Pendleton County

December 25, 1887: Folk Artist James T. Rexrode Born

Dec 25, 2018
At first, he drew only from his photographs but then started painting what he called the “old-timey subjects” of his youth.
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Folk artist James T. Rexrode was born in Pendleton County on Christmas Day 1887. Although he’d always been an amateur photographer, he didn’t start painting until late in life.

April 27, 1758: Indian Warriors Attack Pendleton County

Apr 27, 2018
Battle of Monongahela
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On April 27, 1758, Delaware and Shawnee Indian warriors attacked Fort Upper Tract in present Pendleton County. Some accounts state that all 23 settlers in the fort were killed. Others suggest the Indians took some hostages.

The English name of the Indians’ war chief was Killbuck. During the French and Indian War, he led a number of bloody raids against frontier settlements in what is now eastern West Virginia.

If you’re out-and-about West Virginia bookstores or gift shops this Christmas, you may come across a coffee-table book set titled, Panhandle Portraits: a Glimpse at the Diverse Residents of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

Sugar Grove
General Services Administration

A former Navy base in Pendleton County has been sold and is going to be repurposed as a health care campus for active-duty military personnel and West Virginia residents.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the General Services Administration announced in a statement Thursday the sale of the Sugar Grove base to Robert Pike.

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A health care company is continuing its effort to acquire a Navy base in Pendleton County after the facility closes.

KVC Health Systems has proposed converting the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove into a community college that would serve young adults emerging from the foster care system.

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A lawmaker says Pendleton County will lose several hundred jobs as a result of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's decision to turn down the federal government's offer to transfer a Navy base to the state.

State corrections officials had suggested converting the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove into a prison. Female inmates would have been transferred to Sugar Grove from the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County.

Navy Information Operations Command / U.S. Navy

  West Virginia officials say plans are moving forward to convert part of a soon-to-be closed Navy base in Pendleton County into a state prison.

Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein told legislators Thursday that the state has submitted a formal application to the federal General Services Division to use part of the 122-acre Sugar Grove military base.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the Navy announced plans in 2012 to close the Naval Information Operations Command base.

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Unemployment rates fell in 27 of West Virginia's 55 counties in November.