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Small Town Papers 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136 12/29/2009 February 23, 2008 "Strengthening Community and Promoting in tke Greenbrier Valley" vol. xxlv, No. 8 L&R Trail Project receives grant The City of Lewisburg recently received a grant from the West Virginia Department of Transportation in the amount of $38,235 as Phaseil of the Lewisburg L&R Trail Project. Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester traveled to Charleston recently to accept the award from Gov. Joe Manchin and Delegate Ray Canterbury. Manchester stated the City is excited about this project and feels it will be an asset to the community. may culp ]By Edward J. Pluchar ,There appears to be a posi- tive correlation, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Representa- tive James Summers ex- plained, between phosphorus levels and algae growth along -=the Greenbrier River. Data supporting Summers' hypothesis was presented in charts and graphs to over 50 residents, city officials, and special interest group repre- sentatives Thursday night. Summers was quick to admit, however, that his data on phos- phorus levels was not conclu- sive. "Many questions remain as to why comparable phospho- rus levels in Indian and Sec- ond Creek don't produce the same levels of algae" as certain sections of the Gre~nbrier year. The DEP will focus, for example, on phosphorus in the fertilizer used on golf courses along Howard Creek, which runs off and eventually mixes into the Greenbrier. So far, the DEP has deter-, mined that the main sources of phosphorus are the sewage treatment plants in White Sul- phur Springs, Ronceverte, and Alderson. "Treatment plants aren't designed to remove phospho- rus," Summers said. Upgrades for the treatment plants are available, which would remove phosphorUs from the plant dis- charges. But Summers was hesitant about this possibility. "At this point in time, I don't think we can confidently say that if we spend the money, the algae's gone," Summers said. Concerns about ,the river River, Summers explairled, water's cleanliness, particularly I~ "Some attendees suggested for recreation, dominated many L[~variable conditions in the, river, of the questions for the DEP rep- ~including sun]d~ght exposure, resentatives. While many of these Vnitrogen levels' depth of the questions were outside the scope , river, and river tetnperat~=~, as Of the presentation, represents- possible contributors to~~ve Patrick Campbell reassured gee problem, lJIFthose gathered that the DEP is "These are good things to. "taking this pretty seriously," look at," Summers responded, and that the community should ! By David Cottrfll A bill that would limit fhe time students spend on school buses (House Bill 4406) was approved by the House Educa- tion Committee last week, The bill's guidelines would limit high school students to 60-minute time travel,"middle schoolers to 45 minutes, and elementary youngsters to 30 minutes. "We're trying to protect any child in West Virginia from be- ing placed in long, extreme bus rides," testified Lorelei Scarbro of Raleigh County. Del. Stun Shaver of Preston County, one of the bflrs sponsors, said the intent of the biU is "to keep our small local schools within a reasonable time-frame dis- tance." Del. Woody Ireland of Ritchie County said the real issue is not "time" but "distance." Del. Gerald Crosier of Monroe County agreed: "You are going FFA trip to peanut falrm in $umter County while attending Sun Belt Expo in Moultrie, Geor gia, Pictured: GEHS FFA members: Health Lephew (left), Garrett Helsinger, l Will Dalton, Advisor Woody Hanna, Jack Hanna, State Director of Public Affairs for South Carolina FFAAssociatiOn John Parris, Alex Hanna, Cameron Reed, Mark Lemons and Micheal Blankenship. (See FFA page 3-5C) | slness ]~y David Cottrlll The Grea/ek Greenbriler Chamber of Commerce, in fits I at Annual Meeting The Gree.'n- to make bus drivers speed it up brier Tuesday, Inamed WReN (to stay within the time re- Radio's guidir~g hand Milke straintS}.' Kidd its 2008 Business Leader If passed in its present form, of the Year. the state's board of education would be required "to provide technical assistance to county boards to create bus routes consistent with recommended time durations." The bill ap- pears to have the governor's approval, and there seems to be support in the Senate. The present~tion was ma~de by former WReN executiive Claude Jones, Who had hir~ed Kidd in 1970; ~hus launchiing the recipient's 38-year tenure at the Roncev,rte-Lewisbturg broadcast outlet. The keyn ote speaker at the ~ffair was W[est Mike Kidd, familiar to nearly four decades of WReN listeners, was named 2008 Business Leader of the Year by the area's chum- ber of commerce. Virginia University's new presi- dent, Michael Garrison, who noted that it was his 172nd day at the helm. Garrison mentioned the sub- stantial list of WVU graduates who live and work in the Green- brier Valley, and who have made outstanding contribu- tions to their communities. He assured. The president said he had visited the state's legislature (along with new football coach Bill Stewart) earlier in the day. "We are increasingly looked upon as an economic engine by the legislature," he explained, "not as a burden." He indicated that the University induces i adding that sampling and "stay tune d an dd stay engaged." High schoolers looking Obama over. Samantha VlnDenBerge (!left),told the Chamber that 32 about $3.9 billion in economic studying will continue this killed in---- S.u Bryan and Rebecca Poe attended Obama planning rmeet- county students at the school activity into the stute annu- ing. Bryan has already registered several fellowI students to 'vote are preparing for careers in the ally." I [! ,sit us at--- I [Organ Cave area for his candidate, medical profession. "We will never lose sight of ,|~www.mountainmessenger.com [ ,] The speaker pointed out a the fact that the University is I [tests positive 0barns support ;wells Valley that held in trust for the people of named the school one of the West Virginia," he assured, I [NUmber of Sections: 4 [ Ifor rabies a. David Cottrill voter reg[straUon efforts, plhone safest places (# 18)to live and "and that it is our duty to General ] Forty Barack Obama advo- bank activity, and letter-'writ- learn in the country "We work change lives for the better." I [ On Feb. 8, a fox was shot in cates attended a planning ses- ing sessions. Phil Roll~ston on this every day,' Garrison I [ Briefly 3A [ sion of the Greenbz~er Valley Co-organiZer the Organ Cave area. The fox I ] Church Directory 4B [ was killed because of unusual WV for Obama committee Sat- announced a joint meetimg of Chocolate Festwal recewes funding I 1 Classifieds 6C [ and aggressive behavior. Aresi- urday at NRCTC, the (so far) 14 Obama gr:oups dent was chased by the fox All responded when asked to that have sprung up ar(ound By Margery Blackwelder Visitor's Bureau, respectively, when she went outside, port "He's the man for the sea- in Flatwoods[ Mar. 8. Rolheston day nightl the Lewisburg City Neither grant would have cov- I [.Club News I B ] name a reason for their sup- the state. They wig all comvene In regular session on Tues-for adverUsing and marketing. I [:FOr the Record 2A [ Testing at the West Virginia son," enthused Ed Zopp,",andencouraged @s many to atttend Council approved a request by ered the cost of the banners as State Hygienic Lab in South he's as smart as a whip.' 'He as possible. the Lewisburg Chocolate Fes- they are considered temporary Charleston confirmed the ani-will break with the old mold," County D~mocratic comven- tival for funding. Speaking on advertising. This year's Choco- l /~bituaries ' 3B/ mal was infected with the Re-affirmed Steve Rut[edge. "As a tions will be held in all 55 (coun- behalf of the festival, was Event late Festival will be held on I,Opinion '4A / 1 [ Valley Business News 1C I hies Virus. white female, I fo,und it hard to ties Apr. 12 (at the courthmuse, Chairman, Cindy Lavender- Saturday, Apr. 12. All area residents should be decide for awhile,' confessed Jo in GreenbrieF County). Amy reg- Bowes. The $1,200 granted to Carried over from previous I ['" Entertainment [ aware of the presence of wild- Weisbrod, "but Obama is istered De z~ocrat" may mttend" the festival will go toward ban- meetings, was another attempt I I Steppin' Out D Section I life rabies in the Greenbrier grounded and capable." and help ChOOSe delegattes to ners for downtown signposts, at a second reading and pub- I I;CrOssw rd " 5D I Valley. Regular vaccination of"I want to win ,t~ s fall," of- the state j conventioln in Lavender-Bowes addressed lie hearing for rezoning of 323 pets is the best barrier to pre- fered ,R, on Miller, and he can Charleston (June 13-14) the council, stating that last and 325 N, Jefferson Street. I I Hocus Focus 5D I vent rabies transmission to win.' 'It's nice to be workingAttendance locally has year's inaugural event was a The council had lengthy dis- I [ Movie Listings 2D ] humans, w~th someone and for some- grown to thqpoint where meet- sellout with more than 400 cussion on the issues of Contact with wild animals thing instead of Just against ings have become unwieldy, tickets purchased. The organi-grandfathering, spot zoning I [TVWeek 7-11D Shouldbeavoided. Donotfeed something,' injected Cindy Forthatre~son, twome,etings zationexpeetsthisyear'sevent andpermissibleuseswithin wildlife or leave pet food out- Peel. will be hei(~ in Marchl one atto at least double in size. They office/residential (O-R). At its I I Special Features I doors where it may attract wild "We don'twant abridge back5:30 p.m. o/i Tuesday, MIar. 11 have received $10,000 from the last meeting, the council tabled 1 1 FFA 3- 5CI or stray animals. Keep all gar- to the 20th Century," asserted(place to b~ named}, and 10 state tourism board and $2,000the issue in order to consult I II~ ~t/~t~ - l bage securely covered ir~ tight fitting containers. Do not keep Hanno Kirk. "The answer, my a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 15, at from the Greenbrier County See "Chocolate" page 2A . [+American Profiles,wild animalsaspetsand seal friend, is blowing in the wind,' NRCTC f LQQK F(l t openings to prevent animals, intoned the Rev. Nelson For information, call Steve ~'~'x~f~ I~1 including bats' fr m entering Staples" "I feel energized and (645"4212)i ; Trudy (497"12955)' l ! the home. empowered (by the candidate)," or Phil (653-4933), cor try ejaculated a Summers County theretsonly:ofus.com. Special Section Reside,~ts should check attendee. Four counties wereAttendee~I were encoturaged totheir pet's vaccination recordsbe sure all pets are up to date represented, to donate t( the nationaU cam-l )r'ic a ] '~ / "on their vaccines. Committees reported on paign: barackobama.co~n. ~ .- ~--' ,~