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t } Page 2 -- Tl,e Glrnville Democrat]Pathfinder --- Thursday, February 20, 2003 :;:.. ~;,i!:i : : ) ~ i5 ......... : ~ 7.. iiiii WVU-GILMER EXTENSION SERVICE REQUEST --- Debra Friend, the WVU-Gilmer Extension Agent who is transferring to a similar post in Clay County, appeared before the Gilmer County Commission at its Tues., Feb. 11 meeting to request Special Levy funds for the local office. Already on the levy's call, she asked for the same amount of money as provided by the last election, even though the Board of Education is cutting the agency's 4-H program allocation. VISITORS FROM SUNSHINE STATE- The holiday season isn't complete in Gilmer County without some surprise visitors. Before the cold wave hit before Christmas week, Mr. Robert Butcher (I-r), of Glenville, brought Ed and Phyllis Hagan, of Jacksonville, Fla., to visit with us at our 108 North Court Street office. About 50 years ago, Mr. Hagan attended school in Gilmer County before moving away with his parents who sought new employment opportunities elsewhere. Nevertheless, he's related to Mr. Butcher and has many fond memories of Glenville and Gitmer County. He's also an avid reader of this newspaper. West Virginia...............' Montani Seln "Mountaineers Are Always Free." West Virginia is Spruce Knob, one standin These words adorn the state flag of mile above sea level, that. one day| [he Great Stale ofWest Virginia. Yes, Yes, there are higher points in ing and that state, the one that continually America, but none more breathtak- colic comes in last in every statistic kept by ing. the federal government. We're last Becauseofourmountains, wehave of (or next to last) in just about every rivers. The oldest river in the western football. failingofhumankind, obesity, tobacco hemisphere, the New River (quite We have use, high school graduation rate, teen appropriately named, don' t you think) skiing, pregnancy. You name it, we're num- ends in West Virginia. We have the her one - or number fifty, depending Gauley River which, along with the rection. upon your perspective. New River, offers tremendous recre- leisurely West Virginia is one ofthe poorest ational opportunities. We have the eig states in America. Our median in- Kanawha River, formed from theWe have come wouldn't buy a cheeseburger, Gauley and the New Rivers in a mag- fries, and a coke in New York City. nificentcascade, which flows through and the Our elected politicians are, by and the center of the state, and directly West large, g(',d ole boys. We're the butt of through the capitalcity of Charleston, beauty many a joke around the country. The the largest city in West Virginia. could largest employer in the state IS the The tallestbuildinginCharlestonis this, and yet.. state. (Not now - it was when this was barely 25 floors tall, which, if you our written - now it is WaI-Mart). The thinkaboutit, isaplus:howcouldyou West largest single city in West Virginia possiblybuildaskyscrapermorebeau- We care ab~ barely has 50,000 people. We're tifulthanamountain?Thecapitalcity ourne~ mostly knownforcoalmining, yetthe stretches throughout the long river We lion's share of dollars from mining valley, encompassing both hill and borhood. leaves the state, and ends up in the dale. Our.airport, the largest in lhe other's hands of the land barons living else- state, sits on top of a mountain. The when we do. where, crime rate in Charleston, including warm No United States presidents were the entire population of the Kanawha cri born in West Virginia. I don't even Valley (around 200,000), reflects that flies. We 10~1 believe any vice presidents were born of the entire state, the lowest in sugar. here: but we are the home of Senator America. No more than a handful of We Robert C. Byrd. murders are committed each year. but we West Virginia doesn't have a pro- Charleston has no subway systems, day witha~ fessional sports team. We're not big but, truth be known, you can get from up on our enough. We don't have any majorTV one end of town to the other, even in We rarely markets that would be attractive to rushhour traffic, in less than ten rain- relativesjuSl any owners. We don't have any ha- utes. There are three major interstate tionalmonuments, no Grand Canyon, systems going through Charleston, wrench, we or Mount Rushmore, oreven a Disney the smallest city in America to make We share World: no NASCAR tracks, noGreat such a claim. The entire state has six tips Lakes. no international airports, no different interstatesystems, meaning, house sit Opryland, no sky needles, no eight from Charleston, youcanreachCleve- we're on lane highways, no beaches, no Ivy land, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pills- other League colleges. We don't have any burgh, Louisville or Charlotte in four drug rodeos, or any skyscrapers, or world hours or less. need an famous vacations spots, or motion Ah, but, once you leave the market. picture studios, or amber waves of interstates, the drive becomesa thing We grain;nosubways, noEmmy Awards, of wonder. Two lane roads, winding plishmentS, no Mardi Gras, and no Rose Bowl up and down the mountains, offer othe Parade. amazing views and historic places, With all of the things West Virginia small towns, poor in wealth but rich in Virginians. doesn't have, why would anyone history, free. bother living here, you ask'? West Virginia is the birthplace of and hold Well ... Mother's Day, in Grafton. We have forever. West Virginia has some things that the oldest covered bridge still in use. Words, a perso,~ doesn't realize they wanted We have walnut festivals and straw- For thoSe until they were here. West Virginia berryfestivalsandapplefestivalsand WestVir has mountains. The Appalachian pumpkin festivals, and arts and crafts there, share Mountains extend fromNew York to fairs and sternwheel regattas and ramp significant Georgia, but in no state are they more dinners. We have Bridge Day, on the neighbors,! majestic, or part of the renown, than New River Gorge bridge, over 800 in West Virginia. The highest point in feet above the New River; the only Ever Wonder... Why is it that doctors call whet they do "practice"? JUNIOR WOMEN'S CLUB'S KIDS FLOAT --- Many area children were the "Angels Among Us" in the float sponsored by the Jr. Women's Club of Glenville, as it went down East Main Street in the city that magical evening of Dec. 7. The crowd was large and particularly enthusiastic about the arrival of Santa Claus. In addition to participating in this holiday parade, the winter's snowfalls gave the children many opportunities to use their sleds and to have snowball fights. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GLENVILLE .The other co-winner of the Float Division was the First Baptist Church of GlenviUe's well-constructed entry. In emphasizing the parade's overall theme of "Angels Among Us," the First Baptist Church stressed the old Christmas song's line, "Angels are Heard," at their manger scene. I The Glenville Democrat |u I I Published by Corcoran Newspapers i David H, Corcor~n, $~r. ,-- PublistterFL--dilodha~,,e~tistng Mana~r e~c~aa~-~ C~VTy,~s~er vv~ King- P~oolPMder Pa~I~ COtCOr~l - T~r,/~rter (,ml leave] Krlsta Shelm~- Ad Coot'Co.ton & GSC Student Intern Ctwte~e D~ulu~. Office Staff (on ~vo} David H. Cocoran, Jr. - Computer Tectmician (p~at-t~e~ Misty Tomblln Smyth .,-Glenvlfle State C~ge Ac~vertlsing Intern Published weekly Periodicals Postage paid at Glenvilia, WV 26351 POSTMASTER: Send address corrsctions to: The Glenville Democrat 108 North COurt Street PO Box 458 Glen,title, WV 26351 Phone (304) 462-7309. Fax (304) 462-7300 o glenvillenewsad@rtoLnet Available by Subscription and Over-the-Counter Seles at select locations. Price: =16.96 (tax included) in G|lmer County. Price: '2t .20 (tax included) In West Virginia. Price: =22.00 (no tax required) for Out-of.State Subscribers, We annot accept subscrlptior,~ for less than six months, VISA/MasterCard accepted. S North Dakota recently completed a statewide readership survey which included, among many other points, the following: 6 i percent said they turn to news- papers when looking for infonnation on job openings. Only 14 percent went to the Imernet. 77 percent read or looked at a newspaper "yesterday." 55 percent said a newspaper ad- vertisement caused them to make a shopping purchase. Nearly 48 percent read political ads in the newspaper. This article was submitted by the W.Va. Press Assocmtion. Glenville Publisher David Corcoran. Sr. serves on that organization's board. , Poems from ...... Glenville residents wanted The Talent Literary Guild is spon- soring an amateur poetry contest, free to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all, includi ng a $1,000.00 grand prize. "We are delighted to sponsor this contest," sa s Thomas Grey, Poetry Director. "Poets deserve opportuni- ties to exhibit their work and get rec- ognition. We expect our contest to encourage new poets." To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less: Free Poetry Contest, 1257 Siskiyou Blvd, PMB 4, Ashland, OR 97520; you may also enter online at www.freecontest.com. Poems may be written on any sub- ject, using any style. The deadline for entering is March 20, 2003. The editors reserve the right to publish the winning poems online. A winner's list will be sent to all entrants. INTERSECTION OF ROAD AND SYCAMORE ROADS, GL NVILLE. i48 WEI BAN FREE CONSUL TA EVENING AND SATURDAY J. PATRICK BoW Attorney at LaW 525 Goff Building Clnrksburg, WV (304) 622-0183 Glenville State Ed:Net Exol ~J PowerPoint Glenviile State College is committed to a of sharing our Innovation and Community we serve. That's why the Computer Lab on Glenville States College open to all members of the public In an computer-literacy and mastery in the software training, high-speed Internet capabilities in a setting staffed by a technicians. The Ed-Net Lab is located on the mare campus, on the third floor of the Administration Building. 200 High Street, Glenviile West Virginia 304-462-7361. Ext. 327