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L 34 @ Published By And Fer Gilmer Ceuuty Peeple GLENVILLE. GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA Single CoFy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] l Ill l l Friday. May t6.1975 III III II Ulll GSC graduates 331 seniors MaTer says B & 0 tax "the only way to go'" II 4" t was held May 9. Dr. D. Banks Wilburn, college president, presents one Betide Ann Alderman of Weston. a graduate in Early Childhood President D. Banks Wilburn 331 diplomas to Glenville College graduates at com~nence- exercises Friday, May 9 in the received four-year BA in Teacher Education and Administration and two-year in Arts) degrees and AS in Science) degrees. the prelude, the GSC Wind under the direction of Prof. M. Vineyard, played "A Folk Overture," by Jim Andy the processionai, ~ tLe presented by Rev. Jay of the First Baptist Church of followed by a choral "Threefold Amen," sung by C ncert Choir conducted by D. Jones. Original Suite," by Gordon" preceded the commencement address by the Right Rev. Robert P. Atkinson, D.D., Bishop Coadjucator, Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia. The choir sang the anthem, "'Almighty God of Our Fathers," after the commencement address. Dr. Clarence Maze Jr., dean of academic affairs, presented the candidates for the Bachelor's Degree and the Degree of Associate in Arts and in Science. President Wilburn conferred the academic degrees. The Hen. H. Laban White, chairman of the GSC Advisory Board, greeted the degree recipients. F Alowing the introduction o the platform guests. Dr. Wflburn prm sented the President's Charge. The audience then }mined the speakers and the graduates in singing the "Alma Mater," followed by the Benediction by Rev. Slater and a choral response, "Sevenfold Amen," by Lutkin, and the recessional, oades named Festival Princess is* the Nayor of Kanawha County. Robin Lee Strawberry Rhoades is Strawberry Festival May Princess from,Gllmer County. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fermen during the Lee Rhoades of 207 Greenbrier St. at Robin attends Glenville State Center at College with a major in secretarial a diaper science. She enjoys horseback riding, a parade, knitting and traveling. Robin was is Susie appointed by Del. Billy B. Burke. C&P c0m million project A $1,5 million telephone improve- ment project just completed in the northcentral and northeastern parts of the state has doubled the capacity for long distance calls in that area. And not one foot of new telephone cable was installed. instead, the project involved revamping a microwave radio system that carries telephone conversations through the air. Microwaves are radio waves of a much higher frequency than am, fro, short-wave, or citizens band radio. When telephone messages must travel long distances over rough terrain and unpopulated areas, microwave trans- mission is the most economical method. "'Microwave equipment is becom- ing less expensive due to technological improvements, while the cost of cable is rising rapidly," said Bob Harrison. Business Manger, Weston Business Office. "Since population centers of the central and northeastern areas of West Virginia are so scattered, microwave becomes quite useful in providing long distance service," The microwave system which serves West Virginia north and east of Clarksburg has been in operation since 1965. ~i; i ~ Voice messages converted to radio waves are transmitted from the communications center along a series of towers that rise about the mountains and treetops. Since microwaves travel in a straight line, towers must be located about every 25 miles: otherwise, the earth's curvature might block them, "There are ten towers in the central and eastern panhandle areas." explained Tom Lilly. Glanville central office foreman. "They're located at Bridgeport Bill. Halleck, Suncrm . Fairmont. Kingwood, Keyser. Terra Alta. Pinnace, South Branch sad Romney. An additional tower is in Maryland, at Backbone Mountain." Federal revenue sharing funds to the city of Glenville and Gilmer County for trmcal year 1975-76 will be drastically cut, according to govern- ment officials. The city's share last year was $40,892. This coming year's share has been cat to $23,526. In 1971-72 it was $53,226. The county's share last year was $207,558. This coming year's share will be $163,476. "Revenue sharing for practical purposes is gone," Mayor David M. Gillespie said to City Council members last week. "The president has asked for it, but there's lots of opposition in Congress.'" "This loss of revenue is about a 22 per cent cut," said Mary Davidson. county clerk. "'But our loss isn't nearly as bad as the city's." Kenneth Runyon, 14, was an avid trail bike enthusiast. From his bed at home where he is recovering from fractures of the arm, hand and collarbone and various co.asians and bndses, he warns other trallriders to practice extreme caution and skill when traversing backwoods trails at high rates of speed, according to his father, Police Officer Denzil Runyon. "That boy is really hurting," said the elder Runyon. "I bet there isn't a spot on him that you could poke without hitting a cut or bruise." Kenneth was riding a 250cc The city's share of federal revenue is already earmarked for expenditure: $15,000 for the new fire truck, $6,600 for public employee's insurance, and the balance ($t,926} for the street repair and miscellaneous maintenance fund. "But we've got a severe water and sewer repair project facing us," said Gillespie. "That 150,000-gallon capa- city water tank could fall right over one of these days. And we simply don't have the money to pay for a new one, yet." The estimated expenditures for next fiscal year for the city have risen from $65,873 to $72,337 and for the county from $316,555 to $361,817. The city's revenues only increased by $6,173 while the county's revenues increased $33,576. How, then will the city and county warns of danger Kawasaki along Bear Fork Sunday when he hit a rock. "The boy sailed down the road and the bike went over a hill into the woods," said elder Runyon. "it was demolished." Kenneth was treated for his various injuries at Clarksburg Hospital and is recuperating at home, in bed. "Tell those other bike riders out there to be careful, " he admonished, his heavily casted body immobile on his bed. "They may think they know how to trailride, but there may be a few things yet to be learned." he said with a wince. Gihner men charged with murder Three Gilmar County men and another man were indicted by the Calhoun County Circuit grand jury last week in connection with the bludgeon sla of an elderly Arnoldsburg fair early in April Charles W. Stump, 20, and his brother Roy Lee Stump, 18, both of Gilmer Station along with Delbert Lash, 30, Lima were indicted for murder. Robert A. Shaffer, 19, of Big Bend in Calhoun County was indicted for being a principal in the second degree and as an accessory in the murder acce?ding te Prosecutor Victor Hamilton. George Dusky, 84, was found dead April 5 by a neighbor.Police said he had been beaten with his own walking cane. The cane was found broken and Duskey's body was partially burped, according to State Police. e pay for existing and emergency services? "The B&O {business and occopa- tion) tax is the only way for the city to go." said Gillespie. "It's the only source of increased local revenue.'" Gillespie proposed a B&O tax for the city in 1973 but it proved highly unpopular with local merchants and businessmen. A Citizen's Committee on Financing studied the tax proposal and concluded that the B&O tax on business and service establshments was not required. The committee advised that the city collect a 2 percent excise tax on utilities from all state and county units previously exempted, They also recommended that, if spending contingeacles arise, the city place a B&O tax at the maximum allowable level on utilities. This was viewed as equitably spreading the tax burden among city residents and businesses under the taxing authority already available to the city. Gillespie said that the expanded utility service fee was not adequate to meet increasing expemms. "A B&O tax could bring in between $28,000 and $37,000 a year at the least, looking at what towns out'size receive," he said. The Bureau for Government Research at West Virgin/a University recently completed a sTmdy of the B&O tax in West Virginia. It claims that less than half of the 227 municipalities in the state impose a B&O tax. The study defines the B&O tax as "a multi-stage, gross receipts tax levied upon the gross income of business transactions conducted within a municipality." The study also noted that whi|e every tax at allowa e rata, none do. As a comparison with Glenville, Riplay collected $80000 from B&O taxes last year; Richwood collected $90,000: Webster Sprtn , $'96,000: Burnsville. $118,290; and Gassaway, $71,598. ff school'is still in session, why are all those kids clambering over that hill? They're not supposed to be playing out of doors, having fun. Why aren't they in class? But these are students at Normantown School and they are in class. Since 1970, when James P. Norman lammd eight acres of hillside land to the school for an indefinite period, science and biology students have created an outdoor nature lab to observe what they learn in books. On this particular day, Tim Butler and his seventh grade biology class charged acro~ Rt. 33/119 to seed a miniature amphitheater before the rains hit. Junior Kennedy, Soil Conservation Service {SCS} offieer for Gilmer County was an observer, along with this reporter. "There are approximately 40 varieties of native West Virginia trees here. including hardwoods such as oak, hickory, walnut, locust, elm. beech {one tiny sapling}, ash, apple and sycamore," he said. "And two rare Sl :ies. a box maple and dogwood." After Norman leased his land to the school, workers from the West Fork Soil Conservation District fenced off the area with dead locusts for pr ts. Kennedy explained. It was hard to believe, but Norman's heavily wooded hill was pasture land 30 years ago. A pond was com ruct a couple of years ago. Gene Stalnaker donated his dozer and time for the project. Unfortunately, the state built d-sins into the slippery hi]b e and the pond is loosing water, but Kennedy said it would be re-packed with a back hoe. Butler, a tall, young Biology- Science teacher from Gilmar County tried to keep his sptritad charges organized. "Right now we're conducting an experimem with protective coloration to see how animals blend into and adapt to their envt.rotmmnt," he said. '"We're also exandnins what species of animals and plants inhabit one small area. or micro.habitat, to see how they llve together." aP' seemed to be taking advantage of the warmer weather to develop a more ~ensivs lab. chipping away with tools at natural steps in the terrain, clearing paths and distribut- ing old hay in the amphitheater. "There are 37 different kinds of wildflowers growing in the lab now," said Butler, "Mostly transplated by the kids." We found snake root, Jack-in-the- Pulpits {or Indian turnip, sweet-tasting for about three seconds and then very hot due to the acid in the plant), trilium, blue flock; yellow root, ginseng and others. Rock outcroppinp appeared through the secondary growth, around which were scattered hits of algae, ferns and toadstools. "The soil around here is a very common type of upland soil called Gilpin-Upshur or Meigs," said Kennedy. "The ~ have constructed (Continued on Page 6) Seventh grade Normantown Scho dais paees at ahrmu d Laboratory. Science and BiolotpJ teacher Tim Butler is in centeg, l ,k4ffomd.