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For Your Consideration

Hear them roar ~ Some tough-as-nails women you should know. I attended grade school in the 1950s. In the fifth grade, we learned about all the famous frontiersmen: Daniel Boone, Lewis Wetzel, Simon Kenton and William Wells. All men – and never a woman – that was the 1950s for you.
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Three Warriors part of WVU Honor Band

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John Ralston

Born May 7, 1930, in Cass, he was a son of the late Walter and Gertrude Ralston. John was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, ginsenging, and most of all golfing. He was a graduate of Green Bank High School and Davis & Elkins College of Engineering. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, and retired from the NRAO.

Commission acts on grant application, support of MTA

Donna Ward appeared before the Pocahontas County Commission March 1 for a second public meeting regarding the county’s application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for up to $250,000, which would cover the cost of demolishing the former Board of Education Building in Marlinton and disposal of the asbestos materials in the building.

For Your Consideration

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”. On June 8, 1974, Linda Burgin got a lot closer to the real Jeremiah Johnson and the man who played him in a movie than she would have ever imagined. Linda, along with her aunt and her four-year-old daughter, all living in Burlington, North Carolina, decided to take an “adventurous” road trip out west.

Melissa Cassell

Melissa Dawn “Missy” Cassell, age 30, unexpectedly passed away Friday, March 4, 2022, at her residence in Beverly. Born June 20, 1991, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, she was a daughter of Tresha D. Jackson, of Clover Lick, and Charles W. Cassell Sr. of Boyer. The pride...

Broadband council to meet with new Frontier management

Melissa O’Brien of the Roane County Broadband Enhancement Council met with the Pocahontas County Broadband Council at its February 22 meeting. O’Brien said she has developed contacts with some of the new management at Frontier Communications, and they are eager to change Frontier’s bad reputation. She said those managers as well as Frontier engineers are willing to come to a Broadband Council meeting, but would probably need more than an hour to talk with the council and respond to questions and concerns.

MTC holds short meeting, hires code enforcement officer

It was a quick evening at Monday night’s Marlinton Town Council meeting with a short agenda and limited discussions. The last item on the agenda took up the most time, beginning with an executive session to discuss the personnel committee’s recommendation for hiring a code enforcement officer/ building inspector.

Ann Turner

Ann Turner, age 79, of Marlinton, left this world Sunday, March 6, 2022, surrounded by her family at the J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. As a donor to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, the final arrangements will be a private ceremony celebrating her life. Her final wishes included providing donations to the Disabled American Veterans or the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Alice “Louise” Riley

Alice “Louise” Davis Riley, age 75, loving mother of four and wife of 57 years to husband James Allen Riley, of Arbovale, passed from this life to be with the Lord Friday, March 4, 2022, while surrounded by her loving family. In keeping with her wishes, a graveside...

Lee Kidd

Born July 30, 1970 in Marlinton, he was a son of Leffort “Jupe” Kidd Jr. (Francis) and Pat Loudermilk (Jack). Lee was a loving son, husband and father. He loved his family more than anything in the world. Lee loved riding his motorcycle, the outdoors and sheep farming, and he never met a stranger. When Lee saw anyone in need he was always willing to lend a helping hand.

BOE moves to discontinue use of masks on buses

At the February 22 Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting, the board discussed issues resulting from requiring students to wear masks on the school buses, but not in the schools. “We have an optional mask mandate right now, but we’re required to mask on the school buses, which doesn’t make...

Roland Armstrong

Lloyd Roland “Cuzin Roland,” Armstrong, 75, of Buckeye, passed away Friday, February 25, 2022, at Pocahontas Center in Marlinton. Born January 29, 1947, at Marlinton, he was a son of the late John Cameron and Flora Bell Skaggs Armstrong. Roland was a retired Methodist minister. He was a...

COVID impedes postseason effort for third straight year

We will never know for sure just how far the last three Pocahontas County High School girls basketball teams might have advanced in the postseason if the COVID pandemic had never happened. Two years ago, PCHS coaches Mike Kane, Allen Taylor and Chloe Bland had high hopes of the 2019-20 PCHS girls basketball team making it beyond the first round at states.

Jack Burks

Homer Jack Burks, 89, of Buckeye, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. Jack was a minister at Mt. Kinnison Church of God, and a logger. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Pauline Mae Wamsley Burks; son, William Michael Burks; and brothers, Bill, Paul and Earl Burks.

For Your Consideration

At the beginning of the movie, we hear a narrator explain:. “His name was Jeremiah Johnson, and they say he wanted to be a mountain man. The story goes that he was a man of proper wit and adventurous spirit, suited to the mountains. Nobody knows whereabouts he come from and don’t seem to matter much. He was a young man and ghostly stories about the tall hills didn’t scare him none.”

Kalena Clutter

Kalena Marie Clutter, age 37, of Hillsboro, unexpectedly passed away Monday, February 21, 2022, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Born May 9, 1984, at Marlinton, she was a daughter of Marshall Clutter, of Hillsboro, and Jackie McCraw (Perry), of Lewisburg. Kalena had a beautiful, fun and outgoing personality, and...

Tommy Powell

Thomas Edward Powell, 64, of Hillsboro, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte. He is survived by his loving companion of 27 years, Connie Jean Clevenger; sons, Thomas Edward Powell Jr. (Amber), of Elkins, Matthew Alan Powell and Jason Raleigh Powell of Hillsboro; daughter, Amber Dawn Powell, of Gap Mills; one step-grandchild, Asa Cohen Streets, of Elkins.

Sara Warner

Sara Lynn Warner, 59, of Bartow, passed away Wed-nesday, February 23, 2022, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Virginia. Born March 5, 1962 in Valparaiso, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Will-iam Guy and Betty Mable Thompson Warner. Sara was a homemaker and a member of Thornwood Community...