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III No. / May 12, 1987 Published in the Greater Greenbrier Valley i : ili!~ I will not go first! Photo by C. Manchester bore-Self" Dayton Collection donated to Historical Society By JONATHAN WRIGHT Recently donated by Mr. and Mrs Philip R. Merrill to the Greenbrier Historical Society is a large collection of items from the estate of Ruth Woods Dayton, a Lewisburg resident best remem- bered by local citizens for her authoring of Greenbrier Pioneers and Their Homes and Lewisburg Landmarks. A number of Lewisburg area drawings not used in the latter book are part of the collection. Charleston artist Naomi S. Hosterman did the penci! sketches for the popular 1957 book. Noneof the collection items are yet available for viewing by the general public, but the historical society hopes to make them in future exhibits. me Court rules ry must accept en members decision, the U.S. handed down a 7 - International females from its Tom Greenstreet, Lewisburg Rotary ]uite a bitat and they've had Magazine. "It , and its drawbacks," have been done Clubs asking what tght about it. At the a lot of people felt no effect on Rotary, lbers are not happy ~ally, it's a small work we do, our [ of providing a annually, far issue of whether or women," he Lion' Club issue at .the National be on the he International IDei, Taiwan in June "We have a very active Lioness Club in Lewisburg, and we work with them and' support them. We have joint projects." Hoskins stated. Bright Hern, Lewisburg Lions' Club member states: "1 have no objections. Doesn't bother me at all." "This is old stuff," remarked JayCee treasurer, Larry Napier. "The court ruled to let women in our organization about 3 years ago, so it's old news to us. " When they made that ruling, we had separate clubs for the men and women. Then the women's clubs closed and the women joined the JayCees. Many members were against this action and a whole lot of clubs folded. We lost a lot of members. We have a few ladies in our group, and we get along," he said. As of May 31, Rotary membership numbered 1,012 in 160 lands. Rotary also has a ladies group called the RotaryAnns. Whether this group will see a mass exodus of women into the Rotary Clubs now is a matter of speculation. Ruth Woods Dayton, pictured here in 1948, is well-known among historical circles for her books and research related to the Greenbrier Valley and the Kanawha River Valley. Many of the materials and notes used by Dayton were recently donated to the Greenbrier Historical Society by Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Merrill of Kennebunk, Maine, as part of the Dayton estate. See additional photo on 2A Olen Jones names new WVSOM president By John Manchester Dr. Douglas Call, member of the W.V. Board of Regents, announced this afternoon that Olen E. Jones Jr. , Ph. D., will bethe new president of the W.V. School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, starting July 1, 1987. Jones, 50, is currently Vice-President for Support Services at Marshall University. He replaces Dr. Clyde B. Jensen who has recently been appointed President of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In making the announcement to an auditorium filled with WVSOM faculty, staff, and students Dr. Call commended WVSOM for fulfilling its mission to provide rural physicians for the state. tn brief remarks following the announcement, Dr, Jones spoke immediately of his concern to "put behind us "the suggestion that the osteopathic school might close. "Let me assure you that I wouldn't be here today if I thought that the school was going to close. We have to look forward ... to improving the quality of this institution ... that has so much to offer." Dr. Jones is familiar with WVSOM because he served as its Acting President from June 1980- March 1981. He has also served as Provost and Executive Vice- President at Marshall University and Assistant Vice-President and Director of Test Administration and Security of the American College Testing Program in Iowa City, Iowa. He received his doctorate in Education Administration in 1972 from Northwestern, his master's degree in secondary education from Marshall in 1960 and his A.B. from Marshall in Social Studies 1959. The president-elect and his wife Patty Gage Jones have 3 children and live in Huntington. Dr. Jones announced that he would move to Lewisburg shortly but that his wife and youngest son would not join him there permanently until the youngest son finishes his senior year of high school in the summer of 1988 Dr. Olen E. Jones Jr. Proposed regulations may restrict floodplain building plans By JOHN MANCHESTER A series of regulations governing development in the floodplains of Greenbrier County may go into effect within a year according to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) spokes- man Robert Link. Recently Link addressed a joint meeting of the Greenbrier County Planning Commission and the Greenbrier County Commission and briefed them on new floodplain regulations that may affect the county and its landowners. The FEMA representative explained that the county signed up to participate in Emergency Floodplain Management Program in 1975. This enabled county property owners to sign up for federal flood insurance for their homes and businesses. Presently 134 policies are written in the county providing over $3 million of coverage. Signing up for the emergency program also required the county to start planning for regulating development in the 100 year floodplain--that part of the valleys where there is a 1% chance of a flood covering that area in any one year. The only regulation so far has been to require anyone building in the county--whether in the floodplain or nob-to apply for a building permit. Specific information about whether the building is to be constructed in the floodplain is requested on that form In his talk though, Link described a much re, ore rigorous set of floodplain regulations that will be in place in about 11 rr;onths if the county elects to participate in the "Regular" Floodplain Management Program. He explained that FEMA has been gathering and developing floodplain management informa- tion about Greenbrier County ever since it entered the emergency program, m 1975 The results of that work are now visible in the f~m, of county floodplain maps, a set of which is now available for inspection at the Greenbrier County Planning Con:mission. The maps provide survey elevation figures for areas identified as being within the one year flood plain for rivers in the county. The maps also break down the floodplain into areas called the floodway, floodway fringe, and approximate floodplain boundary. These maps form the basis for floodplain manager~ent in the county. FEMA and the county are now in the process of confirming the accuracy of those maps. A legal nobce was publist~ed on April 6 informing all those people owning property on or near the floodplains of county rivers that floodplain maps had been developed. If property owners have specific, technical data that shows that the information on the floodplain maps is in error, they have until July to file an appeal to FEMA Continued on 2A