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The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, April 19, 1990 5A Pocahontas Development Looks To County Hy I{oberta Patton ILodgers New jobs for Pocahontas Countycent jobs were available, but there Ls citizens--that's the purpose of the no way we can prove, it." Parade Bonnets! August, Laura Greene, Willa Pocahontas Development Authority, As of April 12, almost 90 corn- morning here at my of- Gravely, and Edith Patton (the high- formed last fall by the County Com- pleted questionnaires had been re- the old favorite tune fashion milliner) wore the very latest mission. The group is assessing the turned to the Authonty. "Easter Parade." The song from New York City. the skills and availability of the local The group has not yet begun itten by the famous Irvin Mrs Andrew Jackson would stop work force in preparation for luring contacting prospective businesses, It is an "oldie." Remembeg us girls on our way home from the new businesses to the county, according to vice-president Fred ~t the grandest lady in theOld Red Brick School house (on top The Authority established a "Tel- Burns, Jr. "We're waiting to see i~,Lwearing an Easter bonnet of Brick Hill). She, too, sold high ent Bank Registry" to show prospec- what the state is going to do about ~thefrills upon it ... fashion hats. She was a saleslady, live employers the numbers and our request to transfer ownership of ..~Childhood Easter bonnet was "Come on in girls, try on my hats qualifications of workers who may Denmar State Hospital to us," he ~,,nl.y childish delight It was a and tell your mother about them." be available should their businesses said tl~!ck poke bonnet made of Such a nice lady, she would try locate in the county Approximately Should the state grant the :,ti~DOwn the back, almost to my them on showing us the "how!" 6,500 questionnaires, aimed mostly Authority's request, the Authority will ,:~ ht~:gsad:l:fkthgr Mrs Fletcher, also a milliner who at persons who no longer live in the inc,ude the Denmar faci,ities Jntoa n o::r:~ sold hats and fashioned them!, county, were published in the videotape presenting the county's s ~i~ bunch of ornamental red Ronceverte shops sold hats to March 29 issue of The Pocahontas offerings to industries and other ~es or, sometimes, colorful people from all over the Valley! Times. The forms ask for a variety of job history-related information from those readers interested in living and working in Pocahontas County. "A large percentage of our young people have left the county to find work elsewhere," the questionnaire introduction reads "As a result, the businesses, Mr Burns said. Bob Mann, president of the group, said the state-planned June 30 closing of the hospital is ex- pected to have a dramatic impact on county employment. "Almost as soon as we got organized as a group, we got the Denmar problem ~, The poke bonnets were or-My flowers to you are the words I~r~rn the catalogs ---- usually of the song Easter Parade. "In Your ~y ,~,1 Belles Hess (Long gone!), t Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon s t~'t wait for that hat to arrive it..." the "Jpbe ~les placed on my dutch bob P.S. First Corinthians, Chapter were usually fashioned in 1,4th and 5th versus. ing effort begins is to determine the county's assets and to compile an inventory of available land for new businesses. "One possibility is the 25 acres of land the Board of Edu- cation ts supposedly going to deed us in the Green Bank area. That will tlopefutiy be something to work with. In looking at what we have to offer, it appears the type businesses our area is best suited for are high-tech industries, computer-related firms, woodworking operations--busi- nesses which are compatible with tourism. We teel it would be more in our interests to have 10 companies with 25 employees each, for in- stance, than one large one hiring 500 to 1,000. We believe it's impor- tant to keep our area compatible with tourism, and we don't want any- thing to destroy that." The Pocahontas Development Authonty was initially organized as an independent group but became inactive about ten years ago. It was we were able to attract Hanover Shoe Company, which occupies the plant now. They started out with only about five employees, but now they have over 300." "We have some problems to overcome in attracting new busi- nesses, though," Mr Burns re- marked. "Our county government, for example, has to become more modern in its thinking. We really need to adopt the flood plain ordi- nance-not having it is really a drawback to businesses looking to locate here." "Our people need to support things which businesses need," he added. "The idea of an airport has drawn a lot of opposition, but that's one of the first things company rep- resentatives ask us about when they're inquiring about our area. Many industries, if they have a prob- lem, need to be able to fly a person in and out in one day, rather than have to deal with several days of Th~. %r shop by Skinny Horton. I nt0~fresh as a daisy as he turned ,, ~Und in his famous chair dust- :. ]~ %ck with the powered brush! 'tY~aced the bonnet over the in.her slippers completed that rnan+]~ll~tt like the grandest lady in ts ~l~r Parade Yes } had white ~ted gloves too. ' / ..~,~church with my sisters and q t~ers to the Easter Parade. I. 5. ~ l~retty d r A n~ ~,,,~eone with a wi e b ira. ~e ~lyoung lady by the name of in!~l~eynolds, wore wide- t's t~ hats She was a picture to ')'0i!~r,~ I remember (in hats or ide~l~) in church and Sunday ,ith |~Were my Sunday School :he~OVer the years. They were i~ik~a: sisters, LeUCille and ~51&lh Y sually wor dark blu hat,l,~h flowers Renee Scott had ~te ,;~n Wore a turned up brim, g0f~ Plain. As I said, everyone nd ~4~n. That was the style. 3Y t~Q'Brien just stopped by my osAe~mt a chat She said, "Rose Co] In last v Ronceverte Board of Commission- In last week's article about the nc :ver.= Boar, of C( mmis~ ion. era' meeting, the Police Chief was +ncorrectly named. Bill Rose is Po- !ice Chief of the City of Ronceverte. 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Ford, GM Barry W. Mullins, Sales Mgr Cecil Morgan - Allen Harrison - Columbus Shitflett ! i,! work force living here is of limited dumped in our lap," he said '+Right instrumental in luring Hanovertraveltime." Shoes to Marlinton, according to Mr "These are the types of things we size and tends to be made up pri- now we're working with state agen- mar@ of older people. Thus, the offi- cies to help lessen the shock of all Burns "When the International Shoe need to look seriously at if we want cial labor force statistics on Poca- those lost jobs We'd really like the Company left town in the early 70's, to attract businesses here," Mr hontas County tend to discourage state to deed the hospital to us so everyone in Marlinton just about Burns said businessmen who might be consid- we could offer it to a good business, gave up. It was one of our largest Both Mr Mann and Mr Burns said ering locating here. We tell them Right now we're just waiting to see employers, with 250 workers. 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