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News Wrap-up Lewlsburg Elementary-- named a National Blue Ribbon winner, this month added an- other blg distinction to its llst of awards by being named one of America's 142 best elemen- tary schools by Redbook maga- zinc, Redbook Editor-ln Chief Kate White wrote Dr. Fox the school was selected for it's in- novative and successful pro- grams "as well as its uncom- promising commitment to ex- cellence." Strep In Valley--Two separate strains of Invaslve Group A Strep h ve been reported in Eastern Greenbrier County. According to Director Gay Se- bert with the County Health Department only one has manifested Itself as a ne- crotizing or flesh-destruction type. The risk of developing this severe invaslve disease is associated with both particu- larly virulent strains of the bacteria and with predisposing host factors. Individuals most at risk include those with underlining health problems such as diabetes, chronic heart or lung problems. Two patients are being treated at GVMC in Isolation to prevent the spread of the bacteria. Monrroe Levy Pas --Monroe County votem passed, by a 52 percent margin, a school ex- cess levy March 18, Voters passed the 65 percent excess levy by 99 votes. Final num- bers were: 1,438 votes for and 1.384 votes against. The money will be used for text: books, radio and video equip- ment on buses, extracurricular salaries, substitute salaries, 4- H and county library services, custodial equipment, facilities improvement and eliminating school fund raising, Rotary International--350 Rotarians and special guests converged on The Greenbrier for the annual conference of Rotary International District 7550 this weekend. District Governor John E. "Jack" Ewart of Lewisburg presided at the session. The three-day event included a group study exchange team from Japan presenting a program entitled "Japanese and American Teams and Leaders." Coleman Charged--Darrell Coleman of White Sulphur Springs was named In a one- Greater Greenbrier April Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events 1-30 3-28 8 I0 11 11&12 It 22 22 26 26 26 28 28 count information filed by fed-] 29 eral prosecutors ! st week.] Coleman is ch+ rgdd :i th: Talsi | fylng doc 6ii in :the sum-I 30 mer of 1990 while he was a loan officer and assistant cashier at the Bank of White Sulphur Springs branch omce in Lewisburg. The information allows prosecutors to bypass a grand Jury and usually indi-t cates tl e person is cooperating I in an investigation. Coleman faces up to 30 ars in prison and a $1 million fine ff con- victed. Gap Mills School Buzglarized--Gap Mills Ele- mentary School. Principal Larry Mustain said persons unknown gained entrance to the school building between the hours of i0 a.m. and 6:30 a.m, on Tuesday, March 22. Mustain was reluctant to dis: cuss the lncldenL However. a representative at the Union detachment noted VCR's, cal- culators and computers Were stolen. Tfci K. D. Hedrlck and Sgt. D. R. Butler of the State Po- lice Detachment at Unlon are, heading Up the investigation which is ongoing. Please call our office at 647-5724, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday Insurance for... I Autos I Homes I Mobile Homes I Boats I Rood Call today for a free quote No obligation. 1-800-222-7373 or 645-6977 Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM 202 West Washington Street Art Exhibit, Watercolors by Greenbrier Artist, Old Stone Room. Free. Art Exhibit, O//Paintings and Prints by Jorn Lynae Mork, Auditorium Lobby, Free. Carnegie Hall Performance Series presents the West Virginia Symphony in a chamber tour concert with featured sololst Sharon Ishln, classical guitar. 8 p.m. in the Auditorium. Tickets: $14 (adults), $13 (students/seniors) and $19 (Gold Section). Carnegie Hall Film Series presents Argentine di rector Maria Lulsa Bemberg's 1994 film I Don't Want to Talk About It starring Marcellor Mas troianni (tentative). Showings at 6 and 8:15 p.m. at the Lewis Theatre on Court Street. Admission: $5. Due to the nature of the industry, there is a chance that a different film will be shown. To confirm film and times, call the Carnegie Hall office, 645-7917, on show day. Mtmeum Exhibit based on the popular animated children's science series on PBS, The Mag/c School Bus. Third floor Art Studio through May 30. Open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Ad mission free for 1995 Carnegie Hall members; $i for non-members. Tours for groups, of i0 or more available by appointment. Call 645-7917. Multiple Intelligences Training with noted educator David Lazear, presented in cooperation with Greenbrler County Schools and the West Vir ginia Graduate College. For further information, contact Christy Clemons-Rodgers, education direc tor at Carnegie Hall, 645-7917. Lunchbox Glass Art Series presents a one-day workshop on glass etching techniques. 12-1 p.m. , Instructor: Lynda Weischowsky. Registration dead line: April 7. For class complete reigistration infer mation, call 645-7917. Raku Firing Workshop for novice or experienced potters. First of two Saturday sessions. Fist ses sion Is a lecture/demo from 10 a.m. to noon. The second session will be held at the instructor's Sum mers County studio. Instructor: Diana Hunt. Reg istration deadline. April 14. Wonderful Wednesdays children's after-school art school art class: Patchwork Potpourri (quilting), 3:30-5 p.m. Instructor: Jeanne Hoffman. Reglstra tlon deadline: April 19. Stories on Stage. a class for children combining drama and creative writing, will be held Wednes days from 3:30-5 through May 16. Instructor: Mar garet Baker. Registration deadline: April 19. Clay Creations, a beginning pottery class for adults, will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. through June 14. Instructor: Paul Cook. Reg lstratlon deadline: April 19. Carnegie Hall Performance Series presents Inca Son performing music and dance of the Andes of Peru, and of all Latin America. 8 p.m In the Audito rium. Tickets $12 (adults), $I I (students/seniors) and $17 (Gold Section). Pan Plpe Workshop, 3:30-5 p.m. Inca Son founder Cesar Villalobos will teach children the history and basics of playing the panpipe. The class will pre pare one musical selection to perform In the Inca Son's, evening concert at Carnegie Hall. Workshop participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the performance. Pre-registration required by April 21. Call 645-7917. Lunchbox Glass Art Series workshop on creating wildflower nighflltes, 12-1 p.m. Instructor: Lynda Weisehowsk'y. Registration deadline: April 17. Art Exhibit, Oils and Pastels by Llnda McQueen Hill, opens in the Auditorium Lobby. Free. Recep tion to meet the artist, 2-4 p.m. The public is in vited. Exhibit continues through May 30. "Issues" city would be responsible for 25 percent of the funding the first year. Matheny stated, after talk- ing with Chief Weikle and other officers, they felt their needs would include cellular phones, audio visual equipment and a possible community activities program for youth. The total grant would be $4,000 with the city matching $I,000. Council agreed to apply for the,grant. Matheny told council their "Fast Cop" application had been approved and he would like to have city council's approval to hire another police officer. He said the estimated first year cost to the city will be 25 percent or $6,000. After discussion the matter was tabled until the Safety Committee and Chief Weikle can meet for discussion and forward their recommenda- tion. In other related business, it was announced April 17 through 21 has been designated Spring Clean Up for the city. It was recommended the block building at Dorie Miller Park be removed because of its deterio- rating condition. It Was agreed to do so and reclaim the area. Councilman Turley suggested a plaque be placed at this site to mark its significance to the area. It was so moved+ Matheny announced the Lewisburg Merchant's Association mem- con't from 1A bers are working on a full day of activities for the K-Mart Classic blke race slated for May 27. After reconveying from execu- tive session regarding personnel and legal matters, Councilman Claude Jones made a motion for a pay increase of $50 per month for the newly-elected council members. It was noted only those new members will be effected by the increase, making the salary $1,200 a year. McClung sec- onded and the motion passed. Councilman Paul Cooley ab- stained from voting because of his candidacy in the upcoming election. The Mountain Messenger, Sunday, March 26, 1995 3A "Exemption" chased) which will be needed, plus a detailed financial feasibil- ity study including--at a mini- mum--pro forma financial state- ments both current and pro- jected. On February 8, HCCRA once again contacted RMC and noti- fied them that their filing fees for initiation of exemption were received, but their application was still incomplete. They then forwarded to RMC a detailed list of obligations and prerequisite information needed on their new primary care center. David E. Jarrett, Health Cost Care Financial Analyst noted under Title 65 Legislative Rule, HCCRA series 23, "All new prl- mary care centers must empha- size rural areas, towns of 20,000 or less [and] must be lo- cated in an underserved com- munity." [Pop. Hinton--"just under 5,000, Pop. Summers County--approximately 14,000]. Other requirements include a list of projected physicians or other staff, timetables for these projects to be completed and fi- nally, information with respect to the projected users of these services and the number of en- counters (visits) a day. Thls is no small order for a clinic that has sold one of its satellites (Quinwood) and util- izes their Rupert and Meadow Bridge sites sparingly. According to I.owe, the antici- pated breakdown of patient cov- con't from LA erage will be Medicare--42 per- cent, Medlcald--36 percent, Third-party Insurance--14 per- cent, Uninsured--7 percent and Other---one percent. Were it not for its Federally Qualified Health Center status, the expense of this venture would be a gamble for any health care institution and could conceivably knock a hole in RMC's $2 million budget. Lowe explained in a letter dated January 4, 1994 to HCCRA official Larry Fizer, that startup capital expense would not exceed $54,000. According to HCCRA documents, much of their supplies--exam tables, su- ture kits, linen, etc. is pur- chased primarily from the sur- plus in Charleston from the many hospitals which have closed or have surplus. The condition of being non- profit does not look so bad as documents flied with HCCRA on behalf of RMC would suggest: a 3-year projected budget for the Hlnton Primary Clinic will In- clude $108,148 in personnel services alone. Documents from RMC further state a projected total of 3,675 encounters a year for a total revenue of $205,222. This includes the rather liberal projections of 85 percent collec- tions from Medicare and 70 per- cent from Medicaid. How will Summers County Hospital fit Into all this? Will they survive? Only time will tell. "Electins" Board for Southside Community College in Virginia. A veteran of WWII and Korean conflict Fouch was a Naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps with a rank of Major. Fouch said, "This is over- whelming for me. After talking with my wife, the decision to seek office was made. I appreci- ate your support--for this will be all new and different for me and I thank you." Paul R. Cooley thanked the party and said, "I have held of- rice for 24 years and have en- joyed serving. If elected, I will do my best to serve the citizens of Lewlsburg." Cooley, retired from The Greenbrier Hotel valet shop fol- lowing 42 years of service, 22 of which he served as manager. He has served the City of Lewisburg since 1971 as a councilmember. He and his wife, Viola, are the parents of three children and four grandchildren and one great grandchild. They have been residents of Lewlsburg for the past 44 years, and are mem- bers of the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, where he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Upon receiving the nomina- tion, Thomas W. "Tom" Campbell, noted hls apprecia- tion for the party's support and said he was "looking forward to serving the City as he had in the past. It is noted Campbell served as a councilman from 1987 to 1993. He has been wlth Greenbrier Respiratory Services for 10 years and is presently comptrol- ler. He graduated from Green- brier East High School and West Virginia University with a degree in Business Administration. Campbell is a Certified Public Accountant and Chairman of the Lewisburg Planning Com- mission. He is a member of the Lewisburg Rotary Club, and the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, where his wife Susan, is associ- ate minister. The Citizen's party met Mon- day, March 20 to select their candidates. Ken Gazaway of Le- wisburg serving as Secretary for con't from 1A the Citizens' Party. James Ne- mitz nominated James "Butch" Matheny's for mayor, with At Walker seconding. No other names were placed in nomina- tion. Matheny served a two-year term as councilmember from 1975 to 1977, then ran for the office of mayor in 1977 and won. He won subsequent elec- tions until 1980, and returned in 1993 to run for the office of mayor against incumbent, Phil Gainer. When asked what he sees as most important for the City of Lewisburg and its future, Matheny said, "Service, public safety, police and fire, which would include equipment and manpower. Our public parks are on the verge of completion: a 10-year plan. I would llke to see the water system updated and the public receive the needed water they have asked for be- . come a reality." Matheny graduated from Le- wisburg High School and re- ceived a degree In Marketing and Business Administration from Concord College. He is a life-long resident of Lewisburg, and a member of the United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Jane. are the parents of one daughter, Amy, a senior at West Virginia University and a son, Reid, a senior at Greenbrter East High School. AT, Front & Rear A/C, Two-Tone Paint, Tilt, Cruise, PDL, PW, Sharp e According to Clifton M. Greer, Sr., Veterans Affairs Officer of the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs, veterans, wid- ows or survivors who receive U.S. Department of Veterans Af- fairs (VA) pension benefits for non-service connected condi- tions will receive notification change in income reporting pro- cedures. Eligibility Verification Reports (EVR's) will not be mailed out nationwide until ap- proximately the latter part of March or the first part of April. Greer went on to explain a full page eligibility verification report will be mailed to pension recipients on an annual basis. Further information will be sent to each individual in receipt of pension as to who will have to submit an EVR. Medical ex- penses may still be reported on an annual basis even though an Individual does not receive an EVR. Greer further explained the aforementioned change does not relieve pensioners of the respon- sibility of reporting Income changes when they occur to the U.S. Department of Veterans Af- fairs. For further information on this or any other VA benefitso please contact Greer's office lo- cated at the Greenbrier County Court House, Lewisburg, tele- phone: 647-7500. He also pro- vides Itinerary service to Rainelle and Marlinton on a monthly basis. I II For Immediate Access Tc Quality Rental Equipment Fol Contracting Or Home Projects Call 645-1334 NAIqOWAML 8 V{JR{t | 1 13 SOUTH COURT STREET LEWISBURG. WV I I '93 Dodge Caravan Tilt, Cruise, Air, Cass., 6 cyL, One Owner, Local. 1990 Dodge Grand ! Caravan LE .", ,+o...s i ii v o Front & Rear Air, AT, I AT, Front&Rea #C, TIg :nJla , s'PW'ZP' noer l i;I '89 Colt Vista SW 4x4. 4 Dr., 4 cyl., 5 @. 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