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April 11, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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April 11, 1975

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County. along with 27 other counties in West 9,249 acres; Chessie System, Inc., 8,755 acres; Parkersburg acreage under lease was climbing by about 500,000 acres per year. 0 percent of non-public land is held by companies. National Bank (trustee for C.S. Despard}, 5,586 acres; Pennzoil Co., According to the report, except for business taxes on coal , more than two-thirds of the non-public land in the 5,584 acres; Union National Bank (trustee for Burke-Smith}, 5,400 mined or timber cut, large companies usually pay no taxes but the lied by outside interests. These are giant fuel, acres; Daisy I. Dennison Trust, 5,400 acres; Wood County Real property levy. In the instance of leases, no property taxes are and lumber companies. Estate Co., 5,004 acres; and Burruss Land and Lumber Co., 3,292 assessed against corporations holding leases. Individual property ociated Coal Corp. is the largest single holder ofacres, owners pay the taxes, w.hile the corporation removes the coal, in Gilmer County with 22,986 acres, according to a Chessie is the second largest owner of non-public land in West timber or other minerals. by Tom D. Miller of the Huntington Herald Virginia with, in 18 counties, 517,636 acres. {Consolidation Coal Co. In Boone County, Assessor Robert Totten raised assessments on r's report was published last December of Pittsburgh which was not listed as one of the 11 large coal lands from $5 to $105 an acre in the past six years because he of 219,136 acres of non-public land in Gilmer landowning firms in Gilmer, owns 554,097 acres in 10 counties.} felt that ' coal properties were not being taxed enough. companies or individuals own 111,356 acres. They There were no figures available for how much land is leased to The West Virginia Tax Department is presently working on a :! ssociated Coal Corp., Gertrude B Howell, 21,100 large corporations for coal, timber or other minerals, but a 1971 program to put definite values on coal properties for property tax Estate 20,000 acres; William J "Sherard Estate, report by the Public Service Commission indicated that total state purposes, the report stated. O Published By And For Gilmer County People to Plan outdoor nasty weather of at least you can there Was plenty of Wind Drifters Kite it Was so coldt the last-minute a Hays City to Col. Loren site. accounted plus a from WWVU-TV. with gusts up to your kit lines d Steve Nichols. Flower. the Whose fingers Godfrey had been shot at least twice in the head at point-blank range. police disclosed. Extradition proceedings are under- way to return Cushman to West Virginia to stand trial. He was being held in Washington County, Ohio in lieu of $8,000 bond. plasterboard ceiling to reach the attic. Firefighters confined the damage mainly to front bedrooms, the living room and porch areas. No estimate of damage was determined. The fire was extinguished in 20 minutes, according to Assistant Fire Chief Greg Nicholson. gleamed with red streaks characteris- tic of veteran string-burned kite rivers. As a matter of fact, the wind was so strong, we had to drop our plan for a contest of controlled flying: instead. we iust had a fun day." Tony Franklin, a GSC student and intrepid cold weather kite flyer. enjoyed the most success of the day, despite losing his paper and wood-strip vehicle. Tony tied together eight 20e-foot- long rolls of string and let his kit zoom out all the way to the cheers of the gathered faithful. But when he tied his kite string to a fence post and left for a bite to eat, the universe decided his kite was up for grabs. Pop went the string and away went the kite. Franklin's pal. Randy Datcher. had similar luck. He let his kit out 600 feet, left for a snack, and returned to find his flyer dangling precariously over a distant valley. Strangely enough, the kit just hung there until 5 p.m. "It was a well-built kite," he boasted. A television film crew. here to do a story on Glenville's Flood Insurance Program, cavorted on the hill with the other festival goers. Becky Brown, Carl Fleischhauer, and a student assistant filmed the goings-on and staved until the last die-hard kite bit the dust. It'll probably be aired sometime on WWVU's Mountain Scene Tonight Show. Tune in and get a glimpse of what next year's Kite Flying Festival might provide. happy, [l-f] Becky Brown~g. Tony Franklin. Terry McCartney. Randy Datcher, Mr. and was found of the North Fire Chief Gerald Davis said the firefighters were angered by the unnecessary call and reminded area residents of the danger involved in such a vicious prank. Not only could firefighters receive injuries, but emergency equipment answering a false alarm would be unable to respond during genuine fire emer- gency. it was also announced that sealed bids would be taken on a 1965 Pontiac ambulance to be sold by the Fire Department. Interested persons may call 46243486 or 462-8664. In addition, 24 sessions of Basic Firefighting will he taught by a West Virginia University Fire Extension Service instructor at the GCVFS station beginning April 7. Interested persons may register for classes at that time. legisla tu re. Speaker Lewis McManus. D-Ra- Council meeting to begin later in summer City Council meetings will be one half hour later during summer months, it was announced by Mayor David Gillespie. The meetings at City Hall will get underway at 7:30 p,m. the first Monday of every month. Creek to fill in large and numerous base holes. "When it rains, work on road repair ceases, And it's been raining a lot lately," said Miller. Miller admitted that this spring the roads are in the worst condition he can remember. He attributes the breakage to excessive rain and very heavy truck traffic, especially loaded coal trucks along Rt. 5, Miller said most of the repair work was aimed at fixing up Rt. 5 which he said was "'the big problem." Crime rate drops 9.9 per cent There was a 9.9 per cent drop in the crime rate in Gilmer County last year. according to recently released statistics from 1974 Uniform Crime Reports published by the West Virginia Department of Public Safety. According to the data. there were 29 total offenses registered in the county last year. four less than in 1973. Of these, there were no murders, no robberies, no felonious assaults. 10 break-ins. 17 larceny thefts and one motor vehicle theft. There was also one rape reported. In 1973 there were three felonious assaults and eight more breaking and enterings. Interestingly. nine of the 10 break-ins and 16 of the 17 larceny thefts were committed outside the city of Glenville. The rape was also committed in the rural district, according to the report. The Glenville Police Department reported only one breaking and ~" entering, one larceny theft and one motor vehicle theft. The surrounding counties of Calhoun. Braxton. Ritchie, Doddridge. and Lewis counties all suffered higher rates of (:rime. Overall in the state there was an 18.- percent increase in the .mum] ,:rime ra IP,. State Highway Commission workers patching Main Street at College Street. Jze that SOmetime Tuesday and 3 a.m. was shot while Passenger seat of i ............... GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY. WEST VIRGINIA .......................................................... ] Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] J " des husband Local ro bad shape i oo.,... ,.... slltol % . . , Forkt of the Hughes River near RI. 4 a ' r~.n~ II [ I _~illW ~rby Burnt House in ea rice. 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