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Attention Shoppers: Circulars enclosed in this week's paper are from Shop 'n' Save of Weston, U-Pak of Glenville, and Glenville Foodland. These are appearing in this newspaper in specified local Zip Code zones or in all papers. We editors recommend these fine advertisers, as well as our regular On-the-Page advertisers. Don't miss the New Year's commentaries on pages 3 & 5; meet Gilmer County's "Public Citizen X" who thwarts local thieves (the Corcoran Column, page 3, and get the county's sports roundup on page 6. Finally, log onto www.glenvi/ for other late-breaking news or ads! .% r " z The G lenville Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 105, Number 1 Glenville, Gilmer:County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, January 1, 2009 i:i !:i:i:i iii :i?i:i? i:i:i:?i:i:!:i: :!:i i!!ii !? i i:i:i ?i$:::??::::!::::!:?:!:?!:!::i:::i:!:!:?:i::i:i:i:i:i:i:i:i %71: This week's prayer Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your gift of the Christ Child, whom we commemorate during this holiday season. Bless the ill and badly injured among us, giving them encouragement and heart to keep on going; we especially ask your favor for the recoveries of Don Phillips, Wanda Luzader, Don Barker, Mary Oldaker, Jay Dority, Kathy Starcher, Ed Toman, Jane Law, Little Blake "Grogg" Foster, Sandra Stalnaker, Virginia Creech and Patrick Kavanagh (a Pittsburgh Center98 % burn victim)..Thank you for praying to aid in the recovery of Jean (Mrs. Brent) Boggs. Ease the pain of bereavement for those who have lost a loved one this past week, especially the Buck White family. Please -- in Your kindness -- protect all of our fine readers over this New Year's holiday-- Wed.- Thurs., Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Finally, let our holiday season be filled with happiness. Amen.. iEditorialS  ::i::  i iiii U,$.& W.V. History Shorts January started off an eventful year in the Mountain State's history. On January 1, 1853, the first Baltimore & Ohio train arrived in Wheeling from Balti- more, thus connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Ohio River inthe then American 'West; On January 2, 1928, Nitro had gala festivities for the ground-breaking of the pro- posed explosives plant in Chemical Valley; On January'3, 1921, the State Capitol in Charleston was destroyed by fire; On January 4, 1808, Harman Blennerhassett, of Parkersburg fame, was found "not guilty" of treason for his role in the Burr Conspiracy to form a new nation in the then American West; and On Jan. 6, 1921, the legendary Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield died in Logan County. Gilmer Goings On RED HATS Gilmer Gadabouts will meet on Thurs- day, Jan. 8, 2009 at 11:30 am at the Senior Center for lunch. Joyce Cain will be guest of honor and will dem- onstrate basket making and other crafts. Please call Yvonne by Janu- ary 3, if you plan to attend. Continued on page 11 Pu00Bio M00tBn00s The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p. m. on next Mort., Jan. 5, 2009. The general public is welcome to all public meetings listed in this column. Normally, a Public Comment segment is available at the start of each meeting. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at 7:30 p. m. on next Mon., Jan. 5 at the City Hall. The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a. rn. on next Tues., Jan. 6 at the Courthouse's County Commission Room for its regular public meeting.For details, call 462-7641. The Gilmer County Historic Landmarks Commission will met at 1 p.m. on next Tues., Jan. 6 in the History Center at 302 E. Main, Glenville. Srti{:!:i::i::i:i!:! if:: ii:i!:i: :: ili:::iiiiiiiiii i::0:: : : : i : i :i : ii i i i i i Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week "Each New Year is an adventure into which we must go." Anonymous epigram "Friendship is a strong and habitual incli- nation in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another." Eustace Budgell (1686-1737) English essayist 00appy Year all! See the editorial and Corcoran Column on pages 3 and 5 about the New Year's news in Gilmer County! A news commentary-- Christmas Parade brighter than 'a fire' By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter Hats offto the firemen, and ladies too, who participated and planned the Sat., Dec. 20 Christmas Parade in downtown Glenville. This was Second Annual Fireman's Com- munity Christmas Parade. Participation ap- peared to be down from the number of trucks in the first parade held in 2007; however, the children seemed to enjoy it just as much. To start, there were trucks towing floats from several organizations and churches around the county. came a significant, if not high point, part of the parade. Indeed, the last truck in line was the "crowning jewel." The Smithville Fire Engin e was decorated with approximately 10,000 Christmas lights which included reindeer and a sleigh. There was a real, live Santa Claus on-board, too. A huge inflatable" Frosty the Snowman rode shotgun o n the back of the truck. This Christmas tree-lighted fire engine was accompanied by a dancing "reindeer" -- all decked out with mock antlers and tinsel and a dancing "elf," wearing tinsel as well. Both Following were the trucks and personnel, wereimpersonatedbyacoupleofSmithville's from around Gilmer County, the Midway and ' fine civic-minded firefighters. .Smithville Volunteer Fire Departments be- Continued on page 4 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: .:.:.:.:..:.:.:.:.= >xo:.:.\>\>\> x+ + : ...................... =: = !::: =: :. _> ...... :+:.=+>:+:+\>\>:+\>\>\>\>\>:+\>r, ::   :: ::i::i::;::i::i;::iiii:.i i::i i:i i::i:i i-i:i i iiii:iiiiiiii ;i i iiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii:iiii i iiiiiiiiil :;ii i i:i:i::::::i:: i:: i iii i i!iiii i i i!::i :,!::i!ii:-iiii i::i i  i::i:i!i::i !iiii::i::i::ii ;i i::i::i::i::iii i i i::ili i lii ;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii;!iiiiii:!:i:iiii::: FUN, YET IRONIC TAILGATING AT THE CAR CARE BOWL m On Tues., Dec. 23, Andrew Hedges (I-r), the head pressman at Spencer Newspapers, told Dave Corcoran, Sr., Glenville publisher-editor, that he wouldn't be going to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. This was a conversation that took place between the pair after the Christmas issue of our Glenvitle newspapers were printed that day. But alas, on last Sat., Dec. 27 when arriving in the parking area of the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, Corcoran heard some familiar voices yelling at him. "Hello, Dave," sounds coming afar from across the large lot. Ironically, they were the voices of none other than Andrew Hedges and his friend, Anthony Roberts (third from left), who, at the last moment, decided to attend the West Virginia University-University of North Carolina match-up. They had traveled from Spencer down to North Carolina the evening before, staying with former Roane Countians now living in that area. Corcoran took his son, Patrick, and his fiance, Morgan McKinney, who also drove down the evening before. Oddly, the Hedges-Roberts team, which worked together for many years at the Spencer Newspapers, were the only people from this area and state that the Corcorans knew. Roberts is now a horne builderwith his brother in the Spencer area, but Hedges continues to work at Spencer Newspapers, owned by his father, David. The Spencer Newspapers' production plant has printed The Glenville Democrat and Glenville Pathfinderfor over two decades. THE LITTLE 'FOLKS WHO SHINE' ... AT CHRISTMASTIME-- Almost every church in Gilmer and the surrounding counties has a number of youngsters who really get into Christmas -- the true meaning of Christmas, that is. Their parents or grandparents regularly take them to their church during the Yuletide and eagerly point out the Manger Scene, where the infant Christ Child is the focal point, surrounded by Mary; Joseph, the shepherds, farm animals, and, last by not the least, the angels. Kids relate very well to a baby, especially the Christ Child, as the varying facial expressions of these girls demonstrate. From left to right are Brittany and Ashley Klotz and Keely Ann McWhirter all being in the 3-to-5 year old age range. For these young 2e0ple, they ad a wonderful Christmas by getting not only their fair share of toys from Santa Claus, but also learning more about the newborn Savior's birth over 2,000 years ago. The photograph was taken at the front alter in Good Shepherd Catholic Church of Glenvilte. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) "'"'"" Area Briefs "'"'"'" GSC continues Charleston project In early December 2008, the Glenville State College's Forestry Dept., once again, headed south on 1-79 to Charleston in order to plant trees on the Yeager Airport's hillsides. "This joint GSC-Yeager Airport project is moving forward nicely," stated the College's Land Resources Divisional Chair Rick Sypolt. The forestry students are getting good experience in working on steep slopes and over less than favorable terrain, he commented, adding that no organization in the Charleston area apparently wanted to take on the often dangerous project. Council to deal with 'littered' property, etc. The Glenville City Council will hold the Third Reading of an Amendment to an existing ordinance to put more teeth into the city's ability t 9 correct litter on private property. In addition, the Council is expected to hear Mayor John Bennett's assessment of recent Sidewalk Committee fund-raising and contractual issues. By way of background, at the December I Council meeting, the Councilpersons passed the Second Reading of the amendment to compel people to keep up their property. "They'll need to fix it up; or, if they don't, we'll do it," explained Mayor Bennett. The Council, then, established a Public Hearing on the issue, scheduling it for 6:45 p.m. on next Mon., Jan. 5, 2009, or one-quarter hour before the regular Council meeting. The general public is encouraged to attend this meeting and to comment, if they feel so inclined. In Glenville Utility business, Councilperson Bill Grottendieck III reported that the city's utility arm had a contract for the replacement of water lines at the College and in the downtown. "We're working on this contract with the engineers, because the USDA's Rural Development (bureau) is financially underwriting the project," he further explained. He also got the CounCil's approval to enter into a contract fo r legal services with Thomas R. Michael, an attorney-at-law, for the project. In additional city business, the Council will hear a report from Mayor Bennett, relative to the Sidewalk Project's funding issue. Also, at the December meeting, the Mayor had stated; "The engineers got a copy of the (Councilperson Bill Grottendieck's) questions; I will meet with the engineers to get their input." Continued on page 4 WVU 31-UNC 30-- As the clock was running out at the end of the game, West Virginia University fans poured onto the field to celebrate, as the euphoria of winning a prominent national bowl game the fourth year in a row sunk in. In a side note of interest, WVU quarterback Pat White set a national NCAA record by being the quarterback directing the Mountaineer attack in four successive bowl game victories during his four-year career at the Morgantown school. He was also namel as the Meineke Car Care Bowl's Most Valuable Player for his outstanding performance that afternoon. Although the game was in Charlotte, North Carolina, that city's newspaper stated that more WVU fans were present in the sold-out Bank of America Stadium (Home of the Carolina Panthers) than University of North Carolina supporters. And, for all of the thousands of Mountaineer fans, the stadium's playing of "Country Roads," by John Denver, afterwards, added much more emotion to this great win. Also, it was noted in the press that the businesses in the North Charlotte area were anticipating large sales from West Virginians that whole weekend. Indeed,as the Corcoran family returned to Charleston and, then, to Glenville, they saw dozens of Mountaineer fans stopping all along the way on 1-79 to get gas, food and to shop. So, West Virginia, itself, got some economic benefit from WVU's participation in this out-of-state bowl game. (9-2oo8) who was a popular Gilmer County businessman and citizen activist, who made a lasting impact on this region. OLEN JAMES "BUCK" WHITE There was much more to Olen James "Buck" White's life than what was reflected in his obituary on page 10 in this newspaper's issue. At age 73 on Tues., Dec. 23, Buck White died, leaving a void in Gilmer County and central West Virginia's citizens' advocacy groups, because he always made a difference. In his life and work here, he promoted many good causes, notably in bugging the Public Service Commission of West Virginia enough to compel two different competing area phone companies to provide their customers with a joint system of in-county dialing, thereby eliminating the necessity of consumers to pay for long distance calls. As a result, phone users in the areas of Gilmer and Calhoun counties can now talk to each other at the lower in-county rates -- BB ("Before Buck") we were charged at long distance rates. In the main, Buck, a Spruce Run Road resident and longtime appliance and heating repaimmn, spent many hours traveling up- and-down the highways in Gilmer and Cal- houn counties collecting signatures to bring Continued on page 4