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Page 4A The Glenville Democrat County Circuit Court deals with cases ... continued ... Continued from page 1A In the case of Roland Harrell vs. Sony Electronics, Inc., #06-C-2, upon neither side appearing for status confer- ence and no activity in the matter since January, 2007. the Judge dismissed it without prejudice. In the case of Great Seneca Finan- cial Corp. vs. Robert P. Cook. #05-C- 26, it was discovered that this case had been completed in 2006. but it was never stricken from the docket. The case 1s now over. In the case of Stephanie Furr vs. Kelly Summers, #03-C-31. upon dis- cussion with Timothy B. Butcher. the defendant's attorney, this case was also dismissed without prejudice. In the case of Clark Hardman. Jr. (represented by Mr. Timothy Butcher), vs. Kenneth Ferguson, #01-C-21. this was actually a case assigned to Judge Alsop It was transferred to Judge Atsop's docket. Mr. Butcher indicated that there would be another defendant named in the suit, and it is still pending. In the case of Judy Karen Brown vs. Charles Carr, #01-C-25, both parties were representing themselves, and nei- ther appeared. The Judge remanded it back to Magistrate Carol Wolfe Ibr fur- ther proceedings, as they had not pur- sued their case in Circuit Court after having it removed from Magistrate Court. In the case of Hornish Land Service. Inc.. vs. Alton Skinner II. et al, #01-C- 28. the case was dismissed without nreiudice, due to no activity since 2001. In the case of Rick J. Garrett vs. Harley G. Osborne, #06-C-27, upon representation to the Court by plaintiff's attorney, R. Terry Butcher, that this case is still progressing toward settle- ment, Judge Facemire allowed it to re- main on his docket. In the case of Samuel and Pamela Cutlip vs. Gilmer County PSD, et al, #07-C-27, the case was set for pre-trial on December 22, 2009, with trial sched- uled for January 12, 2010. The Cutlips are represented by Timothy Butcher. Gerald B. Hough represents the PSD, and Peter Zurbuch, of Elkins, repre- sents another named defendant (Dan's Marine Service, Inc.). In the case of Ronald Anderson and Donald Smith vs. Norman Anderson, it Thursday, May 7, 2009 Area Briefs continued... was disclosed that Mrs. Cynthia Ander- son had not been named a party plain- tiff. and there is currently a companion case pending that Judge Alsop is presid- ing over: so it was rescheduled for sta- tus on May 26. 2009. Ricky Frashure was in Court again, represented by his attorney, Jonathan Fittro. asking for a reduction in bond. The Court took the matter under advise- ment and will issue a ruling later. Garry K. Dobbins was also in Court. represented by his Court-appointed at- torney, Christina Flanigan, asking for a special prosecutor in his case. Motion was granted, and. therefore, his trial. currently set/or May 19. will be can- celled and rescheduled upon the ap- pointment of a special prosecutor from the WV Prosecuting Attorney Institute. in Charleston. Jermaine Graham pied to two counts against him of Destruction of Property and Brandishing. Prosecuting Attorney Gerald Hough moved to dismiss all other counts. A pre-sentence investiga- tion report will be prepared by Proba- tion Officer Tara Kennedy, and sen- tencing ts set for June 22 at 9:30 a.m. Graham was also represented by Chris- tina Flanigan. of Buckhannon. Reggie Yeager, represented by Kevin Hughart, of Sissonville, pled to two counts of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Prosecutor Hough dismissed the other eight counts of his indictment. Upon completion of his pre-sentence investigation by Tara Kennedy, Proba- tion Officer, Yeager will be sentenced on June 22 at ! 1:30 a.m. Christopher Nathan Arnold appeared in Court. represented by Attorney Joyce Morton, of Webster Springs, to ask for early release from probation. His re- quest was granted, since he had com- plied with all terms and conditions of probation and had pifid court costs in full. On Tues., Apr. 28, Judge Facemire appeared in Circuit Court again and took the plea of Kimberly Murdock. She was represented by R. Russell Stobbs, of Weston. and entered a "Kennedy" plea to Conspiracy. She will be sentenced June 22 at 10:00 a.m. The sentertcing date for Roy Jenkins, Jr., was changed from May 12 to June 22 at 10:30 a.m., upon his previous conviction after jury trial held April 21. ALL SERVICE REALTY, INC. 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This is a must see. $125,000 Walkersville-Private country setting-has 2+ac of level land & can be utilized in building for residential or recreational purposes. Septic tank, well-& electric on property and city water is available. Priced at $20,000 Continued from page 1A The new owner is Phil Balisciano. of Spencer, who is an experienced barber. Phil is currently looking for a place to stay while in Glenville during the week. We editors welcome the affable Phil. and wish him well in this new business. We will do a story on "him in the near future. Hair Expo is located inside the Glenville Hardware Store at the 'Foodland Plaza Shopping Mall. Commission notes Flag problem, clean-up The Gilmer County Commission reports a very successful area clean-up on last Sat.. May 2. with 3.050 old firesbeing collected, along with multiple metal objects, in the County's first Metal & Appliance Clean-up in several years. The commissioners were pleased with the reactivated clean-up initiative, of which they praised at their Tues.. May 5 regular public Commission meeting, and thanked the public for responding so positively to this citizen-based beautification effort.. On the other hand. Commissioner Brian Kennedy issued an apology to the area's Veterins for the Courthouse's lack of a flying American Flag. The flagpole has been broken for several days, which is the reason the flag hasn't been flying over the courthouse, as usual, he lamented. Nevertheless. he assured Veterans that the pole is going to be fixed shortly. Gospel Harmony Boys to per- form at reactivated Pisgah event At 2 p.m. on Sat.. June 6. the Gospel Harmony Boys, a popular singing quartet that has entertained area church homecoming crowds in the past, will. once again, be singing at the Historic-Pisgah Methodist Church on SR 5. just about seven miles west of downtown Glenville. Additionally, Steve Stalnaker and his group another favorite gospel team at that church's past homecomings will also perform that afternoon. Mr. Stalnaker's family were members of the church. This gospel-singing Saturday is not meant to replace the historic church's occasional homecomings and family reunions, but to offer people whose forbearers were congre- gation members and the general public the opportunity to visit the historic church and cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place of some of U.S. Congressman Alan Mollohan's ancestors, among many other Gilmer County pioneer families. This announcement has been made by Mr. Fred Radabaugh, who had been a long-time officer in the church's preservation socmty. Correction In the article appearing in last week's page 1 story about Bryant Somerville, we editors incorrectly identified his father, who is "Larry Somerville." not David. Also, the younger Somerville is a 2003 graduate of GCHS and 2007 graduate of Marshall University. We didn't have the opportunity to interview Bryant on his journalism award, were relying upon a press release, but regret these errors of our memory. DHC City's revitalization group sets May 14 public mtg. The newly-forming Glenville-FRN Downtown Revitalization Group, which is operating on a U. S. Congressman Alan Mollohafi grant initiative, is setting a Public Information and Input Meeting for 5 p.m on Thurs., May 14 at the Senior Center. At a Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall on Mon., Apr. 27, it was decided to hold the Public Meeting in order to explain the FRN grant of $380,000, to get the residents' input about the city's future, and to discuss varmus downtown issues/ problems in break-out groups. The following related,committees are being formed: Parking, Acquisition of Property, Economic Development. Fund-raising, Beautification, Branding Themes- Historic Enhancement. Riverfront Development. Green Space-River Packet Park, and Sidewalks-Funding. FRN's Donna Waddell. who is the grant's writer, can be called at 304-462-7545 to volunteer for any of these above-noted committees. Old Glenville High Reunion: June 26-27 The 2009 GHS Red Terror All-Class Reunion will be on Fri.-Sat.; June 26-27 in Glenville. The "Pow-Wow" will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Fri. evening, June 26 at the Gihner County Senior Center, while the Alumni Banquet will be the next evemng, starting at 6 p.m. in GSC's Mollohan Center's Ballroom. More information and updates can be found at Brinl Service Manager Nathan Mark Parts Manager Foreman 116 ha Moln Sired, SPENCER 304-927-3470 1-800-649-4931 8-5 Mon. - Frl, Flooding strikes cont'd ... Continued from Page 1A recede. My one hour trip home took me four hours." Other areas of Gilmer County suf- fering from the flood's blockages were Alice Road, Linn. Troy, SR 18, Stewart's Creek (SR 33/119 east), Stout's Mills, Dusk Camp, the Cedar- ville area, Gluck Run Road, Big Ellis, Right Fork. and Indian Fork. In Glenville, where the water did eventually get under the stoplight, several streets were closed by 2 p.m., according to Stanley Starcher. the city's Street Supervisor They were River Street. East Main at College, Elm. South, and Brooklyn Drive. From 9:45 a.m. until 8 p.m., the waters of the Little Kanawha River rose at an average of about one foot per hour. cresting at over 28 feet a height that places water under the stoplight downtown. The spectacle drew many people to the downtown in order to gaze at the body of water covering the streets and stretching from Lewis Street down to passed the Lion's Lair (the old Main Event). The Pizza Hut closed at about 11 a.m. and the employees placed sand bags in front of its doors. On Tuesday, during the clean up, they said'that the water didn't get inside,but they were cleaning anyway. They'd hope to re- " open by Wednesday. Gilmer and Lewis County schools were cancelled for Monday. GSC's classes, mainly for final exams, con- tinued as usual, although many stu- dents couldn't get to those finals. By 1:30 p.m. Monday, Stewart's Creek, along with some other small streams in the county, had receded enough to allow people to get around m their areas. Sand Fork, however, stayed under water perhaps the longest. Neverthe- less, by Tuesday morning, motorists were driving through it once again. SSI citizens with disabilities can work without losing benefits cont'd ... Continued from page 1A Assistance" project. This agency was founded in order to help the economi- cally-disadvantaged transition from welfare to work. and, then, on to finan- cial independence, according to the state agency's brochure. In the main, the crux of the WIPA program is called the "PASS" initiative. That acronym stands for "Plan for Achieving Self-Support." Mr. Connaughton amplifies this con- cept, "Many people on SSI are not lazy, but they don't want to work, if they lose their benefits. They have a lot'of talents which may be going unnoticed and un- tapped now. All we're trying to do is to connect their talents and interests with the right job. whether it be working in a specific job position, or starting up their own business." Indeed, in a recent trip to Glenville and Gilmer County, Russell Sickles, the Job Squad's manager, pointed out that one disabled man, with the help of a Job Squad iri another state, created his own popcorn business. "He's sort of famous now. and his 'Popping Joe' store has become very popular in his commu- mty, so he's really ringing up the dol- lars," Mr. Sickles relays with a smile. For people living in poverty, single rooms, and the disabled, the area's Job Squad turns on a light that shows those people,' among others, how to improve their lives. "We assist individuals in finding their special niche in the work world," he stresses. Typically, a client getting $674.00 per month in SSI won't lose that benefit by taking a job through our Customized employment serviee, d, he erha'sf'Y "A lot of people have low expecta- tions of themselves, and that is unfortu- nate. because everyone has special tal- ents." he adds, outlining, "We want to get to know these people on a personal basis, so that we can help them." Injecting another telling comment. Mr. Connaughton labels the plight of the disabled poor in the Mountain State as being people living in a !'Quiet Cri- sis." These personal crises, he argues, can be overcome, if the disabled find fulfill- ing jobs. "Why not work," he asks? First of all. their quality of life will be lifted, and some will be able to over- come their depression. Secondly, for individuals going back to work. working for the first time. or owning their own business, this activity will provide them with extra income, in addition to their regular SSI checks. Finally, a typical recipient will need to make $27.154 before their benefits are affected. The Gilmer County SSI recipients probably have many misconceptions about what they can or can't do. One is that they will lose their benefits, if they work on their GED, the alternative high school diploma, Mr. Connaughton la- ments. "GEDs are okay, and we have a new way of thinking about human re- source development at the Job Squad," he says. "We'd like for people to become self-employed through our customized services and grant funds," he adds. As to the upcoming 1:30 p.m. infor- mational meeting on Fri., May 15 at the DHHR office, both Russell Sickles and Brian Connaughton hope that this in- formal forum will answer many of the questions of recipients. Additionally and more importantly, they trust that their explanations will lessen tlae fears that .the county's disabled and disadvantaged SSI recipients have about losing their benefits by being gainfully employed. This official pair of economic ener- gizers show much enthusiasm about their mission of creating jobs for SSI recipmnts, so they welcome the con- cerned public to attend the informa- tional meeting, which may just be a life- changing experience for some attend- ees. In addition, although this initial meeting is for their potential clients and will not be reported on in this newspa- per, the Job Squad is planning to intro- duce their programs to Gilmer County's btftes*;govemmet al; and eduCitiorial commumties at the Thurs.. July 23 "Business After 5 PM Social Hour" at the Best Western. In that way, they will be able to start to match the talents of local individuals with potential employ- ers. Job Squad, Inc. is a non-profit com- pany, which is funded through govern- mental grants, that supports economic development for individuals and busi: nesses. Both representatives sincerely believe that handicapped people with disabilities in this area don't understand that the, can work, make additional income, feel personal satisfaction, and. simultaneously, not lose their SSI ben- efits. For more details, Brian can be reached at 304-848-0850; Fax: 304- 848-0851: or e-mail: bconnaughton M.EDICAL D.IRECTORY Lack of Eye Protection f00ool00 R00sys 00la7 00a00sse Now and Later in Life Ultraviolet (UV) rays are well known for their damaging effects on the skin. One area of the body that sunscreen can- not protect is the eyes. Prolonged expo- sure to UV rays can cause sunburns to the eye, also known as photokeratitis. The painful condition may result in temporary loss of vision for 1-2 days. In addition, the presence of pterygium, a growth of tissue that forms on the white of the eye, is in direct correlation to the amount of UV exposure that the person has been sub- jected to. Without treatment, this condi- tion may require surgical treatment. The damaging effects of UV rays may not develop until years later. In fact. UV damage is cumulative and has been linked to cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. The delicate skin around the eye and the eyelids is also susceptible to UV damage. According to the Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Pro- tection Agency, basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer to affect the eyelids and may appear on the lower lid, in the corners of the eye and under eyebrows. Prevent Blindness America, the nation's oldest volunteer eye health organization, has declared May as UV Awareness Month to help educate the public on how to protect their eyes. Fortu- nately, protecting the eyes and vision is easy and does not have to be expensive. No matter what time of year it is or what the weather forecast is, sunglasses that block 100 [ercent of UV-A and UV-B rays should always be worn in conjunc- tion with a brimmed hat. While UV-A has lower energy, it penetrates deep into the eye and may injure the macula, the part of the retina responsible for sight in the cen- ter field of vision. UV-B radiation is pre- sumably more dangerous and is mainly absorbed by the cornea and lens of the eye and can damage those tissues. Wrap-around sunglasses are best as they protect the eyes and the skin around the eyes. Some contact lenses may offer UV protection butthey can't protect the entire eye and the skin around it. "When we head outside to enjoy the great outdoors, we all need to remember to protect one of our greatest gfts our sight." said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. "We adults need to be good examples for our children and encourage them to get in the habit of protecting their vision for years to come. ' According to the American Optometric Association. children are at a greater risk of UV damage because the lenses of their eyes are more transparent, which allows more short wavelength light to reach the retina. Parents looking to purchase sun- glasses for their children should remem- ber to buy sunglasses with the proper UV protection. Sunglasses without UV pro- tection may shade the eyes but actually cause the pupils to dilate, allowing m even more harmful rays. And, children's glasses should be made of unbreakable polycarbonate to fit their active lifestyle. The frames should be bendable and the lenses should not pop out. The child should try the sunglasses on and make sure they shield enough of the eye above, below and on the sides. For more information on the dangers of UV exposure and more information on how to choose the best sunglasses for adults and children, please visit (800) 331- 2020. FAMILY DOCTOR MILTON HEALTH SYSTEM 809 Mineral Road, Glenville, WV 26351 NEW HOURS: M-F 7:30-6 p.m.. Sat 7:30-5 p.m.. 304-462-7322 FAMILY DOCTOR Little KanawhaFamily Medicine Dr. Hilary Miller, D.O., M.P.H. For appointments, please call 462-7460 604 West Main Street, GlenvHle, WV 26351 Kevin Boring, MPT GSC Physical Education Bldg. Glenville 462-8933 HOSPITALS Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital 230 Hospital Plaza Weston 269-8000 OPTOMETRY (EYE) Dr. Mark Cinalli College and Howard Streets Glenville 462-5366 LITTLE KANAwHAFAMILY MEDICINE Dr. Hilary Miller, D.O., M.P.H. Board Certified in Family Medicine Office hours: Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues. - Wed. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thurs. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. I '  " I  /, For appointments, please call 462-7460 _j./ 604 West Main Street, Glenville, WV 26351 Hospice Care Corporation eo Box 323, Burnsville ..... 304-853-2279 or 1-866-656-9790 Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 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