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Section of W.Va. 9 named after Ray Johnston

July 06, 2009

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Legislature recognized a local leader in the tourism industry and development innovator for the Eastern Panhandle by naming a section of W.Va. 9 the Ray Johnston Memorial Highway.

Johnston was the founder of Potomac Valley Properties Inc., The Woods Resort and The Woods Community. Johnston died Nov. 14, 2008.

Spearheaded by Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, the naming of W.Va. 9 from Martinsburg, W.Va., to the Morgan County line as the Ray Johnston Memorial Highway was based on Johnston's contributions to Berkeley County and his extensive history of public service.

Johnston served in the U.S. Navy and taught in Minneapolis public schools. He also served as the first president of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau and received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the promotion of tourism in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle in April 2002.

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Johnston's daughter, Joy Johnson, now serves as the CVB's president.

In 1968, Johnston founded and was president of Potomac Valley Properties Inc., parent company of The Woods Resort, a 1,200-home community and resort featuring two 18-hole golf courses, which he designed.

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