(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL Members of three organizations met in Mid-July to officially transfer the Cosby Ruritan Club property to the Newport Rescue Squad and the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department. From left are Floyd Ray Ford of the Rescue Squad; Cosby VFD Assistant Chief Paul Bryant; Rescue Squad members Newell “Hop” Byrd, Captain Matthew Woody, and J.B. Etherton; Cosby Ruritan Club President Kristy Nease; Ruritan club members Orlie and Alice Wood, Jerry Cody, and Iva Cogdill.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-07-23 10:15:26)

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY-The Cosby Ruritan Club recently transferred 13 acres of property, located off Armory Road, to the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department and the Newport Rescue Squad.

According to the Ruritan Club President Kristy Nease, the club made the decision to donate the property "as one last great thing the club could do for the community."

"The Cosby Ruritans purchased the property in the 1980s," said Nease. "The annual Ramp Festival was very popular during that time, but due to falling attendance and bad weather, the club took a loss in profits. We also tried to have two fundraisers, but those were unsuccessful."

Nease explained that the annual Ramp Festival was always held at Kineuvista Hill, but due to several reasons, the club was not able to continue using the property. The Cosby Ruritans planned to hold the festival at the Armory Road property, and the club continued to hold their monthly meetings at the building on the property, but they discovered the building had a severe termite infestation. Nease said that the remaining funds were used to fix the problem, leaving the club unable to hold the Ramp Festival. 

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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