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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Having been born and imprinted in my youth by those beautiful mountains of Pocahontas County and environs, I continue to maintain an active interest in the wellbeing of the county, whether habitat preservation, public libraries, etc. With that, I offer this commentary regarding the natural beauty of the county. Since we, as a nation, are observing the 150th anniversary of...

Circuit Court

According to Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, the following cases were heard July 16 before the Honorable Judge Robert E. Richardson: A request from the state for a continuance was granted in the case the State vs Russell Sharp, 29, of Cass. Trial is set for October 30 at 9 a.m. The defendant remains on bond. A request from the...

Commission gets more PILT money than expected

Due to a higher than expected payment from the federal government under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, and a $400,000 carryover from a 911 fund, the Pocahontas County Commission was able to increase funding for other purposes, including contributions and a reserve stabilization fund. The Commission approved a budget revision with the changes during its meeting...

RAD opponents fall short in close vote

The Pocahontas County Commission held a special meeting Saturday morning to count votes from Snowshoe property owners on a proposed resort area district (RAD), which would encompass Snowshoe Mountain and Silver Creek resorts. RAD opponents hoped to muster 458 votes against the proposal - representing 25 percent of qualified voters - to block the process for one year. But...

ORU gets better broadband for video classes

  Since the One Room University (ORU) pilot program began in 2011, enrollment has increased every semester except one. At ORU, local students take college courses from New River Community and Technical College (NRC-TC), using Interactive Video Networking (IVN), a broadband-intensive application. This spring, when enrollment surpassed 30 students, the school outgrew the available broadband in downtown Marlinton. “In the Spring of...

Magistrate Court

According to Magistrate Court records, the following individuals were either arrested or had activity in their cases. Birthel Scott Kennedy, 46, of Marlinton, appeared in court July 15 on a charge of domestic violence, third offense. Bond was set at $5,000. Lee. G. Good, 58, of Durbin, appeared in court July 21 on a charge of receiving/transferring stolen goods. Bond was...

The old and new of herbs and tea

The Green Bank Herb Fair, held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Saturday, had a wide range of classes offered for those looking to enhance their diets and gardens, or just looking to update their knowledge on plants and their uses. While most classes focused on the use of herbs and plants by humans, presenter Monica Chapman, DVM proved herbs...

Using herbs and foods to treat and prevent cancer

Medical herbalist, and nutrition and wellness coach Geo Derick gave a presentation at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank Friday on the uses of herbs and food to treat and prevent cancer. Derick was trained to work with modern medicine but instead, she prefers to use herbs because it is a more natural and holistic means of staying...

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