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Single Copy Price-50* (47r plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Giimer County People Ex-P.O.W. Private Jessica Lynch, a native of Wirt County, is now recuperating in Walter Reed Army Hospital. God bless our Allied peacemakers this Easter! sur the intra-squad Pages 4-5 & an inside look into visit last week. Page 3 ht Talk' about ... 5& 16 Goings On CAR WASH Baptist Church Relay having a car was at of Glenvitle on April 18 3:00p.m. Please vehicles to get research, Dona- Thank you. SCHOOL SPRING ,2003. The admission Starts at 5:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. me 04 OPENING DAY CEREMONY --- The Gilmer County Little League's Opening Day brought out 11 teams, 135-plus players and their parents and relatives. Here, several of the teams line up from homeplate to the left field fence in order to be part of the solemn ceremony. (Staff photoJ by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) At Gilmer's Little League 0 By David H. Corcoran, John Paul Roberts, who has four grandchil- BLUEGRASS, Publisher.Editor dren playing, pitched first, followed by Felix SING With much of the Opening Day game pag- Aviles, Tommy Luzader, Gene Shackleford, Sat., April 19 at 6:30 Elementary eantry of a Major League team, Gilmer DamonWest, and Adrian Conrad. Their pitch- The featured perform-County's Little League season began with the ing accuracy, however, didn'tmatch their"flaw- J The High ceremonial "first pitch" on last Sat: morning, less" patriotism which was exhibited during Bear Fork Band, Apr. 12 at Cedar Creek State Park. the carrying of the colors. Band, and Braxton Eleven teams, approximately 135 players, After touching up the field a bit after the All other bands and many parents and relatives turned out ceremony, the teams were ready to "play ball." There will also be re- eithertoparticipateinor towatchthiscolorful Of Gilmer County's growing Little League a 50/50 drawing Opening Day Ceremony which was kicked program, President Neal Benson observes, All donations go to off by the solemn march to centerfield by the "This is an excellent outlet for kids in our four Elementary PTO. Gilmer County Veterans' Flag Unit. elementary schools because baseball isn't of- I C,OoNCER SOCIETY With the two long lines of players and fered anywhere else." LIRE FUND RAISER coaches strung out from homeplate to the Continuing, the second-year president af- Baptist Church Relay right and left field fences, the Opening Day firms, "It helps to build character, is good Will be sponsoring a scene at 10 a.m. proved to be a very impres- physical exercise, and everyone who has the sing, featuring sive and colorful one. " ability, can play. No one is prevented from and hopefully the The event's emcee, Denny Pounds, intro- ptayihg due to a lack oJ'team sl~; wedon't and other groups on duced the 28 veterans by name, as they carried turn anyone away." starting at 5:30 p.m. be cake walks and the mammoth flag onto the field and into a As to popularity, he notes, "This league has is to beheld at the centerfield ceremonial position. Next, a mo- grown tremendously in the past two years, Senior Center. There ment of silence was observed to honor the especiallywiththeadditionofthreegirls'teams t admission charge, but area's fighting men and women in Operation this year." will be taken with Iraqi Freedom and, then, their names were Heshowersmuchofthecreditfortheleague's to the American read. success on the organization's many volunteers, for Life Team. Tressa Hess sang the National Anthem and coaches, officers, business sponsors, and com- R ELDERHOSTEL everyonepresentjoined in on saying the Pledge munity supporters. Holt House history of Allegiance. In addition to President Benson, the officers Main Street, Glenville, After the ceremony had ended, someone are Justin Collins, V-P; Dean Dulude, Safety 24, 6:30 p.m. Every- yelled, "Play ball!" Director; and Charlene Dulude, Sec./Treas. Use the Main Street The "first pitch," however, was yet to be The officers, also, depend on the advice of 15 early for refresh- thrown, so Pounds invited the veterans back members ot their Board of Directors who rep- to toss the first pitch. Six took him up on the DMEN offer. Continued on page 6 I Ill April 22 at 6:30 Place Restaurant. Women are welcome. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ll) County Economic ASsociation's regular for this Thurs. has due to scheduling meeting, however, in this newspaper. is invited to attend. County Commission on this Thurs., Apr. for its second of the month. To be meeting's agenda,. I contact County Clerk ) two days in issue is being ’ other inquines, the invited to just drop in "afternoon only" College Board will take place Apr. 22 in the at the Heflin For details, contact 304-462-4129. This Week ~e ............................. 3 ..... 4-5 "*'"'" ............................... 7 ............................... 8-10 ............................ 13 13 .............................. 14-15 .......................... l&ll of the Week -- if it doesn't end War." Montaigne essayist 592) Ohio's Dr. Michael Field finalist for GSC presidency The president of Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio is in line as the sole finalist in Gienville State College's search for a new president. Dr. Michael Field, whose academic area is English, has been identified by the GSC Presidential Search Committee as the prime candidate to be interviewed on campus out of the initial 74 applicants. Although current GSC president, Dr. Thomas Powell, doesn't know Dr. Field, Dr. Powell relates that of the committee's top three finalists, two have since dropped out. He speaks highly of Dr. Field's credentials, though. According to the Search Committee's schedule, Dr. Field will visit the Glenviile campus at the end of this month, in part to meet and get acquainted with college and community people. See page 16's "GSC News"for more details. Gilmer Watershed Coalition becoming more active The local Watershed Coalition has listed several events which the general public is invited to attend. Last fall this group formed as a recommendation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after they sup,eyed citizen options to prevent flooding in this area. The new group has met on a regular basis and GSC Professor Clark Judy is one of the group's contact persons at 462-4135. Of the Watershed's list of upcoming events, the National Weather Service in Charleston is sponsoring training sessions for weather spotters which could help protect families and communities in the areas typically affected by adverse weather. Specifically, Dan Bartholf, the Service's director in Charleston, is eager to get spotters in the Little Kanawha River Basin. A training session for spotters will take place at ! p.m,on this Thurs., Apr. 17 at the Jackson (Ohio) Fire Dept., with other training sessions being slated for 6 p.m. on Mon., May 5 at the Athens High School in The Plains, Ohio, and for 7 p.m. on Mon., May 12 at Fayette County's 911 Center in Oak Hill. From ! 0 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sat., Apr. 26, an Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Glenville State College Amphitheater next to Science Hall. The leadership of the Watershed Coalition hopes to have a booth at this celebration in order to dramatize the group's existence and to explain its purposes. Then, starting at 1 p.m. on Tues., Apr. 29 at Cedar Creek State Park, Mr. Timothy Craddock, representing the West Virginia Save Our Streams Program, will discuss watershed and macro- invertebrate training. For further information, contact Clark Judy at cjudy@glenville.edu Finally, Mrs. Lisa Hayes-Minney has designed a website for the Gilmer Watershed Coalition. For more information, the website is: http://watershed@myserver-wv.net Ex-GSC librarian off on plea agreement On this Tues., Apr. 15, Edward "Ed" Messenger, a former Glenville State College librarian accused of eaves-dropping on employees, pied guilty to a misdemeanor offense in the case and was fined $400.00, plus court costs. A trial in the high profile case was averted when a plea agreement was ironed out between Mr. Messenger's attorney, David Karickhoff, of Sutton, and the State. By virtue of the legal accord which reduced the offense from a felony to a misdemeanor, Messenger stood before Judge Rick ; :~* Facemire in Gilmer Circuit Court and pied guilty to the offense of "Use of Video and Other Electronic Surveillance Devices By Employers" -- a crime against state law, As a part of the agreement, he was, also, prohibited from involving himself in other criminal 'Area Briefs' Continued on page 6 ED MESSENGER IIIIn CEREMONIAL PITCH -- One of the Gilmer County veterans, who took advantage of opening the season with the first pitch, is John Paul Roberts (right, foreground). Althouclh his aim was not the best, he Ditched with a lot of viclor because four of his grandchildren are playing in the league this spnng. DAY OF HONOR: PIN CEREMONY -- Ms. Theresa Cowan, APRN, BC, MSN (not pictured), coordinator of Glenville State College's joint nursing program with West Virginia University, voiced words of encouragement and praise for this year's Sophomore Nursing Class at its traditional Pinning Ceremony last Fdday night. Now, they embark on their clinical studies elsewhere for their final two years in the quest of a joint B.S.-R.N. degree. The sophomore nursing students honored last Fnday in the Verona Mapel Room of the Heflin Student Union are from left to right: Melissa Jean Martin, Amanda Lee Hamrick, Andrea Jill Hall, Elaine Jennifer Ware, Carne Jean Williams, Eunice Louise Collins, Traci Danielle Harris, Jessica Raye Cogar, Kimbedy Ann Bennett-Williams, and Thressa Lynn Wills-Kyer. Not pictured was Anntwanette Caroline Nicholas who was participating in a track meet at the same time. Other faculty wishing these students well at the ceremony were Dr. Phillip A. Taylor, GSC's chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics, and Ms. Alison Witte, APRN, BC, MS, Instructor of Nursing. (Staf photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) I II revenues Ill increase By David H. Corcoran, smile. Publisher.Editor Overall and budeet-wise, this Juiced un assessed GilmerCountygovemment'sfinancialpicture property valuation will edge the County is brightening up considerably due to the area's Commission's operating revenues up from $1.2 economic growth --- some even say "boom." million now to $1.4 million next fiscal year, or a 10 To the contrary, one county commissioner percent increase orS133,500. advises "caution" when comparing year-to-year The County Commission is responsible for fund- financial data in county government,ing the various offices of county government via its Nevertheless, on Tues., Apr. 15 in a Special overall budget. Meeting, the Gilmer County Commission met to As to the individual property classes, the biggest set the levy rates for the next fiscal year -- 2003- jump in assessed valuations came in the Class !11 2004 -- starting on July 1. And, what they may property category which takesincountybusinesses, have found from Assessor Gary Wolfe was the the oil and gas industry, and vehicles. The assessed equivalent of "Christmas in July" estimates, valuesinallofthoseeconomic sectorsrosedramati. The projected total tax valuations for 2003- caily, the total being from $127.9 million in the 2004 rose by 13 percent over those of the current, current year to aprojected $148.5 million next year. penny-pinching fiscal year of 2002-2003. "There are a lot of new businesses establishing here The total assessed value of Gilmer County's and the oil and gas industry is doing much better," four property classes increased from $207 rail- observes Assessor Gary Wolfe, who worked up the lion this year to a projected $234 million next new figures and predicts that the year after's assess- year, a rise of $27 million, or the 13 percenL ment will be even higher. At the same time, there will be no tax rate Gazing down the road in his crystal ball, he increases for individuals or businesses, states explains, "We will be up in new constriction with Mrs. Norma Hurley, the County Clerk's book- the new motel and the Dollar General store, among keeper. "The General Fund levy rate hasn't others, which will go on the books for fiscal 2004- changed," she points out. Nevertheless, a tax 2005. decrease for the county's excess levy was put into place by the commissioners, she adds with a Continued on page 6 Mysterious parachute descends over Cedar Creek area; property of U.S.A. ? During this "high alert" time during the balloon if inflated; it may explode." Fortu- final stages of the Iraqi War, it's a good idea nately, the balloon had already exploded and to be cautious, was not in evidence. That's why on March 27 when Freddie At that point, Mr. Bash decided to take the Bash, a gas well-tender for Jackson Fuel, strange contraption to his good friend, Dr. AI came upon a bright orange parachute hang- Billips, GSC's retired dean of students and ing in a tree in the Cedar Creek area near the professor, who immediately started to dig into Braxton County line, he approached it with the available information stated on the small great trepidation ... even fear. prize. Coming from the National Weather After all, he'd never seen anything like Service, the box, called a "Radiosonde," oper- this on his regular rounds in that area before, ates as a radio transmitter which was tracked Then, upon growing more curious and from an earth station until it reached 17 miles revving up his courage, he climbed the tree in height. and gently grabbed the parachute and its The box's label further explains that it mea- small dangling box. sures air speed, temperature, pressure, humid- In looking the objects over, he stepped ity, and winds at various heights above the back again after reading, "Do not touch the Continued on page 6