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Single Copy Price-50= (47 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 100, Number 13 Glenville, Gilmer Count Our prayer: That good luck and safety follow our Gilmer County military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world! up in ,I ....... ~ ATTENTION CANDIDATES - ArKs, Weekly deadlines are on Monday Wspecial political campaign "how-to" acket is now available --- free of charge --at The Glenville DemocratJPathfinder's office. Any candidate who wants one can either stop by or call us at 462-7309. Remember that the weekly ad deadline is MONDAY before 5 p.m.! ilmer Goings BOOK SALE Gilmer Public Library, sponsored by Friends of the Library. Friday, April 2, 10 am- 5pm and Saturday, April 3, 10 am-?. Books, videos, CD's, books by tape, may be donated at the Library. REPRESENTATIVE MERANDI Jane Merandi for First District Con- gressman Alan B. Mollohan will be available to visit residents of Gilmer Co. to discuss with constituents any problems conceming a federal agency or questions or comments regarding legislative concerns. His representa- tive will be at the Gilmer County Se- nior Citizens Center from 10:30 am until 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 25. Residents are encouraged to visit the Congressman's aide during this time at the same location the fourth Thursday of each month. No appoint- ment is necessary. DONKEY BASKETBALL Sponsored by Normantown PTO. Thursday, April= 1st, 7:00 pm at Normantown Elementary Gymna- sium. All Local teams, four games played in all. Admission will be charged at the door, pre-schoolers are admitted free. For more informa-" tion contact Misty Pritt at 364-5373 or Bev Sink at 462-5500 REVIVAL The Rosedale Baptist Church will be having a weekend revival meeting Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 2,3 and 4 at 7:00 pm. Come and worship with ust There will be special singing each evening. Elder Larry Fisher, Pastor. BLOOD DRIVES Every few seconds someone in America needs blood. All blood types are needed 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This spring take time to do- nate blood - just one hour of your time can save up to 3 lives! Monday, April 5, 12:00-6:00, at the GSC, Ball Room and Tuesday, Apnl 13, 9:00- 2:00, at the GSC, Band Room. (Continued on Page 13) IPub0ic I tings The Gilmer County Commiseion will meet at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Apr. 1 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) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Men., Apr. 5 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., Apr. 5 atthe new Town Hall. The general public is invited to attend. GGOr;.,,,,,,::.. " :~ $(2 News Thought for Early Spring "Our severest winter, commonly called the spring." WaUam Cowper English poet (1731-1800) I By David H. Corcoran, Publisher.Editor In the formal inauguration ceremony last Fri- day when Dr. Robert N. Freeman accepted his presidential duties, he foresees the "Lighthouse on the Hill," namely Glenville State College, shining even brighter in the future. "Our future at GSC is limited only by our creativity," he told a near capacity crowd in the GSC Fine Arts Auditorium. "We want GSC to be truly the 'Lighthouse on the Hill.'" In presenting the college's presidential sym- bols -- the mace and medallion -- to Dr. ill i i i Freeman during the regal hour-and-a-quar- ter academic ceremony, Mrs. Marge Burke, chair of the Board of Governors, traces that the Board elected him the 22nd president on December 3, 2003, his term actually began on January 1, 2004 and Friday's inaugura- tion was merely "a witness" to the Board's previous decision. On taking the podium, the newly inducted president expressed his thankfulness for the "honor our college and state" bestowed upon him. Voicing humility, he relates that corn- Continued on page 6A ans c: ! ! A local effort is currently being mounted to asking for the general public's assistance in extend a"Heroes' Welcome" to GilmerCounty's making their homecoming spectacular. "Un- returning military personnel who have bravely furl your flags, hang your banners and rib- sewed their country in Iraq for the past ~,ear. bons and show our local military personnel The men and women of the West Virginia how much we appreciate their unwavenng Army National Guard's 1092nd Engineering service and proteetion ofour rights and free- Battalion will be coming home within the next doms," she urges, stressing that now is the few weeks. "They have served our country on time "for displaying our American spirit in active duty since February 2003 and have proven Gilmer County." themselves worthy of honor and respect," states Although the group doesn't know exactly Barbara Jones, a local event organizer. "Now is when the 1092nd Battalion will return, other our chance to show them how proud we are of regional news stories place them landing at them and their many accomplishments." Fort Bragg (NC) on this Friday evening, Continuing, she outlines that the Family being demobilized there, and leaving for Readiness Group of Gassaway, along with sev- home about the first week in April. eral churches, businesses and individuals, are Continued on page 6A GILMER REPRESENTED - Pictured here, left to right, are Larry Chapman, Gilmer County Commission president, Jack Burlingame, Executive Director of the Blue-Gray Intermodal Highway Authonty, and Dan Johnson, owner and agent of State Farm Insurance on Main Street in Glenville. Chapman and Johnson serve the BGIHA as representatives from Gilmer County. By Kristal Sheets, City Editor On Wed,, Mar. 17, the Blue-Gray Intermodal Highway Authority (BGIHA) met in the County Commission Room of the Gilmer County Court- house with a full agenda and, finally, a quorum. Due to the ever-conthctmg scl~edules of the BGIHA s board members, meetings have been scheduled and rescbeduled several times in an effort to gather the number required for a quo- rum. Per Robert's Rules of Order, key decisions cannot he made to move the project along with expediency without a quorum. Not surprisingly, one of the motions enter- tained and passed by the BGIHA during last Wednesday's meeting was to change the group's by-laws to reflect that whoever is present -- be it five or 25 people --- will constitute a quorum. Other motions passed included approval to send $500 to the U .S. Treasury to cover Continued on page 6A Carnegie Mellon students bolster CANA's efforts By David H. Corcoran, The Turkish lady also mentions that the Pub//sher-Ed/tor CANA team met with the County Commis- Two of the lead Carnegie Mellon graduate sioners and established a website for the students expressed positive comments about Gilmer County Government. "As part of our the CANA team's accomplishments in Glen- weeks here, we'll introduce the courthouse ville over their March 8-12 spring break, people to this website (which is being oper- By mid-week after the trip down here from ated through the local RAMCO Technolo- Pittsburgh, Ozlem Armutcuoglu, the project's gies OnLine)," she adds. manager and a graduate student from Turkey, Sriram "Ram" Subramanian, the team's enumerates that the spring break team had al- technical lead, is working toward a master's ready installed 14 subscriber mndules---mainly degree in information networking at CMU. on the GSC campus -- and three computers in So, he was ready and willing to give local the Community Showcase downtown. "We Gilmer Countians technical advice on how trained the people at the community center on to prepare to use wireless broadband. how to use the wireless broadband lnternet During the week, he worked on the me- technology, and after using the computers, they chanical side of Glenville State College's estimated that the new technology was 12 times computer operations, achieving several oh- faster than what they were used to," she re- jectives set by host Larry Baker, GSC'sasso- marks, elate vice-president for technology. "We set CANA stands for Carnegie Mellon up six faculty houses and the President's University's Center for Appalachian Network House for the new service," be outlines. Access -- a Pittsburgh-based department de- In addition, he relays, "We have explained voted to bringing wireless broadband Interact the system to Jim Fealy at the Economic access to remote and rural mountainous areas Development Association. He will then in- like Glenville. The center is working under a troduce it to the local businesses." joint $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Re- Both Ozlem and Ram believe that Gilmer gional Commission and the Benedum Founda- County and area businesses are missing out tion, with Glenville State College being the on many revenue-generating opportunities local sponsor and contact, by not having an Internet presence. On a lighter note, Ozlem laughed when de- "Glenville's businesses aren't working to full scribing that upon seeing the power of the new capacity," Ozlem observes. "The wire'less system, a local lady said, "I'd like to look for a broadband can help them to increase their pair of shoes at a shoe store." Ozlem adds, "We output aad profit." found her a pair of shoes, too." Cominm~! on page 9A WAftING FOR THE NEXT STEP- Rosa Belle Gainer (left) and Helen James stand ready to hand off these egg-shaped peanut butter balls to be dipped in chocolate; when finished these fattening delights are the area's favorite Easter treat -- and have been for more than 20 years. Volunteers shaped, dipped and decorated a total of 2,440 "eggs" to raise money for the Gilmer County unit of the American Cancer Society. In so doing, these volunteers are certainly "Folks Who Shine." Which comes first? The chocolate-or the egg? Gilmer County volunteers raise money for American Cancer Soclety By Kristal Sheets, On Monday, Cancer Society volunteers from City Editor all over Gilmer County were covering in choco- late nearly 2,440 peanut butter blocks pre- On Men., March 22, the Kanawha Drive pared a week beforehand in the kitchen oftbe Community Center doubled as an assembly Glenville State College Aramark dining hall. line producing almost 2,500 eggs -- and According to Rosa Belle Gainer, President without a single chicken in sight., of the Gilmer County Unit of the ACS, this The Gilmer County unit of the American year's output is the most prodigious ever. Cancer Society is in the throes of a yearly "This is our largest fund-raising drive each project to raise money by selling chocolate- covered peanut butter eggs. Continued on page 6A I I II II ~ I|llllll I 000000000 000000000 WW II veterans to be topic of meeting Thurs. At 6:30 p.m. on this Thurs., Mar. 25, the Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at the Holt House Museum's Annex on East Main Street in Gienville. Dr. Michael Gherke, a Glenville State College history professor and World War II project coordinator, will give the Society's members and the general public an update on "The Interesting Facts Relating to Gilmer County's Veterans." He is spearheading a monumental oral history project, in that he and his classes are attempting to interview all of Gilmer County's World War II veterans. Veterans of all branches of the military service, however, are also invited to this public Historical Society meeting. State Government budget passes Legislature Higher education officials called the 2004 Legislature "highly successful," according to a news release from the W. Va. Higher Education Policy Commission. In contrast to last year's nine percent cut, State Government is asking the public colleges and universities to chop only 2.5-to-4.5 percent out of their budgets in this next fiscal year. In addition, the Legislature authorized the sale of $150 million in bonds to finance capital improvements at the state's institutions of higher learning. Gilmer County focus of 'state Journal', CMU The statewide business newspaper for West Virginia, The State Journal, devoted four articles to Gilmer County's growing economy in its Fri., Mar. 19 izsue. In a page I introductory story entitled, "Gilmer Musters 'Can-Do' Attitude," EDA chief Jim Fealy outlined several ot the county's recent successful economic development projects. Then, three stories covered all of page 4 -- Presi~lent Robert Freeman updated business readers about Glenville State College, including thei~ew" wireless broadband Internet access project with Carnegie Mellon University; County Commissioner Reta Kight outlined the plans for the Little Kanawha River Parkway to link 1-79 with 1-77; and EDA President Denny Pounds reviewed his successful busi~ess, McDonald's of Glenville, as well as noting several major EDA projects. The page 5 story interviewed local oil and gas man, Craig Worl, primarily about the construction of the new Best Western Hotel Glenville Inn -- an initiative sparked by the opening of the new federal prison. The stories were written by Robin Broughton, a reporter for The State Journal, a publication circulated among the state's business leaders. "This was good publicity, statewide, for our county," affirms the EDA's Jim Fealy at a recent meeting. In an unrelated feature story, the Center for Appalachian Network Access's (CANA) Glenville State College project got substantial play in the current issue of Carnegie Mellon University's magazine in Pittsburgh. "This is a great honor for the vision of. the CANA professors and students to be recognized for their efforts to bring the most modern Commu- nications Age technology to the rural Appalachian town of Glenville," comments CANA spokesperson, S. John Whitehill. By Kristal Sheets, City Editor The county's budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004-2005 was approved for submission to Charleston during the last County Com- mission meeting, held on Thurs., Mar. 18. for the possible purchase of a building to be utilized by county agencies such as the WVU Extension Office and the county's Parks and Recreation program; and $3,000 to help fund the Little Kanawha River Days Festival, scheduled for September of this year. The total number of county offices seeking Boggs' letter states: "Please know that sub- budgeted funds is se ,en, mission of your request doesn0t in any way In addition, a letter was received from guarantee funding.... FY 2005is an extremely State Delegate Brent Boggs (Dem.-34th tight year for budget purposes ... available Dist.) informing the Commission that the county's request for Budget Digest funds was received and has been submitted to state lawmakers for consideration later this spring. Earlier this fiscal year, the County Com- mission requested $200,000 in funding for the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department's proposed fire station; $50,000 funds will likely be substantially less than in previous years." Smith resignation A letter was received from Greg Smith informing the commission that he would like to resign from his position with the Gilmer County Unsafe Buildings and Lands Enforce- ment Agency. The commission did not ac- ContiHed on page SA