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Single Copy Price-50' (47' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People stable democratic d economic be formed in Iraq :fR order to aid the to benefit from a -- the "good life." Titan Baseball in GSC's ratulations Pages 3 & 14 about the invited to at- exercises School on May gym- in Immediately fol- GAS ill meet the Common SALE 4-H Club Wash and bake from 10 a.m. - ? ry Center on All wel- contact dent 462- "RVATION GO. Tue., a.m. For Execu- in 11) orrectional its Open from 9 ' 30 at site just off of the only have to For at 304- will meet r Hall for The attend. Council will June 2 at I pUDllC Service p.m. on Mon., the month. citizen Beverly inca, the .3 * ...... ..-....4 .13 .7-8 .9 .... 12-13 .......... l&ll mt gradUates .__ r granted to re ard of Small in the those hanaof hour~ yet escape At Gilmer County High School -- Gilmer County High School's 2003 Gradu- the Student Council, Service Connection, Na- ation Exercises will be held on this Sat., May tional Honor Society (serving as V-P), Home- 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the school's Damon West comingCourt, andthe PeerMediatorgroup. In Gymnasium. addition, she has lettered in Varsity Volley- The Class of 2003 has demonstrated many ball, Softball, and Track. In the community, outstandingaccomplishmentsduringitsyears she is active in The First Baptist Church of at GCHS, according to Principal John D. Glenville where she has led the teen girls' Bennett. Bible study, has sung in the teen choir, and has For example, of 78 seniors, 38 will be participatedintbeW.Va. BaptistConvention's graduating with academic honors, many of YouthMinistryPlanningTeam'sprojects.She's whomhaveearnedsubstantialmonetaryschol- received the PROMISE and Mountaineer arships to underwrite the cost of their college Scholarships and will attend West Virginia educations. Of the 38 seniors graduating with University in the fall: be in the Honors Pro- honors, three have achieved "Top Honors," gram and major in anthropology. amassing 4.0 grade point averages (g.p.a.); Cathleen"Cate"Poweil, 18, is the daugh- eight have earned "Highest Honors," having a ter of Thomas and Irene Powell, of Glenville, 3.8 g.p.a, or better; 12, "High Honors," with and sister of Tom and Nick. A student leader, 3.5-to-3.79 g.p.a.'s; and 15, "Honors," with she is a co-founder and president of GCHS's 3.2-to-3.49 g.p.a.'s. Service Connection, a community service or- The three straight A students for their high ganization--a volunteereffort that earned her school years are Ashley Echard, Cathleen the Glenville/Gilmer Rotary Club's "Service Powell, and Aimee Zinn. Above Self" Award. She is also a member of Ashley Echard, 18, is the daughter of Mark the National Honor Society and Creative De- and Cinda Echard, of Glenville. A student signs. In sports, she's participated in Varsity leader, she has served as class president for Cross Country and track for four years. In the the past three years and holds membership in fall, she's received the Toyota Community ASHLEY ECHARD CATE POWELL AIMEE ZINN Scholars Program Scholarship, the Pru- dent Council treasurcr, andaPeerMediator. In dential Spirit of Community Award, addition, she holds membership in the Na- PROMISE Scholarship, Discover Card tional Honor Society, Service Connection, 4- Tribute Award, and the Ruby McCormick H, National Latin Honor Society, and Cox's Honors Program Scholarship at Shepherd Mills United Methodist Church. In the fall, College where she will major in political under PROMISE and Mountaineer Scholar- science, ships, she will attend West Virginia Univer- Aimee Zinn, 17, is the daughter of Man- sity where she'll major in the Pre-Pharmacy Icy and Sharon Zinn, of Cox's Mills. A professional program. student leader, she is the school's Future Relative to the commencement exercises, Farmers of America chapter president, Stu- Continued on page 14 DISCONTENT SURFACES. ON BOE --- At the May 12 BOE meetin. , Gilmer County School Board member Carol Ross (far right, foreground) officially objected to a recent BOE reorganizational meeting at which time fellow board member, Larry Butcher, was replaced by Tom Ratliff as president and she was elected as vice-president. Among other concerns, she felt the t]nannounced election was illegal. She, also, offered her resignation as the group's vice-president. Schools Superintendent Sue Waggoner (left, background) listens to Mrs. Ross's remarks, as does new BOE appointee, Mrs. Billie Summers (center). Other board members Larry Butcher, Gina Stalnaker, and Torn Ratliff are not pictured. Ross's motion to rescind the questionable reorganization was later voted down, 3-2. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) I1 cers OU 'null an I By David tL Corcoran, Publisher-Editor Although the Gilmer County Board of Edu- cation meetings are normally pretty friendly affairs, some harsh assessments of and com- ments about the public body's operating pro- cedures were made during its regular May 12 session by two of its own. Board member Carol Ross questions the legality of the board's recent reorgamzatsonal meeting, at which time Mr. Tom Ratliff was elected president to replace the then acting president, Larry Butcher. Owing to the resig- nation of long-time President Steve Duelley, the then vice-president, Mr. Butcher, had stepped up to sit in the board's top chair. In reviewing the procedure followed to replace Mr. Butcher at its Mon., Apr. 28 meeting, however, Mrs. Ross urged her fel- low board members "to rescind the motion passed (at that previous meeting) to add 'reor- ganization of the Board' to (its) agenda." As a result, she says, "I would also ask that the subsequent election of officers be null and void." She, herself, had been elected vice- president during the move. As for Mr. Butcher who had been voted out as president, he explained later in the meeting that according to the 1999 State Statute deal- ing with Open Meetings, the agendas for pub- lic meetings must be made public three days before the actual meetings or two days in advance for emergency sessions. This law wasn't followed at the time of the Apr 28 election of officers, he maintains. In a wntten statement, Mrs. Ross, further- more, argues that the election was invalid for the following reasons: First of all, "the new agenda item, 'reorganization of the Board' is too important to be done hastily. All board members ---- and the public --- should have had at least three days notice to consider the item." Secondly, "there was no emergency situa- tion requiting immediate action. Any board member can act as president pro tern." Thirdly, "the configuration of the board table made seeing, hearing, and discussion extremely difficult" because they were at a local school's linkage meeting where the seat- ing provided didn't offer opportunities to Continued on page 6 LIONS CLUB'S CARNIVAL -- Last week The Lions Club of Glenville sponsored its annual Carnival at Foodland Plaza. Many families and hundreds of kids enjoyed this festive event with the ferris wheel, giant slides, the gaming midway, and many food booths. Nevertheless, the most popular food booth each year is the Lions Club's "Hot Dog-Mobile" where customers enjoyed the club's superior hot dogs and corn dogs about all week long. And, according to Lane Smith (far left), the local club made enough money on the carnival to continue doing its charitable works throughout Gilmer County. As a result, these Lions and their lady helpers, along with all of the other Lions and their families (not pictured), richly deserve our "Folks Who Shine" Award for this past week. It is through their civic-minded volunteer efforts that our area people can enjoy a hometown carnival. Manning the popular Hot Dog-Mobile late one night are the following: Lane Smith (I-r), Lynn Marks (proudly showing off a "Lions' prize-winning corn dog"), Larry Chapman, Ashley Hickman, Brenda McCartney, Bob Archer, and Oral Cunningham. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor i I H, economic development on upswing, In spite of a slowdown in economic activ- the $135 million federal prison's grand open- ity statewide, Gilmer County's developers ing ceremonies and tours will take place from are voicing optsmism about this local~ty's May 28-30, the new motel's (Lilenvllle Inn- economic growth of today and looking even Best Western) construction is moving ahead more favorably to its future, for an impending opening, a new restaurant is "We are much more fortunate than most being built there too, and several housing West Virginia counties because we have a developments are in the works. lot of economic activity going on," states Relative to the latter issue, Dr. Louis Man- Mr. Jim Fealy, executive director of the Icy, owner of the Manley Farm across the county's Economic Development Associa- Little Kanawha from both downtown Glen- tion. ville and Hays City, appeared before the group Addressing the group's Thurs., May 15 regular monthly meeting, he explains that Continued on page 6 Food Drive For The 000000000000 OOB000000000 U.S. Senator Byrd to have visited federal prison for dedication; Open House update The new Federal Correctional Institution-Gilmer (FCI-Gilmer) planned a special, semi- private Dedication Ceremony featuring U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd (Dem-W.Va.) for this past Wed. morning, May 28. Senator Byrd, as the Democratic Party's most senior member of the powerful U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, was the chief driving force behind establishing the $135 million federal facility irtGilmer County. The large governmental complex is expected to employ over 380 personnel, many of whom will be West Virginians, thereby resulting in a decrease in unemployment in this hard-pressed state. The prison site here, also, was an enticement, in that local businessman I.L. Morris and his family made the 300-plus acre donation to the government in order to expedite the mega construction project. The state's news media, including this newspaper, was invited to attend the brief Wednesday dedication ceremony. The event was a part of FCI-Gilmer's public awareness week, in which members of the public and the press have been invited to tour the facility. See next week's edition for more stories. Nevertheless, the general public will a;so get its chance to view selected parts of the large complex of buildings. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on this Fri., May 30, an Open House will be held for the public at the recently activated correctional institution. According to a news release from Warden Bryan Bledsoe's office, the walking tours, which will be guided by prison employees, are estimated to last one hour, commencing every 15 minutes. 'Area Briefs' Continued on page 6 POST OFFICE FOOD DRIVE: A SUCCESS -- The 11th Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive in Gilmer County was a major success on May 10, This U.S. Post Office initiative, spearheaded by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is designed to pick up non-perishable food from postal patrons one day a year. Glenville Postmaster Don Markley (l-r) proudly shows the postal bins of food collected -- a cache of about 850 Ibs. to benefit Gilmer County's Community Resources, Inc. which is represented by Director JoAnn Stewart. Ms Stewart relates that her social service agency's food pantry gets low at this time of the year, so the Letter Carriers' Food Drive comes just in the nick of time. ($taffphoto by Dave Corcoran, $r.)