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/ Vol. VI No. 17 July 5, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia wS Coles By Jonathan Wright Area fans of Lewisburg basket- ball Star Bimbo Coles waited anx- iously June 27 for the Virginia Tech player to be selected in the first change for veteran guard Rory Sparrow. A former star of the Greenbr,er East High School Basketball Team in Fairlea, Mr Colas recently finished apPointment that he was not Selected until the fortieth overall pick, reactions have been positive. i'l'm still satisfied, because 1 know he !1 continue to do better," Mr J Oles grandmother, Gloria wcnnSon, said. "The best thing in the Orld is that he made the NBA. He can handle it [the NBA decision]. He's very humble." Mr Colas had been termed a mid- to-late first-round choice but was not Selected untit late in the evening in the draft proceedings at thlnJaN:b Javits Convention Center York City. At 10:47 NBA Vice-Presi- dent of Operations Rod Thorn an- nounced the Sacramento Kings had chosen Mr Coles as the thirteenth pick in the second round. At 11:15, hOWever, the Kings traded their ~gnts to negotiate with the Lewis- o urg player to the Miami Heat in ex- round of the National Basketball a four-year career at Virginia Poly- Association (NBA) draft. Despiti~ ~s.~'~-, technie ~titute and State Unwersity (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, estab- lishing 66 records for the team. In 1988 he played on the United States Olympic basketball team. He won honors as the all-time major college basketball scorer in Virginia and the all-time leading scorer in the Metro Conference. Though expressing disappoint- ment her great-grandson was not selected in the first round, Ruth Grant of Lewisburg said, "1 think things will go nicely for him. It's a good opportunity for Bimbo." Family and friends say the selec- tion by Miami has advantages -- particularly in keeping Mr Cotes closer to home, He is expected to formally sign with the team in Sep- tember after completing his degree in hotel and motel management at Blacksburg this summer. Facility For National Forest Under Construction In Spa City Davis-Stuart School Will Pay Back Wages To 35 Workers A complaint filed by a housepar- ~=nt couple against Davis-Stuart, In- corporated, a Lewisburg facility for dependent and neglected children, has been settled. Davis-Stuart will pay a total of $35,000 in back pay to 35 present and former employees. Individual payments range from $12 to $2,900. According to Davis-Stuart execu- tive director Bruce Robertson, the settlement is a result of the wording of a law involving hours and wages. "The law states that a married couple working in a facility that pro- vides education or provides care for dependent and neglected children, and who reside at the facility more than five days a week, are exempt from the Wage and Hour Law," Mr Robertson said. A difference in interpretation by Davis-Stuart officials led to the institution's violation of wage proce- dures. The conjunctton "or" following the word "education" was interpreted as "and" by Elizabeth Hallanan judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Associate Regional Solicitor James Leonard served as judge for the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor. Attorney Karen Hamrick of Char- leston represented Davis.Stuart The back pay covers the period from October 1987 to November 1988. The complaint was lodged by a houseparent couple, whom Mr Robertson declined to identify, in January 1987. The Wage and Hour Division filed its suit in Federal Court in October 1989. Baptist Church Enon Baptist Church has joined the state's anti-litter efforts in the Adopt-A-Highway Program by agreeing to keep litter free two miles of Conte Writes By Chas. A. Goddard "Entering the grounds of The Greenbrier, you sense ~mmediately a place rooted in a time well before our own. The stately white hotel, the neat rows of cottages, the spacious lawns shaded by ancient oaks, all bespeak a romantic past that contin- ues to float elusively in the collective memory of America. In fact, the his- tory of The Greenbrier cctors the recollections of not one. but numer- ous generations as d weaves its way through the many eras of the country's past. The purpose of this book is to tell the stories that have always surrounded the place, to fol- low the people who created the re- sort and those who sustained it, as well as the many legendary charac- ters who frequented it over the years." So writes Doctor Robert S. Conte in his recently published "The History of rhe Greenbrier: America's Resort." The Greenbrier Hotel, variously known since the late 18th Century as Bowyer's Sulphur Springs, The Old White, The Greenbrier, or sln~- ply "White Sulphur Springs" has" played a major role in the develop- ment of the Greenbrier Valley. Now. with Doctor Conte's handsome book, the resort's history is chron- icled as never before. Even if you have no parhcular interest in history, you'll find Doctor Conte's well-paced and elegant prose a pleasure to read. His Js as much a history of our region as it is of the spa. He traces events from 1778, when a pioneer white woman, seeking a cure for rheumatism, was carried on a litter to the spring; through the bloody Civil War, when the South was the nation's battle- h ig hway ~ri ~ a~N~!.,o~l:l~l~F~lN;d~ol;d. Trio Joe, at ~#~n for g r O u n d ;. n t o t h i S C e n tu r y w h e n world-renown politicians and enter- tainers came to The Greenbrier for rest and relaxation (and, of course, to be seen). Photographs, drawings, illustra- tions, and maps (many in color) adorn all but nine pages of Doctor Conte's 178-page book. Images from the past, frozen in time, are beautifully reproduced. The printers, located in Canada, did their work masterfully. The lay-out and design of the linen-bound, gold-stamped the project is Reverend Jim Anderson, who said the church group will make its second litter pickup beginning July 18, which will be the 2nd of three (3) general litter pickups the group will make in a one year period. There are plenty of two-mile stretches still waiting to be adopted by civic, church, fraternal, youth and business groups. The Department of Highways has furnished safety vests, trash bags and trucks to haul the bagged trash. Plastic gloves will be furnished by the Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the Department of Highways will place signs at each end of the adopted section with the name of the Enon Baptist Church. For additional information or application form for adopting a section of highway, contact Maxine Scarbro, Administrator, Office of Conser- vation Education and Litter Control, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Charleston 25305, or telephone 348-3370. Author Robert S. Conte volume is crisp, clean, and a delight to look at. Doctor Conte's writing mirrors the excellent visual presen- tation. Whether he is telling you about the resort's earliest days, or describing the visits of Debbie Rey- nolds and Eddie Fisher or the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Doctor Conte speaks with authority, preci- sion, and a deep understanding of his subject. Robert S. Conte was appointed historian at The Greenbrier Hotel in 1978. He established and maintains the resort's archives and is the cura- tor of the Presidents' Cottage Mu seum. He conducts tours of the his- toric buildings and grounds at The Greenbrier for guests and has be- come a well-known personality at the resort. A native of San Jose, California, Doctor Conte received his under- graduate training in history at Santa Clara University and earned a doc- torate in American Studies from Case Wester~ Reserve Uni,~ersity. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians and serves on the Board of D~rectors of the Humanities Foundation of West Vir- ginia. He and his wife Betsy live in Monroe County. The History of The Greenbrler: America's Resort. By Doctor Robert S. Conte. Published for The Green- brier by Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Charleston. 178 pp. $25. Available locally at The Greenbrier newsstand, White Sulphur Springs and The Open Book, Lewisburg. Theater e ! Briefly ..;,;. ........................ ,2A ! C ass.,)d _,i.. Garden Patch. ........... , ...... 7A Home Accent ........... , ..... 11A Horoscopes ................... 12A Joyof Farming ................ 8A Obituaries ...................... 10A Opinion ,.,: ......... , ...... ,,..... 4BI [ Roberta _'....,',., ...... 'i..'.gA . New News Is Good News What's Your Sign? Just for fun you will find a full week's Horoscope on Page 12-A. ~str~J~t~n/s "on schedule'' for the new White Sulphur Springs buildin., i- "g r Office of the Monongahela National Forest. The new w = tOcated on t I Fish Hatcher near U.S. Hi-h- he grounds of the Federa " Y inform'Y, ~way 60. It Will contain a library/conference room, visitor The 4 ,~,~n services area, break room, offices, and a reception room. ,vuu square feet of floor space will be four times that of the present facilities in the U The laro..er ~,=r .......S. Post Office Building on Main Street. homes ar..KJngLarea Will provide easier access for travelers in motor bUdnet =,,u mose towing campers and trailers. Federal li0e-item the ;e=mn),e.s of $352,819 are fundino the Droject. Completion of "" /tilL;1 irl[IO "~ " s is expected by late autumn. Bailey Tyler brings you news of the Greenbrier County Board of Education meetings. With consolida- tion a big issue throughout the state, you'll want to take a look at Ms Ty- ler's column on page 4-A. "Sleeping Beauty" will wake up at Carnegie Hall July 20 when America's largest touring marionette company, The Vagabond Puppet Theater, will perform at 7 p.m. Summertime and the feelin' is easy. Read about summer sports activties on page 1 -B Ronceverte church folks go to South Carolina to help the needy. See story on page 2-B. Tommie Jean Cockrell wins the first Judith Baker Memorial Award at Lewisburg Intermediate School. Her story is on page 6-B Sponsored by the Greenbrier Valley Arts and Humanities Council (GVA&H), "Sleeping Beauty" will last about 45 minutes and then will be followed by a demonstration of pup-" petry and staging techniques. "The performance will combine classical music, beautiful period sets and costumes, handcrafted marionettes, and the wizardry of professional puppeteers," according to Larry Davis, president of GVA&H: Set in a magical, medieval time and enriched by the music of Tchaikovsky, "Sleeping Beauty" pro- vides all the elements that make a classic tale come alive. All types of puppets, marionettes, rod puppets, and hand puppets will be used. This adaptation tells the tale from the handsome Prince's point of view. He learns of the beautiful Princess Aurora's plight and he takes action! Other characters are Magus the mentor; Princess Aurora's parents, King Florizel and Queen Miranda, the wicked Grendal, and the good Fairies of the sun and Moon. The show includes a lot of humor, sus- pense, and excitement. "Vagabond Puppet Theater's headquarters are in Marietta, Geor- gia, and this summer's tour marks their twenty-fifth year. Their tours take them to 26 states east of the Rockies and to foreign countries," Doctor Davis said. Tickets are $1 and will only be on sale at the door starting one hour before the performance. GVA&H is a group of local resi- dents who promote the graphic and performing arts by occasionally underwriting the costs of art shows, lectures, and performances. The organization was founded by Jeanne Coyne of Lewisburg and the late Mildred Keefe. Both ladies were instructors at Greenbrier College for Women which closed in 1972. ill ,!ill ,fr I t I .mmm~m.=.___ i, ,it ~,',llh I tl'I! I II,f I I I ~l Jt I U