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Vol. VI No.23 August 16, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia A "Spin" At The Fair Opening Dates Announced for Monroe County Schools Monroe County Schools will open September 4. The following dates and times have been approved for the be- ginning of school in Monroe County: August 27, 9 a.m. -- Continuing Education at Peterstown High School for all Board employees August 28, 9 a.m. -- Continuing Education at Peterstown High School August 29 and 30 -- Personnel report to respective school August 31 -- No School "Ou Bide School Environment Day" September 3 --- Labor Day (Holiday) September 4 --- First day for students (full day) BUTA Expansion A number of new full- and part-time jobs in Greenbrier County will be created by a $4 million expansion currently .......... underway by British United Tur- keys of America (BUTA), ac- takes a spin on the "great wheel" at the 5tale I-am cording to divisi(m manager lohn (;ascovne. "Sheep-to-shawl" demon- area schools, according to mere- The turnkey-breeding com- at the State Fair of West ber Lou Burroughs. , panv is expanding operations at I[Inia continues drawing The guild was organized ten six locations in the county, Mr [rc3wds of spectators at the years ago and meets monthly in Gascow e said. BUTA jobs will r_ {U ds sheep arena. Mem- members homes and at the Arti- total ,{round 100 bv the end of the Fiber Network Guild, I1 O t; p f craftspersons fromsans' Cabin in Union. Meetings the year, he said, after plant ex- e and Greenbrier coun- consist of workshops in fiber-re- pansion is completed in October. |' ere invited by fair offi- lated arts and practicing various The company currently has 12 s year to demonstrate skills. , plants in Greenbrier C(mnty, 54 L' Ills every day, after pre- One member has won notori- full-time emplovees, and 32 r Years of coming for twoety for her work. Phy!lis Fetty, part-time, some of which in- [0hly. who operated the "great wheel" clude new workers hired for the Z|l fernbers (ifshw crowds the at the fairgrounds t!)!s year, has expansion. Figures by the end of iie nents the process in-sold her rag rugs to Jimmy "red rtginitcarding raw wool, and Rosalyn Carter, the into thread, and governors mansion in Char- Greenbrier Byar,,,--a the thread into the fin- leston, and Dan and Marilyn Fields Questions I lPrduct a multi-colored Quayle. From Media . kerl onstrations are given C;uild members range from 14 to 70 of age. rues of-the years in ............ X E~I The Greenbrier County Board I of Education invited members of the media to a specially called press conference August 9 to an- swer questions about planned school consolidation. Board member Cheryl Grif- fith said, "We felt this meeting was necessary due to the lack of information on the subject. There has been a lot of biased reporting on the local level there needs to be a sense of pro- fessionalism concerning journal- istic skills.'" In a later interview, Mrs Grif- fith said, "1 am personally con- vinced the majority of people are not against a new junior high school facility. I think it's just that a minority of people who have been very vocal in their opposition to it. 1 have no com- plaints about letters .to the edi- tor. What is a problem, though, is the way some reporters have handled their stories, such as quoting members of the Board when they [the reporters] were not actually at the meetings themselves." Mrs Griffith said she based Burroughs at Coleman's Cliff, near Frankford her beliefs about public opinion e (supporting the new school) on the number of people who have talked to her about the issue and the small number of persons *l " Wright Sarah Janesek and Brandy who attended the the public -o :t D;anlo BurFisher were.coming back from hearing on the closing of the six bit r the cliff," he said, "and Sarah affected junmr high schools. wh' .... ;'""" had just fallen between the "Many people have come to me en wa mng "' 1 drop offs of rocks. She: asn t hurt too bad y, m restaurants and other public da-vs _tha-ou h ;Sarah said to me, tell me places to they support "" o t-Z-I just fell!' and what we're doing," she said. boy still can't Brandy told me, 'Be careful." Board president Henry Ses- ling over 100 feeti3janjo remembers few events sions reiterated the group's red- rocks July after that. While crossing a sons for pursuing consolidation: the events be- three-foot crevasse, he briefly declining enrollment, restricted accident--and looked back. It was then he fell state funding, and the inability approximately 20 feet to a lower to continue present operations of heights to begin rock ledge, crashed through awith available monies. Said. "I'm amazed tree, and fell further into a steep Superintendent of Schools just walk hollow. The entire distance from Steve Baldwin stressed declining no danger at the top of the cliff to the floor of enrolhnent for the need to con- it, but I'm al- the hollow is estimated at 100 solidate. He quoted enrollment how close 1 feet. figures of 8,000 in 1980, slightly Friends Chad Feamster, Chris less than 6,000 projected when the accident, Kelly, Brent Nash, and Ronnieschool starts next month, and an "D. J.,'drveto theDjanj'cliff Hardesty immediately began expected 5,000-or-less enroll- friends there, working to rescue Djanjo. After ment by 1999. "There's no way , a few details negotiating the treacherous ter- we can operate a system the way rain for 15 to 20 minutes, they we are now while losing 3,000 the giant rock of the cliff. See "Burroughs," Pg. 5-A See "School," Pg. 5-A the year are expected at 64 full- time and 34 part-time employ- oes. "Although we have had some problems with the terrain and weather in our building projects here, overall things have gone very well for us," Mr Gascoyne said "Everything has been very positive for us. We have excel- lent employees--there's a great work force here." BUTA came to Greenbrier "-County in 1986 and began full operations with the completion of its first facilities in 1987. It also has plants in North Caro- lina employing a total of 30 per- sons. The company provides tur- key breeding stock to poultry firms in several countries. Administrative assistant Kay Bailey and executive director Greg Gibson look over blueprints for Humana HospitaI-Greenbrler Valley, Fairlea. Humana to A $10 million renovation proj- ect creating up to 60 new jobs is on the drawing board for Hu- maria Hospital-Greenbrier Val- ley, hospital officials announced last week. Greg Gibson, executive direc- tor of the 17-year-old Fairlea fa- cility, said, "This building was obviously designed for a differ- ent era. We now have different patient needs and a greater vol- ume of patients. We've in- creased activity in virtually all levels of services and have added a lot of new equipment. See "Hospital," Pg. 5-A Mayor Charles Mundy at Rupert Village Park Rupert's CityParks-- Source of Community Pride Mayor Charles Mundy is visi- bly proud of his town's two city parks. "It's been a long process, and we're continually working on them---but it's been worth it," he said. The western Greenbrier County town of Rupert boasts a pair of parks heavily used by its residents. As with most parks, they get their greatest use dur- ing the summer, with softball games, picnics, and family reun- ions as frequent as the shouts el laughter from the children play- ing there. Mr Mundy has been mayor ot Rupert since 1973. "At that time we had just the Rupert Village Park, near the school. It had a shelter children's rides, but no rest rooms. Not long afterward we added the rest rooms with about $5,000 we received from revenue sharing." Other gradual improvements included an expansion, accom- v!ished by the filling of a 20-foot hollow. Thousands of tons el dirt from Westvaco and the the new sewage treatment plant construction site were hauled in to fill the hollow. Railroad ties were donated to form a retain- mg wall at the rear of the field, which Is now used for volley- ball, )ftball, football, and other activities. The park was further en- hanced bv the construction of additional picnic shelters, benches, and fencing. Last month Grist Lumber Company of Smoot and Burns Motor Freight of Marlinton donated a truckload of wood chips and shavings, which now cover the grounds of the park to cut down on dust and mud. The material also provides greater safety for children using the playground equipment. "I'm really proud of what we have here," Mr Mundy said. "Rupert is growing, and 1 be- lieve it's going to continue to grow. We appreciate the support we've had from our people to make facilities like these parks possible." About three-fourths mile away is the Rupert Community Park, located just outside the city limits off Anjean Road. Crews have made gradual im- provements to the park since work was begun on in 1984. A $63,000 grant from the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund has financed much of the work. Additionally, considerable labor and materials have been donated to make the facility possible, according to Mr M'undy. Two ball fields are in- cluded in the park. Picnic tables, a shelter, and tennis courts are anticipated as funds become available. Currently work is underway to build a new bridge over Big Clear Creek, which the access road crosses. Brian Fitch, son of Bill end Nancy Fitch of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, tries out a tractor at the State Fair of West Virginia. The vehicle is part of the numerous commercial displays by agricultural dealers at the fairgrounds. Despite therapid growth throughout the years of dis- plays geared to other Interests, the fair continues its traditional farm flavor. Record crowds have been reported since the nine-day exposi- tion began August 10. The fair runs through August 18 at the 130-acre fairground complex in Fairlea. Over a quarter of a million persons attend each year. The numbers have increased during the past few years, due in part to improved access to Fairlea with the completion of Interstate 64 in 1988.