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t / / October 25, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia WSS Shows Off New City Hall 1,300 lndividu- eight-county area, age or older, keep a senior citizens' by Humana Ireenbrier Valley of Seniors Associa- here in 1988 exercise and social Humana Senior's Aerobics e Nicholas, Greenbrier, Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, and Monroe counties to take advantage of the varied activities of the group. Among Its exercise-related pro- grams are one-hour walking ses- sions at the Greenbrier Valley Mall in Fairlea three times weekly, water aerobics twice a week at the West Virginia School following retire- of Osteopathic Medicine associations' advisor (WVSOM) pool, and the newest said participants Pocahontas, Webster, said. "We're here to program: 45-minute aerobics and wellness," sessions at the Greenbrier main focus is on Health Club In Lewisburg each of exercise and Monday and Wednesday morn- ing. "We started the aeorbics to school after 15 been easy for Of Alderson, but the has no regrets. ~rlce has strengthened a new ou tlook. 92 \ "--4" (left) and Rogers ~y shy and with- "Quitting high make me dig in and I lee." changed. Mrs Adult Basic of the Green- School system in completed her in June. "I It was a big take. and I also my daughter the an education--it I good about your- among 13 stu- as "Outstanding of the Year" by Adult Literacy dinner Her accompanied her Adult Basic Lizabeth Ro- Page 2A worked with senior citizens [in'- aerobics], and it's been really fun--they're always laughing and cutting up. They're a great bunch to work with." About 20 members of the Humana group participate in the aerobics program, most from the local area. Exercises are planned carefully to allow for the varying health conditions of partici- pants. Margaret Smith of Fairlea said she finds the exercise valu- able: "It's great--it helps you re- lax and makes you feel you're doing something worthwhile for your body." add even more variety to our Margie Reytiolds of Lewisburg program," Ms Harris said. commented, "I think it's a won- "WVSOM co-sponsors it with us. and the Greenbrier Health Club donates the use of the facility. WeX'e had good turnouts since we started it a couple of weeks ago." Fitness aerobics instructor Christi O'Neil-Lynch leads the sessions and said she enjoys them. "This is the first time I've derful opportunity. It's a great opportunity to get more exerclse and tone the body. The fellow- ship is good, too." Hank Hauser of Harts Run said, "When you arrive at our age level, everything helps! There's no comparison to 20 years of army calisthentics, See "UHS," Page 2A Greenbrier Valley National Bank Renovating Rainelle Offices Phil McLaughlin, president of Greenbrier Valley National Bank, said renovation plans for the bank's Rainelle offices points to an optimistic view of the area's economy. "Our project is a sig- nificant commitment to western Greenbrler County," he said. "We obviously believe it has a bright future, or else we wouldn't be committing to this." The Lewisburg-based bank purchased the former Western Greenbrier National Bank in late 1989 and started a major $500,000 renovation of the Main Street building three weeks ago. Construction crews will convert storage space to work areas and will add five private lending of- rices. The layout of praclically all the interior will be changed. Mr McLaughlin said. The rear drive-up lanes will be remodeled. The addition of an automatic teller machine in one of them will take the place of a regular drive-up lane. Mr McLaughlin said, "There will be a marked difference in the building--both inside and out." The bank also is making plans to move its central supply storage facilities to Rainelle after the renovation is completed, which is expected to be in mid- January. Western Greenbrler County National Bank began operations in Quinwood in 1921, later mov- Ing to Rainelle. J. B. Dobbins was president of the Institution for many years. "Our Intentions are to continue in the tradition of safely and soundness he dem- onstrated over the years," Mr Mckaughlin said. Contractor for the project is Pray Construction Company of Charleston. "We hope our cus- tomers will bear with it while construction ts going on," Mr McLaughlin said. "We believe it will be worth any Inconvenience they might encounter. We wel- come suggestions from anyone, too. as the work progresses." Caldwell Bridge to Remain Open The Greenbrler River Bridge at Caldwell, a 60-year-old span carrying U. S. Highway 60. will remain open, according to De- partment of Highways (DOH) District Engineer W. O. Bums. DOH crews performed an annual inspection of the structure re- cently, and computer data on its condition are such that officials chose to keep It open. in the meantime, however. work will soon begin on reinforc- ing the east end of the bridge, Mr Burns said. The work should take about one week. Mr Burns said the Caldwell bridge shows signs of weakening, but plans are to maintain the current three-ton limit and slngle-lane traffic. It will remain open to both truck and small-vehlcle traffic. The bridge has been the focus of attention during the past year as plans for a replacement struc- ture have developed. Conflicts with placing the new bridge sev- e'ral feet to the south have arisen with local and state historical interests concerned with Elmhurst. a 166-year-old house near the eastern end of the bridge. DOH officials now say the new span will likely be con- structed to the north of the pres- ent bridge, but the time involved in developing new architectural plans will result in a construc- tion delay of at least one year. The City of White Sulphur Springs showed off its new $125,000 City Hall during an open house at the facility Octo- ber 19. Area residents, officials, politicians, and business leaders came to inspect the new offices, which occupy the Main Street building initially occupied by the White Sulphur Pharmacy. The sale of revenue bonds to the Farmers Home Administra- tion funded the building project. The new quarters contain 2,500 square feet on the first floor, in- cluding offices, a computer room. employee lounge, file room. administrative chambers, and council chambers. The po- lice department occupies the basement floor, which contains 1,000 square feet. "This is the first time City Hall has had adequate office space," Mr Bowling said, "and it's also the first time the police depart- ment has had adequate quar- ters." The building was constructed in the early 1960s to house the offices of Dr Harvey Martin, who still conducts his practice in his portion of the building. The building was remodeled in 1972, when White Sulphur Pharmacy was added. The major portion of the structure was most recently occupied by Rite-Aid, drug-store chain. City offices were formerly lo- cated In a 1,200-square-foot building formerly occupied by the Bank of White Sulphur Springs, which still owns it. It is located at Dry Creek Road and Main Street. Wilson and Goff of St. Albans was the architectural finn for the project, Lewis Construction Company of White Sulphur Springs was the contractor. Peggy Fox and Tom Davis From the humble beginnings of collecting donations at an intersection in 1980 to today's position as the largest lifesaving force in western Greenbrier County--Quinwood Ambulance Service has come a long way. A fleet of eight ambulances and 19 staff members makes tip the ten-year-old service, which does approximately 90 per cent of the ambulance service in the area. according to president Tom Davis. "We're committed to pro- viding people with the best-pos- sible type of service. We're pleased with how far we've come since we began." Mr Davis said soon after he moved back to the area from Michigan in 1980, Holly HeUems and Underwood Adkins ap- proached him with a proposal-- eleven Quinwood citizens were already working for the West End Ainbulance Set~,lce, based in Rainelle, and they wanted to start such a service in Quin- wood. "We really got interested in the possibility. We got a peti- tion started [180 persons signed it], and it was clear there was interest in it. There was certainly a need lbr an ambulance service here. Often, when someone here needed an ambulance, it could take as long as 45 minutes for one to come from Rainelle, espe- cially if it was not staffed by someone familiar with our area. We have a lot of coal miners here who have heart and respiratory problems." A number of Interested resi- dents soon conducted organiza- tional meetings, and later that summer the group collected some of its first operating funds, $1,600, by stopping drivers at an intersection in town for dona- tions. A newly formed board of directors elected Mr Davis as president, the group was char- See "Quinwood," Page 2A Union High School newspaper staff members examine materials: Donna Spencer (left), Dawn Diehl, Ann Bradley, Kevin Miller, Eric Smith, Kristi Hoke, Shannon Smith, and Angel Dunbar. By Jonathan Wright After almost ten years, Union High School's official newspaper. ~I'he Flaming Press," has been revived--and response has been positive. Inside Today About Herbs ..................... 7B Agriculture ....................... 8A Briefly ............................... 5A Carnegie Column ............ 8B Classified ....................... 11 B For the Record ................ 3A From the Mayor's Desk ...7B Funny Page .................... 10B Horoscopes ..................... 5B Joy of Farming ................ 8A Obituaries ...................... 10A Opinion .................. : ......... 4A Roberta ............................ 5A Saints ............................... 3B Sports ............................... 1B Teen Notes ....................... 8B "it's a big challenge to publish a newspaper." student editor Angei Dunbar said, "because you're always pushing for the time to do it. But it's worthwhile. We're glad we can provide a bet- ter means of publicizing school activities." English teacher and football coach Marvin Dixon is the fac- ulty advisor for the twelve-mem- ber staff, which is comprised of members of his senior English class, Mr Dixon was one of the last to work on The Flaming Press as a Union High School {UHS) sludenl before its dem|se ten years ago. "it's been success- ful," he said, "Kids around school were really arLxious to see the first paper, and I'm happy with the response we've re- ceived." Harry Mohler and John t[o- naker of The Monroe Watchman have provided assistance m get- ting the paper off the ground. Mr Honaker inet with the students to demonstrate layout methods as the first paper, published Oc- tober 12. was being planned. "He has done an outstanding job helping us," Mr Dixon said. The high school pays for the printing costs of the paper, which is distributed to the 250 students free of charge. Included in the paper are sports stories, a calendar of events, guest editori- als. letters to the editor, and other items. No commercial ad- vertisements are included. One of lhe most popular writ- ing topics so far has been tile proposed consolidation of Union and Peterstown high schools, "Our paper takes a moderate stancl on issues," Mr Dixon said. "We're not oflk:lMly pro- or anti- consolidation, We just print what the students wm~t to print, Of course, it's lot information, too, and we hope it will be used to inlbrm parents as to what's going on at school." Assistant editor Shannon Smith commented, "We've gotten See "Seniors," Page 2A Happy H ii