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Vol. VI No.35 November 8, 1990 / From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia County Reporting Results Ticket Senate 2300 )resentatives Jr. 1631 1708 1863 ates Greenbrier County All 36 Precincts Reporting Uncertifled Results Democratic Ticket United States Senate Jay Rockefeller 5061 House of Representatives Harley O Staggers, Jr. 3901 Attorney General (Unexpired Term) Mario J. Palumbo 5271 State Treasurer Larrie Bailey 41108 State Senate J. D, Brackenrich 4023 House of Delegates James J. Rowe 4446 James Gerl 3488 ~mammmml, Pocahontas Count' All 16 Precincts Reporting Uncertified Results Democratic Ticket United States Senate ' Jay Rockefeller 1979 House of Representatives Harley O. Staggers, Jr. 1568 General Term) Palumbo 1729 Treasurer Lame Bailey 151o State Senate Walt Helmick 2202 House of Delegates J. E. Martin 1642 Bill Proudfoot 1615 Chloe Fuell (left) and Pansy Harrison Harr School Remembered: i 1673 County Commissioner John H. Bowling, Jr. 4258 County Commissioner Dana L. Moyers 1712 Dick Groseclose 1758 Ticket Republican Ticket Senate United States Senate John Yoder 2619 House of Representatives Oliver Luck 3716 Attorney General No Candidate State Treasurer E!vin F. Martin2797 1011 State Senate Fred Sampson 3487 ates House of Delegates Bill Wallace 5003 1413 County Commissioner George Sively 3225 ng top honors in Judging contests University, vo- students County High are in Kansas for the intema- the Future (FFA). The representing West contests. members won Award at the in Morgan- the highest competition in agriculture cate- Wins Top gorles. The group's teams earned first-place awards in forestry, poultry, horticulture, and plant pathology. "These are extremely dedi- cated and hard-working stu- dents," advisor Steve Bland said. "They have worked hours and hours after school preparing for this. "/'hey are one of the best groups I~e ever had." Up to 30,000 are attending the meetings in Kansas City, which Mr Bland said is the larg- est student convention in the world. Seven hundred fifty stu- dents from 67 schools partlci- Service District $750,000 Block Grant Gaston Caperton art award of a Cities Block Monroe County a water service Lindside Public project will go a the qual- area," "We're pleased 8A 7A 3A ......................... 9B ...... 5A .................... 9A ................ 9A """.-................ 6A ..4A " ............. "":3: .1B 6B that we could help secure these funds for Monroe County." Mr Caperton expressed appre- ciation to area legislators Sena- tor Fred Parker and the Delegate Mary Pearl Compton for their help in obtaining the grant. "The grant will be a fiscal year 1990 award of $250,000 with the remainder provided from fu- ture funds. A $650,000 Farmer's Home Administration will pro- vide additional funding for the $1.4 million project." Governor Caperton said. The grant will provide 41.000 feet of water lines, 160 water meters. 15 fire hydrants, 150.000 gallon water storage tank and construction of a water treatment plant to the 408 resi- dents of Llndside. This public water service system'will provide services critically needed due to the growth and the lack of a sewer system in that area. q~ne Small Cities Block Grant program is administered through the Governor's Office of Commu- nity and Industrial Development with f~nds provided from the U, S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Republican Ticket United States Senate John Yoder 813 House of Representatives Oliver Luck 1233 Attorney General No Candidate State Treasurer Elvi0 F._Mprtin 951 State Senate House of Delegates Judy Guye 1301 County Commissioner Albert L. Wilfonq 934 Mike Mynuk 628 pated in the state convention at Morgantown. Pocahontas County FFA stu- dents have a record of winning top honors at state competitions. Including this year, according to Mr Bland, the poultry team has won first-place honors four con- secutive years, the horticulture team has won the same honors two years in a row, and the for- estry team has achieved first place four of the five years the competition has been organized. Instructor Mike Bums joins Mr Bland as advisor. By Jonathan Wright It's 25 miles from Renlck to the former Harr School on Kelli- son Mountain, but the arduous trip over some of Greenbrier County's most remote dirt roads takes 90 minutes. After the one- lane road becomes gravel past Auto, it becomes progressively narrower. The operator of the four-wheel-drive vehicle must take a sharp left at the point where the ascent up the 3,300- foot-hlgh extension of Slab Camp Mountain begins. . The barren trees and forebod- ing rock cliffs accentuate the remoteness of the back country, Dwellings are sparse, and where they exists at all It is apparent they are used only as hunting cabins. No one else would live Miss Harrison (rear) and students at Harr School, 1937 year-round in such isolatlon--=at least in the 1990s. Almost 60 years ago, however, these mountains and hollows were dotted with farm houses, barns---and schools--one-room schools. Before the days of con- solidation, one-room school houses were nearly as common in Greenbrler County as churches are now. The county had 107 one-room schoolhouses in 1933, the year the Harr School on Kelllson Mountain was constructed. It was the same year the "county tmlt ad- mlnistratioll" was Initiated. system. The school was named after Herbert Hart, the assistant superintendent of schools at that time, According to Chloe Fuell of Lewisburg. who grew up near Renlck and taught at the school, three families living on Kellison Mountain could not easily be reached for transportation to nearby schools, so the board of education voted to provide a teacher and construct a building to serve the students. The fami- lies cut the logs, hewed them. and did the construction work. The board of education fur- nished part of the materials and paid for the labor. The school operated almost ten years, until the early 1940s, when the school board voted to provide transportation for the students to other schools. Only four teachers taught there: Pansy Harrison, Chloe Harrison Tables The Lewisburg City Council tabled action on adopting the State Building Code at its Octo- ber 16 meeting In order to ask for advice from the state attor- ney general. Council members were reluctant to adopt the code since It Includes the Building Of- ficials and Code Administrators (BOCA) Code. A controversial component of the document, the Building Maintenance Code, drew fire from citizens and some Council members In July when the Council considered adopting It as part of its Building Code. Concerns centered arotmd what some saw as overly restrictive regulations and procedures which would discriminate against residents with low in- comes. "the Council rejected the Building Maintenance Code after a lengthy discussion at that meeting. Council members were un- sure what the lack of an ap- proved building code for the city would mean for regulating con- struction projects In the city. The state has required munici- palities to adopt the State Build- ing Code. No allowance is made The Autumn Of My Senility Vm filled with peculiar whims and stubborn notions. Easy to anger, with mixed emotions. One minute l'm criticizing, then I'm approving., Oft' times I fly with the wind. and then, I'm unmoving. Some times I'm anti and next I'm pro. No matter the subject. I move to and fro. At times I'm suspicious, at others I'm trusting, Oc ~asionally I'm pleasant, but usually disgusting. My memory is short, my wisdom Is fleeting, All I have now, is a broad base for seating. --- L/bby Dunaway. Maxwelton August 1990 t for exempting sections. In other business, the Council gave final approval to an ordi nance re-zoning the "Preston property" at 237 North Court Street from R-I to R-2. The change will allow for "light office work" at the site. according to City Recorder Pat Pennington. Councihnan Paul Cooley said he is concerned with a steep grade approaching the south end of the new Maple Street Bridge over U. S. 60. Vehicles. especially school busses, may have trouble negotiating the spot during winter weather, he said. Mayor Phil Gainer said the De- partment of Highways plans to improve the grade and that he would follow up to check the progress of the work. Mayor Gainer said a total of $1,661 had been collected so fax- in the city's "Round-Up Pro- gram." The funds are collected when water customers "round up" their payments to the next dollar. The city places the excess monies into an account used by the Parks and Recreation De- partment for updating and im- proving park facilities. Fuell. Eva Hollandsworth McMil- lion, and Lettle Rapp Brown. Miss Harrison lives in Lewisburg with her sister. Mrs Fuell. and recalls the days of teaching at the log school: "It was quite an experience. I would w~k about two miles up the mountain from where ! was let off on Sunday evening, and sometimes my pack would come open. and my food would go rolling down the hill. I had to carry all my food for the week with me. During the week 1 stayed at a building the [Warrent Kellison family provided for me." -Hunting season was a bit the mountain with their dogs and guns. looPdng around the trees. I was almost afraid to look Mrs Fuell at the old school today out the windows, afraid I'd get shot. One group of hunters would leave, and I'd think we were going to have some peace and qulet--then another bunch would come around, yelling at their dogs and making more noise." Mrs Fuell said, "One time Mr Hart [the assistant superinten- dent] came up in his hunting gear, stopped at the school house with his gun. and asked, "Have you kids seen any turkeys flying around here?' We hadn't. but about an hour afterwards we saw a whole bunch of them flying over." Another incident involved a student's expression of talent. "At one time I decided to let each student lake the "morning exer- cise.' Miss Harrison said. "When his day came. he could recite a poem, sing a song, tell a story-- whatever he wanted. One of my students decided to sing 'Bar-. nacle Bill the Sailor Man,' hitting the desk really hard at various moments tn the song. It was one of the most comical things l've ever seen. He was serious about It, though--when he got through he took a bow and sat down. All the kids were laughing so hard I couldn't control themt" The small school was advan- tageous for learning, Mrs Fuell said. "I loved the one-room See "Harr School", Page 2-A