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January 30, 1976

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@ A Gilmer Graphics. Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gllmer Cotmty People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax} J 18 GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY. WV 26351 Friday, January 30, 1976 Will receive $799.15 of legislation 1975 in the Business | Tax rate on the in West Virginia, Treasurer Donald $1,678,889.16 will providing on the tax receiving money $1,939.11, Clay and Lewis getting percent of the collected as a has been placed in a by State Tax L. Dailey, of Business and 0 Occupation Tax returns for the first quarter of this fiscal year. Each coal-producing county's share of this total sum is determined by the amount of the coal produced within a particular county compared to the total production for the State during the taxable period. The remaining 25 percent of the severence tax collected will ultimately be deposited in a county and municipal fund to be created by an Act of the Legislature and will then be distributed as provided by that Act. The current legislative session will be considering legislation to control the distribution of the remaining 25 percent. First quarter production of the current period totaled 18.661.629 tons with production reports being Fried reflecting mining activity in 34 of West Virginia's counties. Pearson said checks had been disbursed from his office last Thursday, Jan. 22. He said this was the first of what could be considered State Revenue Sharing wth local units of government. This should help enchance the ability of local government to provide much-needed community services to citizens. These funds returned to coal-producing counties means that they may now have added revenue to provide some of the services made necessary by the increased activity associated with mineral production in their counties. These local taxes have been collected by the State Tax Department as other State Busines and Occupation taxes were being paid. This simplified and reduced collection expenses. i ~llr~ C 4~ Last week a four to idx inch blanket of white covered Cdlmer County. II mm Wel Four more candidates have filed for office as of noon Monday, January 19, in the upcoming county primary election on May 11. Logretha Keesucker, Rt. 1, GlenviJle has become the only Republican candidate for County Magistrate. Democrats who are seeking the nomination are Nelson Reed and Robert W. Mirdgh. For Sheriff, Victor R. Kirkpatrick, Rt. 71, Glenville, has decided to run against Clark R. James. Both men are Democrats. Deciding to run for the Board of Education vacancy are C,M. Bailey and Leon Ellyson, beth of Cox's Mills. They will compete for the vacancy along with Robert E. Fox and Donald Cornell. Filing deanna for the May 11 prima~ is Februar~ Correction It was reported last week that the motion to re-hire Welty as Superinten- dent was made in Executive Session when in fact the motion and voting of Board Members took place in Regular Session. Also. Robert Minnigh's correct address is Rt. 1. Glenville and not Lower Level Run as previously reported. u After much discussion, a motion by Janet Deal to hire Ronald I. Welty as Gilmer County Superintendant at $22,000 with a two-year contract, failed 3-2 in Monday nights Board of Education meeting. Voting for the motion was Janet Deal and Myrtle Roberts and voting asgainst the motion was Robert Miller, James McCartney and Gideon Ellyson. Much discussion on the matter took place as many concerned citizens were on-hand in support of Welty. Tom McPherson, of Mineral Road, told the Board that everyone in Gilmer County has "a common goal of a better school system and we need to get together and work hard to achieve that goal." He said the taxpayers expect the best for their money and parents want a good education for their children. "If we fail to re-hire Welty, we will be breaking up a good team who can produce. This is the fn'st time we've had extensive improvements in our schools." said McPherson. "The Board is only as effective as the Superintendant and the Superin- tandant needs the support and direction of the Board to do the job." McPherson ended by saying that Gilmer County "will pay a higher price in the end-a less efficient school system." Next to speak was GSC President, Dr. D. Banks Wilburo who told the Board of the many co-operative programs he and Welty worked on for Gilmer County. "Not only has Welty accomplished much in Gilmer County, but has a credibility with the State Board of Education as well as with lawmakers in Charleston because of those accomplishments. "The way forward is never backward," said Dr. Wilburn, "it's never taking less than what you already have. Our ~dren need the best school preparatl available and with Welty's leadership, many things will get done, but we must pay the price." Ike Morris, of Stewart's Creek. offered to "subsidize" the Board for Welty's raise. He claims he wants progress in the schools and Welty is worth the raise. Morris said all he wants in return for the money is "progress and if it means paying for it I am willing to subsidize Welty's salary if the Board couldn't." II IB Board member Janet Deal said "the people against Welty are the ones who always vote against bonds and levies in this county. They don't realize that no one has done more than Welty to get the county together. He's an honest, open man." Board President Robert Miller informed the Board that there may be "a teacher's walkout if Welty gets the raise." He said he received a call by a teacher who made "threatening remarks over the phone." Miller said the teachers make only "$100 above the State minimum." Miller then cited monetary problems and teacher morale as reasons to vote against Welty's raise. He showed the Board a petition against the raise from the Rosedale Community. Ms. Deal retorted by showing petitions signed by teachers, bus drivers, and citizens that supported Welty. Welty then said he believes there is "a no better Board of Education in the state. "I am willing to sign a two-year contract at $22,000 because I want to stay here. I came here at the top of the rung and am not looking for anything else." Next. Ms. Deal moved to hire Welty at $22,000 with a two-year contract. The motion failed and Ms. Deal resigned saying she didn't "want the school system to revert backwards to the past." Welty in turn handed the Board his resignation effective at the end this Fiscal Year, June 30. He said his job was "rewarding and made great strides for quality education. 'Tin not leaving here for another job - I don,t have one as yet., he totd the ard' ..... He ended by saying "There are no hard feelings between us. I realize that personalities have nothing to do with your {the Board's} decision. But there is already a division in this county between the schools, teachers, parents and residents." The Board voted to table Welty's resignation until the next regular meeting. Also, they voted to table Morris' offer to subsidize Welty's salary. Burke and Harold 23rd District of and Braxton four pieces Past two weeks of House Bill prohibit public their rates prior Public Service Bill 947 which tOtal salary paid to Public Service half. House Bill with graduated of tax under tax and in for greater bracketed taxpayers and no exemption for higher bracketed taxpayers. Also, Long introduced House Bill 914. which would reinstate the death penalty to the West Virginia Code. The total number of bills introduced in the second 6e-day session of the 62nd Legislative Session in the House of Delegates reached 353. Bills introduced and assigned to the House Finance Committee, of which Del. Burke is the Chairman, have already reached to 90 mark. The Finance Committee must considered all pieces of legislation dealing with the spending of state money or increasing state revenues. They also have the task of preparing the State Budget. which this year will exceed "one bill/on dollars." Both Delegate Burke and Long see the budget which was presented by the Governor in his State of the State message as "having a very close tolerance.'" Del Burke said "the budget is so tight that it will be difficult for the House Finance Committee to cut any large amount of money from it without severely harming some departments." According to Del. Long, the "Legislature has many necessary programs to fund but until the Governor revises his estimates of revenue, some very worthwhile programs may be at a standstill. Department of Welfare officials announced that the Emergency Shelter Care Program for children has been approved for Gilmer and Calhoun Counties, Area 14. Area 14 Department of Welfare has been given an allottment of three beds. The beds can be placed in one home or divided between two homes, the latter being more preferable. In the past, throughout much of the state, an organized method of providing emergency placement for children has not existed. Children who were found by staff or police to be in serious danger, abandoned, or as is often the case with teenagers. runaways wandering the streets, have had no readily available resource for shelter. Sometimes, children were held in jail or go unserved because emergency .shelter is not available. Shelter care is. designed to alleviate such situations, to facilitate immediate placement, when necessary, and provide time for more adequate planning for the child to return home or enter another placement. Shelter care is the provision of foster family homes specifically designed to provide an available resource for placement on a short term basis, no longer than 30 days. The Emergency Shelter Home will receive a monthly subsidy for an approved number of available beds and will also receive a subsidy for Emergency Home Supplies. When a child is placed in the Emergency Shelter Home, a boarding care allowance is paid for the child to cover basic maintenance needs. The basic requirements for applicants of the Emergency Shelter Home Parent Program are: Shelter parents must accept any child any time, 24 hom;s a day, Shelter parents cannot specialize in age of child, Shelter parents must be able to provide skilled short-term, crisis care for the children, and Shelter parents must agree to six hours training before approval and two hours tra g monthly. Persons wanting more information about the program or wanting to become Shelter Parents should contact the Department of Welfare in either Gilmer or Calhoun Counties. Canadian geese attention of Passersby driving of Glenville last in the county. feeding along Kanawha River residence in Kanawha geese have been winging or north during have been seen local waters. in the winter. will winter Lakes and The visited fl hunting trip, is a wintering area for approximately t7.000 geese. Conservation Officer Gary Bourne. the first to report the birds to this newspaper, theorized that the geese may have been forced down by last week's snowstorm. The birds also could have been some of a flock seen earlier this month on Loading Creek. Because of the heavy snowfall, these latter birds may have worked their way down to the Little Kanawha seeking food. Leading Creek seems to be a popular stopping place for these waterfowl since several fishermen and others have spotted the geese on that river at various times during the year. A dozen Canadians also were reported seen on the Little Kanawha River near the mouth of Sinking Creek last to ted there. Larger waterfowl than ducks, and beaver bodied, with longer necks, Canadian geese are gray-brown and white, with black heads and necks, and a very distinctive white cheek patch. Males and females are alike at all seasons. When migrating, the big birds fly in a familiar "V" formation. and can often be heard honking as they pass overhead. At least two resident flocks of Canadians make their home in West Virginia. one at the McClintic Wildlife Station near Point Pleasant, the other at the Bluestone Reservoir. The flock at McClintic now numbers about 350 and is protected. Hunting for the big birds is a popular sport among many the Ohio Swe~