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/ Vol. V No. 48 February 20, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia Shoney's Restaurant Top Award in Division second year in a row ler Steve Faber of Restaurant in Lewisburg i named Manager of the corporation's Southern He is the only one division to win two consecutive years. credits his staff with in winning the honor. "1 g management manager, and he'll tell good management you virtually have it have pride. their job so well, it to do what I really who come him friendly they are and r store is." been with the since June began work at the as a manage- In 1985 he was of the Month for the entire Shoney's corporation, which includes 627 restaurants. A staff of 50 works at the Lewis- burg Shoney's. This number in- creases to near 90 in the summer, according to Mr Faber. "The opening of the interstate has helped us tre- mendously," he said. "We get buses from South Carolina, Georgia, Ala- bama, North Carolina, Louisiana-- we've even had groups from North and South Dakota come here in the fall on fall foliage tours. In the winter we get quite a few skiers." Mr Faber's Manager of the Year award is based on profit, cost effi- ciency, cleanliness, and food qual- ity. The restaurant received awards in 1 989 for best cooking time, best profits, and lowest labor costs. 1988 awards included those for lowest la- bor costs, least amount of employee turnover, and best cost efficiency. A dependable staff is a large part of the success of the Lewisburg Shoney's, according to Mr Faber. Twenty employees have been at the store for at least four years, he said. Some have been with the restaurant even longer, one since the store opened in February 1982. Mr Faber is a native of Riverdale, Maryland, and is married to Virginia Burns Faber, an employee of WRON radio station in Fairlea. The couple has four children. Mr Faber is a Little League coach and serves as vice president of the Eastern Greenbrier Kiwanis Club. He is the chairman of the club's first annual Captain's Choice Golf Tour- nament slated May 9 at the Green- brier Valley Country Club. ....... ..... Ed Spurlock glances up at theater marquee The old Lewis Theatre in Lewis- burg, orginally opened in 1939 by the Yarid Family, is scheduled to reopen this spring under new owner- ship and with a bright new format of films for the area, according to Ed Spurlock. Mr Spurlock and his wife Barbara recently purchased the 400-seat cin- ema from the original owners. "We're going to have films which provoke thought and provide in- sight," Mr Spurlock said. "We'll have some intrigue and suspense movies too. Everything we do we will try to do right. We're adding a dining area in the old balcony and will have a small restaurant whj/::h will serve sandwiches, salads, and soups." Mr Spuriock comes by his culi- nary skills naturally. He is the son of Mr and Mrs Edwin C. Spurlock of Lewisburg. They are the owners of Spuds Bar-B-Que, Incorporated at Fairlea -- a well-known savory in southeastern West Virginia. A 1963 graduate of Greenbrier Military School, Mr Spurlock is a millwright (he plans and sets up heavy mill machinery) and has been engaged in the underwater con- struction business. He and his wife will move to Lewisburg from Boynton Beach, Florida, in order to devote full time to the renovations now going on at the old movie house. "We are planing to have live en- tertainment too," Mr Spurlock said. "We'll bring in country and western, gospel, bluegrass, blues and jazz. If there are local musicians people like a lot, we'll have them on our stage. Admission charges will be $1.50 regular, $1 for children during the week; $2 regular and $1.50 for children on Friday and Saturday nights." By Jonathan Wright A 50.to-60-room Super-8 Motel is tentatively planned for the south- west corner of the U. S. 219-Inter- state 64 intersection in Lewisburg, according to Jerry Caulfield, vice- president of development for Super- 8 Motels Developers, Incorporated. Mr Caulfield estimated up to 14 jobs would be created upon comple- tion of the motel. "We hope we'll be able to break ground in 60 to 90 days," he said. "Construction will probably take four or five months." Super-8 Motels Developers is based in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The company signed a contract with Greenbrier Valley National Bank, which owns the land, giving it a six- month option to purchase 2 1/2 acres of the commercially zoned frontage, according to Brad Tuck- wilier, a vice-president at the bank. The formal purchase of the land has not yet taken place, he stated. "The developers signed the contract about 40 days ago," he said. Representatives of the company have been interested about four years in constructing the motel, Mr Caulfield said. "Due to the opening of 1-64, traffic has increased consid- erably on the highway. We feel the growth of business and tourist traffic makes this the right time to build in Lewisburg." Super-8 Motels was established in 1974 in Aberdeen, constructing its first facility there. It now has 675 motels throughout North America, according to Mr Caulfield, including nearby ones in Lexington, Virginia; Beckley, Summersville, and Elkins. MOUNTAIN MESSENGER IS JUST A COUNTRY NEWSPAPER STRIVING TO SERVE YOU BETTER EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY I n Lawson and Jeanne Hamilton A. Goddard e Hamilton of four college 'stu- Lre PUtting through none of the four are built a Chapel in --- and yet they Lewisburg. When Methodist at Quarrier in Charleston suf- and needed a n gave them new instrument which to hear. Hall in Lewisburg eeded working capital, Wrote an unsolicited and turned it over to and cultural in- Gaston Capter- Force on Chit- Io study children Lawson Hamilton to When the City of Charleston needed an economic boost they turned to Lawson Hamilton's plan of having a Sternwheel Regatta. Mr Hamilton's dieam has become an annual festival which draws hun- dreds of thousands of people to Charleston every year. The Hamil- tons own two riverboats --- both star performers in the Regatta. For all of the visible philanthro- pies which the Hamiltons are en- gaged in, there are hundreds more that only the recipients and the Ha- miltons know anything about. In December of last year, Mr Hamilton was named the West Vir- ginia Hillbilly's "Person of the Year". 'Tin the third West Virginian to be selected. I joined Charleston Ga- zette publisher Ned Chilton and Ga- zette writer Fanny Seller. They must have been scraping the bottom of the barrel when they chose me," Mr Hamilton jokes. State-wide honors are nothing commission, new for the Hamiltons --- in 1987 knew Mr Hamilton Mrs Hamilton was chosen "Mother SUpporter and nt- of the Year". "1 think they picked me is rival, former Gov- because I'm on my second time Jr. 'around," Mrs Hamilton laughed. She Merry Hill and her husband are raising their two granddaughters, Meredith and Courtney, after the tragic early death of their daughter Beverly. They also are the parents of a son, Lawson III ("Trip"), an actor in New York, and a daughter, Barbara, who is the mother of three young sons and lives in Lewisburg with her hus- band Gary Ford. The Place They Call Home Merry Hill is a 50-acre estate lo- cated on Route 219 near downtown Lewisburg. As you drive by, you'll notice the white rail fence, stone pil- lars, and impeccably manicured lawns. Magnificent specimen trees grace the grounds and a winding drive leads up the hill to the 16-room Federal-style mansion Lawson and Jeanne Hamilton call home. Merry Hill is situated majestica.tly on a knoll, far enough away from the busy highway below so that no traf- fic noise reaches you -- it is in a world apart. See "Marry Hill", pg. 2-A If you are 60 years of age or older and have dreamed of becom- ing a college student again, it can happen through the Elderhostel pro- gram. Across the United States, more than 200,000 older learners will en- roll in Elderhostel programs this year hosted by more than 1,500 colleges, one of which is West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. "Our elder learners are some of the best students on campus," says Dr Bobby Loftis, a coSrdinator of the Elderhostel program at Wesleyan. "They are adventuresome, intellec- tually curious adults who challenge both themselves and the professors. The faculty who teach during the Elderhostal Program often wish that all our classes were as stimulating." Programs offered by the non- profit Elderhostel organization are tow-cost, non-credit residential aca- demic "adventures" in which partici- pants live on campus for a week. They stay in dormitories, eat in stu- dent cafeterias and enjoy the use of campus facilities such as the library, pool, and exercise room. There also are field trips and social activities. "Elderhostelers take daily classes on a variety of liberal arts subjects taught by Wesleyan's faculty," Dr Loftis said "and which are specially designed for their small group. There are no exams, no homework assignments and no grades --- just the excitement and pleasure of learning new things and sharing the experience with new friends." "Most Improved Students" at Greenbrier West. Row One: Tara Och- eltree (left), Valerle Hanson, Monica Holliday, Klmberly Brown, Tammy Minear, Susan Bryant, and Christy Smith. Row Two: Mar(ell Sims (left), Randy Sims, Usa Dodd, Shelly Lunsford, and Shawnda Osborne. Row Three: Steve Kelley (left), Mike Ellison, Sue Ann Van Meter, and Greg Rudd. Row Four: Ryan Carroll (left), Klodes Rook- stool, Klmberly Burns, and Mark Reed. West Students from grades ten through twelve received recognition February 12 at the bi-annual awards assembly at Gre nbrier West High School in Charmco. Awards were given for first-semester performance and achievements. Fifty students received certifi- cates for perfect attendance during the period, including 15 sopho- mores, 20 juniors, and 15 seniors. On the Honor Roll both nine-week grading periods were 30 sopho- mores, 37 juniors, and 61 seniors. Six sophomores, 14 juniors, and nine seniors earned the title of "Most Improved Student." Attitude, effort, and grade-point average were used to select finalists from each class, including sophomore Laurie Kincaid, juniors Tara Ockletree and Michael Ellis (tied), and senior Shawnda Osborne. These students will be honored with a day of "job shadow- ing" at Westvaco, involving stayin! with an employee an entire day learn about his or her work there. Westvaco professional surveyor Matt Hall and timber inventory tech- nician Shirley Gaber presented awards to the most-improved stu- dents and those with perfect atten- dance. The Rupert firm is a Partner in Education with Greenbrier West. The school's National Honor Society president Jo Lynn Osborne was in charge of the morning program. The Greenbrier West Jazz Band pro- vided music for the awards program. Students with perfect attendance at Greenbrler West. Row One: Jo Lynn Osborne (left), Terassa Cochrum, Nora Cade, Bridgett Witt, Windy AIIport, Kelly Lewis, Samara Woolrldge, and Charlle Lester. Row Two: Mike Farren (left), Stephanle Callls, Charity Trout, Wendy Bowles, Jonle Bennett, Paul Blankenship, Tammy Minear, Susan Bryant, and Bonita Patterson. Row Three: Randy Sims (left), Mike Fox, Shelly Mabe, Klmberly Brown, Krlsten Scofteld, Christina Tharp, KIm McClung, and Christine McClung. Row Four: Mtchelle Fields (left), Brian Osborne, Eric Boggs, Shawnda Osborne, and Travis Miller. Row Five: Steven Tincher (left), Mike McQuaid, Greg Nickell, Stephanle Smith, Lisa Snead, April Wlndon, Jason Smith, and William Bradford.