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October 4, 1988

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2A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, October 4, 1988 Life magazine and outdoor colum- nist for Virginia Country magazine. Ingram gave the hunters an up- Cont. from 1Adate of game statistics and the best places to hunt in Virginia. exhibition. Avid turkey hunter, Jim Clay, Other exhibitions were held in the judged the turkey calling contest. classrooms and the gymnasium at Clay is a nationally known authority the school, on wild turkey and has conducted Dennis Pence of Covington, for- calling and hunting seminars from merly of Union, West Virginia, had a Florida to California. Gratton Hepler large display of muzzle-loading rifles of Covington was the winner of the which he uses in hunting. "They're turkey calling contest. not just for looks," he noted, "1 use "In presenting Hunter's Day, we every one of them." Eager hunters have tried to present hunters with in- crowded around his display table formation to assist them in having a asking questions about the rifles, healthy and safe hunting experi- many of which he hand-crafted, ence," noted Mary Corbett of ARH. Booths set up in the gymnasium contained items ranging from turkey calling apparatus to trapping and hunting accessories. They were: The Jackson River Sportsman's Club; The Gunshoppe, Glen Wilton; Trebark Camouflage, Roanoke; Perfection Turkey Calls, Stephenson; the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries; The Sports Center, Covington; Hunter & Huntress Ltd., Lexington; and the Virginia Department of Forestry Hunters were able to check on their personal health as well as their equipment at the booths sponsored by Alleghany Regional Hospital. Booths provided screening for blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, cho- ' lesterol and pulmonary function test- .... ing. The day-long program began with an 8:00 breakfast, followed by several presentations in the audito- rium. David Petzel, executive editor of Field and Stream magazine, spoke on hunter safety and emphasized that experienced hunters are just as likely as novices to have accidents in the field. He stressed the impor- ..... tance of hunters protecting their hearing and eyesight. Petzel is an NRA-certified rifle in- structor and writes prolifically on the topics of hunting and shooting. Also on the program was Bruce Ingrain, Virginia Editor of Outdoor "It will undoubtedly become an an- nual event." GED test in Monroe On Saturday, October 8, there will be a GED test administered at the Monroe County Vocational Technical Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost of administering the test to an individual is $20 per person per testing setting. In addition, the following conditions will be adhered to: 1. There will be a minimum num- ber of ten (10) people needed in or- der to administer the GED tests. 2. The maximum number of people to which the tests can be administered at one test setting is fifteen (15). 3. The $20 test fee must be paid in advance. Planners approve variances and reclassification BY JOHN MANCHESTER In their lightly attended, .regular monthly meeting Wednesday night the Greenbrier County Planning Commission approved minor vari- ance and reclassification requests from four individuals, The commis- sioners granted: * a variance of 25 feet to the front and 5 feet to the side of her lot to Rose Vance of Fairlea for her mo- bile home; * a variance of nine feet to the side of his lot to James Copeland of Echols Acres to build a garage/addi- tion to his home; * a variance of 40 feet to the rear of his lot to Autis Wriston of Fairview Road to build a two-car garage; and * a zoning reclassification from "residential" to "industrial" for a one acre lot on Rt. 60 West between the British United Turkeys of America and Jehovah Witness Hall buildings to Daniel Lilly (DBA Mountain Craft Cabinet Corp.) to construct and op- erate a cabinet manufacturing busi- ness. Lilly described his plans in detail, showing the commissioners a scale model of the "l"-shaped building. He has one employee now, primarily building custom kitchens, Lilly ex- plained, but anticipates hiring a few more soon , especially if orders come in for handicapped children's beds that he has designed and is starting to market. In addition to housing his shop, the brick building will also provide space for a beauty shop and office space for a couple contractors. In other matters Planing Commis- All persons interested in t~king sion Director Jim Simpson reported OMECOM IN a fashion "extra mt" t and West Virginia, three of them (in- cluding the Greenbrier County group) agreed that a necessary first step to solid economic development is to develop a current plan to guide the county's future economic growth. Simpson explained that the most current plan for Greenbrier County is the 1970 plan that was revised in 1981. Its goals are "totally outdated," according to the planning director. That plan, though, has never been adopted by the county com- mission. Since the opening of 1-64, Simpson also pointed out, his office has received a "tremendous number of inquiries" from developers who express interest in the county. Very recently he has had requests for in- formation about the county from four separate commercial business pros- pects. Simpson also thanked West Vir- ginia Power Co. which has just printed copies of the updated "Greenbrier County Community Pro- file" brochure. The planning commis- sion developed the information for the publication. Simpson added that the power company plans to update the brochure on an annual basis. The planners also learned that the Greenbrier County Housing Au- thority will be audited on October 10. After some discussion the plan- ners agreed to hold their next meet- ing at Greenbrier East High School on Wednesday, October 26 if the facility is available. The planning commission is still scheduled to Major's Spontaneous applause by mem- bers of the Howitzer Battery in for- mal formation followed the presenta- tion of the very prestigious "Ser- geant Major's Award" to PFC Walter Lee Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mac A. Ray of Teaberry Road, in Ron- ceverte, a 1987 graduate of Green- brier East High School and a sopho- more at Fairmont State College. The award was signed by S. Steven Blackwool, the Command Sergeant Major of the Office of the Director of the Army National Guard, and was personally presented to PFC Ray by the State of West Virginia Command Sergeant Major Joseph J. Sale, Jr. who had traveled from Charleston to Ronceverte to personally present the award. PFC Ray's extraordinary accom- plishments while attend basic train- ing at Fort Sill, Oklahoma were rec- ognized at the highest level of he Army National Guard and reflected most favorably on the State of West Virginia and the local Guard unit. The Commander of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Training Center desig- nated PFC Ray as a Distinguished / Sgt. Major Joseph traveled from present the geant Major Award ter Lee Ray of Honor Graduate of the Commander of talion to which he waS! ognized him as the ing Soldier. PFC RaY four Certificates of commending his of military subjects, outstanding strenuous Arm his superior mastery mon skills and tial, drive, superior Command Ser aptly summarized members of the when he stated to "admires your is proud to wear the the GED tests, please contact that he and four other Greenbrier make a decision whether to grant a James Higginbotham, GED Test Countians had just returned from a zoning reclassification and variance Examiner, at the Monroe Vo. Tech. three day economic development to United Supply Corp. of Home- Center, 832-6724. leadership training workshop at the stead, Pennsylvania for them to Brushy Fork Institute at Berea, Ken- build a 300 mw coal-fired power [1111I tucky. 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