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The lenv i I le Democrat A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Puhlished B And For Giimer County People 16 Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE,  COUNTY, WV 26351 Thursday, January 6, 1977 Latest snowstorm depletes supplies i Je L i *   i , ..... L i ; o ,+,, ,,sti >,, snowfalls and frigid temperatures left for area children to frolic in last week. Tlmmy his sister Lisa, 6, children of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Road hopped aboard their snow saucer last chilling rides. [Democrat photos] of salt for city streets, county roads The Gilmer County office of the Department of Highways had to resort to the use of cinders in their snow removal efforts Friday, Dec. 31 because of a lack of calcium chloride. West Virginia and the entire country has been faced with the same problem because two of the four suppliers of the nation's salt (both sodium chloride and calcium chloride) have been unable to remove the compounds from their flooded mines. Furthermore, shipment of the salt to West Virginia is hampered by the existing low water on the Mississippi River and also icy conditions in Illinois. The county office still has about 20 tons of sodium chloride on hand. They Both frucks left town were unable to use the salt on Dec. 31. however, because it doesn't melt snow when the temperature goes below 25 degrees. Calcium chloride will melt snow at temperatures below 25 degrees. County Roads Supervisor Blaine Brady estimated the salt supply could be used pretty quickly if a severe storm hit. "The state hasn't told us a thing about when we can expect another shipment of salt." said Brady. The city of Glenville. which usually gets their supply of salt from the county office, ran out of their supply of sodium chloride after the' Dec. 31 snow. They do. however, have about 300 pounds of calcium chloride in storage. Mayor Delbert Davidson said that it would be saved for use primarily on city sidewalks. I'm going to wait a couple of days and see it the county gets a salt shipment, but if they don't. I'm going to try and get a shipment from another source." said Davidson. Davidson said he would like to avoid the use of cinders on city streets. because of the clean-up problem. "'We used cinders last year and after the snow melted we had to sweep every city street by hand to get them cleaned up," he said. Both Brady and Davidson said they had used much more of the compounds this year than in previous years, because of the unusually heavy snowfalls so far this winter. According to Highways Commis- sioner W.S. Ritchie. throughout the state last year the Department of Highways spread approximately 140.000 tons of salt at a rate of 500 pounds per mile of two-lane highway. Ritchie estimated it costs about $.5 million to clear the state's highways after an average one or two-day snowstorm. "There are a lot of 'if's' in this situation." said Ritchie. "If suppliers can mine the salt and if the salt can be delivered to West Virginia, the DOH will be able to keep the high'rays clear. If not. we hope that motorists will realize that the Department's show removal efforts are severely restricted by the shortage of salt." Fire truck departures draws city's concern Glenville City Council called Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Depart- ment Chief Gerald Davis before them Monday night to explain why both fire trucks had left the town last week to fight a vehicle fire on Crooked Run. A few years ago the city donated $15,000 to the fire department on the stipulation that at least one truck would always be in town. Councilmen noted that city fire insurance rates would have doubled if the fire department would have been unable to assure that one fire truck would always be left in town. Davis explained that both trucks had been sent out on the authority of Assistant Chief Greg Nicholson and he did not know why it had been done. He assured the council that both trucks would never leave the town again 'nnlml er were twoflres at fli same " time or another such emergency occurred. Nicholson explained to the Democrat/Pathfinder he authorized both trucks to leave the station because the fire was first reported as a garage fire and he was afraid of the possibility of a lack of water at the scene. He added that he only took the second truck to the top of the hill west of Glenville and turned around when he learned by radio that the fire was a vehicle fire. He noted that he was in radio contact with the Glenville fire hall at all times. In other business: Mayor Delbert Davidson announc- ed that since the new sewer rates were instituted last month Glenville Utility has shown their first profit in several months. The utility made a profit of $3,216.17 last month. The Mayor also informed the council the t the Department of Housing and Urban Development had given the city the right to act as their own contractor in laying water lines with $54,000 left over from a HUD grant for the city's new water tank. Councilman Clark Wolfe asked if this would make it possible to replace the water line along Clayton St. "Some of the people up there have complained about not having much water pressure. About all those people get for being in the city is street lights." said Wolfe. Davidson said that since the city would he saving so much money by {continued on page 4} Mayor says senior center assured Glenville Mayor Delbert Davidson told the Democrat/Pathfinder last week that there is an "80 per cent chance" a new Senior Citizens center will be built in Glenville. Pete Minter. program evaluation coo-dinator for the Appalachian Development Council. chaired public meetings in Glenville on Dec. 27 and 29 The state has already" designed the pre-engineered shell structure which will serve as the center. It will be 40 ft. x 75 ft. and contain 3.000 sq. ft. The one-story multi-purpose building would house a dining area. a conference room, three offices, a recreation area. a kitchen and a crafts area. t  " " and explained that he governors Minter estimated the shell office will be making a pre-aPplicatinn" building would cost approximately for a HUD Community Development $68,000 and fully equipped it would Block grant on behalf of 15 counties, cost from $108,000-$114.000. The Approximately 25 senior citizens appeared at the meetings and requested that the funds be spent for a senior citizens center. On Dec. 30 Davidson reported that he had talked to various government officials and he had learned that Gilmer, Braxton and Tucker Counties are likely sites for the erection of the centers. Davidson maintained there is an 80 per cent chance funds will be made available for the center, even though HUD must first approve the pre-application and then approve a final pre-application. The pre-applica- tion must be filed by Jan. 7. According to Davidson there is also $500,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission funds and $180,000 from the State Commission on Aging available for the project. takes aim at school dropout problem of Gilmer County last year at the of the psychologist. The school staff will meet monthly to discuss progress and problems. Success of the program will be measured by the students' attendance as well as academic improvement. "The potential for this project to he continued after ESAE Title IV funding is great," Hardman said. "The project will identify those factors affecting the potential students and allow a continuous program designed to deal with the factors causing a dislike for school." books can be earned by identified students and tutors if the student will Parents of the identified students will be invited to a conference with the council and psychologist to assist with the implementation of the prevention program. If parents are unable to attend conferences, a home-school visitor and psychologist will visit parents at home to involve them in the project. Regular classroom teachers will conduct the major part of the instructional program under guidance contributed to dropout rate Years. to increase the of local schools, have initiated a program aimed graders considered prevention programs based on evaluation sessions with the students. Hardman said the programs will tap all available resources including parents, teachers, the administration and all special school services for a complete attack on the drop out program. "We will also make an attempt to team the identified students with a classmate or two who show potential of being capable of tutoring in classroom tasks." he added. A potential bonus of 50 paperback Gilmer, Lewis merge road offices Gilmer and Lewis Counties will make up Residency 0732 in District Seven under a reorganized county system of maintenance management recently announced by the W.Va. Dept. of Highways. Headquarters for the residency will be in Weston. The reorganization means that state road work will be conducted on a route basis rather than a county basis, Lewis County and Gilmer County DOH crews can now cross each other's county boundary lines for work projects. Jim Anglin of Buckhannon has been named to head the resident office. Dale Craft of Weston has been named assistant resident supervisor. Gilmer County will retain a DOH office, now referred to as a "work area". Blaine Brady, currently county supervisor, will be retained as foreman of the county office. Neighboring Calhoun County and Roans County have been designated as Residency 0313 in District 3 with headquarters in Spencer. Braxton and Webster Counites are Residency 0733 in District Seven with headquarters in Burnsville. Residency 0416, District Four. is Doddridge and Harrison Counties with headquarters in Clarksburg, and Residency 0312, with headquarters in Ellanboro. includes Ritchie, Wirt and Pleasants Counties. The new "residency" system, which has been under development for a year, will result in better service for West Virginia motorists, with no cost increase, said Highway Commissioner W.S. Ritchie. Jr. Instead of 55 counties. the state is now divided into 30 residencies. "The new division is more realistic in regards to mainenance of individual highways than the previous county system," Ritchie said. A resident engineer will be in charge of each residency. Under the old system, a count,/ maintenance engineer supervised the county unit. "The resident engineers will give the maintenance system a new professionalism," commented Ritchie. "Whereas only one of the county maintenance superintendents was an engineer, all of the resident engineers will be." Commissioner Ritchie said that no one will be discharged under the new system. Most of the county mainte- nance superintendents will become either general foremen or resident supervisors under the resident engineers. Robert Hard- SUperintendent of said the state to conduct the through June 30, is designed 'age attendance of by three per Year's _ attendance The target groups students from four sixth three from each from Hardman hopes more and dislikes of equip staffs to Outs. prevention" school will of a sixth home-school and school staff study of each then Plan individual facility would be owned and maintained by the Commission on Aging. Minter explained that it wasn't necessary at this stage of the application to have a site chosen far the center. He was unable to say" whether the grant funds would be used ad or if it would b necessary for another entity to purchase the land or seek a land donation. Police seek burglary suspect, release stats Glenville Variety Store and Dave's Drive In were broken into on the evening of Dec. 26. According to Glenville Police Chief Dallas Goodrich $426 worth of goods was stolen from Glenville Variety and $125 worth of goods was stolen from Dave's Drive In. Goodrich said he has enough evidence to arrest a suspect but the man has eluded arrest. The City of Glenville also recently released their arrest records for 1976. The city collected $15,233 in fines from the mayor's court on 558 arrests in 1976. The city paid $2.937.40 to feed the prisoneers they sent to the Gilmer County jail. Prisoners sentenced by the city spent 446 days in county iail. Miscellaneous traffic offenses led the arrest list with 258 arrests: Other crimes and arrests in the city were: public intoxication--190, littering--5, fighting--3, indecent exposure--2, petit larceny--2 and miscellaneous offenses-- 13. L Ill I IIIll SWORN IN--Circuit Judge William Kidd swore in Gilmer County Magistrates Robert Mlnigh [left] and John George Wolfe on Friday, Dec. 1. The magistrates will be hearing cases in the main Courthouse Imilding until their office space in the courthouse annex Is cleared and their furniture is set up. Kidd also swore in Albert Sommervlile as a Judge of the 14th Judicial circuit on Friday in Webster Springs. Kidd will serve as chief Judge of the circuit. Both Judges will try cases in Gflmer County. [Democrat photo]