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11 "ca ~rk |er ~ty ',SC of E) on ng ~t- :O- li- ~,d- on he de ~A "e- ca ed Single Copy Price-50c (47' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) A Presidents' Day Wish That our Giimer County personnel in the military services in war.torn Iraq and in other troubled spots in the world will return back home safe and sound! | I "Editorial Page-- -" Commenting on several Gilmet County issues. Page 3 Gilmer's Sports Scene-- Titan boys beat rival Calhoun; Lady Pioneers extend streak to 56. Pages 4 & 7 A Special Salute to -- The Lady Pioneers .i. Pages 4) Goings FREE COMPUTER TRAINING Looking for free computer training? The new Gilmer County Technology Opportunity_ Center is the answer! Enroll by phone for free computer training at Gilmer County High School. Register for February classes now! Learn Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Interact. To regis- ter, call Gloria at 888-862-0505. BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING The Gtenville State College Board of Governors will meet on Wednesday, February 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Verona Mapel Room of the Heflin Stu- dent Union on the Glenville State Col- lege campus. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Teresa Stems at (304) 462-4110. BABE RUTH SIGN UPS Anyone age 13-15, who is interested in playing baseball, contact Josh Minney at 462-5464 or Dean Delude at 462-7062. All games are played in Jane Lew and Glenville only. SPAGHETTI DINNER On February 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Sand Fork PTO will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner. The adult tickets are $5.00, children 12 and under are $3.00. The dinner will be held in the Sand Fork School caf- eteria. For more intormation, contact Chadene at 462-4246. GLENVILLE WOMEN'S CLUB Dr. Debra Simon will be the Feb. 9 speaker for the Glenville Women's Club. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church. Dr. Simon's topiGwill be her recent trip to Russia. HUNTERS SAFETY CLASS A Hunter's Safety class will be held from Feb. 16-20 at GCHS, in room V104 from 6-8 p.m. every evening. GILMER COUNTY HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION The Gilmer County Historic Land- marks Commission will meet on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Showcase. 115 E. Main St. For information, call Jim Bailey, 462-7545. (Continued on Page 4B) ~.~ ,~ ~ ii nG The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on this Thurs., Feb. 5 at the Courthouse for its first re lular meeting of the month. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Public Service District will meet at 7 p.m. on Man., Feb. 9 at its West Main Street Office for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is welcome to attend. The Gilmer County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Man., Feb. 9 at the Central Offices. The general public is invited to attend. The Editorial Page ....................... ..3A Sports ......................................... '...4A Obituaries ............... : ....................... 4B Society ......................................... I-3B Courthouse News ............................ 6B Legals .......................................... 5-6B Classifieds ...: ............................... 8-9B GGOs .................................... 1A & 4B GSC News ..................... 1A, 5.4, & 6A Northsid Chevrolet .................. ',. 10A Thought for the Week --- "With public sentiment, nothing can fail;.without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces deci- sions." Abraham Lincoln American president & statesman (1809-1865) By David H. Corcoran, At the outset of Friday's meeting, how- Publisher-Editor ever, Mr. Ramezan had affirmed, "The project When Carnegie Mellon University's Center is great, and what you (the College) can do for Appalachian Internet Access came to town for the community is okay. It's a tool for the last summer, there was little doubt that Glen- College to recruit students. I'm all for the ville State College and its community would College." become the beneficiaries ofagiant leap forward On the other hand, he points out that the in wireless broadband technology during this general public is confused about this issue. modern computer age. Expanding on this point, he outlines, "The Indeed, Glenville was being groomed to be- College is starting to get into areas that they come West Virginia's first small, rural commu- shouldn't. This project is saying to the public nity to have this advanced technology. And, that only broadband can do it. They (College being "a first" purportedly meant that Gilmer and CANA) say that there isn't a cost, but County and its citizens would soon reap many there has to be a cost." advantages in the course of their economic, As a rejoiner, Mr. Larry Baker, GSC's educational, governmental, social, business and vice-president for technology, traced the economic development livelihoods. College's steps in forging the partnership Not so, counters David Ramezan, a local with the Center for Appalachian Internet businessman in the computer and Internet busi- Access (CANA) which is based at Pittsburgh's hess himself. Carnegie Mellon. Although reporting that a Mr. Ramezan speaks out similar grant he had written earlier failed, he During an informal meeting with Glenville was delighted that Carnegie Mellon eventu- State College and community officials on last ally secured a $250,000 grant which was Friday morning, Mr. Ramezan, the owner of funded jointly by the Appalachian Regional RAMCO Technologies On-Line on Glenville's Commission and the Benedum Foundation. North Lewis Street, took issue with the rationale "After receiving the grant, CANA reviewed of GSC's motives in partnering with Carnegie three different sites (in Appalachia to set up Mellon to bring in wireless broadband Internet the wireless broadband system) and our Col- access to the county. "Broadband (or wideband) lege and community were chosen," he de- has always existed in our community and this scribes with a smile of satisfaction. myth (of not having broadband) needs to be Continuing, he mentions that CANA's cleared up," he states, noting that for several analysis was more thorough than most be- dollars more permonth, Verizon can provide it cause they sent a team down here to study the to any local users. "We've had customers on Gilmer County market. "They found a need broadband since 1989, we've always had broad- at this College and in this community, espe- band and the (Gilmer County) high school has cially in putting GSC, the board of educa- had it for years," he adds with emphasis. Continued on page 6A HIGH-WIRED ABOUT THE CANA PROJECT -- David Ramezan (second from left), owner of RAMCO Technologies On-Line (a Glenville computer store), expresses some general concerns about the CANA wireless broadband Internet access project of Glenville State College and Carnegie Mellon University's joint project. Officials of the college and community listen to him at a lengthy meeting at the Common Place Restaurant on last Friday morning. From left to right are Jonathan Ramezan, (Mr. Ramezan), Bob Hardman (GSC's business manager), Larry Chapman (County Commission president), Larry Baker (GSC's V-P for technology) and Gary Collins (a Glenville citizen, with back to picture). Although sparks had been expected to fly, the meeting, contrarily, turned out to be a fairly harmonious give-and-take discussion session. (Slat/photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr,) II II IIII 000000000000 0600000000000 Ex-Officer Kendall found guilty on four counts At 6:10 p.m. Monday after two hours of deliberation, a Webster County Petit Jury returned four convictions in the case of the State vs. Michael Kendall, an ex-Glenville city policeman. According to Gilmer County Prosecutor Gerry Hough who tried the case for the State, the jury found the ex-policeman guilty of one felony charge of burglary and three misdemeanor counts of brandishing -- the latter three counts being the lesser charge for wanton endanger- ment. The Webster jury, however, acquitted him of attempted manslaughter -- a felony -- and destruction of property -- a inisdemeanor, the Prosecu- tor adds, continuing that the jury didn't consider the kidnapping charge that had also been levelled in the Grand Jury indictment. Sentencing will occur at 10 a.m. on Man., Apr. 12 in the Gilmer County Circuit Court of Judge Jack Alsop. Kendall could be sentenced to one-to-15 years for the felony and one year for each one of the three misdemean- ors. FORMER GLENVILLE POUCE OFFICER MICHAEL KENDALL iiiii iij Kendall remains out on the initial bond set by Judge Alsop. According to area press reports, his lawyer may file an appeal. The trial, which had been transferred to Webster County after a successful defense lawyer's change of venue request, began on Tues., Jan. 27 and ended on Man., Feb. 2. The jury was composed of eight males and four females from Webster County. The incident was precipitated on March 7, 2003 when Kendall, then a city of Glenville patrolman, went on a high speed chase out of town, tracked down Kevin Tingler, and fired a shot into his vehicle. Later, after Tingler's escape, Kendall allegedly went to a nearby home where the suspect was supposed to be and held three other occupants at gunpoint, according to previous press reports. Several weeks later and after much discussion, Mayor Brian Kennedy and the Glenville City Council dismissed Kendall who had been on a leave of absence since the incident happened. Chief Deputy Jimmy Moss headed up the special police investigation of the incident which led to charges being made by the Special Gilmer County Grand Jury. But, those initial charges were later overturned, making it necessary for the next Grand Jury to re-indict him. Most of those charges stuck, as the trial's verdicts indicate. More local candidates file at deadline Last Sat., Jan. 31 at midnight was the last opportunity for local candidates, who are seeking elective .:, ~ ;~ftccs, to file to run h~ the M,~) I 1,2004 Primary Election for partisan or non-partisan positions. ~- On last Saturday, mailed-in filings had to be postmarked by midnight, according to Gilmer County Circuit Clerk Lane Smith. With 100 seats in the West Virginia House of Delegates and 17 in the State Senate up for re-election, Continued on page 6A Published by and for Gilmer County People Hits Sand' Fork COmmunity SCENE OF FATALITY--- On Monday afternoon along SR 5 in Sand Fork the rental home of Tim and Leslie Hosey caught fire -- a tragedy that took the fife of their 13- month old boy,/saac. Their home sits alongside the white frame house pictured in the right foreground. This photo was taken from the Post Office's parking lot. The Gi/mer County Family Resource Network in G/envi//e is accepting, in part, monetary gifts to aid the family during this time of crisis. (staff photo by Torn Reaser) A house fire in Sand Fork on Monday after- struck that eastern Oilmer County commu- noon has left a 13-month old child dead in its nity. wake. Their son, Isaac, was found dead in the This is the second disaster for the family of frame house's bedroom at about 7 p.m., Tim and Leslie Hosey since moving to Gilmer according to Gilmer County authorities. County about one year ago. Prior to the death The boy's body was taken to the state medi- of their son, they had lost almost everything cal examiner's office for an aulopsy. they owned in the November 19-20 Flood that Continued on page 6A WORLD WAR II PROJECT: A HIT --- On last Thurs., Jan. 29, several groups from Gilmer County went to the State Legislature in Charleston to celebrate "History Day" and to update people in the rest of the state about our county's historical progress. Showing off a lot of good stuff to the large crowd was Glenville State College. Dr. Mike Gherke (center), a GSC history professor, remarks, "Our World War II Veterans Project's display got a lot of positive feedback, as well as being a.good example of Gienville State College's academic quality at the Legislature. Several World War II veterans, their widows or children stopped by to take a closer look and p.raised us for commemorating these heroes." From left to right are Patrick Corcoran, Dr. Fred Barkey (both representing the Coal Heritage Highway Commission of Southern West Virginia), Margaret Moss (Gilmer County's 2004 History Hero), (Dr. Gherke), Andy Goldman, Jim Bettis (the latter two being GSC history students), and Debby Nagy (GSC's Alumni Director and Business Manager for Special Projects). Mrs. Nagy relates that the display, which consisted of several pieces from the currently running Kidd Library Veterans' Exhibit, took about three days to make. Also, student Andy Goldman says, "We had a,great turnout today, and we met many new people who My first veterans interview will be of Charlie Harold, of Glenville. The main object of the project is to interview as many WW II veterans as possible, so that their stories of bravery, sacrifice and dedication to country will not be forgotten in future decades. Contact Dr. Mike Gherke at 304-462- 7361 for details or if you are a WW II veteran, for an interview. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) COUNTY'S RIVERBOAT ERA COMES ALIVE --- In a special display entitled, "Riverboatin' on the Little Kanawha," Gary Coberly and Judy Marks were among the Gilmer Countians exhibiting their historical projects on "History Day at the Legislature." Mr. Coberly explains, "We're trying to educate people about the rich history of the Little Kanawha River. Among the many observers, State Delegate Brent Boggs (Dem.-34th Dist.) and two ladies whose grandfathers were riverboat pilots stopped by to reminisce about the riverboating days. The people gave us a positive review." Ms. Marks relates that the exhibit has already been shown in Morgantown, Jackson's Mills and Parkersburg. She anticipates that it will be shown in Glenville at GSC during late August or early September, and will be sponsored by the Gilmer Watershed Coalition. Also visiting the Legislature that day were representatives at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens Center and the Gilmer County Historical Society. The former group came to lobby for Senior Issues while the latter group was the subject of some attention because Society member, Margaret Moss, was named as a 2004 West Virginia History Hero for her years of volunteer service to the local Society. Finally, this week is Gilmer County History Week, so the Historical Society's "History Day" display will be set up in the Gllmer County Courthouse for the general public and school children to see.