The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 6, 2013

Book to feature history of Rainelle

The inspiring history of Rainelle will be showcased in an “Images of America” book slated to be issued by Arcadia Publishing next year.

The board of directors of the Rainelle Community Development Corporation (RCDC) authorized President Joan C. Browning and executive director Andrea J. Pendleton — who is the town’s mayor — to sign a contract to write the book.

Now, the two women are in the process of gathering the photographs and material they need to follow the theme chosen for the book. Appropriately enough, they chose the town’s slogan, “Built to Carry On,” as the tome’s theme.

They are asking people to share their photos and their stories — especially those that illustrate the theme — to enrich the 128-page paperback volume.

“Following the theme of ‘Built to Carry On’ allows the book to show how Rainelle’s early beginnings have evolved down to now,” Browning explained. “We hope to tell the story of people actually building the community and its institutions.”

As an example, Pendleton said the book will include a section tracing the history of the town’s volunteer fire department. She hopes to secure the use of photos of the first volunteer firefighters and fire trucks, as well as their modern incarnations.

“Similarly, we hope to illustrate the town’s history of medical care, from the earliest Meadow River Lumber Co. physician to the Rainelle Medical Center and Heartland of Rainelle,” Pendleton said.

Browning said that the final book will include the best available photographs that tell the stories of schools, churches, businesses, medicine, recreation, government and industry such as timber, coal and railroads.

While Browning and Pendleton are listed as the book’s authors, the RCDC will own the copyright and reap any financial rewards from sales.

“The publisher prefers that we send the actual photographs and post cards to them for scanning,” Browning said. “Of course, the photographs will be returned to us.”

If absolutely necessary, photos may be submitted on a disc, but the publisher’s requirements are that the images have a resolution of 300 dpi, output size of 8 inches and be in a TIFF format.

People providing photos and stories that appear in the book will be credited.

Anyone with photos to give or loan to the RCDC are asked to contact Browning at P.O. Box 674, Rainelle, WV 25962 or by e-mail at

For more information, contact Browning at the e-mail address shown or telephone 304-645-6799 or contact Pendleton at or 304-667-9233.

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