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INUlItllI!ULU NINNII llllUnlUllUlUnllNI IIIINllNN _ mnumiu nnunulimumnlJmxlumn uummuiumuumum Attention Shoppers: mend these fine advertisers, as well as our regular On-the-Page advertisers. See a lot of the Wed., Feb. 11 wind damage in the county on page 2. This week's editorials Circulars enclosed in this week's paper are from Glenville Foodland, deal with a novel educational model for GSC and Gilmer's Old Schools! For the n shop 'n' Save of Weston, U-Pak of Glenville, Mid-State Chevy of latest in GCHS and GSC basketball news, see pages 6-7. Also, don't miss our regular IFlatwoods, and Verizon. These are appearing in this newspaper in correspondents in the Social Scene! Finally, for other into, log onto ]specified local Zip Code zones or in all papers. We editors recom- www.glenvillenews.com i'f1%" -C tJ tl'j'i 1g" ill / / llllll ii,i,,i"t .... ii,,l"' The Glenvjlle Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 . plus tax) ( 0746 5890) Published by and for Gdmer County People www.GlenviileNews.com Thursday, February 26, 2009 anyone Patfick'.S Day { 7i7 771! 77717 7::i 7:7 7  This week's prayer Dear Heavenly Father, Please inspire President Barack Obama with the right plan to bolster the nation's ailing economy, and mitigate the suffer- ing of the many people who have lost their jobs. Also, praise be to our county's dedicated volun- teers as they move forward, notably in the im- provelnent initiatives of CreateWV, Communities '4' Development, Recruitable Communities, Glen- ville Goes Green, etc., but especially in their ef- forts to revitalize downtown Glenville; lessen the stress of those who suffer anxieties; bring an end to foreign wars; extend safe returns for our U. S. Troops; Finally, please comfort our readers, who may be dealing with health challenges or who have recently lost loved ones. Amen. Eaitoriai 77 ;77777;7 ;7777777777777777:77 777'7 7 7r r i{ 777 gs',::3 :s 7 7 i U.S. & W.V. History Shorts February proved to be an eventful month in the Mountain State's novel history; read about it in these "History Shorts !" On February 23, 1953, Govern.or William Marland addressed the West Virginia Legisla- ture to plead for the passage of his Severance Tax Bill ; On February 24, 1865, Jefferson County native, John Yates Beall, was executed in New York as a Confederate spy; On February 25, 1889, the West Virginia National Guard was established; On February 26, 1972, a Buffalo Mining Company impoundment dam collapsed, kill- ing 125 people and leaving thousands home- less; and On Feb. 28, 1972, the Legislature estab- lished Concord Normal School, now a "U." 00ilmer Goings WOMANS CLUB OF GLENVILLE MEETING The Woman's Club of Glenville will meet on March 9, at 12 noon at the Smoke House BBQ. Susan Atkinson director of the Gilmer Public Library will present the program. Everyone welcome. FREE TAXES Community Resources is doing VITA free taxes. Monday- Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00. Call for appointment at 462-8698. Continued on page 12 The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p. m. on next Mon., Mar. 2, 2009. The general public is welcome. Normally, a Public Comment segment is at the start of the meeting. Tha-Sand Fork Town Council wilt meet at 7:30 p. m. on next Mon., Mar. 2 at the City Hall. The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a. m. on next Tues., Mar. 3 at the. Courthouse's County Commission Room for its regular public meeting.For details, call 462-7641. : GGOs.I;.I;' JaCk Regionai MktGi!N G:S ;;;i e &: 16: :: :: :::::: Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week "The true liberal is liberal in human rela- tion,s: and conservative in his economics. He seeks to conserve a capitalistic system char- acterized by free enterprise and the profit motive because it is essential to liberty." Harry J. Carman, Letter te Editor writer "C::;t,,'ervatism is the pohtics of reality." Will;am F. Buekley, Jr., Political analyst I GSC Board of Governors con,00fiter new dorm, renovations By Marilyn King, Staff Correspondent The Glenville Sate College Board of Gov- ernors met on Wednesday, February t 8. In a major move, GSC's Finance Committee recommended that the Board of Governors accept the bid proposal to build a new dormi- tory on campus. By way of background, the new dorm will he located on Linn Street between the current Mollohan Center's parking lot and the Wesley Foundation Building. All of the buildings in- between this area -- the Maintenance Bldg., TKE Fraternity, House, and Wesley Bldg. will have to be razed to make way for the new dorm, according to college officials. At the meeting's outset. Glen.ville State College President, Dr. Peter Barr, reiterated that "GSC is working to be the best small public liberal arts college in the country," and many of the topics discussed in the meeting show that GSC is off to a running start to- wards that goal: Dr. Daniel Nichotson said that the GSC Foundation received an "overwhelming re- sponse" from those alumni who received the Gilmer County EDA seriously looking to expand area's economy By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter The Gilmer County Economic Develop- ment Association's meeting of Thurs.i Feb. 19 was quickly down tobusiness with many of the new Board members being new. The GCEDA Board quickly approved the minutes for their January meeting, and moved on to the Treasurer's report. GCEDA's Trea- surer, Ms. Anna James, indicated that the EDA's audit would be completed by the week ending Fri, Feb. 20, and dated for Wed., Feb. 25. She also mentioned a bill received from Smith Land Surveying, and for work done at the Gilmer County Industrial Park; however, there were questions as to what work was performed. Details were not available at that time, and Board members unequivocally agreed that Mr. Tommy Ratliff, GCEDA's former president, needed to be present when discussing the bill, and the matter should be tabled until the details of the work performed are known. Ms. James also mentioned a bill from A+ Law for work performed by Mr. Jerry Hough. However, it was indicated that they should hold the bill, as he had yet to bill for the remainder of the work to be performed. After unanimously approving presented bills to be paid, the Board went into executive session to hear a business proposal for a new downtown Glenville business, presented by Mr. John Brown, and to discuss property acquisition Upon returning from executive session, the Board began going over old business. EDA's New Strategic Plan Beginning with the EDA's Strategic Plan, Board member Donna Waddell mentioned that there were many areag that have grant funding available that would benefit Gilmer County's economic status. She listed the Farmer's Market, an agri- economic initiative, youth development, and business retention and expansion Board member Waddell also indicated that a building site inventory, as well as an inven- tory of businesses within the county, would be expeditious toward the completion of a Continued on page 4 i i i i ?- \\;: O0 Ab'ea Briefs ' recent DVD mailing, and that those alumni "want to give back" to their alma mater; Dr. Barr stated that the college had "good fall-to-spring retention" in enrollment; spring semester enrollment is up, "the highest since 2003." The/all semester showed 1,443 stu- dents enrolled in GSC, and the number this Continued on page .4 ........ iiTiiiiiiiiiiIi!i0000'00 SIFE'S BUSINESS AFTER FIVE SOCIAL HOUR-- Glenville State College's chapter of the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) sponsored this month's "Business After 5 PM Social Hour" on last Thurs., Feb. 19 at the Best Western Hotel. Associate Professor of Business, Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Oppe (far right), introduced the students, who teamed up to put on an effective powerpoint presentation, detailing the local club's goals and activities. From left to right are Karl Duval, a sophomore business management major from Miami, FL; Stevie Ann Langman, a sophomore marketing major-fine arts minor from Glenville; Gary McLaurin, a senior business management major from Atlanta, CA; and (Dr. Oppe). Because these students and the other SIFE members do so much volunteer work in our Gilmer County communities, they richly deserve this week's "Folks Who Shine" award. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran) At Business After 5 Glenville State's SIFE team expJains its com- munity service, self-improvement programs Motion to rehire Toman tabled at BeE In an emotion-packed Gilmer County Board of Education meeting, with over 100 people in attendance, the Board members decided to table the rehiring of Schools Superintendent Ed Toman. Mr. Toman's contract renewal was on the Tues. evening, Feb. 24 meeting's agenda, but the Board members apparently weren't ready to either renew the contract or negate it. After the Board voted to table the issue, the crowd became loud, not permiting some Board members to express themselves, prior to adjournment. Mr. Toman became controversial as a proponent of building one new, central elementary school in the county to replace the four existing ones. Gflmer's Historical Society to discuss 'Day at Legislature' on this Thurs., Feb. 26 At noon on this Thurs., Feb. 26/the Gilmer County Historical Society will meet for its monthly luncheon meeting, President Marion Reed wants to remind the members and their guests. On the agenda, the Society's members will see the unveiling of Gilmer County's March 5 "History Day at the Legislature" Exhibit, along with conducting other business at this informal gathering. In addition, for the "Show & Tell," members or guests can bring any memorabilia related to US Presidents, as this is "Presidents' Day Month." For more information, contact Mrs. Reed at 304-462-4002. Glenville State's student business majors -- all members of the Students In Free Enter- prise (SIFE) club-- impressed the local people who came to last Thurs., Feb. 19th's "Busi- ness After 5 PM Social Hour" -- the first one of the new year. The energetic students, along with the other club members, perform a wide variety of edu- cational work, community service, and self- improvement activities throughout the aca- demic year. Most notably, the student organi- zation brought back a First Place to GSC in the Continued on page 4 A Glenville community-wide sale By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor At the Mon. evening, Feb. 9 public meet- ing, Fourth Ward Councilperson Jim Mencer related that Glenville residents want a Com- munity-Wide Yard Sale on either the Folk Festival Week or the first week in July. The Glenville City Council discussed this sugges- tion, but will address it at a later date. In another important item of business, the Council held a Public Hearing and did a third and final reading, before amending an old city ordinance to allow city workers to cut tree Continued on page 4 'TECHNOLOGY DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE' -- On last Thurs., Feb. 19, the West Virginia Legislature invited any local, regional or national technology firm to come to the State Capitol in order to display their products and explain their services. Here, from left to right, State Senator H. Truman Chafin (Dem.-Mingo-McDowell), the Senate's Majority Leader and a crusader for the disadvantaged in West Virginia, speaks with his old friend, Dr. David Corcoran, Sr., publisher-editor of The Glenville Democrat & Pathfinder, and Mr. Chip Hayward, Marketing Director of Skyway USA, about the best method of providing broadband access in the rural areas of the state. Moreover, from 3-6 p.m. on this Thurs., Feb. 26, Skyway USA is taking their presentation about the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of satellite broadband technology to a larger audience at a Skyway Symposium at Charleston's Marriott Hotel. Also speaking will be State Senator Richard Browning (Dem.- Wyoming-Raleigh), the Legislature's Broadband co-chair and Economic Development Committee's chair, and State Delegate Brent Boggs (Dem.-Gilmer-Braxton), the House's Majority Leader and one of Gilmer's legislators. See Skyway's advertisement on page 5 and Delegate Boggs' column on page 3 in this issue. CONTRIBUTION TO 'HUNTERS HELPING THE HUNGRY -- On Thurs., Feb. 12, Willie's Sport Shop, along with many area hunters, donated $300.00 to the state's "Hunters Helping The Hungry" fund. From left to right and accepting the check from Willie's is the DNR's Jerry Westfall, who oversees the program, as Bobby Gene Roberts (a meat processor), and Wil and Cindy Randolph (the store's owners) look on. As a result of this contribution, our area's hunters who contributed and Willie's are truly "Hunters Who Shine" and richly deserve that designation. DHC, Sr., Pub.-Ed (stnphoto) State's Food Pantries get help from Hunt- ers Helping the Hungry and WiHie's Shop During this past deer hunting season, many of Gilmer County's hunters were doing more than just hiking up and down the hills and hollows looking for their deer to bag. Some, who hunted, ended up.giving their deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry Pro- gram, while many others placed their nickels. Continued on page 4 J