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Attention Shoppers" a lot of society and community pictures on pages 2A, 10A, 1B and 8B. This week's editorials deal with a call for calm in the BOE controversy and a Commendation of Circulars enclosed in this week's paper are from Family Furniture the local efforts to form a Gilmer County Humane Society! For the latest in GCHS of Gassaway, U-Pak of Glenville, Glenville Foodland, and Shop 'n' and GSC basketball news -- about the final news for their seasons, see pages 6-7. Save of Weston. These are appearing in this newspaper in specified Also, don't miss our St. Pat's Day Good Luck pages in Section B, along with Dr. local Zip Code zones or in all papers. We editors recommend these William Simmons' treatise on the state's higher education! Finally, for other info, log fine advertisers, as well as our regular On-the-Page advertisers. See onto for late-breaking news and ads. .., .- . rrlrl,- . " II, l , I I , i, ..... , ., ,, .t,lli,,,,,,,**,. ,|I ii,i,,i,,l .... n,,i,,,i, .......... Th GI nvill D t e e e emocra Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746 5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 105, Number 11 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, March 12, 2009 This week's prayer Dear Heavenly Father. Please infuse in Presi- dent Barack Obama an ability to come up with the right plans to get our nation's economy moving forward again, and mitigate the suffering of those people who have lost their jobs and homes. Also. gwe praise and heart to our county's dedicated volunteers as they move forward, notably in the improvement initiatives of the Gilmer County Humane Society, CreateWV. Communities '4' De- velopment. Recruitable Communities. Glenville GoesGreen. GSC's Dilapidated Buildings initia- tive. etc.. but especially in their efforts to revitalize downtown Glenville: inspire Glenville's City Coun- cilpersons to embrace "the big picture" by aiding these citizen-based initiarives for local beautifica- non. specifically by endorsing and working for these projects: lessen the stress of those who suffer anxienes: bring an end to foreign wars: provide safe returns for our U. S Troops; please comfort our readers, especially those families who have recently lost loved ones. Finally, be kind to all of our readers! Amen. Calmer BOE meetings:::ate: needed; :kud0sltO the Hiuma:ne :SocietY: l ::P:ages i3 :&::5A age 6A lt!S oU::r !Lucky::Weei  Ncme:: :td G#me:: ::ountyS  :lSpec!a I St. PatS Da!' ::d[tJon! :see Section: B i U.5. & W.V. History Shorts March - has seen many colorful historical events to take place in the Mountain State's rich. controversial past; read about them here ! On March 7. 1866, the U. S. Congress consented to the transfer of Berkeley and Jefferson counties from Virginia to West Vir- ginia; On March 10, 19213, the West Virginia Legislature ratified the 19th Amendment, giv- ing women the right to vote; On March 12. 1850. Wheeling Hospital was mcorporated: On March 13, 1928. three African-Ameri- can residents of Kanawha County were re- fused admittance to the Charleston Public Library" and On March 16. 1838, the Virginia General Assembly nacted legislation to construct a turnpike road from Staunton to Parkersburg -- now SR 47 in its Gilmer County segment. Gilmer Goings SPAY AND NEUTER VOUCHERS Feline Friends, a local animal rescue group, has a limited number of low- cost spay/neuter vouchers from Cen- tral West Virginia Animal Hospital in Gassaway. The vouchers assist lower income pet owners and can be used for dogs or cats. They must be used during the month of March. 304.462.5653 for information. BOARD MEETING The Gilmer County Health Depart- ment will hold their regular Board meeting on March 23, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. Public is welcome. GILMER COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION CENTER MEETING The Gilmer County Parks & Recre- ation Center Board meeting will be held on March 17, at 6 pm in the Dining Hall. Open to the public. Continued on page 5B ?eblic Mtisgs The Gilmer County Economic Development Association will meet at noon on Thurs., Mar. 19 at Calhoun Banks. The-Board of Education will meet in its regular public meeting at 7 p.m. on next Mon., Mar. 23 at the GCHS Library. The second "Business After 5 Social Hour" will take place on Thurs., Mar. 26 at the Best Western. Hospice, Inc. will be the sponsor. Plan to stop by to learn about their services. If your group wants to sponsor a Business Social Hour this year, call Dave Corcoran at 462-7309. ins :,oe :, ;:mS ek The Edimriat Page ...... :4. ................... .3A Sports. ........ }...  .. :: [::;....[....: :.l:  .  . , . , 6 Obituaries ....... :....i..; ....... 2._......;2.:., 7A Society ,: ............. :...2.7A, tY3B &5SB Courthouse News ..... ......................... 4B Legals ... ....................  ...... ....... : ......... 4B Classifieds ..........  ............ :...-..:..... 8,9A GGOs .................. ...................... _.:....5B Jack Garrett Ford {Spence0 ....i.,.: ...... 5A Region al Mkt-Gilmer Goer's.... ...... 8B Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week "May the strength of God pilot us, May the wisdom of God instruct us. Mav the hand of God protect us. " St. Patrick Irish bishop & Patron Saint of l!reand (5th Century) "Ireland has outlived the failure of all its hopes." Sir Roger Casement, irish rebel (1864 haneed by British in 1916) Ed "roman not rehired By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor After deliberating in a 48-minute executive session, the Gilmer County Board of Educa- tion voted 3-2 not to renew Schools Superin- tendent Ed Toman's contract. The vote took place at the end of a two- hour-and-45 minute meeting on this past Mon.. Mar. 9 in the high school's Commons Area. where a packed-house awaited the Board's decision. In contrast to the previous meeting, the crowd was orderly and well-mannered, many taking the time to express themselves in speeches on the superintendent's rehiring is- sue during the Delegations Segment at the month's first regular Board meeting. Several also called for the resignations of certain Board members, as well. Others spoke of the need for consolidation of the county's elemen- tary schools, while some defended-them. Attending this meeting, and helping the Board to explain certain State Law rules re- garding BOEs. was Howard Seufer. an attor- ney with Bowles & Rice in Charleston. who is the counsel for the state's School Board Au- thority. He sat at the front table with the other Board members. In the Board's controversial February 24 meeting, the elected members had voted to table the rehiring of Mr. Toman. a four-year chief administrator wtJa Gilmer County's schools, causing an apparent uproar among the audience and placin some Board mem- bers in a state of fear. At 9:28 p.m.. following the executive ses- sion to discuss the superintendent's contract. Mr. Seufer took the floor to explain several aspects of the law and Robert's Rules of Or- der, outlini0g two avenues that the Board could take. Continued on page 4A Circuit Court's Grand Jury indictments; seven named in Lignetics larceny counts The March, 2009, term of the Circuit Court began on Tues., Mar. 3. 2009, with the t-lon- orable Richard A. Facemire, Chief Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit presiding. The Grand Jury met and returned the following indict- ments: State vs. Douglas Ray Hardman, of Big Springs: Hard,an was indicted for four counts of grand larceny, one count of petit larceny, and eight counts of consptracy to commit an offense against the state. These charges stem from incidents occurring at Lignetics of WV between September. 2008. and December, 2008. Hardman is free on $50.000 bond and is represented by T.J. Drake. of Sutton State vs. Waymond Jones, of Wake Park, FL: ones was indicted for petit larceny and burglary. These charges stem from an incident at the Pickens Halt dorm at GSC on .or about February 16, 2009. Jones is currently free on $15.000 bond and is represented by Todd Bailess, of Charleston. State vs. Garry K. Dobbins, of Cedar, ville: Dobbins was indicted for grand larceny and burglary. These charges stem from an incident at the trailer park at Green Meadow Way, Glenville. on or about December 6, 2008. Dobbins is free on $1(3,000 bond and is represented by Christina Flanigan, of Buckhannon State vs. Ricky Sylvan Deterline, of Claysburg, PA: Deterline was indicted for five counts of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. These charges stem from an incident occurring at Lignetics of WV between September. 2008. and January. 2009. Deterline is free on $30,000 bond and is represented by Herbert Hively II. of Charles- ton. State vs. Bradford Leroy Getgen of James Creek, PA: Getgen was indicted for two counts of grand larceny and conspiracy to comm]t grand larceny. These charges stem from an incident occurring at Lignetics of WV between December. 2008, and January, 2009. Getgen is free on $15.000 bond, posted by Walton's Bonding. He is represented by Todd Bailess, of Charleston. State vs. Kenneth Dean Johnson, of Tunnelton: Johnson was indicted for three counts of conspiracy to commit grand lar- ceny. These charges stem from an incident occurring at Lignetics of WV Ietween Octo- ber and December, 2008. State vs. Ricki Lee Wright, of Imler, PA: Wright was indicted for conspiracy to commit grand larceny. This charge stems from an incident occurring at Lignetics of WV in January, 2009. State vs. George M. Peters, of Peytona: Peters was indicted for two counts of grand larceny and petit larceny. These charges stem from an incident occurring at Lignetics of WV between November. 2008. and December. 2008. Peters is free on $50,000 bond, posted by B&B Bonding, of Glenville. He is repre- sented by David Karickhoff, of Sutton. State vs. Benjamin Lee Donaldson, of Glenville: Donaldson was indicted for grand larceny. These charges stem from an incident occurring at Lignetics of WV on December 6. 2008. Donaldson is free on $25,000 bond and is represented by Kevin Hughart. Petit jurors report at 8:30 a.m.. Tues.. Mar. 17, 2009. Arraignments for those indicted Tues., Mar. 3, 2009. is 9:00 a.m., Thurs., Mar. 19. 2009. Indictments of the Grand Jury are charges brought against individuals by the State. Un- der the American Constitutional System. the accused are presumed innocent, until con- victed in a Petit Jury Trial by their peers. THE PRESERVATION ALLIANCE OF WEST VIRGINIA (PAWV) At "History Day at the State Legislature" on last Thurs., Mar. 5, twoTepresentatives of PAWV came to the State Capitol in Charleston, m part, to release their"Endangered Properties" listing for 2009. And, on page one of PAWV's brochure, "The Old Bridge" in Glenvill was featured, as being one of those endangered historical structures. At the right (above) and standing by the Gilmer County Historical Society's Exhibit in the Rotunda are Karen Carper, PAWV's executive director, who is accompanied by a History Intern, Justin Britton, a senior history major from Sissonville who is attending West Virginia State University. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) Glenville's 'Old Bridge' now on 'en- dangered' list, according to PAWV By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor The old and deteriorating steel truss bridge in downtown Glenville was recently placed on the state's "Endangered Properties List for 2009." Karen Carper. executive director of the Continued on page 4A WOMAN'S CLUB OF GLENVILLE'S SUMMER CAMP AND OTHER HONOREES-- Annually, the Woman's Club of Glenville sponsors four young ladies -- all supenor students at Gilmer County High School -- to a variety of educational and community service activities. At these various events, they learn a lot of different organizational, social, nature study, political and public service skills. This year's recipients of these honors are from left to right: Jessica Hixson, Black Walnut Festival Princess; Elizabeth Combs, Youth Conservation Camp attendee; Ashley Woodford, Conservation Camp attendee; and Shae Gainer, Rhododendrum Girls' State. In representing the Woman's Club of Glenville at these statewide events, they were also advancing Glenville, GCHS, and Gilmer County's good image throughout the state, because most counties in the Mountain State sent representatives to them, as well. As a result, these four Gilmer County High School youths richly deserve our newspaper's "Folks Who Shine" recognition for this week. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor County Commission Supports Fire Department in their Grant Quest By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter The Tues.. Mar. 3, Gilmer County Com- mission meeting covered a wide range of business from the fire department and Rec Center. to the Tanner Board and county prop- erty msurance. Mrs. Jennifer Shireyl Extension Agent for the WVU-Gilmer Extension Office, piesented the commissioners with a Memo of Agree- ment for renewal of their county levy. This agreement also included'the information from the Board of Education's levy for the WVU- G!lmer Extensio[a Office; however, the com- mtsstoners could only act on the county's levy. The commissioners approved the WVU- Gilmer Extension Office's county levy unani- mously for renewal. Regular Business Commissioners continued, approving in- voices, and the minutes from all three Febru- ary meetings. Commissioners also reviewed development permit applications, as well as exonerations and/or consolidations. The Commission indicated that they had received the Gilmer County Economic De- velopment Association's audits for 2005.2006. 2007, and 2008. These audits are available at the courthouse for review by "members of the public. The continuing discussion of a county-wide clean-up was tabled until another meeting. The Commissioners also. agreed on a letter of support for a restoration grant being ap- plied for to correct Job's Temple's deteriora- tion problems. Rec Center Progress Mr. Darrell Ramsey, Managing Director of Continued on page 4A Ab'ea Briefs......... BOE Mtg.: Correction & clarification In a page 1 story on the Tues., Feb. 24 Gilmer County Board of Education meeting, which was a scene of much confusion and appeared in last week's March 5 newspaper, we editors apparently made a mistake in identifying Tommy Ratliff and Mr. and Mrs. Denny Pounds as people in the Way of Board President Phyllis Starkey's exiting the meeting room. Both of these gentlemen either telephoned or came in to see me in order to deny that any such act occurred. Owing to the fact that I kn ow them to be honest and truthful as longtime business people in this community, I want to apologize to them and their families for any criticism that may have been directed to them on this issue. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor 28th Annual Irish Spring Festival The Opening Ceremonies of the Irish Spring Festival in Ireland (Lewis'County) will take place at 7 p.m on this Thurs.. Mar. 12, featuring a King & Queen Reception at the town's Community Center just off SR 19 south of Weston. The Annual Parade will start at I p.m. on this Sat.. Mar. 14. There are also other events taking place all next week. up to the Vernal Equinox & Declaration of Spring at 7:44 a.m. on Fri.. Mar. 20. For more informatton about the festival, which is attended by several Gilmer Countians. log onto: www. angelfire, com/wv/irishspring[estival or Finally, don't miss this newspaper's Special "Luck of the Irish Section" in Section B of this edition! At City Council- Lively exchange surfaces over the City's buying into the county's Dilapidated Buildings Ordinance By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor In addition to announcing proposed higher water rates from Glenville Utility, First Ward Councilperson William Grottendieck III called mto question the rationale of city government working together with the county relative to its Dilapidated Buildings clean-up initiative. The dilapidated buildings issue arose dur- ing Mayor John Bennett's report to the City Council at its regular monthly meeting, held on Mon.. Mar. 2 at City Hall. Mayor Bennett related that the County Com- mission would meet with City Council to hammer out a similar structure and yard c lean- up initiative for the city of Glenville. Responding to the Mayor. Councilperson Grottendieck lodged a question: "Why talk with them (the county commissioners) when they did nothing about the Hotel-Motel Tax (issue in the recent past)'?" Interrupting, and in rebuttal. Fifth Ward Councilperson Lisa Smarr argued. "The presi- dent of the College (Dr. Peter Barr) and Greg Smith (a local businessman and College sup- porter) have asked us for this (to work to eliminate the city's dilapidated structures and Continued on page 4A