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_ . JIBIIIJlNIIIIIIINIIBII|IIIIUll , . Ii!!ulllllunlmlllltlllllllllm Attention Shoppers: Circulars enclosed in this week's paper are from Glenville Foodland, Shop 'n' Save of Weston, U-Pak of Glenville, McDonald's, Highmark and Blue Cross-Blue Shield. 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 "Welcome to Gilmer County Page" on page 16. See about the upcoming Glenville elections and the New Year's greetings in this week's "Corcoran Column" on page 3. Finally, log onto for other late-breaking news or ads! The Glenville Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746 5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 105, Number 3 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, January 15, 2009 area businses 5 p,m:, Mn.;:aa., 26, 2 (Thi special sefio:n focuses Ori :fhis year's Super Bowl 43: its teamS, players, and their stats. It's a handy :guide to rise during your TV viewing of the pro footbMl:exravasanZa. Many of the ads Contain ht!m0r:valims, and usethl products or serviCeS. All::area businesses ought "tO be included i:n::this ho0k:up w:ith this multi- billi0n: d6itar::nati6/ endof:season game, .To be included,: call us at 62-7309 0r :email:: klenvilleiiewsad:@etOknet ....... :.  : J This week's prayer Dear Heavenly Father. thank you for giving us your blessings in getting us started in this New Year of 2009. Bless the ill and badly injured among us. giwng them encouragement and heart to keep on going; we especially ask your favor for the recoveries of Paul Buche. Johanna Montgomery, Rose Snow. Wanda Luzader. Don Barker, Mary Oldaker. Kathy Starcher. Jane Law. Little Blake "Grogg" Foster. Sandra Stalnaker. and Virginia Creech. Ease the pain of bereavement for those many people who have lost loved ones this past week. Please in Your kindness -- protect all of our fine readers during this entire New Year of 2009. Finally, let the holiday season's joys con- tinue in our lives. Amen. ............. !:: i :::::ii::: ilii: ::i:ii:iiiii:i:ilili:i i,i:::::::: :: PgS :3i:  5A iiBageiiii0 U.S. & W.V. History Shorts January was an eventful month in the Moun- tain State's history. On January 15. 1889. an extra session of the West Virginia Legislature convened to settle the disputed gubernatorial election of 1888. In the end. Harrison County Republican Nathan Goff prevailed over Democrat Aretas B. Fleming; ...... On January 17, 1885, James Arthur Jack- son. who served as the state's Supreme Court librarian from 1925 to 1965. was born in Coal Valley; On January 17, 1977, John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV was inaugurated as the 29th West Virginia governor, serving until 1985: On January 19. 1894. John Hardy, an African-American railroad worker, was hanged in Welch; later, he became the subject of a popular folk song; and On Januarv 20. 1908. the Virginia Theater in Wheeling opened for business. 00_Gilmer Goings On.00 TANNER BOARD MEETING The Tanner Board meeting wil be held on January 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm. AI Tanner residents are urged to at- tend, for more information, call 462- 5855. RETIRED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES The retired school employees will meet at the Gilmer County Senior Center on January 20, at 11:00 am. Continued on page 6B The Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA) will meet at noon on this Thurs., Jan. 15 at Calhoun Banks. (Note the change of location from last week's notice.) at 5:30 p.m. For further information, call Pres. Tom Ratliff at 462-7361. The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at noon on Thurs., Jan. 22 for a covered-dish luncheon meeting. The program will be to honor our county's families, via photos. Bring your family's antique portrait! Call 462- 4002 or read this week's "Area Briefs." Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week '7 have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation when they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) U.S. civic rights leader "If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." Martin Luther King, Jr. County Commissioners kick off New Year deaEng with vandalism, finances, and 911 By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter The Gilmer County Commission started the new year, adding new County Commissioner Brian Kennedy and tackling a full agenda of business. Commissioners began with their reorganization for 2009. and elected Larry Chapman as Commis- sion President. They approved the holiday schedule for county employees, and set the monthly meeting dates for the new year. The monthly date remains unchanged. being at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Commissioners were promptly presented with the information requested from Greathouse & Son Wrecker Service for adding them to th'e county's wrecker rotation for accident calls. At the last Commission meeting, the Commissioners re- quested that the firm provide proof of being a Gilmer County business. In opening public comments. Darrell Ramsey, Director of the Gilmer County Recreation Center. addressed the commission with several items. Firstly, he thanked new Commissioner Kennedy for his efforts in assisting the Rec Center. and reminded him of his responsibility as a commis- sioner to the Rec Center. Mr. Ramsey also reminded the commission- ers of the Sat., Feb. 7 Longebarger basket and Coach Purse Bingo, stressing that the purses are authentic Coach purses, and not knock-off repro- ductions. Continued on page 4A 00000000 Area Briefs 000000000 City's Special Levy registration ends this Fri. To vote in Glenville's Special Street Levy Election on Tues., Feb. 3, residents must be registered to vote by this Fri.. Jan. 16, 2009. Any city resident of legal age who wants to vote in this election can do so by registering in tbe Gilmer County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse. It is open daily during the week from 8 a.m.-to-noon and I p.m.-to-4 p.m. Hist'l Society to highlight vintage family photos President Marion Reed announces that the Thurs.. Jan. 22 meeting of the Gilmer County Historical Society will feature the members and guests' early family photographs. "The family unit is the basic foundation of our American social system, so it's natural that the Historical SoCiety would want our county's public to feel free to bring their treasured family photographs for our "Show and Tell Session." In addition, these photos, or copies of them, may be selected for use in the Society's 2009 displays for Gilmer County's Birthday Celebration on Mon., Feb. 2 and at History Day at the State Legislature later in February. The Thurs.. Jan 22 meetmg will start off with a light luncheon at the History Center in the Holt House Annex. Members. their friends, and the general public are invited, according to President Marion Reed. State DeL Moore to speak at King tribute Glenville State College willbe honoring the life and contributions of Dr.,Martin Luther King, j, at 6 pm. on Tues.. Jan 20. in the Mollohan Campus Community ceer s Multipurpose Room on the third floor. Monday, January 19 is Martin Luther King Day, and Glenville State College will be closed in observance of the holiday. The Student Activities Office encourages all students, faculty, staff, as well as the general public to join together to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who promoted the principles of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, education for all, and the importance of community service. The ceremony's guest speaker will be Dr. Clifton Moore of Thorpe, WV. and will include remarks from students, faculty and staff, with a focus on how each of us can help continue the spirit of service. Dr. King's Holiday is seen around the world as a Day of Service and a time to reflect on how each of us can serve our communities. On Wed, Jan. 21, a Service Day Project will be held at Glenville State College in the Mollohan Center's lobby from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. with Hospice of Burnsville. If you would like additional information on Dr. King's life, work and legacy, you may be interested m visiting Also. see the "Welcome to Gilmer County" tribute on page IOA in this issue. For more information about the MLK ceremony, or if you are interested in participating in the service event, please contact Kipp Colvin at 304-462-4114, Ext. 7412 or kipp. colvin @ Relief effort mounted for fire victims Recently when 100 people were displaced by a destructive fire at Fairmont Arbors, they lost almost everything, but the clothes on their backs, according to area news reports. As a result. a Gilmer County effort is being launched to bring them some relief. Continued on page 4A ==================================================================== GLENVILLE'S NEW POSTMASTER  When picking up your mail, buying some stamps, or doing business at the Glenville Post Office, you'll probably notice a new face working behind the scenes. She's Glenville's new postmaster OIC (Officer in Charge) -- Vanessa Raschella. Even though she's a native of Upshur County, Vanessa is no stranger to Gilmer County and Glenville. In fact, her mother, Cathy Bennett, had been the postmaster here for several years earlier in this decade. Before garnering three years of postal experience of late, she is a veteran of the Iraqi War, having served our nation in the U.S. Army for eight years. She's also a graduate of both Buckhannon-Upshur High School and Mountain State University. Of Glenville and Gilmer County, the happy Vanessa comments, "1 like this community very much, because the residents are very nice." Welcome, Vanessa! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor LANE SMITH, CIRCUIT CLERK, RETIRING The New Year's first public meeting of the Gilmer County. Commission wasn't without its surprises. Here, Lane Smith (far nght, standing), a 34-year veteran as Circuit Clerk, announced his retirement to the commissioners. His retirement will become effective on February 27. 'Tve worked since I was 18-years-old," he recall s, noting that in addition to his long and productive Courthouse tenure, he was a Glenville city policeman for four years, a GSC security guard for two years, and a Deputy Sheriff under the bate Sheriff Clark James for one and a half years. Sitting on the new commission are from left to right: President Larry Chapman and Commissioners Charles "Dave" Hess and Brian Kennedy, the latter being the newest elected member of this highest county agency. (Staff photo by Cassandra Huff, Reporter) CIRCUIT CLERK-DESIGNATE Karen Elkin, a 33-year Deputy Circuit Clerk and Sand Fork resident, will become Gilmer County's next Circuit Clerk, being sworn into that office by Circuit Judge Jack Alsop at the Courthouse on this past Mon., Jan. 5. Her official duties, however, will not begin until March 1 when she assumes the office, following the retirement of current Circuit Clerk Lane Smith. About 15 well-wishers were present in the Gilmer County Circuit Courtroom to watch Karen being sworn in. She is widely known around the region as an efficient court reporter, has been a Sand Fork Town Council member for a number of years, and was the secretary of the county's Democratic Women's Club for many years. GlenviHe 's 'Main Street Gang' for revital&ation comes alive The downtown sidewalks revitalization ini- tiative for Glenville is still alive and well. according to the community's mayor. On Thurs., Jan. 8, 2005. Glenville Mayor John Bennett gave an update of the "Main Street Revitalization Gang" group's progress to the group's members and guests. The all-volunteer group originated out of a CreateWV meeting in early 2008. One of the projects that the committee decided to work on was the project to seek funds to update Glenville's downtown sidewalks and to widen Main Street. Continued on page 4A !:i::. :i:i:::::::::i:::::::::::i:i:i::: : ::::::::i:::::!:i:i::::::::ii:ilili!iiiiii:! 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This photograph, along with many other historical pictures from the counties of Braxton, Lewis, and Harrison (today's 12th State Senate District), are on display on the ground floor of the State Capitol's Rotunda in Charleston. It was labeled only as a Works Progress Administration (WPA), or New Deal, photograph. The ' exhibit will continue through this month. If anyone can identify this family, please call or e-mail Dave Corcoran, Editor, at 304-462-7309 or glenvillenewsad@rtoLnet, so that we can solve this mystery for the State Archives Dept. (Staff photo byDave Corcoran)