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February 10, 1977

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i!! 21 The A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Love is Better Than the Next Best Thing lenv i I le Harlequin, Gflmer County High School's drama club, will present "Love is Better Than the Next Best Thing," a readers theater production, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The Valentine's Day show features excerpts from famous love letters, a scene from "Taming of the Shrew," by Shakespeare, and comments on love and marriage. The players, pletured counterclockwise from upper left are: Don Wilson, Kathy McCartney, Jeff Davis, Susan Williams, Cindy Estanich, Fran Davis, Jerry McPherson and Greg Adolfson. Director is Mrs. Bobbi Nicholson and assistant director is Anne Perry. [De--octet photos by Chris Brown] Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV None seriously injured us sil"desoverbank children escaped set- evening, Feb. 3 bus carrying them s curve and down an o Indian Fork Road. Andy Knight. who for regular bus he slid off the edged to the side of truck pass. The embankment end its right side. The bus from the rear Ten children were examined at the Gilmer County Medical Center and released. The Gilmer County Am- bulance Service, the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Dept. and several other volunteers rushed to the scene when a call for help was issued over local CB radio channels. "We certainly appreciated the immediate response of all those who came to the scene to help out," said Superintendent of Schools, Ran Welty. Those children taken to the clinic were: Kenneth Coen--lOth grade, Cathy Coen--gth grade, Jeff Coen-- Elementary opens ay shutdown Co. ordered company,s request for them to cut School closed back to a five-hour business day. He Feb. 3 and 4 added that those commercial custom- gas shortage, ers are now operating under an Virginia that eight-hour day. There are 19 were also commercial gas customers in Gilmer County serviced by Equitable. The school reopened Monday, Snyder. of Feb. 7. Snyder contacted Gilmer pat of the County Superintendent of Schools, Ron shut down Welty, on Monday and ;told htme Customers t school would'b supplied with gas until wither he gas :ther no,ice.  .... ! 11th grade, Charles Jones--gth grade, Ruth Ellen Collins--6th grade, Howard Jones--lOth grade, James Collins Jr.--elementary, Melinda Collins--gth grade, Rebecca Marks--lst grade and Bessie Collins--6th grade. Knight agreed to drive the bus route after Butcher told him that morning that he was sick. Knight drove the remainder of Butcher's morning route and than took the bus, which was a spare bus, into Glenville and picked up the regular bus which had been receiving maintenance work at the county bus garage. The spare bus had chains on it, but when Knight took the regular bus out for the evening route he decided not to put chains on it. "It was thawing around Sand Fork that afternoon and the roads were dry, so I decided not to use chains in the evening," said Knight. According to Welty, the bus drivers decide whether or not to put chains on at their discretion, unless they receive specific orders to put the chains on. State Police,Trooper K.R. Smith investigated the accident and as of Friday, Feb. 4 he had issued no citation, but was continuing the investigation. He noted that he and Crpl. Davis had inspected the schoo] buses on Dec. 15 and found no problems. County Schools Transporta- tion Director Bill Bennett said this was the First e a  had rned over in years and six e miles. Democrat Published By And For Gil/ner Cnnty People 26351 Thugsday, February 10, 1977 Ice buildup dangerous Flood possibility increases As temperatures finally started to creep back to normal levels last week. officials began to consider the very likely possibility of flooding along the Little Kanawha River. County Emergency Preparedness Officer Jake Minnich received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warning that "the potential for local flooding is serious." The letter further stated, "Heavy ice buildup on the streams and rivers, coupled with three to t8 inches of heavy snow pack, increases the potential for serious flooding. The formation of ice gorges and ice buildup which impedes river flow is increasing to the point of serious concern." According to Minnich. in case of severe flooding the Recreation Center, Glenville State College and the county schools can be used as evacuation centers. Gilmer County High School Principal William Pierc estimates, for example, his school could accommo- date 1,500 people for two weeks. Governor Jay Rockefeller recently announced that he expected teachers to be "the first line of defense in the event of an emergency." All county teachers have been instructed about emergency plans and have been assigned responsibilities if the schools are used as evacuation centers. Minnich said he knows of no plans to dynamite or otherwise break up the ice on the river. Ken Crisp, chief of the Operations Division of the Huntington Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said ice demolition is usually done by a local authority. "It's been our experience that a sheriff or county government would contract with someone knowledgeable in explosives to break up the ice, if they decide it's necessary. We only come in as a means of last resort," said Crisp. Crisp maintained that the Burnsville Dam is now "I00 per cent operational" and could be used to lower the level of the river. Minnich said the Corps has told him they could lower the depth, of the river approximately three and a half feet if they stopped the flow of water from behind the dam. "Of course they can't do anvthin about these creeks around here like Stewart's Creek and Cedar Creek that are below the dam:" Minnich added. Crisp said the Corps has large pumps and 60,000 sand bags stored in ii critical locations around the stat in case of flooding. Crisp said ideal thawing condi- tions would be a few weeks of daytime of 42 degrees and temperatures nighttime temperatures of 30 degrees with no rain and little snow. "Of course if we get about two inches of rain there's a good potential for flooding." he added. City to get municipal judge Glenville City Council passed an ordinance Monday, Feb. 7 creating the position of municipal judge. Mayor Delbert Davidson told the council that in his opinion the state supreme court will inevitably move to force all cities to abandon the "mayor's court" and establish a municipal judge system. "They created the magistrates system and their next target will be the cities. It's another attempt to upgrade the juci.system,", said Dadson. e Juge wiiI ' beeleced inthe city election this June 7. He will serve a two-year term. To qualify, the judge must have resided in the city for 12 months, be 21 years old, a high school education and shall not have been convicted of any felony or misde- meanor involving moral turpitude, In other business the council: AWARDED a $250 appreciation bonus to Utility Department Supervisor Mike Duelly for his overtime work in helping maintain water service to residents of Glenville during the recent harsh weather. Duelley is a salaried employee and doesn't get paid overtime. "For about two weeks, Mike was out from 8 a.m. to midnight working on these frozen lines. Whenever there were crews out there working he was with them. He hasn't hesitated to help out in this bad weather. I expect if we had to pay him overtime it would amount to about $600," said Davidson. The mayor wrote letters of commendation to Duelley and water dept. employees Bill Nolan, Rick Lawson and Ray Ables. HEARD a request from John Hymes that the city consider using this year's revenue sharing funds for Police arrest student human resource projects. HEARD a request from Corbett : Montgomery and Oren Hess that Beverly Drive be opened to Rt. 33/119 and that tim council seek some way to, provide a turnaround space on Beverly Drive. AGREED to cancel all activities in , Town Hall during February in order to comply with Hope Gas Co.'s request that the city d some way tocut back their natural gas consumptiom after slingshot spree Glenville State College security police and Glenville city police arrested Glenville State College student Mike Kibbee, 22, last week for shooting metal nuts through windows in the mayor's office and the president's home on the GSC campus. According to Glenville police chief Dallas Goodrich the incidents took place on Tuesday evening, Feb. 1. Goodrich said the nuts were launched with a slingshot. The nuts hettered . small holes in the glass, much like a hole left by a bullet. The nuts broke through the glass and lodged 'in the wall in the mayor's office and hit a couch in the president's home. The security police charged Kibbee with destruction of property i and the city charged him with malicious mischief. ? Real estate, insurance firm opens An Open House is planned this week for Glenville's newest business, Town and Country Agency, Inc. The real estate and insurance business is located in the old Grill building at 110 East Main St. Extensive remodeling has recently been completed by Bob Turner and his assistant Tom Chechile. Greg Nichol- son is sales manager for the new firm. The new agency, formerly Mc- Pherson Real Estate agency, is a member of the West Virginia Association of Realtors and the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia. Nicholson says the agency will list and sell real estate as well as offer all types of insurance. As an independent agency, the firm will be able to represent several insurance com- panies and offer many different kinds of insurance. Town and Country Agency, Inc. will be handling real estate located in Gilmer County as well as in surrounding counties. In order to expose the property to the highest number of prospective purchasers, the firm will advertise out-of-state as well as locally. Nicholson says he has found more people turning to real estate professionals for help in buying and selling property. Nicholson grew UP in Lockney and later moved to Glenvilie. He was a member of the first graduating class from Gilmor County High School in 1969. He received a B.A. degree in Physical Education from Glenville State College in 1973. After graduation, he was employed by Fidelity Union Life Insurance and later worked for two years as a salesman and vice president of sales for Gilmer Graphics, Inc. He is Assistant, ef of the Gilmer ,County Volunteer Fire a a member United Methodist Church. His wife, Bobbi, is a teacher at Gilmer County High School. They have a five year old daughter, Amanda. The new office has a reception area, an enclosed office, an open office area, and a conference room with a map table that was built by Warren Maeny of Matheny's Cabinet Shop,/ Chapman Sheet Metal of Cox's installed the heating and air conditioning system. Some of the office furniture was purchased from the local Sears Catalogue merchant. NEW BUSlNESS--Greg Nleholson, sales manager for To Country Agency Inc. stands in frmt of the emee at no N00ehet00wm00 i