Readers recall days spent at bowling center

October 14, 2018

An article this week in The Herald-Dispatch’s Lost Huntington series about Imperial Lanes, a 24-lane bowling center that once stood along the 2100 block of 8th Avenue, brought fond memories to several of the newspaper’s online readers.

The bowling center opened in the summer of 1963 and also featured a snack bar, nursery, billiard center, offices and pro shop, with parking for more than 200 cars. It was successful for several decades before closing in 2005. It remained vacant for several years, eventually becoming an eyesore. In 2010, two Kentucky businessmen purchased the property, demolished the building and built a Family Dollar store.

Here are some online comments from readers:

Jaime D. Brinegar: “You would think you would have a better picture than this one. Oh no, let’s not put a picture of it up when it was thriving; let’s keep a reminder of what happens to hard-working businesses in Huntington and what doesn’t happen to the property.”

Guidon Grundlehner: “Jaime D. Brinegar, I don’t think you quite know what the idea of ‘Lost Huntington’ is ...”

James Tim Galloway: “Pre-electronic social media days! Place was absolutely beautiful inside.”

Brenda Dudding Frye: “Really missed that place, had my son’s birthday party there. I went there as a kid. My grandparents & parents played on league there.”

Sabrina Dunfee-Hart: “I use to work here. Really miss this place.”

Julie Raymond: “I spent many evenings there playing pool. It was always a great place for families and was always clean.”

Adam Whitt Megan Whitt: “So sad. So many dates nights we had here.”

Megan Whitt: “Did you read their goodbye letter? Heartbreaking ..

Aaron Given: “Went here so much as a kid, as a teenager and a young adult.”

Gary Hutchinson: “I spent lots of time there playing pool and talking with friends.”

Brenda Leake: “Spent time with my kids here.”

Debbie Hoptry: “Loved Imperial Lanes!”

Law on foster care prompts questions

Readers had some questions regarding the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, which as explained in an Oct. 8 article makes some significant changes in the way states handle foster care programs.

The measure, passed by Congress this year, allows some federal funds to be used for services to families who are at risk of entering the child welfare system. Currently, the majority of federal funding reimburses the state when a child is removed from the home. Under the new act, those same funds can now be used for preventative services, like substance abuse treatment or in-home parental education. Officials said the new approach can help keep families together and avoid foster-care situations and help reunify families that have been split apart.

Some reader comments:

Necia Thompson Freeman: “I hope so, but I have a few questions. 1. How many chances will the “parents” get? 2. How long will a child stay in unhealthy and dangerous situations? 3. Is the main concern what’s in the best interest of the “family” or what’s in the best interest of the “CHILD”? 4. If we have less that 500 social workers for the entire state of WV, how can they manage a caseload of over 7,000 children? 5. Will Marshall University make a Social Work degree as important as a doctor degree and fast track those that want to, or will they still have to take classes to make them ‘more well rounded’ since we are in a highly critical situation for the need of professional social workers?”

Elizabeth Rickett: “When are the social workers going to quit turning there heads to bad situations in the home and start keeping up with school records on children. Most everything happens after 5. Most workers don’t care what happens after they get off work.”

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