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00arm _f2 Photography Pocahontas County transferring farm and field acreages flight of aerial photog- is important to have as accurate as Changes or correc- to be made before 30. If you have sold farmland and updated the informa- ask to contact this in the USDA Center at Buckeye, and Counter-Cyclical Program DCP direct pay- Will be issued in that time produc- 'enroll in the 2004 pro- program requires to enroll annually. the Farm Service for complete details. in Bloom' WV Wildflower 2004 October 1 Division of Highways Resources invite to submit entries for WV Operation "Roadsides in + calendar contest. rules are: )hs must be Virginia., must be submit- 8" x 10" glossy color must be landscape "Vertical prints will Photographs property of the state returned. Howers appearing in the photograph must be growing along a road which must appear in the picture. Wildflowers may be growing naturally along roadsides or in an Operation Wildflower donated site along an interstate highway. Cultivated species planted in arranged beds such as marigolds, pansies, etc. are not acceptable. A short description of the photo including location on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper must accompany the photo. Name, address, phone number and e-mail (if applica- ble) must appear in the upper left hand comer on the back of the photo. No more *than three entries per person. Only one winning photographer will be selected from each photograph- er's entries. Open to all ages. Twelve winners will be selected to represent the months of the year. A grand prize winner will be chosen to appear on the calendar cover. The state reser'es the right not to print the calendar if sufficient entries are not received. For additional information please call 1-800-322-5530. Mail entries to: Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest, WV Division of Natural Resources, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Bldg 3-Room 732, Charleston, WV 25305. Employees of theDNR and DOH are not eligible to enter this contest. Ee atab0nta EimeZ--September 11, 2003--Page 9 Southern States local annual meeting set Southern States Cooperative will announce its preliminary year-end results at a series of local annual meetings, including the upcoming meeting for members of Southern States Marlinton Cooperative. "The news is good," ys CEO Thomas R. Scribner. "Our restructuring strategy has enabled us to better serve our core business of agriculture while paying down our debt by .some 62 percent in less than two years. I believe our members will be encouraged by the improvement in our financial position." Southern States Marlmton Cooperative will hold its annual membership meeting on Wedneay, September 24, at Pocahontas County High School, beginning at 7:30 p.m. With the theme "Southern States Is Here To Stay," the cooperative's management will use the meeting to report on both local and company-wide operations, as well as project- ed budget results for next year. Local board members and Farm Home Advisory Committee (FHAC) members will be elected, and retiring H-IAC and board members will be recognized. Board nominees include Stella Callison, Jesse Groseclose, Mike Hudson, Dolan lrvine, Robert Lynn Randolph and Lawrence Workman. The appointment procedure is being u i'or the FHAC. 'q'he annual meeting is the best single opportunity to outline our plans for the future to our membership and diuss our progress in meeting our financial goals," notes Blix McNeill, manager of Southern States Marlinton Cooperative. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, Southern States now has more than 300,(300 farmer members. As one of the nation's largest agricultural cooperatives, the Richmond, Virginia-based firm provides a range of farm input.s, including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed and pet fix>d, animal health sup- plies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. The cooperative has more than 1,200 retail outlets and had sales of more than $1.3 billion in its fial year ended June 30, 2003. Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys perform Sept. 20 The Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation will sponsor a return engagement by the fabulous Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the his- toric Opera House on Third Avenue in Marlinton. Tickets axe $5 and only can be purchased at the door. One of West Virginia's old- est traditional bluegrass bands, The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys started in Pocahontas County in 1968. The original band members were Richard Hefner, Harley Carpenter, Bill Hefner and Glen "Dude" Irvine, all from Mill Point in Pocahontas County. Current band members are Richard Hefner, Rick Carpenter, Chris Nickell and Mike Smith. They are welt known for their "high lonesome" sound of orig: inal bluegrass in the tradition of Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin. Richard Hefner, banjo, vocals and comic relief, has been playing and singing as long as he can remember. Hefner has won honors for his banjo expertise in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, win- ning or placing in the annual WV Vandalia Gathering for eight years in succession. His old-time harmonies are unri- valed. Rick Carpenter has played with the band since he was about eight years old. He rejoined the band on a regular basis in 1998, playing mandolin and adding lead and baritone vocals. He is also accomplished on electric bass, rhythm guitar and banjo. Chris Nickell of Monroe County adds outstanding rhythm and lead guitar. He has played with this group for five years and is unquestionably one of the hottest lead guitarists in West Virginia. Mike Smith of Cabell County has been in the blue- grass mainstream for the past 20 years, playing with a variety of bands. He drives the band with his unrelenting bass rhythm and adds the power behind this band. Concerts at the Opera House are informal and fun for the entire family. Refreshments arc available at each perfor- mance. This pertbrmance is part of an ongoing series featuring local and regional pertbrmers sponsored by the Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation. Financial assis- tance has been provided by Pocahontas County Drama Fairs and Festivals, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For additional informa- tion, call 8(X)-336-7009 or (304) 799-4636. Obituarp Robert D. Rhodes Robert D. Rhodes, age 62, of Beckley, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness. Born August 11, 1941, at Caloric, he was the n of the late Silas and Mary Frances James Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes was the owner and operator of Rt. 16 Pottery Shop for 22 years. He was a dis- abled coal miner from Ranger Fuel Corporation, member of the UMWA, and veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, U.S. Army. He was a member of Prosperity Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife of nearly 40 years, JoAnn Wat.)n Rhodes; two ns, Robert Rhodes, II, of Beckley, and Rick Hurlocker, of Concord, Noah Carolina; two daughters, Robin L. Ball, of Midway, and Barbara A. White, of Beckley; a brother, Silas Rhodes, Jr., of Beckley; a sister, Mary Frances Rhoades, of Beckley; and three grandchildren. Graveside rites and burial were Thur:y, August 28, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with Pastor Carl Kincaid officiating. Mr. Rhodes owned a camp in the Hillsboro area and hunted most of his life in Pocahontas County. | Oldsmobile. Je]isfer to win a Peach 2-N00gh00 00etawa_y,/ PUSH, PULL OR TOW IT IN! UP TO 53OOO m.t We'll trade for -- DOORRII!STERS-00k00 * 90 "" 01 "'" '" 00 ' "'% "" 95"''''i /Uto, air, only 69K miles. Only 55K miles. P 4dr., 5 speed, 39K miles. Convorslon Van Beautiful car Only 62K miles, eP_ JF. dll Extra clean! 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