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Vol. VI No.32 October 18, 1990 k From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia i 7 -!> Maxine Palumbo Payne Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever' Payne of Alderson dressed in her lhmst raiment the streets of Lewisburg during the annual street gala Our Towns. Mrs Payne contends her beatlty is "all natu- very, little enhancenmnl, tter talent, too, is natural eneouragenmnt. well-known locally lbr her humor, musical abilities, lives in Alderson. She had regularly appeared at oil a voluntary basis. Contrary to all reports, Wishes to inform her adoring public that she was not sum in order not to perform this year. Although herself to be shy and retiring, when her public calls responds in her own self-effacing manner. National Honors the word this time for Alderson's Bill le retired Dupont sLxteenth veer of !Plant variety l~e COl> most rewarding the chwsanthe- brightly colored a dazzling show riverfront prop- August to the first because they look triselves," he said. to be arrangecl to look good." raises ten varie- nuln- 250, at his home, Other flower plants. he began in 1974, gave him an un- but the beginnings reach back to his 'P in Bell [near Char- after school beside my earne familiar with lots of plants, including mums. After some friends gave me a bloom in the 70's, I really got interested in these flowers. I'm still at it." In 1974 Mr Caldwell joined the West Virginia Chrysanthe- mum Society and took a test to be certified as an accredited judge of the llowers. Soon after- wards he won a blue ribbon in five different classes for his plants, tie qualified as a master judge and is now a permanent master judge, with further rib- bons earned in a number of classes. He has traveled to slate and national shows, where he participates in showing and judging. At the 1990 Slate Fair of West Virginia he conducted a demonstration on how growers can use shading to produce early blooms. Before Mr Caldwell and his wife, Barbara, moved to Alderson last year, they had spent various weekends at Glencoe Farms near See "Caldwell Fate Of Two Bridges Uncertain: State Says 'We'll Know Soon' The deteriorating condition of two area Greenbrier River bridges continues drawing the concern of citizens, but plans for replacement structures by the West Virginia Department of Highways (DOH) remain unclear. The Ronceverte and Caldwell bridges, both almost 60 years old, are slated to be replaced by concrete spans. The Caldwell project, however, will likely be halted due to concerns by local and state historians, according to DOH District Engineer W. O. Burns. Plans for the Ronceverte bridge replacement have been delayed, but no roadblocks to their implementation have been reported by DOH officials. The initial public hearing on the proj- ect took place in April 1988. Near the eastern end of the bridge in Caldwell is a 166-year- old home known as "Ehnhurst," owned by David and Debbie McClung. The house adjoins the road bed of the James River and Kanawha Turnpike, a predeces- sor of U. S. Route 60, which the Caldwell bridge carries. In the meantime there are concerns about the safety of the Caldwell bridge. DOH officials inspected the bridge recently, Mr Burns said, and computer analy- ses due this week will tell whether the bridge will have to be closed. "It may have to be closed to truck traffic only, or we may have to (:lose all of it. We'll know soon," he said. According to Mr Burns, the West Virginia Department of Culture ,-nd History recently rec- ommended the portion of the Quarter of New Rural Docs D.O.s A survey condtic[ed by the West Virginia Hospital Associa- tion shows the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) was responsible for 24.2 per cent of the total physi- cian replacement in rural and small hospitals within the state during the past two years. Of the 32 hospitals surveyed, 25 hospitals responded, answer- ing questions about physician placement, physician recruit- ment needs, primary care vs. specially care, and how physi- cian placement needs have been filled over the last two years. Foreign medical graduates were responsible for 48.4 per cent of physicians recruited to rural hospitals, 24.2 per cent were graduates of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, 12.9 per cent were graduates of out-oPstate medical schools, 8.1 per cent were graduates of West Virginia University School of Medicine, and 6.5 per cent were graduates of Marshall University School of Medicine. Dr Olen Jones, lh'esident of WVSOM, stated this survey con- firmed to everyone something that he has known for quite some time. "We provide physi- cians to the rural areas of this state; It Is our mission and we carry that mission out very well. The state of West Virginia needs primary care and family practice physicians. Ninety-five per cent of our graduates practicing in West Virginia practice in these two fields," Dr Jones said. Ac- cording to the study, the great- est need for rural hospitals today is for family practice physicians. James River and Kanawha Turn- pike be included as part of the historic site occupied by Elmhurst, which is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The additional acreage. which includes the turnpike, river bank, and other outlying areas, will be reviewed prior to its submission for inelusion into tile Nation~ Register of Historic Places. Citing tile likelihood the plans lbr the new bridge will be cur- tailed, Mr Burns said, "We're back where we started. This bridge was going to cost $2.7 million. With these delays and the probable need to come up with completely new plans, it will likely end tip costing about $3 million." Planners will perhaps be given another year to develop new plans lbr the bridge, taking it several feet north of the pres- ent bridge. The struclure was previously planned to be built several feet south of the bridge, causing it to intersect with the site of the JoJnes River and Ka- nawha Turnpige Regardless of where the brklgc IS constructed, it will be approximately seven feel higher than the present one, Mr Burns said. Ronceverte residents who will be affected by construction of the new Roneeverte bridge ex- press frustration at delays and the lack of information on the project. Ron Hill, owner of Shankland's Store and Exxon near the south end of the bridge, said, "We don't know what to do. I have an apartment for rent up- stairs above my store and am having trouble renting it--be- cause I can't tell people how long I'm going to be hereF Mr Hill's .store IS slated for removal byihe DOH 10r the construction of the new bri~!ge, which DOH officials say will be located 60 feet west of the present bridge. "Lots of people who come in the store ask about the bridge, but we're just not being told nmch about it." Mr Hill said. Bob Rosser lives in a house on Edgar Avenue. behind the C- Mart Convenience Store. Both are targeted for removal to make way for the bridge. "I wish they [the DOH] would hurry up and settle this thing. About the time they came out with the an- nouncement about this project. I had planned to build a house See "Bridges", Page 2-A [/ / ! / / / Archie Walker (left), Destiny Domboski, and Eric Domboski. Old HiUsboro Store Building Has New Owners -- New Life By Jonathan Wright Eight-five-year-old Archie Walker has known the building since 1925, when his father Wil- liam Thomas Walker bought it. The 65 years have passed quickly. Now, although the store about eve ryt hing--groce ries, hardware~ piece goods, hosiery, work elot~s, and lots of other things. It was quite a gathering place, too. We had a lot of 'loaf- ers=~they'd pull up cllairs or nail kegs around the stove. has passed Into the hands of They'd come:"~herein :the others, he continues visiting the morning, go home for !uneh at old building nearly every clay. noon. comeback in the after- This is the Hillsboro Store. one of the most familiar old buildings in the downtown area of the southern Pocahontas County town. Changes have been minor, and Mr Walker seems at home as he pulls up a chair to talk near the wood- burning stove. Eric and Destiny Domboskl, new owners of tile building, listen mtently as he goes back in time. "My family moved here from Friars Hill when my father bought the store. We sold just nooni thengo home to do their chores, then conic back in the evening. I remember them sitting around listening to 'AJnos and Andy' and other programs on the radio. We enjoyed it as much as they did." Mr Walker said power came to the store in 1930, when electric lights replaced carbide lighting. There was very little tourist trade, a contrast to today's ln- fltLX of visitors to-the county's numerous parks and other at- See "Hillsboro", Page 2-A Greenbrier Valley Airport Says I I 'Busiest In History' October 1 1 was the busiest day In the history of the Green= brier Valley Airport. according to officials of the Maxwelton facil- ity. over 65 aircraft were parked at the terminal during simulta- neous conventions at The Green- brier tn White Sulphur Springs and The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. "Normally we get out of the control tower by 7 p.m.," air traf- fic controller Jack Roark said. "Last night [October 11] we didn't get away until around 8:45." Mr Roark added that more than 22 aircraft had to be turned away, the most ever re- corded in the 22-year history of the airport. Pilots turned away flew their planes to Roanoke, ParkTrsburg, Charleston, and other cities in the Virginias. The Greenbrier Valley Airport has the longest runway in tile state-- 7,001 feet. Contributing to tile heavy air traffic was the temporary closing of the Hot Springs airport due to fog, Greenbrier Valley Airport manager Colonel (retired) John Gwinn said. "Because of that. our new parking apron on the south side was at capacity--and this was our first time to use it." The new 280-by-296-foot apron is slated for official completion bythe end of the month. The weekend conventions were comprised of members of the Business Council of America at The Homestead and the Sect- ely of Automotive Engineers at The Greenbrler. Numerous cor- porations, including General Mo- tors, Chrysler, 3-M, and Coca- Cola, flew their private aircraft into the airport. According to Mr Roark, at least 20 "high-dollar corporate aircraft, including Gulf Stream 2s. 3s, and 4s,* were flown into the airport. The larg- est craft was a Boeing 727, he said. Jeff Jeffus, who with Mr Roark and John Dowdy com- prise the air-traffic-control staff at Greenbrler Valley Airport, said, "Occasionally we have heavy thnes like this, and It makes It hard on us since we have only a small staff. We really stayed tmsy." . " Bill Caldwell Inside Today About Herbs ................... 12A Agriculture ....................... 7A Briefly ............................... 3A Carnegie Column ............ 7B Classified ....................... 11 B Crossword ..................... 10B For The Record ................ 5A Funny Page .................... 10B Horoscopes ..................... 8B Joy of Farm g ................ 7A Obituaries ...................... 10A Opinion ............................ 4A Roberta .......................... 11A Saints ............................... 3B Sports ............................... 1B Teen Notes ....................... 6B "No vacancy" at Greenbrler Valley Airport, Maxwetton e