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Single Copy Price-50= (47= plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for GIImer County I-'eople Volume 100, Number 21 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, May 20, 2004 In Memorium-- May God bless the family of Marine Cpl. Joshua Wilfong who was recently killed in Iraq in defense of our freedom and was buried in Gilmer County. fEEditorial Page-- Participate in this weekend's Metal & Appliance Clean-up & politics. Page 3 Gilmer's Sports Scene -- Titans hold Awards Dinner for high school's athletes. Pages 4 & 7 Health Happiness Stay healthy in 2004 and may one of our sponsoring providers help? Page 6 ilmer Goings CONSERVATION MEETING The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meet- ing will be held on June 1, at the Glenville Senior Citizens Center, Glenville, beginning at 9:30 am. Con- tact Dinah Hanna, Executive Assis- tant at 627-2160. GRADUATION The public is cordially invited to at- tend Gilmer County High School Commencement exercises to be held on Sat., May 29 at 7:30 pm in the Damon West High School Gymna- sium. A reception for graduates, fam- ily and friends will immediately fol- low in the high school Commons Area AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE Everyone has heard of the Christ- mas miracles, but what is the sum- mer miracle? The summer miracle is supplying blood to hospital pa- tients when needed. All it takes is a little more than an hour's time and a little less than a pint of blood to work a miracle for cancer patients, acci- dent victims, premature babies and many others who depend on donated blood to survive. Please take time to save a life, and give blood on Thurs- day, June 3, 2004 at the SunBddge Nursing Home, Dining Area, 46 Fair Ground Road from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. __ FIRST ANNUAL COMMUNITY PARTY SALES will be held on May 22 at the Gilmer Rec. Center. Avon, The Body Shop, Mary Kay, Party Lite, Princess House, Tupperware, Home & Gar- den, and At Home America. DEMOCRATIC WOMEN will meet on May 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Common Place. All Democratic women are invited. Continued on page 13 The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 1 p.m. on this 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 Development Association will meet at noon on this Thurs., May 20 for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is invited. For details, contact President Denny Pounds at 304-462- 8098. The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on this Thurs., May 20 at the Society's Holt House Museum's office at 202 East Main Street. The Society will hear Dr. Espy Miller reminisce about his life in Gilmer County. The meeting is open to the general public. The Gilmer County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on next Mon., May 24 at the Gilmer County High School. The general public is invited to attend. The Editorial Page ............................. 3 Sports ......................................... 4 & 7 Obituaries ......................................... I 1 Society .......................................... 8-12 Courthouse News ............................ 13 Legals ........................................... ,. 13 , Classifie.ds ....................... ,.'.,' ..... !4-15 J GGOs ...' ......... . ....... , ........... ,'.,' 1 & 13 ] GSC News..., .............. 5 1 Northside Chevrolet ....... ",,.,., ........ .16 I ,,ditation Moment Thought for Week --- "Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day, Lived till tomorrow, will have passed away." William Cowper English poet (179, !_ 1R(gTt I I By David 1t. Corcoran, counties during those initial years of joint Publisher-Editor sponsorship. On this Friday evening, the Morris Sports The combined effort, she says, got the Stadium at Glenville State College will be trans- Relay for Life up-and-running, so Gilmer formed into a small village, having a street lined County is now better prepared to go it alone with large tents and campers, dozens of families in 2004. "We've gotten 14-to- 16 teams par- and friends socializing and snacking, and a full ticipating already and hope to have several card of musical entertainment, hundred individuals out there just walking to couraged to sign in there at 6:30 p.m. tional time," Mrs. Edwards, a survivorherself, Before the Survivors' Walk begins at 7 affirms."We'lleitherwalkorbedrivenaround p.m., the announcer will name the individu- the track twice before going over to the Wood- als and note the number of years that they yard Room area for a meal. Even if you can't have lived after being diagnosed with can- walk it, transportation will be provided for cer. The occasion is the Fourth Annual Relay for raise money to fight cancer," she states, if Life, a mega-fund-raising event sponsored by Consequently, leaders believe that L the GilmerCountyCancerSocietyanditsfriends Gilmer County's Relay will be a very suc- cessful one, once again, in spite of the re- organization. Set up times Company, church, youth, civic and busi- ness tents, whichmuch color to the festive atmosphere, iean be set up in the evening on either Thursday or Friday from 5- to-6:30 p.m. "The next morning we'll be giving out awards for the best tents and tastiest food or picnics," she expl ai ns with a smile. The groups really like to eat and socialize at this event, she adds. Survivors'Walk 7 p.m. A check-in desk will be set up in the area of the Woodyard Rgom's pavilion at the Stadium, and all Gil~r County and neigh- boring cancer are invited and en- at the Mineral Road, Glenville stadium. "This is the first year that we -- in Gilmer County -- have done it on our own, so we're depending on all of the people, the teams and companies to come out and support us," states Mrs. Sue Edwards, the event's co-chair, along with Renee Harold. In the first three years, the Relay for Life was jointly sponsored by the Cancer Societies in both Gilmer and neighboring Calhoun County, thereby combining efforts to raise from $30,1300- to-$40,000 per year for the American Cancer Society's medical research program to conquer the disease. "This year's separation had to be made because the American Cancer Society re- assigned our counties into different districts," Mrs. Edwards points out, quickly adding that there had been no problems between the two ! By Kristal Sheets, City Editor During a special meeting of the Gilmer County @ Board of Education on Fri., May 14, Schools Superintendent Sue Waggoner submitted a notice of retirement to the Board. A Pieasants County native, Waggoner graduated from Glenville State College with a Bachelor's degree in Elen,entary Education before receiving a Master's degree in El- ementary Education/Early Childhood and Educational Leadership. She taught for 19 yearsin the GilmerCounty School system, berg in 1975 with her position as teaeher:of- rtl'rain able Clagg inthe basement of the Masonic Lodge. After teaching first grade at Glenville El- ementary, Kindergarten, third grade and fourth grade classes, Waggoner moved to the Cen- tral Office as the Director of Specml Serwces SUE WAGGONER in 1991. The defeat of last year' s first-recommended school levy and declining enrollment have Continued on page 6 FAMILY FUN & TOGETHERNESS -- On last Thurs., May 13, Mrs. Tula Smith (seated), a resident of SunBridge of Glenville, gets a special treat when two of her daughters visit her in order to help their mother celebrate National Nursing Home Week. Standing (I-r) are daughters, Eva Stout and Sharon Anderson. Mrs. Smith is a native of Monroe County, was the long-time owner of the drycleaning business in Glenville, and raised nine children. Her daughters were particularly pleased with their mom's highly decorated wheelchair for the special occasion. (staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) ON THE ROAD & PARADE -- After decorating their wheelchairs and meeting on SunBridge's front porch area, about two dozen residents were walked from the care facility over to McDonald's of Glenviile for a free ice cream sundae -- a special treat for them on that hot summer's day. The Glenville Police Dept. and Gilmer County Sheriff's Dept. provided the escort service to make certain that their trip was a happy, festive and safe one. "The Survivors' Walk is always an emo- Continued on page 6 GLENVILLE'S 'VISION PLAN' MOVING FORWARD-The Gilmer County Economic Development Association has persuaded local business owners to take the initiative with the Gilmer County Vision Plan. Facemire Foods and Little Kanawha Development, owners of Foodland Plaza, in Hays City, are planning a major refurbishment of the building housing Foodland, Family Dollar, Glenville Auto Parts and several other small businesses. Included in the upcoming "face-lift" will be replacement light fixtures, a new roadside marquee, and the addition of attractive "planters" of flowers. Most notably, the visible portions of the brick building face will be refashioned with a more modem stucco covering. Pictured here in front of the Family Dollar Store are Denny Pounds, GCEDA President, and Sandy Pettit, an accountant for Little Kanawha Development, who made the announcement this week. Because of these companies' commitment to Glenville's future, they certainly deserve our newspapers' "Folks Who Shine" award. DHC, Sr., Publisher (Staff photo snd caption by Krkltal Sheehl) SENIOR APPRECIATION NIGHT--- On last Thurs. evening, May 13, the Calhoun- Gilmer Career Center sponsored its annual Senior Appreciation Night, bestowing many awards on the deserving students. "It's a really nice program, giving credit to the hard-working students who deserve it," states the center's principal/administrator, Dr. Robert Rentschler (fourth from left). Early birds, who were seeking good seats for the full-house ceremony that evening, were as follows: Loretta Freshour(I-r), student Amber Lamp (Mrs. Freshour's daughter), Norma Freshour (Ambers grandmother), (Dr. Rentschler), Jim McCormick (all Ot those named so far are from Grantsville), Michael Sandy, William Sandy (MichaeFs son), both of Glenville, Debbie Mullenax (a GED student) and Shelly Allen (Debbie' teacher at the Career Center). In addition to the appreciation festivities, Dr. Rentschler took the occasion to announce that the Career Center was awarded a $450,000 grant from the state's School Buildings Authority in order to update the school's water, heating and air- conditioning systems. Finally, he alerts the public that the upcoming Summer School session is about to begin with classes being offered in subjects such as Lights On, LPN, adult business and "Hit the Ground Running" (a Dept. of Health and Human Services program). For further information, call the center at 304-354-6151. (s=ft photo by Dave Corcomn, Sr.) 000000OO@eeee@ @eeSeeSeeSeO(l' GCHS graduation slated for May 29 At 7:30 p.m. on Sat., May 29, Gilmer County High School will hold its 2004 Commence- ment Ceremony at the Damon West Gymnas..ium at the high school. The general public is invited to attend this ceremony. IS the COX'S Mills Post Office closing? Rumors are flying that the Cox's Mills, WV (26342) Post Office will be closed due to consolidation efforts. To combat this threatened closure, several local residents are mounting a campaign to prevent the closing. A petition is expected to be circulated, our area's Congressional representatives will be contacted, and the citizens will write their defense and reminiscences about this Post Office for publication in this newspaper. Upon hearing the rumor, local citizens have alrtsdy been in contact with Mr. Howard B. Pate, Jr, a retired postmaster in Spring Lake, NC who is a known fighter against closing small post offices in rural areas. He can he reached at 910-497-2498 for more information. In the meantime, Cox's Mills citizens can help by utilizing their,Post Office as much as possible, asking either present or postmasters for their advice, and signing a pedtion to prevent the rumored closure. Traditioltally, some post offices in smallrural communities, like Cox's Mills, are the only social centers for the residents of those areas to meet. Thirty West Virginia Belles, representing 30 different counties, have already commi to attending the 2004 West Virginia State Folk Festival. "This has been a great response and they add much color and charm to the event," states Folk Festival President Ginny Hawker. Another highlight of this year's fest will be the performances of 45-plus musicians who Continued on na=e 6