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Vol. VI No.37 22, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia esse Bob Black Retires From But Plans To Keep The Greenbrier Charles Lobban e ht months of hospital including 66 days Judge Charles home in Alder- of the Eleventh said he hopes to as soon as he from his illness. Lobban suffers from syndrome, a dis- nerves leading to destroyed. However, they do grow back. Recovery time varies greatly, so we're not really sure how long it wlll take until I'm back to normal." In its worst stages initially, the disease left Mr Lobban with- out muscle control from his neck their lives," Mr Black smiles, to his waist. With no ability to "because they had five girls be- breathe on his own, he was at- fore they had me and they were By Chas/L Goddard The first piano Bob Black re- members was one which came from his grandmother's home. This was when he was about seven years old -- in 1930. The instrument was kept locked "... because my parents didn't want us kids to bang on it." However, the young Robert William Black found away around this. "You could open it with the key from a can of potted hamI We used to wait until our parents were out and we'd sneak in and play that old piano. "My first song was "rhe Star- Spangled Banner'. Of course I didn't know what I was playing at that time, but I d/c/play it." The piano has played an im- portant role in Mr Black's life ever since those early childhood days. He has held a number of different Jobs during his life -- construction worker, waiter, chauffeur- but he always came back to those 88 ivory and ebony keys. Bob Black was one of seven children born to Kenneth and Jessie Leftwlch Black in White Sulphur Springs. "The year k as born was the happiest year in Musician Bob Black and his wife Sybil Care until early duly. days in a private to the Greater Rehab Hospital in Pennsylvania, received three months and occupational Hospital personnel r Lobban work on re- tached to a ventilator for 16longing for a boy. father ended up in White perched high on the back of ainstruction from Nat Portnoff days. Although he never totally "My daddy worked on the Sulphur Springs -- through flat-bed truck. [one of the Greenbrier Hotel's leaving thelost the use of his legs. he was laundry machines at the [Green- their friendship. Mom was from "Reginald Berry played well-known early musicians] and the use of many not able to walk unassisted until brier] hotel. He had done theLow ..... Moor, Virginia," drums. . Charlie Banks was on from Lelia Thompson, who was disease is not per-a short time ago. The lingering same kind of work in Long Is- Mr t laCK'S nrst paying job the trumpet and Arthur Foster the organist at the First Baptist :ver, and the judgeaffects are most evident in his land and in Philadelphia before was with a Tramp Band" which played saxophone. Harry Flood Church in White Sulphur ning muscle use. hands and arms, and he still ........ ,-nmina , ..e_e.h r Mr Britt was the serenaded", the Greenbrler was the guitarist. We played Springs." ....... j ...ana ,er back th n )toms first becameneeds assistance in rising from a Immrtrv m a en a d Hotel's guests at the old C & O mostly Dixieland music in thoseAbout 1938" or 1"939, Mr chair. However, he is now able to he kne~v Dad from their Philadel- Railway Station. Mr Black played days. Black went to Westbury, Long ,*arly May, when Mr [alned of weakness,walk unassisted, vhia days I guess that!s how my a small 4 and 1/2 octave piano We were really 'down home'. Island. He found a job doing lay- hie night as I was "it's a frustrating experience," - ~ "~ : tThey had us dress In overalls, outs for airplanes at In this chalr--I began he said. "l haven't been able to . . . I bandanas around our necks. Fanntngdale, Long Island. and aching in my fore- take care of myself and have had :CharheMcCo.y.Nashville Mus,cmn, l mdSMr:Ke2a::. e ;: ca tao managed, because of his age and to have of things done for the job he held, to stay out of the flng, and I was not me" Everyone has been marvel- upaeat , '.pI rO a [ finances:i'd get maybe $2 or$ : tt strt long, ly arms very high." ous in their support -- my wife. |aweekoutofit." however, until Uncle Sam to Humans Hospl- my family, and my friends have ing people here taking pride In | Mr Black is a sel -taunt pl- c ught tip wlth Mr Black and theirs If you study them these " a ah h Valley in Fairlea visited, called and sent cards. '. 7'. [anlst and sln,,e :thcug ..e shlp h out to the South olaer structures are mucn petter ly transported to That's meant a lot to me." Hospital in Mot-Marjorie Lobban, Mr Lobban's put-together than the modem [later , . . had a lot of musical ~e ~ ones/" he remained in wife, sald her husband has re- Mr McCoy, 49, was born in ceived communication from hun- dreds of persons in the past few months. "No one knows what causes this illness," the judge said. "They say it often occurs after a virus. Throughout the illness I haven't really had any pain, and I've never doubted I'll someday be able to go back to work." While Mr Lobban has been recuperating, about eight judges have shared the circuit judge's case load. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit covers Summers, Poca- hontas, Monroe, and Greenbrier cotmtles. Mr Lobban, 60, has held his elected position since 1977. He and his wife have four children and four grandchildren. the muscles in his In preparation for of the affected now travels of Greenbrier Fairlea three times therapy. a type of illness recover from," he rlerve endings and the around the nerves are Sulphur S Still Unresolved of a lawsuit filed of White Sulphur Permutit Corpora- installed the filtra- ting system at the plant at Harts to replace the le news was an- the 12 2ouncil. a sult last sum- Count), Cir- it experienced which re- expenses. The case has not been settled yet. Since Permutlt has asked for permission to send crews to White Sulphur Springs to re- place the system, Council mem- bers voted to require the corpo- ration to submit a plan describ- ing the planned work and a pro- jected date by which the system will be in normal working condi- tion. Permutit will be held liable for all legal fees the City has paid in the case. It was also be liable for $360,000 if it fails to hold to its time limit, the Council decided. In other business, the Council voted to further investigate the feasibility of changing city gov- ernment to a city manager-based system. A recently appointed committe made the recommen- dation. Cotmcilman Leo Lewis will schedule further meetings on the topic and gather informa- tion for future discussion and decision -making. The Council was informed the City Water Plant recently re- ceived an award from the West Virginia Rural Water Associa- tion. The annual award, which is the top in the state, cited the plant for quality and efficiency of operations. The next meeting of the Coun- cil will be December 10, 7:30 p.m.. at City Hall. Charlie McCoy Charlie McCoy relaxes at the keyboard while singing a mellow tune about his native West Vir- ginia, its New River, and its age- less mountains. He wistfully looks out over his audience and beyond, seemingly lost in the nostalgia of being back home. The mountaineer has made It big in Nashville's country music. In the past 19 years he has trav- eled to 47 states and 16 coun- tries, playing for crowds as large as 38.000, Mr McCoy and his band were at Carnegie Hall in Lewlsburg for a November 17 concert, playing for a reduced fee in order to contribute to the res- toration/operation fund for the regional cultural center. "I'm really impressed with thls building," he said in an earlier interview. "I'm glad they're trying to preserve it. After being in Eu- rope where people are trying to save old buildings, it's nice see- Oak Hill and grew up in Fay- ettevtlle. While 'still a child he moved to Miami, Florida. "When I was In high school In Florida I began playing for a weekly barn dance," he said. "Mel Tlllls was a guest star for us once, and when he heard me sing he said he thought I could do well in Nash- ville. I went on up to try out but didn't make it at that time. How- eqer. I went back to Nashville in 1960, and things worked out for me then. I've been at it ever since. I started out by playing harmonica on demo records. A record producer heard them, liked them. things took off for me," Despite its many changes over the past few years, country mu- sic continues to appeal to large numbers of people for many rea- sons, Mr McCoy said. "Most people can identify with some- thing they hear in country mu- sic--things such as a man who's lost his job and other such situ- ations." Mr McCoy's concentration is on studio music. He averages more than 200 recording ses- sions per year with other Nash- ville musicians and has released 16 albums of his own in the last 18 years. He currently serves as music director of the syndicated television senes "Hee Haw." He has won a Grammy Award, two Into Our Past: Study Area Stephen McBride enjoys dlg- ging into the past --- literally. Mr McBride is an archaeologist who is on the faculty of the Univer- sity of Kentucky. Recently he and a group of diggers were in Greeflbrler and Summers coun- ties looking for artifacts which would substantiate the locations of Colonial forts. *We located eight of the 13 sites which fie can verify pretty confidently, Mr McBride said. Positive identification of the other five forts will have to walt until Mr McBride can continue his studies In this area at a later date. "The Summers County His- toric Landmarks Commission contracted for us to do an ar- chaeological survey of the Colo- nial forts in this area. We started our field work In August. We spent about ten days in actual digging. "l do what is called historical archaeology. I concentrate on sites occupied by Old World an- cestry, primarily of the 18th and 19th centuries. Most of my work has been done in Kentucky, but we have done two other projects here In West Virginia -- mapping of two Civil War sites In the Stephen McBride quest to locate Fort Savannah. "We had no luck. There has been so much fill It wasn't possible for us to verify the site. We'd need much more time In this case." The other four fort locations which still remain to be verified include Stuart's on Davis-Stuart Road near Lewisburg; Clendenln's Fort on Houfnagle Road in Richlands; Baughman's, Country Music Association Monongahela National Forest. See"Digging",Page2-A Awards, and eight Academy ofOur work was done In order to " "" Country Music Awards. At- get the two battle sites noml- Murder Trials tllough his primary Instrument nated for the National Registry of Continued is the harmonica, he also plays Historical Places." Mr McBride Trials for three area per- the keyboard, guitar, drums,said. sons indicted for murder by a bass. and numerous wind In- struments. Mr McCoy began traveling in 1971 and has played concerts in all states but the Dakotas and Alaska. "I hope to get to those areas eventually, too," he said. He has presented concerts at the State Fair of West Virginia on two occasions and at numerous other events throughout the state. He and his wife have one daughter, a nurse in Nashville; and a son, who will graduate from Tennessee Tech University in December. The couple has a three-month-old granddaughter. Mr McBride attended schools In Greenbrler County before re- ceiving his degree In anthropol- ogy at Michigan State University. His wife Kim. also an archaeolo- gist, is the daughter of Charles and Nora Arbogast of White Sulphur Springs, Mrs McBride accompanied her husband on the trip to West Virginia and conducted much of the actual professional search. Mr McBrlde's mother, Beverly, is a psychologist who lives in Lewlsburg, His father, John, also a psychologist, lives in Logan. In Greenbrier County the team hit a blank wall in the November 13 Greenbrler County Grand Jury have been contlnu ed until the April 1991 term of court, according to the Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney's office. 2he three -- Roger E. Cline, 25; Tummy S. Wilson. 29: and Harry Joe Johnson, 22, are all charged with murder in connection with the October 6 shooting death of Tod McQuaid, 36, of Lewisburg. The continuances were granted in the Greenbrler County Circuit Court upon motions by the defense. .... 4B ..... 10A ...5A .......... 12B ..... 11B Comics .... 10B ................ 5A ................. 12B B .............. 10A ........................ 9A ............. - ........... 4B .......................... 3A ....... 2B ..... IB