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// Vol. VI No.40 December 13, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia ) Marie Hall waits. County Men Return From Kuwait 1Xvo Greenbrier County men who were stranded in Kuwait after Iraq invaded that oil-rich sheikdom August 2 have returned home. Madison Riffle of Frankford and Phillip Hall of Springdale came home December 12. The two Greenbrier countians were among the first wave of for- eign nationals allowed to leave war-torn Kuwait (located on the northwest coast of the Persian Gull] when Suddaln Hussein of Iraq issued an edict last week permitting loreigners to exit the occupied territory. Mr Hall and Mr Riffle were met at the Greenbrier County Airport by their families, the Greenbrier East High School Band. and doz- ens of representatives of the press, radio and television. The East band struck up ~The Star-Spangled Banner" at about 11:17 a.m. on a bright and sunny Tuesday morning as the U. S. Air prop-jet taxied to the main gate. Yellow balloons decorated the chain-link fence separating the airport building from the landing field. Television cameras scanned the airport's apron to record the first glimpse of the long-awaited arrivals. Family members remained behind the fence, their broad smiles widened into tears as the men left the aircraft and hurried into open, arms. After answering a few requisite questions from the press and posing for pictures or video cameras, the men slowly walked into the terminal with their families. The band members climbed back aboard Greenbrier County school bus #17 and once again all was quiet at the airport. Both Mr Hall and Mr Rime work for DeLew-Cather construction company. Mr Hall's brother, Randy, of Stuart's Draft, Virginia, said Mr Hall has been employed in the construction business in Kuwait for the past ten years. "He was home on leave last December." Mr ttall said, "but I hadn't heard a word from him since I talked to him on the phone June 2 for his 50th birthday. We always talk on our birthdays. Of course he couldn't call me on my birthday December 3 this year, but that's okey." Mr Hall's wife. Marie. was allowed to leave Kuwait in September. She worked for the same construction company as her husband. Mrs Hall is originally from Bombay. India. She and Mr Hall have been married seven years. Phillip Hall arrives. Nellie Deitz Deitz Is The Year Deitz knows few idle are too many Who need her help. to be busy." she said. le kind that can't sit O0-year-old Rupert the 1990 recipient of Zabrick Memorial Volun- the Award. pre- 5 in Fairlea by County Inter- The award is the late Jim Zabrick. of the Greenbrier Community Services in the late 1970s. is known through- for her visits to the and sick. volunteers an average a month at the Coln- Senior Citizens" a real blessing to Committee on Laura SeW said. is always cheerful-- when she might a bad day, because gives you a cheerful fortunate to have senlor citizen nutrition Deitz seen g meals. tables, and washing has been helping at since 1982 and was in the town to help there, Co6rdinator Care for the cen- Deitz ts unique in _does so much around foot. Each week during summer, and fall, the services at Bas- United Methodist tapes to to to. She takes people who can't post office [Rupert mall delivery], and Page 3-A Christmas Meal For Needy Set What began as an idea to pro- vide a holiday meal to needy families in Greenbrier County has developed into an all-out ef- fort by and through. of the ber 22 Christmas dinner, is en- . couraged by the widespread interest in the event. "Everyone is so enthusiastic about this. It's fantastic to see people caring so much about the less fortunate of our area." Mrs Rodoussakls. a hostess at Rudy's Comer Grill in Roncev- erie. said the idea began three weeks ago when her friend Ter- esa Dowdy discussed it wlth her. "Teresa was really interested in doing something to help them." Mrs Rodoussakis said. "We let a little time go by, but as ,soon as we started calling and visiting around, we had pledges of over $600 in just over two hours. For exainple. Kroger is donating breads, pies. and cakes, and BtYI'A [British United Turkeys of America] is giving us turkeys. Many other businesses have pledged their financial support. The Ronceverte Lions Club is donating the use of their build- Ing. The support has been won- derful." Mrs Rodoussakis and Mrs Dowdy are scheduling the dinner Ibr 12 to 6 p.m. at the Roncev- erie Lions Club Building (the for- mer American Legion Building). The menu will include turkey. dressing, mashed potatoes. gravy, and other items. The Cor- ner Grill will prepare the food. "One of our big needs is for volunteers." Mrs Rodoussakls said. "We need people to use their cars to pick up the elderly and handicapped and bring them to the dinner. We also need people to deliver meals to those who can't get Out. And then we need others to work at the din- ner getting names, addresses. and phone numbers of those who are served--so we can con- tact them when we do something like this again." Mrs Rodoussakis said the idea grew from an awareness of the plight of many of the area's needy, elderly, and handicapped residents. "This time of the year is sad for many people--they'd like to give their famlly a hot meal for the holidays, but they just can't afford it. Many of them can barely afford to stay warm. Giving is my life. and it's Teresa's life." Persons who wish either to participate in the meal or volun- teer their help are asked to call 647-4700. 645-2172, 647-4261, or 645-6878. Monetary dona- See"Meal' ,Page 3-A Union Elementary School's "Cool Yule" cast Inside Today About Herbs .................... 10A Agriculture ...................... 10A Briefly ................................ 3A Classified ......................... 11B Crossword & Comics ..... 10A Deeds ................................. 2A For the Record .................. 2A From the Back Porch ....... 9B Home Accent ................... 11A Horoscopes ....................... 8B ~W Suits Filed. ................ 2A Obituaries .......................... 9A Opinion .............................. 4A Roberta .............................. 8A Saints ................................. 3B Sports ................................ 1B Teen Notes ........................ 7B Elementary Prepares Annual-Christmas Pro, ram 'q'he New Elves on the Block." "Bill Holly and the Mistletoes," Loretta Poinsettia." "The Snow Surfers." and many other Christ- mas newcomers will be Included in Union Elementary School's 1990 production of "Cool Yule." a holiday musical starring the school's fourth, fifth, and sixth- graders. A total of 86 youngsters will perform this year. The unusual show is hosted by Santa Claus. who introduces numerous performances by a va- rieW of colorful cast of singers. Students and teachers have been practicing three weeks for the show. "This school goes all out for Christmas .plays." sixth-grade teacher Doris Ann Taylor said. "They're part of our tradition here. and people are really upset at the prospect of not seeing them. Last year when we had so much bad weather in December. the high school kids didn't get to see the play--we normally invite them over one day to see it--and they were so disappointed. It's a part of their growing-up, antl ~they enjoy looking back on it." "I~e students will provide sev- eral performances of the show. including one at Springfield Comprehensive Care Center (IAndside) at 2 p.m. December 18. at the Andrew S. Rowan Home (Sweet Springs) at 9:30 p.m. December 19. at the Monroe County Courthouse at l 1 a.m. December 19, and at the elementary school, for Union High School students, at 9 a.m. December 21. The main public performance will be December 19. 7 p.m.. at the school. "We feel this is an valuable experience lor our students." Ms Taylor said. "It gives sludents an opportunity to speak and per- form in front of an audience. "llmy'll use thai in whatever ca- reer they choose. They love this. Right now they think they're the best singers that ever were -- It does a lot for their self-esteem." Union Elementary School principal Frank Upton said, "These performances give stu- dents a chance to be creative. That's Important. The Christmas spirit really comes through." The school's kindergarten and first, second, and thh'd grades will provide separate perlorm- ances for parents and students. Classes will each give their own tplays. On December 18 they will perform for the school at 9:30 a.m,. and lot the public at t:30 p.m. December 19. All Area Basketball Schedules: See Sports, Page 1-B Mike Kidd County Humane Society Offers $500 Reward For Information The Greenbrier County Humane Society is offering a $500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who threw this 10- year-old tan terrier from a truck on Route 219 north of Lewisburg December 7. Humane Society Board of Director member Vickie Quick said she saw the driver of a blue Chevrolet 4-wheel-drive truck throw the dog across the south-bound lane of Route 219 at 7:50 a.m. December 7. Mrs Quick blocked traffic and picked up the 15-pound female dog and took it to a local veterinarian where it was humanely put to death. "The dog had cancer, was deaf, blind, and couldn't walk. She dragged her body toward the highway after she was pitched out. She screamed when I picked her up," Mrs Quick said. Mrs Quick said anyone with information about this incident may call Sheriff Perry McGuire. A formal complaint has been lodged with the local sheriff's office, Mrs Quick said. Accused Murderer Released From Jail Tammy S. Wilson. 29. of Row ceverte, charged with murder in connection with the October 6 shooting death of Ted McQuaid. 36. of Lewisburg, has been re- leased from the Greenbrier County Jail, according to an un- identified Greenbrier County sherilrs deputy employed at the jail. On December 6 Judge Frank E. Jolliffe set a $75,000 bond for Ms Wilson Jailors declined to release ln- lbrnmtion on when Ms Wilson posted the required bond. when she was released from jail, or the nature of the bond itself, School Consolidation Gets Court's Go-Ahead Special Judge John C, Ash- worth denied a petition which would have stopped Greenbrier By Jonathan Wright Mike Kidd remembers well his lirst day on the job at Fairlea's WReN Radio Station. qt was funny," he said. "It was on a Sat- urday, and I came in to relieve the morning man at 9:30 a.m. He told me he had some copy to write, and he'd be in his office m case I had any problems. -I said 'Fine.' About 20 min- utes later I saw his car leaving the parking lot--I didn't see any-- one else that day until 4 p.m." Such was Mr KMd's initiation into Greenbrier County radio Decemb,,r 17. 1970. Twenty years later he has become one of the most recognizable radio voices in the area. "You have to enjoy this bust ness to tolerate it." he said. "It is so busy. Yeah, I could probably go somewhere else and make nlore money at a bigger station. but I would wind tip doing just one thing. Here at WRON l get to dabble in sales, and do some County Board of Education :writing, too. I really enjoy that. plans to consolidate junior high "The way technology is ad- schools here. v;mcinl2 so fast today, it's an ex- Judge Ashworth filed his 30- clhng thne to be in this bust- page opinion in the Circuit Clerk's Office December 6. See "Kidd", Page 3-A e