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Vol. VI No.5 April 3, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia , portion of Moncove Hunting and Fishing Gap Mills will receive status following the of a bill passed Legislature. The new Will take effect July 1, Virginia's thirty-sixth Meanwhile, tentative Department of Natural to drain the lake by Moncove Lake Sam England. has discussed at several parks state out of concern . "We have two seep- our dam, but we are { day," Mr Eng- believe one is only a the other is a larger As long as it doesn't is no problem. We're though." sees positive results designated state will be good for ad- he said. "When has never been here "public hunting and he imagines it as not a large, open area purposes. When he 'state park,' he will That describes we have: camping, canoeing, and fa- softball, badmin- paddle boating, and course, the vast ma- jority of our land" is still available for public hunting and fishing. The lake draws an average of 9,000 campers and up to 30,000 other visits each year, according to Mr England. The man-made lake was completed in 1961 and is the central feature of the 894-acre pub- lic area. The 170-acre state park in- cludes the majority of the lake and adjacent recreational land. A group of Monroe County citi- zens known as the Moncove Lake Foundation organized in January to push for state park status and to dis- courage DNR plans to drain the lake. The group will continue to work for additional facilities, including wa- ter and electric hook-ups for camp- ers, a shelter and rest rooms for the picnic area, and the completion of a boat ramp. The DNR recently pro- vided the park $4,000 to construct the ramp. Area resident Coolidge Stover said, 'Td like to see the park remain in as much a natural state as pos- sible--it just needs to be a bit more convenient. That's why we're push- ing to get these additional facilities." Mr Stover is a member of the Foundation's board of directors and is optimistic about the future of the newly designated state park: "This will help not only Gap Mills and Moncove Lake--it will also help Un- ion, White Sulphur Springs, and other communities around here as tourists travel through. They'll see See "Moncove", pg. 3-A \ By Jonathan Wright The state's School Building Au- thority announced March 27 it will award Greenbrier County $6.1 mil- lion for a project to build a consoli- dated junior high school for the east- ern part of the county. Williamsburg, Renick, Lewisburg, White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier (Ronceverte), and Alderson junior high schools will close as a result of the consolida- tion. "The announcement of the money award will likely put on hold an earlier proposal to remove the junior high grades from Crichton, Smoot, and Williamsburg schools in September," Assistant Superinten- dent of Schools Dwight Livesay re- marked. "That's the consensus of the Board, although no official deci- sion has yet been made," he said. The Board also has not decided yet on the location of the new school. "We will start immediately on plans with our attorney and archi- tects," Superintendent of Schools Steve Baldwin said. "We hope we will be able to break ground some- time this summer." The facility will draw up to 1,000 students in grades seven, eight, ancl- By Chas. A. Goddard On the evening of January 18, 1989 William D. Tuckwiller's Itali- anate stucco home, located on Route 219 South in Lewisburg, nearly became past history. On that January evening, a fire broke out in the back of the house and was only brought under control when 14 firemen from several area nine. There are no current plans for the future use of the old school buildings, Mr Baldwin said. According to Mr Baldwin, the $6.1 million will be supplemented by county receipts from the School Building Authority's net enrollment funds and $1 million from the state's Better Schools Amendment. The to- tal estimated cost of the new school fire departments answered the call. is $8.5 million, he said. Relatives and friends helped "If everything goes as we hope, move priceless family heirlooms out students and teachers could very of the front of the house as firemen possibly be into the new facitity by battled the blaze at the back. "One September of 199t/, Mr Baldwi, said. In the meantime, the Board has discussed the prospect of building a consolidated junior high school for the western portion of the county. Smoot, Rupert, Crichton, and Rainelle junior high schools would be affected. Board members are considering a bond issue to fund the proposed school and provide reno- vations for elementary schools throughout the county. of my biggest losses was the 'di- ploma wall'," Mr Tuckwiller recalls. "There was Dad's 1905 diploma from West Virginia University; Mother's Lewisburg Female Institute diploma of the same year. Elinor's (his late wife) New York School of Fine and Applied Arts diploma from 1934 and her mother's diploma from Randolph Macon in 1906." Education has been an important part of Mr Tuokwiller's life. He at- tended Tennessee Military Institute and holds a degree in business and economics from Duke University. SENECA PARK PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT \. "\ -,~ Medical Offices INFORMAtiON SUPPLfED BY SENECA PARK~ ARCHITECT DANIEL LUCAS HART //'/ / / Lewisburg Re-Zoning Referendum: Voters To Have Their Say April I0 voters will cast votes April 10 in in a special referendum to determine whether re-zoning of 34 of the town center will stand. t9, by a 3--2 vote, Lewisburg's councilmen voted to re-zone the property to permit the construc- Developers' plans call for a $2 million "first phase" to include a drug store, grocery store, Small shops. Phases 2 and 3, ticketed at "$10 million" by developers, are for proposed medical construction. city citizens petitioned Lewisburg City Council for a referendum vote. The petition was submitted Ivan Withers at Denmar State Hospital Pocahontas Denmar Hospital Closing Causes Care Dilemma Plans are being made to move residents from Denmar State Hospi- tal to other institutions before its mandated June 30 closing, while the Pocahontas Development Authority awaits word on its request for own- ership of the facilities add grounds. The 185-acre complex near Hillsboro will shut down for the first time since its beginnings in the early years of this century, a result of state legislative action to reduce spending. No definite action has been taken yet concerning the future ownershtp of the hospital. However, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) which currently owns it, "has intentions of transferring it to the Pocahontas County Development Authority," ac- cording to Ruth Panepinto, head of the the DHHR's Bureau of Commu- nity Support. "They would then be free to pursue any kind of develop- ment.they wish " Development Authority members have met with DHHR officials sev- eral times in Charleston to request the transfer of ownership. "We're disappointed it's taking so long for them to make a decision," authority vice-president Fred Burns, Jr, said. "We can't afford to let the place sit vacant next winter--the element= will take their toll on it." Mr Burns said his group has been talking to several industries about the possibil- ity of locating in the facility but can- not move ahead with any offers until it is deeded to the authority. Meanwhile, staff members and patients are preparing for the sched- uled June closing. "When we got the official word a few days ago there was a general feeling of disbelief here," acting administrator Ivan Withers said. "We've heard year af- ter year the state might close us down---but we always thought if it ever came to that the county would take over and we'd always be here. We know that's not possible now, though." "rve enjoyed every minute of my time here," Mr Withers added. "The friendships rve had throughout the years have been great. It's sad to think I may never see a lot of these folks again." "Most of our workers hate the thought of re-locating," he said. "Most of them were born and raised here." Mr Withers has worked at the hospital for 16 years, also serving as accountant and assistant adminis- trator. He is familiar with most de- tails of the 90,000-square-foot, 155- bed building, which include a large kitchen, cafeteria, lounge areas, beautician shop, laboratory, and de- partments of radiology, electrocardi- ography, dentistry, and physical therapy. See "Denrner', pg. 3-A Is Home His grandparents "spent their entire lives educating their children." They had seven boys and one girl. All eight of the children obtained their college degrees, which was unusual at that time. Now nearing the age of 80, Mr Tuckwiller continues his inter- est in education today by advocating the study of the Great Books of the Western World. He has a quick and ready wit and is know for his highly original and thought-provoking con- versation. He is also known as one of the area's premiere historians. See "Tuckwiller", pg 3-A Carnegie Hall For Grabs? Department of Health and Hu- man Resources deputy secretary Raymona Kinneberg will meet with Carnegie Hall director Vivian Conly, county commissioner Joe Feamster, and Lewisburg mayor Phil Gainer April 19 to discuss the future owner- ship of Carnegie Hall. The four will discuss options available to the re- gional cultural center following State Legislature's plans to lease the facil- ity to a private operator. In a March 6 letter to Mr Gainer, Department of Health and Human Resources secretary Taunja Willis Miller wrote, "Transfer of ownership of this facility makes sense. We would be happy to consider sale to Carnegie Hall, Inc., provided they can pay fair market value. If this is not possible, deeding the property to the Greenbrier County Commission or City of Lewisburg may be the most feasible alternative." Ms Conty said, "1 believe the most advantageous plan for us is for Carnegie Hall to be deeded to the city {of Lewisburg]. It would not be prudent at all to try to buy it---there is so little money available for that." In regards to determining a fair market value for Carnegie Hall, Ms Conly said, "We haven't gotten that far yet, but I think it's important to mention that all the money put into our renovation projects will be ap-, 3lied to the fair market value." 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