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f Single Copy Price-50' (47 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People ! In Memorium --- May God bless the family of Marine Cpl. Joshua Wilfong who was recently killed in Iraq in defense of our freedom and in fighting terrorism. "Editorial Page-- Join the fun at the Folk Festival Committee & working the Hoot Owl. Page 3A' Gilmer's Sports Scene -- Anthony Reale becomes state's Jr. Match Play Golf Champion. Pages 4A & 7A To GSC's 2004 graduates! --- The area's merchants, businesspeople and professionals wish all GSC graduates much success! Page 3B/ - ATTENTION CANDIDATES - 'Thank You' ads now being accepted I By David H. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor In looking straight into the eyes of the ap- proximately 300 graduating students, Col. Larry J. Godfrey, M.D., a 1974 high honors Glenville State graduate himself, stressed to them, "Your families deserve much credit for encouraging you to move forward and not to give up in your college studies." Continuing to speak before the packed Lilly Gymnasium crowd at Saturday morning's an- nual GSC commencement, he said nostalgi- cally, "Thirty years ago, I sat where you are sitting today, but much has changed since then and much has remained the same. Many of our nation's cherished traditions are under fire to- AstheTues.,Mayl0PrimaryElectionfades day. but we are a more mature society and in our memories, The Glenville Democrat/ nation now." Pathfinders editors and staff wish to than k you for your patronage and information during the recent campaign. In addition, we stand ready to bolster your candidacies during the upcoming General Election in November For your information, our phone number is 462-7309; the FAX, 462-7300; and our E-mail, glenw/tenewsao ~ rtoL net Also, don't forget your "Thank You" ads. Gilmer Goings DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP There will be a Diabetes Support Group Meeting on Thur., May 27, at the First Baptist Church, Main St., Glenville. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm. Marie Gravely, Dietician/ Nutritionist/Certified Diabetes Edu- cator will be speaking about Proper Nutrition. This will include what dia- betic patients should eat and how to plan meals. All diabetic patients and guests are welcome. If you have questions, please call Julie Beckner at 462-7322. Sponsored by Gilmer Primary Care. GARDEN SEED APPLICATIONS Community Resources will be tak- ing Garden Seed applications for the first 30 families on May 14. Must be income eligible and we will be taking pictures of all gardens this year for our program b~k; Must apply in per- son. LANDMARKS COMMISSION The Gilmer County Historic Land- marks Commissions, will meet Thur., May 20, at 6:30 pm, at the Commu- nity Showcase, 115 E. Main St., Glenville. For info: contact Jim Bailey at 462-7545. Continued on page 4B The Gilmer County Commission will meet at I p.m. on next Thurs, May 20 at the Court House for its second regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the afternoon agenda, any citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Economic j Development Association will meet noon on next Thurs., May 20 for its regular monthly meeting. The general ] public is invited. For details, contact I President Denny Pounds at 304-462- 18098. [ The Gilmer County Historical J Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on next Thurs., May 20 at the Society's Holt I House Museum's office at 202 East I Main Street. The Society will hear Dr. Espy Miller reminisce about his life in I Gilmer County. The meeting is open to the general publ . [ Inside This Week , [ The Editorial Page .......................... 3A ] Sports .................................... 4A & 7A I Obituaries ........................................ 7B I Society ................. : ....................... l-3B I Courthouse News ............................ 5B i Legals ............................................ .5B I Classifieds ............................. ..... 8-9A I GGOs ............... ..................... IA & 4B [ GSC News ............. 1 A, 4A, 5A, & 6A I Northside Chevrolet ..................... 10A I H & M Motors ................................ 8B I A Salute to GSC's graduates ........... 3B For example, he points out, "Thirt~ years ago, we were awakening to the facts that there was volatility and chaos in the world around us. Now we're a 'no-spin society' -- one where we have a healthy skepticism of the nation's future and problems. This is a good thing." In an exclusive interview afterwards, Col. Godfrey amplified on this point, "In Iraq and Afghanistan, these are not new situations we're facing, they're old ones. With the United States k Meditation Moment Thought for Week -- ~Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, When never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd, As home his footsteps he hath turn'd, From wandering on a foreign strand! Sir Walter Scott Scottish poet, novelist & historian (1771-1832) It what our nation is facing, he recommends the book, Clash of Civilizations, by Sam Hun- tington. Back to advice for the graduates, Dr. Godfrey somberly affirms, "We face an enemy that is dedicated to our total destruc- Continued on page 6A MAIN ADDRESS -- Col. Larry J. Godfrey, an Army War College Professor over there now, we're seeing (in the continua- and 1974 GSC graduate, was the tion of fighting) a clash between two civil;- - principal commencement speaker tions, one which is testing our Western v ; Saturday. "1 just do my everyday duty, so and the other, those Islamic values. These con- I feel honored and humbled to be asked filets hit the very fault lines of each civilization's socio-political structures." He goes on to pre- dict that America will have to fight this war on terrorism in smaller battlefield theaters for many years to come, and the price that we have to pay may be higher than expected. To understand to deliver this address at my alma mater," stated this highly decorated Vietnam War veteran and medical doctor who went on to make the Army his career. He encouraged the 2004 GSC raduates to excel in their individual career choices. CONNELL FAMILY'S PRIDE & JOY -- When the family of Shed L. Connell (second from left, in academic garb) attended Glenville State College's 2004 Commencement Exercises on last Saturday morning, they thought that their daughter had hit the jackpot. She had earned not only a BS Degree in Business Administration (with a double major in accounting and management) but also an AS Degree in Criminal Justice -- all with honors. Why did this Glenville lady and 1992 Gilmer County High graduate take the long and hard way enroute to her college education? "1 just wanted to accomplish something special in college and I'm thankful that Glenville State College helped me to attain those goals," she states, quickly adding, "Now, my new goal is to get a job and I'd prefer to live here locally. Posing with Shed for this joyous occasion on stage in the GSC Gym after the conclusion of the ceremony were her dad, Ken Connell (I-r); (Sheri); her four-year-old daughter, Katie; her room, Judy; Shed's friend, Philip Skidmore (behind Judy); and sister, Ronni. Her smiling parents comment, "It took her seven years to complete college because she took off over a year to have her daughter, but her determination to learn and to advance herself was the burning force that kept her moving toward earning these two degrees. We're proud of her." On many weekends, this family has a special joint hobby, being seen together at Civil War Re-enactments dressed in colorful period costumes and participating. ($taff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) Gilmer County memories to be subject of next Historical Society Dr. Espy Miller, a Glenville State College Emeritus Professor of English and a World War II veteran, will address next Thurs., May 20th's Gilmer County Historical Society Meeting at the Holt House Museum's Annex at 6:30 p.m. His topic is: "Moments to Remember: My 50 Years of Life in Glenville" -- a subject that promises to be an instructive and nostalgic walk through the past five decades in Gilmer County. In addition, the Society requests that mem- bers bring a "Show and Tell" item that they may not be able to identify. This novel exercise may help members answer many questions they've had over the years about old and odd objects stored in their attics which are mysteries to them. Finally, the Society will decide on its schedule of activities for this year's Folk Festi- val. Vice-President Dave Corcoran, Sr., notes, "We have many talented members who can put on demonstrations in preservation techniques or give lectures on travel and history for this big event." Historical Society President Hunter Armen- trout states, "We're very happy that Dr. Miller will be our main speaker. He's been a pillar of this community and the College for many years. So, we're hoping that the general public will chose to attend this special program." meeting, May 20 HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S SPEAKER -- Dr. Espy Miller, a Glenvilie State College Emeritus Professor of English, will speak to the Historical Society next Thursday. ml 11 Primary Results Twenty-two Gilmer County candidates were seeking elective posts for nine different local public offices, excluding the many statewide races, in Tuesday's 2004 Primary Election. The below-noted figures are unofficial, being announced at the Courthouse on late Tuesday evening following the closing of the polls at 7:30 p.m. Also, certain statewide races, where no opposition existed, are not included. The following individuals (with the apparent Gilmer County winners being italicized) and their total votes (excluding regional and statewide totals) are unofficially noted as follows: Circuit Clerk (six-year term) -- Unopposed Lane Smith, Democrat -- 1,479 County Commission (Glenviile District) (six-year term)-- Vote for one Larry B. Chapman, Democrat -- 1,091 Tom Radiff, Democrat --- 721 Clerk of the County Commission (six-year term) ~ Unopposed Beverly Marks, Democrat -- 1,528 Prosecuting Attorney (four-year term) ~ Unopposed Gerry Hough, Democrat ~ 1,479 Sheriff (four-year term) --- Vote for one Jimmy Charles Gregory, Democrat -- 339 John William Moss Jr., Democrat -- 233 Samuel (Sam) Cutlip, Democrat ~ 215 Charles (Dave) Hess, Democrat -- 439 Miekey E. Metz, Democrat -- 635 Assessor (foui'.year term) --- Unopposed Continued on page 6A THE GRAVE OF MARINE CORPORAL JOSHUA S. WILFONG The fu'st person with strong Gilmer County roots has paid the highest price in the War against Terrorism to protect and make safe the very freedoms that we Americans enjoy in peace at home today. Moreover, this modern Marine hero is now resting in peace in the county of his ancestors. On last Saturday afternoon, a military funeral was held in the Wright Cemetery in Gilmer County for Cpl. Joshua S. Wilfong, a 22-year-old U.S. Marine from Wood County, who gave his life for the cause of Operation Iraqi Freedom on April 30. Cpl. Wilfong, along with Cpl. Scott M. Vincent, of Oklahoma, were killed in fight- ing near Iraqi insurgent stronghold, the city of Fallujah, in one of the latest rounds of violence against the peacekeepers. Although growing up in Wood County and graduating from Parkersburg High School, Cpl. Wilfong's father, Mike, is a native of Duck Run and graduate of Gilmer County High School, according to friends of the family. "Josh hunted in Gilmer County," says .Dusk Camp's Amy Self, who is a long-time family friend and attended the funeral services at Parkersburg High Fieldhouse and the Wright Cemetery near the federal prison just off Duck Run Road. Approximately 150 family, friends and vet- erans -- coming in a funeral cortege of about '50 vehicles -- attended the solemn service in the small Gilmer County cemetery, according to local veterans in attendance. World War II veteran Damon West de- scribes the scene, "As heavy hearts listened to scripture and a short prayer, the United States Marines stood guard for Cpl. Wilfong. As a Marine.held the Marine flag, a West Virginia and United States flag was also held. As a United States flag was silently and respect- fully held and folded for the family, a 21-gun salute fired and echoed throughout the hills. As the smoke lifted and the Marines returned to attention, taps lingered in all hearts, as we say "God Bless Cpl. Joshua S. Wilfong.'" Mg; Self adds, "This whole solemn scene made me so proud to be a Gilmer Countian. He wanted his final resting place to be here in the hills of our county." oeeeooeaeeOeee S oeeeeeeeeeeee Job Fair The Federal Correctional Institution-Giimer and several area businesses and governmental agencies sponsored a two-day Mock Job Fair for sel~ted inmates on last We6.-Thurs., May 5 and 6 at the federal prison. The Mock Job Fair is a program that has been promoted by the federal prison system and has become a popular supplement to the inmates' routine instructional sessions, according to Ms. Alice Lowe, the warden's executive assistant. This year's fair was an all-day affair and consisted of two sessions. In the morning, the inmates listened to guest speakers on various job-related subjects such as resume writing, job interviewing and starting up one's own business, she outlines. The afternoon session, then, dealt with actual mock job interviews for the selected pre- release inmates. Moreover, participating local businesses and agencies interviewed and critiqued the inmates' skills and habits during the real life simulations, Ms. Lowe adds. Approxim .atcly 60 inmates took part in the practical job finding processes, she estimates, adding that the following businesses and governmental agencies were also of essential help during the two-day event: Glenville Pizza Hut, Glenvflle State College, McDonald's of Glenville, the West Virginia Workforce Development Center, Extras Support Staffing, Waco Oil & Gas, Best Western-Glenville Inn, the Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, Fairmont State College's Career Services Office and Fairmont State's Small Business Development Center. Hence, the prison officials were pleased with the beneficial results of this practical exercise, Alice Lowe suggests. in Four-year Glenville State College football coach, Paul Shaffner, will be leaving the College's head coaching position to assume another similar post at Buffalo State University in Buffalo, N.Y. Mr. Shaffner is credited with turning the once faltering GSC football Continued on page 6A #