Boy Scouts of America subsidary buys acreage

BECKLEY (AP) — Hundreds of Fayette County acres have been purchased by a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Register-Herald of Beckley reports that the purchase includes the 259-acre Whittaker property, which was owned by the former wife of record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker.

The purchase by Boy Scouts subsidiary Arrow West Virginia Inc. also includes adjacent lots totaling 526 acres.

In the past, previous owners envisioned a massive resort, an amusement park and a NASCAR track. The Boy Scouts says it intends to use the land for additional parking near The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, which will host the 2013 Boy Scout National Jamboree. The 10-day summer event expected to draw some 50,000 scouts and another 200,000 tourists.

The purchase price of the land was not disclosed.

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