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The Antler Room Brings an Artisan’s Hub to Franklin

“Enough with the election. Who wants a painting?” Amy Berg posted on her Facebook page last May. The West Virginia primary election had just passed, and she had just lost a hard fought battle for Pendleton County Circuit Clerk by fewer than 300 votes.

Undeterred, a new passion was blossoming in her life, and it was the popularity of her paintings that led to the opening of the Antler Room, which opens Jan. 6.

See the video below for more.

Celebrating the Season: Main Street Magic Featuring Sweets with Santa

The Pendleton County Chamber of Commerce will is sponsoring Main Street Magic featuring Sweets with Santa this Friday, Dec. 9.

The event will be held on Main Street in Franklin in front of the Church of God. If it becomes to cold outside, the event will be held at The Antler Room next door.

Kids are invited to visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. Kids can also bring their letters to Santa from him to take back to the North Pole.

2016 Election Results

summit_supercube_web_ready1With a 62% turnout, Pendleton County voters turned out in droves to cast their votes. Below are the unofficial results.

Donald J. Trump: 2,388
Hillary Clinton: 726
Gary Johnson: 73
Jill Stein: 18
Darrell Castle: 7

US House of Representatives (2nd District)
Alex Mooney: 2,010
Mark Hunt: 986

Bill Cole: 1,560
Jim Justice: 1,333
David Moran: 54
Charlotte Pritt: 164
Phil Hudok: 38

Secretary of State
Mac Waner: 1,628
Natalie Tennant: 1,130
John S. Buckley: 266

John “JB” McCuskey: 1,668
Mary Ann Claytor: 910
Brenton Ricketts 205

Ann Urling: 1,200
John Perdue: 1,549
Michael Young: 154

Commissioner of Agriculture
Kent Leonhardt: 1,263
Walt Helmick: 1,772
Buddy Guthrie: 77

Attorney General
Patrick Morrisey: 1,797
Doug Reynolds: 1,029
Karl Kolenich: 111
Michael Sharley: 50

State Senator (11th District)
Greg Boso: 1,420
Denise Campbell: 1,512
Bruce Zeno Breuninger: 67

House of Delegates (54th District)
Allen Evans: 761

House of Delegates (54th District)
Total is combined with Hardy County totals
Stephen Smith: 3,332
Isaac Sponaugle: 4,396
Tonya Persinger: 467

Circuit Clerk
Shalee Dunkle Wilburn: 2,537

County Commissioner
Gene McConnell: 2,597

County Clerk
Elise Miller White: 2,413

Prosecuting Attorney
Kevin C. Sponaugle: 2,418

Donald Hedrick 2,269
Kevin “Red Bone” Cross 531
Patrick Hottinger 345

Carolyn Sponaugle: 2,462






8:00 p.m. update:
The polls closed a half hour ago and the ballots from different precincts are gradually dropping their ballots in the courthouse. Stay tuned.

Pendleton County does not release their results until all ballots are counted. It will be a long night before any numbers are posted, but we will update any changes in the process.

Pendleton County Chamber of Commerce Honors the Community

Business and individual members of the Pendleton County Chamber of Commerce gathered Nov. 3 for the annual banquet and awards ceremony. This year’s dinner was held at the Highlands Golf Club at Fisher Mountain east of Franklin.

Tina Metzer was the guest speaker

Tina Metzer was the guest speaker

Tina Metzer of Eastern WV Community & Technical college’s New Biz Launchpad was the guest speaker, and talked of the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in small communities.


Winners in the awards ceremony were:

Small Business of the Year
Mountain Air Heating & Cooling
Other nominees: King Sings & Graphics, The Outhouse LLC

Environmentally Conscious Business
Pendleton County Farmers Market
Other nominees: Rainbow Farms, Pendleton County Health Department

Tourism Development
Warner’s Drive-In


Accepting the award were Mike Mallow, John Connor and Gail Price

Other nominees: Germany Valley Overlook Cabins, The Gendarme

Nonprofit of the Year
Sugar Grove Lions Club

Tom Mitchell accepted the award on behalf of the Sugar Grove Lions Club from Bill Loving, Pendleton Community Bank President

Tom Mitchell accepted the award on behalf of the Sugar Grove Lions Club from Bill Loving, Pendleton Community Bank President

Other nominees: Fort Seybert Heritage Education Association

Cornerstone Award
Summit Community Bank

summitaa Accepting the Cornerstone award was Kristin Dingess, Summit Community Bank Franklin Branch Manager.

Accepting the Cornerstone award was Kristin Dingess, Summit Community Bank Franklin Branch Manager.

Other nominees: Greer Industries, ParMar Stores

Young Professional of the Year
Josh Byers

Josh Byers accepted the Young Professional award from John Paul Hott of Hott Insurance

Josh Byers accepted the Young Professional award from John Paul Hott of Hott Insurance

Other nominees: Stuart Bowers, LeeAnn Shreve, Ryan Boggs

Outstanding Volunteer
Bruce Minor

Bruce Minor accepted the Volunteer Award from Carolyn Simmons

Bruce Minor accepted the Volunteer Award from Carolyn Simmons

Other nominees: Eve Firor, Alan Miller, Nila Bland, Bob & Millie Tuckerman

Leadership Award
Carole Hartman

Carole Hartman received the Leadership award from Grant County Bank President George Ford.

Carole Hartman received the Leadership award from Grant County Bank President George Ford.

Other nominees: Dave Seymour, Carl Warner, Rick Gillespie

Outstanding Businessperson
Mark Lambert
Other nominees: David O’Boyle, Jamie Hudson, Joe Harper

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. King Seegar
Other nominees: Paul Morton, Buster Waybright, Dyer Anderson


Halterman & Cooper Chosen as Homecoming Royalty

Luke Cooper and Hannah Halterman were chosen as the 2016 Pendleton County High School Homecoming King & Queen.

Other senior homecoming representatives were James Alt, Tanner Carr, Haley Hartman, Morgan Miller, Connor Hedrick and Caitlyn Wimer.

Crown bearers were Jonah Se and Aubrey Simmons.


Hannah Halterman and Luke Cooper with crown bearers Aubrey Simmons and Jonah See.

Look Outside! There’s a Hunter’s Supermoon

Sunday night marks the time of the year when the moon is closest to the Earth. Known as a supermoon, tonight’s moon also has the distinction of being a hunter’s moon.

According to National Geographic, the October moon “rises about 50 minutes later each day, while the October moon rises just 30 minutes later. That offers more light overall during a 24-hour day, which came in handy for traditional hunters.”

Take a look. It’s a bright one.

Wildcats Stuck in the Mud Against #1 East Hardy

Photo and Information Provided by Carl Holcomb, Moorefield Examiner

For the last few seasons the Pendleton County Wildcats have proved to be a spoiler against the Cougars of East Hardy, having beaten the Cougars in close games the past two seasons.

Despite last year’s loss, East Hardy went on to be the runner-up at the state tournament and Pendleton County was eliminated in the first round. This year, East Hardy sits atop the Division A state football rankings. Could the Wildcats prove to to be the spoiler again?

The Cougars slipped in the mud before against Pendleton County, but this time East Hardy pounced ferociously through the rain for 40-16 victory.

East Hardy meant business going up 27-0 by halftime which included long distance touchdown dialing by quarterback Corey McDonald to Aden Funkhouser (80 yards) and Brett Tharp (98 yards).

The Wildcats were stuck in the mud against a tenacious defense most of the night, but finally scored in the third quarter at 8:45 on a 40-yard run by Trey Cooper and Luke Cooper added the conversion. The Cougars responded with two more touchdowns.

Pendleton County found the end zone once again with 3:02 remaining as Luke Cooper scored from three yards out and connected with Trey Cooper for the conversion. East Hardy stood strong in the mud during this revenge attack.

24 No More – County’s Last 24-Hour Store Undergoing Changes

Main Street Shell has had a lot of changes over its 17-year life.

Long gone are the days of Mean Gene’s Burgers. The restaurant, named after wrestling interviewer Mean Gene Okerlund, was met with great fanfare. Its busy namesake even visited the small venue for the grand opening back in 1999.

Enthusiasm for the restaurant quickly faded, both locally and nationally, and the the chain all but disappeared in 2007. (This was mostly the result of a lawsuit between Okerlund and the restaurant chain’s parent company). Though we hear you can still get a Blazin’ Cajun Burger in Guam.

Longer gone still are the days of Texaco. That bright red T-embedded star hung over the intersection of Routes 220 & 33 next to Pendleton County’s only stoplight. The sign that was its home traded it out for a Shell logo early in the last decade.

Among all of the changes one thing stayed the same – the convenience store part was always open 24 hours.

That changed Sept. 9. According to a signs that have been posted at the store for several weeks, the new hours are listed as 4 a.m. to 12 p.m.

With this, the county will be left without a 24-hour store. The next nearest options being in Petersburg, Elkins or Harrisonburg, Va., depending where residents live.

The change comes just a few months after Main Street Shell was purchased by Par Mar Stores. The Marietta, Ohio based business also owns the Exxon station on the opposite end of Franklin.

“It was purely a business decision,” according to Brian Waugh, Chief Operating Officer of Par Mar Stores. [The store manager] showed us the facts – that we weren’t doing any business during those hours.  Nothing more, or less than that.”

Though Waugh stated that no changes were planned for the restaurant side at this time, he did say there are more changes coming to the convenience store side in the coming months.

“We will be making this store a BP in the fall, with all new graphics, canopy and gas price sign.”

The gas canopy lights off at 1 a.m. was the only indicator that Main Street Shell is now closed between midnight at 4 a.m.

The gas canopy lights off at 1 a.m. was the only indicator that Main Street Shell is now closed between midnight at 4 a.m.

The Savannah Sipping Society Coming to Smith Creek Playhouse

The Pendleton County Committee for the Arts will be presenting The Savannah Sipping Society, a comedy by Jones, Hope & Wooten at Smith Creek Playhouse during Treasure Mountain Festival and the following weekend.

The Jones, Hope & Wooden writing team have been responsible for penning past comedies at the playhouse such as Dearly Beloved, Dixie Swim Club, ‘Til Beth Do Us Part, Rex’s Exes and several more. Jamie Wooten is best known for being a writer on the hit show The Golden Girls. It shows in their writing, as many of the plays focus on older, stronger female characters.

In this delightful comedy, four southern women are drawn together by fate and an impromptu Happy Hour, decide its time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life that they’ve lost through the years.

Meet Randa (played by Jane Conrad), a perfectionist and workaholic, Dot (played by Rhonda Nash), a recent widow, Marla Faye (played by Charlotte Hoover), a boisterous Texas gal, and Jinx (played by Traci Mallow), a spunky gal who offers to be a life coach for the women.

If you’re looking for lots of laughter and good entertainment, come out to Smith Creek Playhouse.

Show dates and times are Sept. 16 & 17 at 7:00 p.m., Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. The play will also be presented Sept. 23 & 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $7 and doors will open a half hour before the show. Call (304) 358-2400 for reservations.

Warner’s Drive-In to Reopen Sept. 9!

Community Support Revitalizes Franklin Landmark

drive in sideFrom the official press release:

“The Pendleton Community and surrounding areas have outdone themselves,” said Bob Davis, Chairman of the Warner Drive-In Cultural and Resource Center (WDI) Board of Directors. “So much so, that we are ready to open the gates again.”

Located in Franklin, Warner’s Drive-In, which closed two years ago because of the high cost of converting to a digital projector, will re-open on Friday, Sept. 9 with the Disney Pixar movie “Finding Dory”.
“The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming,” stated Jessica Basagic, Treasurer of WDI. “Volunteers have helped every step of the way and have raised enough money to purchase the digital projector, upgrade the concession stand and make improvements to the property.”

Tickets will be $5 for ages 12 and older, $2 for kids 5-11 and Free for kids under 5.

“We are so excited for the Community to see what has been accomplished so far”, added board member Brianna Bruns. “The interior of the concession stand has been totally redone with new refrigerators, deep fryers, popcorn popper and a gas grill.”

WDI became a non-profit corporation in April of this year and retained a two-year lease on the Warner Drive-In property. The Warner Drive-In Board has 18 months to raise the $150,000 needed to purchase the land.

“Now that we have an opening date, the next round of fundraising will begin,” stated Kim Ruddle, also a board member of WDI. “We are working on a fundraising campaign that will include letters to landowners and former residents of the area to purchase the property and support future plans for the Drive-In.”
Opening the drive-in to show movies is just one aspect of the program of work. As a non-profit corporation, the WDI plans to construct a stage at the base of the screen, repair the roof and interior of the building inside the screen, and put up a pavilion at the back of the property.

WDI Vice Chairman Dr. King Seegar speculated, “The possibilities for students are the most original of all. A wider audience could be attracted for student-produced music, dance and theater by utilizing the stage and building. The seasonal use of the facility will be extended to weekdays and as a three-season venue with the indoor pavilion.”

For more information check out or on Facebook at Warner’s Drive-In.

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