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Attention Shoppers: Cirdulars enclosed in this week's paper are from U-Pak of Glenville, Glenville Foodland, and Shop 'n' Save of Weston. These are appear- ing 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. What about the Old Bridge in Glenville? Do we want to save it or not? For the answer, see this week's "Corcoran Column!" For the latest in GCHS and GSC basketball, see pages 1 & 2B. Also, don't miss our Super Bowl Section for your TV info; you'll know as much as the pundits ~0 6D~1 VJ~ ~ ............. AVE .... loo-1208 ..... WA 98 ~: ,l | i im m| ~ | i ! ,i,lt ,,,i ,,i,it .,i,,I,,i .... .,,ll,,ll ..... i, '' ,,t, The Glenvi7411e Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) 0) Pubhshed by and for Gdmer County People is in the air! Deadline for Advertising for area businesses 5 p.m., next Mon, Feb. 9, 2009 (This special section focuses on our area's lo~ers ai~d anyone else who has:enjoyed all of thi~se valentines" they received during their school :years, All area businesses ought to be ti:netuded in:this section, because ifs a commer- ci:a] enhancement effort for Our community and :ht0ks2up:ide~lly With this multi~bi:llitn :tioi!~r national holiday. Finally, individuals may :also place personal welt-wlshes to their loved :ones f in this issue.To be:included,Call us at 462~7309 :or e mail leizvil&newsad@rtot net) : This week's prayer Dear Heavenly Father, Please give the new president, Mr. Barack Obama. the wisdom and tools to turn the nation's economy around, to end the war. and to address the country's other nagging social and educational problems. Also. as the vari- ous community improvement projects move for- ward. boost the civic-mindedness, energy, and survival of selfless volunteerism in the various improvement committees, notably CreateWV, Communities '4' Development, Recruitable Com- munities. Glenville Goes Green. etc.. but espe- cially in their efforts to revitalize downtown Glen- ville: Inspire City Councilpersons with a larger vision to support these citizen-based initiatives for local beautification, specifically by endorsing the sidewalk project. Finally, a special prayer goes to you readers, as we editors know that many of our subscribers are facing some serious health chal- lenges during this cold weather. Amen. U.S. & WV. History Shorts January was an eventful month in the Moun- tain State% history and in area basketball. On January 26. 1960, Burnsville High's basketball star. Danny Heater, set a national record by scoring 135 points against Widen: On January 27. 1826, the Virginia Gen- eral Assembly established the town of Suttonsville. now Sutton: On January 29, 1873, the C & O Railroad was completed from Huntington to Richmond: and On January 31, 1878, W.W. Trent: who was WV's Superintendent of Schools from 1933 to 1957. was born in Nicholas County." ilmer Goings GILMER GADABOUTS Gilmer Gadabouts will meet at noon on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Shawnee Hall, at the Gilmer County Recreation Center. Lunch will be served for a small fee. Joyce Cain will be guest speaker and will demonstrate her crafts. Please attend, since January's meeting was cancelled due to bad weather. Continued on page 8B ?ubli Me@Sings The Glenville State College Board of Governors will meet Monday, February 2, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Harry B. Heflin Administration Building, President's Conference Room on the Glenville Sate College Campus. The public is welcome, for more information, contact Teresa Sterns at (304) 462- 4110. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at 7:30 p. m. on next Mon., Feb. 2 at the City Hall. The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a. m. on next Tues., Feb. 3 at the Courthouse's County Commission Room for its regular public meeting.For details, call 462-7641. IhSid This :x : Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week "As I understand it, sport is hard work for which you do not get paid." Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb "War is much too important a matter to be left to tke general~." Georges Clemenceau, French presi- dent At Gilmer's PSD--- State Route 5 Project nearing completion with Dusk Camp add-on By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor After a customer's request was handled in a lengthy exchange, the Gilmer County Public Service District's Board of Directors heard a lot of~,ood news relative to their latest water- line extension project the State Route 5 initiative. The Men. evening, Jan. 12 public meeting brought the news that after finishing the regu- lar and lion's share portion of the contract, the waterline extension-up Dusk Camp Road, which had been approved later as an add-on. is about one-half finished, in spite of some inclement construction weather. With a smile. Matt Fluharty, the project engineer with Thrasher Engineers, reported that one-half of the 9.600-feet extension has been installed, estimating that the final comple- tion date would be about March 21. Ten customers, of whom eight have already signed on, will be added to the County PSD's reliable and clean water system, following the extension's completion. Moreover. the project's construction is run- nlng about $90.000 under budget another bit of good news to bring smiles to the faces of the Board members. In addition, $153,000 in contingency funds have also been held back, Mr. Fluharty mentioned. Next, it seems that the PSD will eye run- ning the waterline over the hill to Cedarville. Also. there was serious discussion of ap- Continued on page 4A ..-...- Area Briefs 000000000 Gilmer's Birthday Celebration to be next Men. The 164th Anniversary of the forming of Gilmer County, or the county's official birthday, will be celebrated at a short noon-time ceremony and be followed by cake and punch social period in the Courthouse's main lobby The festive occasion takes place annually, and is jointly sponsored by the Gilmer County Commission and the county's Historical Society. In past years, newcomers to the county have attended the festivity, among other reasons, to find out more about their new home. Also. students are welcome at this short, yet instructive program. For further information, call either Society President Marion Reed at 304-462-4002 or V-P Dave Corcoran. 462-7309. Glenville offices' filing ends this Sat., Jan." 31 The city of Glenvilte's next General Election will be held on Tues.. June 9, 2009. The following municipal offices are available to file for: mayor, recorder, and five councilpersons, one to represent each one of the city's five wards. To run for any of these offices, the candidate must file a Certificate of Announcement at City Hall anytime until and including this Sat., Jan. 31 (on this latter day, the postmark must be before midnight. The candidate's document can be picked up at the City Hall'slkc!ayor'~ Office during the week from 8, or tom 12:30-to-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. this week Municipal Special Street Election next Tues Glenville's Special Levy Election will be held from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on next Tues.. Feb. 3 at City Hall. If the renovation work hasn't been completed in the City Hall's basement, it will take place in the upstairs, with access via Howard Street. according to Mayor John Bennett. The Special Levy is restricted for purposes of repairing and maintaining curbs, streets. sidewalks, and street lighting, and will run from July 1. 2009 until July 1. 2013. See the sample ballot on page 7A. The tax rates for city residents to continue this assistance to the city's Street Dept. will not increase. Owing to the need to canvass the Special Levy Election's ballots, the next City Council meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Men.. Feb. 9, City Recorder Cathy Nolan has announced. Then. the Council will canvass the ballots at 6:15 p.m.. and, a little later, hold the Public Hearing on the Property Litter Ordinance at 6:45. February's regular public City Council meeting will then follow the Public Hearing at 7 p.m. the usual time. but not the usual date (which is ordinarily the first Monday of each month). Bob Henry Baber to address Woman's Club The Woman's Club of Glenville anticipates an extra special program for its upcoming Men., Feb. 9 monthly meeting. Dr. Bob Henry Baber, who is an extensively-published poet, a former Richwood mayor, and cun-ently a Glenville State College fund-raiser, will be presenting a rather novel program, according to Mrs. Grace Oppe. the local club's president. "The meeting will be close to Valentine's Day, so that will probably play a part in his presentation, along with several other options that only he can do." she reports, noting that the overall theme of his address will remain a mystery. "It's up to our area's members and their guests to attend this meeting to find out what's up in this sp.ecial presentation." she quickly adds. The luncheon meeting will take place at noon on Men.. Feb. 9 at the Pizza Hut. All members and their guests are encouraged to attend. BLOODMOBILE IN GLENVILLE -- On Wed. afternoon, Jan. 21, the American Red Cross' Bloodmobile came to town for its periodical Blood Drive. About 30 pints were collected in the Fellowship Hall of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Before giving a pint of blood himself, Gilmer County Commission President Larry Chapman took a moment to speak with Mrs. Pam Hamilton, the Bloodmobile's head collection specialist. The unit's collectors were mainly from the Morgantown area. Kay Moore (not pictured), a Glenville City Councilperson, is the Bloodmobilels local coordinator. She welcomes other donors to this regular Gilmer County Bloodmobile. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.-a blood donor) Niki Stalnaker- Ramezan rejoins United Bank as Branch Manager Niki Stalnaker-Ramezan. a native of this area. has rejoined United Bank as a Branch Manager in the Glenville office. Mrs. Stalnaker-Ramezan will be respon- sible for managing the office and growing the deposit base for the market, but also for pro- viding excellent customer service. Her Regional Manager, Linda Chaney, was eager to have her back. "We are excited to have Niki rejoin our United Bank team. She worked for us as a part-time Sales Associate while enrolled in college, and has strong fam- ily ties in the Glenville and Gilmer County area. Prior to rejoining United Bank, Stalnaker- Ramezan was Director of Marketing and Ad- missions for SunBridge Care and Rehab in Glenville. She earned her degree in Business Administration from Glenville State College and is a leader in community organizations. such as the Gilmer County Relay for Life and the Gilmer County Chronic Disease Coali- NIKI STALNAKER RAMEZAN tion. Stalnaker-Ramezan currently resides in Glenville and can be reached at 304-462-5001 for all of your financial needs. Stop by and say, "Hello." to her! ":i?il !i;3 !)i i i DIVERSITY AND UNITY IN EDUCATION-- Fine examples of diversity and unitywere advocated by all three men at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance at Glenville State College on Tues. evening, Ja n. 20. From left to right are M r. Ki pp Colvin GSC's Director of Student Activities; WV State Delegate Clif Moore (Dem.-McDowell County); and GSC President Peter Barr. (Staff photo by Cassandra Huff, Staff Reporter) GSC's Martin Luther King Holiday program was uplifting to all people By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter On Tues., Jan. 20, Glenville State College acknowledged the progress of our great na- tion with an event held in honor of Martin Luther King's birthday. Mr. Kipp Colvin, Director of Student Ac- tivities at GSC. indicated that the first time he had heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, he had watched it with his grandmother in his younger years. She has since passed away. He stressed that the speech had great sig- nificance to him: however, his grandmother cried during it. Mr. Colvin asked about her tears, and she told him that she had been in the crowd that day. He presented the audience with a video viewing of Di. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, before introducing to West Virginia State Del- egate Clif Moore, of McDowell County, who was excited to tell the audience about the Continued on page 4A NEW MINISTRY, NEW PRODUCTS -- For Visions, Vessels, & Victory's charitable ministry, the Appcon-based Christian initiative has added a new feature, in addition to its popular Food Pantry in Glenville. It has established a low-cost building products outlet, providing normally expensive windows and replacement windows and a wide variety of cabinets, including those for holding medicine, bathroom items, and linens. Here, Greg Shackleford, the 10-year manager of Appcon's Home Center, stands in front of an example of the windows that the ministry has in stock. "These building materials are limited, but are low-cost items which are very helpful to low-income people from throughout this region,', he explains, quickly mentioning-that the food pantry, only supplies the local needy. This new building products warehousing mission of Vision, Vessels, & Victory, Inc. was started in late November of last year, he adds. Potential clients must fill out an application form which has the rules stated on it. For further information, call either Deana Burke or Greg Shackleford at 462-5556. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.)