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Vol. VI No.36 November 15, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia ;r Grand Jury Returns gree Murder Indictments County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Lorenson presentments to the November 13 Fall Term Grand Jury. bills were returned. ree murder charges were brought against Roger Cllne, Harry Joe Johnson and Tammy Wilson in connec- slaying of Ted McQuaid, 36, of Lewlsburg, on October Ms Wilson and Mr Johnson were held on charges of abetting a murder', according to the Prosecuting bills returned by the Grand Jury include Virgil Roy Wounding and Attempted Murder; Kevin Boone, L. Preston, Driving Under The Influence, Third Wykle, Sexual Assault, Second Degree; Delmas r., Shannon Marie Beck, Alan Nesson, Cultivation and Intent to Deliver Marijuana: Russell Lemons, Ty- Boone, Emery Russell Boone, Cultivation of Marijuana; tthony Woods, Malicious Wounding; Anthony Nelson False Pretenses; Tlna Belcher, Grand Larceny; Breaking and Entering and Grand Larceny; Don "oObtainin~" by False Pretenses', Cindy Elliott, Grand Lar- - unts) and Petit Larceny; David Bevlns, Malicious and Attempted Murder; George Ryder. Nighttime Bur- Larceny; Teresa Ryder, Receiving Stolen Property Information To Department of Public Safety. I t "t i/it! 't [fl]'sl 'lP)'tfi Mann From Muddy Creek Mtn. s Medals --- 20 Years Later who graduated High School in lives in Medford. several military awards 20 years af- stationed in Cau-viet provinces where he to PBR's (river COunter-insurgency received. Decem- the following: Na- Service Medal, Expeditionary United States Medal. Re- Campaign Device. Viet- Medal with four Combat Action Unit Commenda- Meritorious Unit Republic of Viet- Unit Citation, Medal Color born and raised Mountain. out- he is visit- Mrs Amie Jack Mann Rutherford. He and his wife Hope are expecting their first child in January. Some of the family and friends attending the Reunion are Bernie and Joan Simms, of Cov- ington. Virginia; Warren Ruther- ford {Vietnam Vet) and family of South Carolina; Mr and Mrs Larry Moore and family of Lex- ington, Kentucky; Dale {Vietnam Vet} Gary and Doug Rutherford of Lewisburg; Eddie Rutherford (Korea Vet) of Lewisburg. Woodmen Write Troops In Middle East of America YOuth clubs across lncluclang the are participating n Woodmen of Call," an effort to letters to women on duty group gathered Oc- Contribute 25 per- to the nation- Mona Workman, very excited mes - IS sac- for all of us. has a long and this is activity for all our camp and youth club members around the country." Modern Woodmen, a fraternal life insurance society with more than 640.000 members nation- wide. will send all the letters In a mass mailing from the home of- rice in Rock Island, Illinois. Each letter will be placed in an indi- vidual envelope addressed to Any Service Member, Operation Desert Shield. The letters will be distributed to servicemen and women on land and at sea. The Modern Woodmen of America "Mail Call" is in re- sponse to an effort by the mili- tary to boost the morale of serv- icemen and women stationed in the Middle East by sending mes- sages of support. Levy Defeated By Narrow Margin Countlans defeated a levy November 6 which would adequate funding" for a multitude of defeated by a narrow 36-vote margin -- 3223 for: according to a final uncertifled tally issued by the Director of the County Health Department, said this big and beautiful can't take care of over the county trying to explain the lev . But and Washington have scared people to If it looks or smells like a tax. many are going it." levy, as printed on the official ballot, gave no in- money might be raised. Mr Eltzroth said eXpected about $200,000 per year. Edna Law feeds piglets and her dog "Pat," 1913 'I Was Just An Ol' Country Girl': Mem6ries Of One Hundred Years Feeding pigs and sheep with a bottle, looking out over the acres of pasture, cooking for hours over a hot stove--these are the memories of Edna Law. q was always on the farm-- just an el' country girl." she said. At 100 years of age, Mrs Law of Lewlsburg is no longer on the farm. but her heart Is obviously still there. "Each day was some- thing to enjoy." she said. "There were always so many things of l~nterest going on. The planting, the different types of crops, the animals--everything was so much fun to see." The Farm Bureau recently honored Mrs Law with a pin rec- ognizing her for 70 years of membership. "There are a lot of benefits to belonging to the Farm Bureau," she said. "You enjoy a lot of fellowship with other farm families, and today I think there is even more co6peration and understanding among them. Members share ideas for better farming and discuss the many improvements made." Mrs Law was born Edna Rhodes on a farm January 6. 1890, in Harrison County. After marrying Verner V. Law in 1911. Edna Law the couple operated a combined dairy and cattle farm nearby. "We had several hundred acres-- I can't quite remember how many, but it was a big farm; we had Holstein and Herford cattle, and there was always something going on." One of the centenarian's fond- est memories goes back to her early married years. "One of our mother pigs had some baby ptgs. but she apparently dted giving birth. We heard some racket. went out to see what it was. and there they were.l took care of those little pigs and fed them with a bottle. Our collie dog--we called him "Pat." would always be right there with me and helped keep them where they belonged." The majority of Mrs Laws days on the farm were spent tn ffi ' idtciaen: "we had to feed th6 farm hell>we fed them all. It was hard work. and it got rather hot in the kitchen, but it was flirt." The Laws came to Greenbrier County in 1949. when Mr Law began working for Shawnee Farms of Lewlsburg. He died in 1978. The couple had three daughters, one of whom is de- ceased. Mrs Law has five grand- children and seven great-grand- children. The Walkers Of White Sulphur Springs Attend U. S. S. West Virginia Commissioning By Chas. A. Goddard Betty and Weymouth Walker of White Sulphur Springs went to a blg party October 20. The party, attended by more then 5000, was held at King's Bay, Georgia. and held very special significance for all West Vlrglni- alas. The party was In honor of the commissioning of a Naval sub- marine named the U. S. S. West Vtrgtr, la. "We would have been Interested In going, but we wouldn't have known where to go for an InvitatiOn." Mrs Walker quipped. "Our daughter Betsy actually got the Invitation for us -- from C. E. Goodwin of Ripley." Mr Goodwin is a member of Betsy's church and is the chair- man of the Fund Raising Com- mittee for the commissioning of the $1.3 billion nuclear-powered vessel. Betsy Walker is The Rev- erend Elizabeth A.Walker. of Saint John's, Ripley. The U. S. S. West Virginia was actually launched (christened) October 14, 1989, For the past year she has been out on sea trials -- making sure the Navy would accept (commission} her as planned on October 20 of this year. The West Virginia did splendidly. Her massive 560- foot-long 42-foot-diameter hull sliced through the waters of the Atlantic. Her 18,750 tons sliced through the seas as expected her two 157-man crews were de- lighted with the ship's perform- ance. Two other Naval vessels have carried the name West Virginia proudly. The first was an ar- mored cruiser launched in 1903. She was renamed the Huntington in 1916 and carried troops home Betty and Weymouth from World War I in 1918. She was decommissioned in 1920. The second vessel to carry our state's name was the Battleship West Virginia, launched in 1921. She sank December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor but was raised in 1942 and back on duty in 1944. The Battleship West Virginia lead a victorious flotilla Into Tokyo Bay on August 31. 1945. She was decommissioned in 1947 and finally stricken from the Navy List in 1959. Walker & Cat "Buffy" Weymouth Walker looks over a souvenir booklet from the com- missioning ceremonies -- "That submarine Is such a massive ar- ray of electronics and plumbing you just can't believe it. It is one of tile most deadly war machines ever made." Weymouth Walker looks over a souvenir booklet from the com- missioning ceremonies -- "That submarine is such a massive ar- "Sub", Page New Heart New Life By Jonathan Wright Jim Defibaugh isn't waiting until Thanksgiving next week to count his blessings. It's a daily habit with Hie Ronceverte man. who has a new heart--literally. After a long series of heart at- tacks and heart-related compli- cations, Mr Defibaugh on May 26 became one of a growing number of persons around the world who have had heart irans- plants, "I feel like a new man," he said at his home off Alto Vista Road. "I'm back to my old self now. I have more energy than I ever had." Mr Defibaugh's heart prob- lems became serious in 1984, when he had his first heart at- tack. -They did tests on me, and the pain kept coming back again and again," he said. "They finally sent me to Charleston. There I was told my arteries were blocked, but they weren't bad enough for bypass surgery. A year later, though, in October of '85, they did one." Mr Deflbaugh continued hav- ing complications following his bypass surgery. In 1988 a light stroke partially paralyzed his right side temporarily. After sev- eral light heart attacks, he had a massive attack February 18 of this year. Medical crews trans- ported him by helicopter from Humana Hospltal-Greenbrier Valley to a medical center In Charleston, where teams per- formed surgery. Jim Deflbaugh "After that," he explained. "only about five per cent of my heart was working. They had done about all they could for me. I had a lot of trouble breathing and had constant pain in my left temple due to a blood clot. I was really discouraged and felt llke giving uI>--at home I couldn't go out and do anything, not even walk outside as far as my truck--I would get terribly weak. 1 couldn't get out to do anything. What I really wanted to do was go back to work, but all I could do was sit Inside. Nothing was going right for me." The dismal scene was sud- denly changed May 26 when a donated heart became available from a man in northern West Virginia who had died In a traffic accident. Mr Deflbaugh was quickly transported to the Uni- versity of Virginia Health Sci- ences Center in Charlottesville, and the teams Implanted the front of the new heart onto the back of Mr Deflbaugh's. (Con- trary to popular belief, only part of a donated heart is trans- planted.} Progress was Impres- sively quick. "They had me up walking the very next day," he said. 'q'hey put it (the heart) in on Saturday, and I came home the next Sun- day (eight days later)." Mr I)eflbautfla said he had no See "Heart", Page 2.A Inside Today About Herbs ................... 12A Agriculture ..................... 10A Briefly ............................... 2A Classified ....................... 11B Comics & Crossword .... lOB For the Record ............... 3A Joy of Farming .............. 10A Obituaries ....................... 8A Opinion ............................ 4A Roberia ............................ 5A Saints ............................... 2B Sports ............................... 1 B Teen Notes ....................... 3B e