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February 19, 1976

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O O A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] 21 GLENVILIAE. GILMER COUNTY. WV 26351 Friday, 19, 1{mr Dr. Ronnie Burke Dr, Ronald L. Burke, Assistant Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Community Research and Development. has assumed the role of Coordinator of the Board of Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree Program at Glenville State College, effecive February 2. 1976. Dr. Burke has been a member of the faculty and staff of Glenville State College since 1970. He holds a Master of Science Degree from West Virginia University and a degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Mary, and their son, Andrew Dean, reside at Sand Fork. As coordinator of the Regents' B. A. program, Dr. Burke will assist students in the completion of admissions documents, assessment for work and life experiences and course enrollments. The new Bachelor's degree programm was designed with the adult student in mind and has been developed by tean pubhc institutions of higher learning in West Virginia and approved by the West Virginia Board of Regents. Skinner has been High School's Family Leader of the honor written knowledge administered seniors here and Dec. 2. The receive a certificate sponsor of the Search for Living and and national of all school a State Family is selected centered on test received a $1,500 seconn an - r state will receive a Encyclopaedia Bri- tannica Educational Corporation will present "The Annals of America," a 20-volume reference work, to the state winner's school Representing every state and the District of Columbia, the 51 Betty Crocker Family Leaders of Tomorrow. together with their faculty advisors, will gather in Washington, D.C., in April for an expense-paid educational tour of the capital city. During the tour. personal observations and interviews are conducted to select the All-Ameri- can Family Leader of Tomorrow, who receives a $5,000 college scholarship. Second. third and fourth place national winners receive scholarships increased to $4.000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. The Regents' program is different from any other present baccalaureate degree plan in West Virginia in the following respects: college credit awarded to students in the program for work and hfe experiences can count toward the degree requirements; each apphcant with the assistance of an advisor, creates the course program that best fits his needs. The new program was created in the belief that adults, in their maturity and responsibilities, are distinctly different from young people, and therefore. should not be restricted in admission, instruction or evaluation as are other students. Currently. there are fifty-five The test. personal observations students in the Regents B.A. Program and interviews are atl preSme .... Colh ge: As conducted, by Science Research December, 1975, there have been Associates of Chicago. - eleven graduates. work hard for Heart Fund Other county workers and their areas include: Mrs. James Hem - CedarviUe; Mrs, Claude Woofler. Cox's Mill: Mrs. John Kimble, Rosedale - Shock; Kay and Chris Keith. Stouts Mill and Dusk Camp: Rhonda Flasher and Mary Wiseman. Troy; Mrs. Harold Lowther and Baptist Youth - Sand Fork: Joyce Cain, and Hey. Terry Wine, Trinity U. Methodist Youth, Tanner and Newberne; Kanawha Drive Community Church; Wilda Kuhl, Letter Gap: Viona Skinner and the Baldwin Merrymakers 4-H Club, Baldwin; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sprouse, Grass Run. Council will solicit Heart Sunday: [l-r] Bey Mary Brown and Debbie Cole. 22 from 1:30 - 4 will join to the cause No. 1 killer - "I -eart and Blood The annual door - to - door solicitation in Glenville will be headed by Miss Norma Jean White. GSC Panhellenic president, and a number of sorority volunteers. On Saturday, Feb. 14, the Camden Flats Mountaineers 4-H Club with leader Mrs. Garnett Jones, collected in excess of $100 from street tag day. Those who worked were Sheri and Sandi Gainer, Eric and Myra Chico, Rick White and Danny Bayer. Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity was responsible for placing pasters in store windows and various locations. Pare Jones of the Gilmer - Calhoun Vocational Career Center is in charge of coin container placement. County workers urge your cooperation Sunday. Please give generously so that more may live. "The Constitution was devised to protect the people from big govern- ment." said Charleston Mayor John Hutchinson in has speech to the Glenville Woman's Club, "And for the past 200 years we have been testing it. The challenge today is to make it work." Mayor Hutchinson, a guberna- torial candidate, was guest speaker at the Woman's Club Dinner held last Monday at the 1st Baptist Church in Glenville. Club president. Bertha Olsen, introduced Glenville Mayor Delbert Davidson who then introduced Hutchinson to the audience. In his speech to the Women's Club. Hutchinson cited truths which he said "the West Virginia people want." He said that "integrity in government is important and the leadership with a proven record of accomplishments are what the people should look for this election. "Not only honesty, but someone who is willing to speak out on vital issues. You must tell the people where you stand on these issues." Hutchinson said he isn't "anti- labor or union, but is against the power of government placed into the third parties, namely unions and their bosses." Charleston Mayor John Hutchinson speaks to the Women's Club about West Virginia's tml rtance. e The House Finance Committee has held forty budgetary hearings and is in the process of considering two hundred and six bills. The Finance Committee has passed out eleven bills and one resolution. According to House Finance Committee Chairman Billy B. Burke, of Glenville, the committee has been working late in the evenings holding budgetary hearings with the various spending units of State government. Delegate Harold Long, a member of the Finance Committee from Braxton County, says that he "is astounded at the different departments asking for such astronomical increases in spending authority." He believes that "'State government is going to have to take a close look at priorities and make their budgetary requests in accord- ance with those priorities." According to Delegate Long, "the Department of Welfare in their budgetary presentation request some 51 million dollars of State money to match with Federal funds to increase operations of the Welfare Depart- menrs budget." Currently there is approximately 280.000 people in West Virginia receiving some form of Welfare benefits. This is about 1B% of the State's population. Also, the Depart- ment of Welfare has about 3.000 employees in offices throughout the state. A bill addressing itself to the utility rate increase problem is almost complete and will be reported to the floor in the near future. This bill contains a "limited life line clause" which will assist those with low incomes with utility bills. To incorporate some of the features of the bill Delegate Billy B. Burke introduced prohibiting one rate increase on top of another. Public utility companies are opposed to this bill and have called for a hearing which will slow the bill down. Delegate Burke and Delegate He warned voters to "look at politicians who support the big unions. This is not what our forefathers had in mind." Concerning state teachers. Hutchinson said "we have to pay for good quality education and we need good teacher compensation. We have to pay the price, but it must be our own choice." He told the audience that West Virginia's challenge is to "rise above the 1960's when our political parties and state were a disgrace. We are not ready to turn back to that disgrace - we can't afford it. 'Whe economy of the state is in the hands of our vast coal reserves. When coal is sick. then we are sick. economically speaking. We need the dedication and ability to keep our coal prosperous. "We must promote our coal. The Federal Government does not utili~ our coal the way it should. We need the tax revenue from coal to help our state's progress. But we must remember to tax the coal and not the people." Hutchinson asked the question. "What's wrong with government today?" He said that we have "a sloppy habit of electing slogans and shadows of leaders. "We must first look where they {the leaders} have been and where they are going. Leaders should have a good record of accomplishments : behind them. and policies last. Being a leader does not mean that once you are in office you immediately worry about being re-elected. "To meet the government chal- lenge, we need a lot less Madison Avenue and a lot more public servicer' Long said that it is the desire of the citizens of West Virginia to have a bill passed as soon as possible to resolve this pressing problem. Delegates Long and Burke are, presently working on legislation which would prohibit telephone companies in West Virginia from placing more than six parties on one telephone line.. Currently, in some sections of their district {Braxton, Calhoun, Clay. and Gflmer} many lines may have up to twelve parties per line. Legislation which has been passed by both the Senate and House and seat to the Governor include a extending the time for filing certificates of candidacy for the office of Magistrate. This filing time was extended to February 27. Also approved by both Houses was a bi~ setting the term of court in the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit, a bill establishing a centralized farm management system for state farms, and a bill providing for the observance of Memorial Day on May 30. e etudemts put earphones to aid in "idn skills." Sand Fork Elementary School has been chosen by Asst. County Superintendent, Robert Hardman to institute a National Reading Improve- ment Program called the Right-to-Read. The program, recently instituted in West Virginia's 55 counties, grew out of the 1970's because of the high rate of illiteracy in the U.S. According to Sand Fork Principal, Thomas M. Dooley. the program was designed so that "all the state's counties will be involved. It's a skills program to teach reading to the students." Dooley explained the program is "an informal one which is designed to be fun as well as educational for the children. It teaches the children skills they do not already have." To prepare the program at the school, Dooley said the teachers got in-service credit for the project, but they also "worked over-time and spent many long hours developing the right schedule and program for the children. They have a positive attitude towards the reading program and are devoted to making it work." The first week in February was the first week the reading program was put to the test as students from the second to the fourth grades were instituted into the program. "Eight teachers are teaching eight different skills each cycle." said Dooley. The first thing done by the teachers was to test the reading skills of the children. "The test reveals deficiencas the children may have in reading." The teachers then brought in materials to help correct the deficiencies and everyone in the class is taught the skills. "The program rune on three-week cycles." said Dooley. "The first week is devoted to planning. The second week the children are involved in the program half a day for two weeks. "During those two weeks, pre-tests are given to determinen what the students may or may not know. There are four different days of activities and learning. "At the end of the two weeks, post tests are given to the students to determine achievement." Also, there are Enrichment Groups for children with deficiencies not being taught that particular cycle. The objectives for the program are classified under several major areas, namely: needs assessment. exemplary training program imple- mentation, teacher preparation, staff development, task forces, and evalua- tion. Some of the many skills taught the children are organizing sequence, recalling sequences, prefixes, the "schwa" sound, alphabetizing, em richment, main-idea skills and homonyms. The eight teachers involved with the program are Miss Young. Mrs. Step, Mrs. Summers, Mrs. Nutter, Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Rhodes, Mr. Dooley, and school aide Mrs. Tomblin. "Another positive aspect of the program," explained Dooley," is that the children are in mixed classes. Second graders are with third and fourth grade children. "The children seem to be responding well ward the program. It's a break for them during the day and they get to see different children in their classes. It's a fun way of learning basic, important reading skills." The program is held from 1-1:30 p.m. every day. It is the hope of Mr. Dooley and the teachers involved with the program that "the children will learn and. hopefully, develops the right skills to rid themselves from reading deficiencies."