Photo by Lon Anderson
The former Mathias Store, which was severely damaged by fire in December of 2016, was finally razed recently. The West Virginia Division of Highways completed the demolition and removal. The structure served the Mathias community for decades as a general store, a restaurant and finally as apartments. The county owns the property, and plans for a park-n-ride and a small park have been discussed. It has also been suggested the bridge over Lost River at Upper Cove Run Road be widened to accommodate truck traffic.