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eTimes for October 31, 2013

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What’s the story on the Main Street mural?

Molly Must’s beautiful mural on the corner of Main Street and First Avenue – inspired by the writings of Louise McNeill and G. D. McNeill – is a very complex work of art. While people find it fascinating, a few walk away wondering what some of its elements mean. A new interactive page on the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors...

Greenbrier County therapy cave opens in spring

Greenbrier County, the site of world-famous Organ Cave and Lost World Caverns, is now the home of a man-made salt cave. The new grotto was dug into a hillside along Route 92 and will house a therapeutic salt spa. Marius and Adriana Grecu bought property north of White Sulphur Springs four years ago and moved here...

Floodplain change confounds local residents

A recent change to Marlinton's floodplain map by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has baffled and angered town residents. FEMA published a new floodplain map in 2012 that affected about 25 properties along Tenth Avenue in Marlinton. The map change brought into the floodplain properties east of Tenth Avenue, which historically have not been flooded,...

Preserving Pocahontas

    Fascinating photograph, by Underwood and Underwood, of what is no doubt a very cold day on Cheat Mountain. Seen here is a section of the mill operation in the Town of Spruce. The date of the photograph is unknown, however the photographic company began producing news-bureau photography in the 1920s and ceased operations in the 1940s. Of course Spruce...

Field Notes

Trapping season for furbearers opens Saturday, November 2, and outdoorsmen will head out in pursuit of most anything covered in fur. Muskrats, mink, raccoon and fox are the most common quarry, and occasionally even a skunk or opossum pelt will show up in the local fur markets. Fur prices have gradually increased over the years to the point where a...

Area residents warming up to geothermal heat

  When you consider the simplicity and efficiency of a geothermal heat pump, it's a wonder more people haven't switched to this home heating and cooling technology. The technology taps into the constant heat of the subsurface to heat and cool a home. Geothermal heat pumps are recognized as the most energy efficient heating and cooling...