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March 27, 1990 From the Greenbrier of West Virginia ever turned on your late at night and America is talking ) tWo Helens have turned and found an amaz- of topics discussed on radio. ~ntain Messenger wel- Coste and Helen Ho- contributors begin- The two Helens will for bringing you ht Talk Radio". He- Coste By Chas. A. Goddard A new 500-student military boarding school may be located in the Lewisburg vicinity if a feasibility study proves positive, according to Duane Parsons of Reston, Virginia. Mr Parsons, an alumnus of Green- brier Military School (GMS), was in Greenbrier County recently to dis- cuss the establishment of such a school with other GMS graduates. A non-profit group, Greenbrier Military School Foundation, Incorporated, has been established to look into gineering at WVU, will conduct the study for the GMS Foundation. "The Foundation has also been coSrdi- nating its re-activation efforts with the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States," according to Mr Parsons. That agency is comprised of members from six military colleges, six military junior colleges and secondary schools, and 31 military institute schools. "The re-activation of GMS will bring back an exciting tradition to the possibility of building and oper- the Greenbrier Valley area and is ating the proposed private facility, another sign of continuing interest in In a prepared news release, Mr West Virginia's economic develop- Parsons said "The first goal of The ment," Mr Parsons said. "In the near GMS Foundation is to fund a feasi- future, the GMS Foundation Board bility study. This study will be con- of Directors will be expanded to in- ducted by the Center for Entrepre- clude community and business lead- neurial Studies and Development ers who share our vision of bringing (CESD) at West Virginia University." a major private educational institu- Mr Parsons said .Doctor Jack lion to the Lewisburg area," Mr Par- Byrd Jr, a professor of Industrial En- sons added. Greenbrier Military School was founded in 1812 as a Presbyterian school. GMS and the old Greenbrier College for Women (variously known as the Lewisburg Female In- stitute and Lewisburg Seminary) both trace their origins from that early 19th Century school. GMS and Greenbrier College for Women closed their doors in 1972. Mr Parsons said "Since the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medi- cine occupies the old GMS campus, a new site will be located for the construction of a new facility that will have a capacity of housing 500 boarding students." No site has yet been selected for the proposed school, according to Mr Parsons. For more information on the GMS Foundation activities, o~ to make a tax-deductible contribution, inter- ested persons may write The Green- brier Valley Bank, P. O. Box 387, Lewisburg. Honaker Helen Honaker's grand- )ste grew up in Sum- d her husband one of the first tele- in the country was a charter mem- a member for 20 Directors of pg. 2-A ON H0M E~ HI GO family is sold on South America, Panama, and says. "rve lived in Countries in my rich and poor, and I know of, I'd rather of Second Street in Virginia. This town Cake. The people of time to spend PeOple anyplace else I their sign-making number of cities United States, the in the fall of colored house on Second Street )les of their tal- their intention Years to come. his wife Shirley live family members Do You Write: "West Virginia's My Choice' Mountain MessenKer 122 North Court Street Lewisburg 24901 .-H'L Staran, Lemonda, Sue, and Lisa. Their Rainelle Sign Company manu- factures lettering for trucks, license tags, bumper stickers, flags, signs, buildings, and a number of other adw~rtising specialities. The Foxes have customers throughout the United States, many from where they previously lived. Recently they designed a logo for the Town of Rainelle, touting it as a "Summer Paradise and Winter Won- derland." Additionally, Sue recorded a song about Rainelle which has been played on local radio stations. The family is hoping the two public- ity aids will be used by the city and area groups to promote the town to visitors and potential tourists. When asked why they chose Rainelle as a location for their busi- ness, Mr Fox said, "We were work- ing in San Antonio, Texas, some- times making as much as $200 to See "Signs", pg. 2-A Inside Today About Hirba ................ .... 10B " Agriculture ........................ 10A Briefly .................................. 9A Clanified ............................ 9B Deeds .................................. 3A Garden Patch ...................... 6A Guest Columni=t ................ 5A A~nt ...................... 9 B Inside LJte-Nlght l~dlo ..... 3A ObltuMkm ........................... 9A Opinion ............................... 4A Roberta ............................... 2B Saints .................................. 3B Spone .................................. 1 B i L i The Mountain Messenger Is Extremely Proud of the Young Writers From Monroe County With Pride We Present Six Winning Stories Please Turn to Page 5~B Doctor John Doctors' The Greenbrier Valley Medical Auxiliary awarded John J. Yeager, M. D., its 1990 Doctors' Day Award at the Brier Inn March 10. The an- nual commemoration is March 30. The group presented two medical books to the White Sulphur Springs Public Library in his honor. Dr Yeager became a staff mem- ber of The Greenbrier (Hotel) Clinic in White Sulphur Springs in 1951. At that time he was also working at Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lex- ington, Virginia, helping to establish its radiology department. He be- came a full-time member of The Greenbrier Clinic in 1967. He graduated from Georgetown Medical School and did post-gradu- ate work at the University of Penn- sylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency in the De- partment of Radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospita in Baltimore. Doctors' Day was established in 1933 by the Auxiliary to the Barrow County (Georgia) Medical Society. It was inspired by Eudora Brown, wife of Charles B. Almond, a doctor from Winder, Georgia. The Georgia auxiliary's resolution reads, "Resolved by the Auxiliary to the Barrow County Medical Society, Sister States e that March 30, the day that famous Georgian Dr. Crawford W. Long, first used ether anesthesia in sur- gery, be adopted as 'Doctors' Day,' the object to be the well-being and honor of the profession, its obser- vance demanding some act of kind- ness, gift or tribute in rememorance of the doctors." John J. Yeager, M.D. The Virginia and West Virginia welcome centers, within five miles of each other on Interstate 64, both saw their numbers of visitors m- crease dramatically when the high- way was completed in 1988. Em- ployees say the jump was beyond their expectations. Examples: In June 1988, the last full month before the highway was finished the Virginia Welcome Cen- ter at Jerry's Run recorded 19,940 visitors, and the West Virginia center at White Sulphur Springs recorded 21,494. In August 1988, the first full month after 1-64 was finished, the Virginia center reported 34,077 visi- tors: the West Virginia center re- ported 40,5t8. "We thought it would take a couple of years to see a big change," Virginia Welcome Center Phyllis Myers said. "It happened immediately." Each center calculates its num- bers of visitors differently. While West Virginia counts every person who enters the information lobby, regardless of whether he or she asks for assistance, Virginia counts only those who ask for assistance. Groups in the Virginia center who make inquiries are counted only as one, but total figures are multiplied by 2.7 to arrive at final calculations. the Virgima Welcome Center opened in May 1970 and recorded 4,425 visitors during its first month. At that time travelers had to contend See "Welcome", pg. 2-A Glace Postmistress Mary Largen Thirty-Seven Years On the Job By Jonathan Wright 1958. Mrs Largen took over the post Glace: tucked away between office in 1953 from Carrie Webb, towering mountains near the meet- ing point of Greenbrier, Monroe, and Alleghany counties. This tiny handful of homes is typical of West Virginia's many isolated communities which, despite their distance from the "out- side world," have retained one all- important feature--their post offices. Mary Fox Largen has been post- mistress at the helm for almost 37 years now anon-shows no signs of retiring. Like many small post of- rices, hers is located inside a coun- try store where customers often pick up a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk along with their mail There are no customer post office boxes here: each person must ask for his mail when he comes {n each day. That's no problem, th0ugh--part of the daily routine is to stop to chat with 76-year-old Mrs Largen. "These are really nice people," she says. "1 like them all. They're my neighbors, and I think a lot of them." The Glace post office serves 50 customers, including 30 on its one carrier route. The small store is the only busi- ness establishment in the Monroe County community, and its one pump makes it the only place folks can get gasoline for miles around. Its isolation makes it difficult to get wholesalers to deliver store goods. It is 12 miles from White Sulphur Springs and 18 miles from Union by a network of one-lane roads. "Only the Pepsi, Dr Pepper, and gasoline trucks deliver out here " Mrs Largen says. "It's been like that every since rye been here. I have to call in most of my orders, and my. daughter-in-law picks them up in Ronceverte once a week." , When asked what it's like to be stranded in Glace during heavy snows, Mrs Largen laughs, "I'm stranded here all the time! I stick around here most of the time any- way. It's not that bad, really, be- cause when we're snowed in most other folks in other communities are. too--and the snow plows eventually come along." Mrs Largen was born in Cocke County, Tennessee. She got ac. quainted with her future husband, Waiter Largen, during times when he came from West Virginia to visit his grandmother, who lived near Mrs Largen's brother. The two married and moved to Glace in 1939. Mr Largen's father built the Glace store in the mid-1930's. Mrs Largen and her husband entered into a partnership with him in 1943 and bought his share of the business in who operated it for many years in a building at Glace's "main intersec- tion" of three one-lane road~ft: MrsoLargen's husban~died in 1979/She has one son. three grandchildren, and two great-grand- children. Post Office Thelma Hodge A new post office building at Maxwelton will be a "welcome change" to postmistress Thelma Hodge. Construction began'in Janu- ary and is virtually completed, she said, but no date has yet been set for occupancy. "This is the third time rve been up for a new building," she added. 'Tve been knocked out of it before, but this time rm finally getting it. I'm thrilled." Ms Hodge has been head of the Maxwelton post office since 1979. According to Carol Dunnavant, Communications Manager for the U. S. Postal Service's Charleston Divi- sion the 928-square-foot building on U. S 219 is the smallest the Postal Service constructs. Thirty other buildings of the same size are being built this fiscal year throughout the d~vision, wh=ch includes 900 post offices throughout most of West Vir- ginia and a portion of Virginia. "We approved this new project because the old building has such a small lobby, the roof frequently leaks, and parking space is inadequate," Ms See "Maxwelton", pg. 2-A @