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December 27, 1983

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8-H/nton News Tues. Dee. 27, 1983 THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY was built in 1911-12the great steel with a donation of 812,500 by Andrew Carnegie, The opening of the Summers The fact that City Council has County Public Library in its directed me to fulfill a prior new facility in the former administration's $2,500.00 fond- National Bank of Summers ing obligation to the library is building will mark the first indicative of the support for our steps toward the revitalization public library by the present baron. Photo hy Fred Long. Y By Fred Long Restoration of the old bank building for the Summers County Public Library went to Beckley Building Services when they submitted the low bid of $97,000. Bids for the restoration work came from five contracting businesses. Before a bid could be awarded it had to be approv- ed by the West Virginia Library Commission. "There was almost a $50,000 spread between the highest bid to the lowest bid," Gary ~aleser, general contractor and owner of Beckley Building Services, ea/d. Five f'wms submitted a bid. "The highest bid was very close to $150,000," Shleser said. We had the low bid and receiv- ed the contract. All sub-contractors were let on a bid process, Shleser said. "Electrical contractor, heating contractor, plumbing contract- or, painting, all the way down to the carpet and tile, each thing is looked into as a bid process." Slfleser said each item went to the low bidder. ,County Commission Congratulates Library The efforts of the Summers presently providing a great County Library Board are to be service to our county and will commended and congratulated, do even greater in their new Through the foresight andfacility. humanitarianism of Hume K. The Summers County Nowlan with his generous iLibrary is a great asset to our memorial in memory of hiscounty, but the only waY to wife Pearl Noel Nowlan, the really appreciate it and the spark was ignited that has Summers County Library kindled the fu'e to provide Board is to use the facility. Summers County with a SEE YOU IN THE LIBRARY perpetual facility that is BiLly Joe Edwards, Pres. 1380 on your radio dial. of the downtown business city administration, t district. The building remodel- The members of the Library t ing is absolutely fantastic, Board of Directions are to be inside and out. commended for their efforts in Hinton can be proud of this bringing this fine facility to our ! beautiful facility, community, t I Mayor James A. Leslie, Jr. Lib A I ' I rac sset offers Since it opened in 1977 on and dwindling school funds, the Temple Street and Third library has supplemented the~ Avenue, the Summers County schools and provided a service 503 thermopane to the Public Library has been an which is used daily by students ~ ii invaluable assetto the and teachers. I I Summers County School As the library moves into its windows were [ County Public system. In addition to offering new location, we in the a large selection of fiction and Summers County School nonfiction books on almost any system say a heartfelt "Thank needed for subject and for readers of all you" and " Congratulations'. successtuny: n.. rq s ! reference books, study aids and to be an indispensible part of periodicals. In a time when we our community for many years have limited school libraries tocome, t our new Public Library Building. Window work performed by Hinton resident John AverilL Five Summers County people were employed to do work on the new library building. Photo by Fred Long. for the succes/ul restoration trzct We are excited over the accomplishments of our Summers County Library and extend our Congratulations on restoring our new library building. We serve Sunday dinner 7 days a week. Hinton By Pass t , i II I| I I i C Kerr Realtor to the ~t / for your accomplishments with our new library building. Its restoration has improved the downwwn appearance of Hinwn tremendously. I I I Ill I I I I ml We offer our to the irons on their successful restoration of our new public library building. live are proud m have you for e There has recently been a the Bluestone Reservoir. The The renovation of the old reawakening of interest in our Summers County Landmark National Bank of Summers culture and history. The hist- Commission has received a $4, building, a masive building of orical revitalization of the new 200 grant to do an archaecl- neo-Grecian architecture, is Summers County Library ogical and historical survey of an outstanding example of building is only one example of that part of Summers County quality restoration and utiliz- this overall movement in the which lies west of the New and ation of an historical building, direction for the development Bluestone Rivers. The New A library is an integral part of of a tourist industry. Other River Park Service has dilig- the infra-structure of a comm- examples are: the soon to be ently been collecting historical unity. It is not only a haven for published new History of Sum- data concerning Summers books, but also serves as a mers County by the Summers County during 1983. The Pence cultural center for the pre- County Historical Society, the Springs Prison (Hotel) has servation of our heritage, a acquisition and display of the recently been nominated to the public museum, and even more Mary and Lewis Shumate Ind- National Register of Historic it serves as a beacon of light, a ian Artifact Collection by Pipe- Places as has a 300 building symbol of the future, stem Park, the recent comple- segment of Hinton. If Hinton The restoration of this build- tion by the University of Kent- were to be designated to the ing is the first step in the tacky of an indepth archaol- National Register of Historic bringing about of the reality of ogical survey of the Green Places it would not only be a an historical district. It has Sulphur Springs which results National honor, but would be of taken place in an unassuming will soon be published. Robert prime economic potential as a way, quiet and very subtJely. Maslowski of the Army Coup of tourist attraction. It is in the The library , in this sense, has Engineers is in the process of present that we congratulate acted as a pioneer in the an archaological study of the those who have been instrum- development of the Hinton His- Bluestone Dam Reservoir, and ental in the development and torical District. Lynn Lady of the Corp has preservation of the structure recently published a history of that will soon house Summers Counties new Library, and it is to the future that this new library symbolizes, the first step in the reality of the dev- elopment of the new Hinton Historical District. Stephen Trail Chairperson Summers County Landmark Commission of our public library building. T And Our New Business Seven years ago lt~m.kntea wm fro' a total of OSJO0. Utilities in preparing the Ft..t, the new bafldlng should be less Nati~tal Bank building for a than the reag aad ufllitl~ being public library. Rent for use of paM mow according to the the building was $3,1W a year architect. Staff photo. and utilities about $1,600 a year, our neighbor. on rasteriq our now library building f/ore on the restoration of our library building.