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/ Vol. VII No.24 August 22, 1991 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia Expected to Break Out Near White Sulphur Springs Carol HaU boom of cannon and the of marching feet will once be heard near White as the Battle of Springs is re-en- at the Greenbrier State at Hart's Run, located off Exit 175, approximately" west of White r Springs. 26 and 27. 1863. under the com- General William W. raet a local Confederate Under the command of S. Patton (grand- Patton of World in the first major after Gettysburg. It was a Confederate vic- held on the actual (now the Battle- Shopping Center), the will have no ad- charge. Union and Con- camps will be open to from 4 to 9 p.m. Fri- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat- from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, when the actual battle will take place. Authentic suffers will be on the grounds all three days, selling everything from powder horns to buttons. Sponsored by the Greenbrier State Forest and the Visitors and Convention Bureau of White Sulphur Springs, and hosted by the White Sulphur Springs Rifles of Co. G, 26th Battalion of the Virginia Infantry, the event will feature 273 soldiers and civil- ians, who will be coming from seven states and Canada. These units will consist of both mounted and dismounted cav- alry, artillery, and infantry. A commemorative booklet, patterned after the one used at the 1963 100-year anniversary re-enactment, will be available to the public for $I. Cabins and campgrounds at the park are available on a first- come- first-served basis. Inter- ested persons may call the Visi- tors Bureau at 536-1454 for more information Woman Named U. League 'Mom of the Year' !~ ~ii i~ Shaun and Llse Parker Parker of Alderson has to cheer about this her kids' victories in League games---and national "Little Baseball Mom of the started in when Mrs. Parker Bhe had been chosen as Southern Region the honor in a con- by French's Then in early August she was the regional She Joined three other Winners in New York 20 in competition national "Little League Morn of the Year" tire. came after Judges the qualifying 40-word- written by Mrs. son Shaun. at the Pa/;kers' Alder- ran high when the about the regional and the impending trip to New York. somebody real loud, that was Parker said. "We'd to New York City be- Whole family was so Mr. and Mrs. Parker, along with their three children, left Alderson August 19 in a limou- sine which took them to the Greenbrler Valley Airport. The family stayed at the New York "Hilton, had dinner at The Green- ery in Central Park, and at- tended the competition and cere- monies honoring the mothers and their families. Nearly all the lodging and transportation costs, including the limousine plck-up at their home. were pro- vided by French's Mustard, in addition to $2,000 in spending money. Following her national win in the August 20 final competition, Mrs. Parker won an additional $300, a video camera, and a limousine ride for her entire family to Williamsport, Pennsyl- vania, to attend the Little League See "Mom," Page 9A EARLY DEADUNES Due to the Labor Day holiday September 2, deadlines for our September 5 Issue are as follows. Classifieds: 11 a.m. August 30; Display ads: 2 p.m. August 30; News: noon August 29. City Council Postpones eision on Yard Sale RegulationsL concerns from over 20 persons ordinance regulat- Sales, the Lewisburg voted August 20 to ordinance until spring residents were on City Hall to express I to the ordl- required $I 0-per-sale fee raaxlmum of two sales Most asked the law- what is said to small group of yard who are alleg- "excessive" numbers and "disturbing the normal traffic flow in S. Council members generally agreed it would be preferable to deal only with those causing problems but stressed there are currently no regulations on the books to limit the frequency of yard sales. Neither are there any clear directives concerning at what point a repeated yard sale operator could be considered to be running an operation which constitutes a business, they said. Wee're not saying ours is the best and only way," Mayor Phil Gainer said of the Council's ordi- nance, which was passed on first reading July6. '%Ve want to See "Yard Sales," Page 5A --and Went One of the most certain "full grandstand" events of the State Fair of West Virginia is the draft horse pull. As usual, the popular event drew overflow crowds to the Fairies facility August 16 as over 7,000 specta- tors crowded In to watch the competition. An early-morning fog_ lifted Just in tirne for the 9 s.m. start. The nine-day fair ended August 17. You know the fair Is winding down when the empty horse stalls outnumber the occupied ones.This lonely fellow waited around quietly for a buyer as his buddies were already on their way home after a busy week of numerous equestrian shows at the State Fairgrounds. Route, Files for Approval Appalachian Power Company (APCO} followed the expectations of both proponents and oppo- nents of its high-voltage power llne project by filing a request August 15 with the Virginia State Corporation Commission for approval of the project. Accompanying the request was a map showing the final preferred corridor for the 765,000-volt transmission line, a map which concerned residents of Virginia and West Virginia have been awaiting since the be- ginning of the year. In filing for the approval from the Virginia agency, APCO officials indicated they would wait until late this year to file for approval with the West Virginia Public Service Commission due to state re- quirements for additional data. A map displaying APCO's pre- ferred power line route is cur- renfly on display in the Monroe County Clerk's Office in Union during regular business hours. The route begins near Oceana, goes through Mercer County near Athens, and crosses through the extreme southern tip of Summers County across the New River. It enters Monroe County north of Ballard and travels slightly north of Lindside, then parallels the state line be- fore going through Waiteville. It then crosses into Virginia on its way to Cloverdale, a community ust north of Roanoke. Inside Today Agriculture ....................... 7A Briefly ....................... _ ...... 3A Classified ......................... 7B Comics & Crossword ...... 6B For the Record ................ 3A Home Accent ................... 3B Nutrition News ................. 5B Obituaries ........................ 6A Opinion ............................ 4A Sports ............................... 1 B Via the Grapevine ............ 2A Week in Weather ........... 21A Harley O. Staggers Sr. Father Dies West Virginia Congressman Harley O. Staggers Jr., an- nounced August 20 that his fa- ther, former Congressman Har- ley O. Staggers Sr., had passed away at the age of 84 of conges- tive heart failure and respiratory failure. Congressman Staggers sald his father dedicated his life to serving others. "My father cared deeply about West Virginia and its people. I believe the people of West Virginia understood this and honored him by electing him to represent them in the Con- gress for 32 years," he said. Calling the former Congress- man a "distinguished American and West Virglnian," U. S. Sena- tor Robert C. Byrd stated, "West Virginia has lost one of its finest citizens . . . He always made a point of personally staying in touch with the people he repre- sented in Congress." Mr. Staggers was instrumen- tal several facilities to the Green- brier Valley: the Greenbrler Val- ley Airport, The Greenbrler Health Center, and the federal buildings housing the Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs post offices. Mr. Staggers was born August 3. 1907, near Keyser in Mineral County and was the son of Jacob and Frances Cumberledge Staggers. He attended Public See "Staggers," Page 9A Property Owners Express Fears Over Proposed Sewage Line By Carol Hall The Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority's (SWA's) pro- posal for a 40-foot right-of-way and construction of a four-inch sewer line from the Greenbrier County Landfill to the Roncev- erte Waste Water Treatment Plant on the Greenbrier River are two main concerns of a group of citizens in the Anderson Es- tates/ Anderson Road and Stone House Road areas near Lewis- burg. Residents say they fear the untreated leachate, which con- tains methane gas, might build up pressure in the pipe and blow a valve. Also, residents say, if a road were built on the 40-foot right- of-way adjacent to the subdlvi- meet EPA (Environmental Pro- tection Agency) regulations at this time and something must be done. "It takes time and money to correct the problems at the landfill," he said. "We have asked for an increase in rates, but all sorts of steps have to be taken in order to get an appro- priation, and it takes tlme to generate money. Also. there are a lot of restrictions, but our big- gest enemy is time." Tuckwiller noted all the mem- bers of the SWA board--Mike Elzroth of the Health Depart- ment; K.C. Keesee of the Depart- ment of Natural Resources (DNR); and Wayne Childers and Richard Coffman, both county slon, It would not be restricted to court appointees--were volun- use as an access road, but reefs and not experts. "Were would also permit the use of commercial and/or garbage trucks. According to a spokesperson for a local turkey business, the story by a local newspaper citing the project as using "trucks pro- vided by B.U.T.A. [British United Turkeys of America]* is entirely erroneous. "B.U.T.A.has abso- lutely nothing to do with this project," said Greg Curry of B.U.T.A. John Tuckwiller, chairman of the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) board, said the landfill does not been on this board only two years," he stated "We've had to learn all this stuff. Given time by the government and the DNR, we think we can correct the prob- lems at the landfill, provided they don't change the regula- tions tomorrow," he commented. According to Tuckwiller, the pipeline would be below ground and will be turned over to an en- gineering company for inspection and to make sure It meets all is not yet known who will take over the pipeline and maintain it if it is built. "Hold your horeasff Aunt" Hazel Lewis tells "Tom" and "Tony" while others "fold up camp" in preparation for the day's Journey. Lee wvckman (wearing sunglasses) and son, Joe (wearing hat), hitch the team In the cool morning mist as Lea chats with an unidenti. fled man. By Carol Hall Excitement was high as the covered wagons formed Into a line and slowly started their week-long trek from Auto to Buckeye August 4, a ride of ap- proximately I l 0 miles. The nine wagons, six from the Buffalo Trail Riders of Goshen, Virginia; two from Auto; and one from Marlinton, were making an annual ride with the first camp- ing spot at Trout. The Goshen organization began planning the train in December. According to Lee Workman of Auto. Assistant Wagon Master for the group. much planning goes into the ride, such as hunting out a route, picking camp sites, choos- Ing horses, etc. *People enjoy It--it's llke a little vacation, and it keeps the young people from getting into trouble," he said. He explained the trail would go from the Trout camp site to Laurel Run near Richwood, then to Bishop Knob on the other side of Richwood, to the Williams River, ending at Buckeye August I I. In between were cool morn- Ings, frisky horses, some sore "sitters," lots of good food, and sleeping at the "Greenbrier Hil- ton*--a tarp fastened between the two Workman wagons~ As the train slowly made Its way from Auto down U.S. Rt. 219, cars stopped, dogs barked, and people came out of their homes to see this unusual sight, Many took pictures and called out to the riders, both in the wagons and ahorse. Leaving the highway, only the murmur of voices, song of the birds, and "clop clop" of the horses hooves' broke the still- ness of the mountain trail. Up- hill and down, the "gentle giants,* as draft horses are See "Wagons," Page 2A