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According to a release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Greenland Gap Nature Preserve Sign, located in Scherr, has been reported as stolen.
Residents familiar with the sign and area advise the sign was missing as of November 2018.
If anyone has knowledge on the whereabouts of the sign contact the sheriff’s department in Petersburg.
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Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad begins its 29th season on Saturday, May 11. This year brings some changes, including more excursions, but most importantly, new ownership.
Railroad Investment Corporate Holdings (RICH) of North Carolina recently purchased Eagle Cañon Passenger Car Company, which has operated Potomac Eagle since 1991.
Robert and Celeste Franzen, president and vice president, established RICH in 2018. R. Franzen is also president and owner of Steam Services of America (SSOA) founded in 2001. C. Franzen’s expertise is in marketing, events and entertainment.
R. Franzen sees great potential at the railroad and said, “We will continue to operate the Potomac Eagle on its current schedule for the 2019 season and look forward to expanding the operation and service for the benefit of the state and tri-county area.”
In a recent Hampshire Review article, West Virginia State Rail Authority board member Dave Pancake of Romney stated he was excited for Franzen to purchase Potomac Eagle.
“The survival of the Potomac Eagle is very important to our area. It has added an awful lot to the notoriety of Hampshire County as a tourist attraction,” Pancake said.
Rodney Matheny will continue as operations manager, while Jodi Burnsworth will continue as office and sales manager.