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Single Copy Price-50= (47c plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 100, Number 9 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, February 26, 2004 A local prayer: Please keep safe our Gilmer County military personnel in Iraq and elsewhere around the world! /A Special Salute to -- The old Glenville High School Pages 1-8B Editorial Page -- How nice it feels to get angry, and Happy Centennial, Sand Fork! Page 3A Gilmer's Sports Scene -- GSC's men & women roll to wins; Titans must win in Parkersburg. Pages 4A & 7A J Gilmer Goings C & G AND HOPE GAS ANNUrrNANTS BREAKFAST C&G and Hope Gas Annuitnants will meet on Tues., March 2, at 8:00 a.m., at the Common Place in Glenville. TANNER SENIOR SATELLITE will meet Tues., March 2, at 6:00 p.m. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the evening; everyone welcome. PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE for Gilmer County High School has been scheduled for Thur., February 26=, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. THE WEST FORK CONSERVATION District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting for March will be held March 2, 2004 at the USDA Service Center, Mt.Clare, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Con- tact Dinah Hannah, Executive Assis- tant at 627-2160. FOLK FESTIVAL MEETING to be held on Fri., March 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Holt House, 302 E. Main St. The public is invited. JR.LEAGUE BASEBALL Sign-ups for Jr. League Baseball, ages 13-14 year olds, for the Gladia- tors and the Bulldogs are taking place now. Call Wendell Tomblin at 462- 7717 or Eddie Wolfe at 462-7880 for detai;-.~ FAITHFULLY FIT AEROBICS are held at First Baptist Church on Main St., Glenville, every Tues., and Thurs. at 5:15 p.m. They are free, so come join the fun! WEST FORK SPEECH & POSTER CONTEST Students in ALL county schools are encouraged to " ~.r the speech and poster contest. ,~is year's title is, "The living soil." School contests will be held the week of March 14; county contest will be held March 19 at Gilmer County High School at 7 p.m.; district contest is on March 26 at 7 p.m. at Robert Bland Middle School in Weston. For more information, call 462-8738 or 462-8569. (Continued on Page 10A) The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Men., Mar. 1 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is invited to attend. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at .7:30 p.m. on Men., Mar. 1 at the new Town Hall. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Mar. 4 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) I two' days in advance, if action on an l issue is being requested. Forany other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Public Service District will meet at 7 p.m. on Men., Mar. 8 at its West Main Street Office for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is welcome to attend. Glenville High School's Section ,. I-8B The Editorial Page .......................... 3A Sports .................................... 4A & 7A Obituaries ....................... : ............. 10A Society ....................... 8-9A & 12-13A Courthouse News ........................... 7A Legals ....................................... _.. 1 IA Classifieds ............................... 14-15A GGOs .................................. IA & 10A GSC ....... 1A, 5A, 13A & 8B Northside CF/eX, rolet ..................... 16A Meditation,Moment Thought for the Week -- "The best part of repentance is the sinning." Arab proverb A uthor unknown lion A planned overhaul and expansion of the "Expansion of the Heflin Student Union Glenville State College student center is getting will be a significant enhancement to the GSC another major financial boost from the work ~f campus, offering new and improved services Congressman Alan B. Mollohan. to students as well as the general public," he Mollohan (Dem.-lst Dist.) announced this said. week he has obtained $2.34 million in new "By investing in our college and commu- federal funds for the project. The money, part of nity in this way, we build on the momentum the government's final 2004 spending package, created last year by the team that was so is in addition to the $2.7 million that Mollohan successful in maintaining Glenville State as and U. S. Senator Robert C. Byrd secured in an independent, four-year institution. 2003. "State Senators Bill Sharpe, Joe Minard, "I am pleased to report that the federal invest- Walt Helmick and Mike Ross, and Delegates ment in Glenville State's planned campus/corn- Bill Stemple and Brunt Boggs fought hard to munity education center has reached the $5 ensure the future of Glenville State. I am million mark," Mollohan said. proud to continue to work with these fine By David H. Corcoran, Economic expansion & homing Publisher-Editor Apparently the EDA and/or some local The Gilmer County Economic Development investors have the opportunity to purchase Association looked over the possibilities of the 1,000 acres adjoining the federal prison's acquiring 1,000 acres of land and, in a second property to the east, owned by Eastern Asso- project, building several new homes and apart- elated Coal Company. Mr. Jim Fealy, the ments at its Thurs., Feb. 19 regular monthly EDA's executive director, mentions that pre- meeting, liminary meetings with the coal company In addition, newEDAPresidentDennyPounds have already taken place. set his sights on several goals, notably making . "We could get a second federal prison out the non-profit body more accountable to the there, if we can get this property," he fore- general public. Continued on page 6A I II I II 000000000000 0000000000000 Dr. Freeman's inauguration set for Mar. Dr. Robert N. Freeman's inaugural ceremony, inducting him as Glenville State College's 22nd president, will take place on Fri. afternoon, Mar. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The general public is invited to attend. The inauguration's events are being sponsored by GSC's Aramark Dining Services. Reader seeking old pictures of Glenville Becky Oppe, a native of Gilmer County now residing in Wood County, has maintained a keen interest in Gilmer County history over the years. In fact, she's working upmuch of this historical information for a genealogical web page on the Internet. ., Right now she is'needing old photographs of Glenviile and the surrotlnding area in order to write the historical segment about the city of Gienville. She believes that the late Bayard Young took many photographs of the city, but doesn't know where to find them. Many people have contacted her to help them with their family genealogies which are rooted in the Glenville area. And, she's happy to help them out. Anyone with information can write her at 8 Poplar Drive, Vienna WV 26105. Glenville's Gerry Hough elected NR chair The New River Community & Technical College's Board of Advisors elected a Glenville man as its chair for the remainder of this academic year. Mr. Gerry Hough, Esq., a long-time Gienville resident, educator, lawyer and Gilmer prosecutor, was elected to the post at the New River Community & Technical College (NR) board's Mon., Feb. 9 regular meeting in Beckley, according to a news release from the NR Continued on page 6A DEATH SCENE -- Douglas Stout, a Glenville resident and Joe's Garage employee, was thrown out of this vehicle and killed before it hit, head-on, the rock cliff on the east side of North Lewis Street between RAMCO and Lorentz Street. A passenger in the 1991 Buick Skylark survived the crash which happened at approximately 11:21 p.m. on last Friday, according to Lieut. Sam Cutlip, the investigating officer from the Glenville Police Department. High speed and perhaps other factors led to a fatal auto crash in Glenville late Friday night, according to the Glenville Police Department. Douglas Stout, 30, a North Lewis Street resi- dent and emp!oyee at Joe's Quick Luhe & Ga- rage, was pronounced dead at the scene of the single vehicle accident, Glenville Police Department's Lieut. Sam Cutlip, the investigat- ing office, states. The fatal incident occurred at approximately 11:21 p.m. when Mr. Stout, driving a 1991 Buick Skylark down North Lewis Street at reportedly a high rate of speed, hit the guard rail near RAMCO. He, then, bounced off the rail veering to the left, hitting the rock cliff on the opposite side of the street. Upon impact, he was thrown out the vehicle's passenger side win- dow. The City Police, Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department and the county's Ambulance Authority arrived on the scene shortly after it happened, finding the victim lying --- fatally injured ~ in the west lane of the street. "The EMS started CPR right away and tried very hard to revive him, but he was pronounced dead there," Lieut. Cutlip says. The Medical Examiner was called in from Lewis County, so he did not arrive until 12:45 a.m. to review the scene and see the victim with Lieut. Cutlip and Deputy Sher- iffMark White. Sta|" "~rooper Tom Yanero, also, assisted with accident responders and the Glenville State College Security Guards kept the curiosity seekers away from the Church Street overlook. The Fire Department kept the traffic away from the death scene by directing motorists around the area via College Strut and Wal- nut Street At about 1:30 a.m., the body was trans- ported to Stonewall Jackson Hospital for a closer examination by the Medical Exam- Continued on page 6A nio legislators, President (Robert) Freeman and drawingsforthenewcenterarebeingfinal- the GSC board to ensure that the school's ized with the project's architects. Work is future is a bright, successful one," Mollohan expected to begin at the site this summer added, and be completed over the course of the next According to college officials, conceptual Continued on page 6A GLENVILLE GOLF CLUB PROGRESS --- Jim Collins (right, standing), treasurer of the Glenville Golf Club, accepts a second $20,000 grant check from Gilmer County Commission President Larry (.;napman (tar left), as Uomm ssioners Reta Kight and Dave Hess observe the happy exchange at their Thurs., Feb. 19 regular commission meeting. The funds, which came from different state government bureaus, were applied for through the Gilmer County Commission in order to upgrade the golf course and to make it a more competitive destination for out-of-county golfers. In general, the cart paths were repaved and extended by virtue of the grants. "This is a big boost to the golf course," states Mr, Collins, in thanking the commissioners. CANA plans firming up for Mar. 8-12 visit Town meetings, one-on-one discussion sessions, instructional forums and perhaps even social gatherings -- all will be a part of the upcoming March 8-12 on-site visit to Glenville of the Center for Appalachian Network Access (CANA). "We urge the people of Glenville and Gilmer County to come to one or all of our sessions," states Mr. John Whitehill, CANA's spokesperson. Some of the topics to be addressed, he relates, will be how the proposed rural wireless broadband lnternet access system will enhance and, then, vault the area's college, medical facilities, the arts and crafts, land surveying, public school education, government and businesses into future prominence. CANNA, a dep ent at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, won a $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Benedum Foundation to bring the modern, state-of-the-art wireless broadband technology to Glenville. As Such, Glenviile is destined to become the first rural community in the Mountain State to have it, placing this community, head-and-shoulders, above the rest of the state's small municipalities, CANA's officials have stated in the past. To make this pilot project happen, CANA is partnering with Glenville State College which will host several of the forthcoming informational sessions. "At these public meetings, we invite RAMCO, MyServerOnline and any other interested parties or citizens to attend them, to ask questions and to understand that we don't want to harm any local businesses," Mr. Whitehill assures, quickly stressing, that as a philanthropic institution, CANA "is not in this to make a profit at all or to achieve success at the expense of the very people whom we are trying to help" "We ask the Glenville community to invite us into your homes and to talk about this important technological advancement being planned, informally and informationally," he pleads. Approximately 20 professors and students will make the trip. "They are first class people, many brilliant students, and they want to meet you and to help you get on-line with this system," he outlines. In addition to Mr. Whitehill, who is a noted investment banker in Pittsburgh, he will be accompanied by Dr. Bruce Maggs, CANA's director, and Ed Ward, WV- NET's manager. In conclusion and in spite of any local controversy about this project to-date, John Whitehill, who had been CANA's publicity point person with Glenville from the outset, assures this locality, "The purpose of this visit is to add light to the new technology, not heat. We urge you to come out to these meetings, to meet us and to learn more about the modern wireless broadband technology." The Carnegie Mellon students will be housed in the Gilmer County Recreational Center's cabins, and most of the public's sessions will take place in the GSC Admihistration Buiiding's Auditorium, Mr. Larry Baker, associate v-p for technology, states. "We'll make them feel welcome here in Glenville," he adds. For further information, contact Glenville State College's Department of Technology at 304-462-7361. GIL-CO FAITH PHARMACY OPENS -- In the biggest economic progress news of the week, Scott Wanstreet (I-r) and Doug Moss, two pharmacists and principal owners of the new GiI-Co Faith Pharmacy, are shown working at a fast pace on this past Monday morning -- the first day of operation for the newly relocated business. GiI-Co Faith pharmacy, formerly known as GiI-Co Pharmacy downtown, is now in a new building on State Route 5 in Hays City next to Furr's Auto Sales. The new, larger pharmacy contains expanded product lines and services. Lori Plummer, GiI-Co's long-time sole owner and manager, will remain active in the business for some time to come, , he confirms. A Grand Opening is being plan= for a later date, but Monday's opening day was a pretty festive occasion in itself -- cookies and punch being given out to the many patrons who came to check out the beautiful, newly opened location. The pharmacy's regular hburs are 8:30 a.m,-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. See their related regular advertisement in this newspaper on page 14,4 for more details.