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Single Copy Price-50= (47= plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for Gilmer County People i Volume 100, Number 17 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 ThurSday, April 22, 2004 Our wish: That our local military personnel, notably the National Guard's 1092 Unit, enjoy their "Heroes' Welcome" back home in Gilmer County! f h 'Editorial Page- The 'good' about Glenville State College. Page 3A Gilmer's Sports Scene -- GSC's Blues (defense) edge out the White (offense) football team. Page 4A & 7A Voters' Guide-- With only 20 days left until the 2004 Primary Election, take a look at the candidates! Pages 1-3B , ~ ATTENTION CANDIDATES ~ Only 20 days left before the Tues., May 11 Primary Election There are only two newspaper issues left before the Tues., May 10 Primary Election. If you haven't advertised your credentials or platform yet, we editors invite you to do so, as a courtesy and help to the voting general public. Then, we'll need your ads by the end of either this week or next Friday for the final May 6 issue before the election. Prom now unt,I the election, any short biography and photo must be charged at the regular political rate. Also, please acquaint yourself with our pre-election "fairness in advertising" rules stated on the Editorial Page, No. 3.. If you need help with your advertising, please ask for it. A political campaign "how-to" packet is now available -- free of charge -- at The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder's office. Any candidate who wants one can either stop by or call us at 462-7309. Remember that the final weekly ad deadline is MONDAY before 5 p.m., but if you've never advertised before, the earlier you come in, the better. On ilmer Goings GILMER COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS DISCOUNT CARDS The new discount cards are now available. If you wish to purchase a card, please contact any Special Education teacher or student. We would urge you to frequent the busi- nesses that take part in this pro- gram. All proceeds go to the county Special Olympicsprogram. GILMER COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMES Gilmer County Spring Games will be held at Morris Stadium Glenville State College on April 26 (raindate April 28) starting at 9:15. Everyone is welcome. FLEA MAR KET The SunBridge of Glenville annual flea market is May 8 from 8-4p.m. The sale spaces are rented at a cost per space (car parking space). There is limited space available. We are located behind the Foodland Plaza. Contact the activity depart- ment at (304) 462-5718 today!. Continued on page 8B M@@ting8 The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on this Thurs., Apr. 22 at ths iety' 'olt House Museum's offi'L,., at 202 -t Main Street. The Society will a speech about "Stealing the State's Historical Treasures at Night" by David H. Corcoran, Sr., the Society's v-p. Additionally, a Veterans' History Project Update and cemetery report are scheduled. The meeting is open to the general public. This Week The Editorial Page .......................... 3A Sports .................................... 4A & 7A Obituaries ........................................ 7B Society ......................................... 4-5B Courthouse News .................. , ......... 613 Legals ............................................. 6B Classifieds ................................... 8-9A GGOs .................................... 1A & 8B GSC News .............. 1 A, 3A, 5A & 6A Northside Chevrolet ..................... 10A 2004 Primary Voters' Guide ........ 1-3B Meditation Moment Thought for the Week -- "The right of voting for repre- sentatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery., for slaver)' consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case." Lord Macaulay English historian, essayist & politician ( 1800- i 859) At Gilmer's EDA -- rnl The Gilmer County Ec~n~mic Deveh~pment Ass~ciation% board was stunned by the unan- ticipated resignation of long-time Executive Director Jim Fealy. "I am mo'ing on for personal growth and nay family." he told the board members at their April 15 regular monthly meeting in the Court- house, noting that he's about to accept a new challenge in the private sector. In his letter dated April 15, he announces that his resignation will become effective on May 1. Although he's become a respected veteran in economic development circles around the state, and has brought much progress to the county, his leadership skills apparently weren't enough to get the non-profit agency's Vital Services Levy's allocation passed by the voters in last year's Special Election, thereby cutting essen- tial local tax funding to the group after July 1, 2004. For some time, rumors have circulated that he was seeking another job. Simultaneously, he's been credited with engi- neering the locating of Lignetics in the Indus- trial Park at Stouts Mills and facilitating differ- ent sensitive aspects of the $100 million federal pnson project at tlear Run. l'hese and other projects were the subjects of a Gilmer County economic progress segment in a recent issue of The State Journal, the state's weekly business newspaper. In his own words, Mr. Fealy says in resigning, "I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years here in Gilmer County and I am fortunate to have no regrets. We have had a very successful run and the groundwork that we have laid will bring dividends to the county in the future." Continuing. he stresses, "If you need to be assured that our work was not done in vain, just talk to one of the local employees at FCI- Gilmer who is making a good living right here in Gilmer County and it will remind you that GCEDA plays an important role in the community." Housing project seminar Alter the resignation shock, President Denny Pounds got the board back in focus, explaining that the group's Housing Com- mittee was making much progress. In fact, at 3:30 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 28, the local committee and the West Virginia Hous- ing Development Fund will conduct a semi- nar at the Best Western Glenville Inn to assist people in purchasing or constructing new homes in the county. Mr. Pounds: "If anyone is interested in buying or building a home here, as well as contractors and laous ng developers, this semi- nar is for you." On a related issue, he notes that three houses have already been identified as being available for federal prison or other new- (Continued on Page 6A) DECK COLLAPSES ON THURS., APR. 15 - The wood deck of this off-campus housing structure collapsed late on the night of April 15. Present were members of Glenv!lle S!ate C o.lleg! "au Kappa Epsilon fraternity and guests of the party being nelo at me time./nree ,,,,Jiviauals were taken to two area hosptials, while the majority of those involved were uninjured. (Staff photo by Kristal Sheets, City Editor) At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Thurs., "and rescue workers responded to the incident Apr. 15, several Glenville State College stu- and provided immediate assistance to in- dents received non-life-threatening injuries as jured students. The GSC Office of Student a result of structural damage to an off-campus Life is available to provide further assistance property, to any student needing support. The students were on a deck attached to the According to Mark Ellis, Chapter Advisor Tau Kappa Epsilon house on Linn Street in for Tau Kappa Epsilon, approximately 45 Glenville when it collapsed. Area emergencyContinued on page 6A 00000000000000 0000000000000 8th Annual 'Rumble on the Hill' Wed., Apr. 21 At 7 p.m. on this Wed., Apr. 21, the 8th Annual Rumble on the Hill "Fight Night" will take place at the Glenville State College gym. Sponsored jointly by the GSC Athletic Dept. and Leon Ramsey's Dawg House Gym, the event features a full card of boxing, wrestling, 10 bouts of local brawlers and lovely ring girls, with the proceeds going to benefit the GSC Athletic Dept. The general public is invited to attend this popular fund-raiser. Mike Morningstar in concert this Friday At 7:30 p.m. his Fri., Apr. 23, Mike Morningstar will be the featured entertainer onstage at the Glenville ,_..,te College Fine Arts Auditorium. Rick Roberts, a long-time friend, will also perform that evening which is being kicked off from 4:30-to-7 p.m. with a special premium meal at the GSC-Aramark Cafeteria. On the latter meal, $1.00 of each meal goes as a contribution to the West Virginia State Folk Festival Committee. For meal reservations, call 462-4108 and for advance concert tickets, stop by either Westerr to-Radio Shack, the Towne Bookstore or the Family Resource Network Office, all on Mai , .,eet, Glenviile. Glenville High!s Reunion set for June 25-26 The 2004 Old Glenville High School Reunion will take place on Fri.-Sat., June 25-26 in Glenville. Starting at 6 p.m. on Fri., June 25, the Reception, or "Pew Wow," will take place at the Giimer County Senior Center, while the Annual Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. on Sat., June 26 at the Heflin Student Union at GS. Alumni association President Bill Gainer also announces that the honored classes will be those with graduations in the years of 1934, 1944, 1954 and 1964. In addition, special recognitions will be extended to GHS's Student Council members, class officers, Golden Horseshoe winners, valedictorians and salutatorians along with former teachers, coaches, principals and other staff members. For further information, check out the Association's website at www.glenvillehighschooL corn Secretary Joe Manchin here this Fri., Apr. 23 On this Fri., Apr. 23, Secretary of State Joe Manchin, a Democratic candidate for governor, will visit Gilmer County. He'll meet with Democratic leaders and supporters, and, then, be the Guest of Honor at a local "Manchin for Governor" fun.d-raiser from6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Best Western Glenville Inn. For more information on ticket purchases,' see related ad on page 2B in this issue. Continued on page 6A ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION-- At the last Thurs., Apr. 15 Economic Development Association meeting, Jim Fealy (left, background), the organization's long-time executive director, announced his resignation in order to pursue a private business venture. The EDA's future funding has been questionable because the group's Vital Services Levy allocation was recently voted down by the electorate. Listening to the executive director's remarks are EDA President Denny Pounds (center, background), Secretary Tom Ratliff (right, background) and GSC business intern, JSstin Butcher (center, foreground). (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) i U-PAK GOES 'ALL-OUT' -- One of the Glenville area businesses that went "all-out" to welcome home the members of the 1092nd Engineering Battalion of the West Virginia National Guard on Wed., Apr. 7 was the management and employees of U- Pak at Hays City. The supermarket's staff blew up several dozen balloons, placing them alongside a large banner, "Welcome Home, Troops," and put up the large welcome by the store's main sign. In addition, they placed many smaller welcoming signs (pictured to the left in the window) next to the front door. From left to right are the people who put out that special effort to make our returning military service personnel feel welcome: Manager Susie Butcher, Anita Parsons, Kathy Clevenger, Dottle Sprouse (behind Kathy) and Anthony Canfield. For their extra-ordinary efforts to cheer up our county's war-weary servicemen and women, these U-Pak employees deserve our newspaper's "Folks Who Shine" designation. HAPPY OWNERS --- Starting at 2 p.m. on this Sat., Apr. 24, the gala Grand Opening of the new GiI-Co FAITH pharmacy at Hays City will take place. Currently working up the plans for the colorful ribbon-cutting ceremony are co-owners and registered pharmacists, Douglas Moss (I-r) and Scott Wanstreet, with silent partner, Lori Plummer (not in picture). Scott comments, "The Grand Opening is a special way for us -- a small business -- to show our appreciation to the community for your Support of us in this new venture. We don't want to draw attention to ourselves, but to thank you for your help over the years." The Grand Opening will include music from two live bands, the Captain's Crew and Norfolk & Southern (Jerry Helmick's group), plus there are door prizes and give-aways. The general public is welcome to attend and to look over the pharmacy's many new lines of products. See re/atedadvertisement on page 5B. Pharmacy sets At the 2 p.m. Grand Opening of the new GiI-Co FAITH Pharmacy on this Sat., Apr. 24, the brief ceremony will be the culmina- tion of a "dream come true" for three area pharmacists. The Grand Opening begins at 2 p.m. and will continue throughout the afternoon, ac- cording to the two main partners, Douglas Moss and Scott Wanstreet, both registered pharmacists. The long journey to this Grand Opening began in February of 2003 when Moss and Wanstreet started d scusstons wtth Gd-Co owner and pharmacist, Lori Plummer, about the future of her downtown pharmacy. "We all Continued on page 6A