The following was taken from The Register-Herald online. The whole article can be found here.
By Amelia A. Pridemore March 6, 2010
Local church representatives and a group of volunteers will begin restoration work on three historic Raleigh County locations this week.
Deacon Tom Cox of Stotesbury Community Church said a group that includes 15 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers will be in the community from Monday through Thursday, working to restore the sites. They include a cemetery behind the destroyed St. John’s Baptist Church, New Salem Church and the Mark Twain School.
Cox said the group of VISTA volunteers include students from locations such as Illinois and Columbia University.Work will include resetting the cemetery’s gravestones, clearing brush and removing debris, Cox said. This particular effort has been in the works about a month. He said Dewey Cox, board president for the Mullens-based Rural Appalachian Improvement League, told him VISTA volunteers were coming and asked if he was interested in having some come to Stotesbury.
Altogether, 55 volunteers will participate in the Stotesbury cleanups, as well as projects in the Mullens area, Cox said. These include cleaning up streams still damaged from previous floods.
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