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Trevor Hammons page 3 County in the Endless Mountains of Appalachia 7 IllU!!00III!!I!!!IlU Periodical Postage Paid at Marlinton, WV 24954 THE POCAHONTAS TIMES frost office No. 436-640 - ISSN No. 07388373) '  (-005 i,! / i /q II 01 I JUNE 5, 2014 v,.,. O. 2 Class of 2014 celebrates the 'Best Days of Our Lives' Suzanne Stewart Staff Writer t was a day of reflec- tion and celebration Saturday as members of the class of 2014 received their diplomas at the Poca- hontas County High School Commencement ceremony and embarked on the next chapter in their lives. Allison Jonese, Lyndsee Gay, Lorena Rose and Makeia Jonese reminisced about events of the last four years - a time the class spent learning and growing to- gether. After the flashbacks, Vale- dictorian Fredricah Gardner gave her classmates inspira- tion for the future. "Whether we're going into college, technical school, the military or the workforce, it will not be as easy of a life as we are now accustomed to," she said. "We've all been told this, but I hope that the impending intimidation of the future does not hold any of us back from our dreams. Be ready for that smack from reality but also be ready t> prove you have what it takes to never quit striving for what you want." Gardner shared a quote from basketball great Michael Jordan - a quote that gave her a moment of clarity. "[It] hit home for me and I hope' you all can take some- thing from it, as well," she said. "'I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game win- ning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.' THE CLASS OF 2014 bids farewell to the hallowed halls of Pocahontas County High School during commencement Saturday. Above, the new graduates toss their caps into the air to celebrate the end of this chapter of their lives.At left, graduate William Sasser takes a "selfie" with principal Francis LaBounty. Assistant principal Derek Lambert, at the podium, called each of the graduates to the stage. S. Stewatphotos "Someone as great as something he wants to suc- best in your endeavors, and I Michael Jordan gets knocked ceed at," she continued, hope you all build a life you down by life but he also "That is something that we can be proud of." picks himself back up and should all attempt to do with continued putting effort into our lives. I wish you all the see Class pg 9 Proposed gas pipeline passes Geoff Hamill Staff Writer  Virginia energy com- pany is considering construction of a massive natural gas pipeline through northern Pocahontas County. The proposed 42- inch pipeline would transport gas nearly 500 miles from Utica and Marcellus shale gas production fields in West Virginia to North Carolina. Dominion Resources, Inc., based in Richmond, is gath-' ering information and con- ducting surveys to assess the viability of the project, dubbed the Southeast Relia- bility Project. The company is sending out letters to landowners in three states, requesting permission to enter property and conduct surveys. Dominion Transmission, a subsidiary of Dominion Re- sources, would build the project, at an estimated cost of $2 billion. Companies seeking to build natural gas pipelines must obtain ap- proval from the Federal En- ergy Regulatory Commis- sion (FERC). FERC requires an "open- season process" to ensure that interested parties are made aware of new pipeline projects and to determine if there is sufficient customer interest to pursue projects. Dominion Transmission is- sued a non-binding open- season notice for the project on April 16. In an email, Dominion Communications manager Frank Mack wrote, "This much-needed natural gas in- frastructure would better serve existing customer de- mand, improve service relia- through Pocahontas County DOMINION RESOURCES, INC. is in the initial planning phase of a project to build a 42-inch natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. The company has not decided to proceed with the project, but the proposed pipeline route (in blue on the map) passes through northern Pocahontas County, generally following Rt. 250. bility and allow for customer growth and economic devel-' opment along the mute. The project also would improve the gas supply for Mid-At- lantic markets, thereby pro- moting price stability and enhancing economic oppor- tunity." The proposed pipeline would begin" in Harrison County and terminate in Lumberton, North Carolina. A map of the proposed pipeline shows it passing through northern Pocahontas County, generally following Route 250, and into High- land County, Virginia. "Right now it's just pre- liminary," said Dominion representative Frank Mack. "We're not even sure if we're going to do it yet." ff built along the proposed route, the 42-inch pipeline would pass through both pri- vate and public lands, in- cluding the Monongahela National Forest. As currently plotted, the pipeline would cross the Greenbrier River, the headwaters of Shavers Fork and several other wa- terways in Pocahontas County. Jack Tribble, U.S. Forest Service District Ranger for the Greenbrier District, through which the proposed pipeline passes, said he had received no formal notice of the pipeline proposal, al- though he had received an email about it on Monday. see Pipeline pg 8 BRUCE BOSLEY IN 1969 during his final season with the San Francisco 49ers. Bosley was a four-time All-Pro in the NFL and a consensus All-American at WVU. Despite living in California, Bosley stayed in touch with his family in Durbin and mentored his nephew, Jan Michael Bosley. Bruce Bosley- a hometown hero worth remembering Geoff Hamiil Staff Writer lot of people in Pocahontas County 'know that Bruce Bosley, who grew up in Durbin, was a fearsome football player at West Vir- ginia University and in the National Football League. Some know that Bruce was an engineer, who graduated from college with nearly straight A's. But apart from his accomplishments on the football field and in the classroom, few know what kind of person Bosley re- . ally was. The Pocahontas County Commission recently in- vited Bruce's nephew, Jon Michael Bosley, to talk about his uncle. Bosley gave a slideshow presenta- tion on his uncle's numer- ous accomplishments on and off the field. The com- mission is looking into commemorative road signs and other ideas to honor the late Bruce Bosley. Bruce was a former NFL star, living in San Fran- cisco, when Jon got to know him. "I was pretty young when I first talked to my uncle," he said. "At the time, for whatever reason, he and Dad would just call see Bosley pg 10 3ill CityA NATIONAL IK 304-799-4640 'b'n T!00is 3J0000ue Congratulations, 2o14 Graduates. Husqvarna Yard Tractor 24HP Briggs & Strallon Intek V-Twin Engine, Pressurized Lubrication System, Foot Pedal HydroGear Automatic Transmission, 48", 10 Gauge, Triple- Blade Stamped Steel Deck With Grease Fittings Husqvarna 3-N-1, Variable Speed Self-Pro Lawn Mower 160 CC Honda GCV 160OHC Engine, Front- 21" Stamped Steel Deck, Rear Bag/Side Dis- charge/Mulch Capable, Mulch Kit Included Local News ................. . ......... 2. 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