Mountain Messenger

The Pat and Cliff Baker Scholarship continues to support the community

After being married for ten years and with two young children at home, Pat and Cliff Baker arrived in Lewisburg in 1978, enriching the Greenbrier Valley with their professional skills and their community involvement. Cliff was employed as a Software Engineer by Bendix, which eventually evolved into ABB. As a librarian Pat was enlisted to establish and co-manage the all-volunteer library at Lewisburg Elementary School. Cliff found his true calling as he served as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 70 for over 35 years.
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A Look Back

Shown in this circa 1904 photo is Hinton’s C&O Railroad Baseball Team. In the early 1900s, baseball was a popular pastime in southern West Virginia. In addition to the railroad, many coal mining companies sponsored teams. The Hinton team played other railroad teams in Clifton Forge, Staunton, and Harrisonburg. They also played Alderson’s Camp Greenbrier team. It is likely the players were sons of the first wave of coal miners and railroaders who came to New River in the late 1800s. Some of those first miners came from Europe and the British Isles. The two Turner men in the photograph were probably sons of the Turner families that immigrated from Scotland and went to Sewell, a New River mining town. There were enough boys in the families to form their own baseball team called the “Turner Nine.”

Country Blue to perform at White Sulphur Springs Library

When Lewisburg residents Mel Waggy and George Piasecki get together they play traditional country music with a twist of the blues. They have been performing as Country Blue for six years in various venues including the Fresh Water Folk Festival, Tamarack, and the Greenbrier Visitors Center. They will be singing and playing their unique music at the White Sulphur Springs library on Thursday, Mar. 10, beginning at 6 p.m.

Creative Youth Art Exhibit winners announced

Carnegie Hall’s 28th Annual Creative Youth Art Exhibit awards ceremony took place on Mar. 3 as friends and family filled the Hamilton Auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of Greenbrier Valley’s young artists. A reception with light refreshments provided by The Greenbrier followed the ceremony. Creative Youth is a...

New bus route in Meadow River Valley

The Mountain Transit Authority, serving Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, and Webster counties with public bus transportation, has announced a new Monday route in the Meadow River Valley. Starting Mar. 14, they will make stops in Rainelle, Charmco, Rupert, Crawley and Sam Black Church with service to the Lewisburg Wal-Mart. All transportation services must be pre-scheduled. Call 304-872-5872 to schedule a transport.

Brittney Nicole Tyler

Alderson -Brittney Nicole Tyler, 29, passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at Raleigh General Hospital. Born Aug. 3, 1992, in Tiffin, OH, she was the daughter of Ricky Blankenship, Terry Blankenship and John Tyler. Including her parents, survivors include her children, Brinon Emitt Storm Tyler and Krisslyn Raine Tyler; maternal...

Laura Beth Nester

In loving memory of Laura Beth Nester. She lived her life full of love for Jesus, her family and others. Laura was the definition of selfless, beautiful, smart, strong and stubborn. Her smile and personality brightened every room she was in. The light she left in this world will not dim any time soon.

Oather Raymond Spade

Asbury -Oather Raymond Spade, 80, passed away Sunday, Mar. 6, 2022, at Beckley ARH Hospital. Born Jan. 25, 1942, in Clintonville, he was the son of the late William and Edith Spade. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by all his siblings. Survivors include his loving...

Wanda Mae Ervin

Renick -Wanda Mae Ervin, 88, passed away Sunday, Mar. 6, 2022, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Born Apr. 19, 1933, in Renick, she was the daughter of the late Lillie Mae Owens. Wanda was retired from Appalachian Electronics and was a member of the Band of Hope Baptist Church. In addition...

BOE honors West Point appointee, local student awardees

The Greenbrier County Board of Education met Tuesday, Mar. 8, to celebrate area students for their achievements in academics, writing, and music at both the county and the state level, and to honor a student who has been appointed to West Point. Sergeant Major Long announced the appointment of Tristan Deeds to West Point. Deeds’ parents were in attendance, as both Long and the Board spoke glowingly of Tristan’s commitment to the community and his country.

Greenbrier Humane Society presents 2021 statistics

Last Tuesday, Greenbrier Humane Society President Jennifer Runyon presented the Society’s annual report for 2021 to the Greenbrier County Commission, and discussed the Society’s request for funding for fiscal year 2022-2023. President Runyon highlighted a handful of statistics for the Humane Society’s year, chief among them was the...

Richlands Ruritans learn self-protection from County Sheriff

The speaker at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Richland Ruritans was Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan. Sheriff Sloan and his subordinate Lieutenant Bart Baker gave an overview of the state laws regarding self-protection. They explained the law for resisting a home intruder and what actions you are allowed to take in a public situation. Using scenarios of various situations, the two officers described how best to protect yourself within the bounds of the law. The discussion was followed by a lively question and answer session.

Guidelines for responsibly collecting ramps on Monongahela National Forest

Digging and eating ramps in the spring is a traditional activity throughout Appalachia and especially in the gateway communities of Monongahela National Forest. While collecting ramps for personal use is permitted on the Forest within established limits, commercial harvesting of ramps in the Forest, including re-selling ramps collected for personal use, is not permitted.

Sign language class planned at NRCTC

New River Community and Technical College is offering a six-week basic sign language class on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. starting Mar. 31. The class will be offered online through Zoom video conferencing. Students in the class will learn sign language vocabulary, phrases and sentences, including grammatical features,...

WVSOM and partners launch program to reduce rural health disparities in Greenbrier County

Thanks to a partnership between the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) Center for Rural and Community Health (CRCH), Mountain Transit Authority (MTA) and the Greenbrier County Health Department, Greenbrier County residents now can receive free transportation to medical appointments and be more easily tested for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.