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, lilililiillt Need ......  !lillmaai aitiJmmmNlili!eamliilii [ Attention Shoppers: mend these fine advertisers, as well as our regular On-the-Page advertisers. See Circulars enclosed in this week&apos;s paper are from Shop 'n' Save of State Delegate Brent Boggs' column on "what's going on in the Legislature?" One rweston, U-Pak of Glenville, Glenville Foodland, Caplan's of Weston, of this week's editorials deals with the Heather Bresch academic scandal on page land Lifeline Screening. These are appearing in this newspaper in 3A! For the latest in GCHS and GSC basketball news, see pages 6-7A. Also, don't Ispecified local Zip Code zones or in all papers. We editors recom- miss ourValentine's Day Pages in Section B! Finally, log onto www.glenvillenews.com ,A.. ,o,.,,, q..o , ,, 5 cb 11 l.ilh,' l''"' ss00> ..... " ..... J, ........ The Glenvi]00]e Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) Published by and for Gilmer County People (This Special section tbcuses on our areas Irish heritage and good humor, as well as for anyone who enjoys having a good time on St. Patrick,s Day or that weekend, All: area busi- nesses ShbUtd be included in this Section be- cause it!s a local commercial "StimUlus Pack- age" and hooks-up ideally with fbis multi-bil- lion dollar ho!ida);. Finaily, i!!dividuais may also place personal welt-w]s!!eS to their loved ones in this issue To be i r/daded, caltlus at 462- <309 0re:mail: gte,,v!!lenewsad@rtol,'zet) _ This week's prayer Dear Heavenly Father, Please inspire President Barack Obama with the right plan to bolster the nation's ailing economy, and mitigate the suffer- ing of the many people who have lost their jobs. Also, aid Gilmer County's community improve- ment groups as they move forward, notably CreateWV. Communities '4' Development. Re- cruitable Communities. Glenville Goes Green. etc.. but especially in their efforts to revitalize down- town Glenville: Inspire Glenville's City Councilp- ersons to embrace "the big picture" by aiding these citizen-based initiatives for local beautification. specifically by endorsing and working for the sidewalk project. Finally, please comfort our read- ers, who may be dealing with health challenges or who have recently lost loved ones. Amen. "-"'7 . < ' ":" :::" ComrnifftS bt ;|he::!Beset academi scandal:and: :6ther  io!leg.: ;! PageS::::3. 5A Gitmer's SpOffS :Scbne -- Titans#01land GS ::ieg oups U.S. & W.V. History Shorts February proved to be an eventful month in the Mountain State's rich history; read about it! On February 9. 1950. O.S Senator Joe McCarthy launched his infamous ann-com- munist crusade in a major policy address in Wheeling% McClure Hotel; On February 10. 1949, the House of Delegates passed a bill favoring the electric car: On February 12, 1901. former Congress- man Jacob Beeson Blair, who convinced Pres. Abraham Lincoln to sign the WV Statehood Bill. died.: and On February 13. 1913. labor leader, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, was arrested in Charleston for inciting to riot and conspiracy. Gilmer Goings On.00 GCHS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS Gilmer County Athletic Boosters' Meeting is at 5 pm on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Gilmer County High School. G.C. SPECIAL OLYMPICS Gilmer County Special Olympics will be sponsoring a Weighted Rabbit Hunt on February 28. The weigh-in will be at 3 pm at Willie's Sport Shop in Glenville. For more information, contact Martin at 304-462-5442 or Gary at 304-462-8735. Continued on page 6B 00ublic M@ti00gs The Glenville State College Board of Governors will meet Wed., Feb. 18, 2009. This meeting is, in part, the re- scheduled meeting for Feb. 2, which was cancelled. The Feb. 18 session will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Alan Mollohan Building. For details, contact Teresa Sterns at (304) 462-4110. The Recruitable Communities Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 17 at the Senior Center. The first "Business After 5 Social Hour" will take place on next Thurs., Feb. 19 at the Best Western. GSC's student business organization, SIFE, will be this month's sponsor. Stop by and learn about their various projects. If your firm or group wants to sponsor one, call Dave Corcoran at 462-7309. i!iii00000000i00iEmi00000000ii00i00000000!iii00i00i0000i00i00!00iiiiii!iii!00ii!iii!00i00iiiii00ii00iii00ii00ii000000i00i00i00i00i00 00:ii;i! ii i ;'i ;i iii; i;i;ii:;00 ;:ii i! ;i i i;i i i : egi i:i i !; iii!;:]iiiii]:.;ii i:,:.! 8::i { is {i fid {i ]ii :ii { i  i {i{{i: i i li i iil i ii <:,i :. 8 9A GG0s: Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week "/believe that each individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruit of his labor, so far as it in no (way) 4nterferes With any other man's rights." Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Pres. (1809-1865) "[The American people] will ever do well well done by." Abraham Lincoln Glenville State College seeks to help city rid town of eyesores By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor Two prominent Glenville citizens appeared before Glenville's City Council on last Mon.; Feb. 9 to request that City Government accept some responsibility for ridding the city of dilapidated buildings and doing away with eyesores in yards. Greg Smith, the owner of Smith Land Sur- veying and a major college booster, spoke first. He questioned the Council, "Can't you and the county accept the liability for institut- ing a dilapidated buildings or junk-in-the- yards clean-up effort?" As the Council looked forward in wonder- ment, he further asked, "If the city can't be relieved of this liability, can you sign it over to the County?" "It would be nice to clean up our town," he asserted, pointing out that an illegal dump is getting started outside of town on SR 5 East. Then, he noted that Dr. Peter Barr, GSC's president, has been active in the community, Continued on page 4A Commissioners hear about 911, Rec Center, clean-up, and controversy By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter The Tues., Feb. 3 Gilmer County Commis- sion meeting was non-stop business, with a little controversy slipping in. As a public speaker. Ms. JoAnn Stewart. of the Gilmer County CRI. was present and gave comment to the commissioners. She indicated that her home office in Parkersburg expressed that a representative of CRI should be present at each of the county commission's meetings in order to become aware of any needs within the community that CRI may serve to assist. Input regarding any unknown needs was solicited from the commissioners, and ac- knowledged. General Business The Commissioners tackled regular busi- ness by approving invoices for payment, min- utes of a previous meeting, estate qualifica- tions and settlements, and exonerations and/or consolidattons. They discussed the meeting held to attempt to determine the fate of the Old Tanner School building; however, they gave no details of that meeting. It was deemed as a temporary im- passe, and that the Tanner Board needed one more Board member. Commissioner Brian Kennedy accepted the responsibility to take care of that matter. 911 Center, Here and There The Commissioners also discussed the for- mation of the committee to conduct a feasibil- ity study for a Gilmer County 911 Dispatch- ing Center. Commissioner Kennedy stated that he had recruited several individuals for the commit- tee: however, he still neededsomeone from the Sand Fork, Troy, and Tanner areas. Bill Rowan. Director of the Lewis-Gilmer 911 Center, and Mr. Dave Matthews, Ad- dress Coordinator for Lewis and Gilmer Coun- ues. appeared before the commissioners to answer a few questions. Commission President Larry Chapman spoke of the last commission meeting, at which they approved Greathouse & Son Tow- ing to be added to the wrecker rotation for Gilmer County. Continued on page 4A .:#iiiiiili#iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ....... iiiii@iiiiiiiii:!i:::ili;i;i:iiiiiii!!ii: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.::.:::::::::::::::::::::: NEW PRESIDENT PRO TEM -- State Senator Joe Minard, a seasoned Democratic legislator from Clarksburg who, in part, represents Gilmer County, was mildly surprised when he was elected President Pro Tempore of the Legislature's State Senate, thereby replacing State Senator Bill Sharpe (Dem.-Weston) who retired. "Our district now has some real clout here, because new Senator Doug Facemire (Dem.-Braxton) was appointed to the Finance Committee, and in the House of Delegates, Brent Boggs (Dem.-Gassaway) was elected Democratic Majority Leader," he observed on this past weekend. Senator Minard has 22 years of legislative service, both in the House and Senate. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, St.) NEW MAJORITY LEADER-- State Delegate Brent Boggs, the House of Delegates' new Majority Leader, settles into his new office at the State Capitol, being next to the Speaker of the House's office in the West Wing of the Statehouse. Steadily moving up the legislative ladder, Delegate Boggs, first elected to the House in 1996, represents both Gilmer and Braxton counties. See his regular column on the legislative news in this newspaper on page 3A. Congratulations to both State Senators Minard and Facemire, and Delegate Boggs on their new appointments! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor A GILMER COUNTY REC CENTER SUCCESS STORY On last Sat. afternoon, Feb. 7, "the place to be in Glenville" was at the Gilmer County Recreational Center for its "Bingo" fund-raiser. The many volunteers and area sponsors probably never thought that this event would be so popular. Indeed, the Dining Hall was packed to capacity, as was the front lawn with the vehicles of those who were seeking to test their luck at the colorful event. Owing to the large number of participants, each one donating $20.00 for his or her ticket, the Bingo benefit was able to raise approximately $10,000 in order to give some financial relief to the penny-pinched Rec Center, which, in 2008, had suffered the loss of its Regional Jail Training Center revenues. For all of the community-minded Rec Center's volunteers who pulled together to sponsor this very successful fund-raiser, they richly merit this week's "Folks Who Shine" Award. This event took many unsung people-hours to plan, to sell tickets, and to operate so smoothly with such a large crowd. In addition, the above photo shows Darrell Ramsey, the Rec Center's managing director, as being a good sport. During the half-time Bingo break, he dressed up like a lady and had all the crowd laughing. After the skit, he joked, "How do the women walk around on high heals?" Congratulations, volunteers and Darrell! Your hard work and follow-through efforts made this event fly. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor (Photo by Cassandra Huff, Staff Reporter) --.-.-- Area Briefs ......... Schools' Chief gets 'satisfactory' evaluation The Gilmer County Board of Education -- in an extended executive session -- gave Superintendent Ed Toman a satisfactory rating at its Mon. evening, Feb. 9 public meeting. The superintendent's contract will apparently be brought up at a future meeting, relative to continuing or terminating it. The Board meetings are open to the general public, and the next one starts at 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 24 at Gilmer County High School's Library. River Street man found dead Jan. 29 According to SheriffMickey Metz, at approximately 1 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 29, an undisclosed individual found the body of Johnny Miller, 47, of Glenville, inside the dwelling at 107 River Street, which has no utilities. It appeared the body had been there overnight; however, he had been seen in Glenville the previous night. The cause of death may have been over-exposure to the cold; however, his body was sent to the State Coroner's office in Charleston for an autopsy. The matter is still under investigation. Local 'Business Social' restarts next Thurs. For newcomers to Gilmer County and new business people, one of the best ways to meet other county residents and to network is by attending the popular "Business After 5 Social Hour" -- the first one of the new year being scheduled for 5 p.m. on next Thurs., Feb. 19 at the Best Western's large Conference Room. Glenville State College's "Students In Free Enterprise" (SIFE), which is a club of award- winning business students, will sponsor this first community business social for the new year of 2009. After reviewing several of their programs and new initiatives, SIFE members will be happy to meet one-on-one with those attending and, possibly, to network with them. The "Business After 5 Social Hour" venue offers an inlbrmal social setting for the area's businesses, school and civic groups,' government agencies, etc. to bring their messages and goals to the general public. There is no cost to attending these meetings and they are open to the public. The sponsors traditionally bring light refreshments to munch on either during or after the presentation. The meetings start at 5 p.m., last for only about one hour, but are very informative, relative to the new products, services and programs of our local businesses and civic groups. Hospice, a growing and vital services organization in this region, is scheduled to sponsor the late March "Business After 5 Social Hour." If your business, school, social group, youth or civic improvement organization would like to set a date to sponsor "Business After 5," contact Dave Corcoran at 462-7309. Continued on page 4A