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Vol. VI No. 18 / July 12, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia Methodist Celebrates 200th Birthday a 27-year,old horse owned by Bill Harrison of Renick, did her by carrying Reverend Barry Moll to the 200th Anniversary Cele- at Frankford Methodist Church July 8. See story, page 3-A. ish Exchan e Student Loves West Virginia Monika Cam By Matt Allen When Monika Gain of Denmark ~Cided to become an exchange ~dent in the United States, she ~ew very little about U. S. geogra- ~Y. In fact New York, Los Angeles ld Kansas City were the only cities ~e had heard of. "All I knew was I ~.d been writing to Jim and Gail Ar- UCkle in West Virgima and wanted ~=Spend a year in their home. When ~rrived {ast August. I found every- ~ing quite different. Jim and Gall ed to make me feel at home, but I !tssed my family and the city very tUch." All that's changed and after ten Onths, the pretty 18-year-old Dan- girl does not want to go home nd has become quite a country girl. t's true, I don't want to go home. I bye Jim and Gait, this family and all Y friends very much " After attending the State Fair and ntering Greenbrier East, Monika )und herself watching Jim work rith the West Virginia University heerteaders and all the hype that Oes With WVU footbal Asked if he likes cheerleading, she replied. saw many p~ctures and videos of ~e WVU cheerleaders, then I went ~ games and saw Jim work with em in practice. It's amazing the ray t#~ey perform. I was surprised to ee J~m throwing the girls himself ~n practice. I told him he was crazy if he thought I could do that. Well, each day we practiced and by Janu- an/ we were doing all kinds of lifts. We showed them to the cheerlead- ers before a game and they all ap- plauded. That made me feel really good. But there is not much call for cheerleaders in Denmark." Coming from Denmark to West Virginia has been more of a transi- tion than just city to country. "When 1 arrived I spoke good English, but the accent was so hard to under- stand and the food too was so differ- ent. There are so many different types of food. In Denmark we have everything, but here everything is so quick with frozen foods and all. My mother would go crazy if she would see the inside of Krogers." Monika admits she was homesick for awhile but Greenbrier County and Lewisburg have melted her heart. "1 love everything about this county,:the beautiful farm land and the beauty of Lewisburg. I love to go in the little shops and The Green- brier Hotel is out of this world." Something Monika enjoys and will miss when she returns is horse- back riding. "Yea, that is my favorite. Some days after school I go and work with Jim's horses, rve been riding for 5 years, bbt I had to get See "Danish". Pg. 6-A Monroe County May Obtain Memorial Home By Jonathan Wright If final details are worked out satisfactorily between the State of West Virginia and the Monroe County Commission, the Andrew S. Rowan Memo- rial Home at Sweet Springs will soon belong to Monroe County. That word was received Monday from Ann Garcelon, spokeswoman for :he Department of Health and Human Resources. The Rowan home is one 3f three health-care facilities the state is selling or leasing, a result of action 3y the 1990 Legislature. "Most of us are relieved this decision has been made," Rowan adminis- Irator Nancy Baker said Tuesday morning. "We're anxious to know all the :tetails." The state's agreement is contingent on the Commissioners' acceptance )f four stipu/ations: the county may not borrow over $1 million against the 3roperty; the default of any loan against the property would result in the Iransfer of the property back to the state; any profit from the sale of the 3roperty must be given to the state; and the Commission must file an annual report concerning the financial and operational condition of the facility. Commissioner Bill Sibold said the three-member Commission, which also ncludes Susan Wickline and Randall Wallace, had already decided to ac- cept the offer of the Sweet Springs property if presented by the state. No meetings of the group, however, are scheduled before next week. Mr S/bold said if the county takes possession of the home, a Building Commission would-be appointed to take charge of the property, and a Board of Trustees would manage it. A management firm would be hired to take over the day-to-day operations of the facility. The Rowan home currently has 95 residents. The building has a possible capacity of up to 190 patients, Ms Baker, the administrator, said. Mr Sibold said the county, will probably plan to expand the current operations of the facility. Ronceverte Commission Calls For Water Rate Hike of 35 Per Cent A 35-per-cent increase in water rates was tentatively approved by the Ronceverte Board of Commis- sioners at their monthly meeting July 3. Difficulty in paying Water Depart- ment bills with available city funds was cited as the reason for the pro- posed increase. The across-the-board rate hike would raise average monthly cus- tomer charges from $13.09 to $17.69, based on a usage of 5,000 gallons per month. The minimum required for the measure. The first is scheduled July 17, 7:30 p.m., at City Hall. In other business, the Commis- sioners approved the purchase of a distillation unit for the Waste Water Treatment Plant at a cost of $1,979. The purchase was requested by plant operator Jim Jeffries for tests mandated by the West Virginia De- partment of Natural Resources. Commissioner Lindy Hodges rec- ommended the appointment of a monthly charge of $3.65 would rise " te" to $4~931 ............................ ,~ea Ro.n(~eve, r .... Pg. 6:A According to City Recorder Susan White, the earliest the in- crease could take effect is Septem- ber 15. Three public hearings are A.V. Top Reporter Former White Sulphur Springs resident Vernon Gallagher has been named outstanding journalist of the year by the West Virginia Trail Law- yers Association. Mr Gallagher, who is the state editor for The Associated Press lAP) and writes under the byline "A. V. Gallagher," was honored at ceremo- nies in June at the Charleston Marri- ott Hotel. The ceremony marked the third. time Mr Gallagher, 39, a 1968 graduate of White Sulphur High School, has won the award. Mr Gallagher on a regular basis covers state courts and the West Virginia Supreme Court. The trail lawyers represent individual clients as opposed to lawyers who are members of a major law firm, the so- called "defense" lawyers. '1 am truly honored to have re- ceived this award in recognition for the hard work that all the media does in covering the courts," said Mr Gallagher, who now lives in Char- leston. He has been the chief capital correspondent for the AP for the past five years. He worked for two years as investigative reporter with the United Press International (UPI) in Washington, D. C., and worked in the Charleston Statehouse bureau for UPI. He also worked for The Charleston Gazette. Mr Gallagher graduated from West Virginia Uni- versity in 1972 with a degree in jour- nalism. About Herbs...,...,.,,.,,.. 10A Agriculture ...... ' ........ ,.i ,.... 7 A Briefly .... ,.,...,; ..... .....,, ..... 3-A Carnegie Hall ........ .,...,...,.6A Classified .:: ............... ; ...... 7B For the Record ................ 2A Garden Patch ................... 6B Horoscopes ..................... 5B Joy of Farming ................ 7A Obituaries ........................ 8A Opinion .... ; ............. . ......... 4A Roberta ............ , .............. , gA Saints ........ ..... '"....., ........ 3B Sports ...................... ,....,..,1B To Present Taj Mahal Internationally known musician Taj Mahal will perform at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, July 27 at 8 p.m. In his 20-year musical career, Taj Mahal has mastered half a dozen different styles. His long list of ac- complishments includes 13 a/bums, the soundtrack for the movie "Sounder," roles in that film and the television biography of Scott Joplin, and the music for the cartoon series "The Ewoks." Mahat believes that it is his "infu- sLon of personal elements" that brings his music to life. "The only thing that matters is to give the mu- sic all of your persor~ality that you can get into it," he says. "It's got to come from deep inside you to really mean anything. If you try to sing the songs the way everybody else does you might be entertaining, but you're not really sharing your self or your experiences. You have to sing your life if you expect your music to affect anybody else's." Mahars musical in- vestigation has led him around the. world, including a musical tour of 12 African nations in 1979. he partici- pates in lecture demonstrations, panels and leads discussions about the history of the blues and explains how African elements were trans- formed in the Western Hemisphere. Mahal's musical interests began. early. His father was a West Indian pianist and jazz arranger, while his mother was immersed in classical and American gospel music. At- tempts by his mother to guide him in a more "cultured" musical direction soon dissolved when he devoted his practice time to boogie-woogie pi- ano instead of the classics. A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, he moved to California in 1965 and was already proficient on piano, guitar, bass, dulcime4r, banjo, vibes and ..... harmonica Maha's f rst two albums immedi- ately established him as a folk and blues stylist. His third, "Giant Step/ De Old Folks at Home," a double record, made him a star. Over the years, Mahal has continued to ex- periment with different musical styles -- but has always come back to the blues, having studied animal husbandry at the University of Mas- sachusetts, Taj Mahal fills his spare time studying agriculture, particularly organic farming, Solar and wind en- ergy technology also are among his favorite topics for conversation. "rm into anything that makes people more self-reliant," he says. "That's Taj Mahdi really where it's at for an individual to succeed and for our society to progress." This event is sponsored in part by Humana Hospital/Greenbrier Val- ley and the West Virginia Depart- ment of Education and the Arts, Di- vision of Culture and History, Arts and Humanities Section. Tickets are $10 per person and may be ob- tained by calling 645-7917 or at the Carnegie Hall office. Muddy Creek Mountain Build Community Rec Ruritans Center G. David Brumfield of Bluefield, the outgoing president of the asso- ciation, praised Mr Gallagher for his adherence to truth and the accuracy of his reporting. Mr Gallagher and his wife, Cathy, who works for Union Carbide Corpo- ration, were at the ceremony to re- ceive the award. Mr Gallagher's parents, Mr and Mrs B. A. Gallagher, live in White Sulphur Springs, His brother, Brian, is a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and is a lawyer. Muddy Creek Mountain Rurltan Club is putting the finishing touches on a recycling collection center where the organization will accept aluminum, glass, and plastic. The club will use any profits from the project to fund community betterment activities. Shown here are Rgritans Randolph Baker (left), Tom Farren, Milburn Phillips, Ervil Burns, and John Lon- ganacre. Ralph Grafton and Martell Burrell of Muddy Creek Mountain Sawmill donated lumber for the construction of the collection center which Is located next to the Muddy Creek Community Building. Muddy Creek Mountain Ruritans meet every second Thursday of each month. The club was established in 1985 and now has 18 members. Ervil Burns is president. I