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Thursday, February 20, 2003 --- Page 3 "" .... L O mm II ' ' ' Unportant about Gdmer County's htstory in the year 2003? a.d lls, " Y President Hunter nity to get updated on the plans for upgrading .We "GilmerCountyHis- theCourthouse'sjudicialchambers.Commis- ly Febmary3, hegotabig[IliOn The [ [[[[[Isioner Kight assured him that the county has )urs, even him, to say noth- IIIIli ... " "" / !t1111two grants for upgrading the judges and mag- zed bedolf present.affai IIIlUl c;orcoran 1 11111 nstrates" rooms, particularly in providing for g 'lf r at the Court- Iltll rat, 'ran t [lllll more security. Unfortunately, no contractor Gree~_ County Commission, IIIIHI E~.~ L/UIU [ [Hill stepped forward to bid on the job which was Vir~Yl~signed the event to IIIIll R~- .1 ByDavidl-I Corcctan [ [[[[1[ advertised statewide, she reports. and ~lrs~158thanniversary After Illli ~l~ ~1 Punisher-Editor ] [|]l|l Also, with Glenville State College being veri~kg~brnonFeb. 3, 1845, IIIII1~ J It1111 under attack in the state Legislature, Mrs. J yet.-~mua.y's commemoration ~- ~c:~ Kight took the opportunity at the Gilmer pie. . ~rmaking. With that, she took me over to the ! 898 History Day to stress the hnportance of the V,rgid~ the most about it was photograph of the Gilmer Countians muster- College in the County's rich past. "Most ahoUt~ PeOple attracted to the ing into the U S Army during the Spanish- students in central West Virginia were like hborS~ to 3 p.m. American War and marching down Main me; I wouldn't have gone to college had it not toam' ,,"y start activity Street, Glenville. It hangs on the Courthouse been for Glenville State; it's a friend to this W~thatMonday, I strolled wall next to the County Clerk's Office. region's live-at-home, modest income stu- drivew:,~ to look up and tran- Pointing to several gentlemen in the photo, dents," she relays. ; d~10~b~ic documents for the she instructs, "There's my grandpa, Jesse L. Hearing what was being said, Patty Floyd mmaa'~il~included in that week's Floyd, Sr.;there'smyUncleErnestFloyd, and Johnson injects, "GSC has been saved, and : Ioa vlk a:"-":'lllrveeeks, however, I noticed Uncle Tom Floyd." She even pointed out the that makes me very happy, too." officer-in-charge. Society members speak -/~'L~lieularly County Clerk "I have this same photograph hanging in a Mrs. Margaret Moss, who is the clerk, place of honor in my home," she emphasizes, genealogist, and Girl Friday at the Historical ~~~rArmentroutand sensing her great pride in her family's roots Society(intheoldSeniorCenteronEastMain w'7,i!L-'~ g P parations for the here. Street, Glenville), propounds of Giimer's his- r der,~.~ and her crew were hart- Relative to the need for young people to be tory, "The people of Gilmer County are our y ga~which included punch interested in history, she advocates, "All his- greatest historical assets throughout history. jus.t~Societys representa-toryshouldbeofinteresttothem.Theywillbe They have been kind, hard-working, civic- ~'tJ~?"~UPdisplaysonacoupleable to function well as citizens by studying minded, and interesting." ve rr-'rjlrL history. Also, Gilmer County's history is in- For example, Margaret points to her grand- me -ease going about my teresting to study because of its purity, it is father, Don Shuman, who was one of the abySilu b a lst such activity which very rich, colorful, and earthy. It has given a County's pioneers. "He was a mail-carrier for . f a,aaexciting event. Never- lot to the entire state and country. For ex- 75 years," she recalls. ' He carried the mail on until noon when the ample, Glenville State College-educated horseback and, later, in one of those vintage, :arsit , riveenmasse. teachers have achieved great successes first-generation Mail Trucks. :- .enjoys exhibits throughout this nation." Parenthetically, she mentions that more ring a Monday __ the begin- In addition, she's happy that history is being volunteers are needed at the Historical Society ~t~ many people took the put back in its rightful place of honor in our which is open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m."With :bra,~'~afarinordertoseewhat schools and communities. "When Cecil was more people involved, we could get more R,as worth noting about teaching history and government in the projects accomplished," she envisions. schools, these subjects weren't considered For President Hunter Armentrout, the :~~ Merandi, U.S. Con- important and were often neglected," she sighs Gilmer History Day Celebration is but a first . M ohan's area representa- with a frown. "But, Gilmer County History step. 'This needs to be an annual event and we ata~'-,nn her C!arksburg office Day brings back much leg!timacy to those need to get more participation from the tl c.ountys history. And, crucial subjects of learning,' she points out. schools, 'he states. ,s !,mportant. Newcomers also attend Of the pictures and artifacts on display, he me, I know that the Warden Brian Bledsoe and several other proudly points to one GilmerCountian, Edna ol " e and mother came from officials from the Federal Correctional In- McQuain, the only woman from Gilmer ni tjij nty is high on his list." stitution-Gilmer also arrived during their County to die in World War II. "We have the e lllt" f County officially was lunch break. After reading about the festivity flag that was draped over hercoffin, andit was ~ ~.~tgressional District on in the newspaper, he says, "Ijust want tocome flown over the Courthouse in a special i 995 ngresswoman Shelley here and to find out more about Gilmer ceremony when it was given to this county, trict, as a part of the County's history. Afterall, we (at FCI-Gilmer) he describes. will be a part of Gilmer County history." She was first buried in New Guinea where That later comment was perceptive and she drowned, but, later, was interred in the true. The federal prison, which will open for Philippines, he traces. inmates soon, isgoingtobeamajoremployer "Miss McQuain was a person whom the in the county, will make its economic and whole county can be proud of, especially our social impact strongly felt here, and will help young lady students, because she made the chart a new course, or facet, of the county s ultimate contribut!on to her country's defense history, by giving her life,' he stresses. Moreover, it's nice to know that these fed- In the future, he hopes that Gilmer History fascinating and me well about the state," she relates. the farthest to the event Ohnson from eral officials, who come from many different states, care enough to learn,more about their new host county. Mr. Larry Whited, the county's Family Court Judge who lives in Roane County, also wanted to find out more about this area's Day can be enlarged to 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 the exhibits? history. "This also gives me an opportunity to deserves the general public's encouragement, a real .meet ,p~ople and to confer with county offi- participation, and assistance. After all, the likn to my h ion_ome cials,' he adds. County's rich heritage came alive that day, in Johnson who occas raeraoriesaboutherfam- And, because co-hosts and Commission- the minds, memories, and hearts of those this newspaper, ere Larry Chapman, Reta Kight, and Dave people who attended the special social. Hess were present, he had the ideal opportu- 1 : I m , O all . oldtlmer --- By Frances Myers Schmetzer, Glen ille espondent ~hme~zerisout.of.town this week on vacation. Look for her column in the paper next wee~) Our Letters ... : 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, NorthCentral Association of Colleges address to voice support of GSC. Thanks, and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street., Suite Cecil! Another address is: Hen. Bob Wise, 2400, Chicago, IL 60602 Governor, State ofWest Virginia, StateCapi. Written and signedcomments must he re- tel, 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 federal prison in they would use to light the corn- has looked at direction knows that g ruins would go down, not up. And assuming the prison was built so that those guys can't possibly get out anyway, why do they have to light the whole area to the brightness of a sunny day? Dark skies are one of those things that you 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 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 ofGSC s Board of Gove ors, 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 Glenville 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 modern-day GSC advocates may have to be called into action at a moment s notice to stand up for the Co!lege 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 area 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 a!lowed 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, Glenviile 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 advocates@glenville.edu 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, brou_ght 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-Giimer to open, too. Thanks Senator Byrd and Congressman Moliohan! DHC, Sr. To--d i-n Security or Big Oil's profits ? ALERT!! High risk of domestic terror price attacks? of the of the TODAY'S JAY'S MA YB ? (APPLIED TO THE DAILY 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 not overly concerned can't put a dollar value on. Anyone who has maybe going to war to secure more oil, this alert up to "orange," only one beneath the highest alert status, red. He not only lightinlzwalked the ridges on a clear fall night without kind of waste just doesn't make eood sense believes that this could be the time when the Arab terrorists might try the sky over half the a flashlight and wi!h a thousand stars over- And, with global warming likely the biggest another deadly attack on America. GSC Art Professor Emeritus George ' frn head knows what I m talking about. Or any-- threat to the next generation, the federal gov- the prison as the crow one who has aimed their telescope into a eminent should be setting an example by i Harper,, our cartoonist, couldn't help but comment on this uptick of the ~,~ e_sets of hills between, but distant star cluster, using electricity conservatively. I country s security. While the cows may be seeing the orange, America's I was surprised There are more practical reasons, though, If enough people in the county let their I consumers are seeing "red" at the gas pumps. In central West Virginia since r. ~ South rsuade them to cover those inghts concerns be known, ma ~I~. and saw t~ huge to try to pe " ybe we can persuade Ithe security has been raised, the pnce of gasoline has jumped from ~'t'L light going up into the better. Taxpayers pay the electric bill and the prison authorities to do something about it. I approximately $1.56agallon up to $1.75. Shucks, for Farmer Bob s cows, to be that way With with the Bush administration insistent upon er | they re going to be feeling the wrath of an irritable master for several months rl "~ trlC " " It .grits, all that energy ~ Bonnet Run I to come. With all of the snow we've been having lately, too, Farmer Bob and salarte e S 9 I may be cancelled due to the high gas prices and the low beef prices. Things Gdmer C ,unty nawnefull-a I his wife already have Cabin Fever, but their upcoming get-away weekend Jr- - ~,,",-.~ l are depressing on the farm now-a-days. DHC, Sr. l~-"qu~ .'-narteston Ga ette on The article also re rted that "In some otthinking, a substant~al amount of money. IfI I lll "kYl ;tatedthat" tVir-counties, driversonlyPw(irkfourAhnOUtr :rt?Y, Gilen o;County spent the West Virginia aver_ he o percentage of their but receive full time wages." , g busing, the savings would be some- "" VOlleys " , to bus children to ' Four counties---Giimer, Clay, Tyler, and thing more than $300,000 a year, That is, to OavldH. Cororan, St., Publisher.Editor :e.'' This amounts to Doddridge--spendmore than ten percent of my way ofthinking, a substantial saving, and [ mtheeducation budget their budget on busing" is equal to about half the 40 percent lev we tte- ' In the 2000-2001 s hool year. the actual are being asked to approve -- YI P.O. Box 458; 108 N' Court St.,Glenville' WV 26351 I Oil tO ,, .... '. ,..say that Bus driver salary for serv,ce personnel m Gdmer County .The quesuon that anses ,s obv,ous. Are [ mghest in the United was somewhat greater, at $20,700 a year,, not Odmercounty. taxpayers, beingobliged topay I PHONE 304-462 7309 est V s acka e In Gdmer bus drivers full t me w ,000a. irginia bus drivers counting the benefit p g.. ages for less than full I k l lll mre than drivers Cunty'-- ten percent of the education,.... budget,s , Continued on page6 Ill I FAX 304-462-7300 E-MAIL -- gllenvillene @rtol.net f', ::' 'uolicityjor our rou or cause b becomin one of our Guest Editorsof t,'l y g '19 'Y g _ the Week. iI VISA & Mastercard arenow accepted [ ~ord editoai, e colun~ your mu$ shol and a 4-5 aemence biogrrq~hic=l sketch of yours f. We'~ ,: P.O. Box 458: l~ N C-- St. Gknvi,~ ~351 Jim .........................