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SingleCopy Price-50 (47r plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People At FCI-Gilmer-- a Bandit" will steal one z Sunday morning! Set your night at bedtime. -N ,g early spring teams' salute. Pages 4 & 7 Farm's development presidential search, Page 3 address to the Page 16J On CROSS BLOOD CANCELLED Scheduled for April County High For more Bennett at 1- COLLEGE ~NORS Board of meet Tuesday, April ~.m. in the Verona Heflin Student State College Public is welcome to ;information, please at (304) 462- SPECIAL GAMES Olympics will Trials on April 16) and its Spring raindate April 30). and volunteers These events will be Mineral State College track). preparation of the State Special Games that will Virginia University in first weekend in CARE CAN- will be having a on Sat., April 12 iilmer Primary Road. The free for Pap test, oral screening, (FOBT). A Will be available for a is a non-fasting lab needed with the pap tesl and schedule an ap- !. RELAY FOR at 4:30 p.m. there meeting at the Center. call Christy Cun- 970. on Page 13) Commission Thurs., Apr. meeting of the on the agenda, Clerk two days in on an issue is being other non-action public is invited Council will meet meeting. The to attend. Council will Mon., Apr. 7 atthe general public is Public Service 7 p.m. on Mon., monthly meeting. to attend. 3 ............ 4 10 " .......................... 8-9 ............................ |3 " .......................... 12-13 ..... 14-15 "" ................... l&13 .......... 16 ............ the Week -- ~ ;ktve know of history, p~it~,el ~ve esteem the [~ ~ ~; tU~d to despise our rb~ ~qe Price we must too ['.',o, knowledge of minorities, but there are no detainees from 70 low-security prisoners other countries or sex offenders in the camp, now housed in Gilmer, more he adds, FCI-Gilmer's Camp Building, which is are anticipated this week located outside the fenced in medium-secu- rity area, has a 128-inmate capacity, "These people will work in the food ser- By David H. Corcoran, vice, warehouse, garage, and in grounds- Publisher-Editor keeping, among other duties," the associate Speaking for Warden Brian Bledsoe, Ron warden lists. They will receive money for McLeod, an associate warden, confirms that their services rendered in the upkeep of the 70 low-security inmates were transferred into federal facility, but they don't get the wage the recently-completed Federal Correctional directly, as it's deposited into an account for Institution-Gilmer last week. them or their families. In addition, 55 more are anticipated to be He also mentions that these men -- at the brought to the Bear Run Hollow facility this all male facility -- can be used for approved week. public service projects. "Inmates are offered "We picked them up by van and drove them the opportunity to volunteer in the commu- here," Mr. McLeod, a long-time federal cor- nity and they do," he observes. They can rectional administrator, explains, mentioning work at other federal facilities such as at an that this first group to occupy the new Gilmer Armory or VA Hospital, or at a local public unit (FCI-Gilmer) came from other federal service project. "They must be picked up, facilities such as those in Morgantown, Beck- fed, and returned to the prison," he specifies, Icy, and Allentown, Penn. for a local group to qualify to receive their In answering the public's questions at a help. community issues forum sponsored by the On race relations Kiwanis Club of Gilmer County at the Corn- Answering a question about if the federal munity Showcase Building downtown, government has a race relations program for McLeod outlines who these low-security pris- host communities, Mr. McLeod says, "No." oners, or "campers," are. Commenting further, he affirms, "The The profile of 'Campers' people here in Gilmer County have been "These are inmates eligible for parole in very open to us being here, so this is a nice less than 10 years," he explains, stressing that area (that we don't foresee race relations they are "first time, non-violent offenders." problems emerging)." Continuing, he observes, "They, generally, To the contrary, he laments that in a Penn- come from metropolitan areas and a few of sylvania prison community, some local their families will move into the county. More people, at times, seemed "hateful." On the of their relatives will be visiting them on other hand, Gilmer County has been a com- weekends, so you'll see some new faces then." fortable place for the multi-rac ial and multi- About 50-55 percent of the inmates are ethnic personnel to work and live. More- LEPC discusses 'Emergency Plans' By Kristal Sheets, gency plans for inclusion in this report. The Newspaper Staff Reporter last county plan was updated in 1990, and is More than 20 people from state, county, available to the public in the County Clerk's and local business organizations were in at- Office in the courthouse. tendance at the recent meeting of the Local Also in the process of being revised is a Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) on report by HAZMAT(HAZardous MATerials) Thurs., March 27. on the location of all hazardous chemicals and The most important discussion of the materials contained by industries in Gilmer evening surrounded the updatin~ and compi- County. This report is UlSda~fed yearly, and will ling of a comprehensive emergency plan for be invaluable in the event of a wartime crisis. the county. This plan includes strategies for Discussions regarding the handling of bid- emergency management and evacuation pro- terrorism threats were led by Jack Heater, tocolfromallpublicentitiesinGilmerCounty, sanitarian of the Gilmer County Health De- includinglocal fire departments, law enforce- partment. In the event of a bid-terror attack, mentagencies, emergency medical teams, the local health departments will be on call 24 county school system, Glenville State Col- hours a day, seven days a week to monitor lege, and local industries like Lignetics. reports of this type of activity. Citizens will be This comprehensive plan encompasses pro- informed of any threat of this type through cedures for all emergency situations. Every local agency is encouraged to submit its emer- Continued on page 6 00Q0000000@0 eeooeeeeeeeo Glenville city policeman named on l O-counts Glenviile Police Sgt. Michael Lee Kendall was indicted by a Special Gilmer County Grand Jury Tuesday of nine felony counts and one misdemeanor count relative to an early morning chase and shooting incident on March 7. Since a police firearm was discharged in the line of duty, the Gilmer County Sheriffs Dept. undertook the investigation upon the request of Prosecuting Attorney Gerry Hough. "I asked Judge (Rick) Facemire to convene the Grand Jury to investigate the events surrounding law enforcement authorities on the morning of March 7, 2003," confirms Prosecutor Hough. Although the Glenville City Administration had objected to the Gilmer County Sheriffs Department doing the investigation, Chief Sheriffs Deputy Jimmy Moss forged ahead with the probe of the city officer's conduct that morning. "We have completed this investigation successfully," states Deputy Jimmy Moss who is acting for Sheriff Gary Rose during his medical leave of absence and who testified before the Grand Jury. Based on the SheriffDepartment's probe, Glenville Police Sgt. Kendall was indicted on nine felony counts, namely one count of attempting to commit 2rid degree murder, three counts of 'Area Briefs' Continued on page 6 GILMER'S 2003 HISTORY HERO -- On February 27, Mrs. Geraldine Marks (center), of Perkins, was honored at the State Capitol, as the Gilmer County Historical Society's "2003 History Hero." See related editorialon Page 3. As part of the ceremonial activities that day, Mrs. Marks, who writes a regular column in this newspaper entitled, "Around the Kitchen Table," toured the State Capitol and met with her state delegate, The Honorable Brent Boggs (left) who welcomed her to the House of Delegates. And, after the legislative floor session ended that day, he invited her to get her picture taken with him and her escort and daughter, Jo Ann Hill (right), at the lower chamber's podium. Because of her week-to-week and year-after-year efforts to preserve the colorful history and fond memories of her family, her Rosedale community, and her county, we editors are very pleased to also bestow our "Folks Who Shine" award on her. Congratulations, Geraldine! (Photo courtesy of the W. Va. Legislature's Reference & Information Center) over, he emphasizes, "For our employees, if already seeing this civic involvement in Gilmer any of them are bigoted, they will be fired, County," he says. but before that, they'll never be hired." Prison hiring Of the facility's staff, he also notes that Right now Mr. McLeod, who handles sev- they are encouraged to get involved with eral different administrative departments, es- their communities. "I think that you are Continued on page 6 (Cancer Society aids Easter Bunny) WHERE EASTER EGGS ARE HATCHED! -- What are these ladies cooking up? It's Easter eggs for the annual Easter fund-raiser for the Gilmer County unit of the American Cancer Society. Actually, the 2,000-plus peanut-butter fillings were made up beforehand by the staff of Mr. Steve Shattuck at GSC's Aramark Food Service. Then, on this past Mon., Mar. 31, the many other local Cancer Society volunteers gathered at the Kanawha Drive Community Center to coat them with chocolate, to decorate, and to distribute them to the many businesses in this area for selling to the general public. So, when you see some of these large and delicious Easter eggs in Gilmer County's stores, you'll know where they came from. In this case, they came, in part, from these cheerful volunteers in the kitchen who expertly coated them: Helen James (I-r), Betty Smith, Ruth Chisler, and Sadie Kelble, all of Glenville. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) DECORATING THE EGGS -- The Easter Bunny won't have to work too hard this holiday season because of the hard work (yet a labor of love) that these ladies expended in decorating, preparing, and packaging these many Easter eggs for sale. This egg assembly line is one of the most popular volunteer activities that Gilmer County offers its civic-minded people. Enjoying the lively process is Judy Watson (far right), of Parkersburg, who is a Community Specialist for the American Cancer Society in northern West Virginia. tn praising local chapter President Rosa Belle Gainer (not pictured) and the other volunteers, she remarks, "This is amazing! Gilmer County does this and no other community has as much fun in their Cancer Society projects as this one." Volunteers from left to right (clockwise) are Lenita Reale, of Glenville, Rosann Frymier, of Tanner, Reva Bennett, of Kanawha Drive, Joyce Cain, Merceline Bennett, Wilma Capps, the latter three of Tanner, and Ms. Watson. Moreover, these and the many other volunteers worked about all day long in producing the 2,029 eggs --. about the same number as provided in former years. And, they sell fast! New personalized printing & business starting off in area design home Another new business has been started- up in the Glenville area. This latest small business Is called. "Tanzan Design." Truly a "cottage industry," Mrs. Jennifer Nicholas, its owner and only employee, recently established it in her own home. Of her computer designing and printing trades and capabilities, she exclaims, "I can do anything. I'm ready for any challenge such as designing brochures for schools, churches, civic clubs, businesses, and indi- viduals." Moreover, since "out-sourcing" of ser- vices is becoming much more cost-effi- cient for big businesses nationwide, she observes, "My rates are really reasonable, so I can save even small businesses, not to mention the large ones, a lot of money by doing their computer design work." The enthusiastic young lady sees an ad- ditional niche market as being her talent for making up personalized printed informa- tional materials. "For weddings, I can put color or black and white pictures of the couple on wrappers for candy or wedding gifts," she outlines, quickly adding, "The same thing can be done for 50th birthdays, Golden Anniversaries, and other life-im- portant events." She believes that her custom-made candy wrappers will be a popular gift for Gilmer County's young people. "The gift's recipient can keep their picture wrapper, as well as the gift," she explains. For formal and informal announcements, she likes to place an appropriate quotation or personal saying on them. "I can completely customize the announcement of your civic event or house party," she stresses. Continued on page 6 JENNIFER NICHOLAS