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] Small Town Papers 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136 12/29/2009 March 1, 2008 'Strengthening Community and Divers',ity in the Greenbrier Valley" vol. xxlv, No. 9 3 5 , . J b Eastern Greenbrier Middle School's Panthers won the annual Battle of the Books contest. Front Row: Maggie Karrs (left), Will Scott, and Emily Vandevender. Second Row: Melissa O'Sullivan (left), Jacob Essig-Beatty, and Josh Grubbs. By David Cottrill Battle of the Books is a con- test in a "quiz bowl" format that tests middle school students' knowledge of books on a pre- selected list. The event was held at Carnegie Hall last month and was sponsored by The Greenbrier Reading Council, The Open Book, and the Board of Education. Each school sent two teams from each grade (12 teams). The winning team was Eastern Greenbrier's eighth grade Pan- thers. The runner-up was Eastem's eighth grade Eagles. By David Cottrill To wind up Black Hlst( Month, NRCTC brought Aide r- son's Adrienne Biesemeyer Lo Campus to share her resear(:h into "Black Red Necks," 19 :h Century African-Americ: n women who pioneered in tile Old West. There were thousands )f them, according to Biesemey, r, but they are hardly ever me 1- tioned in history books. T:le speaker portrayed five, all of whom wh:;e~e ,~l~fleLpatCd out;' slaves, who' ~t6ri~tl "the frontier and succeeded in a variety of endeavors. Mary Fields left Tenness after emancipation and hell: Ursuline nuns establish school outside Cascade, Mc tana. She drove their team ir town regularly for supplies a ~e ~d a rl- Lto ad Eastern Greenbrier Middle School's Eagles were second place winners in the annual Battle of the Books contest. Front Row: Abbey Estep (left), Kelsey Williams, and Brennan Smith. Second Row: Aaron Graham (left), Maggie Hower, and Garrett Sheppard. requl ,By David Cottrill "You're on the leading edge," Steve Fisher, WV Housing De- " Visit us at m www.mountain messenger.corn Inside This Week Number of Sections: 4 General Briefly 3A Church Directory 4B Classifieds 3C Club News 1B velopment Fund, told the County Commission Tuesday after the governing body adopted the WV Building Code as the county's standard. He said only two other counties have adopted the code for countywide application. Commission President Lowell Rose said the adoption followed two years of extensive consid- eration. He noted that the county's building inspector, Ashley Carr, will oversee en- forcement. Among other benefits, build- By Michael Showell Inside this week's issu the Mountain Messenger will find our newest pub tion, Mountain Messen Properties & Lifestyles. Our new monthly mal replaces the tabloid Real E Review. We hope that you enjo new full color high glossy n of you ica- er "s dne ;tate the aga- zine-style publication, l~ach month you will receive Mbun- tain Messenger's PropertJes & Lifestyles as part of your sub- scription. This is part of our cor :inu- ous efforts to bring you th( best For the Record 2A Obituaries 3B Opinion 4A Valley Business News 1C Entertainment Steppin' Out D Section Crossword 5D Hocus Focus 5D Movie Listings 2D TV Week 7 - 11D Special Features -- American Profiles Appalachian Journal ing to the code will help retain community newspaper pos- market value, Fisher pointed sible. out. Susan Rosshirt, Green- The Mountain Messenl 'er is brier Housing Authority, was published weekly on Satu "day. also on hand to applaud the Each edition containsa local yo4r adoption. Citizens can perusenews, Steppln t~ut, TV the code at www.greenbrier and Entertainn~ent Gflide, American Profil~s, a county.net. g}ossy On another issue, commis- magazine aboutlsmall ]town--~' sioners voted to award $40,000 America and a liTe!y Editorial each to The Greenbrier Valley and Opinion page}. Theatre and Carnegie Hall Each month w9 publis~ the from the county's arts and rec- additional special supple- reation fund for the ~/pproach- ments, Body Mind & Spill and ing fiscal year. Appalachian Journal, Commissioners discussed a now, Mountain MesseJ and "er's possible fee schedule for citi-. Properties & Lifestyles. zens' groups who apply to useDur other weekly publica- the Courthouse after hours. Lion, AppalachianAdwerdser, is The issue was raised by plansa free publication distributed for a county Democratic presi- at high traffic loc~ tions dential nominating convention, throughout the Greenbri :r Val- slated for the building on Sat- Icy. It contains hundreds ~f free urday, Apr. 12. The trio voted classifieds and is your resource to table the discussion until the for just about anythin~ you next meeting. ~,want to buy or sell. [ 0 was popularly kmown as Stage Coach Mary. Quite tall ancl athletic, she could ride, sho(ot, and curse with the best, IBiesmeyer as- sured her rapt ~audience. The nuns helped her establish a laundry in Casc'ade, a service much appreciated, except by the deadbeat w'ho walked off one afternoon ~vithout paying for the laundry he picked up. Mary foUowedl him to the lo- cal saloon and dlemanded pay- ment. He made ~the mistake of telling her to gett lost. She flat- tened him and to, ok the money. No one ever tri(ed to stiff her after that. She was also m Pony Express rider during th~ short history of that enterpris~e. Mary died in 1914. Our WEB 'page, Mountain Messenger.cc~m, is the most viewed local page in the Green- brier Valley. T~here you will find extensive news coverage from the Mountairl Messenger and our on-line e(dition of the Ad- vertiser wheFe you can place your classifiecl ads for free from your home co)mputer. Our new magazine Mrountain Messen- ger's Propertites & Lifestyles is also available~ for view. We could mot do it without your support It is in partner- ship with youl, our readers and advertisers, amd the staff at the Mountain 1Messenger that makes it pos~sible to publish a community p)aper that is truly of and about the citizens and towns it covers. The Momntain Messenger was started i]n 1985 by a group of local bu siness men who wanted to cr,'eate a publication that would itncrease the qual- ity of local mews and informa- tion coverage in the Greenbrier Valley. In 19)93, the paper was purchased by another Green- brier Count)y native, Michael Showell, the current owner and publisher. We welcolme your contribu- tions of comlmunity news about churches, c]lubs, sports, busi- ness and erntertainment. Con- tact us by c:alling 647-5724 or writing to MIountain Messenger P.O. Box 429, Lewisburg, WV 24901. You may E-mail us at ads@mount;ainmessenger, com. Volunteer ine ,to America (VISTA) toiler Lucinda Tyler la- bors to pro egacy of West Virginia's own, Pearl S. Buck. (Photo by Sally Desire) By David Cottrill New Yorker Lucinda Tyler ame to the Mountain State in 1994 to raise organic beef cattle and championship Box- ers. Through VISTA and the Pocahontas County Historical Society (PCHS), she's now us- ing her extensive marketing background to promote the Pearl Buck Birthplace Founda- tion (PBBF) tO aS~he put it, "raise awareness of the legacy of Pearl Buck's illustrious and formidable career." Several promotional projects are underway or in the offing. Hfllsboro fifth graders are pen- palling with counterparts in China's Anhui Province, the special section of that country which inspired The Good Earth. The youngsters are also ex- changing videos and podcasts. Later this year, the PBBF and the PCHS will host Chi- nese visitors interested in "green" methods for raising livestock. The visitors will, in turn, host one of their country's traditional kite-flying contests on the lawn of the Foundation. The author's birthday will be marked during the county's annual Little Levels Heritage Fair, which will feature a writ, ing workshop dedicated to her memory. Several of the state's authors--Denise Giardina, Edwina Pendarvis, and Kirk Judd will lead the workshop, Tyler notes that the famedr author penned these word~; ~ " my mother's house may'it prove to others, too, a gateway to new thoughts and dreams " "We at the Historical Society and the Foundation," Tyler added, "plan to put this deram in motion by honoring her legacy and promoting the ex- change of ideas with partici- pants in Anhui Province, Pocahontas County, and be- yond." By David Cottrill What are our reps in Charles- 'ton doing in addition to agoniz- ing over their legislative com- pensation? Here are a fewof the items still being kicked about. House Bill 4686 would re- quire schools to teach manage- ment of checking and savings accounts, loans, credit card use, interest rates, and IRAs. House Bill 4706 would re- quire mandatory carding for a// purchases of alcoholic bever- ages. House Bill 4662 would re- quire the DMV to notify State Police when a registered sex offender registers a motor ve- hicle. Senate Bill 734 would cre- ate the Office of Minority Affairs as a cabinet in the Governor's office. House Bill 4697 would cre- ate a prompt payment law. Contractors would have to be paid within 30 days, and sub- contractors within seven days. House Bill 4589 would in- crease from $50-$200 to $200- $500 penalties for overtaking a school bus. Senate Bill 747 would es- tablish the PROMISE Scholar Summer Internship Program. House Bill 4633 would re- quire students to receive con- tinuing homebound services for health impairments deter- mined to be ongoing. Senate Bill 743 would al- low public and private non- profit organizations to lease school buses to transport reg- istered voters to polling places. Senate Bill 725 would regu- late the sale of beverages in schools. Senate Bill 771 would au- thorize Nontraditional Career Development Centers to assist displaced homemakers or single parents in receiving job counseling, job training, job placement. House Bill 4601 would re- quire public school instruction in the positive results capital- ism has produced in the United States. House Bill 4599 would pro, hibit cloning human embryos in state medical schools or uni- versities. House Bill 4646, would in- clude a check-off option to do- nate some or all of one's per- sonal tax refund to the Jack- son's Mill 4-H Camp. Senate Bill '705 would al- low a caregiver who is not a par- ent or guardian to consent to health care for a minor Lhrough an affidavit. House Bill 4634 would cre- ate a funding mechanism for Child Advocacy Centers from the Crime Victim's Compensa- tion Fund. SpecialS( A Journal