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Single Copy Price-50 (47= plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 100, Number 12 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, March 18, 2004 I) Our wish: During this St. Pat's Day season, may good luck and safety follow our Gilmer County military 3el in Iraq and around the world! ~EEditorial Page-- A fable about the Tiny College in the Hills and welcome to Dr. Freeman. Page 3 Gilmer's Sports Scene -- Lady Pioneers win way into Regional finals before losing to Cal. U. Pages 4 & 9 Health Happiness--- Stay healthy in 2004 and may the 'Luck of the Irish' aid you always! Page 6.1 ~ ATTENTION CANDIDATES - A special political campaign "how-to" cket is now available --- free of charge The Glenville DemocratJPathfindeCs office. Any candidate who wants one can either stop by or call us at 462-7309. By making up this packet for your information, we editors just want you to have "the luck of the Irish" during this campaign season. Gilmer Goings STRAWBERRY The WVU Gilmer County Extension Office with the cooperation of the Gilmer County Farm Bureau is taking orders for strawberry plants through April 15 Pants will be delivered in May Call 462-7061 to place your or der Orders are taken in 25 plant in crements Costs will vary depending on the amount ordered DANCE March 19, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Gilmer Co Rec Center Bev Metz will D J FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Will meet on Monday, May 17, at 10:00 a.m., at the Gilmer Public Li- brary. Everyone is welcome. EASTER BASKET Come into Community Resources and register your child for an Easter Basket. We wilt give one basket for a girl and one for a boy. Registration starts March 22 through April 2. The drawing will be April 2, at 4:00 p.m. ELIMINATION DINNER At 6 pm on this Fri Mar 20 the Glenville Moose Lodge will sponsor an Elimination Dinner as a fundraiser MINI TITANS ATHLETES Parents of Mini Titans Athletes. We are planning a separate athletic ban- quet for your athlete, but we need your help. Please contact Bernie Bamberger or Tina Phillips if you can help with this special event! It takes everyone to make the Banquet spe- cial. (Continued on Page 13) The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 1 p.m. on this Thurs., Mar. 18 at the Court House for its second regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the afternoon agenda, any citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly MarKs (4t~z/t~l) two days In advance if action on an issue is being equested For any other non action Jusiness the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association will meet at 5 p.m. on this Thurs., Mar. 18 for its regular monthly meeting and a special general membership meeting. The general public is invited. For details, contact President Denny Pounds or Executive Director Jim Fealy at 304- 462-8098. The Gilmer County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Men., Mar. 22 at the GUmer County High School The general public is invited to attend L Inside This Week The Editorial Page ............................ -3 Sports ......................................... 4 & 9 Obituaries ........................................ 13 Society ........................................ 10-12 Courthouse News .............................. 8 Legals ................................................ 8 Classifieds ...................... . ...... ..... 14-15 GGOs ........................................ t & 13 GSC News ......................... 1, 2, 5, & 6 Northside Chevrolet ........................ 16 U-Pak Supermarket ........................... 7 , Meditati0! Thought for the Week -- "The schoolmaster is abroad, and I trust him, armed with his primer, against the soldier in full military array." Lord Brougham English statesman ( 1778- ! 868) =naugu Inauguration festivities for the new Glenville State College president, Dr. Robert N. Free- man, will be held on this Fri., Mar. 19 to officially mark the beginning of his presidency. GSC's 22nd PRESIDENT ROBERT N. FREEMAN The inauguration will allow the College to formally acknowledge Freeman as the new president. The official ceremony will take place in Dr. Freeman served as Interim President from July-December of 2003. Prior to that, he was GSC's Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, as well as Professor of the Fine Arts Auditorium from 2:00-3:00 p.m. A GSC Celebration will be held in the ( Herin Student Union Ballroom immedi- L ately following the inaugural ceremony. During the festivitieg, Freeman will as- sume the responsibilities of president and accept two tokens of the GSC presidency --- the presidential medallion and the mace. The presidential medallion signifies that the president accepts the mission of the College. By accepting the mace (the academic sym- bol of presidential authority), Freeman will agree to govern the College and its students, faculty, staff and alumni. Inauguration ceremonies are a College tradition, marking the official beginning of each presidency. A committee is currently working to plan all of the inaugural events that will take place on the campus., President Freeman's appointment was an- nounced on December 3, 2003, completing a presidential search, which lasted almost a year. He official ly became GSC' s 22nd presi- dent on January 1, 2004. By Kristal Sheets, deductible (previously non-applicable) will City Editor and Staff Reporter be applied to property insurance coverage. It was disclosed during the March 4 County During the first half of the meeting, Commission meeting that Gilmer County's taxEvelyn Post and John .Tenney appeared base has increased,jumping from $209,583,073 before the Commission to discuss the wa- to $226,991,769 over the last year. terline to the Rosedale community. It will This eight percent leap was attributed, in part, enter Rosedale from Braxton County, and to new businesses such as the new hotel, the these representatives from the SugarCreek Dollar General store, and a more active oil and Public Service District in that county con- gas industry, ferred with the Gilmer County Commis- County Commission President Larry Chap- sion regarding their monetary contribution man commented, "'We're anxious to see how to the pan of the project which will affect this reverts to tax dollars for our county budget." Rosedale. The increase could be good news for Gilmer Mary Oldaker, executive director of the County Board of Education, which is allocated Gilmer County Senior Center, gave a full the greatest percentage of tax money in theand positive report of the Center's activi- county, and for elected officials, all of whom ties. The Senior Center has brought on have asked for budget increases in tbe next year. board a new nurse, plus an intern from During a session with County Bookkeeper Glenville State College to assist with ac- Norma Hurley, upcoming expenses were dis- tivities, as well as a computer helper from cussed with the commissioners, including in- the high school. The activities .4 the Cen- creases in payment to workers' compensationter mentioned are the crochet classes on (from 2.0 percent to 2.38 percent), and an 8.(Y0 Wednesdays. Durin~ ~ month of Febru- percent increase in healthcare coverage forary, a partial breakdov0~ of services pro- county employees. A 10 percent increase in vided by the Senior Center looked like liability coverage will take effect, and a $2,500 Continued on page 6 Nine indictments handed down in Gilmer Circuit Court March 8 The following nine individuals were indicted State of W. Va. v. Kathleen Truesdeli, by the Gilmer County March Grand Jury: address unknown, for possession with intent State ofW. Va. v. Michael Scott Greenlief, to manufacture a controlled substance. of 15 River St. in Glenville, for burglary, and State ofW. Va. v. Sandra Frick, address conspiracy to commit an offense against the unknown, forpossessionwithintenttomanu- state. He is represented by David Karickhoff of facture acontrolled substance and conspiracy Sutton, and is currently out on $20,000 bond. to commit an offense against the state. StateofW. Va.v. Billy Joe Seott, ofl05N. State of W. Va. v. John Gorzynski. Lewis St. in Glenville, for burglary and con- address unknown, for possession with intent spiracy to commit a crime against the state. He io manufacture a controlled substance and is represented by Gale Carroll of Lost Creek conspiracy to commit a crime against the and is lodged in the Central Regional Jail. state.. State of W. Va. v. Fred Carver, of Rte. 1, State of W. Va. v. Kendra Kohler, of Box 146, Orlando, Braxton County, for 3rd 915 Mineral Road in Glenville, for forgery degree sexual assault, and uttering (three counts). She is repre- State ofW. Va. v. Christina Gayle Coombs, sented by David Karickhoff of Sutton. address unknown, for possession with intent to Arraignments were Mon., March 8, 2004 distribute or (lelwer a controlled substance, and at 9:00 a.m., according to tC~rcmt t:lerr Lane conspiracy to commit an offense against the Smith. state. Defendants indicted by the Grand Jury, State of W. Va. v. Robert Baskin, address under the American legal system, are pre- unknown, for possession with intent to distrib- sumed innocent until proven guilty by aPetit ute or deliver a controlled substance, and con- Jury made up of their peers. spiracy to commit a crime against the state. Education. Before his move to Glenville, Dr. Freeman built up a well-rounded academic career, hav- Continued on page 6 CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY -- On Men., Mar. 8, the United States Post Office in Glenville sponsored a "Customer Appreciation Day." For participating postal customers, the Post Office's staff gave away free hot dogs, potato chips and a cup of pop --- a tasty lunch for the lucky patrons. In addition to serving the walk-ins lunch, Postal Clerk Dick Harrison (far left) spun a few popular music disks for their enjoyment. From left to right starting with Mr. Harrison are Reta Kight, Rick Salines, Amber Garretson and Caroline Cuzick -- all Glenville residents. Eric Grossa (not pictured) is the postmaster who planned the festive occasion. (staff photo by DBve Corcoran, Sr.) II I I 00000000000000 OeeeeeeOOeeeo EDA's membership meeting this Thurs. At 5 p.m. on this Thurs., Mar. 18, the Gilmer County Economic Development Association ---- by popular request --- will hold a general membership meeting at the County's Courthouse. It is the intention of in-coming EDA President Denny Pounds to have a general membership meeting quarterly in order to get the input of the entire membership'and the general public on a regular basis. The general public is also invited to attend this meeting, and to offer their suggestions on how to move our county's economic development efforts ahead. For details, call the EDA office at 462-8098. State's Tech Tax Bill creates exemptions The Technology Bill, House Bill No. 4501, passed the 76th Legislature which ended its 2004 session on last Saturday night. According to Mr. Hughes Booher, president of the West Virginia Technology Association (WVTA), the Tech Bill helps to promote new technology companies in the state by exempting them from consumer sales and service tax for e-commerce and other high tech companies. The measure's principal sponsor was State Delegate Tom Campbell (Dem.-Greenbrier), behind the substantial backing of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and WVTA. This bill now awaits Governor Bob Wise's signature to be enacted into law. On the other hand, a WVTA initiative to create a West Virginia Technology Commission failed to pass in this session, but will be studied further during the Legislature's upcoming Interim Session, Mr. Booher relates. The prospective Tech Commission's purpose, Mr. Booher explains, is to provide a structure in the state to attract new technology companies to establish here and to give the Technology Industry more stature in governmental circles. Lawn & garden firm marks 1st day of Spring Most famous for sighting the first "gnome" in Gilmer County, Mr. Chris Higgins, the British-born owner add operator of Plant & Gnome Nursery, thinks that local people ought to enjoy themselves in the out-of-doors on this Sat., Mar. 20 because it's the official first day of Spring. As a result, he came up with the idea of sponsoring an Open House to celebrate the coming of the new season. It takes place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at his nursery on Spruce Run near Cedar Creek State Park. Directions to Plant & Gnome Nursery are as follows: Drive west on SR's 33/119 from Glenville to the Cedar Creek Road. About one-mile after passing the state park, Spruce Run is the first turn to the left. The nursery is on the right after about one-half mile when seeing a bridge. Visitors can park m the tteld either before tile bridge or on the concrete after the bridge. And, if you get lost, just look for any gnome to give you instructions, he jokes. The nursery specializes in trees and shrubs, including seasonal products, such as catkins, red twig dogwood and willows for the Spring. This is a relatively new small business in the county which mainly does its selling over the' Internet. Its website is www.plantandgnome.com and phone number, 304-345-1282. Continued on page6 eeeeeeeeee er ec no t e eeeeeeeeee Carnegie Mellon students get several projects completed here during CANA TEAM ENTHUSIASTIC-- For all of last week, a group of mostly Camegie Mellon University graduate students came down to Glenville from Pittsburgh in order to help get the new wireless broadband Intemet access technology up.and running. Assisting in this project were from left to right: Sriram "Ram" Subramaman (technical project lead), Ozlem Armutcuoglu (project manager), Hee-Chul Jung, David Zhang, and their local host, Larry Baker (Glenville State College's associate vice-president for technology). By Wed. evening, Mar. 10, Technical Lead Ram Subramanian reported, "We're doing very well and are ahead of schedule." They installed 14 subscriber models, and got three computers in operation at the Community Showcase. Additionally, they established a Gllmer County Webpage. (stMtphotos by Comoran, Sr.) COLLEGE'S SPRINGBREAK --The CANA volunteers, mostly graduate students, Sacrificed their Spdng Break to help Carnegie Mellon's Center for 4 ppalachian Network Access (CANA) move Glenville State College's wireless broadband technology project ahead. The innovative program is funded by a $250,000 joint grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Benedum Foundation. Rounding out the visiting team werefrom left to right: John Whitehill (CANA spokesperson and on-site visit's leader), Lucky Narain, Cindy Chu, and Andrea Foessel. Lucky Narain, a former Peace Corps volunteer, acted as a mediator at CANA'd public meeting last Thurs., Mar. 11 when local objections were raised relative to the project's value for Glenville. (A more comprehensive, account of their visit will appear in next week's edition.)