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,ii Hv Democrat or in all papers. We editors say, "Try out these fine 00.0000orvers: advertisers, as well as Our regular On-the-Page advertis- Circulars enclosed in this week's paper are West ers." Also, don't missour regular page I stories, commu- Virginia's ,'Come Home & Stay" invitation, Caplan nity correspondents, sports, and editorials--interesting Jewelry of Weston, Shop 'n' Save of Weston, U-Pak news from both near and afar. Finally, if you need local of Glenville, and Glenville Foodland. These appear updates, log-on to:  our in The Democrat in specified local Zip Code zones newspaper's website! The Glenville Democrat Single Copy Price-75 € (70 ˘ plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 105, Number 19 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, May 7, 2009 This week's prayer Heavenly Father, help our 2009 GSC graduates to get off to a good start in. their careers and keep them safe. Also, bless Congressman Alan Mol- lohan, their commencement speaker, with vigorous oratory'to inspire them to excel in their lives and jobs. Provide the people of Gilmer County with good health, happiness, and stable finances during this national recession. Most importantly, ease the pain of those suffering from illnesses, bereave- ments, and economic reverses. Finally, aid our local leaders to press forward with the Glenville-FRN-Mol- lohan "Downtown Improvements and Beautification. i:i:i:i: :!: :!:!:? :? :i :i :?I:!SI: : i:!: !:i :! S! :!:?i :! :! :i ] ¸iSiS [: i: [; i:i:i:i:i i :i :!?! :i :i: i: i: i:i: !:i: i:! :i :i:i :i :i: i: i: i: i: i:i:]:i: i: i:i:i:i: !:?!:i:i :i :] :] :i:i: :. t OO i: a  i::i˘l l:: i I ::: i: i:::ii::: !ili iii i:ii: :: ::ii::ii ::i :iiii i:: ::iii iii:ili:: ;iii ::iii::i ii :::!::: ii: :i :i i:i i: U.$. & W.V. History Shorts May's history in West Virginia and the U.S.A. is instructional and interesting: • On May 5, 1809, Mary Dixon Kies re- ceived the first patent by a woman; • On May 5, 1899, the West Virginia Indus- trial Home for Girls was opened at Salem: • On May 6,1968, 25 coal miners at Hominy Falls in Nicholas County were trapped in a Gauley Coal & Coke Company Mine: • On May 7. 1887 the state's Legislature authorized the construction of Spencer State Hospital to relieve Weston's congestion: and • On May 8. 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a congressional resolution des- ignating the second Sunday in May as a na- tional Mother's Day. Gilmer Goings FRN BOARD MEETING The Gilmer County Family Resource Network Board of Directors will meet on Friday, May 8, at noon at the FRN office. Gall Donna Waddell for more information at 462-7545. BLOOD DRIVE There will be a blood drive on Wednesday, May 13, from noon until 6:00 p.m. at the Trinity United Meth- odist Church Fellowship Hall spon- sored by the Glenville Community. ATT ENTION VETERANS! Join your local VFW or American Legion for only a minimal membership fee. These organizations lose federal support when members drop out. (Continued on Page 6B) Public Meetings • At 1 p.m. on this Sat., May 9, the Glen- ville State College's Board of Gover- nors wil meet in an emergency session in Room 319 of the Mollohan Center. • At 7 p.m in Mon., May 11, the Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at the GCHS Library. *At 7 p.m. on Mon., May 18, the Glenville City Council will meet at City Hall for its re-scheduled regular monthly meeting, due to the flood. Public input is normally welcomed at the start of the meeting. • At Sand Fork's Town Council, no meeting is set until Mayor Carr gets well. • The Gilmer County Economic Devel- opment Association, Inc. (GCEDA) will meet at noon on Thurs., May 21 at the Calhoun Bank's Conference Room. The )ublic is invited. Inside This Week The Editorial Page ............... 3A Sports ..................................... 6A Obituaries .............................. 6B Society ................................ 1-7B Courthouse News .................. 9B Legals ................................. 8-9B Classifieds .......................... 8-9A GGOs ..................................... 6B Jack Garrett Ford ................ 5A Spencer Auto Group .......... 10A Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week-- "A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public Treasury." Alexander Tyler Scottish history professor / 18th century) "The wish of a mother is sacred for dutiful son." Asma bin Zaid From a Book of Islamic Readings Congratula tions, GSC Class of '09 and area Mothers! Check out our Salute to Mother's Day on Pages 1-3B and Commendations Page to the graduates on 7A ! Flood strikes Gilmer County By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Fork community, which appeared to be the Then, from the west, waters over SRs 33/119 to get home to Slncer late that evening, it Publisher Editor hardest hit, with the waters from the Sand were reported over the road in the bottom area took him four hours, due to water being over With steady rains showering the region Fork Creek and its tributaries converging on near the Rosedale Road intersection. More- the road at the "Y" intersection at Arnoldsburg over this past weekend, the creeks and rivers the community to completely cover SR 5, over, the Rosedale Road itself was inundated and, then, in the bend on the other side of started to rise early Monday morning, pre- stopping that east-westbound traffic. In addi- in places, according to area residents. Speedy Mart. Bob Williams, a GSC employee cipitating the first flood in Gilmer County in tion, since the Little Ellis Road was also under CommentingintravelingtoGlenvillefrom and sports announcer, said, "The water was so a little over one year. water, travellers and workers needing to get to the west along 33/119, one man recounted that high in those two spots in Arnoldsburg that Fortunately, this time around, the damage Glenville were prevented from doing so. he had to drive through water in Arnoldsburg evening that I just had to sit and wait for it to was minimal, although the inconveniences Likewise, duringthe day, theareabetween to get to work that morning. But, upon trying Continued on Page 4A • and dislocations were abundant• the store and Tanner community was flooded, According to the State Police, no one had effectively blocking motorists from getting to to be rescued from their homes in the Sand Glenville, via the Tanner Creek Road route. 00iiiiiiiiiiiii00!iiiiiii!iiiii!iiiiii00i00iii00i00iiii00iiiJiiiiiiii00000000000000000000000000iiiiii0000iiiiii00i0000iii00i!iiii00iiiiiii00i00iiiiiii00ii!iiiiiiii00iii00i!iiiii00i!i!i!iiii00i00!iiii00i00i00i00i00i00i00i00i00i00iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii00i0000iiii!ii00i0000i00iii00iii00i!i!iiiiiiiiiiiii00iiiiiii00i0000iiiiiii!iiiiii00i0000000000iiiiii00i00i00iii00ii00iiiiiii00i00iiiiiii!ii00iiii00iiiii00iii00i00!i!i00iii!iiiii!iiiii000000iii0000ii00 Glenville State's commencement set for this Sat. at 10 a.m.; Mr. Mollohan .to speak First District Congressman Alan B. Mol- lohan is scheduled to be the keynote speaker during the 135th Glenville State College Com- mencement. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. on this Sat., May 9 in the Jesse B. Lilly Gymna- sium Alan B. Mol- lohan was born in Fairmont. West Virginia. on May 14. 1943, to Rob- ert H. and Helen Holt Mollohan, a native of Glen- ville. Hi s late fa- ther. a Calhoun County native, CONGRESSMAN was also a U.S. ALAN MOLLOHAN Congressman, serving West Virginia's north- ern district for many years. A graduate of Greenbrier Military School, the College of William and Mary, and West Virginia University's College of Law, Alan began his legal career in 1970 with a Fairmont firm. In 1976. he married Glenvilte native Bar- bara Whiting, who was working as a speech therapist in the Ohio County schools system. They are the parents of four sons and one daughter. Mollohan was sworn in as a member of the U.S." House of Representatwes in 1983. and he has served in each successive Congress. His top priority is economic development in the First District, working to defend its tradi- tional industries against unfair attacks, to diversify its base through high-technology firms, aerospace, and government-service ac- tivities, and to enhance his rich historical assets to attract more tourism. Mollohan is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. It deter- mines the funding for thousands of govern- ment programs totaling 40 percent of the federal budget (most of the rest is mandatory spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicad). The Appropriations Committee consists of twelve subcommittees, and the Congressman serves on three of them. He is the Chairman of the Subc,mmitee oqCom- merce, Justice, Science,; and Related Agen- cies. The latter subcommittee funds the depart- ments of Commerce and Justice as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administra- tion (NASA), and the National Science Foun- dation (NSF) among others. Mollohan is also a member of the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security. In addition to the Congressman's keynote, the College traditionally honors its Golden Anniversary graduites, the Class of 1959. Also, the Top Faculty and Student Awards of the Year are announced. Afterwards, the families of the graduates gather on the WW II Memorial's lawn for light refreshments and picture taking. President Peter Barr will also speak and review the progress the college has made during this 2008-2009 academic year. VIEW FROM THE MARGE BURKE BRIDGE -- The community of Sand Fork was hardest hit by Monday's flooding. The Sand Fork Creek raised out of its banks to inundate the downtown area early in the morning, thereby blocking the traffic either coming into or going out of the county on S R 5. Many prison workers couldn't get to their jobs; college students, to their fina exams (hurrah!); and other employees, to their places of business. Here, Sand ..... Fork Volunteer Fire Dept. firefighter Doug Moyers speaks with State Police Sgt. Calvin Alton, of the Glenville Detachment. who was patrolling the area and seeking to help victims of the flood. (stttnoto/nyo,,v, co=o,,,,, s,.) [..  ::  : :::::::::.: :: :.::: :::;::: :::::;;::. ::: ::.ili:i:.iiiiii:i!;i:/:::;! !:i!i):iiii:i:/i:::]:::::::::::::::::::::: :::i::i::i:::::::::ii: :::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::;:.. i::ii i:i:::iii:iii:::ii: :51:::/:::iiiiiii::i:i:[:; .:: :I :i! County Circuit Court deals with cases Gilmer County has three terms of Court, in March, July and November of each year. The terms of the judges rotate, and this is Judge Richard Facemire's regular term. Judge Jack Alsop will preside over the July, 2009, term. with Judge Facemire holding the November, 2009 term. Judge Alsop's monthly motion day is the second Monday of each month, while Judge Facemire's is the fourth Monday every month. On Mon., Apr. 27, 2009, Chief Judge Rich- ard A. Facemire had scheduled numerous civil cases for status conferences and, subsequently, dismissed six cases for no activity. He dismissed Tx. Collect/Thrift I LP vs. Anita Metz, case #04-C-18. because there had been no activity in it for more than two years. 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Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor Of 74,621 Social Security recipients in West Virginia in 2006. only 2;254 were working, even though, physically, many more could without losing their SSI benefits, according to area representatives of a regional non-profit economic activism group. This non-profit agency, based in Clarksburg and called the "Job Squad. Inc.." is now launch- ing its customized employment services for the handicapped and disabled in Gilmer County. Moreover, they've already set a date and time for their first meeting witti the targeted county residents. The informational meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. on next Fri.. May 15 at Glenville's DHHR Office on SR 5 East at the city limits. "Many Gilmer County people on SSI say, 'No, I don't want to work, because I'll lose my social security benefits'," explains Job Squad career counselor. Brian Connaughton, who is also a resident of Glenville. Continuing, Mr.Connaughton quickly adds, "Anyone in Gilmer County, who is getting SSI payments, can probably qualify for our work incentives. Our organization helps handicapped individuals get jobs without losing their SSI benefits." The Job Squad works closely with WIPA, West Virginia's "Work Incentives Planning and Continued on Page 4A BRIAN CONNAuGHTON BROOKLYN AREA OF GLENVILLE One of the first area's to be shut off to traffic on Monday morning was the Brooklyn neighborhood in Glenville. Here, Troy Cottrell, the maintenance man at the courthouse, looks over the rising waters at Brooklyn Drive. The courthouse was closed at 10 a.m. for fear that employees couldn't get home, due to the rising waters. Mr. Cottrell, a resident of Rosedale, was one of many Glenville area employees who was cut-off from getting home, in.that water was already across the roads at a couple of places near Stumptown, he explained. • ......... Area Briefs .......... Swine Influenza could be problem Both Dr. Hillary Miller, D.O.. M.P.H.. a GlenviIle physician, and the Gilmer County Health Dept. have been circulating information in Gilmer County. relative to the Swine Flu outbreak. which has killed one child in America. but dozens of adults in other countries. They warn that ifa farmer or an individual has been around a pig with the virus, he or she should wash their hands and avoid being in contact with these animals. Moreover. if the person then develops flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, coughing, sneezing, stomach discomfort. aches and pains all over the body, vomiting, etc., they should contact a physician immediately• Dr..Miller can be reached at 304-462-7460 or the Health Dept., 462-8956. 4-wheeler fatality takes place near Lockney A Calhoun County lady lost her life in a 4-wheeler accident offMiddle Run Road on last Sat.. May 2 at about 1:30 p.m., according to the Glenville Detachment of the State Police. • Amber Lamp, 24, died, while a second rider. John Huffman. Jr.. was severely injured, and was rushed to Minnie Hamilton Health System's Grantsville Center. but. later, was transported to a Charleston area hospital. The accident is still under investigation, according to authorities. Area businesses warned of 'bad money' On this Tues.. May 5, the Glenville Police Dept. was given a $5.00 counterfeit bill by a concerned citizen, according to Chief John Moss. "The counterfeit bill was of poor quality and the area's businesses are urged to watch for more of them in Gilmer County." he related, adding that fingerprints were lifted off the bill and were sent to the police lab for analysis. Mr. Fitzwater's 'Hair Expo' changing hands Jim Fitzwater. who has been Gilmer County's only barber with his late brother. Earl. l\\;)r years, is selling Hair Expo, and will be transitionlng the shop over to the new owner ovcr the next few weeks Continued on Page 4A