taking a chunk of brick from the office and landing near the railroads. We don't know how his father will react, but there were men from the Ohio steel company visiting and it's rumored that the rockets were made from the mining company's materials, perhaps stolen. This could cause trouble for these young wannabe rocket scientists.
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There has been some rumors about Mr. Dubonnet and Homer Hickam getting into a fight yesterday night outside of Hickam's house. Nobody is quite sure what about, but we assume it has to do with the mine. It is also been heard that Hickam has a spot in his lungs. His lungs have been sounding really bad and he might have to retire sometime soon, but we all know that we won't be doing that anytime soon.
Sonny Hickman and his friends, now nicknamed "Rocket Boys" have continued to attempt at rocket building. They have tried 4 rockets, and all have failed. The fourth one flew all the way down to the railroads before it crashed. It is suspected that many of the tools used in the rocket were used from the mining company. Since Sonnys father owns the mining company, so we can imagine his father will be extremely angry.
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Questions arise over stability of Olga Coal Company workforce.
As small scale strikes become increasing common, some are questioning whether or not Olga Coal Company is stable enough to pass through the recession without losing its entire workforce. Reports say that tensions between the mine Superintendent and a major union leader have risen and that an agreement over employee layoffs has not been reached.
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Yesterday Sonny and his friends launched two of their rockets. It was said that the first one didn't go that high but the second one really did. It went very close to the coal mine and could have caused a major disaster. Many people are complaining about this whole rocket business. People are saying that it is very dangerous and disruptive to them.
Football Suspended for Big Creek
Big Creek boys returned to school this fall to an unpleasant surprise. It has just been announced that, as a result of loss in court, Big Creek has been suspended from participating in football for the year. Many are blaming Homer Hickam, Sr. for taking the issue to court.
"He pushed too far," said an anonymous boy at the school, "and look what we got."
Big Creek High School on a Football Suspension
As this school year draws to an end, the principal of Big Creek High has had to give some very unfortunate news to the Big Creel students. Next school year, football will be suspended. This means no games, whatsoever. This circumstance is due to the actions of the Football Fathers, who took up a court case after the West Virginia high school athletic commission wouldn't let Big Creek play in the 1957 state championship game. The suit failed and the boys did not get to play. This is mostly credited to Homer Hickam Sr., who is part of the Football Founders and was a huge pusher for court case.
Many students, especially those who will be seniors next year, are upset because not playing football in their last year of high school means losing out on scholarship opportunities. Most boys were relying on scholarships to send them to college.
Many people were upset from the news that the Big Creek High School football team is not allowed to play at state championships. The issue seemed to have gotten worse because now Big Creek is suspended from the whole season. Homer Hickman sued because they weren't allowed to play in the championships, but it back fired. Many people are blaming Homer and saying he pushed to hard, and upset the athletic commission.
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'Rocket Boys' showing signs of improvement
Reports indicate that local 'Rocket Boy' Sonny Hickam and his friends are making improvements on their rockets. Despite repeated threats by his father, Sonny continues to build and test his rockets in secluded areas near his house.
Some say his rockets will never be successful while others are optimistic and respect his spirit.
Sources have also confirmed that a recent addition has been made to the Rocket Boys, Quentin Wilson is a new friend of Sonny's that has proved pivotal in new rocket designs.
Today we have gotten several reports of the mine shaft exploding and collapsing. Wives and children were more than frightened at the thought of their fathers and husbands still within the shaft. Although it was very frightening we seemed to have found the source of all the chaos, it appears that the 'Rocket Boys" had found a new launch site which happened to be the edges of the mine. After a good lecture the superintendent of the mine Homer Hickam gave the kids a good lecture so they will never do it again.
Local Rocket Boy, Sonny Hickam, (son of Homer Hickam), has been reported to be making significant progress on his rocketry. Joined by some fellow classmates, four rockets have been built. Auk l, ll, lll, and lV have been tested and looked at. What could be next for these Rocket Boys? Only time will tell. It has also been reported that Homer Hickam does not approve of his sons building of rockets. How will this interfere in the future? You can find out in our future issues of Coalwood Daily News! Reporting all the latest findings in the city of Coalwood, including the Rocket Boys!
There has been news spreading around Coalwood that the so called 'Rocket Boys' are making a huge success. We were able to get a interview with Sonny Hickam. He said that the Rocket Boys were able to launch Auk 5-11. Some were a success while others weren't he says. He also says it helpful that he doesn't have to worry about wrecking anything because he found a safe place to launch rockets. And his father, Homer Hickam, is said to almost be supporting Sonny in his pursuits of building rockets. Stay tuned at Coalwood Daily News for daily updates on the Rocket Boys
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Failed rocket attempt lands on Superintendents doorstep.
The 'rocket boys' are at it again. This time a their most successful failed rocket landed literally on the doorstep of mine superintendent Homer Hickam.
Reports have surfaced that the 'rocket boys' were disciplined after Hickham found the rocket was using Olga coal company property.
What this means for the future of the 'rocket boys' remains unknown.
Residents of Coalwood, the blast which you most likely heard last night was on a Russian attack but something worse. Some kids had banded together in hopes of firing a rocket into the air, but instead, it had exploded the fence they had balanced it on. All we know so far is that one of the boys called “Sonny” had been the leader of the bunch. They act seemed to out of pure curiosity, and quite frankly I believe it is good to have your children experimenting like this.However, it failed and half of up woke up along with a fence being blown apart. Hopefully, those kids can still experiment without destroying the town.
Rocket Boy, Sonny Hickam, has been reported to be seen in the mines of father, Homer Hickam. This recent discovery has left interested viewers of the Rocket Boy puzzled, as it was made to be clear that Homer Hickam was disapproving of the rocket building, especially after material from the mine had been used to make Auk l-lV. Could there be a new team mate to the Rocket Boys group? What could be next for our local scientists? Stay tuned to Coalwood Daily News to find out.
Just the other day the Olga mining discovered valuable natural coal in the local mines. This might offer coalwood an iconic boost,seeing we have experienced some downs lately. As you may know the space race just ended as Russia's rocket came soaring over the coalwood skies. In inspiration of such an amazing first, the son of a long-time local miner (Homer), decided to build some rocket prototypes. Although making slow but sure progress, the first attempt was more or less a failure, in fact in ended up burning down the family fence. Maybe sometime in the near future we will have an astronaught on our hands!
Rocket Boy, Sonny Hickam, who has become a well known commodity of this town, has been reported to be seen in the mines that are supervised by father, Homer Hickam. This discovery has left followers of the rocket building group wondering what's happening, because it was clear that Homer Hickam did not approve of the rockets, especially after materials from the mine had been used to make one of their rockets, and another rocket had flown straight into Mr. Hickam's office building. But now, people have noticed company materials being given to the young group of scientists. Does this mean Sonny's father has changed his opinion? To onlookers, it looks like it. Also, many miners commented that Elsie Hickam, Sonny's mother, cried when she saw Sonny come out of the mine with his father. There has been rumors of conflict between the parents over the dangers of mining.
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Rocket Boys progress in rocketry.
Reports have confirmed that the so called 'Rocket Boys' have moved to a more secluded and safe location outside of town called cape coalwood. With this move, brings a permanent concrete launchpad and launch shack. After the first rocket launched at cape coalwood swerved into the spectating crowd, some are questioning the safety of the rockets, even comparing them to the Korean war. The successor to this rocket was significantly more successful, flying to an as of yet, uncalculated height.
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Rocket, is it a danger to society, as we can see the rocket boys are creative and the young scientists may achieve something but is the danger really worth it as they are causing more harm. The gain may be useful as it will allow us to beat the commies. The biggest problem is that they are not supported but are somehow getting much more support. this is helping them invent for a greater good. This is a good advancement for the town but is it safe and what will it do.
This past week there has been a few more rocket launching attempts. The first one was so close to being a success. The crowd went wild as the rocket got higher and higher, just until the rocket did the opposite. Come down. Since then, we have been informed that that was not the end. They are on the hunt for the perfect materials and formulas, to send a rocket soaring through the sky.
Every year the number of mining employees has been dropping lower and lower. People all over coalwood have been experiencing lay off after lay off. How much longer does the mining future have left in it?
Good news for Coalwood students! Due to weather conditions, anyone who is not within walking distance of their school is hereby dismissed from attending school today.
We encourage you to stay home, stay warm, and stay safe. And don't miss our special on the Rocket Boys' design strategy, coming soon!
BREAKING NEWS! Youngest son to Homer Hickam, Sonny Hickam, has been seen within the mines with none other than Homer himself. Could the big, bad coalminers be letting up on his son? Last time we checked Sonny and Homer were far from the typical father son relationship. What has changed? Over here at Coalwood Daily News we have reason to believe that it is because of Sonnys recent success in rocketry. Maybe Homer has decided to show his youngest the ropes of the mines, especially since his older son, Jim, no longer is the football star we all knew and loved. More to come in this recent family mystery, stay tuned, Coalwood. And always report back to Coalwood Daily News for your lead stories.
West Virginia State Police went to Big Creek High School this morning. The state troopers wanted to speak to Coalwood's very own, somewhat famous, Rocket Boys. Troopers had found what appeared to be one of the boys' rockets on Davy Mountain. That's right, the fire that burned from the top of the mountain to Highway 52 might have been started from our young scientists' shenanigans. Luckily, this was proven untrue for two reasons. One, Cape Coalwood, the Rocket Boys testing area, is too far from Davy Mountain. Their rockets only go 3,000 feet, not enough to reach the Davy area. Also, after further inspection of the device that started the fire, it turns out to be a flare from an airplane flying to Welch Airport. We're glad our boys weren't the start of a huge fire, although this should be warning to them to be careful always.
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Rocket Boys reach new heights
The Rocket Boys have reached a new personal best height with their 'Auk' series of rockets. Their latest rocket traveled thousands of feet into the air before landing, a massive improvement over their previous best set only days before. It may be worthwhile for the Rocket Boys to develop a system of tracking their rockets after they are launched as they soar past viewing distance.
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All schools that serve the town of coalwood are closed due to the inclement weather.
We recommend anyone that ventures outside to layer up and keep track of where you are. It is very easy to become disoriented in blizzard conditions. Always keep a landmark in sight and travel with a friend.
Enjoy the snow.
Come see the rockets!
The rocket boys are at it again. You can see them launch their rockets yourself if you come to Cape Coalwood tomorrow afternoon. The boys have greatly improved there rockets, so it will be worthwhile even if you've come before! You won't regret it. See you there!
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Coalwood Daily News
Tragedy strikes at the Coalwood mine as an earthquake takes out one of the pillars supporting the heavy rock above. Luckily, nobody was hurt and it was only the one pillar that broke. There are currently measures being taken in order to figure out what exactly caused this pillar to break and to prevent this from ever happening again.
as we launch fewpound projectiles into orbit, russia has launched a two ton satelite into orbit around earth. we have been defeated. but even though things seem as though we are far behind, in the future we may come out on top. here in coalwood we have rocket scientist of our own. watch out rusians! A few kids in town recently statarted a rocketry club. they are dedicated to their new explosive hobby and are looking for materials of all types. the kids have even taken a math class in school to learn more! dontaions welcome at coalwood lane.
Up, Up, Up their rocket goes! The rocket boys have just lunched their Auk XX, and boy was it beautiful. The details and hard, laborious time and work spent in this rocket really makes watching it quite a show. In fact, you, the reader, should come on down and watch the next lunch with me and all the Rocket Boys themselves. Hopen' to see you there!
Now here's Bart Simpson with the weather...
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Coalwood Daily News
The local group known as the Rocket Boys are under "fire" for allegedly causing a large forest fire with one of their "rockets". They supposedly started the fire near Davy Mountain, which is in between Coalwood and Welch. approximate half of the county was burnt and are facing multiple charges which could result in arrest. Could this be the end for the Rocket Boys?
Sonny and his friends have successfully launched a rocket! His rocket went 3,000 feet in the air! No one thought he could do it but he proved them wrong. We have seen Homer, Sonnys dad, be more supportive of Sonny. This is very surprising since work has always been Homers priority, but it seemed to help Sonny build his rocket.
Dear Coalwood! This is your daily news report coming at you with the most recent and cunning news. We have just heard the news that the town's very own Rocket Boys are entering into their school science fair! Many are conflicted about this topic but the world is changing and rocket science is our future so all we can do is hope! The Rocket Boys have reportedly blown up Sonny Hickam's backyard. Let's pray this science fair goes well!
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Due to recent events in the weather the kids of Coalwood will have a day of from school day. Stay safe kids and have fun.
BREAKING NEWS! Earthquake strikes Coalwood! Pillar within local mine breaks causing explosion! What does this mean for the mines of Coalwood and the workers? People are speculating that it could lead to further discussion over whether or not the mines are closing. Homer Hickam has been working constantly to get his mine back on track. In other words, our local Rocket Boys have decided to enter into the Science Fair! We wish them good luck and hope they make it far!
The Rocket Boys Launch their new rockets that soars even higher than our aspirations could hope. The Auk XX was well engineered and super successful its moments like these that inspire younger generations and prove perseverance is key.
Rocket Boys Request Calculus Class
Some of our youth rocket engineers here in Coalwood are currently requesting a calculus class at Big Creek High school.
The news was leaked by Miss Riley, a math teacher, yesterday afternoon. "The boys want to learn more so they can build better rockets," she said simply. "I think that kind of curiosity is just what America needs from its children, especially as we compete with Russia and all."
However, opponents say Big Creek does not need such extravagant measures. "They think we should maintain our traditional courses," Miss Riley says. "Some people are convinced that a calculus course is a bad idea because it wasn't necessary throughout the rest of the school's history," she stated.
Coalwood's very own Rocket Boys are requesting a calculus class at their school, Big Creek High school.
Miss Riley, a chemistry teacher at Big Creek who teaches our young scientists and even gave them some ideas for their "Rocket Candy" rocket fuel, is encouraging the possibility of that class being created. Simply put, the boys want to learn more, and calculus would be information that could take their rockets even farther. As we compete with Russia in an unforgettable space race, it's curiosity and forward-thinking like this that will help America catch up to Russia. These boys are our future, after all.
Despite this, opponents of the new class think that a calculus class is going too far. They think the traditional course of Big Creek should remain the same, after all, it's worked fine so far.
LIGHTNING STRIKES, IKE BYKOVSKI KILLED
Please pay your respects to Ike Bykovski this Sunday. Due to a storm and a pillar explosion in the mine, Mr. Bykovski was killed yesterday evening.
Ike Bykovski was a good man. He was known for his kindred spirit toward children and his loyalty to his wife. He was a talented workman before he was switched to working in the mines. Bykovski made the transition smoothly but never loved the mines as much as he did his old job.
Ike had struck up a friendship with a young boy shortly before his death: Sonny Hickman the rocket boy. Sonny knew him as a father.
Please send your prayers and kindness to Mrs. Bykovski, who is in a time of need.
Rocket Boys's New Rocket Only Goes 500 Feet
Our well-known rocket scientists, the Rocket Boys, have been creating rockets for a long time now. A few of their latest rockets have reached 3,000 feet, amazingly. However, today's launch was far less inspiring. The Auk XX went a mere 500 feet before exploding. Mr. Caton and others of the Coalwood machine shop who have been building the rockets for the boys, following direct instructions from the high school students, suggested that the weld wasn't strong enough to keep the rocket together. When asked about their recent rocket, Sonny simply said "You learn more from failures than successes," while another Rocket Boy, Quentin, commented that they had taken things too fast to scientifically identify the causes of the failure, making this launch almost useless.
MENTAL BREAKDOWN IN THE HICKAM HOUSE
As we all know, Homer Hickam was injured in the pillar explosion while heroically working to save his men. However, few have stopped to examine the effects of the explosion, and of Homer's injuries, on Elsie Hickam (Homer's wife).
Several passerbies reported witnessing Mrs. Hickam's "mental breakdown" yesterday afternoon. They say they saw phones, ripped from the wall, fly out the window.
"When she came out as I was passing to go to work," one miner reported, "she had a look of furious determination on her face. Said there wouldn't be any phones there anymore. I didn't know quite what was wrong, but she said something about going to work on a painting of hers."
FREAK ACCIDENT IN THE MINES DUE TO STORM
Yesterday evening, chaos hit. Two of the mine fans had been struck by lightning, and a bump near the face. There was a fall, men were trapped and hurt. Even worse, there was methane seeping into the mines that could have likely caused an explosion.
The rescue team, along with superintendent Homer Hickam, went into the mines to save these men before more disaster could strike.
Unfortunately, Ike Bykovski, who was operating the loader that got buried, has died. There were other injuries, among them being a snapped cable that split Mr. Hickam's helmet in half and hit him in the right eye.
Ike Bykovski was a good man, known by all for his talent for welding and his kindness to all, especially children. Ike had become friends and was well respected by many, among them being Sonny Hickman, the rocket boy. Sonny knew him as a father figure of sorts.
Please send your prayers and condolences to Mrs. Bykovski, who is in a time of great pain and sorrow right now.
CALCULUS HITS COALWOOD!
News on our local Rocket Boys isn't necessarily about soaring rockets or reaching new altitude, but more about the behind the scenes action. Our Rocket Boys have started to take calculus in order to improve their rocketry knowledge. Well... all except one. Leader of the group and son to Homer Hickam, Sonny Hickam, has not been admitted into the class due to multiple reasons. First of all only six slots were available for the class, but seven student signed up. So to create a fair space, it was decided that whoever had the highest grades would stay, and unfortunately for Sonny, this meant the boot for him. More to come on this calculus extravaganza later, till then, have a great day Coalwood.
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Rocket Boys seek out advanced math
The Rocket Boys have made a new request for their high school to adopt a new calculus class so they can create even more advanced rockets. This comes after the boys found that in order to understand advanced rocketry they need to have an advanced understanding of math and science.
Questions have arisen over how many students would be eligible for the class, considering Big Creek High isn't known for it's academics. The class would require additional resources that might be better used by other school activities.
Mrs. Bykovski has left Coalwood to go upstate to live with relatives near the hospital that houses her daughter. Mr. Van Dyke gave her a month in the house before she had to leave, but she left in just two weeks. Witnesses of her departure said that she met with Sonny at the bus stop, and they shared a few words before Mrs. Bykovski had to leave. We all know how close Sonny was to this family, especially Ike. People said they could hear her tell Sonny to keep firing off those rockets, it's what would make Ike happy. It's true that Ike helped build some of Sonny's very first rockets and it's what he would have wanted.
New Rocket Explodes Before 1000 Feet
The Rocket Boys have designed yet another rocket called Auk XX. They launched it this Sunday and were disappointed with the result. "It barely got anywhere," said Quentin, one of the chief designers of the team. "That is, in comparison to the others we have built in the past. I attribute this particular setback to a flawed approach to design. It seems that when the design is changed a great deal between one launch and the next is difficult to attribute the failure to one specific feature in design. I plan to discuss this issue with my colleagues upon our next meeting."
And in recent news, the rocket boys just launched a brand new rocket, the Auk XX, into the air. We had high hopes for this new model, however it let us down. The Auk XX exploded in the air and returned to the ground in pieces. The boys don't know what went wrong, but hopefully they can figure out their mistake to fix it before the Auk XI. In other news, late last night a pillar in the Coalwood mine exploded leaving the entire town in awe. Our very own Homer Hickam is to the rescue, responding to the booming sound of the explosion immediately. We still do not have very much information on this incident, but when we do, the people will be the first to know.
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Ventilation disaster rocks coaltown.
In a freak accident, two of Olga Coal Company's ventilation fans were struck by lightning, stopping much needed air from reaching the deepest parts of the mine. A section of the mine also collapsed, blocking rescuers from retrieving trapped miners further into the mine. Eventually the team led by Superintendent Hicham freed the miners, also revealing a single death. The name of this worker has not been released, though it has been rumored that they worked in the deepest part of the mine.
ROCKET BOYS RETURN AFTER HIATUS... WAS IT WORHT THE WAIT???
Rumors have been circling that the main ringleader of the BMCA, Sonny Hickam quit building rockets. Mr Ferro told us that Sonny said to him "I'm not in the rocket business anymore." However, we believe Mrs. Bykovski's last words to Sonny before leaving town inspired him to pick up the craft with his Rocket Boys once again. Yesterday, the Aux XXI was fired, three weeks after our unfortunate mining accident. This rocket went a new high, 4,100 feet! Congratulations to the boys. We hear they're going to create a new fuel powder, too.
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Rocket Boys Launch Newly Designed Rocket
Up until today the Rocket Boys' rockets have been largely based on the same design, with only minute changes being made in order to preserve its scientific usability.
This new rocket was different, designed using mathematical equations rather than broad guesses, the new rocket was much larger and packed with a new sulfur, and alcohol based fuel.
Although its launch was spectacular, it did not reach its calculated height for reasons that have yet to be determined.
ROCKET BOYS GET A CHANGE OF SCENERY
Our favorite young scientists just spent over a week out in the wilderness near Big Branch. Apparently they'd been in debt to Mr. Van Dyke for almost a year, due to their having taken some telephone equipment that belonged to the coal company. Our Rocket Boys faced the elements while digging ten feet under ground to get cast-iron drainage pipes from what once was the N & W Railroad Company. Unfortunately, leader of the group, Sonny, sliced his hand open, severing an artery, on a piece of iron. He and his friends walked six hours so Sonny could get stitched up by Doc as soon as possible. Sonny is now safely recovering at home, and the Boys made $22.50 from that cast iron.
BREAKING NEWS! Rocket Boys finally take a break! After long hours and perilous work the Rocket Boys take a night for themselves. Local hotspot "The Dugout" was where the Rocket Boys took their night to. Leader of the pack, Sonny Hickam, was seen dancing with multiple girls and received a lot of attention. Could the fame be taking a toll on Sonny? The night was filled with dancing and laughter. The Rocket Boys seemed to be enjoying themselves up until football star Jim Hickam, also Sonnys brother, walked in with Sonnys study partner, Dorothy Plunk. Witnesses have said the night took an unfortunate and awkward ending.
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Armed with their Auk series rockets and new mathematical knowledge, the rocket boys have reached new heights. Their most recent rocket went over a mile into the sky. This is even despite setbacks like being accused of starting a forest fire, a crash landing in the softball field and a temporary shutdown of Cape Coalwood by Olga Coal Company. The Boys have also developed a new method of propulsion. Dubbed, "zincoshine" this zinc based propellant is mixed with pure alcohol to produce unparalleled levels of thrust and a nauseating smell. The Rocket Boys hope they can perfect this new form of propulsion and prevent any chance of detonation on the launch pad.
Breaking news! There is an extreme bump in the mine that has caused many injures and deaths. Mr. Bykovski was one of the victims of the horrible tragedy, and many other people were badly injured.
On a separate note, the rocket boys are back in action! After taking a break from rocket building, they launched another successful rocket. They broke their record and reached 4,000 feet in the air.
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Rocket Boys return after short hiatus
Led by Sonny Hickam Jr, the Rocket Boys have returned to building rockets after the bump in the mine. Using their newfound knowledge of calculus they have calculated the perfect rocket. With intricately designed nozzles and nosecones machined by mining workers that can reportedly fly as high as three miles. The Rocket Boys are still using this as a learning experience, as multiple 'perfect' rockets have been produced, each with different diameters and heights.
The success of these Rockets has yet to be seen.
ROCKET BOYS ARE BACK!
After short "vacation" from rocket building, due to unknown reasons, the boys are back in action. Multiple witnesses have claimed that the boys new goal is to win the Science Fair. Others have reported the the rocket boys are back with a sudden motivation that wasn't necessarily there before. There newfound knowledge of calculus and sense of unity is what is taking their careers full speed ahead. How far will their rockets go? Or, more importantly, how far will they go? Report back to Coalwood Daily News to find out!
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Rocket Boys head to the county science fair
The Rocket Boys, led by Sonny Hickam Jr, have announced that they plan to compete in the upcoming county science fair. If they win and move onto state competitions, it would be a first for Coaltown and Big Creek high school. It would also be the first non-athletic award ever won by the high school.
Amid labor strikes, concerns have arisen over the Rocket Boys ability to machine their rockets without help from professional machinists.
CAPE COALWOOD ALMOST DESTROYED
The Rocket Boys ran into some recent trouble when their rocket, Aux XXII-D went off course and landed in the field beside Reverend Richard's church. Fortunately, no one was hurt from the accident. However, Mr. Fuller from the steel company was upset, because the boys fly on company land, use company materials, and now potentially endanger company workers. He didn't want the rockets flown anymore. However, the men and women of Coalwood encourage the boys. Looks like it's company versus town on this debate.
Yesterday, Mr. Fuller closed Cape Coalwood, put up a No Trespassing sign on the fence, tore down the boys' blockhouse and ripped it apart board from board. They brought a bulldozer to begin demolition. However, the boys and many union members showed up, and started rebuilding right then and there! With some convincing and negotiating from Homer Hickam Sr., Mr. Fuller gave up on his ordeal and the boys can keep launching their rockets.
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The Rocket Boys win county science fair, move to state.
Marking a first for both coaltown and big creek high school, the Rocket Boys led by Sonny Hickam have done the impossible. Initially the judges seemed dismissive and almost afraid of Sonny's rockets, influenced by the false rumors of a forest fire. This means Sonny and "a study in amateur rocketry" will progress to compete in the West Virginia state finals, an honor stolen from the dominating football team just a few years ago.
ROCKET BOYS WIN BIG AT SCIENCE FAIR
Our Rocket Boys have done what many skeptics expected to be impossible. They went to the McDowell County Science Fair in Welch, going up against some very hard competition such as Welch High School. Represented by Sonny Hickam, the BCMA's projects, work, and authenticity was questioned, but our boys won! They will be heading to the West Virginia State Finals in a few short weeks. This is a first for Big Creek High School, who had previously only won awards in athletic areas.
COMPANY SELLING HOUSES, FREEDOM OR POVERTY?
The company has recently announced that it will be selling all the houses it previously owned. This has brought anger among some of the townspeople, who feel that it is unfair for the company they have always depended on to suddenly require so much financial support of its workers.
"This town depends on us," said one union leader. "We strike for a reason."
However, company managers argue that the people's control over housing will bring diversity to the community and give the people more control over how they live.
Yesterday Sonny Hickam came close to bleeding out due to a severed artery. He severed the artery while camping in Big Branch with the other Rocket Boys. Doc was able to patch Sonny up, however, and Sonny says that he and the other Rocket Boys should be shooting off rockets using a new fuel very soon. Sonny insisted on getting his stitches without painkiller just like his father had.
BCMA HAS DONE IT.
yesterday after Sonny and the Boys have done it, they went past a mile! The rocket went so high that it wasn't even visible from the ground!! Apparently the boys used some kind of a zinc and sulfer mixture to make their rocket fuel, which worked the best for them so far. 200 people came to watch the launch! And lets just say no one went home disappointed. So what is next for the Rocket Boys?
ROCKET BOYS SET FOR NATIONALS
Yesterday, the BCMA went to Bluefield for the West Virginia State Finals science fair, represented by Sonny Hickam. No one expected Big Creek High School to be producing anyone except for football stars, but the Rocket Boys have proved this stereotype wrong with their impressive science and mathematics. The group also won a first-place certificate for "Outstanding in the Field of Propulsion", and an Air Force major said the BCMA's exhibit held the most sophisticated rockets outside of Cape Canaveral that he'd seen. Not only did the boys win the title of first place, but they also won the hearts of everyone in the West Virginia area, including some very important and influential figures who were at the science fair. People say they witnessed the Air Force major welcoming every boy of the BCMA into the Air Force as a possible career, even those who don't hold look much promise based on their first impressions. These rocket boys have certainly gained a lot of attention.
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Rocket Boys win county and state science fairs, move on to Nationals
Sonny Hickam has led the Rocket Boys to the national science fair with his study of amateur rocketry. Judges were initially hesitant at all levels of competition but after scrutinizing Sonny's hard work he came out on top. Winning the top award in the category of propulsion, a huge honor for Coaltown and Big Creek High school. This was despite a major delay in machined parts during the union-led strikes. Machined parts were sent just in time.
We at Coaltown Daily News congratulate the Rocket Boys and wish them success in their later life.
Our Rocket Boys have made it to the National Science Fair! They have been working for about three years now on their rockets. They have gone from shooting off rockets that flew mere feet to sending them miles! They have learned advanced science and mathematics and used it to make the best rockets they possibly could. All their hard work is now coming to fruition. They go to the Nationals soon, so be sure to wish them good luck.
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Despite stolen parts, Sonny Hickam brings home first prize
Sonny Hickam of the Big Creek Missile Agency has brought back the first prize in propulsion from the National Science Fair in Indianapolis. This is despite a major setback when his rocket nozzles and casings were stolen the night before judging. If it weren't for his dedicated and persistent mother, he wouldn't have had anything to show the judges.
We at Coalwood Daily News congratulate Sonny Hickam and the other Rocket Boys for their hard work and determination and we hope they will continue their success into their later lives.
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Rocket Boys give one last hurrah
After returning from a victory in the National Science Fair. Sonny Hickam's Big Creek Missile Agency launched its final set of rockets before the group disbands and heads to college.
It was a spectacular sight, hundreds of people came out to watch the small-town hero.
Among the attendants is the rarely seen, Homer Hickam Sr.
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Rocket Boys leave Coalwood
Big Creek Missile Agency has officially been disbanded as its members go their separate ways. Most members are on their ways to college and all are set to live their lives comfortably. This is despite a lack of scholarship money from the National Science fair.
Meanwhile, the labor union strike has been resolved. The mine superintendent Homer Hickam Jr. agreed to stay on as superintendent for the foreseeable future, despite his frequent coughing fits.
ROCKET BOYS NO LONGER
The BCMA, also known as The Rocket Boys, are set to leave Coalwood and start their lives. The BCMA had their last rocket launching a few days ago, where hundreds of people across the county came to Coalwood to witness these boys set off rockets as far as 5 miles into the air. Now, the boys have officially disbanded and come this fall, they'll be in college or the Air Force, instead of Big Creek High. These boys have undoubtedly created Coalwood history, gaining the hearts and attention of people across West Virginia and first place in the National Science Fair. We tip our hats off to them and their incredible work as they start a new chapter of their life.
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Rocket Boys Launch Final Rockets
Marking the end of the Rocket Boys, was their final launch at Cape Coalwood. This launch attracted onlookers from all around west-virginia, the largest crowd ever seen at Cape Coalwood.
The Boys launched the last five Auk series rockets, XXVI-XXXI. With the final largest rocket being launched by none-other than mine superintendent Homer Hickam Sr.
SONNY HICKAM MAKES COALWOOD PROUD
Sonny Hickam, a Rocket Boy of the Big Creek Missile Agency, has come home with first place in the propulsion category from the National Science Fair located in Indianapolis. The night of the convention before the judging, Sonny's nozzles and equipment was stolen. Luckily, he called long-distance back home to Coalwood to ask for more rocket parts. If it weren't for his devoted mother, Elsie Hickam, he wouldn't have had anything to show the judges except for a few pictures.
Everyone in Coalwood congratulates him and his entire group for their immense success.
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Where are the Rocket Boys now?
Even though they left many years ago, Homer Hickam Jr. and the rest of the Big Creek Missile Agency's legacies still live on. Whether it's the National Science Fair Trophy flanked by Football awards in Big Creek High School or the abandoned remains of Cape Coalwood.
Sonny Hickam is now working for NASA in Alabama by detour of the Vietnam War. Roy Lee went on to become a banker, O'Dell a Farmer and tragically Sherman died of a heart attack at 26 years old. Both Billy and Quentin went on to become Engineers after finishing college.
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Coalwood mine permanently shutdown
Coalwood Daily News has just received word that the pumps and ventilation systems in the Coalwood mine are to be shut down. Because of costs, all heavy equipment is to be left inside the mine as it slowly floods and collapses. The spirits of long forgotten miners will be buried alongside the rest of coaltown as it slowly dies.
What little residents remain after the closing will likely never leave coalwood. Though memories of Sonny Hickam's rockets and the National Science Fair will still live on.