KEYSER - Randy Crane, president of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, was present at the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Commission and gave an update of what will be presented to the legislators during Mineral County Day.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Randy Crane, president of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, was present at the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Commission and gave an update of what will be presented to the legislators during Mineral County Day.
He said the list was narrowed down this year, with a focus on two items, when previously a long list of projects was taken to the elected officials in Charleston.
Jerry Whisner, president of the county commission, agreed with Crane on the number of priority projects, saying that at times, the long listing “was overwhelming.”
Crane said one of the focus items would be tourism, and, “What is in the county to attract people?”
He gave the category of tourism “that is ready to go,” and be featured in a brochure, giving Ashby’s Fort, located in Fort Ashby, as an example.
Another category under tourism would be one that is close to be ready, as Crane named the Stone House in Burlington as fitting into this section.
Of the Stone House, he said, “There are no set hours,” and volunteers are needed to feature this historical site.
Crane said the third category is a project that “would be cool to have,” but is  not yet ready.
He said what is needed is areas that would prompt a family to get in their car and visit Mineral County.
Crane said that Jennings Randolph Lake area would be a “cool place” to visit, as he named necessary development for that spot.
Looking towards the development section, he said, “The private sector could be involved,” while seeking support from the state’s infrastructure members.
Crane visited the Jennings Randolph Lake and he envisioned ski slopes “down to Barnum” and a lodge atmosphere.
He said the given examples at Jennings Randolph Lake is what would “attract people to this county.”
Even with the information given about the lake, Crane said, “We are not ready to pitch this idea.”
The additional priority project from the Chamber of Commerce would deal with the area’s drug crisis, and Crane recalled the recent Substance Abuse Town Hall meeting at Keyser High School, where Dr. Alfgeir Kristjansson, of the West Virginia School of Public Health, laid out prevention methods for drug abuse.
Crane said that possibly a county position could be developed as a coordinator to arrange and direct student activities for after school and weekends.
He said, “Who do we ask for money for this?” and also, “When is the right time to try?” in attempting to “fix the drug problem.”