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Vol. VI No. May 24, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia Senior Party Needs Your Financial Help Bobbi Hinkle 1989 Greenbrlar East Graduation Party Graduation for Greenbfier East High School Seniors needs your help. Bobbi Hinkle, spokeswoman for Xi Epsilon Sorority, said contributions for the free all-night party are lagging behind last year's totals. Mrs Sorority coerdinates the annual event which is designed to keep graduates off the road and away from -" beverages and drugs. must pre-register for the party at the high school's main office. By registering they become eligible for a bCash scholarship prize drawing and other valuable prizes, according to Mrs Hinkle. send your donations today for Project Graduation 1990 c/o The Mountain Messenger, 122 North Court g 24901 or call Vickey Williams, 645-6643 or Charlotte Cook, 645-6127. Co ty Recount ~mmlmw of the Greenbrier Primary Election hit a snag when the county's vote again refused to The first time, this machine malfunctioned approximately 9:04 p.m. Night (May 8) when it was cumulative totals. QUick, a candidate for the Board of Education requested the re- Quick received 24 votes .......................... 7B 2A the Record .................. 2A Patch .................... 6A in Hand .................. 11A Qf Farming .................. 8A h~Ults Filed ................. 2A 7A ........ , ........... 4A 5A .......... 1B less than incumbent Clarence Hinkle according to a "final" machine vote count. According to Greenbrier County Commissioner Billy Jean Hutsen- piller "an expert is coming in this evening (Tuesday) to see what he can do with the machine." The three County Commissioners are ulti- mately responsible for over-seeing the elections and validating the re- turns. They have, by law, until June 7 to complete their responsibilities. Mrs Hutsenpiller said the tiny holes in the Votomatic ballo~ are difficult to see, but that after several tries, the recounting team matched their totals with the machine totals on two precincts -- 34, Organ Cave, selected by Mrs Hutsenpiller and 11, Alderson, chosen by Commissioner Joe Feamster. State law requires in a recount that 2 per cent of the total vote be tallied manually from pre- cincts which are randomly selected. Taking part in the recounting pro- cedures are County Commissioners Joe Feamster, Mrs Hutsenpiller, and William McClung; County Clerk Eu- gene Spence; county employees Joyce Moody and Sandra Louder- milk. Mr Quick had a representative present at the recount Tuesday. CenterI Greenbrier VOCAI Leased To Greenbrier Center in Lewisb~]rg, a state institution for the mentally re- tarded or long-term institutionalized, wilt be leased to a private concern -- VOCA Corporation of West Vir- ginia, according to the State Depart- ment of Health. Ray Anderson,,vice president of VOCA, said his firm has "agreed to pay an amount equal to the stan- dard appraised value of the prop- erty." The exact lease figure has not been established. Mr Anderson said his firm will "vacate the main building and will build several smaller buildings, in- cluding eight-person group homes and four-person apartments for the residents. No new residents will be added to the home." VOCA intends "to keep the resi- dents and employees at the Center," Mr Anderson said, "but under a dif- See "Lease", Pg. 3-A By Jonathan Wright Nine new wooden highway signs welcoming motorists to Pocahontas County were placed at county en- trances May 7 by the Pocahontas County Tourism Commission. "Last year we deqided on this project because we felt it would be a good promotion to visitors coming through the county," Cara Hefner said. Ms Hefner is director of the tourism commission. "We wanted signs that would be eye-catching and promote our hospitality. We're very pleased with them." The signs were created by Hun- tersville craftsman Eric Werner at a cost of $2,000 to the tourism com- mission. The cdmmission receives its operating funds from the county's hotel and motel tax. They were fin- ished last fall but were not installed until this spring, due to winter weather conditions, according to Ms Hefner. Each one touts the county as the "birthplace of rivers," referring to the fact that eight rivers have their sources in the county's mountains, including the Cranberry, Elk, Cherry, Cheat, Tygart Vattey, Gauley, Wil- liams, and Greenbrier rivers. The reverse side encourages visitors to return soon. Signs were placed,on the Greenbrier and Randolph count~ lines, U.S. 250 at the Virginia state line, U.S. 250 on at the Randolph County line, Route 39 at the Virginia state line, Route 92 at the Green- brier County line, Route 28 at the Pendteton County line, Route 84 at the Virginia state line, and Route 39/ 55 at the Greenbrier County line. iS HOH ua o omOH noqv ou}I 03, noA nox s u11 I o uassoIAI oqJL Roo'I nox a BIAI olq iI~ ii~, i~ il/~L , About 2,000 spectators watched a reenactment of a Civil War Battle in Lewisburg May 19 -- complete with the burning of a replica of the old Caldwetl Greenbrier River Bridge (photo below by Mike Wyatt). About 500 re~nactors took part in the affair conducted on the playing fields at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Greenbrier Valley National Bank employees Dreama Mines and Cindy LaFon (right, below) donned period gowns to celebrate while Lewisburg Mayor Phil Gainer and his wife Andrea gussied up in silks and velvets to attend the gala Blue and Grey Ball held at the GreenbrJer Valley Country Club (photo, left, by Mike Wyatt.) Q O m Color Them Proud Dandelion Colorin Just Off The Press Helen Saarla and Matt Landers By Chas. A. Goddard Children will delight in it. Adults will be enchanted by it -- The Offi- cial Dandelion Coloring Book just published by Helen Woodward Searte and Matt Landers. Ms Searle wrote the story and Mr Landers did the full-page illustrations. A product of Ronceverte Elemen- tary School and Greenbrier East High School, Mr Landers graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in March 1989. "1 started drawing when I was three or four years old. My mother and my grandmother gave me a lot of encouragement." What Mr Landers didn't say was that he started winning blue ribbons at the State Fair just about the same time he started drawing. He won prLzes for his drawings right through high school. "My grandparents, Frank and Mildred Neuner of Ronceverte, raised me," Mr Landers said, " and they gave me all the watercolors, pencils, crayons, and paints I could have wanted. I prefer working with oil or pen and ink. But I still do some watercolors too," See "Book", Pg. 3-A $10 Grand Fine vied Against Out of State Trash Hauler By Jonathan Wright A trucking firm from Tennessee was fined $10,208 May 21 for unlaw- ful disposal of garbage at Sam Black Church, according to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officer Barry Kaizer. The incident involved two truck drivers who had been contracted by a New York busi- ness to transport the load from New York to a now defunct landfill in Salem, Virginia. Two Tennessee trash company employees were arrested when they returned to the site May 21 and pied guilty before Magistrate Edward Hicks. A flat-bed truck and farm tractor, brought to the site by the Ten- nessee firm, have been impounded for collateral until the trucking com- pany pays the $10,208 fine, Mr Kaizer said. The remainder of the gar- bage was removed from the site May 22. According to officers, the New York trash was eventually dumped at Pritchard Landfill, a private opera- tion, in Wayne County. 1