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Single Copy Price-50* (47' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People @ @ local women -- prayers for up for home Page 4 effort to involve of history. Page OII KICKOFF r Society Relay for Cancelled due to will be ;:30 ~.m. at Pack- up between now ;rag home. For Christy at 871- )EMORCATIC February 25, Common Place. are invited. 3- SHOOT FOR !LL BE FEBRU- bowhunter Door Prizes, s sold. For ,, con- at 743-5415 BASEBALL classes and baseball and number if no ;IIZATION is taking Must be is not a home more, informa- COMMIS- Commission ~.m. on Thurs- at the Glenville 9eneral public is ~L GROWTH le First Baptist on Saturday, til 2:00 provided. Come Christian fellow- in Christ. For 5. MARDI GRAS invites every- Mardi Gras" uesday, March Lm. No charge, offedng pan- & links, ba- coffee, vari- "ups, peanut will inau- in honor of Lucille Sheets. about it. lO) Board of 7 P.m. on next Offices. Week 3 ..4 14 7 10 ..9 12-13 ................ l&lO ent Week -_ (by the a of ce of to the is not in an with tions. " treasurer ) By David H. Corcoran, lations for Wednesday and later in the week. Publisher-Editor The College, also, cancelled its first Founder's "Old Man Winter" finally stomped into Day program on Wednesday due to the harsh Gilmer County this season, and he did so with weather, says Mrs. Donna Shaffner, a GSC a bang (or multiple "bangs"). public relations spokesperson. (A decision Heavy snow and sleet falls over the week- when or if the College will reschedule this new end blanketed the state's hills and hollows, event will be forthcoming.) but, more dangerously, iced over many trees Relative to the Rec Center's shelter, Mrs. and utility lines, causing breaks in the electric Kight outlines that people needing household and telephone services in over 6,000 house- water should bring their own containers for holds and businesses in this central region transporting it. Also, they can get it from the alone, spigots at the Water Dept. Plant on Elm Street "There were trees cracking and popping and the Glenville Utility Building on West every three seconds on Sunday," relates an Main Street. But, if people require larger excited Bryan Darby, a Gilmer County High amounts of water, they must secure that at the School student from Normantown. "You could Water Dept. only from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. during the see trees falling down all over the place." week. Denny Pounds, the local McDonald's Fornon-emergencyproblems,sheeneour- owner, reports with a typical quip, "On Sun- ages residents to telephone the Gilmer day, it snowed five inches from 4:00-9:15 County Volunteer Fire Department at 462- a.m. Why. I had to get out of bed early. Then, 7306 for help. "Tell them what you need it snowed so hard that it could have knocked whether it be food, medicine, or fuel, and they down the dogs." will call you back with a plan to get those Concurring, Glenville Mayor R. Wayneneeded items to you," she specifies. Richmond remarks, "That freezing rain hit us Indeed, about 25 firefighters have been out hard all day Sunday. This is the biggest snow helping the utility crews clear the roads of that we've hadsince 1996." trees, and eight-to-10 are sleeping at the The weighty snow and ice felled hundreds Firehouse at night to be ready for emergency of trees, like alumberjack going berserk with calls. Gilmer County High's Janice Collins a sharp ax, then falling and breaking electric reoorts that manv area businesses have been and telephone hnes to cause much ol the supportive ol the i~ret~gnters, hzza Hut and county to be withoutpoweron Sunday and for Blimpie's have donated food for them," she others, throughout the week. relates. According to Reta Kight, chair of the Lo- Restoring utilities cal Emergency Planning Committee, some InAlleghenyPower'sserviceareaofGilmer, utilities will be out until Friday or Saturday. Calhoun, Doddridge, and Braxton counties, Emergency shelter over 6,000 households and businesses suffered "lfpeopteneedawarmplacetosleep. toget from electric outages on Sunday and early water, or to take a shower, the Gilmer County Monday morning. "We've got crews out all Recreation Center is the local disaster shel- over the county," states Glenville's Tom Rat- ter," Mrs. Kight, who is also a Gilmer County lift, a former area power company supervisor Commissioner. states, who came out of retirement to help during this And, at 4 p.m. Tues., Feb. 18, Governor emergency. Bob Wise signed a federal disaster declara- "We've gotten help from three crews from tion assistance application at the State Capitol Butler, Penn., five crews from Cumberland, in Charleston. He's requesting President Md., and additional crews from Virginia and George Bush to declare the entire state'a North Carolina," he lists. federaldisasterarea, therebyopeningthe doors Although no power substations have failed, to federal governmental relief assistance, re- the electric service has been cut off in Troy, ports State Delegate Blent Boggs (Dem.- Sand Fork, Cedarville and Normantown, he Gilmer). relays. "The Normantown arealookslike adisastcr After 37 years of e.~peqel~ce at Allegheny, area," states Sam Darby, owner of Panther Mr. Ratliff knows what to tell customers and Lodges Normantown'sonlylargeindustry. the general public in these emergencies. "If "A big tree cut down our power line going to you see a downed power line, stay away from the factory, so we aren't operating now. and I it," he propounds. don't know when they'll get the power hooked He, also, praises the local police depart- up again," he sighs, ments and Volunteer Fire Dept. for assisting In addition to many area businesses being Allegheny in clearing the roads of debris. sht~t down, the schools throughout the state, In Glenville. Mayor Richmond reports that including those in Gilmer County and Glen- power was off in the city from 5:30-8:00 a.m. ville State College, were closed on Monday Monday morning. Many of the city's street and Tuesday, not to mention possible cancel- lights, also, blacked out at about 1:15 a.m., CARTER WOODSON AT GSC -- Donning 19th century coal mining work clothes with a lunch pail, Ansted's Norman Jordan (standing, right), a state Humanities Foundation actor, portrays the life of historian Carter G. Woodson, the West Virginia State College professor who founded Black History Week early in the 20th century. About 150 students and community members attended this Wed., Feb. 12 program honoring Black History Month at Glenville State College's Administration Auditorium. Mr. Jordan, a poet and museum curator, had been invited to the college by History Professor Duke Talbott (seated background, center). (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) Dr. Carter subjects of Woodson, GSC program on Feb. By David H. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor For a little over one hour on Wed. evening, Feb. 12, approximately 150 Glenville State College students and townspeople took a step back in time to learn more about the life of a 19th and 20th century giant of Black history. In fact, the late Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a one-time history professor at West Virginia State College and former coal miner, founded Black History Week which was later expanded into Black History Month. Dr. Woodson, the first son of slaves to earn a Ph.D. in America, was portrayed by Mr. Norman Jordan, a poet, artist, and Afro-Ameri- can museum curator from Ansted (Fayette County). To kick-off February as Black His- tory Month, he put on the same impersonation of Dr. Woodson for Governor Bob Wise and other State Capitol personnel. Moreover, he works extensively with the Humanities Foun- dation of West Virginia in order to keep the notable achievements of this Mountain State educator alive. Born in the late 19th century in New Canton, Va. -- the son of former slaves, Dr. Woodson's family later moved to Huntington, W.Va. where they could earn enough money to buy a farm-- back in Virginia. Nevertheless, as time went on, young Carter's brother and sister returned to the Ohio River city to work, paving the way for his return to West Virginia also. Hearing of the high wages of working for the C & O Railroad in the New River Coalfield, he went to Thurmond which was a thriving rail and coal town -- better known today as the whitewater rafting capital of the state. Eventually, he left the railroad for a higher paymg job in the mines. "In that little coal camp, I got started on the road to fame," Continued on page 5 according to other local observers. As to the streets, Mr. Richmond com- ments, "For as large a storm as it was, we did a decent job in handling the snow." Truly, City Street Commissioner Mike Winski and assistant, Stanley Starcher, put in a lot of hours in getting the snow under control. "The City's streets are travelable," states Starcher, who pulled a snow removal shift on Saturday Continued on page 5 ..... dr ~: CALM FACES DURING DISASTER -- One of the most important approaches to a snow disaster is for the recovery team to have composure. Gilmer County was fortunate, indeed, to have not only calm recovery workers and volunteers but also cheerful ones. Even though they faced many long hours and hardships in the restoration of electric and utility services to the county, the relief teams seemed to do so in a cheerful and professional way. For that reason, all of these hundreds of workers from both inside and outside the county merit our newspaper's "Folks Who Shine" Awards for this week. Above, Glenville Street Commissioner Mike Winski (right, in cab) piles up snow on North Court Street near Main to be removed by dump trucks, as Mayor Wayne Richmond (left) directs operations. See page 5 for more. FIREFIGHTER TERRY HESS . .9--'!- ALLEGHENY POWER'S TOM RATLIFF (L-R) & BRAD LAY POWER CONTRACTOR JIM WARREN, OF GEORGIA FIRST TITAN BASKETBALL TEAM -- On the night of Valentine's Day at the Titan- Braxton clash in Glenville, the older fans got a "sweet treat." Some of their "Golden Years" basketball stars, specifically the first GCHS basketball team, returned to the school for a small reunion and recognition at half-time. Among the many team members attending the event were from left to right: Ed Crawford, Class of 1970, of Nashville, Tenn.; Dr. Tom Lilly, '70, of Berkeley Springs; Coach Larry Gainer (a 1962 graduate of Normantown High School), of St. Marys; and Dr. Rick Butler, of Steer Creek. Why a team reunion this year? "It's been about 35 years since they played basketball together, so I talked with some of them and they thou lht the reunion was a good idea," states Coach Gainer, who's a retired principal. (staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.)