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New life for the Frost School

After trees and poison ivy removal, the Frost schoolhouse became more visible, as restoration is underway. The school’s owners, William, Sarah and Jolly Benson, have been hard at work –...

GBO joins CHIME project

The newest addition at Green Bank Observatory is a uniquely shaped antenna which is part of the CHIME – Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment – project. When construction is complete, the...

Coming to the Opera House stage

Pocahontas County Opera House will present an evening of music with John “Some Kind of Wonderful” Ellison and The Carpenter Ants.  Saturday, August 20, at 7:30 p.m. Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Ellison...

August Grand Jury Indictments

The Pocahontas County Grand Jury convened for two days last week and handed up indictments against 15 individuals. Arraignments for the following individuals will be held Wednesday, August 17, before...

This party’s just getting started

John C. Dean Contributing Writer Having attained international recognition, what’s on the celestial horizon for West Virginia’s newest stars on the dark sky park tourism circuit? Get ready to celebrate...

F. Long Celebrates 100 Years

B. F. Long store owner handing over the Remington 270 bolt action rifle to Tammy Davis. By: Jennifer Britt The Parsons Advocate Third generation owner of Longs store, Ben Long...

West Virginia lawmaker to become adviser to governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston-area lawmaker is stepping down from the West Virginia House of Delegates to become a senior adviser to Gov. Jim Justice. Del. Larry Pack, a Republican from Kanawha County, announced Monday that he will withdraw his name from the November general election. He was set to run against Democratic Del. Kayla Young after the lawmakers were thrust together to compete in a newly created district. The Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee will be responsible for...

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Woman charged with embezzling from WVa clerk’s office

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman who worked in a county clerk's office in West Virginia has been charged with taking funds paid to the office for back taxes. Elizabeth Marie Sampson, 44, of Elkview, worked in the Kanawha County Clerk's Office, where she is accused of taking more than $21,000 and using it for herself, news outlets reported, citing court records. Sampson is charged with embezzlement, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. It...

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WVU researchers collecting data on gender-diverse identities

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The number of teenagers living in Appalachia who identify as transgender, nonbinary or other diverse gender identities may be higher than previously thought, according to a survey conducted by West Virginia University researchers. More than 7% of young people who participated in the survey said they had a gender identity that didn't fully align with the sex they were assigned at birth, a research letter published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found. A 2017 study...

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Triple-C Farm and Schoolhouse Discovery Center Now Open

Triple-C Farm and Schoolhouse Discovery Center after renovations By: Jennifer Britt The Parsons Advocate What started out as a school house on Lisa Corbitt’s grandfather’s farm then moved up hill beside the farmhouse to be used for storage is now a learning center for children and adults. The schoolhouse has been in the family for over 65 years. In 1957, Corbitt’s mom remembers the huge task of moving the schoolhouse from the lower part of the farm to its present...

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F. Long Celebrates 100 Years

B. F. Long store owner handing over the Remington 270 bolt action rifle to Tammy Davis. By: Jennifer Britt The Parsons Advocate Third generation owner of Longs store, Ben Long celebrated 100 years of being in business, in Parsons. Long celebrated with a free chicken burn and sides for his customers. Long also held raffles for a Remington 270 BDL Custom Deluxe bolt action rifle and a Lodge brand Cook It All.  The winner of the Remington 270 bolt action...

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Laneville Bridge on Forest Road 19 is Closed

PETERSBURG, W.Va.,– The Laneville bridge over Red Creek on Forest Road 19 is closed until further notice. Safety concerns identified Tuesday during a routine inspection required an immediate closure of the bridge. The Forest Service is working to install a temporary bridge in place of the existing bridge. The timeline for removing the existing bridge and installing the temporary bridge is unknown but will be implemented as soon as possible. “We know this unexpected development is a hardship for local...

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Pay Raises and Stipend for Parsons’ Employees

By Jennifer Britt The Parsons Advocate Interim City Administrator, Agnes Arnold, presented to the council a request of sponsorship from the Highland Trails Foundation on behalf of the Blackwater Canyon Half Marathon for the upcoming race on September 10. There are four levels of sponsorship ranging from $250 for Supporting Sponsor to $1500 for Title Sponsor. The council elected to do as they did last year with the $250 Supporting Sponsor level that includes one complimentary race entry, the city’s...

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Conservation District Supervisors Attend Annual Training and Meeting

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. — Newly elected conservation district supervisors joined with more veteran supervisors at a three-day meeting of the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts in Mineral Wells to conduct the business of the association and to learn more about being an effective leader and supervisor. In addition to learning more about their fiduciary responsibilities and current conservation topics in West Virginia, the supervisors elected new officers to the Association’s leadership team during the meeting, held July 18-20.  Association...

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The Bob Gainer Pond Dedication: Holly Meadows Golf Course

By: Deby Chapman The dictionary defines appreciation as the recognition, respect, and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. Feeling genuinely appreciated lifts people up and makes them feel better and shows the value of their generosity. Bob Gainer gave his time, talents, and generosity without the expectation of being recognized. Therefore, on July 30, Holly Meadows Golf Administration and its Members showed their appreciation and gratitude for all the improvements made at the golf course that were...

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Dolly Parton set to visit WVa as part of Imagination Library

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dolly Parton is keeping a promise to visit West Virginia. Parton is scheduled to appear at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston on Tuesday to celebrate the state's full participation in her Imagination Library. Parton indicated she would visit the state once all 55 counties were active in the book gifting program, the state Department of Education said in a news release. The program is administered in West Virginia through a partnership between Marshall...

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