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The History of Mineral County John Lederer, a German physician, is believed to be the first European to set foot in what is now Mineral County. As an employee of Sr. William Berkeley, the colonial governor of Virginia, Lederer explored the area that is now Mineral County in 1669. In 1730, the first recorded grants of land in West Virginia were made to Isaac and John VanMeter in what is now the Frankfort District of Mineral County. Nineteen years later, Fort Ohio was built in what is now Ridgeley. It was followed by Fort Ashby, which still stands in the town of the same name, in 1755. Fort Ashby is the last standing unit in the chain of forts built under the orders of George Washington. Other forts were later built near present day Short Gap, Headsville, and Keyser. Mineral County was formed in 1856 from a section of Hampshire County. Its name came from the abundant mineral resources found there - especially coal. Places of historic interest include Carskadon Mansion on Radical Hill in Keyser, Traveler’s Rest on the Northwestern Turnpike (U.S. Route 50) between Keyser and Burlington, the Claysville Church at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and state Route 93, and Stewart’s Tavern in Short Gap, among others. Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln, was born on Mike’s Run near Keyser, where a one-room log cabin representative of the home in which she would have lived is located today. Keyser is the county seat of Mineral County, and was named for William Keyser, who was vice-president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The city was incorporated in 1874. It was formerly known as

Paddytown, named after Patrick McCarthy, son of one of the original settlers. During the Civil War it was known as New Creek. New Creek was the scene of numerous military engagements, and was a supply point for both armies in the Civil War. It changed hands 14 times during the war. One of the more daring raids on the Union troops in nearby Cumberland, Md., was pulled off by a band of southern sympathizers who came from what is now Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy and Grant counties. Led by Capt. John Hanson McNeill, they became known as “McNeill’s Rangers.” J.B. Walton was awarded the contract to erect the first courthouse in Mineral County around 1868 in what is now Keyser. His bid was $11,400. Early court records show additional expenditures, after the completion of the building. These included digging and walling a water well, $72; placing a picket fence around the courthouse property, $25 and constructing outhouses, $96. This three-story brick and stone building, the original courthouse, is still being used today. It has a 55-foot tower at the main entrance and an addition has been constructed in the back. Today, the county is valued for its efforts to restore many of its historical locations, including Carksadon Mansion, Traveler’s Rest, Fort Ashby and Stewart’s Tavern. It is also known for several rustic outdoor recreational sites. Some of the best trout fishing in the nation can be found at Barnum, W.Va., and regular whitewater releases in the North Branch of the Potomac from Barnum to nearby Bloomington, Md., offer a rugged and exciting challenge for kayakers.

(above) Fort Ashby was built in 1755 by order of George Washington. (below) The Mineral County Courthouse was erected in 1868.


The Pride of Mineral County Jonah Edward Kelley

was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic action during World War II in Kesternich, Germany, in 1945. Kelley led his company, the 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th “Lightning” Division, through fierce mortar and firearm attacks on barricaded houses. Although he was wounded once in the back and once in his left arm, he refused to withdraw from battle. He managed to rush one house, killing three enemies and clearing the way for his squad to advance. He also killed a sniper with a single shot. He continued to guide his men, never leaving them to seek medical attention. Kelley attacked the enemy single-handedly while continuous shots reeked havoc on his body. He died moments later. An award named in his memory is given to an outstanding senior boy every year at Keyser High School.

Walter E. “Jack” Rollins

, a native of Mineral County, wrote the lyrics to the popular children’s songs, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.” Rollins was born in Keyser on Sept. 15, 1906, but shortly after he turned 18 he moved to Pittsburgh to work at a glass plant. Rollins sold songs for extra money, but didn't pursue songwriting as a career until he was 40. Rollins returned to his hometown after his death in January 1973; he is buried in Queen's Point Memorial Cemetery. Rollins will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 15, 2011.

James A. “Aubrey” Stewart

of Piedmont left his steady job and loving family to fulfill his sense of duty to the United States military. Despite being 36 years old, Stewart volunteered for military service in 1942 and joined the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, an all-black outfit, in Oklahoma. On June 29, 1944, Stewart and his comrades landed on Utah Beach, Normandy. Stewart was able to elude death and seek refuge in Wereth, Belgium. The Nazis were quick to find them, and although they surrendered, the soldiers were taken to a field where they were tortured with bayonets and killed. A memorial now stands at the site of the murders, dedicated to the soldiers now known as the “Wereth 11.” It is rumored to be the only memorial to African-American soldiers in World War II in Europe.

Don Redman

of Piedmont began playing the trumpet at the age of 3 and joined his first band at the age of 6. Redman was a profound musician who learned to play the oboe, piano, saxophone, and clarinet. He attended Storer's College in Harper's Ferry and went on to join Billy Page's Broadway Syncopaters. Shortly after, he began composing arrangements using his own technique that was much more sophisticated than his predecessors. He led the way for what is now known as “jazz-oriented big band swing.” His innovations were put to use in many decades to come. Redman composed the classics “Sugar Foot Stomp” and The Stampede.”

John Kruk, ESPN analyst and former Major League baseball player, began his notable baseball ca-

reer at Keyser High School, followed by Potomac State College and Allegany Community College. Kruk's professional career took off after being drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1981. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies team that made it to the World Series in 1993. Kruk was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1994 and one year later he retired from baseball by simply walking off the field during a game in Baltimore. He has worked for ESPN since 2004 as a studio analyst for “Baseball Tonight.”

Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr.

, originally of Piedmont, is an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor, and public intellectual. As the host of the 2006 and 2008 PBS television miniseries “African American Lives,” Gates explored the genealogy of prominent African Americans. He serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, where he is director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Now with Black in Latin America, his 11th title for PBS, Gates gently eviscerates the fixed idea-held especially by North Americans who think ofrace in terms of black and white-that long centuries of racial mixing can somehow eradicate racism. It will air in four parts, starting on April 19. In each episode, Gates travels to another part of the Latin-Caribbean world where he discovers racial conflicts and justifications that appear, to an American, entirely strange.

William Edward Shuck Jr.

was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1952. Shuck grew up in Ridgeley and graduated from Ridgeley High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed as a machine gun squad leader during the Korean war. On July 3, 1952, Shuck was killed by sniper fire while evacuating casualties. His wife, Victoria Shuck, was presented the medal by Vice President Richard Nixon on Sept. 9, 1953.


David Vanscoy

A letter from... President

Mineral County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is a force for progress in Mineral County. As the voice of business and industry, we take our responsibilities with much seriousness. Our area is truly on the threshold of great advancements. The Mineral County area offers “Mountains of Opportunities” to new and expanding businesses and industry, We offer a superior quality of life that blends small town values and friendliness with the educational service and cultural amenities of a big city. The Chamber is constantly working with economic development to support existing business and bring new business into the area, thereby providing more jobs, more customers and more prospects. We invite you to join our efforts and promote the betterment of our community and the prosperity of business throughout our county. With your help, we can make Mineral County an even better place to live, work and play. “Commerce” is our name.

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Anne Palmer

A letter from... Executive Director

Mineral County Chamber of Commerce I am pleased to present to you the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce Community Guide and Business Referral Directory. This guide is one of the most important resources for residents and businesses, whether you are new to the area, considering locating a business here, or are presently a Chamber of Commerce member. The people, businesses, and organizations in this guide are dedicated to making Mineral County a better place. The Chamber of Commerce constantly strives to maintain a membership that is representative of the businesses in this area, and exists to promote and develop the general welfare and prosperity of Mineral County. This year, as well as in the future, when you are doing business in this area, remember that our Chamber members are working hard for you and for the community. I encourage you to support the businesses represented in the following pages. If you are not a member of the Chamber, please join us in our overall vision for the future of Mineral County by building a stronger and better community. There is great potential for growth and success in Mineral County. By working together we will be able to achieve our goals for the future ... and will be able to take great pride in the work that we do here. I hope that you will find this directory to be a very useful and enjoyable tool in learning about our county and in locating the many local businesses and services that we have to offer here.

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A letter from... Executive Director

Mineral County Development Authority

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One of the most important aspects of economic and community development in Mineral County is taking care of what we have. In the parlance of the economic development professional, it’s Business Retention and Expansion. In an effort to keep our county businesses strong, we visit them on a regular basis. Some of the larger businesses include ATK, Automated Packaging, IBM, Potomac State College of WVU and NewPage’s Luke Mill. The paper mill is physically located in both Maryland and West Virginia and employs people from both states, as well as Pennsylvania and Virginia, as do the other businesses mentioned. There are businesses of all sizes in the county, from the mom-and-pop operation that supports a small family to those of about 1,500 employees. They are all important and we want them to prosper. Small business is the backbone of both the state and national economy and we need to focus our attention there and give those businesses as much assistance as possible. West Virginia has one of the best employer training programs in the country, with dollars available to assist companies to help train employees. This is something I will be talking to the Mineral County Board of Education about, as well as Potomac State and Eastern WV Community and Technical College, in an effort to identify specific programs that can be developed to meet these needs. Another training resource for employers in Mineral County is the Robert C. Byrd Institute and its machinist program. It’s growing from within and we are here to help those entrepreneurs get started and once they are in business, to help them continue to grow with a myriad of programs designed specifically to meet their individual needs. Another infrastructure development that will assist both small and large businesses in the county is expanded high speed broadband to serve anyone in the county at whatever bandwidth they wish. We hope this connectivity improvement will encourage many more people to work from home, telecommuting for large out of the area employers or starting their own home businesses. The Mineral County Chamber of Commerce was founded on the premise that small business is important business. The chamber provides services to its membership through workshops and seminars as well as a close partnership with the Mineral County Development Authority, the state’s Small Business Development Center and recognition through various programs. The chamber sponsors a Job Fair each year that features area businesses looking for potential employees. It is an opportunity for the businesses and the job seekers. The chamber and the development authority honor businesses in the county at an annual event that recognizes achievements of individual businesses and their contributions to the local economy and community development. Business is important in Mineral County.


Rick Linthicum

A letter from... President

Mineral County Development Authority

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Mineral County.

There is intense competition between communities, states, and nations for new economic development projects in today’s globalized world. The struggle to attract and retain business is further intensified by the use of many variations of economic incentives to potential business such as: tax incentives, help with investment capital, donated land and many others. Because of our laws and regulations, we differ from other states. In West Virginia, we may not be able to offer many of the incentives neighboring states do. However, we do have one of the lowest corporate taxes in the nation. We are one of only three states that are solvent and have a balanced budget with no plans for a tax increase. Having a location such as we do, that is just hours from two-thirds the population of the United States and half the population of Canada, we are in a sweet spot for our business friends. Trade with Canada is at a unique level unheard of in the past. Their ability to buy more goods due to the exchange rate is great news for our companies such as Automated Packaging since we are just a few short hours from Toronto via the Interstate. Many of the trucks that arrive at the NewPage paper mill in time for breakfast leave with their load and then have supper in lower Ontario. Of course, the same things are enjoyed by those who go to Atlanta, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Columbus, Washington and more. A company that would locate here could take advantage of this and help themselves with a larger bottom line each quarter. Our workforce is hardworking, loyal and dedicated to doing the job right. You will find these traits to be the rule not the exception. Self-reliance is often spoken of but rarely achieved. Here, Mountaineers thrive on it. Unlike most places in the United States, home ownership is in the 60 percentile - far above the national average. Foreclosures are way below the national average. This pride of ownership re-enforces the self reliance and reliability of our people. The traits I just stated are instilled in those who are born here from the time they can walk, but those same traits also attract like-minded individuals who choose to make this their home. We hope you do too!!


Keyser Industrial Park Keyser’s busy industrial park, located on Waxler Road, just off West Virginia Route 46, offers numerous prime multi-acre lots served by Allegheny Power and featuring water, sewerage and fire protection from the City of Keyser. A prime location, the park is approximately 10 minutes away from U.S. Route 220 and U.S. Route 50, 20 miles away from the Cumberland Regional Airport, and within 250 miles from the major mid-atlantic metropolitan markets. CSX rail access is available inside the park.

Fort Ashby Business and Technology Park Located off State Route 46 near Fort Ashby, this park consists of 16 prime lots ranging from three to six acres each and offers threephase electricity provided by Allegheny Power Systems, state-of-the-art fiber optic communications. a 60-foot wireless Internet tower, and is fed by a new 250,000 gallon water tank. Like the older park near Keyser, Fort Ashby’s park is located within 250 miles from the major mid-atlantic metropolitan markets, and only 2 ½ hours from Dulles International Airport.



Letters from...the Mineral

County Commissioners

Cindy Pyles, President Mineral County is a great place to live and raise a family. We have excellent schools, with many of the primary schools still being the backbone of the communities of Wiley Ford, Fort Ashby, Fountain, Burlington and Elk Garden. The county government is actively involved with state and federal agencies in upgrading the infrastructure. This includes sewer, water, roads and access to high speed

internet. The replacement of the Keyser-McCoole Bridge began several months ago. This project will give those entering the county seat, Keyser, an inviting, positive view of the area. As you continue to enter Keyser, you will want to visit Potomac State College. I have lived here my entire life and it wasn’t until the last several years when funding finally beSEE PYLES PAGE 19

Dr. Richard Lechliter If you are looking for a fine community to visit, move to, or start a business in, Mineral County – with the municipalities of Keyser, Piedmont, Elk Garden, Ridgeley, and Carpendale – is your destination. Mineral County has a number of projects underway which are adding great value to a location already rich in activity, history, and natural beauty. Cultural events, various community shows, and the county fair bring

out the opportunity to see and meet our citizens as they perform in plays and musicals, feature historical events from the 1700s to the present, fill the streets with craftsmen, share in various hobbies, and enjoy food and fellowship. The surrounding waterways and mountains offer outdoor activities from the strenuous and challenging to the relaxing and leisurely. SEE LECHLITER PAGE 19

Janice LaRue

Mineral County is nestled in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia and is surrounded by like counties. Wonderful, hardworking people reside here and work hard to make Mineral what it is - a beautiful, serene and safe place to live. Mineral County is rich in historical landmarks, such as Stewart’s Tavern, Carskadon Mansion, the Henry Gassaway Davis Mansion, Traveler’s Rest, Nancy Hanks’

birthplace and numerous others located throughout the county. Being a Mineral County Commissioner for eightplus years has been frustrating at times and also very rewarding. We are constantly trying to attract new businesses to the county and also supporting existing businesses. Infrastructure must be completed to attract new SEE LARUE PAGE 21


County Offices and Contacts M UNICIPALITIES TOWN OF CARPENDALE P.O. Box 7 Ridgeley, WV 26753 304-738-1612 TOWN OF ELK GARDEN P.O. Box 70 Elk Garden, WV 26717 304-446-5740

COUNTY OFFICES MINERAL COUNTY COMMISSION County Coordinator Mike Bland 150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, WV 26726

304-788-5921 CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION Lauren Ellifritz 150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, WV 26726 304-122-3924 MINERAL COUNTY ASSESSOR Rose Ann Hanna-Maine

TOWN OF PIEDMONT 52 Second Street Piedmont, WV 26750 304-355-2621



(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18) came available that the higher education campus took on a whole new look, including the library, the old football field, adding a horse arena and adding a new dormitory/dining hall. The enrollment numbers continue to climb. Another great plus has been the new Potomac Valley Hospital, along with the helipad to help with patient care. Although the care given to patients at the old facilities was excellent, having the modern accommodations is a great plus for those needing care. We have recreation facilities for those who love the outdoors. Jennings Randolph

Executive Director Mona Ridder 1 Grand Central Park, Suite 3011, Keyser, WV 26726


Director Rex Riffle 150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, WV 26726


James W. “Jay” Courrier Cody Pancake, assistant

CITY OF KEYSER 111 N. Davis Street Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1511

TOWN OF RIDGELEY P.O. Box 1290 Ridgeley, WV 26753 304-738-9400


150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, WV 26726


150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, WV 26726

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MINERAL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Sheriff Craig A. Fraley 150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, WV 26726


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304-788-1457 Lake is great for fishing and picnicking. Also in that same area there are rustic cabins that can be rented out to really give you a feel of the great outdoors and beauty of our county. Then there is Larenim Park outdoor Amphitheatre where you can spend a nice evening enjoying our local talent. If you do want to spend some time in a big city, we are only 2 ½ hours from either Pittsburgh or Washington, D.C. So in closing, I have seen many young individuals who can’t wait to get away from the county, but then find out that home and the hills are calling them back - that this is where they want to raise their families.

Director Tara Hockaday 36 Carroll Avenue, Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0593


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18) Throughout the county, water and wastewater projects are underway to provide for our citizens’ health and the preservation of our natural resources. Safety in all parts of Mineral County is cared for with skilled volunteer fire departments, up-to-date ambulance services, emergency management services, a countywide sheriff’s department and municipal police departments. Our county schools are beginning a major update in curriculums for the future, as well as undergoing construction projects to update facilities of existing schools and build new ones where needed. As home to Potomac State

College and with other academic and technical schools nearby, residents and workers of Mineral County can live locally while obtaining a degree, certificate, continuing ed credits, or just participate in fun learning opportunities. Many churches, volunteer groups, and service clubs provide both youths and adults the opportunity for community service locally, as well as to reach out to the world. All of this adds to the uniqueness and wonderful attributes of Mineral County, W.Va. Come visit, or even better, stay with us, to live and work with the safety and comforts one would expect while enjoying a better way of life. Mineral County is where you should be.


Mineral County Strategic Plan The Mineral County Commission approved a Comprehensive Plan in March 2011 which takes an extensive look at the county and what steps can be taken to help steer Mineral County and her residents into a future which preserves the quality of life we now enjoy yet is responsive to the needs of an increasingly technology-based society. Crafted under the direction of Michael John Dougherty, an extension specialist and professor from West Virginia University, the

plan features the best information culled from months of public input – both through public forums and written comment. The lengthy plan takes a look at several areas: Land use in terms of protecting existing farms and improving conditions for future agricultural endeavors, conserving and protecting our natural resources, determining the impact of watersheds on the land, and how subdivisions and housing clusters can best be configured to assist with all the

above goals. Community design in terms of exercising smart growth, rehabilitating or eradicating unsafe structures, encouraging new construction which strictly follows safety codes, and the preservation of historic sites. Infrastructure in terms of extending water and sewer service where ever possible and maximizing use of existing water and sewer systems. Development in terms of maintaining a regional perspective which includes Mineral County as part of both

the Potomac Highlands and the greater Cumberland, Md., area, maintaining a climate that is open to business, promoting and maintaining public services in terms of recreation and tourism, safety and security, and moving to the “new economy,” building upon the county’s information infrastructure. To see a complete copy of the Mineral County Comprehensive Plan, visit or mineralcountyhealthdepartment. com.

Members of the Elk Garden community visit the town library.


Important Stats and Numbers MINERAL COUNTY FACTS Population: 28,212 (2010 Census).

Mineral County Chamber of Commerce 304-788-2513 304-788-3887 (fax) email:

Families: 7,710.

Officers: David Vanscoy, President Sue Lusk, Vice President Debra Pennington, Treasurer Anne Palmer, Secretary

Land area: 327.73 square miles

Board of Directors Mark Reed John Hale Bill Boggs

Households: 10,784.

Highest point in Mineral County: The Pinnacle, at 3,104 feet above sea level, overlooks four states – West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Longest mountain in Mineral County: Knobley Mountain, which stretches from the Grant County line to the Potomac River near Ridgeley.

Advisory Board Jeff Burgess Penny Riffle Wayne Miller


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18) people and businesses to Mineral County and this is a top priority for us. New water systems have been built in areas including Burlington, Wiley Ford and Fountain, and several water extensions are in the planning stages. Phase I of a new $40 million dollar sewer system and sewage facility is being built in the Frankfort District. Phase II will begin design soon and none of this project could have happened without the county commission applying for a TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) District. We have a new Office of

Emergency Services and 911 Center and the facility has been a great asset to Mineral County. Education is also the key to our future. Statistics have shown that our school system has done a good job educating our children and Potomac State College of West Virginia University is a top notch school and an integral part of Mineral County’s success. Working together, Mineral County will grow and prosper and as a county commissioner I will continue to work toward the goal of future growth and prosperity as I say again, MINERAL COUNTY, WV............THE PLACE I WANT TO BE!

*You can travel 15 miles across the county and encounter only one traffic light and no hills. *Abraham Lincoln’s mother was born here. *The largest defense contractor in West Virginia is located here. *Potomac State College is the site of a Civil War fort. *“Frosty the Snowman” and “Peter Cottontail” had their humble beginning here. *George Washington surveyed here and yes, he actually did sleep here. *A traffic jam is 120 cars leaving the high schools. *The first industrial park in West Virginia was Keyser Industrial Park (still in business). *Our history goes back to before the French and Indian War.


Emergency Contact Numbers Emergency numbers Emergency

Mineral County Office of Emergency Services


Non-Emergency Numbers Municipal Law Enforcement Keyser City Police 304-788-1311 Piedmont City Police 304-355-2710 Ridgeley City Police (also Carpendale) 304-738-9400 County Law Enforcement Allegany/Mineral Co. Crime Solvers.... 301-722-4300 Keyser Det. WV State Police................ 304-788-1101 Mineral County Sheriff ’s Department.. 304-788-0441 Other Emergency Numbers Mineral County 911 Center................. 304-788-4106 Mineral County Health Dept............... 304-788-1321

304-788-1821 Mineral County Humane Officer......... 304-788-5720 W.Va. Division of Natural Resources.... 1-800-NET-GAME Ambulance Services Burlington Elk Garden Fort Ashby Fountain Keyser New Creek Ridgeley Short Gap Valley Medical

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Fire Departments Burlington Elk Garden

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State/Federal Law Enforcement ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms).. 304-340-7800 FBI 304-263-3421 National Suicide Prevention Hotline.... 1-800-784-2433 Poison Control Center......................... 1-800-222-1222 WV Emergency Spill Notification........ 1-800-642-3074 WV Div. of Natural Resources............. 1-800-638-4263

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Ambrose Enterprises, Inc 24942 Crooks Ave. McCoole, MD 21562 301-786-4261

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Aging & Family Services of Mineral County 1 S. Main St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-5467

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Barr, Sites & Cissel Attorneys PO Box 220 Keyser. WV 26726 304-788-3341

Allegany College of Maryland 12401 Willow Brook Rd. Cumberland, MD 21502 301-784-5270 Allegheny Power 700 4th St. Cumberland, MD 21502 301-790-6350 Alpert’s Medical Equipment & Supply 89 W. Piedmont St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-2080

BB&T Bank PO Box 789 RT. 220 S. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3111 Bedford Valley Petroleum 1 Potomac Street Cumberland, MD 21502 301-724-0750 Belt Paving, Inc. PO Box 1002 Cumberland, MD 21502 301-729-8994

Dr. Harry Boggs, Optician 8 North Main St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0331 Boggs Supply Co. Rt. 4, Box 16 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1617 Tom & Jean Braithwaite Elk Garden, WV 304-446-5684 Tim Brinkman Real Estate 125 West Street Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-8100 Brookedale Farms Rt. 1, Box 191 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3760 Burgess Southern States 116 East Street Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-2317 Burlington U.M. Family Services PO Box 69 Burlington, WV 26710 304-289-6010 B. W. Smith Well Drilling PO Box 440 Springfield, WV 26763 304-822-5867


Chamber Directory Listings Candlewyck Inn 65 S. Mineral St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-6594

James W. Courrier Sr. DDS 1215 Lynmar Street Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-2782

Cannon’s Ace Hardware Rt. 4, Box 86 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-2125

Cumberland Goodwill Industries 9 Center Street Cumberland, MD 21502 301-722-8141

Cannon Electric Rt. 4, Box 86 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-2212

Criterion Lawn Furniture Repair Rt. 5, Box 835 Keyser, WV 26762 304-788-3190

Castiglia’s Italian Restaurant 401 S. Main St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1300

DawnView Nursing Center PO Box 686 Fort Ashby, WV 26719 304-298-3602

Chessie Federal Credit Union 1051 Florida Ave. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0161

Denny’s Starlite, Inc. 2000 Starlite Plaza Oakland, MD 21550 301-334-8688

City of Keyser 111 N. Davis St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-6611

Developmental Center & Workshop 50 Clay Street Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3046

C. J.’s Nutrition 196 N. Tornado, Suite 11 Keyser, WV 26726 Coldwell Banker Hometown Realty PO Box 777 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3322 County United Way Box 307 71 Baltimore St Cumberland, MD 21502 301-722-2700

Robert Eagle Jr. 1440 Beacon St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1488 Eastern WV Community & Technical College HC 64, Box 402 Moorefield, WV 26836 304-434-8000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1084 New Creek Hwy. Keyser, WV 26726 304-597-2202

e-Sense Interactive JoAnn Burnett, Manager 304-790-9535 E&S Fabrics 80 Carskadon Lane Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3437 Evans Insurance 56 N. Main St. Keyser, WV 788-3324 First Peoples Credit Union 71 Plaza Drive Keyser, WV 26726 301-784-3000 First National Bank Rt. 28 Fort Ashby, WV 26719 304-298-3507 First United Bank 29 W. Southern Drive Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-5715 Foxcraft Home Builders 12816 Winchester Road Cumberland, MD 21502 301-729-1190 Frankfort Electric Rt. 2, Box 478F Ridgeley, WV 26753 304-726-7199 Frontier Communications PO Box 90 Marlinton, WV 24954 304-799-3994 Frank Funderburg Home Improvement HC 72 Box 72-T New Creek, WV 26743 304-788-0829


Chamber Directory Listings Kermit Garretson Rt. 3, Box 3350 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3989

Jennings Randolph Lake PO Box 247 Elk Garden, WV 26717 304-355-2346

Jane Liebig 1275 Lynmar St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0451

Geo’s Tune-Up 80 Carskadon Lane Keyser, WV 26726

K&S Liquors 25207 McMullen Hwy. Rawlings, MD 21557 301-786-4416

Lifetime Dreams Realty 21 Sold Way Ridgeley, WV 26753 304-738-4070

Keller-Stonebraker Insurance 72 N. Main St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1734

Linda’s Hallmark Shop 140 Keyser Square Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0048

Kessel Hardwood HC 84, Box 4 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3371

Long & Foster Real Estate 200 S. George Street Cumberland, MD 21572 301-722-4700 1-800-537-9425

Sheila Golden 26 Potomac Drive Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0184 Grand Central Business Center One Grand Central Park Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1967 Grant County Bank PO Box 849 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-8040 Hair Depot 41 Ward Ave Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-9100 Heartland of Keyser 135 Southern Drive Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3415 H. L. Libby Corporation 803 Commonwealth Drive Warrendale, PA 15086 724-935-3433

Keyser Auto Service Center Pine Swamp Road Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0122 Keyser Inn Rt. 220 S. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0913 Keyser Rotary Club 315 Hilltop Ave. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0607 Lakewood Enterprises PO Box 963 Ridgeley, WV 26753 301-707-9843

Howell Automotive PO Box 39 3 Mopar Place Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-5391

Landis Office Supply 151 N. Center Street Cumberland, MD 21502 301-722-1900

Huber, Michaels & Associates 111 Josie Drive Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-26726

Leading Florist/PDR Farms PO Box 985 Keyser, WV 26726 304-813-3182

John & Sue Lusk 1500 Beacon St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1760 M&T Bank 67 N. Main St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-7941 Markwood Funeral Home 111 S. Mineral St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3231 Marshall University/ Robert C. Byrd Institute 1050 4th Ave. Huntington, WV 25701 203-822-0777 Martin Foods 100 Keyser Square Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-0077


Chamber Directory Listings Me-Me’s Catering 25205 Golden Cross St. McCoole, MD 21562 301-786-4012

Mineral County Assessor 150 Armstrong St. Keyser, WV 26762 304-788-3753

Megco Inspections, Inc. PO Box 456 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-9101

Mineral County Board of Education One Baker Place Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-4200

Moran Manor Nursing Home 25701 Shady Lane Westernport, MD 21562 301-359-3000

Mineral County Commission 150 Armstrong St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-4868

Mountain Hospice PO Box 607 Thomas, WV 26292 1-888-763-7789

Mel’s Business Systems 117 Valley Street Cumberland, MD 21502 301-722-2727 Mettiki Coal, L.L.C. 293 Table Rock Road Oakland, MD 21550 301-334-3952 Nelson Michael, Attorney 126 East Street Keyser, WV 26726 3304-788-6503 Microtel Inn & Suites 70 North Tornado Way Keyser, WV 26726 304-597-1400 Mid Atlantic Protel 862 S. Mineral St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-9000 Midstate Medical 266 S. Mineral St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-2335 Mill Creek Golf Course PO Box M Keyser, WV 27827 304-289-3160 Mill Creek Saw Shop PO Box 247 Burlington, WV 26710 304-289-5115

Mineral Fabrication & Machine Co. PO Box 21 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-5855

Mineral County Mountainview Veterinary Services Development Authority #1 Grand Central Business Center, 90 Southern Drive Suite 3011 Keyser, WV 26726 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-6602 304-788-2323 Mountainview Veterinary Services Mineral County #2 Industrial Development Corp. 309 Virginia Ave. 107 West Street Petersburg, WV 26847 Keyser, WV 26726 304-257-5711 304-788-0318 My Broker Realty Mineral County Fair HC 75, Box 215 PO Box 523 Junction, WV 26852 Fort Ashby, WV 26719 304-822-6017 304-289-3712 Nationwide Insurance, Mineral County Janice Smith Historical Foundation 690 S. Mineral St. PO Box 1325 Keyser, WV 26726 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1111 304-788-3989 Nelson Auto Sales Mineral Daily News Tribune 30 Potomac Street PO Box 879 Ridgeley, WV 26753 21 Shamrock Drive 304-738-9290 Keyser, WV 26726 New Page 300 Pratt Street Luke, MD 21540 301-359-3311


Chamber Directory Listings Northern Eagle Distributing HC 64, Box 132 Romney, WV 26757 304-822-5139

Pro Stainless, Inc. Rt. 5, Box 830 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-5041

On Track Concessions 95 Woodland Lane Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-2418

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Records Management Solutions PO Box 1508 Martinsburg, WV 25402 304-263-0199

Sanders Electric, Heating & Cooling Rt. 4, Box 225 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-2493

Reed’s Drug Store 43 N. Main St. Keyser, WV 26762 304-788-1643

Sears 500 Keyser Square Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-4343

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Sheetz 1280 New Creek Hwy. Keyser. WV 26726 304-788-1197

Rent-A-Center 196 Tornado Way Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-7878

James Shumaker Coldwell Banker Hometown Realty PO Box 777 304-813-7500

Robin’s Country Crafts 370 Mineral Street Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1991

Sisler Lumber PO Box 40 New Creek, WV 26743 304-788-7590

John Rogers II, Attorney PO Box Drawer R Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3811

Charles W. Smith, Attorney 126 Armstrong St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1684

Potomac Highlands Winery RT.6, Box 6980 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3066 Potomac Memorial Gardens Rt. 6, Box 6214 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-1418 Potomac State College of WVU 101 Fort Ave. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-6810 Potomac Valley Hospital 100 Pin Oak Lane Keyser, WV 26726 304-597-1100 Potomac Valley Transit Authority PO Box 278 Petersburg, WV 26847 304-257-1414

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Rusty Nail Gallery 124 N Main St. Keyser, WV 26726 S&S Electric RT. 1, Box 91A Ridgeley, WV 26753 304-738-9406

Smith Funeral Home 85 S. Main St. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3981 Storm Mountain Training Facility Pinnacle Road Elk Garden, WV 26717 304-446-5526


Chamber Directory Listings Thermo Gauge Instruments 81 Dermer Court Fort Ashby, WV 26719 304-298-3769

United Disposal Service, Inc. PO Box 487 Davis, WV 26260 1-800-543-7897

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad 13 Canal Street Cumberland, MD 21502 301-759-4400 ext. 10

Timbrook Automotive of Keyser, Inc. Rt. 3, Box 3280 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-7900

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WalMart Super Center Rt. 4, Box 82 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-8160 Wayne’s County Fresh Meats 670 Armstrong Street 304-788-5956 Wayne’s Country Fresh Meats #2 Rt. 28 Fort Ashby, WV 26719 304-298-4001 Richard Welch Rt. 1, Box 28G Wiley Ford, WV 26767 304-738-0454 WELD Radio HC 85, Box 1-A Moorefield, WV 26836 304-538-6062 Wellness Council of WV 75 Old Main Plaza St. Albans, WV 25177 304-722-8070 Wepco Federal Credit Union US. 220 S. Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-5305 Western Maryland Health Systems PO Box 539 Cumberland, MD 21502 301-723-6405

WHAG Nexstar Broadcasting 201 Humbolt Street Rochester, NY 14610 Workforce West Virginia PO Box 350 1929 St. Rd. 55 Moorefield, WV 26836 304-538-3176 WVU Mineral County Extension Service Rt. 3, Box 3041 Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3621 Yellow Cab Company 210 E. Piedmont Street Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3531 Zip Local Community Phonebook PO Box 2277 Orem, UT 84059 304-262-4265


State and National Government W.Va. Senate

14th District Sen. Dave Sypolt (R-Preston) Home: P.O. Box 5 Kingwood, WV 26537 304-698-5299 (H) 304-698-5299 (W) Capitol: Room 203W, Building I State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 304-357-7914 Sen. Bob Williams (D-Taylor) Home: P.O. Box 562 Grafton, WV 26354 304-842-7161 Capitol: Room 209W, Building I State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 304-357-7995

W.Va. House of Delegates

48th District Allen V. Evans (R-Grant) Home: HC 33, Box 3025 Dorcas, WV 26847 304-257-1426 Capitol: Room 231E, Building I State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 304-340-3399 49th District Gary G. Howell (R-Mineral) Home: P.O. Box 39 Keyser, WV 26726 304-790-9022 Capitol: Room 4R, Building I State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 304-340-3191 50th District Ruth Rowan (R-Hampshire) Home: HC 6, Box 113A Points, WV 25437 304-492-5790 Capitol: Room 2R, Building I State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 304-340-3157

U.S. Senate

Sen. Joe Manchin Eastern Panhandle Office: 217 W. King Street Room 238 Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-264-4626 Washington Office: 303 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-228-0002 Sen. Jay Rockefeller Fairmont Office: 118 Adams Street Suite 301 Fairmont, WV 26554-2841 304-367-0122 Washington Office: 531 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-6472

U.S. House

Congressman David McKinley Morgantown Office: 709 Beechurst Avenue, Suite 14B Morgantown, WV 26505 304-284-8506 Washington Office: 313 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-7564

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Mineral County Public Schools With the motto “Success for All Students: No Exceptions, No Excuses,” Mineral County’s School System has made a name for itself throughout the State of West Virginia as a system with a high success rate, low dropout rate, and commitment to helping every student in the county reach his or her potential. The Mineral County School system operates 14 schools serving students in pre-k through 12th grade. That presently includes two high schools, one middle school, one primary-middle school, one intermediate school, six primary schools, one pre-k/Head Start, one career and technical center and one alternative school. With the addition of a new Keyser Primary School and the deconsolidation of

the present Keyser PrimaryMiddle in 2012, the entire county will be broken down into a primary, middle, and secondary configuration. Mineral County has traditionally been a groundbreaking county in many areas. It was an original West Virginia School To Work (STW) site, and now the two high schools not only participate in the SREB High Schools that Work (HSTW) program, but the middle schools also participate in the Middle Schools That Work (MSTW) program. In an effort to provide more opportunities for its students, the Mineral County Board of Education pays for eligible students to take their Advance Placement tests, and also foots the bill for accident insurance for every student in the county.

When the State of West Virginia set the target attendance rate at 95 percent, Mineral County set it’s rate even higher – and many of its schools have met or exceeded the goal. In 2011, Mineral County’s Head Start program was one of four in the state chosen to participate in a pilot program for professional development in language and literacy. Dr. Cathy Jones, coordinator of early childhood education in West Virginia, called Mineral County’s Pre-K program “a shining star. The way Head Start, child care, and Mineral County Schools work together is a model for the state.” Mineral County was one of the first systems in the state to require additional instruction in math, reading and language arts at the mid-

dle school level. Carla Williamson of the Office of Instruction with the West Virginia Department of Education, called Mineral County “a leader in the transition to middle schools in the state of West Virginia,” and noted that “Mineral County continues to stay in the forefront.” The Mineral County School System continues to recognize the importance of technology-based learning in today’s world, and strives to improve its offerings to students with updated laptop labs and Internet capability in every school. In a five- and ten-year followup of graduates from both high schools in the county, an average of 90.65 percent said they were satisfied with the education they received in Mineral County.


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Potomac State College of WVU Potomac State College offers students the opportunity to realize what’s possible through challenging academics, a vibrant campus, personal attention, a solid foundation, and affordable programs. As a division of West Virginia University, Potomac State is located just 90 miles from Morgantown in the Eastern Panhandle city of Keyser, in Mineral County. The college offers the personal attention of a small college with the academic benefits of a major university. The college offers 56 programs of study. You can earn a two-year, associate of arts degree for transfer to WVU or other colleges of choice. Or, you might be interested in one of the eight fasttrack career and technical degrees in programs such as Criminal Justice, Hospitality, and Equine Management. And now students can continue on to complete their four-year bachelor of applied science degrees in Business Management and Criminal Justice. The college also offers the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree, an innovative baccalaureate degree program offered through WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The average class size at Potomac State is 24, which means students don’t get lost in the crowd. Also, all classes are taught by faculty who are very accessible if students need help. Potomac State serves both

the residential and commuting student. Students can opt to live in one of five residence halls. University Place, the newest residence hall, also serves as the campus hub, home to Potomac Commons, PSC’s dining hall; The Rapids, offering takeout fare; as well as quiet study rooms, fitness center, and campus movie theater. The Catamounts’ winning history in athletics is highlighted by the baseball program that is traditionally ranked as one of the best two-year programs in the country. Women’s basketball has been a top-10 ranked program and the golf team boasts several national tournaments. Other athletic programs include men’s basketball and soccer and women’s soccer, softball and volleyball. Intramural sports are also a big deal at Potomac State involving hundreds of students in competitive play. Students can also get involved in one of 24 clubs or organizations or attend any of the approximately 400 events each year hosted by the Student Activities Office. Best of all, Potomac State College’s tuition and fees are the lowest of any four-year institution in the state as reported in the West Virginia Higher Education 2009 Report Card. Plan a visit today at www. Or, contact Enrollment Services for further information at 304-788-6820 or 800-2627332.

(above) Whether you commute from home or live on campus, students find it easy to get involved at Potomac State College of WVU. Because 85 percent of PSC students are enrolled in two-year programs, students can be a resident assistant or president of a club even as a freshman. (below) Potomac State College of WVU has created an equine program that gives students the education, hands-on experience and confidence they will need to pursue an exciting career in the horse industry.


County Recreation and Leisure Camp Minco Owned by the Mineral County Board of Education, Camp Minco includes two pavilions with 50 picnic tables, nine cabins, a dining hall, a chapel, meeting room, and bath/shower facilities. It is home to the Mineral County 4-H program and Mineral County Schools‘ Outdoor School program.


Barnum Whitewater Area

Owned by Mineral County, the Barnum recreation area includes four miles of trails and approximately one mile of river frontage on the North Branch of the Potomac River below Jennings Randolph Lake. It is one of the best trout streams in West Virginia and also provides seven miles of whitewater rafting and canoeing for the entire family to enjoy. Camp sites are available for tent camping, and several small cabins are available for rent.

Strawberry Festival – Held every year in Keyser on the first weekend of June. Homefest – Held every July in Piedmont. Old Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival – Held every year on the first weekend of October on the campus of the Burlington United Methodist Family Services.


Mineral County offers many opportunities to hike, whether you desire a short trip around the walking track at Burlington’s Fire Hall or the Keyser Primary-Middle School, a historic trip across the Rails to Trails project currently underway in Carpendale, or a more rugged trip through the woods at Barnum or Larenim Park.

Jennings Randolph Lake Jennings Randolph Lake, named for Senator Jennings Randolph, offers extensive recreational opportunity with its 952 acres and more than 13 miles of shoreline. Howell Run Picnic Area overlooks the lake and contains 40 picnic sites, two pavilions, a playground and vault toilets. The Howell Run Boat Launch consists of a two-lane concrete ramp. The Robert W. Craig Campground is situated on a high ridge overlooking the dam site and features 87 campsites, potable water, hot showers, vault toilets and a playground. A 3/4 mile long interpretive trail has been developed in the area. The West Virginia Overlook area contains a two tier Visitor Center.

Larenim Park

Owned by Mineral County, the park includes two pavilions with 10 tables, an amphitheater with seating capacity of 600, a Little League field, a softball field, and fishing at two stocked flood control dams . All 365 acres are open to public hunting by permit. Approximately five miles of trails are also available for hiking. Larenim Park is also home to the local theater group, Apple Alley Players, who present a major musical on the amphitheater stage every summer.

Farmer’s Markets

Keyser – Open every Friday morning during the summer in the pavilion at the Pines Complex along U.S. Route 220, south of Keyser. Fort Ashby – Open every Tuesday morning during the summer at the Mineral County Fairgrounds at Fort Ashby. Piedmont – Open every Saturday morning during the summer at the Water Street Park in Piedmont.


Apple Alley Players - Community theater group, presents summer productions at Larenim Amphitheater in addition to other programs throughout the year. Highland Arts Unlimited – Community group of volunteers who bring a wide variety of musical and cultural programs to Mineral County and Mineral County Schools. Potomac State College Theater – Presents a major musical each spring at the college’s Church-McKee Arts Center.

Swimming pools

City of Keyser – One pool open to public. City of Piedmont – One pool open to public

Golf courses

Polish Pines – Privately owned, nine holes. Mill Creek Country Club – Privately owned, nine holes, club house.


Mineral County Historical Societies Mineral County Historical Society

The Mineral County Historical Society is a dedicated group of volunteers who work diligently to not only preserve historical artifacts important to the history of the county, but also to educate and inform county residents on the rich heritage of the area. They have sponsored symposiums on such topics as Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln’s mother, who was born in Mineral County, and have also distributed DVDs of the program to every school in the county. For more on the Historical Society, contact Bev Chaney at 304788-9088; Linda or Frank Roleff at 304-788-5129; or Ed McDonald at 304-788-0129.

Mineral County Historical Foundation

A related but separate arm of the Mineral County Historical Society, the Historical Foundation owns and is working to restore several historical properties in the county. Their two main projects are currently the Carskadon Mansion on Radical Hill, located along U.S. Route 220 in Keyser, and Traveler’s Rest, also known as The Old Stone House, along U.S. Route 50 between Keyser and Burlington. For more information on the Historical Foundation, contact Kermit Garretson at 304-788-3989.

Frankfort Historical Society

The Frankfort Historical Society works to preserve the history and heritage of the Frankfort District, located in the northern end of Mineral County. One of their main projects has been the restoration and maintenance of Stewart’s Tavern, a small log structure which at one time served travelers in the area. Stewart’s Tavern is located in Short Gap. (from top) Carskadon Mansion, The Old Stone House, and Stewart’s Tavern are all major projects untertaken by local historical societies.

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Rt. 3 Box 3176, Rt. 220 S. Keyser, WV 304-788-3111 Fort Ashby, WV • 304-298-3667

“Tobacco Free Campus” 100 Pin Oak Lane, Keyser, WV 26726 1-304-597-3500 Many of you in the community suffer from different medical conditions that prevent you from reaching a healthy goal. The Physicians and Employees here at Potomac Valley Hospital recognize HEALTH as a condition to which everyone has a just claim. We are here to provide the services and excellent patient education and care, to help our community work towards achieving that goal. Main number .....................(304) 597-3500 Cardiology main ................(304) 597-3565 Emergency nurse’s station .(304) 597-3580 Physical Therapy ..............(304) 597-3670 Radiology reception ...........(304) 597-3692 Respiratory Therapy main ..(304) 597-3787 Lab reception ....................(304) 597-3610 Business Office main .........(304) 597-3532 Inpatient nurse’s station .....(304) 597-3730 Social Services .................(304) 597-3702 Surgery ............................(304) 597-3715 Customer Service .............(304) 597-3645 Accredited By The Joint Commission Of Healthcare Organizations

COME HOME TO YOUR HOME TOWN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, WE’RE WAITING TO CARE FOR YOU PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES Out Patient Therapy--- Strength training--Bio-feed back• Post-operative rehabilitation Neurological (Stroke, C.V.A.) Rehabilitation Vetibular/balance programs RESPIRATORY THERAPY SERVICES Arterial Blood Gas testing--- D.O.T. breath alcohol testing-- Pulmonary rehabilitation—Pulmonary function testing LABORATORY SERVICES • We have a full service lab and can do lab work ordered by any physician. HOSPICE Pain Management and End of life care/support. DIABETES EDUCATOR Certified Diabetes Educator—Program recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

RADIOLOGY SERVICES Diagnostic X-Ray, Digital mammography, CT scan, MRI, Bone Density, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine

CARDIOLOGY SERVICES Cardiac Rehab, Phase I,II,III-Healthy Hearts Program, Event monitoring, ABPM, Arterial Doppler Studies, EEG, Carotid Ultrasounds

NURSING SERVICE Med/Surg , Intensive Care, Pediatric, and Emergency Room. MRI unit • Digital Mammography • Orthopedic surgeries • Podiatry surgeries •New facility with State of the Art Equipment • Diabetic Educator • Hospice program • Pulmonary Rehab • Out Patient Lab drawing (3 locations) Emergency Room: We are staffed with a physician, 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Please remember when calling the Emergency Room please be aware that no health related advice can be given out over the phone. If you are having an emergency please call 911 immediately, If you have a question regarding something that has been ingested, please call the West Virginia Poison control at 1-800-222-1222, If you have a health related question please contact your primary care physician.

Minera County Health Department


Are you exposed to cancer causing Radon gas in your home? Contact us Today! Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Rt 3 Box 3045, Keyser, WV 26726 (304)788-1321 or (301) 786-4459

To have your home tested FREE call the Mineral County Health Department

(304)788-1321 or contact us by email at

Mineral County Answer Book  

A special section of the Mineral Daily News Tribune, in cooperation with the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce.

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