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|UljIXR!mmUl/i!llillllllll i,  -- ImUWllllllJllllllJllllUm IlUlI Attention Shoppers: SMALLTOWN PAPmD S nity and/or sports pictures on page 2A. This week&apos;s Letter to the Editor deals with " the school consolidation controversy. One editorial commends the Gilmer County 5  2 6 CAL I FORNIA AVE SW Circulars enclosed inthisweek's paper are from U-Pak of Glenville, Commission for re-instituting the once annual Metal & Appliance Clean-up Day. S EATT LE WA 9 8 [ 3 6 - 12 0 8 Glenville Foodland, and Shop 'n' Save of Weston. These are appear- Additionally, see page one for more details. For the latest in local sports news, see iJ,J,,I,,j .... Jj,,jj,jj ..... JJ,,J,Jll,,,j,,j,,,j,jj ing in this newspaper inspecified local Zip Code'zones or in all pages 1-2B. Also, don't miss our regular community correspondents and the news papers. We editors recommend these fine advertisers, as well as our from both near and afar! Finally, for other info, log onto www.glen villenews, com for regular On-the-Page advertisers. See a lot of educational, commu- late-breaking news and ads. Th G I ill D t e env e emocra Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published b.E and for Gilmer Count2le Volume 105, Number 15 www.GlenvilleNews.com Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 www.GlenvilleNews.com Thursday, April 9, 2009 This week's prayer Dear Heavenly Father. Please bless President Barack Obama with the ability to rise to the occa- sion with the right plans in order to get our nanon's economy moving forward again, and mitigate the suffering of those many millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and homes. Also, give help and heart to our. county's dedicated volunteers. who are involved with the improvement initiatives of the Recruitable Communities, Gilmer County Humane Society, CreateWV. Glenville Goes Green. GSC's DilapidatedBuilaingsinitiative.etc.. but especially in their efforts to revitalize down- town Glenville: inspire Glenville's City Councilp- ersons to embrace "the big picture" by encouraging and aiding these citizen-based initiatives for beau- tification: lessen the stress of those who suffer anxieues, especially those who are also fighting illnesses, including Little Blake "Grogg" Foster. Wanda Euzader, Jane Law, Dina Bush. etc.: bring an end to foreign wars and provide a safe return tot our U. S. Troops; please comfort our readers. especially those families who have recently lost loved ones. BOE;:agNn;:dbldiiibz:reC!ers; ............ ::: :::: :age:i,,ai:i& 5A: ................... !!:,!i:,,::::?, iag: I::2B .,......................:... %::::.: :::,:::::: :::: ::.:. :;:::  ::?:iii:iiiii::iiiii:i!ii:diil !!i!! i::i%i::::::i::ii:iiii::::iiii ifiiii::!iiA U.S. & W.V. History Shorts April has seen many colorful historical events take place in the Mountain State; read about them here! On April 9, 1872, delegates approved a new constitution for West Virginia. Voters ratified the new document on August 22: On April 10. 1899, the Znd Regiment of West Virginia's Volunteer Infantry, one of two state regiments formed to serve in the Spanish-American War, was mustered out of service at Camp Wetherill, Greenville. SC; On April 13, 1873, John W. Davis, the Democratic nominee for President in 1924. was born in Clarksburg; and On April 14, 1856, the first Calhoun County Court convened near Big Bend. ilmer G0iiags On GC PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING Will meet on April 21,2009 at 6 pm at the Parks and Recreation Center Din- ing Hall, Everyone welcome. l NOTICE First District Congressman Alan B. Mollohan's Area Representative, Jane Merandi, will be available to visit resi- dents of Gilmer County to discuss with constituents any problems con- cernmg a federal agency or ques- tions or comments regarding legisla- tive concerns. She will be at the Gilmer County Senior Center Citizens Center from 10:30 a.m until 12:30 pm on Friday, April 24, 2009. She will also be at this location the fourth Fri- day of every month, no appointment necessary, her telephone number is 304-623-4422. Continued on page 8B The third "Business After 5 Social Hour" will take place on this Thurs., Apr. I 9 at the Best Western. GSC's Student I Life Dept. will be explaining their new outreach programs. If your group wants to sponsor a Business Social Hour this year, call Dave CorCoran at 462-7309. The Recruitable Communities & Street Gang Committees will meet at 4:30 p.m.onThurs.,Apr. 16atGlenville's City Hall to continue their initiatives. The Board of Education will meet in its regular public meeting at 7 p.m. on next Mon., Apr. 13 at the GCHS Library. The Gilmer County Public Service District's Board of Directors will meet at 7 p. m. on next Mon., Apr. 13 at its West Main Street Office. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA) wil meet at noon on next Thurs., Apr. 16 at the Best Western's Conference Room. he Editorial Page:. ............... i....::i:::M. 3A Sports:.. ..... :. i i..::iill f,:i : :i!:,:i i!!;!::i!ii:ii: :;iiii::.. i:i2B SoCiety ..................... ::L:i:,:;ii:,;,;i:3;5B Courtfi0useNews. i. i: i;iiiiii2:;ii.,:i6B Legats ........................................ :ii:2i;:2i::6B Classifieds ..... :;:,,22 2ii:!::iiiii::.:i.ii:::i! ;i,16d GGOs ............................. ................ ,MI.::;!..::SB . Jack Garrett Eord.:(S) .......... ::::.,.: 5A .,......_.: ................. Meditation Moment Thought(s) for Easter Week "'Tomb. thou shalt not hold Him Longer; Death is strong, but Life is stronger. '" Phillips Brooks, American clergyman (1835-1895) "In the bonds of Death He lay Who for our offense was slain." Martin Luther, German reformer 1483-1546 GSC's Board of Governors i akes 'the bad with the good' By Marilyn King, Staff Reporter The April 1, Glenville State College's Board of Governors' meeting was a mix of both good and bad news. On a positive note, Dr. Kathy Butler. aca- demic v-p, discussed a new program at GSC, that of a minor in Non-Profit Leadership and Management. Students in this program would receive a nationally-recognized certificate through American Humantics. which endorses and certifies students who participate in commu- nity service with a non-profit organization. Dr. Butler stated that this is "a great opportu- nity to prepare our students to work in the largest-growing sector," that of the non-pr0fit organization. She said that GSC will be the only college in West Virginia, for five years, to offer ,this minor. Also, according to Dr. Butler. the minor program in Outdoor Recreation was to go through the first step of curriculum approval, on Fri.. Apr. 3. In addition, a new minor in Physics has been proposed, and an Information and Media Studies program is in the works, making even more options available to GSC's students. Dr. Peter Barr. GSC's President, spoke about plans for the new "Pioneer Park," which would be located in the empty lot at the corner of Main and Lewis Streets, where the downtown Ford dealership was cleaned out last year. If this empty lot is donated to the college and Pioneer Park is built, it would be named in memory of J.C. Baker. The park would in- clude vegetation, irrigation, a stage, bricks, and a mural: it would make downtown Glen- ville look more inviting. He also mentioned that Ron Blankenship, who represents Minnie Hamilton Health Sys- tem. has talked about a 24/7 medical care facility on campus, and Dr. Barr is "very encouraged by that." In a remodeling update of the old Kinney Shoe Factory (into a state-of-the-art training facility for GSC's Cflm inal Justice program), Dr. Barr said that. thanks to the generosity of Ike and Sue Morris. he hopes to have the renovations completed by Agust and to have a grand opening theft. As of right now, those in training tobe correcfiona officers are liv- mg in Louis Bennett Hall and are training in Clark Hall. Once the remodelitlg is complete, the new building will have classrooms, sleeping quar- ters and a State Police 1}aboratory. Also. in addition to correctional officer training, Home- land Securtty and National Guard personnel will also be trained .there. Dr. Barr said that the new facility "will complement our Criminal Justice program and will have a significant economic impact on the community." He also stated that Congressman Mollohan s committed to GSC, and that it is "very refreshing to knoW that "4i'e are uppermost in his thoughts." He asked Board members to "please express your appreciation to Con- gressman Mollohan for all that he has done for GSC and Gilmer County." The Board, unfortunately, got some unex- pected bad news concerning GSC's two-year Nursing program: the State Board of Nursing has voted not to allow GSC to continue the second year of nurses' training. That State Board is basing this decision on the fact that pass rates on the nursing licensing examination are low for GSC students, and the State Board wants GSC's nursing students to transfer to WVU-IT (formerly WV Tech, in Montgomery) for their second year. Currently, this decision affects seven GSC students, with whom Dr. Butler was to meet on Thurs., Apr. 2. The question remains: can GSC keep its nursing students, or will they be transferred? WVU is currently conducting a study of the situation The next Board of Governors' meeting will be in June: and it will be the final meeting for this fiscal year. Workshop provides positive guidance for Gilmer County BOE Board members By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter The Gilmer BOE met on Thurs., March 26, and it was both informative and progressive for all of the Board member in attendance who were there to work together. This was in an effort to produce more harmonious results as a unified Board. Mr. Scott Raines, with the WV State School Board Association, was present to speak first. His purpose was to provide any information he could in the complex needs of the Sand Fork and Troy Elementary Schools. He did speak of his state Board's concern regarding Sand Fork. and indicated that the WVU Engineers defined this matter, in that they would not provide anyone with a written confir- mation of structural safety. It is not within their authority to do so. He also related that he had spoken with Mr. Bill Elswick. and he firmly avowed that even if he received such a letter, it would not satisfy his concerns. BOE President Phyllis Starkey voiced her standard concerns on the matter regarding dis- placement and disruption of the students at those two schools. Following that, Board member Misty Pritt did speak up in favor of the more economical ap- proach to remedy the situations with Troy and Sand Fork. She stated that she would also look favorably upon two schools; however, her concern would be the geographical placement of those two schools within the county. Mr. Raines went on to indicate that he had asked the WVU "folks" what "structurally safe" meant to them. They replied that first consideration would be given to the load- bearing portions of the struc- ture foremost. The WVU engineering team went on to indi- cate that Sand Fork has three main floors. The third and lowest floors are concrete, while the middle floor is deteriorating to the point of failure, which is alsocausingthe first floor layer distress. Mr. Raines went on to explain to the Board members that the county could address the struc- tural instabilities for possibly $100,000 - $200,000. However, afterward they would have to ad- dress HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and other such upgrades required through the structural improvements. Those renovations would possi- Continued on page 4A !;i!;h:!Siiia;iiiM!ii;iiii;; ........ Mg ........ iii! ...... Liii ii!iiiiiiiil 2) .......... J .......... 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