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Charleston MARCH 2022

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TMS Publishing Dan Lanham 304-345-0654 Contributing Writers Leslie Bonham Happening Around Town P6 M. Lynne Squires Looking Back: at the WV Schools for the Colored Deaf & Blind P10 Melody Pittman Weekend Traveler Land Between the Lakes PP16-17 Publisher Dan Lanham Creative Director Lincoln Banry Photographer Michael Bell

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Happening Around Town

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Looking Back

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Happening Around Town

After a colder and snowier winter than usual, “March Madness” and “Spring Fever” cannot come soon enough! Most indoor venues still require or request wearing masks, especially for the unvaccinated. “Mountain Stage”, while selling tickets for full capacity, requires masks, and offers live-streaming for anyone. While the live-streaming is free, donations are appreciated. Throughout March and April, there is a fascinating exhibition at the CraikPatton House. “Seventeen Men: Portraits of African American Civil War Soldiers” is the result of the discovery of an album containing Civil War photographs of men primarily from Company G of the 25th United States Colored Troops Infantry Regiment. Life size portraits and detailed biographies are on display for this free exhibit. The 6th Celtic Calling Gathering will be held in Charleston the first weekend of March. It will feature music, dance, sporting events, cultural presentations, and film & theater. On Saturday, the 5th, there will be an attempt at the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Unicorn Horns”! That will be at Haddad Riverfront Park at 3pm.

and details. A 2-Day National Boxing Tournament, the Gary Toney Memorial Tournament, will also be held at the CC&CC. Shawnee Sports Complex will be the site for two soccer tournaments this month. The Clay Center will present “March Science Madness Round 1” on Saturdays at 12pm and 2pm. The whole family will enjoy watching famous scientists from history battle it out. YOU decide who will be the “ultimate science winner”. The Clay Center will also be the venue for “Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor Class with Ellie Schaul”. The class will be held on Thursdays from Mar. 10 to Apr. 14. The cost is $150. Advance registration is required. After surviving two full years of a global pandemic, Charleston is coming to life in many exciting ways. The $36.8 million allocation for Charleston from the American Rescue Plan Act is being carefully invested in several areas, including updated parks, playgrounds, and the new City Center. The City Center, at Slack Plaza, will be home to KRT, food trucks, live entertainment, and children’s events.

“March Madness” WV style, returns to the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center (CC&CC) this year with the WVSSAC Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments. Check the CC&CC website for specific schedules

“Conde Nast Traveler” magazine has selected West Virginia as one the of 22 best places in the WORLD to visit in 2022! With the “New River Gorge National Park & Preserve” only about 90 minutes away, Charleston will certainly be a “go-to” destination for everyone!

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“Seventeen Men: Portraits of African American Civil War Soldiers”, 10am, Craik-Patton House, cost: FREE

“The Price Is Right Live”, 7pm, Municipal Auditorium, cost: TBA

“Celtic Calling with The Company Stores”, 7pm, Rock City Cake Company, cost: $15

“Largest Gathering of People Wearing Unicorn Horns”, 3pm, Haddad Riverfront Park, cost: FREE

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“East Coast College Showcase”, Shawnee Sports Complex, cost: TBA

“Gary Toney Memorial Tournament”, CC&CC, cost: $15

“5K Kilt/Run 2K Walk”, 9am, Spring Hill Cemetery & Arboretum, cost: varies

“March Science Madness Round 1”, 12pm, 2pm, Clay Center, cost: varies

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“PBR: Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Capital City Classic”, 7pm, CC&CC, cost: varies

“Mountain Stage”: featuring J2B2, Della Mae, Tray Wellington Band, Crys Matthews, and TBA; 7pm, WV Culture Center, cost: $30

“Tracy Lawrence + Clay Walker”, 7:30pm, Municipal Auditorium, cost: varies

“Sound Checks- Cha Wa”, 6:30pm, Clay Center Walker Theater, cost: TBA

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“KVRA Model Train and Craft Show”, 10am, CC&CC, cost: varies

“WVSO Harry Potter vs Star Wars”, 7:30pm, Clay Center, cost: varies

“Mountain Stage”: featuring Ben Sollee, AHI, Peter Mulvey, SistaStrings, and Kyshona; 7pm, WV Culture Center, cost: $30

“Hairspray”, 7:30, Clay Center, cost: varies

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“L.O.L. Surprise! Live”, 6pm, Clay Center, cost: TBA

“Battle In The Mountains”, Shawnee Sports Complex, cost: varies

“Woody Hawley: Amy Speace with Chris Haddox”, 7:30pm, Clay Center Walker Theater, cost: TBA

“CoComelon LIVE! JJ’s Journey”, 6pm, Municipal Auditorium, cost: TBA

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FORT HILL - Large kitchen and dining area, kitchen has newer appliances and granite countertops spacious living room with a huge family room in lower area opens to wooded lot. Contact Mat Currey for more information or showing 304-419-4438

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CHARLESTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Massive 4 unit with 4 garage or storage areas in alley. 3 one bed units with a large 2 story 2-bedroom unit ready for you to rent. Contact Mat Currey for more information or showing 304-419-4438

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Looking Back

By: M. Lynne Squires West Virginia Schools for the Colored Deaf and Blind Part of that land eventually became the academic community at Institute. Over the years, the West Virginia Schools for the Colored Deaf and Blind campus grew to five buildings. The Main Building, the one-story West Building for classrooms, a braille library and a playroom, and the East Building housing classrooms for deaf students. The fourth building housed a garage and a mop and broom-making shop. The fifth building added an auditorium/ gymnasium designed by Charleston Black architect John C. Norman in 1950. The staff included a superintendent, a supervisor hired for each boy and girls dormitory, a matron, a cook, an assistant cook, a general utility man, and an attending physician.

A love story and a tragedy are intertwined in the journey of the formation of the West Virginia Schools for the Colored Deaf and Blind. After West Virginia became a state in 1863, attention to children’s education within the state grew. But sadly, not for students with disabilities. Howard Hille Johnson, a blind educator, petitioned the WV State Legislature to include deaf and blind students in educational opportunities. The first school opened in Romney in 1870 for white students. The WV Constitution, adopted in 1872, decreed black and white students could not be educated in the same institution. Through an arrangement with the state, deaf black students were sent to a school for the deaf in Baltimore, Maryland. This practice continued from 1881 until 1926. The legislation was passed in 1919 to create an institution to educate West Virginia’s colored deaf and blind. A provision was included that the entire faculty and staff must be black. However, they didn’t appropriate funding, which delayed the school’s opening until September of 1926. When the school finally opened, 16 deaf and 11 blind students aged 6 to 25 were enrolled. By year’s end, the number had increased to 37 students from 11 West Virginia counties. Between 1926 and 1951, 102 deaf and 68 blind students were admitted to the West Virginia Schools for the Colored Deaf and Blind. The property acquired had been that of a plantation owned by Samuel I. Cabell, a white man. He fell in love with one of his slaves and raised a family with her and their 13 children. Angry white neighbors killed him, but he had made provisions that his life partner and their children would inherit his land and money.

The curriculum included beauty culture, barbering, shoe repair, dry cleaning, chair caning, broom making, leathercraft, and rug weaving. Much of the school’s growth was due to the superintendent’s leadership, James L. Hill. His term came to a tragic end in April of 1934. After he and 8 of his staff were asked to testify before the West Virginia Board of Control, the supervisory body of the school, an audit was reported to the board, “the financial affairs of that institution are in bad condition.” The following day, Mr. Hill called a staff meeting with students present. During that meeting, he pulled a pistol from his trousers, shot, and killed two staff members, and wounded two others. He then went to his office and shot himself behind a locked door. On June 9, 1954, just after the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, the WV State Board of Education called for the development of a plan for integration. In September of 1955, the WV Schools for Colored Deaf and Blind students were moved to Romney to continue their education. The school’s property became the WV Rehabilitation Center, which opened in August of 1955 to train the blind and severely disabled for employment. The center closed to students in 2007 but continued with administrative work until 2011. In 2013, West Virginia State University acquired the property, which consisted of 15 buildings and nearly 20 acres. The West Virginia Schools for Colored Deaf and Blind was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2021. Next month Looking Back reflects on the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta history.

Email your responses about the West Virginia Schools for the Colored Deaf and Blind or requests for locations you’d like Looking Back to visit to Squires’ book Looking Back at Charleston is a compilation of 24 essays and color photos from her column and is available on Amazon. Visit

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1112 Louden Heights, Charleston, WV

HISTORIC ONE OF A KIND FIND located minutes from Charleston’s best schools, Bridge Road Shops, Carriage Trail and downtown Charleston. Escape into another world the minute you pull into your driveway. Custom built in 1910 and restored by its talented owners, 1112 Loudon Heights Rd. o ers many details within and in the detached “barn”. Located on 2.81A the setting is private and authentic with many birds, wild owers and perennials. Details including wood paneling, old beams and handmade wooden door latches are original to the house. The owners designed and customized the period kitchen and pantry area and added the large patio. Hidden behind the custom “barn” door, the heated and cooled garage accommodates 2 cars and a small boat and includes a half bath. The barn was built by the owners to house his cabinet shop. It is laid out so that the second oor cabinet shop can be converted to an apartment if desired. Contact listing agent, Vickie McLaughlin, for a beautifully written letter of the home’s history, updates, by the seller, to book a tour and for all other information regarding the property.


1205 Virginia St, E. Charleston, WV 25301 Joseph Miller, Broker of Record Vickie King McLaughlin, Salesperson

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MONTGOMERY. Beautiful executive home located on the Kanawha River. Swim in the in-ground pool, fish from the dock or launch a boat. Freshly painted with glistening hardwoods, new carpet, a media room and a great room with wet bar and fireplace. $349,900

MONTGOMERY - Historic home - Gorgeous HW floors, high ceilings and large tiled front porch are just a few of the amenities - two spacious rooms on the third floor could be converted into 4th and 5th bedrooms - it must be seen to appreciate its warmth and its many unique features. $164,900


BOOMER. This home sits on almost a half acre of property with a breath-taking view of the Kanawha River. With a little tender, loving care this could be the “home on the river” you have always wanted. $40,000

SAINT ALBANS. Large flat lot with river frontage. Conveniently located and easily accessible. No zoning or B & O taxes. Several possible uses. Could be commercial or residential. $65,000


MONTGOMERY. Well maintained 4-stall car wash. Also includes building with 3 bays. Situated on 2 corner lots. Building would be perfect for detailing business, mechanic’s garage or storage. Only car wash in the Upper Kanawha Valley! $99,900

MONTGOMERY. Beautifully updated 2-unit duplex. Each side contains 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths. New metal roof, double pane windows and flooring. Live in one side and rent the other. $109,000


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Your Charleston connection to real estate at the

Office: 304.720.12 Cell: 304.419.1919 REALTOR®, CRS, GRI SALESPERSON

Joseph Miller, Broker of Record , 1205 Virginia St. East Charleston, WV 25301

Gated country estate with 98+ acres of ATV & horseback riding trails, pasture & forest views. The home boasts a gourmet kitchen, game room, wine cellar, and grand movie theater with concession stand. 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, this home will fit any sized family! Outside, the huge patio boasts an outside kitchen with built in grills for summer entertaining! To maintain the property, there is an additional oversized 2 car garage and shop.

Gated 17-ac property in prestigious South Hills neighborhood offers privacy and lovely woodland views, yet the convenience of being minutes from downtown, shopping, & airport. Large flat yard, indoor swimming pool, hiking trails, and plenty of room for horses, hunting, or other outdoor pursuits. Well-constructed 6BR, 5.5BA brick home built in 2003 featuring a gourmet kitchen with subzero, Miele, & Bosch appliances, walls of windows, 3 fireplaces, home theater. 100+ acres of adjacent land avail.

Amazing-Classical Design- Custom details throughout with top grade quality. 5 BR and 5 FB. Slate entry way, open floor plan with most centered view of Capitol Dome throughout the house and outdoor patio areas. BR and FB on Main Floor along with Living and Formal Dining rooms. Kitchen with Granite and Williams Cabinetry. Home office on 3rd Floor overlooking Master Suite featuring 18’ ceilings. Finished lower-level w Rec, 5th BR and FB. Elevator access to all floors.

This Beautiful East End home is currently being used as a Law Office but is very much a magnificent residence as well! This home boasts 7 beds, 5 full baths & 1 half baths with over 7000sqft of living space. Sits on a corner lot & is surrounded by an amazing array of trees & shrubs which are all enclosed by Wrought Iron fencing to include the huge parking area in the rear. Home was built in 1899 & the craftsmanship still shine through! Own, Live, or Work in a piece of West Virginia History today!

Nestled in the middle of South Hills, close to shops & downtown sits this beautiful, wooded, 5+ acre estate! Built in 1941, this 5BD, 4.5 BA home still exudes that cottage like charm & privacy that so many are looking for in today’s market. The spacious gathering areas & large bedrooms will accommodate the largest of families & is perfect for those who love to entertain! Located in one of Charleston’s premier school districts & boasting over 5000 Sq.Ft. of living space. This retreat is a must see!

2 Bd 2 Ba Loft/Condo next to Appalachian Power Park. This home boasts exposed original brick walls, beautiful hardwood & tile flooring, extensive crown molding, & 9+ Ft ceilings throughout. Chef’s kitchen w/ SS appliances, marble counters and center isle for food prep & dining. Ample closet space w/ custom built ins. W/D incld. Bldg. has secure access w gated parking & coded entry to foyer & the one car garage. Common areas incl the main entry and Roof Top patio overlooking the Ball Park.

Gorgeous home with oversized two car garage, first floor Master suite, beautiful granite countertops, private screened porch, beautifully landscaped yard and extra lot! This spectacular and immaculate home comes with a huge list of updates and upgrades such as a new roof in 2013, new downstairs heating and cooling in 2012, whole house generator in 2020 and much more. This home is a must see! Call for your private showing today!

4 Bedroom 2 Bath Ranch Style home in convenient South Charleston location. Open living and Dining rooms w/ Fireplace. Hardwood floors throughout. Updated HVAC and newer roof. Lower-level rec. Peaceful outdoor sitting areas. Close to shops, schools, and interstate access.

Nestled on a wooded lot in the heart of Fort Hill, this move-in ready retreat is just minutes from downtown and Southridge! This beautiful 4 bed, 3 full bath home comes with Oak flooring on the main level, remodeled bathrooms and kitchen. This home boasts a new architectural shingle roof in 2015, new water tank in 2016, composite decking and a fully finished basement with bedroom and full bath.

Beautiful Victorian Condo in Historic East End! Immaculate and beautifully restored, this home features a great open floor plan, pocket doors, marble fireplaces, charming hardwood floors, open kitchen/dining area, and lower-level rec room. this 3-story condo is completely move in ready and conveniently located to downtown, medical facilities, dining and shopping.

Affordable convenient living best describes this lovely 1 BD, Terrace Park East 1st floor condo, located just 2 blocks from the Capitol Complex on Kanawha Blvd. This unit comes w/ a W/D in the unit & you can walk out the patio door to the huge common area & pool. The HOA fee is $284.34 monthly & covers basic cable TV, Water, & Trash. Other amenities include parking, common room, laundry facilities, & huge pool & common area.

Carefree living at its best! Enjoy the condo life in this beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath condo in downtown Charleston! Walk to downtown and the eateries on Capitol St as well as the river and the activities there. beautiful common areas, gated parking and beautiful river views are just a few of the amenities available when you live here! The HOA fee covers the following: Water, Sewer, Electric, trash removal and building insurance.

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180 40th St, Nitro $147,500, 3BR. 2BA. Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with Master bedroom, bathrooms & laundry on main floo .

201 Cyrus Point, Charleston $360,000, 5BR. 4.5BA. Stunning and updated 2-story home located in the desirable South Hills area of Charleston!

448 18th St, Dunbar $129,000, 3BA, 1BA on a nice, flat corner lot this ranch style home features hardwood floo s in great shape, a nice detached garage, fenced yard, and a list of upgrades!

16656 Daniel Boone Pky, Peytona $175,000, 3BR. 2BA. This home is fully remodeled in 2021. Open floor plan, Spacious living room/dining room combination.


53 Lively Rd, S Charleston $42,000, Gorgeous 3+ Acre lot in the desirable Chestnut Ridge Subdivision. Close to Southridge Shopping Centers and in the G.W. School District.

410 Ruffner ve, Charleston $50,000, 3BR. 2BA. INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Charming 2-story on the Historical East End of Charleston offers endless opportunities! Do not miss out on this amazing deal!

101 Circle Dr, Charleston $265,000, 4BR. 3BA. In the heart of Cross Lanes, this ranch style home offers so much for the money. Currently used as a residence but has excellent commercial potential!

5130 MacCorkle Avenue $599,000, Investment opportunity! Endless opportunity here! Interior offers 2-full bathrooms, washer and dryer hookups, and kitchen.

228 Kanawha Two Mile Rd $75,000, 3BR 2BA. Stunning mobile home nestled in the hills of North Charleston!

811 Edgewood Ct, Charleston $249,000, Great investment opportunity! This triplex offers endless potential! Maybe live in a unit and rent out the other two?


1911 Pine Manor, Charleston $210,000, Charming ranch styled farmhouse sitting on a whopping 12 acres!

1333 Virginia St E., Charleston $305,000, 5BR. 1BA. 3HBA. City living starts here! This stunning 3-story home zoned for Residential and Commercial is located in the Historical East End of Charleston!

0 Olympus Rd, Charleston $17,500, Great location and a recentlycleared lot! Beautiful piece of buildable land, very central, ample opportunity abounds!

17-18 Clover Patch Ac, Sissonville $18,000, Premium 2.29 Acre lot sitting in the Sissonville Area of Charleston! Lots are located in the Clover Patch Acres subdivision and are prime for development.

5151A State Rt 10, Barboursville $175,000, 3BR. 2BA .Don’t miss this cute ranch home! It boasts many updates from a newer roof, fresh paint and a new oven to a one year old septic and newer shed!

131 Winners Cir, Hurricane $199,000, 3BR. 2BA. Beautiful 3-level split home in the desirable City of Hurricane sitting on .55 acres of land!

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We’re continually on the hunt for opportunities to add richness to our lives. In the time of the road trip revival, we are proud to feature a monthly section featuring destinations within driving distance of Charleston that make for a great getaway. We feel that our worldly and devoted readers will find these places int resting.


LAND between the lakes, KY/TN

By: Melody Pittman

Photo by Melody Pittman.

Driving six hours southwest from Charleston brings you to Land Between the Lakes, a region in Kentucky and Tennessee that is one of the coolest places you’ll find. This lesser-known gem, a national recreation area, is a great getaway for those who love the outdoors, nature, wildlife, and gettin off the beaten path. It has 170,000 acres to do just that. LBL (Land Between the Lakes) sits between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.


If you like to fish, you are going to love LBL. Forests are abundant in the area, so hunting is yet another activit . The property is used for licensed deer, turkey, and squirrel hunting

but you can o en see them free just down the road by the main drag at the south bison range. Woodlands Nature Station is another scenic area to visit with an 8,500-acre Nature Watch Area.

Even the drive itself through LBL is exceptional in every way. Stop to enjoy historical markers and sites (the iron furnace, for one), migratory birds, herds of bison, and wildfl wers. The Elk and Bison Prairie, full of beautiful prairie grasses and several dozen bison and elk, costs $5 to drive through,

A fun family activity would be visiting Golden Pond Planetarium, a NASA Educator Resource Center. Start with the planetarium show in the 360-degree domed theater to learn about the solar system. The laser light show is a highlight

Photo by Melody Pittman.

Photo by Melody Pittman.

You may be surprised to know that this region sees 1.5 million visitors a year and is o en thought of as a national park by those who visit. Hiking and biking are highly popular, with 500 miles of trails. But not to worry, you can get out on the lakes, too, for boatin , kayaking, paddleboarding, and water skiing as LBL o ers 300 miles of shoreline. There are beach areas for swimming, places to rent boats and equipment, and two welcome stations in the north and south. 16 | MARCH 2022

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ekend Traveler

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for the kids. Check out Rocking U Riding Stables is where to go for guided horseback trail rides or pony rides.

Photo by Melody Pittman.

Kentucky Hot Brown, but Pa s is famous for the 1-2” pork chops. You can also play mini-golf and go gold panning on the property.

Photo by Melody Pittman.

All ages will enjoy the Homeplace 1850s, a 170year old working farm with costumed interpreters, pioneer homes, outbuildings, and farm animals, including Border Leicester sheep, pigs, chickens, and mules. Guaranteed, you will learn something at this one-of-a-kind att action and maybe witness tobacco curing, sheep shearing, or gardening.


Echo Charlie’s is another fun Kentucky restaurant at the Eddy Creek Marina Resort in Eddyville. A er a crisp salad, hearty appeti ers, or fresh fish dish, save room for the peach, pecan, or blackberry cobblers. Paris, Tennessee, the neighbor to Dover, has Sweet Jordans, an elevated co ee and pastries shop with excellent sandwiches, soups, and salads. They also have tasty breakfast sandwiches.

Photo by Melody Pittman.


In the southern part of LBL, Dover is home to historic Fort Donelson, the fi st signifi ant Union victory in the Civil War, where General Simon Buckner formally surrendered to his long-time colleague, General Ulysses Grant. You can drive to the Civil War sites by following the Fort Donelson National Battl field Tour markers and reading the informati e plaques.

There are no restaurants in the LBL region, so you will need to exit into a town for food. Pa s 1880s Settleme t, in Grand Rivers, is one of the most fantastic places you’ll find to eat, drink, and be merry in 11 gorgeous dining rooms, plus do some shopping in the process. Pa s is a full-scale complex, a recreated historical log cabin village housed around the restaurant. The restaurant serves fantastic food and wonderful pies (try the sawdust). My favorite dish is the

LBL has camping options, ranging from tent camping and RV parks to cabin rentals. The camping season runs 3/1 through 11/30, with one or two open year-round. Two campground choices are Energy Lake (48 lake sites), with four primiti e cabin rentals, a beach swimming area for campers only and a playground, and Piney Campground, 384 sites for camping and RVing, with around 20 cabins that can sleep four to eight.

Photo by Melody Pittman.

In Dover, Hillbilly’s BBQ is delicious for BBQ meats, beans, and coleslaw. Cafe Doughver is good for co ee drinks, sweets, and a few sandwich choices.


Photo by Melody Pittman.

I recommend staying in Dover, TN, or Grand Rivers, KY. In Grand Rivers, Pa s 1880’s Settleme t has accommodations including Pa s Inn & Suites (58 rooms in the lake area) and The Rose of the Lake bed and breakfast. Breakfast is complimentary at both places. Photo by Melody Pittman.

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AT T E N T I O N Registered Nurses and Licensed Social Workers

We are seeking Contract RN’s and or Licensed Social Worker’s to perform Prenatal and Infant home visits throughout the state of WV. The program we administer to is a Medicaid program called Right From The Start, where our services are FREE and support mothers, their new babies and their families by helping create a safe, nurturing home. Extremely competitive pay rates. Perfect Candidate would be someone who doesn’t need benefits and is looking for part/full time work. Previous Case Management, Labor/delivery, Pediatric, or Mother/Baby experience preferred but not required.

Interested candidates should send RÉSUMÉ to: Right Start, LLC PO Box 5321 Charleston, WV 25361-0321 or email: 18 | MARCH 2022

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