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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, May 24,1990 The joy of driving ov-er Mucicly Creek Mountain in the morn- ing is sublime. That road has become a five-mile long sanctu- ary with the young-green trees forming a vaulted arch over your head. A splashing mountain stream becomes a baptis- try. The morning rays of sun filter through tracery windows while ure skies and roseate clouds form translucent pat- terns to rival da Vinci. Morning bird songs are anthems to the heavens on high. Fat little squirrels scurry hither and yon. They are the vergers keeping order and carrying their tails as emblems of their office. A snake slithers silently off the pavement reminding us of Eden. Phlox blooms nod and kneel as nmrning breezes demand their obeisance. Sawgrass waves slowly to the litany of the winds. All these things, and more. combine to remind us Wesl Virginia iS a cathedral. In the-in-case-you-haven'l-noticed department, we think the Mountain Messenger is one of the best little newspapers you can get your hands on. When anything becomes the concern of the cit ens of Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Monroe counties it becomes the concern of the Mountain Messenger. We are not indifferent to anything which influences our communities, our state, our nation. Sometimes we are compelled to point out inequities which exist, naturally, in a civilized society. More often, happily, we point out the achievements of our citizens. Our newspaper is mailed directly to 21,620 homes in southeastern West Virginia and to a brave band of ex-patriols and friends who live in 31 states, the District of Columbia. and three loreign countries. We're getting around these days! Mr and Ms Advertiser, please take note. If you figure 2 1/2 persons read each copy of the Messenger (actually. national polls have shown reader- ship of a country weekly newspaper is slightly higher than that) then there are at least 54,050 intrepid souls perusing this paper! Please remember, we said the Messenger is "one of the best". It is our fervent wish that someday, in the not too distant future, we will honestly be able to say: "The Messen- ger is best little newspaper you can get your hands on," --Chas: A; Goddard i i ii i One of West Virginia's Finest Newspapers ountain essenger Enter Your Subscription Today 52 ISSUES: $14.00 - IN STATE, $15.00 - OUT OF STAT Sanle: . Address: City: ,-.- State:: Zi p: Send, with your remittance, to: TIlE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER 122 North Court dtrecL Lewisburg, WV 24901 STAFF Chas. A. Goddard. Editor Dotty Brackenrich. Office Majla~er Troy Forren. Advertising "lMrri Boone. AttvertismK Debbie McClung, Ad Design Betty Morgan. Ad Design Jonathan WriI~ht, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, "lyl)esettill~ Brenda Ghennan, Production 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/64 7-5724 Published every Thursday Circulation: 23,120 If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewrit- ten or clearly written ~n order to be considered for publication. Please include your name and a phone number where you may be reached during business hours. The Mountain Messenger reserves the right to edit any material and regrets articles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include a full mgnature and address. If you would like a photograph returned, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Material must be received in our office by: News Items: Fridays, Noon Display Advertising: Mondays, 2 p.m. Classified Advertising: Fridays, 10 a.m. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In State, $14.84 In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students 11.13 ( 9 rues.) Out-of State, $15.00 Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summertime in the United States. Although school is still in session, and some trees have yet to come out fully, warm weather s here to stay for at least four months, and most of us are more 4ban ready for it. With the advent of summer here in southern West Virginia, I once again think how glad I am to live in the mountains. For several years ived in the ftatlands of Florida and the Piedmont area of Georgia, suf- fering summer after summer from incessant, merciless heat. Anyone who has lived in hotter climates knows what I am referring to when speak of southern summers. They are taxing, It's one thing to have a few un- usually hot days tn a row, It's quite another to see no break at all for weeks on end. That was certainly my experience n Florida. and often in Georgia, too. Florida's summers are characterized by 90-degree-plus qeat which makes extended outdoor activity torturous, unless it involves swimming. Stepping outside ~s very much like entering a blazing fur- nace. The onty respite comes ~n the afternoons, often punctuated by powerful thunderstorms which cool the air briefly and sometimes even make evening walks halfway toler- able In Georgia I ived at the edge of the mountains, not close enough to enjoy their cooler temperatures. The Piedmont is every bit as hot as Flor- da--made even worse by the fact thunderstorms are not nearly as qumerous. The summer of 1982 was especially exasperating, with day-after-day heat in the 90's and I 100's--and no rain. My !rips to West Virginia to visit my parents during those years in Georgia made the mountains look better and better. Here was a land where temperatures rarely made it out of the 80's--and even stayed in the 70's in the middle of the sum- mer. I was quickly taken in by it all and soon harbored a secret desire to move to this land of natural air conditioning. The opportunity came in 1984. rm still here, enjoying the mild sum- mers that renew my energy with their relatively cool temperatures and fresh air. I laugh when I hear someone here say, "Boy, it's hot!" when the thermometer reads only 82 degrees. Yes, I know it can get stiflingly hot here n the mountains. But it's rare--that's the difference. Here's to another good summer! Dear Editor: We have been reading with inter- est, the many letters you receive. As we read some of them, a sadness comes over us, and we th~nk about a nation whose foundation and prin- ciples were based upon it's fear of God and a respect f~r his word, the Bible. Our ancestors ~ft their homes in Europe and came to this country searching for a place tO serve God. Even today, we still illave printed upon our money "In God We Trust," o but this nation has lost not only it's trust, but also it's fear of God. George Washington once said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." It's apparent that most of our leaders don't feel that way today. It is only through God's grace that the U,S. has been blessed and allowed to prosper so far but God has grown weary of our nations disregard for him and his commandments, and America is falling. We can look back through history and see that every great ~mpire has fallen because of it's ungodliness. In the Bible, the prophet Daniel .fore- told about these empires rising and falling, Dr Walkup recently wrote a letter to your paper which spoke of God judging nations. Most people like to believe that God has changed. Then it's easy to live their lives as they wish and have no fear of Him. But in Malachi 3:6, he says, '1 am the the Lord, I change not." In the book of Nahum, the bible preach a message of doom to them and within 100 years, Nineveh was totally distroyed. God is a God of love, but he also tells us all through the bible that he is a God of judgment and venge- ance. We believe the the time of his appearing is close at hand. I wonder how many of us will be ready? Judy and Andrew Poage Lewisburg 41 Dear Editor: In light of current events in Lewis- bdrg (the Civil War Battle Reenact- ment) I would like to share the en- closed rememberance with your readers. The information was g=ven to me by the late Ruth W. Kincaid. A transcript, which I made, of Mrs Kincaid's statement appeared origi; naJly in The Greenbrier .News Leader May 12, 1976. Fort Hilt tn 1862, during the period of the Battle of Lewisburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), the Union forces of General George Crook made every effort to take the Town of Lewisburg and quite a bit of action was being put forth to break the resistance of the confederate forces of Colonel George M. Edgar. General Crook, in command of one of the Union Forces, in trying to flank movement of the other,forces,. had dispatched several of his men to surprise colonel Edgar by sending one force down to the New River speaks about the city of Nineveh, Valley and another to a high hill This city" was a great city. It was above Ronceverte. powerful economically and had once in the meantime, Captain W. R, been Jonah Hefner and Captain H, H, Caraway, had been sent tO preach with their Confederate forces, had t~ximately 150 years taker~ a circling route and ~estab- Nahum. At the word of the people changed their lished themselves on top of Fort Hill, and God spared the city. But opposite and above Ronceverte, ungodly acts started once ready for the Union forces when and brought judgmejlt uponthey dame to take up position on the Nahum'was tl en seni tO hill. The'Confederates h ad also ar- ranged a signal code with Mrs Eliza- beth Ann Edgar Creigh, wife of Le- wis S. Creigh and daughter of Archer M: Edgar, who lived at th~ old Edgar home in sight.of Fort Hill. The Union Army took advantage of the forest and tree foliage and took a course coming in from the lower end of Muddy Creek Mountain which brought them past the Et:lgar home When they ~ached the Edgar home, the Commander called Mrs Creigh out to the roadside and asked her if there was a Confeder- ate Army troop near. She told him yes and that they may be "fired upon at any minute. They started on down the hill to the Greenbrier River. As Mrs Creigh turned back toward the house, she threw her apron over her left shoulder as a signal to the Con- federates to fire. The Confederates started shooting and continued until the Union forces retreated. This story was told to me (Ruth W. Kincaid) by the late Lewis Stuart Creigh of Ronceverte. The Mrs Elizabeth Ann Edgar Creigh men- tioned in the story, was his grand- mother. I wrote,this just as Mrs Kincaid related it to me. I hope it Will be of interest to your readers. Sincerely, Mrs Paul (Virginia) Yates Ronceverte Dear Editor: I have known Mrs Clingman for a number of years and I say my very best wishes to her for getting it as Mother of the year. ! owned a barber shop in Lewisburg for 20 years across the street from her place of business and I have had my lunch there many times and never once did I feel cheated on the food. I also remember, her late hus- band Garland, if he was outside sweeping off the street and you walked, drove, or ran by him he would always have a friendly hello for you. "To me he was one swell guy." God Bless Mrs Clingman in eve- rything that she does or tries to do. Michael Moses Ronceverte Dear Editor: Believe it or not! My son Roger and I were cross- ing the mountain from Richwood to Trout on May 2nd. Near the high knob on top the mountain above Trout we saw a wolverine Lonnie S. Miles Renick @O I,,N ) 91e=o O O I=l MY WITH Q By Robert Head In 1964-5 I was studying Old English under Professors Bliss and Chesnutt at University College, Dub- lin, Ireland, when Lyndon Johnson started bombing Vietnam. I had ac- cess to Reuter's news dispatches. My colleague and I took our pass- ports to the American Embassy, saw the ambassador, and told him in no uncertain terms what we thought of Johnson's act. He said he didn't handle things like that and we should write to our congressman. I became a Marxist revolutionary in twenty-four hours. We returned to hometown new Orleans to "protest" the war, little knowing that it would take the best part of our lives. We published the newspaper NOLA Express for six years and became the first newspa- per to be indicted by the Federal Government in modern times. Irl 1972, '73, '74 I intervened (sole intervenor) before the Atomic En- ergy (-Sink) commission against proposed nuclear reactor. After three years work, the Atomic Energy (-Sink) Commission deleted 173 of my expert witness's testimony (Dr Charles W. Huver. Curator of Fishes. James ~ord Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis). Dr Huver chose to walk out and I walked out with him we thus be- came the first civilians in history to walk out of an AEC adversary hear- ing on the grounds it was a kanga- roo court. We then moved to Blue Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and founded West Virginia Regional Land Trust, Inc., it bding our thought that the best thing a poor, powerless person could do in the hopeless 70's was to maintain a wildlife refuge. My defeat at the hands of the AEC had a profound effect on me. It is a deep and abiding shock for a young man to realize there is some- thing in the world more powerful than his own ego. In 1982 and '83 I taught myself Elementary Ancient Greek in the woods and went up to West Virginia University, Morgantown, and passed the examinations under Dr Lois Hinckley. In 1984-5 I privately taught Greek Philosophy Through the Language and, via my work with the Episcopal Reve[end Wallace Reynolds, began to teach new Testament Greek. In the winter of 1986/7 I went to live in Katakolo. Greece, the seaport for Phygos, where lives the greatest living Greek poet Yorges Pavlopou- los. It was the coldest winter in thirty years and I was livir{g in a summer house. Fate led me to Saint James Epis- copal church and I had the great for- tune to meet the astoundingly sensi- tive and scholarly Reverend Christo- pher Roberts. We began to co-teach the Episcopal Church School, he al- lowing me to translate Luke add Matthew, for which I will always be grateful I also had the good fortune to sell books for John Stroud, who special- izes in theological books, monthly brought in boxes and I began to read them references to Q. What is Q? Q stands for (~ Quelle "source" which mystical in English but in a hypothetical document of '~ (Jesus') sayings available thew and Luke but not to surviwng contents of this cal document can be by a careful selection of ings of Yesou fou nd both and Luke but not in mark. Then, amazingly covered n Conybeare, and Morals, a complete translation) there called The ment, by A. V. Harnack. Harnack's methodology consider Matthew the more C vattve in wording and accurate in chronology. Harnack's me a great deal of work translating. After one year decided to return to to obtain a degree so I having come to believe Q made available to the did and ~n March 1990, the translation the day for an interview at the Higt~ pal School of Theology, Tennessee. I m~ Department of Religion, ginia University, with a hours college other with me to to the professor of Church the day before the would have time to look at it. I then took the most psychological test that I taken in my life. Interview: I said I of two sayings of Yesou radically from the standard tion and would like to professor said that the Greek was in England. I the professor of Church had ever been published. he didn't know. On May 3, 1990, I other copy of my transl~ back from West Virginia The Department of not give me any credit use the "English Bible." This brings us up to work, is an document, described as document, the sayings 2, 3, 4 .... 70. There about the execution. It is of the kingdom. I am looking for a will publish it the method I use in and find that people read New Testament astounding short time if rect perception of the ings of the living Yesou; Mr Head owns The in ILewisburg. He at Saint James Recently Mr Head, a lege student, gradUa Pocahontas Primary Republican Party U. S. Senator: John Yoder, 363. U. S. House of Representatives: Oliver Luck, 554 Treasurer: Elvin F. Martin, 466. State Senate: Ashley Morrissette, 410 State Executive Committee: Patricia Adams, 428; James E. Aubry A. Wilson, 400. Pocahontas County Commi~ioner: (Long Term) Albert A. (Unexpired Term) Mike Mynuk, 376. County Executive committee: H Lowell Gibson, 230; Bee H. Jennie M. Cutlip, 219; Joseph W. Smith,,~ 179; Karen G. McCoy, Taylor. 136; FarreU G. Kelley, 65; Ruby Hill. 2~ Democratic Party U. S. Senator: John D. Rockefeller IV. 1301; Ken Buchanan Paul Nuchims, 49. U. S. House of Representatives: Harley O. Staggers, Jr., 1285. Attorney General: Made J, Palumbo, 744 Brenda Craig Facemire, 283. Treasurer: Larrie Bailey, 630; Dee K. Caperton, 357: Made Eugene a. Knotts, 165. State Senate: Walt Helmick, 1175; George Kalla, 196; D. P. Given- House of Delegates: Jane Price Sharp, 1024; J E. ~artm, Proudfoot, 597. State Executive Committee: Joseph Ross, 653; Margaret Julia R. Stevenson, 548; Morris Homan. 509; Linda S. Collins, Clutter, 419; Clemente Diaz. 317; Ellis S. Frame, Itl, 290; Marie Summers, 209; William J. Harrum, 90. Pocahontas County Commissioner: Dana L, Moyers, 1106; close. 974; Harvey E. Galford. 445. County Executive Committee: Timothy G. Hevener, Wawa Gilmore, 406; Randall Irvine, 337; Margery Allen Jessee. 330; ler, 330; D. Woodrow Kershner, 329; Margaret Forren 321" Dottle 308; Mike Shane, 268; Mary Spine BuN, 135; Joyce Mack' 1 ;'Peggy- ( Hadan Tallman, 1 ; Quentin Mack, 1. Pocahontas County Board of Education Kermit A..Friel, 1234; J. Bruce McKean. 1156; Donald E, Mc ret Abbott Smith. 618.