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SMALLTOWN PAPERS ~:. ~AL=F~RN~A AVE ~, SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 ii,I,,I,,I .... il,,il,,li ..... ii,,I,I!I,,,i,,!,,,I,Ii Attn.: Correspondents and readers: E-mail us only at We hope to know the final outcome of RTOL's investigation into our problem soon. RTOL, as we under- stand it, is not at fault, but a fraud did occur in our system Hey, Democrat Readers: Circulars enclosed in this week's paper are Shop'n' Save of Weston, U-Pak of Glenville, Glenville Foodland and Mid-State Chevy of Flatwoods. These appear in The Democratin specified local Zip Code zones or in all papers. We editors say, "Try out these fine advertisers, as well as our regular On-the-Page ad- vertisers." Also, don't miss our regular page 1 stories, community correspondents, sports, and editorials interesting news from both near and afar. Then, if you need local updates, log-on to: our newspaper's website! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday! Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) O (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Attn.: Office Closed On next Mon., May 25, the newspaper office will be closed in observance of Memo- rial Day. Please bring in your news items or ads for next week's (May 28) edition on this Fri. May 22, or stick them under our front door over the long weekend. This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Bring all visitors to Gilmer County over the Memorial Day Holi- day here safely, and bless them with happy family and school reunions. Also, comfort those families suffering bereavements and others. Provide the people of Gilmer County with good health, happiness, and stable fi- nances during this national recession. Most importantly, ease the pain of those suffering from illnesses, among them Mar- garet Moss (new cancer patient at UHC), Tom Reaser (who had by-pass surgery), Bill Goodwin, Blake Grogg, Becky Sprouse, and T.A. Corcoran, Jr. (who faces artery repair surgery). Finally, keep our readers safe and healthy over the holiday. Amen. U.$. & W.V. History Shorts May's history in West Virginia and the U.S.A. is instructional and interesting: On May 18, 1966, Staff Sgt. Jimmy G. Stewart, a Mason County native, was killed in Vietnam, but for his valor, he was posthu- mouslyawarded the Congressional.Medal of Honor; On May 19, 1920, a shoot-out in Matewan between Baldwin-Felts detectives and armed miners killed 10 persons; On May 21, 1875, Governor John Jacob and other state officials left Charleston for Wheeling, after a legislative act temporarily moved the State Capitol back to Wheeling; and On May 22, 1933, the state Legislature created 55 independent count), ,school boards. ilmer Goings ATV BENEFIT POKER RUN There will be an ATV Benefit Poker Run on May 23, 2009 at Sugar Camp Bridge/ Yellow Creek Road. Regis- tration is from 10:00 a.m.- noon. 30%- 10%- 10% Winners. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO LOCAL CANCER PA- TIENT. For more information, call (304) 354-0412 or (304) 354-6317. Not liable for accidents. (Continued on Page 11) Publ, ic Meetings The Gilmer County Economic Devel- opment Association, Inc. (GCEDA) will meet at noon on thisThurs., May21 atthe i Calhoun Bank's Conference Room. The public is invited. At noon on Thurs., May 28, the Gilmer County Historical Society will meet over a luncheon. The meeting's program will consist of the attendees of past Folk Fes- tivals and showing any memorabilia or )ictures they might have. Inside This Week The Editorial Page ........................ 3 Sports ............................................. 6 Obituaries .................................... 11 Society ...................................... 7-11 Courthouse News .................... .... 10 Legals ........................................... 10 Classifieds .............................. 12-13 GGOs ........................................... 11 Jack Garrett Ford ........................ 5 Spencer Auto Group .................... 9 Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week-- "The memory of past favors, is like a rainbow, bright, vivid, and beautiful, but it soon fades away. The memory of inju- ries is engraved on the heart, and re- mains forever.'! Thomas C. Haliburton Nova Scotian humorist ( ] 796-1865) "Memory tempers prosperity, miti- gates adversity, controls youth, and de- lights old age." Lactantius Latin Christian apologist For some commentary on this holiday, see the "Corcoran Column" on page 3 Explaining the Proposed Downtown Revitalization EXPLAINING THE DREAM -- In working up the Congressman Mollohan grant to spark Glenville's downtown revitalization, Donna Waddell, executive director of the sponsoring FRN, outlines what her organization has in mind for the downtown. 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I , ..:.:.:~:?.:.::%~:..:~:~>..'~.~. . .. : :! .... :.:?..:::~%:~ SOLVING THE PARKING PROBLEM -- Betsy Barr, the FRN's downtown parking committee's chair, addressed the parking problem, which is of concern to so many downtown residents. She notes that between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is the period of the most intense parking problems. To address this problem and others, she maintains that her committee will work hard to replace the parking spaces lost in the Nettle's Lot, to replace the parking meters, and to identify other parking spaces for downtown renters. Listening intently (to the left) is Glenville resident, Dr. Carl Armour, who is running for Ward No. 1 Councilperson in the upcoming June 9 Glenville Election. Gilmer County Schools seem quite low on SBA's "~ ....... .... By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Waddell, the FRN's executive director, before a Publisher-Editor community meeting in the Senior Center on last The purchases of the long-vacant Nettle's Lot Thurs. evening, May 14. The approximately 45 and the Kelble House property will form an anchor downtown revitalization volunteers, assorted citi- for the proposed Glenville downtown revitaliza- zens, and stakeholder groups, such as Glenville tion and beautification project, according to the State College, the County Commission, and City Family Resource Network's (FRN) plan. Council, seemed to find the revelations interesting, This information was released by Donna Continued on Page 4 Hands of Pride, owner, Mary Heckert, com- plains she wasn't informed of 'done deal' By David H. Corcoran, Sr., either at the College or the Wesley Founda- Publisher-Editor tion -- had informed her of the Foundation's A Glenville daycare provider, who claims sale of the property had actually happened, that she wasn't informed of her need to move, she divulged that she already has a lawsuit in is taking her case to court, the local court system to bring an injunction Mary Heckert, who has operated Hands of against College to prevent them from taking Pride daycare business in the Wesley thechildren'splaygroundareathatherdaycare Foundation's basement since 2002, expressed uses. surprise and shock, when reading Glenvii|e "I, of course, have heard the rumors," State College's announcement in last week's concedes Mrs. Heckert, who has 26 years of newspaper (May 14, 2009, page 4) that they daycare experience in this area. "My com- would be breaking ground for a new dormi- plaint is with the Wesley Foundation, not the tory in June. In addition, she wasn't happy college," she added during an interview with over the Wesley Foundation's advertisement this newspaper on last Friday afternoon. in the same edition that publicized its auction The College needs the west side of Linn of contents in the building. Street from the Mollohan Center's parking Although she contends that no one -- Continued on Page 4 By Cassandra Huff, session with the meeting's attendees. News Reporter Mr. Evans, in representing the Gilmer County The Mon., May 11 the Gilmer County Board of BOE's architects, also gave a report on his walk Education was called to order, beginning with the through of the Troy and Sand Fork Schools. regularly scheduled agenda items. However, the HealsounderscoredthatWilliamsonandShriver ending was quite unexpected, would be putting together estimates for various Was there a pay-out for scenarios involving repairs, or new construction, the hold-out on Normantown? for the schools. Superintendent Ed Toman indicated that the "Green Schools" a possibility, maybe.9 only information he had to present to the Board was Mr. Paul Thompson, of Next Generation Schools, the letter from the SBA, which officially verified attended the meeting in order to give a presentation that the funding request for Normantown Elemen- on the buildings his company constructs. tary was refused. He provided additional, printed materials in the There were no Board reports, but the CEFP way of copies of the resolution from the American meeting had met since the last BOE meeting. Federation of Teachers, calling for Green Schools, More "Thumb Twiddling" a Quality and Performance Standards report from Gilmer County High School Principal, Mrs. the SBA, and their company's own information on Nasia Butcher, the CEFP Committee's chair, gave materials and specifications. a brief report on that meeting, indicating that Mr. Mr. Thompson stressed that these buildings Scott Raines, and Mr. Joe Evans, with Williamson & Shriver, were present for a question-and-answer Continued on Page 4 0000 00000 0000000000 New Lady Pioneers coach to hold camps Bunky Harkleroad, the newly-appointed head coach at GSC, will be holding the regular Girls' Basketball Camps this summer, according to College Athletic Director Janet James Bailey. Mr. Harkleroad had previously been the head ladies' basketball coach at Berea (KY) College. He is a 1993 Berea College history graduate, a 2005 Eastern Kentucky University Special Education specialist, and, finally, holds the master's degree in Sport Management from the U.S. Sports Academy. He can be reached at GSC's Athletic Dept. at 304-462-7361. He succeeds long-time Pioneers' coach, Dennis Fitzpatrick. Continued on page 4 (Editor's Note: As information to help Glenville% voters, we asked all the candidates for city offices in the Tues., June 9 General Election to submit information about themselves for this is- sue. We thank these two specific candidates for doing so. This info was free to them.) Candidate for Mayor LISA SMARR Mrs. Lisa Smarr, a resident of Kanawha Street, is running for Mayor of Glenville. She is an Accounts Receivable Manager and Sales Representative at Flying "W" Plastics in Glen- ville. She's also on the ballot. Born in Grantsville, Lisa is a graduate of Gilmer County High School and a member of the Camden Flats Baptist Church. She has served on the Gilmer County Rec- reation Center's Board for three years, the City Council for four years, and on the Gilmer- Calhoun Career Center Board. Mrs. Smarr would like "to keep progress moving forward" in Glenville by c~ontinuing the programs that are currently employed. She would also like to see the dilapidated buildings downtown gone and our fair city cleaned up. She says, "I have lived in Glenville for most of my lifel I want to continue to see it grow and become a place where people want to come and live." Write-In For Mayor TASHUA ALLMAN Ms. Tashua Allman, a recent graduate of Glenville State College, is also running for Mayor of Glenville, ~is a "write-in" candidate. Born in Parkersburg, Ms. Allman loves Glenville and resides here. On May 9, 2009, Ms. Allman received her B.A. degree in history, with an emphasis in political science and minors in Spanish and global studies. She is a member of Glenvilie's Main Street Revitalization Gang, has served on the Glen- ville State College Board of Governors, and was a former student body president at GSC, as well as serving as president of the GSC Democrats' Club. Ms. Allman would like to see new streets and sidewalks in downtown Glenville, as well as improved signage. In addition, she hopes to promote jobs and economic development, en= courage volunteerism (i.e. Street Gang), and investigate flood mitigation. Note: We editors also contacted several other city candidates, but they did not fill out our infor- mation forms, so that we could write them up. Now, they only have the May 28 and June 4 editions to advertise their platforms for benefiting Glenville's future. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Virus Attack Alert: E-mail this newspaper only at until further no-, tice, due to a slowdown of our regular RTOL information line; or fax us: 304-462-7300. ?