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Thursday, February 20, 2003 -- Page 3 .. e, . Y . - ly dfi . F'ebmary 3, he got a big )u~~'~a even him, to say noth- dgo][ 'ial affair at the Court- County Commission, Vi~ designed the event to and ,~s 158th anniversary. After vet i ,~,~V~s" born on Feb. 3, 1845, :! yet..~Wd~lay,s commemorauon pie.. in Vi~ ~'~ most about it was : alx ol People attracted to the important about Gilmer County's history in the year 2003? Corcoran | Illlll Column / Iit{1t By David a Corcoran | I1111t With that, she took me over to the 1898 photograph of the Gilmer Countians muster- ing into the U.S. Army during the Spanish- hbo~noon to 3 p.m. American War and marching down Main .~ t~"~ start activity Street, Glenville. It hangs on the Courthouse L "~'..Jll~ that Monday, I strolled wall next to the County Clerk's Office. driv~ to look up and tran- Pointing to several gentlemen in the photo, e ?ma~'~l~b!ic documents for the she instructs, "There's my grandpa, Jesse L. Im jn~.~lO~included in that week's Floyd, Sr.; there's my Uncle Ernest Floyd, and -" I lreeks, however, I noticed Uncle Tom Floyd." She even pointed out the oft,,!cer-in-charge. .F'l~eticularly County Clerk'I have this same photograph hanging in a )t~~l~r staff, as well as the place of honor in my home," she emphasizes, o ~ itUnterArmentroutand sensing her great pride in her family s roots a c. ti'ng preparations for the here. r ae~.~ts and her crew were han- Relative to the need for young people to be y get~lll~ Which included punch interested in history, she advocates, "All his- j u~the Society's representa- tory should be of interest to them. They will be etJ.~ ~gupdisplaysonacouple able to function well as citizens by studying history. Also, Gilmer County's history is in- going about my teresting to study because of its purity, it is such activity which very rich, colorful, and earthy. It has given a event. Never- lot to the entire state and country. For ex- noon when the ample, Glenville State College-educated enmasse, teachers have achieved great successes exhibits throughout this nation." y -- the begin- In addition, she's happy that history is being people took the put back in its rightful place of honor in our see what schools and communities. "When Cecil was Was worth noting about teaching history and government in the schools, these subjects weren't considered Merandi, U.S. Con- important and were often neglected," she sighs area representa- with a frown. "But, Gilmer County History her Clarksburg office Day brings back much legitimacy to those ;COunty's history. And, crucial subjects of learning," she points out. important. Newcomers also attend roe, "I know that the Warden Brian Bledsoe and several other and mother came fromofficials from the Federal Correctional In- is high on his list."stitution-Gilmer also arrived during their County officially waslunch break. After reading about the festivity District on in the newspaper, he says,"Ijust want tocome Shelley here and to find out more about Gilmer a part of the County's history. After all, we (at FCI-Gilmer) re-districting man- will be a part of Gilmer County history." That later comment was perceptive and saw the article in the true. The federal prison, which will open for a good time to visit the inmates soon, isgoingtobeamajoremployer snow falling on this in the county, will make its economic and b' SCheduled visit was can- social impact strongly felt here, and will help Snowfall. chart a new course, or facet, of the county's about Giimer's his- history. Moreover, it's nice to know that these fed- fascinating and eral officials, who come from many different me well about the states, cai'e enough to learn more about their "she relates, new host county. :the farthest to the event Mr. Larry Whited, the county's Family Johnson from Court Judge who lives in Roal~e County, also wanted to find out more about this area's see the exhibits? history. "This also gives me an opportunity to real link to my home meet people and to confer with county offi- who occasion- cials," he adds. raemoriesabout her fam- And, because co-hosts and Conunission- newspaper, ers Larry Chapman, Reta Kight, and Dave Hess were present, he had the ideal opportu- Im m nity to get updated on the plans for upgrading the Courthouse's judicial chambers. Commis- sioner Kight assured him that the county has two grants for upgrading the judges and mag- istrates' rooms, particularly in providing for more security. Unfortunately, no contractor stepped forward to bid on the job which was advertised statewide, she reports. Also, with Glenville State College being under attack in the state Legislature, Mrs. Kight took the opportunity at the Gilmer History Day to stress the hnportance of the College in the County's rlch past. "Most students in central West Virginia were like me; I wouldn't have gone to college had it not been for Glenville State; it's a friend to this region's live-at-home, modest income stu- dents," she relays. Hearing what was being said, Patty Floyd Johnson injects, "GSC has been saved, and that makes me very happy, too." Society members speak Mrs. Margaret Moss, who is the clerk, genealogist, and Girl Friday at the Historical Society (in the old Senior Center on East Main Street, Glenville), propounds of Gilmer's his- tory, "The people of Giimer County are our greatest historical assets throughout history. They have been kind, hard-working, civic- minded, and interesting." For example, Margaret points to her grand- father, Don Shuman, who was one of the County's pioneers, "He was a mail-carrier for 75 years," she recalls. "He carried the mail on horseback and, later, in one of those vintage, first-generation Mail Trucks." Parenthetically, she mentions that more volunteers are needed at the Historical Society which is open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. "With more people involved, we could get more projects accomplished," she envisions. For President Hunter Armentrout, the Gilmer History Day Celebration is but a first step. "This needs to be an annual event and we need to get more participation from the schools," he states. Of the pictures and artifacts on display, he proudly points to one Gilmer Countian, Edna McQuain, the only woman from Gilmer County to die in World War II. "We have the flag that was draped over her coffi n, and it was flown over the Courthouse in a special 1995 ceremony when it was given to this county," he describes. She was first buried in New Guinea where she drowned, but, later, was interred in the Philippines, he traces. "Miss McQuain was a person whom the whole county can be proud of, especially our young lady students, because she made the ultimate contribution to her country's defense by giving her life," he stresses. In the future, he hopes that Gilmer History Day can be enlarged tQ contain many more activities that will be both instructive and entertaining. Nonetheless, for the first attempt in recent years to reactivate the festivity, the Giimer County Historical Society did a good job and deserves the general public's encouragement, participation, and assistance. After all, the County's rich heritage came alive that day, in the minds, memories, and hearts of those people who attended the special social. 1 oldtimer -- By Frances Myers Schmetzer, Glenville Correspondent ~chmetzeris out-of-town this week on vacation. Look for her column in the paper next week_) mmm Comment period for Glenville State College at NCA following address in support of Glenville you would like to on Glenville State Col- Commission on Institutions of Higher Edu- (Editor's Note: No, we did not have this NCA cation, North Central Association of Colleges address to voice support of GSC. Thanks, and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street., Suite Cecil! Another address is: Hon. Bob Wise, 2400, Chicago, IL 60602 Governor, State of West Virginia, State Capi- Written and signed comments must be re- tol, Charleston, W. Va. 25305; or to your ceived by March 6th. State Senator or State Delegate at the same Cecil V. Johnson address.) Vincent, Ohio e g rums would go down, not up. And assuming the federal prison in prison was built so that those guys can't they would use possibly get out anyway, why do they have to to li the corn- light the whole area to the brightness of a has looked at sunny day? direction knows that Dark skies are one of those things that you not overly concerned can't put a dollar value on. Anyone who has not only lighting walked the ridges on a clear fall night without sky over half the a flashlight and with a thousand stars over- thoef r lsOLtwt ::: head knows what I'm talking about. Or any-" one who has aimed their telescope into a distant star cluster. gh. I was surprised There are more practical reasons, though, sOuth and saw the hugeto try to persuade them to cover those lights hght going up into thebetter. Taxpayers pay the electric bill and to be that way. With with the Bush administration insistent upon - the lights, all that energy star gazing shifting the tax burden more to the middle and lower income brackets, the least they could do is cut back on waste. If all of the light at the prison were pointing down, they wouldn't need so much of it. With energy shortages and the country maybe going to war to secure more oil, this kind of waste just doesn't make good sense. And, with global warming likely the biggest threat to the next generation, the federal gov- ernment should be setting an example by using electricity conservatively. If enough people in the county let their concerns be known, maybe we can persuade the prison authorities todo something about it. Bill Dwyer Bonnet Run 9 Gazette on , stated that "West Vir- percentage of their to bus children to This amounts to ion budget, that "Bus driver in the United in surrounding states." The article also reported that "In some counties, drivers only work four hours a day, but receive full time wages." And further, "Four counties--Gilmer, Clay, Tyler, and Doddridge--spend more than ten percent of their budget on busing." In the 2000-2001 school year, the actual salary for service personnel in Gilmer County was somewhat greater, at $20,700 a year, not something over $800,000. That is, to my way of thinking, a substantial amount of money. If Gilmer County spent the West Virginia aver- age for busing, the savings would be some- thing more than $300,000 a year. That is, to my way of thinking, a substantial saving, and is equal to about half the 40 percent levy we are being asked to approve. The question that arises is obvious. Are Gilmer County taxpayers being obliged to pay bus drivers counting the benefits package. In Gilmer bus drivers full time wages for less than full drivers County, ten percent of the education budget is Continued on page 6 ' , - ,h, your group or cause by becoming one of our Guest Editors of the Week!'J r eluma, Your mug flat, and a 4-5 ~"at~e bigral~hieal sketch f Y~r~lf We're at: P.O ~x 458; I~ N- C~ St-. G~n~I~ ~351. ,,~ I With its anti-higher education and GSC agendas already stated, the current state Legislative has sparked people of good will throughout the state and nation, specifically those who value higher education, to join together in defense of central West Virginia's public college -- Glenville State. Indeed, the time for citizen action to act is now! As Mr. R. Terry Butcher, Esq., chairman of GSC's Board of Governors, stated in an open letter to the people in this and other papers in late January, "The Board of Governors has mobilized to ensure that the interests of the College and of central West Virginia are protected." Continuing, he encourages everyone to join hands in an unbroken defensive circle around GSC: "This advocacy effort includes students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of GlenviUe State College." The establishment of this joint college-community advocacy group is very timely, appropriate, and prudent because like the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days, our modem-day GSC advocates may have to be called into action at a moment's notice to stand up for the College against any other similar barbs. Over the past 30 years, West Virginia's state colleges and universities have been the subjects of unjustified criticism from the powers-that-be in Charleston. More- over, in these past five years, GSC has been a princip il target for criticism and threats of closure. Such attacks, however, just aren't fair. After all, GSC, along with the state's other colleges and universities, diligently and steadfastly provide crucial academic, cultural, social, and recreational services to the Mountain State's diverse people and widely spread-out regions. The above contributions to the state's educational well-being says nothing of their bolstering regional economies. In fact, our public higher education system not only offers people, both younger and older students, the tools to advance this state economi- cally but also serves as economic engines, themselves, in their own geographic areas. On this latter point, to scale back instructional classes and programs at our colleges and universities is to reduce the tuition generated, most dramatically the much higher tuition paid by out-of-state students. Nevertheless, the bottom line is that America's society, in general, and West Virginia, in particular, can only move forward if our colleges and universities are protected, nurtured, and allowed to grow and thrive. In this new Age of Information and Technology, the state's higher education system is our first responder to capture these New Age businesses and to offer them the well-educated staffs for success. As a result, Glenville State College and our state's other institutions of higher learning deserve the help of all West Virginians and out-of-staters who want the College to survive. We editors, therefore, recommend that you join the GSC Board of Governors' group on the Internet at or telephone the school's Advancement office at 304-462-4125 if you prefer. Good luck, GSC Advocates; your vigilance is critical now! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Federal budget passed, hurrah! Congress passed the fiscal 2003-2004 federal budget bill after four-and-one-half months of wrangling. And, according to news reports, the final product was worth the wait for West Virginia. U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, the ranking minority leader on the Senate's Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Robert Mollohan, the senior Democrat on the House's companion committee, brought home the bacon. Their personal initiatives yielded many new funds for West Virginia's colleges and universities, as well as the high technology industry here. We'll be looking for the particulars of these federal legislative triumphs in the weeks and months to come. In addition, this should help FCI-Gilmer to open, too. Thanks Senator Byrd and Congressman Mollohan! DHC, St. Today in America: Homeland Security or Big Oil's profits? ORANGE ALERT! ! High risk of domestic terror price attacks? of the of the JAY'S OH AAYl (APPLIED TO THE DALLY PRICE CHANGES OF GASOLINE?) COWS SEEING 'ORANGE' -- As the United States is preparing for a war against Iraq and the Muslim "Holy Days" are coming to an end, the nation's Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge upgraded our terrorism alert up to "orange," only one beneath the highest alert status, red. He believes that this could be the time when the Arab terrorists might try another deadly attack on America. GSC Art Professor Emeritus George Harper, our cartoonist, couldn't help but comment on this uptick of the country's security. While the cows may be seeing the orange, America's consumers are seeing "red" at the gas pumps. In central West Virginia since the security has been raised, the price of gasoline has jumped from approximately $1.56 a gallon up to $1.75. Shucks, for Farmer Bob's cows, they're going to be feeling the wrath of an irritable master for several months to come. With all of the snow we've been having lately, too, Farmer Bob and his wife already have Cabin Fever, but their upcoming get-away weekend may be cancelled due to the high gas prices and the low beef prices. Things are depressing on the farm now-a-days. DHC, Sr. I I I I I IIIII I The Glenvflle l~mocragP~hfinder i David H. Corcoran, St., Publisher.Editor P.O. Box 458; 108 N. Court St., GlenvHle, WV 26351 PHONE 304-462-7309 FAX 304-462.7300 E-MAIL -- VISA & Mastercard are now accepted