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Valley of West Virginia Plans Proceed On Greenbrier Military School By Jonathan Wright A study to determine the fea- sibility of re-activating Lewisburg's Greenbrier Military School (GMS) will proceed, fol- lowing a favorable vote on the is- sue in an October 5 meeting at the old auditorium of the school (now the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine). Nearly 60 former students of the school attended the meeting, conducted by the Greenbrier Military School Foundation. In- corporated, a group organized to pursue the revival of the school Alumnus John Byrnes led the meeting. "Since I've been coln- ing back here for reunions the past few years," he said, "I've had numerous people come to me asking from their hearts. 'What can we do to bring i! back?' not the physical facili- ties, of course, but the spirit." See "GMS", Page 3-A Theatre Pennsylvania At Carnegie October 20 Hall. Lewisburg, will national tour of Performed by Ballet Saturday, at8 ).m. Pennsylvania both classical ballet dance styles this for Dracula to Puc- whose many Broadway shows, has and lighting for Badrena, just a summer working Ballet of Cuba, rehearsal and cho- assistant, and leton, from New Ballet School. is )her. Dracula, the com- its signature Ravel's music round for this based on the Fla- menco style. The sensual, seduc- tive rhythm slowly builds as each ensemble member appears on stage until they reach a scientillating finale. Bolero has been restaged for this tour and now includes the addition of an encore. This work was filmed for Public Television. Tickets are now available at Carnegie Hall at $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. To reserve tickets, call 645- 7917. Sponsors for this event are Food & Friends; the law firm of Ikner and Hewman, The General Lewis Inn and West Virginia Ra- diology Imaging, Inc. Contribu- tors are Crawford's Food Center and Gillespie's Flowers and Pro- ductions. A reception to benefit Carne- gie Hall will precede the ballet. It will be held downstairs in the Old Stone Room of Carnegie Hall at a cost of $5 per person. By Jim Shepherd No one remembers if it happened before but local area high school football fans are being treated to a rarity this sea- son. Three teams are rated in the top ten in the state in their respective classes. The Greenbrler West Cava- liers are rated number one in the state in class ,2A based on their perfect 6-0 record. The Union High School Red Devils were rated number four in class IA before suffering their first loss last Friday. and should stay in the top ten with a 5-1 record. And the Greenbrier East Spar- tans have moved into the num- ber nii-i6SlSb[ lii 3A ba :,e-d 0n their 5-1 record. The Red Devils' hopes for a perfect season were shattered when Peterstown defeated them 33-7 Friday night. The East Spartans lost that chance Sep- tember 15 when Martlnsburg handed them a 7-6 loss, But the West Cavaliers still have their hopes alive. If the play-offs started right now. East would miss out. But a lot can happen between now and the end of the season. The three local powerhouses could make things very Interesting. It might be a season worth remembering. :ant Full Time Marlintonbased Truckin communication., commercial truck- Burns Motox of the first in the a new satel- system ,provid- J-way communica- and their officials Installed January for their trucks, making it Send instant mes- determine on com- mappings the to- all times. The a valuable ad- tpany, according Burns Jr. the system Up with Unical, a Oil Company, for the trucking can contact ......... 5A ......... 2A ...... 8 & 9B .......... 7B 6A *~'*~-.,,.....,....4A ....... 7A ........ 2B .................. 1B Computer keyboards become standard in Burns Motor Freight trucks. the Marllnton office at any time, sending messages on keyboards installed in their cabs, and re- ceive Instant information on the location of the most inexpensive Union Oil fuel in the area they are traveling. Other uses of the satellite- based communications system are numerous. "There are a lot of advantages," Mr Burns said. "A driver can be in constant contact with us now, and it takes a lot less time to get messages to him. A few weeks ago one of our driv- ers had a death in the family. Normally it would be one to two days before he would call in-- but we were able to send him a message Immediately, and within 15 minutes he was on the phone to his family." The home omce can also help drivers when breakdowns occur. Mr Burns sometime allows the ! office to get help for the driver even faster than he was previ- ously able to get it on citizens' band {CB) radio. "CB radios are subject to a lot of interference and [harmfull atmosphere condi- tions. That's not a problem now. "We also save a lot on tele- phone calls, which averaged about $1.75 per call. Messages sent on our new system average about 34 each. Many Umes our drivers would have to go out of their way to find a telephone, so It's saved a lot on mileage, too." The system, called "Omni- Tracs," is manufactured by Qualcomm, Incorporated. of San Diego, California. The fleet dis- patch Is linked to Its trucks through the OmnlTracs Network Management Center In San Di- ego. Each truck has a small sat- ellite antenna on the roof of the See"Trucks",Page 2-A O Old-Time Circuit Rider Recalled By Dixie Lee Hoke A former Monroe County Cir- cuit Rider died June 25, 1990 in Medford, New Jersey, at the age of 89. He left a trail of wonderful memories In the hearts of many people in this area for the one year he rode the hills of West Virginia. John Knox was born Decem- bet 30, 1900 to Absalom and Emma Belle Mann Knox in Frankfort. Kentucky. Absalom was a YMCA worker turned min- ister. He ministered in the Balti- more Conference of the Method- ist Church. As a child John often rode with his father in their bug~ or on horseback as Absalom served the members of his churches. John was an avid reader and good student. He attended Mid- dleton High School in the Sh- enandoah Valley of Virginia. Fie most often rode his bicycle the five miles to school. He excelled in his studies of history, English. Latin and mathematics. At age 15, John qualified by exam lor Daily Snooze: college entrance. The fall of 1916 Randolph-Macon at Ashland, Virginia became his new world. Being younger than the other Cow beds in recyled paper, Plercy's Dairy Farm, Lewisburg students from a firm Christian family, he found the hazing most unpleasant. He described him- self at this point as introverted New Use For Old News: and shy. Bossie Beds Down On Paper A new use for tons of dis- carded newspapers has captured the attention of area farmers. and tile Greenbrler Recycling Center In Fairlea is hoping the idea will catch on even further. The material is used as bedding for farm animals, taking the place of straw or sawdust. The~center purchased a paper shredder In early September for $3.800, giving It the capability of producing a ton of shredded pa- per every three hours, according to Carl Patterson. manager of the center. It Is bundled Into bales of 800 to 900 pounds and is sold at $1.50,per 100 pounds, or $30 per ton. Straw currently sells for about $75 per ton: saw- dust sells for approximately $6 per ton. "It's a very going thing in the Western states," Mr Patterson said. "It's much more absorbent than straw or sawdust. It corn~ posts much better and doesn't blow away as easily, It also keeps down mastitis [a disease of the udder], which saves on veterinary bills. I'm very optimis- tic about it---I think farmers are,, going to be quite pleased with the results." Plercy's Dairy Farm in Lewis- burg was one of the first to try the shredded paper in the local area. Mindy McCormick of the farm commented, "We've been very impressed with it. Our cattle are staying a lot cleaner now--that's one of the biggest things I've noticed." Sea "Paper", Page 3-A Mark Morningstar Poetry Book By Carol Hall Mark Morningstar, former Greenbrier Valley resident, broke into print as his book. "Teach Me To Plow" was recently published by Appalfolks of America of Clifton Forge, Virginia. "Teach Me To Plow" (also the name of a poem in the book) is a collection of 41 poems Mr Morningstar. who Is a hair stylist in Covington. also is an accom- plished guitarist and songwriter.'lllustrations in Mr Morningstar's book were done by his brother. Steven. an art teacher in Parkersburg. According to Mr Morningstar, the book reflects his personal life experiences "instead of just ab- stract poetry." It is set in three sections the writing of his experi- ences; the disintegration of his marriage; the attempt to mini- mize his depression and reach out to life. Mr Momlngstar says he writes "for the love of words.., to ex- press myself." This shows plainly in the poem "Silence': "I could have understood you better if you had said nothing. It's when you talk that I get confused. It's nol what you say that's confus- ing. It's what you avoid saying I don't understand. Of his poetry Mr Mornlngstar says, "My poems aren't like win- dows. for people to see a view they are mirrors, to see them- selves." The poems, some of them somber in tone, create a feeling of searching, finding, and See Pages 5-B & 6-B triumph. The reader can feel the coldness in spirit, as Mr Momingstar talks In his poems "Winter Night" and "White Street." Through the cycles of nature. Mr Mornlngstar relates the cycles in his life. and per- haps In some ways, In all our lives, Mark Morningstar Mark Morntngstar and wife. Carol Anne, live in Coving- ton. His book is available at Mountain Book Company, Cov- Ington; Bobble Plott Gifts Cov- Ington: Open Book in Lewisburg. Through Appalfolks of America Association, P O Box 613. Clifton Forge, 24422. -Teach Me To Plow" is a wel- come addition to the growing lit- erary tradition of the Appala- chian Mountains and the Green- brier Valley area. The Lewlsburg Methodist Church was served by John's fa- ther during the 1918-1919 year. This was the year of the influ- enza epidemic, Both Mr and Mrs Knox journeyed the following spring to Ashland, Virginia to at- tend John's graduation (with honors} from Randolph-Macon, While he was In school, WW I was In full swing. John was a member of the Student Army Training Corps (SA'laCL He re- ceived a call after graduation, while in Lewisburg, to report to Plattsburg for a three-month course that would provide him his second lieutenant's commis- sion. He was one of six chosen from Randolph-Macon to partici- pate. His parents reluctantly agreed. He traveled there coach only to be cause he refused to lie and say he was 18. John returned home to Lewisburg, In June 1919 he was "admit- ted on trial." since seminary was not a requirement at the time. to a minister's post. He felt the time spent with his father had well prepared him for preaching and serving. John was appointed to a circuit of churches as a Cir- cuit Rider headquartered in Sweet Springs. Even though he spent less than half of his time in Sweet Springs he became a close friend to Dr and Mrs B, L. Traynham. Their educational backgrounds were such that they enjoyed talks of an aca- demic nature. John spoke lov- lngly of the people he sewed and lived with during that year. Three of the six churches on his his circuit were Sweet Springs, The Cove (Roxalia Springs}, and Highland Park. Ott Hoke said in John's first Sunday at Highland Park Meth- odist Church quite late and frus- trated due to the horse and buggy he drove not being suit- able to the rough roads that crossed the mountains. The fol- lowing week the buggy was sold and he rode horseback the rest of that year. The rides across the mountains were remembered as See"Knox..."Page A ale q~