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A Look Back

By William “Skip” Deegans Of all the celebratory events during West Virginia’s centennial in 1963, the most memorable may be the West Virginia Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture. The exhibition was judged by James J. Sweeney, the former director of New York’s Guggenheim Museum. He was awarded first prize and...

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A Look Back

By William “Skip” Deegans Built by James C. Shanklin and designed by Charleston architect John Norman, Ronceverte’s Grand Theatre opened in 1937 after replacing the old framed Grand Theatre. The new theatre was modern in all aspects with air conditioning, an advanced sound system, and unusual interior acoustical construction. A...

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Soup luncheon scheduled in Williamsburg

Come share with the Williamsburg Flying Falcons 4-H a variety of homemade soups (chili, chicken noodle, vegetable, broccoli cheese and many more) and a peanut butter or a grilled cheese sandwich. Choose from a variety of homemade desserts and a drink as well on Sunday, Mar. 21 at the soup...

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A Look Back

By William “Skip” Deegans If one had to choose one machine that most impacted the industrial development of Greenbrier County, it might be the Shay locomotive. Shown this week is an undated photo of Rainelle’s Meadow River Lumber Company’s Shay No. 2 and its crew. The steep hills in western Greenbrier...

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A Look Back

By William “Skip” Deegans Pictured in this week’s undated photo is White Sulphur Springs native and acclaimed short-story writer and novelist Margaret Prescott Montague. Montague was born in 1878 in White Sulphur Springs and grew up on the Oakhurst estate on Big Draft Road. As an adult, she lived in...

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A Look Back

By William “Skip” Deegans Long-time residents of the Greenbrier Valley will probably remember the brightly painted C. J. Stores that dotted our area. Carrenna Jehu Casdorph, known to everyone as C.J., began his mercantile business in 1921 with a small cash and carry grocery store on Edgar Avenue in Ronceverte....

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Richlands Ruritans install new officers

The Richlands Ruritans met at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Calvary Methodist Church in Richlands. The meeting was a business meeting and was highlighted by the installation of the new officers for 2021. The installation ceremony was conducted by Frank Tuckwiller, the Lieutenant Governor of the Lower West...

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