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Single Copy Price-50 (47 plus tax) (IS r 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People ATTENTION READERS & ADVERTISERS HOLIDAY DEADLINE Because the holidays are nearly over, our deadlines for this next week and future weeks will be as usual -- 4:30 p.m. on Mondays. We know that deadlines are a hardship for our news correspondents and advertisers, but the earlier we get the copy, the less strained we are in typing it, proofreading and laying it out. Hence, the less likely we are to make mistakes. We, at The Glenville Democrat/ Pathfinder, hope that you have a wonderful New Year's Day and that all will go superbly for you in 2004. To our Gilmer County personnel in the military services in ~. Iraq during this dangerous post-war era, we salute you! All of Gilmer County wishes you a Happy New Year of 2004! By David H. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor As the old year of 2003 was fading out and the new year of 2004 was on the horizon, Gilmer County got a visit from an unexpected federal dignitary, U. S. Congressman Alan B. Mollo- han (Dem.-lst Dist.-W. Va.). central west Virginia. He also pointed out that Ike and Sue Morris, of Glenville, "car- ried the ball when support wasn't there (in the. State Legislature)." Finally, the Congressman assured the crowd, "What came of it (the closure contro- versy) placed a burden on GSC to redefine "I'm pleased to represent Gilmer County and itself as a great small, liberal arts college and central West Virginia (in the United States 'to make that happen." With a positive Des- House of Representatives at the Nation's Capi- ture (to GSC President Robert Freeman in ~ditorialPage:~ ~ : : :: ~ tol in Washington, D.C.)," theFairmont Demo- the audience), he closed that top!c with the On Year s Cei bmt t s] crat, whose district covers aboutallofthestate's' assurance that his "helping hand' would al- |afld Re~tutionsl :~:] counties north of Gilmer, told a lively crowd at ways be there for the College. a recent reception in his honor at the Best Congressman Mollohanalsospokehighly .1 Glimer, sSportsS~ene~ :: : : i :] Western Glenville Inn. , of the new federal prison project. He re- Continuing, he stresses, 'This is like'coming counts that 15 years ago, he and Mr. Morris home again. I Want to grow our close relation- had spoken with U.S. Senator Robert C. i:i!! ship even closer. Here, in Gilmer County, we re Byrd (Dem.-W. Va.) about the possibility of Happines doing a lot ot changing, and I m glad to be a part Ioc'atmg this facility in Gilmer County. As a I'/il MakeaNe ea?sR idi iit of it." result, he's pleased with the progress being I ::16 ,sl y healfhyili :, i In reviewing some local issues of 2003, in made with the development of the Federal which he played a part --- his first year as this Correctional Institution-Gilmer. county's congressional representative, he ob- Other comments that he made concerned serves, "There's tremendous resources in Gilmer the general direction of George Bush's Ad- Gilmer Goings CNG & HOPE GAS ANNUITANTS BREAKFAST CNG & Hope Gas Annuitants will meet Tues., Jan. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Grantsville Restaurant in Grantsville. G.C. PSD will hold its monthly meeting on Mon., Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. TANNER SENIORS The Tanner Senior Satellite will meet at 6 p,m, on Tues., Jan. 6. Bring a covered dish and join us at our regu- lar dinner at the Community Center. BLOOD DRIVE There will be a blood drive on wed., Jan. 14, from noon till 6 p.m. at the Wesley Arbuckle Center. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY will be on Mon., Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Gilmer Public Library. FAITHFULLY FIT AEROBICS CLASS at First Baptist Church cancelled until after the holidays. Aerobics will re- sume on Tues., Jan. 6 at 5:15 p.m. (Continued on Page 8) ublic MQQti gs The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 5 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is invited to attend. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at 7:30 p,m. on Mon., Jan. 5 at the new Town Hall. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 8 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. To be placed on i, the afternoon agenda, any citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462,7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Editorial Page .:..,i ......... ;;i ...... :...: 3 Sports,.,...:. ..................... :~ ....... ,..~...~;:4 : Obituaries ........................... ; ............. : 8 Society, ............... 7 COurthouse News .... ; ............ County in our people, GlenviUe State College and the federal prison." Relative to GSC's brush with the State Legislature's roll of the dice earlier in the year, he quips, 'Tve never had so much fun with the (State) Legislature. Re-Districting (and fight- ing with the legislators in 2000) prepared me for the GSC issue." 0aughter) The state Legislature's Education Commit- ministration which is currently in power in the Nation's Cfipitol. "We're into another campaign season and I have opposition, but we'll be fine with the backing of Gilmer Countians and other people throughout the 1st District like yourselves," he states, add- ing, "These are interesting times and the issues are defining the future of our country." He voiced some criticism of the Bush Legals ............................. ....: .............. 9 Classifieds .............. ..................... 10-11 GGOs. ......................................... 1 & 8 GSC News .............................. .....3 & 5 Meditation Moment tee, which in its original draft of House Bill 2224, had, in effect, called for the closure of GSC. The final version chopped off GSC's growing off-campus, Community & Technical College branches and gave them away to other state colleges, but avowedly insured the future of the main campus in Glenville as a four-year college. To meet this legislative attack, Con- gressrrmn Mollohan; personally, went to Charles- ton, meeting with legislative leaders and Gover- nor Bob Wise to defend GSC. In addition, he pushed through federal legislation providing more governmental funds for the upkeep and development of the College as a strong voice for higher education in rural Appalachia. He, also, complimented this county's local state legislators -- State Senator Bill Sharpe and Joe Minard and State Delegates Brent Boggs and Bill Stemple -- "for backing GSC and working hard for you." Additionally, he thanked Marge Burke (GSC's Board of Governors chair and a former state delegate) and Terry Butcher, Esq. (the Board's former president) for "educat- ing" him on the importance of GSC to this community, its businesses, students, and all of 000000000000 Administration's attempts to "re-define" the SEASONAL GOOD NEWS -- Some good news for Gilmer County during the early holiday season came with a surprise visit by U. S. Congressman Alan B. Mollohan (center). The Congressman, whose mother (Helen Holt Mollohan) is a native of Glenville, recently spoke to a large group of area people at the Best Western Glenville Inn's Conference Room. Listening intently from left to right are: Gilmer Highway Supervisor Rodney Pettit, Normantown businessman Rick Frame, Glenville attorney Philip Reals, (Mr. Mollohan), Glenville surveyor Greg Smith and Foodland co-owner Doug Facemier. (Staff photoa by Dave Corcoran) United States's "relationship around the LOCAL BRASS UNITED -- Sponsoring the informal reception for Congressman world" and "domestically, our fiscal policy.' Mollo,h, an,,and his re-election effort was local businessman and gas industry baron, Mr. Mollohan: "I'm concerned about the I.L. Ike Morris (left to right), who is seen joking with friends Kenny Greenlief, priorities of our President." Amplifying, he explains, "In the 1980s basic industries (in president of Flying "W" Plastics, and Mack Worl, president of Hard Rock Land West V rglma and naUon- fl tl nenced Company and Rockwell Resources. In introducing the Congressman that evolving, devastating downturns, gince then, we Mr. Morris told the crowd that everyone can be proud and appreciative of the federal (in Congress) have hg~ing to develop support that Congressman Mollohan has given both Glenville State College and Gilrner County. new sectors, like in the High Tech Corridor ..... (along 1-79) initiative." He's, therefore, up- set that Bush Administration policies may hinder these new efforts, especially relative to relaxing environmental standards. At the same time, he's a strong backer of the state's big industries still left, such as steel, coal, glass and oil and gas. Before and after addressing the group, Congressman Alan Mollohan mixed with the local group, getting to meet, to know and to hear out everyone. He stressed to this newspaper that he is proud to represent this county in the U. S. Congress and to use his influence as the ranking Democrat on the Continued on page 5 000000000000 Petition for Sand Fork dam being circulated A group of local gentlemen are circulating a petition in area businesses to construct a possibly concrete dam at Sand Fork, according to Mr. Robert Butcher, a retired Gilmer County auctioneer. He is teaming up with Mr. Edward Talbott, a Gilmer Public Service District member, and Dr. Carl Armour, a retired federal employee and GSC biology professor, in order to mount a drive to establish the dam about three miles up the Sand Fork River. This trio calculates that such a dam would reduce flooding in Sand Fork and Glenville by 92 percent. More information about this community action project will be announced in the future. Dominion Hope's rate hike hearing Jan. 8 At 7 p.m. on Thurs., Jail. 8, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia is scheduling a public hearing concerning Dominion Hope's proposed 26 percent natural gas rate increase to its West Virginia customers. The meeting will take place at the Days Inn Convention Center at Flatwoods. All citizens affected by this rate hike are urged to attend the hearing and to express their opinions and concerns, according to Georgetta Knight, of the American Association of Retired Persons. ........... ~ii::~::~~i~; :i!!iiii,~ ................ Gilmer County High School has announced R.; Daniels, Janna M.; Grogg, Emilee K.; the Principal's List and Honor Roll for the first Jaffre, Jessica D.; Kelley, Travis L.; Lay, nine weeks of the current school year. Alexandria D.; Smith, Stacey B. Principal's List (4.0 average) includes: Twelfth Grade - Bailey, Courtney; Seventh Grade - Allen, Jessical L; Barker, Clayton D.; Butcher, Elizabeth L.; Bamberger, Jr., Gregory; Craig, Freddy I.; Caffrey, Travis E.; Chambers, Hannah B.; Ellyson, Brittany; Frymier, Aaron M.; Hixson, Cox, Jr., William N.; Edwards, Andrea M.; JessicaL.;Hulsc, TiffanyM.;Lemani,Michelle Frame, Sandra O.; Goodrich, Sheila D.; T.;andMinigh, Andrea. James, Jennifer L.; Lilly, Jacob R.; Eighth Grade's lone representative is McCollum, RebeccaL.;Metz, CrystalM.; Hickman, Emma L. Moyers, Shane; Peters, Duston T.; Powers, Ninth Grade - Fisher, Adam P.; Greynolds, Joan D.; Reale, Anthony; Richards, Megan Caitlyn B.; Hacker-Minigh, Whitney M.; Hess, J.; Shiflet, Michael A. Ashley J.; Jordan, Shawn A.; Moyers, Douglas Those who made the Honor Roll (3.8 D.; Phillips, Ryann C.; Riddle, Mallory S.; average and above) listing are as follows: Rose, Alicia L.; Wildman, Whitney L. , Seventh Grade - Burkhammer, Zachary TenthGrade-Alfred, StephanieM.;Benson, A.; Butcher, Catherine; CorneU, Angela Marsha L.; Conrad, Brittany D.; McCollum, N,; Cosner, Zecharian S.; Cruz, Rachel F.; Kassity L.; Richards, Miranda L.; Swiger, Dellapenna, Michael; Freeman, Amanda; Timothy A.; Szabo, Shannon V.; White, Am- Freeman, Corn; Gainer, Shae; Gray, Lora; bey D.; Youngs, Sophia D. Hicks, Molly; James,Rachael M.; Jordan, Eleventh Grade - Ames, Morgan; Ander- Travis S.; Lilly, T.J.L.; Loudin, Samantha son, Janet L.; Blake, Jessica E.; Brown, Joshua Continued on page 5 iii~iii!iiii~i iiiiiii!~iiiii~i iiti iiiiiiiiiii iiii~ii iii!i::i !!~iiiiii'~ !!!iiiiiiiiiiiii ~i~iiii iii!iiiiiil iii!ii ii~iii~ ~'i!ili!i ii~ii~iil..:~iiii ~ii~iiiiii!iiii!!ii!i!iii!~ii;!!iiiiiiiii~i~ RHYMES WITH 'PAUL McCARTNEY' - Staff Reporter Kristal Sheets is a huge fan of the Beatles and an even bigger fan of Sir Paul McCartney. So when she thought Bob Reed was telling her that "Paul McCartney, dressed like a hobo" was down at the Common Place Restaurant on Tues., 16, she ran as fast as she could with a camera and a notebook, hoping to get a shot and try for an interview. But, when she arrived at the Common Place, she only found Sau/McCartney (above), wearing shoes like a hobo's (see inset photo.) McCartney was able to brave the snowy weather of that week in his sandals because his feet were protected by a layer of socks covered with a waterproof bread bag. According to McCartney, this was just "how it was done" many years ago. Between bites of his pancakes,-McCartney was kind enough to share this and even more history with Sheets and other patrons of the Common Place. Thought for Ne v Year's Day "On New Year's Day, some years ago, I swore off alcohol; And, one year later, I eschewed pipes, cigarettes, et aL The next, I quit profanity as something not too nice. And then abandoned slot machines, card games, roulette and dice. Thus curing faults each year, I reached a state of such perfection that I have not a single flaw now calling for correction. " "But New Year's Day is now for me a ruined Institution; for what is New Year's Day without a New Year's resolution ?" Edward Bulwer (Lord Lytton) English author & diplomat (1803-1873) WHITE CHRISTMAS ---- For everyone in Gilmer County "Dreaming of a White Christmas," they got their wish this year. Even though just a thin coat of snow fell over Gilmer County on Christmas Day, the hilltops were very distinctly and beautifully frosted (far background) throughout the day and weekend, as this December 25, 2003 photograph shows with the Glenville State College's President's House to the right (foreground) and Science Hall to the left. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) :~.i *