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Little Creek Clubhouse gets facelift

The clubhouse at South Charleston's Little Creek Golf Course is undergoing an extensive remodeling.

Mayor Frank Mullens said the work began after the June 29 derecho, which blew out the windows in the main dining room and caused other damage.

"We thought it was the perfect time to remodel the facility," he said.

The windows were replaced and some exterior repairs were made, but the city held off doing more work so the dining room could be open during the busy holiday season.

As of today the dining room is closed. It will be modernized so it also can serve as a conference room. A re-opening date has not been set. Potential guests should call ahead, Mullens said. The number is 304-744-9646.

"We will remodel the clubhouse as quickly as we can, but we will have to do it in phases," he said. "We want to make it more modern, better designed for business conferences. We need to install some more technology like drop-down screens for the convenience of people who want to do PowerPoint presentations. We want to make it more competitive.

"We will add some meeting rooms. By that I don't mean we'll add on to the building. There is some dead space inside the building. When we're done, we will have five meeting rooms - two more than we have now. The remodeling will give us two upstairs and three downstairs. They'll all be different sizes.

"We want to be attractive to different-sized groups. We already do a tremendous amount of weddings there. It's a beautiful spot for an outdoor wedding."

An elevator was previously installed near the front entrance.

"This also gives us an opportunity to do some more ADA work," he said, referring to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

City Manager Carlton Lee is spearheading the project. Mullens said Lee has some estimates, but it is hard to say for sure what the remodeling will cost because it is common when working on old buildings to run into unforeseen issues. Mullens said some insurance money received because of the derecho damage would be used.

"We're excited about it," Mullens said of the remodeling. "I think when it's done it will be a nice dual-purpose facility."

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Kevin DiGregorio, executive director of the Chemical Alliance Zone, will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 15 Union Carbide Oldtimer's Club dinner meeting in the Columbia Gas Cafeteria.

DiGregorio will speak about the Marcellus Shale natural gas and what it could mean to West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley's economy.* * *

The 2013 West Virginia International Auto Show will begin Jan. 24 with an invitation-only, black-tie charity gala on the show floor of the Charleston Civic Center.

As in past years, gala proceeds will benefit HospiceCare.

The show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.



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