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April 26, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia i.i~i Think You're Schools At Once 'rerri Tomlinson le Trainee head-start on college? in a class. Is it that High School student thinks so. Terri is a Jnion High and isalso en- English at Green- Irnunity College. "Just be- are young does not mean college." does Terri attend both and college classes but !WOrks as a part-time cash- IGA in Union and to youngsters after ~her "spare time" Terri en- and jogging. Terri is taking Eng- advanced mathematics, economics, and She is a member of the Beta Club, FHA (Future Homemakers of America), and the French Club. Marvin Dixon, Terri's English in- structor at Union High, suggested this program to several students. Terri pursued the idea and enrolled at the college. She says she is glad she did because, "It's nicer than high school." Terri noted she enjoys the interesting and challenging ma- terial at this level of study and the literature choices for her composi- tion class are more interesting than those in high school. "People who are bored in high school should try college," Terri said. Her hectic schedule has had little effect. Terri says she still has some free time and the pressure of her schedule helps her accomplish things she would not do otherwise. The only problem she has encountered is she cannot be on the softball team be- cause of scheduling conflicts be- tween practice and college. Terri said she enjoys access to the added facilities at the college, such as the library. She also likes the positive attitudes she sees in the instructors and the other students. However, she did have one sur- prise, "1 was surprised at the number of older students compared to the ones who were recent high school graduates." Terri. plans to return to the col- lege next fall during her senior year at Union high school. After her high school graduation she plans to at- tend Davis-Etkins college and major in computer art. Many of Terri's friends think her college enrollment is a good idea and several hope to join her in the fall. few S. Rowan ........... ril 2 meeting between secretary of Human Resources and County Commission fo- commission's interest the Andrew S. Rowan Operate as a personal according to House of Mary P. Comp- the commission's ~uiring the home may on the ability to ac- and timber adjacent Home," Mrs Compton Js owned by the State and must be se- that commission the Department and Human Resources, added. the meeting, Ms Miller County Commission of Health and needed.~o have by April 30. She indi- expects to to the county by an acceptable plan is April 30 deadline. to Mrs Compton, Human Resources to transfer small for other eco- projects as long under the terms been inquiries from and companies developing small busi- ...2A .......... 3A Iht Radio ..3A ....................... 8A ..4A ...... 3B .............. 1B nesses on the land adjacent to the home," Mrs Compton said. The hospital legislation requires the Joint committee on Government and Finance to conduct a public hearing in Monroe County on the proposed closure, sale or lease of Andrew S. Rowan. Ms Miller has re- quested that the hearing be con- ducted by the end of May. The date will be announced as soon as it is set. Mrs Compton said she will keep in touch with all concerned as the state works through the commission's plan as well as the other proposals. The Way We Were, 1910 Edgar Avenue, Ronceverte, looking west, before 1910. The building (right) is The Dickson Hotel, later known as The Hotel Ronoeverte. Edgar Avenue was then known as Railroad Avenue. Photo courtesy: Vir#m~ya~. Community Services Gets New Home A 170-year-old Union building is soon to become the new headquar- ters of the Monroe County Commu- nity Services Council. The three- story Hensley House, at the corner of U. S. 219 and South Street, has been sold to the council for $20,000 by owners Fred and Marge Hensley of Florida. The purchase was made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Benedum Foundation of Pitts- bu.rgh ........... ............................. The non-profit Monroe County group began providing services to low-income families in 1977. It helps them become economically self-sufficient through fuel assis- tance, a garden program, emer- gency food and clothing subsidies, a sewing skills/crafts program, and a used clothing store. A two-room log house on North Street has been ti~e headquarters since 1984 but pro- vides r)o room for sewing work or child care for members working there. "The Hensley House is big enough [4,664 square feet] so that more than one group can meet at the same time and not get in each other's way," Jill Fischer said. Ms Fisher is the council's director. "It's I1 The Mr Davis for whom J. D. Cabin is named worked as a custo- dian at the main station for about 40 years, according to Mr Fox. He lived in a small house near the cabin and walked to work every day. He died around 1955. According to the railroad's road II Spring Festival of Song Featuring .. John Wesley Church Choir Sunday April 29, 4 p,m., Lewisburg A 45-year-old Rainelle landmark will soon be removed, having out- lived its usefulness on the Nicholas, Fayette, and Greenbrier Railroad. J. D. Cabin is prominently located at the U. S. 60 rail crossing across from FXizza Hut and Hardee's and was named for John Davis, a local custodian employed by the railroad until his death in the mid-1950's. The 336-square-foot building was built in 1945 and sewed as quarters for personnel who delivered sched- uling orders to passing trains. Among those who worked at the cabin were G. G. Gutshall, Marvin McCall, Tull Curd, Carl Poff, and Babe Spencer. Mr Spencer was the last to work there. Si Fox of RuPert worked at the cabin for a time and explained the main purpose for issuing train- scheduling orders was safety, as train routes and destinations had to be coordinated. The building was closed in 1987, he said, made obso- lete by computers which now do the work at the railroad's main station at Routes 20 and 60 in Rainelle. well located, has more than enough room, is well lit--it's a great place for us to operate from. What's espe- cially nice is that it's not an institu- tional-type building. It's a big house, and that's bound to make it a more inviting place to meet and work." After the used clothing store put a $1,000 down payment on the house, $19,000 of the $25,000 Benedum Foundation grant was used for the rest of the purchase price. The remaining $6,000 of the Benedum grant will be used to begin renovations. Ms Fischer said volun- teers will do the work as money be- comes available. "We've applied to the West Vir- ginia Department of Historic Preser- vation," she said. "We hope they will provide some funds for roof repair and guttering." Ronald Ripley, a member of the Community Services Board, is work- ing tO get downtown Union listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Hensley House is lo- cated in the targeted area, and the Community Services Council hopes its inclusion will help generate finan- cial support for its restoration. Dr Ripley said the house !.s Io- See "Monroe", Page 2-A master, Raymond St. Clair, J. D. Cabin was purchased by employee Dale Smith of Rainelle. Mr Smith will move it to his home approximately four miles from the present site. The sale is part of a program by which the railroad sells obsolete equip- ment and facilities to its employees. Carnegie Lease Not Moot Now By Jonathan Wright Carnegie Hall, southeastern West Virginia's cultural and educa- tional organization, will continue to be leased from the State of West Virginia, according to a news re- lease from the center's Executive Committee dated April 19. The decision followed a meeting earlier that day between Carnegie Hall's Board of Directors, Lewisburg mayor Phil Gainer, and the Green- brier County Commission. The group met with Raymona Kinneberg, deputy secretary of the state's De- partment of Health and Human Re- sources (DHHR). The media was denied access to the meeting. Ms Kinneberg said in a telephone interview, "1 was not aware of that decision, although it was not actually a public meeting." She added that she did not know who would officially have the author- ity to make such a decision. Mayor Gainer said he had discussed the matter with the others who would be attending the meeting, and the con- sensus was not to open the meeting to media coverage. As Kinneberg said, despite the state's decision to eventually sell or lease the Greenbrier Center (of which Carnegie Hall is a part), the cultural center could accept the op- tion of remaining with the state. The DHHR will continue ownership of the Greenbrier Center until 1992, when construction of proposed group homes for Greenbrier Center clients are expected to be completed. At that time the state hopes to have another leasee or buyer of the center's main building, Greenbrier Hall. The April 19 decision was a change from comments made ear- |let this month by Executive Director Vivian Conly, who said ownership of Carnegie Hall by the City 'of Lewis- burg would be most beneficial to the center. "This new option [continued ownership by the state] presented itself at the meeting," Ms Conly said. "It was one we hadn't been aware of previously. If we stay with the state for now, we have the advantage of maintenance for our heating system and grounds--and we'll have more time to explore leasing from either the city or county in the future, should we want-to do that." Ms Conly said neither the city nor the county have the funds to main- tain the grounds or heating system at Carnegie Hall. This played a ma- jor part in the decision to stay under state ownership at this time, Ms Conly said. HONOR YOUR MOTHER ENTER The Mountain Messenger MOrpHEP DAY C PT.ST $100 SAVINGS BOND TO THE WINNING ENTRY PLUS LUNCH FOR THREE AT THE WORLD FA- MOUS G~EE~R/ER RESORT'S NEW DRAPER CAFE PLUS MUCH MORE. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MAY 4 Write one page on why your mother should be chosen. Send us her photo- graph with a stamped self-addressed envelope. INDEPENDENT JUDGING i i f