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\ i / Vol. V No. 47 , February 13, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia IIIII Touch-n-Go At Greenbrler Valley Airport 'P~o c~nuty S~,t [~L~ One of the three official airplanes which transport the President of the United States visited the Greenbrier Valley Airport February 2 as part of a pilot training program. Greenbder Valley Aviation owner Stan Leist said the aircraft was in the area approximately one hour, making about one-half dozen touch- and-go landings. "This plane is part of the Special Air Missions (SAM) based at Andrews Air Force Base just east of Washington, D. C.," he said. "It is a Boeing 707, one of three the President uses. It is only when the President is actually aboard that it is actually designated "Air Force One." These three have been in operation since the Ken- nedy administration in 1961 and are about to be replaced. Each one could seat approximately 400 as a commercial plane, but in the way they are specially designed now they can carry about one-third that many [133]." The crews of the airplanes go to a variety of areas for practice, Mr Leist said, adding, "They probably came here this time to go to a more out-of-the-way place." Both Mr Leist and airport man- ager John Gwinn said this is the first time one of the Presidential planes has flown into the Greenbrier Valley Airport. Previous visits have been made, however, by the Vice- President's plane and various craft transporting cabinet members and legislative members, most who were en route to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, according to Mr Leist. A staff member at the airport's air traffic control tower said he and his co-workers normally receive radio contact from the government planes only about twenty minutes in ad- vance of each visit. A. Goddard 40 persons attended meeting of the Valley Economic De- February was recently m order to encourage of business en- Pocahontas, Monroe James Harden, an of West Virginia the corpora- a full-time director salary of $26,000. will assume 1, according to The corporation did } the. name of the suc- position Would have an op- n from her pres- in state government. goal of $50,000 corporation for its -- one half and one half memberships. Faber, employed at WRON, said edu- public is needed to e get the word out concerning the the meeting. objectives of the corporation. Dr Vivian Crane volunteered Commentary She said annual dues are tax- to head up the corporation's Its good news to the Mounta deductible, membership drive in the Rainelle Messenger that the Trl-County Contributions of $1,000 each and Rupert area. Mr Harden Economic Development Council is were received from Greenbrier said he plans to have corpora- now active. Valley National Bank and from tion meetings occasionally in The organization's meetings West Virginia Power. Other do- Union and in Marlinton. Th 'r'e are open to the public and the nations included a computer are three members of the meeting dates and times are al- from the First National Bank in corporation's Board of Directors ways announced well in ad- Ronceverte and a computer from each of the three south- vance. monitor from Lewisburg Cash eastern West Virginia counties Sure, the group will make Register. --- Monroe, Greenbrier, and some mistakes and there will be Office space has been do- nated by the City of Lewisburg in the old Greenbrier Bank build- ing. Secretary Helen W. Serle said renovations are now under- way on the space in order to get it ready for use by April 1. On February 1, the officers of the corporation met at the Com- munity Center in Rupert with ap- proximately 50 persons from the western side of Greenbrier County. In addition to the presi- dent and secretary, Vice Presi-- dent Peter Piercy, an employee of C & P Telephone Co., and Bill Sturgil, of the First National Bank in Ronceverte, attended times when persons with strong Pocahontas. Mr Piercy said one of the main objectives of the develop- ment group is to assure con- trolled growth for everyone's benefit. Mr Harden, when asked if the corporation sought busi- egos and self-centered interests will be in control. However; we believe a forum now exists to openly discuss the way our area is going to develope. This is the most important aspect of the Greenbrter Valley Economic De- nesses "at any cost", empha- velopmentCorporatioru sized Ihe de, lel)r, l .-gr4)up- wa[ch the Moun[am Messenger seeks only non-polluting busi- for announcements of future nesses which employee be- meetings of the F_.conom Deuel- tween 50 and 60 workers each. opment group aM plan to attend We're not looking for the 1,500 thesemeettngs. employee firms." He added that Don't forget to take your uolce the corporation also has the ob- along with you when you go! jective of assisting, encouraging and, energizing existing local businesses. I , Illl ,I. 1 The City of Marlinton is now 75 acres larger, a result of successful annexation efforts by Riverside resi- dents and by the city in bringing the area into the corporate limits. The desire of most of the affected busi- nesses and residents for flood insur- ance eligibility was cited as the ma- jor reason for the move. The annexation comes from ac- tion by the three-member County Commission January 30, approving a request by the city for the change. Support has been generally wide- spread throughout the Riverside area, with most residents and busi- ness people voicing their desire to be annexed in order to be eligible for flood insurance through the Fed- eral Emergency Management Ad- ministration (FEMA). The city has approved the tlood plain ordinance which qualifies its residents and businesses for the insurance. The county has not. Marlinton and Durbin are the only Pocahontas County communities which have approved the ordinance. The annexed area extends north of the Route 39 bridge along U. S. 219 and is bounded on the east by the Greenbrier River, the north by Stony Creek (near Campbelttown), the west by U. S. 219, and the south by the former city limits. The County Commission's role in tl~e annexation results from a De- cember State Supreme Court ruling which stated regular petitioned an- nexations are permitted only for ar- eas with at least 640 acres and 100 residents. The Riverside area's 75 acres and 45 residents qualified the move to be classified as a "minor boundary change," according to Commissioner Norman Alderman, although he says there is apparently no official definition of the term. Some controversy has resulted from the Commission's failure last fall to pass a countywide flood ordi- See "Marlinton", pg. 10-A ht please." Complied with this en Anniversary February 13 at 6:30 p.m. The club East High School football games, was organized fifty years ago to the cooperation in the Adopt-a-Highway day--February 13, 1940. The fea- Program, and Christmas tree sales, among other activities. r Bill Lewis (left) and Dr Claude Houck The Antique Show and Sale at the State Fairgrounds each June continues to be a popular event, begun ten years ago. "We have 35 select dealers every year," Okey McCraw says. "These were out of about 200 applicants from about seven states last year. It's a very well-attended event." Proceeds are used chiefly for sight conservation and children's activities. Of the club's charter mem- bers only two remain today. They are Earl Darnell and J. Bright Hern. Mr Hem has been the secretary of the group for its entire 50-year history. When asked if he had ever been asked to serve as Ron Hill Investigates Owner Ron Hill of Shankland's Store in Ronceverte is puzzled as to the motives of a would-be thief or thieves who apparently tried to enter the store February 6. "1 got here at 6:50 a.m, and be- gan working around the cash regis- ter. I kept feeling a cool breeze and couldn't figure out where it was com- ing from. Eventually I noticed two of my window panes were broken out. Mr Hill says although the culprit(s) could have taken any nu tu- ber of items close to the window, all that was missing was a bundle of Mountain Messenger newspapers, delivered earlier that morning. "The Beckley and Charleston papers as the Lewisburg one of its biggest ling Greenbrier the polio vac- was Lewisburg SChool, and the job afternoons to in the Lions ! all mention effort as one of the =most memorable proj- Was part of a nation- that eventually elimi- of polio. The late a Lion, directed vaccines. Jrg club will meet for Commemora- Greenbrier Valley Room Steak House tured speaker will be Theodore T. Fusco of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a director of the International Asso- ciation of Lions Clubs. In its early years the Lewisburg Lions Club sold bonds during World War I1. During the war eleven of its members were in the armed forces, including Dwight H. Skaggs, who was killed in an airplane crash in 1943 while serving with the United States Naval Air Corps. The chief project of all Lions Clubs is the furnishing of eye glasses and surgery to needy indi- viduals. Other projects carried out by the local club include the spon- sorship and support of the Boy Scouts, Boys' and Girls' States, the Greenbrier Youth Camp, the sale of football tickets at home Greenbrier president, he said, "Many times. I've always told them I would rather be secretary." The club now has 66 members. Men become members by first being invited to a meeting by an individual Lion. If he asks to join, his name is submitted to the local Board of Di- rectors. If they approve him for membership, his name is brought to the club forvote. If the vote is favor- able, he is inducted into member- ship at a subsequent meeting. Mem- bers come from a wide variety of occupations. John Garnett is the current presi- dent of the group. Bill Nelson serves as first vice-president. Chairman of the fiftieth anniversary celebration is Okey McCraw. were still there, but the Mountain Messengers had been taken," he said. Mr Hill purchased the business ten years ago and has seen ap- proximately seven break-ins at the riverside store, which sits at the south end of the U. S. 219 bridge. Another similar break-in occured in 1981, he says, in which a thief actu- ally entered the building through a broken pane. The person(s) in- volved in last week's incident appar- ently did not get inside, he says. Ronceverte Police Chief Bill Rose is investigating the incident but says he has not yet found a mo- tive for the break-in. (See story, page 10-A) /