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Single Copy Price-50 (47r plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Final Notice: Federal Disaster Flood Victims At 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 28, representatives from the Federal Disaster Assistance Program-Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will hold their first meeting in Gilmer County in the Commission's Room at the Courthouse. These grants include the elevating of houses out of the flood plain, their removal to other locations, or a federal buyout of the places. Applications, however, must be made. Moreover, if your property has been damaged in the past two years and you've received previous FEMA grants, you are still eligible. Contact Reta Kight, a Gilmer County Commissioner, at 462-5660 for details. Our County's Wish & Prayer for 2004 --- That our Gilmer By David H. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor The room was packed and the mood, somber, as the Gilmer County Economic Development Association met and took a grip on its severely weakened financial future. In the new year's first order of business -- following the substantial loss of its core funding at the hands of county voters in the recent ~.. County personnelin Special Services Excess Levy Election, the EDA's directors started off with electing a new the military services in group of officers. war-torn Iraq will New EDA officers Mr. Denny Pounds, the owner and manager return back home safe and sound! of McDonald's restaurant, was elected presi- Iditorial Page-- dent, replacing County Commissioner Reta How about all of those greatI Kight. 'This took me somewhat by surprise, but hristmas Cards & Head Start,/ I'll have a platform formulated to deliver by the Page 3[ February meeting," Mr. Pounds states ilmar's Sports Scene --| Rounding out the executive complement that Local basketball teams posSt i was also elected at that Thurs., Jan. 15 regular ] important wins; lose some too. d monthly meeting at the courthouse were Wanda Pagb~ 4&'7~ Reed, a civic and school leader, as vice-presi- [Health Happiness-- I dent; Sandy Pettit, a businessperson, as trea- t Stay healthy in the New Year! surer; and Tom Ratliff, a contractor, as secre- Iof 2004 and let these docs help! tary. Since future funding is a primary concern of i age6 the non-profit group, the board approved ap- ilmer Goings CROCHET CLASSES starting on Wed. Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Gilmer Co. Senior Center. if in- terested, you need to bring a skein of yam and desired needle size. For bedspread cotton thread, you need a #6 steel needle. For more informa- tion call 462-5761. RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF MEETING for Gilmer County will be Men., Feb. 9 at 5:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church - Glenville, (lower level). Re- lay theme is 'Relay Rocks' Relay date is May 21. Anyone wishing to help plan or work with this years event is invited to attend. This year's Relay will BE A ONE COUNTY(Gilmer) EVENT. Light refreshments will be available. If you have question, con- tact Sue Edwards - Chairman at 462- 7423. SPECIAL OLYMPICS The Gilmer Co. Special Olympics will be holding a weighted rabbit hunt on Sat. Jan. 24, for more information call Martin Hess at 462-5442 or 462-8735. DEMOCRAT WOMEN will meet at the Common Place Res- taurant, Tue., Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. All democrat women are invited. MONTHLY MEETING of the Gilmer County Public Service District Board of Directors will be held on Men., Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at 232 West Main St, Glenville. The public is in- vited to attend. GIRL SCOUT COOKIES The Gift Scout Cookie Sale started Friday. We are now taking orders. If you would like to place a phone or- der, call Becky Bush at 462-8107. FLU VACCINATION CUNICS Gilmer County Health Department still has Flu Vaccine available. The next vaccination clinic is Jan. 27 from 8-11 a.m. For more information call 462- 7351. (Continued on Page 10) i [lF~ ~ ting The Gilmer County Commission will meet at I p.m. on this Thurs., Jan. 22 at the Courthouse for its second regular meeting of the month. To be laced on the afternoon agenda, any citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance. The Editorial Page ............................. 3 Sports ......................................... 4 & 7 Obituaries ........................................ 10 Society ............................................ 8-9 Courthouse News ............................ 16 Legals .............................................. 11 Classifieds .................................. 14-15 GGOs ..................................... L. 1 & 10 GSC News .................................. 1 & 5 proaching the State Legislature to request Bud- get Digest funds for the following projects: editation Thought far the Week --- "it is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen." Aristotle Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.) I II Gienville's Vision Plan ($100,000); the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department ($100,000); Glenville State College's Bluegrass Festival and International Fiddle Competition ($5,000) and the newly proposed Little Kanawha River Festival ($3,000). Potential future funding "The state of West Virginia won't let our EDA die," Mr. Jim Fealy, the organization's executive director, assures his board of di- rectors. As of June 30, 2004, however, the Gilmer County EDA will lose its $24,000 allotment from the local excess levy funds. As a result, Mr. Fealy is searching for replacement mon- ies. 'TII be contacting the Benedum Founda- tion and several other community develop- ment charities which I'm confident will give us some help," he relays. "It (fund-raising) will be a challenge, but I don't want to accomplish this goal at the expense of not spending enough time in making other valuable EDA projects suc- ceed," he assures the board. Glenville's Vision Plan In tact, m the Executive Director's Report, he spoke longer on the,Vision Plan to revital- ize and beautify Glenville's Business Dis- tricts than perhaps any other single topic. "A group of us spoke with Congressman (Alan) MoUohan (Dem.- 1 st Dist.) about the Vision Plan (which was recently completed by HNTB Architects and City Planners) and he Continued on page 6 BUCK BETTERS THE BLOOD SUPPLY -- After giving a pint of blood, Glenville's Buck Stephens (lying down) relaxes and jokes with Vonda Kuhl. Both served as American Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteers during the Wed. afternoon, Jan. 14 Gilmer County Bloodmobile at the Wesley-Arbuckle Center on Glenville's College Hill. Over 40 pints were donated that day, thereby easing the Red Cross's blood shortage, statewide. According to Red Cross officials, the holiday season finds most people too busy to donate, just at the time when traffic and home accidents frequently increase --- thus, placing more demand on the life-giving substance. As a contented blood donor, Buck says, "1 give because it helps people." And, he's not alone here in Gilmer County, as many other regulars do the same. Because these and all of the other local Red Cross volunteers'give generously of their time, energy and many their blood to save lives, they certainly deserve our "Folks Who Shine" designation. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) A 'PICTURE' OF A RECENT GSC GRADUATE -- Jeremy Groves (I-r), a May 2003 history graduate of Glenville State College, wants to start making a little history himself -- in the entrepreneurial world of creating joyful historical memories via photographs for families, sweethearts and good friends. So, he's formed his own photo studio named "Groves Photography," based in Nettle (Nicholas County). However, his service area is much larger than just Nicholas County, he explains. The enthusiastic and skillful young man and his fiance, Heather Dawley, recently returned to Glenville in order to set up his first photo shoot here for family portraits at the Hands of Pride Day Care Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 7. (Look for the related ad in the next two issues of The Glenvi/le Democrat & Pathfinder for details.) As the 2004 legislative session revs up in Charleston, Jeremy takes more interest in statewide politics than most people. In his senior year at GSC, he was awarded a Frazier-Singleton Fellowship to intern with a state legislator for two weeks during last year's session. "1 liked seeing how politics worked," he recalls. As to GSC's stature at the Statehouse, he stresses that his higher education here was superior. "At GSC, the professors, especially in the History Department, were just great," he emphasizes. Nevertheless, in conjunction with his basic GSC college education and the on-the-job training that he's received at a Summersville studio while working his way through college, he feels confident that his photographic skills can be put to good use in Gitmer County in the weeks, months and years to come. "1 always look forward to returning to Glenville, seeing old friends and serving the people who helped me out so much while I was in college here," he says in conclusion. (Star/photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) (GilmerCounty's '49ers are Happy MOUNTAIN STATE PRIDE IN CALIFORNIA - Ran Kuhl is pictured here in his "hooka," adjusting the hose of a gas-powered dredge in the Scott River, Northern California. Flying high on the dredge apparatus is the West Virginia state flag.Kuhl and his wife, Karen (inset photo), greatly enjoy their decade-long hobby of gold prospecting. For gold prospectors, that glitters... Local couple enjoys hobby in their 'golden ,years By Kn'stal Sheets, Gilmer County who travel to many parts of Staff Reporter the country each year to do a little gold When most people think of gold prospect- panning themselves. ing, the date "1849" comes to mind.'Tater Knob residents Ran and Karen That's when the California Gold Rush be- Kuhl got interested in gold prospecting gan in earnest, one year belore Catitbrnia even after watching shows about it on the Out- became a state. By 1851, gold production in door Channel and the Discovery Channel. California reached $81 million, and in 1859, The couple have been prospecting for ten the famous 54-pound Willard gold nugget was years, now, and their most recent trip took found in Butte County. them to a remote part of Northern Califor- And by 1864, the Call fornia Gold Rush was nia from June 1 until mid-October of 2003. effectively over. The town nearest their prospecting site But that hasn't stopped people from pros- was more than 30 miles away. There, they pecting for gold in the West and elsewhere. In searched parts of Scott River seeking the fact, we have gold prospectors right here in Continued on page'6 OeOOOOOOQO00 O000000000eOO CANA to exhibit at Legislature's Tech Day The Center for Appalachian Network Access (CANA), a Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh-based technology innovating department, will co-man an exhibit of its wireless broadband technology on this Wed., Jan. 21 at the State Capitol in Charleston. JOHN WHITEHILL, CANA'S GRANTS' SPOKESPERSON ate v-p) and representatives from the Commission, (which, along with the are the grant providers), will all be instructive and useful session for the public who visit the display." Continuing, he reports that after the winter's snowy, chilly weather subsides in the spring, approximately 20 Carnegie Mellon students will come to Glenville tohelp GSC finish the broadband technology's installation and to participate in a The purpose of this display will be to update the state's legislators, technology business representa- tives and the general public about making Glenville the first small community in the Mountain State to have wireless broadband lnternet access. CANA is spearheading this project in partnership with Glen- ville State College -- the local grantee. The occasion is the West Virginia Technology Day at the Legislature, a popular annual event spon- sored by the West Virginia Technology Association, with Mr. Hughes Booher as the organization's presi- dent and the special event's coordinator, From the local perspective, Mr. S. John Whitehili, CANA's grants originator, outlines, "Dr. Robert Free- man (GSCs presi- dent), Mr. Larry Baker (the C lege's technology associ- Appalachian Regional Benedum Foundation, there, so it will be an legislators and general HUGHES BOOHER OF WVTA, STATE AUTHORITY ON TECH week-long series of public presentations and question-and-answer sessions. "We're going to make certain that everyone understands this technology and how it will benefit the residents and businesses in Glenville," he adds. Tech Day at the Legislature took place in the Capitol's Rotunda from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday. For follow-up information, watch for a special news account in next week's newspaper. More local candidates throw hats in the ring in rush to beat the Sat., Jan. 31 deadline From Jan. 12 through Sat., Jan. 31, local candidates, who are seeking elective offices on the nation, state and county levels, are required to file for those specific offices for the May 11 Primary Election. The deadline to file is Sat., Jan. 31 -- filings by mail must be postmarked by, at least, midnight of that date, according to Gilmer County Circuit Clerk Lane Smith. One hundred seats in the West Virginia House of Delegates are available this election year, along with 17 in the State Senate. Filing fees for these offices are: State Senate (four-year term): $150 and House of Delegates (two-year term): $75. These and other statewide and national candidacies must be filed through the W. Va. Secretary of State's office in Charleston. l= Gilmer Countians will have a chance to vote on every elected office in the courthouse, the county's magistrate positions, and one county commission seat (Glenvil!e District). Continued on page 6