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35 ] @ @ Published By And For Gilmer County People GLENVILLE. GILMER COUNtry. WEST VIRGINIA Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax'] ! Friday, May 23, 1975 Manley, Reale_ and Davidson for Mayor of campaigning, June 3 election in common win and a notion money and a council. 507 Walnut )~ayer's race for the of Modern Dry against two years ago race to Ivan Bush in of 38 years 8 years service engineer Department to 12 years of campaigning. the end of encourage and industry to his political ~r is high thne to build a follow suit from Planned some widened parking of Main like to see solid the city, with at night. Reale members ity in saying, community for "just one ) of the cleanest a little bit of Glenville |~ot believe a tax is runs into a SOurces are and grew married his" C, asto, of before leaving 1942. Their fizst year law Glass, 31, of Lea, 19, a 12 a First Sgt. with Grantsville the Bronze Infantry ribbons. He Conflict. 37. of 612-4 the time to semi-retired Apart- rumors being to a says and adminl- a logical Air Force four payroll at a and was rank of Airman of the Glenville in 1962-64, the city first and water Water to survey for active at :. He Service them. m going to to and who to obtain to keep He would like to see "'very level-headed, responsible persons elected to City Concil who will share equally with the Mayor the burdens of good government." Davidson would survey the citys residents to determine what major problems need to be attended to and has "no comment" on a proposed B&O tax for the city until he talks with "the people affected by this tax." He claims he is a conservative when it comes to fiscal matters and feels "Glenville is a small city and can only grow so fast." He also'feels that he will be easily accessible to area residents for "'quick action on problems.'" Garry I. Kight, 29, of 411 Dolliver St., thought about running for mayor two yers ago but feels David Gillespie hag done a "terrific job," He sees the city's major problem as a tack of money due to next year's drop in revenue sharing funds, and is in favor of applying a B&O tax, viewing it as not that much of a burden to local merchants and businesses considering the additional revenue it would add to the city. Kight does not foresee any major projects in the offing, but would like to "look into preparing Mineral Road for the new traffic it's going to have to face with completion of the new GSC athletic field, and the water and sewer problems the city currently faces." tie would also like to place "'more working responsibility on the council, with the mayor acting as an administrator." Last year's Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department Chief. Kight had between 30-50 men under his command. He is presently an assistant chief and has served in that capacity for four years previous. He is a graduate of Gilmer County H.S. and studied biology and physical education at GSC. He is employed as inventory clerk at the college and also runs the school print shop. He has also been owner of the Glenville Pool Room for two years. He is married to the former Reta Bird, secretary in the loan department at Kanawha Union Bank. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.Leonard Kight of 415 Dolliver Street. Dr. Louis J. Manley, 48, of 202 N. Court St., is an osteophathic physician who would also like to see council responsibility strengthened to the point of having standing committees appointed. "I'm concerned with the time the mayor's job would take because I am a phsyician first and besides, a town this size should have council committees working with outside expertise in order to deal intelligently and swiftly with the city's business. Council meeting should be times of decision and not be taken up with needless discussion and argument," he said. "We can no longer rely on a small-town approach to problems which now are larger and more significant," he added. Money to fund projects such as street-widening and parking is one of the problems Mauley envisions. "I don't know yet what is the way to go: we either have to get more money or do with less," he said. "At any rate, I'd like to set up a Finance committee as an ongoing project to determine how best to finance the city's administra- tion." Manley sees his experience as a physician as an eminent qualification for executive office. "In order to make a diagnosis you have to evaluate what people tell you in a short period of time. And you have to draw a conclusion that isn't wrong too often. I've had experience making difficult decisions throughout my schooling and professional career in a fast and accurate manner. This is what saves people's lives, t would think this experience would help me as mayor." Manley is immediate past president of the West Virginia Society of Osteopathic Medicine, a member of the West Virginia Regional Medical Program at WVU, and a member of the State and National Society of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also medical director of the Glenville State College Medical Department and is GSC's athletic teams physician. Louis and Joann Manley have lived in Glenville for nearly five years, having moved here from Franklin Village, Michigan. They have three children: Louis IV, 22; Clifford, 20; and Patricia. 16. Mrs. M_anley's father, Bill Sexton, 86 also lives with the famil'r. Garry I. Kight Dr. Louis I. Manley Delbert L. David~mn Patrick V. Reale Three area men and an alleged accomplice accused in the bludgeon slaying of an elderly Arnoldsburg farmer in April changed their pleas to guilty Wednesday, May 14 in Calhoun Circuit Court, Grantsville. Entering guilty pleas on charges stemming from investigation into the beating death of George Duskey, 84, were Russell Delbert Losh, 30, of Linn; brothers Charles W. Stump, 20 and Roy Lee Stump, 18, both of Gilmer Station; and Robert A. Shaffer, 19, of Big Bend, Calhoun County. The four had pleaded not guilty when first indicted by the May grand jury early in May Judge Scott imposed sentences on the four Monday morning. Shaffer, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, was sentenced to 10 months in the Calhoun county jail. The Stump brothers, who pleaded guilty to second degree murder, were sentenced to the penitentiary for indeterminate term of not less than five or more than 18 years. Losh, who had pleaded guilty to first degree murder, was given a life sentence in the penitentiary. The state had recommenOeo mercy, but Judge Scott did not accept the recommendation. Losh is thereby sentenced to stay in the pen for the rest of his natural life. A State Police investigation into the farmer's death established that Losh and the two Stump men were inside the house at the time the alleged murder occurred. Shaffer reportedly waited outside in an automobile, police said. Motive for the slaying was said to have been over some money which the men reportedly sought from the farmer, police said the defendants told them. It was reported that the victim had about $38 in his house at the time of the slaying. Police said Duskey had been beaten severely about the head with his own walking cane, which was found lying on the living room floor, broken in several pices. They also said Duskey's body was placed over a heating stove in the living room and an attempt was made to set the house on fire in several places. Burners on the gas range in the kitchen were on, hut the flame was extinguished when the door was left open. Dnskey was found April 5 when a neighbor went to check on the elderly man. The Duskey family engaged Eugene T. Hague and George Lantz of Parkersburg to assist Prosecutor Victor Hamilton. Court-appointed attorneys for the defendants were Stan D'Orazio for Losh, Wilbur Webb for Shaffer, Orton Jones for Charles Stump, and Richard H. Brumbaugh for Roy Lee Stump. The action in circuit court occurred in an almost bare courtroom. The only persons in attendance were the defendants, attorneys, police, Court officials and Tim Callmlm Chronicle editor. Mary Ann filed this Survey yields community support Convinced that a large majority of 2,500 area residents surveyed favor school renovation and new construc- tion, the Citizens Committee for Better Schools lu Gilmer County voted unanimously to recommend the Board of Education run a S2,200,000 bond vote late this summer. The committee met May 13 at the high school cafeteria to announce that a rough tabulation of a house-to-house canvass throughout the county yielded evidence of enough community support to try another bond vote. It is expected that the board will follow the committee's recommenda- tion and run the third school bond issue in the last 18 months. Gilmer County voters have rejected every school bond issue proposed over the last 20 years. But after a volunteer-conducted information campaign during April, aimed at helping area residents understand the State Board of Education-approved Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan, committee members agreed the time was right to try again. The survey and information campaign reached 2,500 county residents, according to Ray Hamric, A&P to close May 30 Gtenville's A&P Store will close May 30, a company spokesman disclosed. James B. Oppe, an A&P employee from Vienna, expressed interest in opening an independent grocery store at the A&P Location and visited Glenville with his wife and an associate several weeks ago. However, lease negotiations with James W. Perrill, owner of the building, have not been completed, Closing of the local A&P is part of a plan to close one-third of the national chain's 3.500 stores, phasing out small stores as the first step in rebuilding and updating larger facilities. Local A&P employees may seek to be relocated in other cities, it was learned. committee president, more than half the county's nearly 4,500 voters registered prior to last November's election. The State Board of Education approved the CEF plan March 14 and earmarked $829.565 in matching funds to be released for county use area voters approved a bond. This amount in Better Schools Amendment funds can only be released after a county-supported bond vote has passed, according to the board's 4-3 decision, It has been estimated that to run a bond vote would cost the County Board of Education between $3,000 and $3,500. That amount of money is budgeted each year by the board for the purpose of supporting a bond vote. A~ tim vote will probably be close, Hamric appeared optiml___sfic after the committee meeting saying "There is more support and concern for the school situation than ever before." School als. board members and many parents who have supported upgrading of the school facilities at four elementary schools and the high school and construction of a new elementary school in Glenville are placing their hopes on successful passage of the bond vote. Over 50 health, fire and safety violations have been recorded at Sand Fork, Normantown, Tanner and Troy Elementary Schools and at the county high school, The CEF plan would these violations and bring all county schools up to minimum standards of the West Virginia Department of Education. According to the plan the county has a bonding potential of $2,200,000. With state matching funds added, the plan figures a total of $3,029,500 will cover the costs of renovation and construction. Persons who have resisted school bond isues in the past have claimed that annual property taxes w~ be too costly to support any renovation and construction program. Supporters of the CEF plan es~ an additional tax load to be minimal compared to the social and economic costs which could result from hazardous school conditions. Charles end Melody Davis toke over WHage 3 store Did you know that Village 3 was a womens and men's clothing shop? Well it was, but under new ownership the shop is now called the Davis Clothing Store. Charles and Melody Davis have purchased the shop, previously owned by Carrel and Loretta Baker, and hope to expand the shop's clientele to include high school and college students and other area residents as well. The air-conditioned store previous- ly catered mainly to college students but will now carry a wide line of men's and women's clothing, including work clothes and shoes in the near future. They will also be the exclusive market for especially designed Gilmer County High School Titan tee-shirts. Presently the store's line includes a full complement of men's and women's trousers, including jeans, dresses and blouses, footwear, purses, and jewelry. The owners hope to maint a range of apparel wide enough to appeal to a cross-esction of area residents. Melody has already worked one year at the store under the previo owners. * Charles owns and operates a cat~ farm near Dekalb, Melody and C]tarles Davis