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nts At urg Parks Jonathan Wright and improvements ~isburg's Dorie Miller and Hol- parks are never finished. The attract constant atten- trom civic groups, individuals, city government -- and for reason. They are used exten- by hundreds of people each parks generate a lot of indirectly to the area," Butch said. Mr Matheny has been of the city's Parks and Committee for the past Years. "This year we're hosting from district and area tournaments. The people COme to Lewisburg for these as spend money on food, Iodg- and gas. That's important for crews and volunteers are to improve and beautify the of the two parks throughout Although the City of Lewis- budgets an average of $15,000 their maintenance, addi- funds for improvements must from donations. Otto Hollowell recently do- $25,000 to the city for im- ~ments to Hollowell Park. The the required matching of $25,000. Among improve- being made possible by the are the renovation of the four COurts at the park. Replace- t of the surfaces has been corn- The courts are expected to shortly. improvements have also made to Dorie Miller Park. En- pillars and a new fence are in place, and a new flag pole is ~e plans for the facility. Also ned are improvements to the field. benches and flower boxes planned for both parks. "The and more attractive a park is, the public tends to take of it and use it," Mr Matheny 'We're very proud of Holtowell Miller. I attend meetings West Virginia Parks and Rec- n Association. More than once ad Someone who is familiar -ewisburg's parks speak very about them. They have very impressive facili- a COmmunity our size." 'arks are very important for unities,- Mr Matheny added. depend on them for places they Can have gatherings and ~ation. Our shelters and play- get a lot of use. I know Y families get to where they reunions at the same time every year. Just the other was looking at the sign-up for the shelter, and it was COmpletely filled." ping plans are under- eny said, and area and civic clubs are being to help underwrite the ex- by Sponsoring various proj- the Work. Also in the plan- Stages, although on a Iong- oasis, is the expansion of the s system. Mr Matheny said ts interest in obtaining addi- land for a third park. SUmmer the City of Lewis- Sponsoring its annual Sum- Program, directed ~rion Gordon. Swimming, soft- II, volleyball, and ten- re being offered. Also spon- each summer are the Lewis- E~aseball Camp and the Green- East High School Basketball AreatsSmallest Antique . l BridgesI Covered Big On Values And Servlce To Be Fixed I At 144 square feet, it is the smallest antique shop in Lewisburg. Peddlar's Alley Antiques, located between Washington and Randolph Streets, is a converted motel room of the former Town House Motel. Owners Vicki Wilson (left) and Karen Lee McClung say they are fulfill- ing a dream they have shared for many years in operating their own antique shop. Public reception has been encouraging, they say, and numerous out-of-town visitors have included the shop in their tour of downtown businesses and points of interest. "1 never realized how many people visit Lewisburg," Ms Wilson said. "They all have nice things to say about our area." Among the merchandise are items made of wrought iron, silver, pewter, wood, and glass, along with fur- niture, quilts, primitives, and children's items. Non-antique collectible items are also sold. Shop Opens In River City Larry Davis, Cobbler, At Helm The West Virginia Department of Highways will start an ambitious pro- gram that will result in restoring the turn-of-the-century look to 14 cov- ered bridges owned by the Division of Highways. "The success being experienced in returning the historic Philippi Bridge to its vintage 1852 appear- ance after severe fire damage on February 2, 1989 has encouraged the Division of Highways to make a commitment to this monumental undertaking, with the guidance of Dr Emory Kemp," Governor Caperton said. Dr Kemp, West Virginia Univer- sity professor and head of its History of Science and Technology gradu- ate program, currently co6rdinates efforts by the West Virginia Forestry Association, U. S. Forest Service, area sawmills and various other lo- cal organizations to restore the na- tionally known Barbour County span, site of the first land battle of the Civil War in 1861. Hems Mill- Crossing Mitligan Creek near Lewisburg. This 10.5- foot-wide, 53.75-foot-long 1884 queenpost truss is in poor condition. An adjacent bridge is planned on Greenbrier County 40. Hokes Mill -- an adjacent bridge on Greenbrier County 62 is also planned for this 1899 span of Sec- ond Creek near Ronceverte. A 12- foot-wide, 81.5-foot-long Long truss is in poor condition. Laurel Creek -- West Virginia's smallest covered bridge is just over 13 feet wide and just under 24.5 feet long. Built by Robert Annot in 1911, the queenpost truss on Monroe County 219/1t is located near Lil- lydale and is in poor condition. Locust Creek -- a new span is planned adjacent to this Warren double-intersection truss on Poca- hontas County 31 near Hillsboro. Built in 1870 and in poor condition, it is 13.5 feet wide and 113.75 feet long. ~,fter 19 years of shoe-repair and leather work, Larry Davis has opened a new shop in Ronceverte in the former Mountaineer Food Store building on Main Street. Mr Davis purchased the equipment of Ralph Nottingham, a Marlinton shoe repairman who recently retired after 41 years of work. The Lewisburg native repairs shoes, saddles, and a variety of leather and canvas items. He sells leather vests, pocketbooks, belts, wallets, key rings, knife cases, and gun holders. "People are especially glad to have a place again in this area where they can have shoes fixed," he said. The new business is named River City Leather Works. From 1972 to 1978 Mr Davis operated a shoe repair shop in Lewisburg named Frog City Leather Works. Indian Creek -- Monroe County's second covered bridge, one of the most photographed in the state, is located not far from the first, north of U. S. 219. Owned by the county his- torical society and open to pedestri- ans, it was part of the White and Sulphur Springs Turnpike. The Long truss, built in 1903 by Ray & Oscar Weikel and E. P. & A. P. Smith, is more than 11.5 feet wide and 49-25 feet long and in poor condition. New News Is Good News----Tell the Messenger Ht)P~F UENTFR HOME DECORATING CENTER WOODLAND ASH per sheet Many Other Styles Also Available See Us For All Your Decorating Needs. 209 W. Washington Street Monday thru Saturday Lewisburg, W.Va. 645-6348 8 am to 5 pm The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, August 2, 1990 11A Channel Six Announces Staff Promotions "It started back in the first week of June as an experiment," Mr Huffrnan said, "but it's worked so welt we decided to make it perma- nent." Cheri Haag As managing editor, Ms Haag has assumed the operational re- sponsibilities of WVVA News. "Cherrs a real natural," said Mr Huffman. "She knows our system probably better than I do, and her news judgement is excellent. It's easy to shift responsibility when you have someone like Cheri to take control.' Ms Haag is a native of Parkers- burg and a graduate of Ohio Univer- sity with a bachelor's degree in com- munications. Ms Hang has been replaced at 11 p.m. by reporter Loretta Budd. Ms Budd joined the Channel 6 staff in July t989, coming from ABC affili- ate KTVO-TV in Kirksville, Missouri. "Loretta's anchoring experience in the Midwest, and a solid year of field reporting for us made her the ideal Loretta Budd "After a two-month long experi- ment, WVVA-TV changes our on-air lineup. Veteran reporter/anchor Ch- eri Haag has been promoted to managing editor, and reporter Loretta Budd has been moved up to producer and anchor of our New- sCenter 6 Tonight at 1t p.m., ac- cording to WVVA News Director Bill Huffman. choice for the job," according to Mr Huffman. "There are lots of people in television news who struggle with personality on camera, but not Loretta. Her wrihng and reporting skills won her the job in the first place. The fact that she is one of the most naturally personable folks you'll ever meet is just the icing on the cake." Ms Budd is a communica- tions graduate of Northeast Missouri State University. Summer Group Excursions in Pocahontas County to include at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park l)iorama Historic Museums Hot Home-Cooked Dinner Live Musical Entertainment Evening Train Trip To Whittaker Station August 2, 4, 11, 18 & 25 All begin at 5 prn Adults $22 Children $15 Call 799-4300 or 1-800-CALL-WVA for reservations. SHANKLAND'S STORE & EXXON 647-5434 Check out weekly specials on these and other products. 20 pack. cans ........................................... $5.79 2 liter ............................................ ..... $1,19 i Singles N/R ........................................... 49 i Across Bridge in Ronceverte and SAVE I I HERITAGE HOUSE REALTORS IS NOW OPEN FOR BUISNESS Champagne Grand Opening Thursdoy, August 9fh, 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Bobby Hoffmon, Broker Don Hoffmon ond Greg AIImon, Solesmen l M W. Main Street White Sulphur Springs 536-4490 ERITAGE H OUSE REALTORS J