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Thursday, January 16, 1969

Great News

A most welcome call came from the office of Senator Jennings Randolph last Friday announcing a cash grant to the Town of Marlinton for $145,590 from the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration. This money is to be used on the construction of waste stabilization lagoons, interceptor sewers, lift stations and force mains, in other words, sewage treatment plant. The total cost of the project is $451,200, and an application is being processed for a loan for the remainder. This $145,590, however, is an outright gift, granted to help lessen pollution in the Greenbrier River.

High Honor

The Pocahontas County State Road Commission received an award for the excellent upkeep of the buildings and grounds at Hillsboro, Marlinton and Green Bank. The award was made in Charleston January 6 by Cy Hamill, the State Road Commissioner, to Guy Sharp, our County Road Superintendent…

The plaque reads, “County Headquarters presents to the traveling public an outstanding example of proper housekeeping of its physical plant.”

Pocahontas was picked above all other counties in the State to receive such an award.

Planning For a Better Place to Live

Today, roughly seven out of every ten Americans live on one percent of the land. While the other three out of ten persons living on ninety-nine percent of the land have less social and cultural opportunities, and their needs for additional economic opportunities and community services and facilities are urgent.

It is a fact of life that development is slower in those communities which have no design for progress. Few firms will risk a sizable investment and a future in a community or county that has no plan to create and foster a proper environment for orderly growth.

A comprehensive plan is a set of ground rules that guide a community’s progress. Such a plan is presently being created by the County Planning Commission. The Pocahontas County Planning Commission, created in 1962 by the County Court, is serving as an advisory body to the Court and the City Council of the Town of Marlinton.

Our State law spells out certain rules and qualifications for such a commission. It must consist of 5 to 15 citizens, most of whom do not hold elected office, and must represent business, industry, labor and farm interests. A member must be a property owner and a resident of the County and two thirds of the membership of the commission must have been property owners for al least 10 years prior to appointment.

The present membership of the commission is as follows: Chairman, Mrs. Jane Price Sharp; Members, Sherman Beard, J. K. Rock, Mrs. Allen Sharp, Mrs. Wallace Galford, Fred Burns, Sr., Miss Genevieve Moore, Dewey F. Sharp, Johnnie B. Hill, Leo Young, John Coyner, Percy Long and Thomas Moore. Walter E. Jett, County Extension Agent is Acting Secretary and Sam Hill is Coordinator.


Douglas Morrison was installed as Chief of the Order of the Arrow, WACHU Menetopolis, Buckskin Council, December 28. The installation, following his election the past summer at Buckskin Scout Reservation, was held at their annual banquet in Kanawha Elementary School in Kanawha City. Doug, an Eagle Scout, is a senior at Marlinton High School this year. Tom Morrison, Jr., an OA member, and their mother, Mrs. Tom Morrison, also attended.

Star Farmer

Mike Cain, a member of the Marlinton Chapter Future Farmers of America, was selected the Chapter Star Farmer for 1968. Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cain, of Marlinton. He will be presented a cash award of ten dollars by the State Department of Agriculture.

Santa’s Helper in Vietnam

There were no snow flakes, reindeer or sleigh bells, but it was “Christmas in October” for the children of Thach Mon, a small refugee village on the fringe of Quang Tri City.

The civic affairs section of the 1st Air Cavalry Division’s 1st Brigade played the role of Santa Claus at the event.

The people were actually celebrating the Moon Festival. Captain George Friel, 1st Brigade Civil Affairs officer, said, “It is a time when the children receive toys and candy – something similar to America’s Christmas.”

According to Captain Friel approximately 15,000 toys were sent to the 1st Air Cavalry Division from the U. S…
Captain Friel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Friel, of Marlinton. His wife, Audrey, and children reside in Elkins.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Daniel, of Washington, D. C., a son, named William Brooks Daniel, Jr. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Summers Burr, of Huntersville.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gissy, of Bridgeport, a son, named Shawn Michael. The mother is the former Connie E. Herold.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Philip T. Cummings, of Branford, Connecticut, a son, named Matthew Doane. The mother is the former Patsy Hevener.

Born to SP-5(C) and Mrs. Freddie L. Greer, of Bartow, a daughter, named Judy Jeanette. The mother is the former Judy Vandevender. The father is serving with the U. S. Army in Phu Bai, South Viet Nam.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Reinhold, of Renick, a daughter, named Alice Irene.


Truman Clark Mace 76, of Slaty Fork, a son of the late William and Magalene Ailstock Mace. Burial in the Gibson Cemetery.

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