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C's I SENATOR BILL SHARPE Senator Sharpe The most senior member of the West Virginia Legislature, State Sena- tor Bill Sharpe, has announced that he will seek reelection to his seat from the 12th District of Lewis, Harrison, Gilmer and Braxton counties. In mak- ing the announcement, Sen. Sharpe stated that he maintains a passion for working for the people of his district and it is the same passion that has -lriven him over the many years of his service. Sharpe said, "I have lots of energy, lost of institutional knowl- edge about the workings and trap- pings of state government--particu- larly as it relates to the budget process and obtaining funding for the coun- ties I serve -- and I have a genuine desire to serve the many friends I have in central West Virginia." When asked to comment on his most memorable achievements as a senator from central West Virginia, he indicated that there were many. He said that in recent years, "It has been the satisfaction that you get from working on projects that help our people areas where the need it most. Working to secure funding for and from the School Building Au- thority for public school construction in every county in the district really has to be near the top of the list. It gives me a great sense of achievement when I see new schools in the District like Bridgeport Middle School, Rob- ert C. Byrd High.School, Lewis County High School or Braxton i Middle School and remodeled schools such as Gilmer County High School. We even have a new addition at ! Braxton County High School." The Senator made it clear that equipping our youth with modern and safe schools has to apa-;iqrjty ,wi.th goy- ernment. "The best part of this," said Sharpe,'is that it causes various-state and local leaders to work together toward a common goal." He also noted that on the higher education front, he has enjoyed a great working relationship with the people in Glenviile and at Glenville State College in helping the college navi- gate some very treacherous waters in recent years. At the same time, he is proud of the fact that he was an inte- gral part of the team that brought the Capenon Center of Fairmont State Community and Technical College to downtown Clarksburg. Education has not been his only interest, though. Sharpe said, "My seniority and position as Vice-Chair- man of the Senate Finance Commis- sion has positioned me to aid our communities in central West Virginia when it comes to securing money for infrastructure needs, local fire depart- ments, senior citizen programs and a host of other items. I cherish this role. In difficult times, it is not easy to provide our district with as much money for the many good projects as we would like, but in contrast to other areas of the state, we are certainly getting our fair share." "In recent years, we have been very fortunate in central West Virginia," said Sharpe. "We have had some very dynamic and landscape changing projects evolve, including the devel- opment of Stonewall Jackson Lake into a full-scale resort, a federal prison County, revitalization effortsin downtown Clarksburg, various high- way projects in Harrison County, and infrastructure in Braxton County to accommodate economic development there," he continued. "I would like to think that my work and sphere of influence with various state funding agencies contributed to some of its success,"he said. He went on to note that his candi- dacy is about helping local communi- ties realize their vision -- helping their voices be heard with state and federal government leaders and agen- cies. Sharpe added, "There is no greater sense of being than to know that you can help friends forge solu- tions totheir problems and make our communities more viable, more ap- pealing, safer, and more enjoyable places to live and grow families." As a small businessman of over 40 years, he says he knows well the trials and tribultions that central West Virgin- ians face on a daily basis to make ends meet and sustain their families. Al- ways quick on the draw, Sharpe quipped that, "The only negative as- pect of all of this is that my wife Pauline sometimes gets a little tired of me taking my work so seriously." ONE HUNDRED ROLLS OF SUSHI - The Glenvilte State College international students and volunteers were kept busy all day on Tues., Feb. 10 preparing 100 rolls of sushi. FILLED WITH A SMILE - Everyone of the students and volunteers looked happy and enjoyable cooking the dinner. YUKATA - A Japanese student at GSC, Mariko Egashira, a senior history major, was wearing a Japanese traditional dress, Yukata, which is known as a casual Kimono. ! By Asuka Sawai, display. These high-lights of Japa- GSC Business Intern nese culture seemed to attract many guests at the Dinner and made lines of One of the highpoints of the aca- people wait to see and participate. demic for Glenville State College's There was also a presentation by international students is the Annual the Japanese students to honor the Japanese Friendship Dinner. people who have been greatly sup- On Tues., Feb. 10, 2004, all Japa- porting them at the col!,ege. This nese students and volunteers at GSC our Japanese students, Thank You, held this Japanese Friendship Dinner to the College personnel and Glen- in the Wesley-Arbuckle Foundation. ville community for making us Japa- This festive dinner is held in Febru- nese students feel at home' away from ary every year. One hundred-fifty free home." tickets were available this year and all The organizers would greatly ap- were given away within two days, preciated all the Japanese students which tells the popularity of the Din- and people who planned and worked ner. hard for this wonderful dinner. We There were lots of interesting ac- are looking forward to next year's tivities this year, such as a raffle, dinner. Origami, calligraphy, and a Kimono An updated list: Gilmer County candidates running in the May 11 Primary Election Before Sat., Jan. 31 at midnight, 22 local candidates, who are seeking elective public positions, filed to run for nine different offices in the May 11,2004 Primary Election for partisan or r .... ccording to Gil~3~r Cotmly Circuit Clerk [ ar',c Smith. Six individuals have filed for the sheriffs post, with seven throwing their hats in the JAPANESE STUDENTS - Here are all the Japanese students and Sarah Lord Sandstrom (third from right, standing) a worker at Admissions who planned and worked for the Japanese Friendship Dinner on Feb. 10, 2004. (Staff photos by Asuka Sawai, GSC Business DepL Intern) GETTING R EADY-Japanese students and volunteers started cooking at noon. All of them seemed to enjoy working together. COOKING DANGO (dumplings) - Ayuka Ishiii, a freshman General Studies major, is cooking Dango at Wesley Foundation on the afternoon of February 10. AT THE DINNER- Guests were lining up f0r the food and enjoyed the dinner. Teriyaki chicken, Ginger pork, rolled Sushi, Vdon (noodle soup), Asazuke (pickled cabbage), Dango (dumplings), and Calpis (sweet tropical tasting drink) were on the menu. _ __ ~. ......... ..,, j~ ,, .--'-"-"-"-~ ~-ing for t~e non-pamsan boar"d of b, duc~ion. "" "" "! ~- ";; " " The following individuals have filed for the indicated elective offices and have paid the commensurate filing fees in Gilmer County: Circuit Clerk (six-year term) Assessor (four-year term) • Lane Smith, Democrat; • Gary Wolfe, Democrat; County Commission (Glenville District) (six-year term) Magistrate (four-year term) • Larry B. Chapman, Democrat; • R. W. Minigh, Democrat; • Tom Ratliff, Democrat; • Carol Reed Wolfe, Democrat; Clerk of the County Commission (six-year term) County Surveyor , ° Beverly Marks, Democrat; • Charles "Rick" Sypolt, Democrat; Prosecuting Attorney (four-year term) Board of Education (non-partisan) • Gerry Hough, Democrat; • Phyllis Starkey (City Distric0: Sheriff • Alton Lane Skinner, II (Glenville District); • Jimmy Charles Gregory, Democrat; • Phillip Hale Cunningham (City District); • John William Moss Jr., Democrat; • Kelly Radcliff (DeKalb-Troy District); • Samuel (Sam) Cutlip~ Dem~ r:~ • Martin Dale tlcss f" ' - Disaict); • Charles (Dave) Hess, Democrat; • Paul Hartmann (Glenville District); and • Mickey E. Metz. Democrat;. • Dorothy H. Rhoades (Glenville District). • Brett Treat, Democrat;