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Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- Page 3 m deserves the support of the campus and town; county junk !lege's Board of Gover- es in search- who like a ship's college through the cur- waters that are out of 74 appli- tually come to Glen- staff, student ith them. and in the end, he, he. an up-and-coming as at all, who is cur- institution, not of leading our y-proven col- S.near-term future may long-term viability ,s has since its as in past decades. for Glenville State in Granted, the ave tochange Order to meet the de- information age, who actu- , points to the college's as the reason he took name out of conten- mencement speaker, who likewise congratu- lated her. The Commission vs. Mr. James Cofcoran I [[llll lregretthatCountyCommissionersLarry Chapman, Reta Kight and Dave Hess felt it Column / llllll necessary to take a paid political advertise- ment as an "()pen Letter to the People of ByDavldH Corcoran | [[lll! Gilmer County" to explain their positions Pubhsher-Echtor ,J ~[1 relative to complaints made in this paper by Mr. Jim James, a Nutter Run resident who ~r~ frequently writes Letters to the Editor. As a primary figure in the re-accreditation process, he brought to the table a high profile professionalism that was hard for that out-of- state accrediting team to find fault with. As a result, when the school's Board of Governors named him as Interim President on May 14. 2(X)3 with his term commencing on July 1. the Board made a wise decision. Dr. Freeman will help promote an unification and forward thrust that no outsider could achieve durine this interval. He was a part of the comwehensive re-accreditation self-study, has worked with the faculty and staff, and saw' the bk~)d on the legislative battlefield earlier in the year. Most importantly, in the administrative and academic spheres, he is principled enough to do what is right for the college in the months to come. is committed to doing the job as best he can. and will remain Interim President until the search committee finds a suitable The commissioners advanced a number of go~ points in their defense. Indeed, Mr. James just hasn't shown anyone -- either on the commission or in the general public -- that he has adequate support for his incessant requests of the commission. Maybe if he'd run for commissioner, the voters would pay more attention to his questions, com- ments, and demands than what he's experienc- ing at the commission meetings to-date. As a small town publisher, I have to be many places -- all at the same time on some days. In the case of the May I commission meeting, I was ab~nt at the first of the after- noon session, not being privy to what went on from I : 15-to- 1:30 p.m. Be assured that if l had known that controversy was going to erupt then, I would have been there, l wasn't there because the Library Board had called me the previous day to ascertain if I'd be there at "1:30 p.m." for their presentation, l told them, I Congratulations to our 2003 Gilmer County High School graduates & families Welcome to Glenville and Gilmer County in celebration of the accomplishments and the bestowing of diplomas on the High School's Class of 2003! This is a particularly special class, one worthy of your attention and adulation. Of the 78 graduating seniors, 38 will receive their diplomas with honors. This high number of honorees is reflective of not only a four-year commitment to hard study but also a willingness to selflessly serve and to learn from others through a variety of classroom and extra-curricular activities. Indeed, their parents, relatives, and friends have much to be proud of in their outstanding achievements. In addition, our entire Gilmer County community -- its businesses, industries, governmental leaders, professional people, and many individuals -- wish all of these young people the best in the future. See "Congratulations Grads"advertisement on page 12. Our only advice to these young people is not to quit their educations now. The high school diploma is merely the first step in achieving their life's ambitions. The next step is either college or trade school. Combined with the high school diploma, the college degree and/or a vocational school certificate will prepare them for a career. And, with this added preparation, comes the independence they now seek. The graduation exercises begin at 7:30 p.m. on this Sat., May 31 in Gilmer County High School's Damon West Gymnasium. Cool job, graduates! DitC, Sr., Publisher-Editor 'Service above Self' Dinner next Tues. The Glenville-Gilmer Rotary Club deservesthe support of the County's people, especially from all four magisterial districts. Namely, at 6 p.m. on next Tues., June 3, the Rotary Club invites community members to its Annual "Service Above Self" Award's ceremony and dinner at Glenville State College's Verona Mar, el Room in the Heflin Student Union. Each year the Rotary, which expends much time and money on this project, recognizes an individual and/or group who have performed outstanding volunteer service in bettering our local communities. Through this ceremony, the club hopes to foster other community- based and civic improvement projects. Indeed, if they did not do this, much humble local talent and sel fless civic-mindedness would go unrecognized, thereby decreasing the amount Dr. and Mrs. Id wrote to me, job just a good fit for us. about the college, We met. We hope for Your community." spoke forcefully generally, made a healthy feel- pie, one- for the top spot to person for the permanent position,would, only to find out that they had come in of volunteerism in each of our communities. U on bein,, a ointed Dr Freeman is early to make certain allegations against the Dr. Thomas p = PP . . Over the past few years, this once-a-year recognition dinner has suffered from dwindling who is moving quoted as saying, "I am pnv,leged to serve commission and Economic Development numbers of attendees. Yes, people are too busy with their work, too busy with their the presidency ofGlenville State College as interim president Association chief, Jim Fealy. recreation, too busy with their preoccupations, etc. to set aside an hour-and-a-half to attend t. Mary's Collegeduringthecontinuationofthesearchprocess. The Library Board would do better in the civicdinnersun~esstheirhusband~wife~chi~d~m~ther~father~aunt~~runc~eisspeci~ca~~y Seminary at My iniention will be to remain focused on the future to stick to its story, ifthey expect their ittsl:urg, Maryland intense recruitment and academic issues fac- comments to get printed in the paper accu- getting an award. Everyone, of course, can't go to every achievement dinner that this ly this summer, ing Glenville State College." rately and to have the corresponding public county's organizations sponsor. Many of the Board of Governors' members impact. As it was, Mr. Jameschose to give his At the same time, this Service Above Self Award is something special, much like the When first meeting Corneil connec- Virginia's fa- born at Hillsboro, His off- was that she wasn't college on Lake seemed sort Buck won both for Literature no other Cornell )lished. In fact. s have earned those know, at the outset. With my Pearl Buck a "Professor of Dre mov- articulated nnore of its Appala- and historic beri- that we could tonal Commission with the in this Fl'eenmn GSC was . educator to head IR~eM Freemmn's Provost IS, he'S a man of action, n very helpful the problems and in have voiced their support of him during this crucial time. GSC Board of Governors' Chair R. Terry Butcher says, "We are nam- ing Dr. Robert Freeman as interim president for the period of time necessary to identify Glenville State College's next president." Meet Dr. Freeman Before being named Provost and Vice Presi- dent of Academic Affairs at GSC in May of 2001, he served as Professor and Dean of the College of Education at Augusta State Uni- versity. He has also held faculty posts at Bowling Green Uni versity and Georgia South- ern University. At Georgia Southern Univer- sity, he also served as department chair, Asso- ciate Dean and Interim Dean of Education. Beh)re receiving his doctorate in Special Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee, he had earned a Master of Arts degree in Colonial History/ Teacher Education and the B+S. Ed. in His- tory/S~xzial Studies Education from Middle Tennessee State University. The community??? We editors urge the college and community to give Dr. Freeman and his wife, Sandy, the chance that they deserve to hold.G SC together during this interim. That's essential for the college and community's future welfare. One student's story I was impressed with the success story of Aundreasha J. Overbaugh Bayless in earn- ing her college degree from Glenville State College at its May 10 graduation. Although some of our state's legislators don't think Gienville State College is neces- sary. this 1998 graduate of Richwood High School and resident of the Richwood area couldn't have earned her teaching degree with- out GSC. Most importantly, the high level of encouragement that she received from her family and the school's faculty made the daily two-hour drive from Richwood to Glenville over winding and dangerous mountain high- ways a lot easier. Thus, her many sacrifices to attain her goal of a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in behavioral disorders were tense and hard. But, on graduation day, both she and her family knew that they were worth it. So did Governor Bob Wise, the com- k Festival is the States. Of We have become 1 in spin on the story which I personally didn't believe, l've never seen mild-mannered Mr. Fealy upset enough that he'd shout at anyone, especially at a public meeting. Moreover, he was certainly calm at 1:30 p.m. when I entered the room to find the steamy crowd. Mrs. Judy Stalnaker, a Library Board member, had apparently questioned how Com- missioner Reta Kight, as president of the EDA, could comment on and vote for that agency's financial initiatives. ! think that this could be a problem, but in the real world of Gilmer County, Mrs. Kight was the only EDA mem- ber who would take that presidency at the time. I suspect that if anyone else would want it now, she'd step aside. This brings up the issue of whether Gilmer Countians practice "good citizenship." For the most part, 1 think not. Otherwise, why won't area businesspeople step forward to take their turns as officers of the EDA? Every civic organization needs new ideas and new blocxl at times in order to create more vital organizations. In the EDA's case. fund-raising needs Io be a priority, but when the agency doesn't even have enough money to hire a secretary, how do you sponsor events and raise money? in general, even though the commissioners have been criticized for the salaries they re- ceive, they put in much more time on those jobs than the monetary reward they receive. They aren't perfect, but in covering that group for this newspaper for the past eight years, 1 haven't found them to stray very far, if at all, from their primary duty of serving the people of Gilmer County. I couldn't recommend that any of them resign at this time; they're too valuable to the county's future. (In the past and in other counties, I've fought the commission- ers tooth-and-nail, calling for their resigna- tions. So, I'm not married to the commission, but like any spouse, i tell the story to you readers like it is.) Oh, on our Letters to the Editor policy, we generally print them about verbatim, if they aren't libelous, in bad taste, bigoted, or com- pletely outlandish. In other words, we'll erron the side of the writer or public over the public officials who possess all the power to do what they want regardless of what the general pub- lic may desire. -- I :t heard from. Mary Vitale posed the question "Are we the oldest?" on our Folk Festival web site with no response. I asked Tracy and Ginny Schwarz and others who attend other festivals. Several mentioned was Galax, Virginia. a claim that Now we get into semantics. Note the word- the oldest. The ing oldest "continuous" or"longest running." was Several older festivals stopped for a few years don't know to and picked up again. Notice the word "state." Starting date in Ginny had a recent contact with Galax and in Glenville was was told it is privately run. Now it appears that West Virginia has the oldest, continuous state and Folk Festival in the United States. A purist an older may ask if we have the right to that claim if it brochure is not organized by the WV Division of Cul- she had ture and History. Actually the first West Virginia State Folk Festival was held at Jackson's Mill in the 40s. It, too, died out for a few years and was re-activated in Glenviile in 1950 by Dr. Patrick Gainer. We receive a small government grant and are tax-free. All fifty-five counties are invited to send Belles, and fifty-four of them have done so in past years. Musicians come from numerous states, but crafters are limited to West Virginia. We strive to remain pure in folk music and art that is indigenous to our slate. Our publicity declares that on June 19, 2003, we have the 54th Annual West Virginia State Folk Festival. I believe it to be truthful to claim that we are the oldest. We would like for you (the reader) to come. r Letters... Clarificatwn of Commissioners Situtation the power to take it away. Furthermore it is my letters. They state ! " attacking them. response evident they are trying to intimidate you (the There is no attack. used in a Editor) and me. I am just stating facts and asking questions. illustrate how in the first paragraph of their response they Second paragraph, first sentence: Would y had appear to be highly upset about you printing Letters continued on Page 5 , & civic You can gain publicity for your civic, social, church, or youth group or one of our 'Guest Editors of the Week!' litorial or column, your mug shot, and a 4-5 sentence biographical sketch of yourself. We're at: P.O. Box 458:IO8 N. tots would caution candidates for elective office that their messages for county and civic improvements should be in "Paid Political Advertisen~nts" in order to be in compliance with the election laws. Gilmer County Economic Development Association's Annual Community Awards Dinner. These are times of great celebrations for those who have made a difference in improving our County and in helping our people -- perhaps some who are less fortunate than others. The spotlight this year is focused on a kindly mother and daughter team, Irene and Cate Powell, who are the recipients of the 2002 award. Irene, a creative and hard-working volunteer, has helped advance several local organizations during her four years in Glenville. The G ilmer County High School's Improvement Council, West Virginia State Folk Festival, Family Resource Network, the county's Historical Society, Glenville's Gocxl Shepherd Catholic Church, and Glenville State College have all benefited from her ideas, energy, and generosity. Likewise, Care Powell, a senior at Gilmer County High, has demonstrated superior concern for her community through volunteerism. The popular and thoughtful young lady was instrumental in leading the High School's highly successful Service Connection Club which raised over $8,000 statewide to aid the victims of the 9- I 1-01 tragedy, to say nothing of the other local families in need and the Community Resources social service agency. Additionally, she serves on her school's Student Council and teaches at her church's Sunday School. Finally, she is the recent recipient of two nationally-acclaimed scholarships to students, in part, to reward them for selfless services to others -- Prudential Service Award and Toyota Scholarship. All in all, since this will be the last opportunity for many county residents to thank the Powells tor their contributions to bettering our community, we editors urge you "to make the time" in your busy schedules to attend this dinner. In early summer, they will be leaving Glenvillc for Emmittsburg, Maryland, where their husband and father, Dr. Thomas Powell, will become president of Mt. St. Mary's College and Seminary. The best remembrance that the Powells could possibly have of Glenville and Gilmer County will come from a lot of individuals wishing them well. Reservations for the Service Above Self Awards Dinner can be made by calling Mr. Paul Hartmann, the Rotary's president, at the Towne Bookstore at 304-462-8055 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. by this Fri., May 30. Congratulations, Irene and Cate, for caring enough to put your shoulders to the civic projects that you've supported over the years! Finally, best of luck in your future endeavors. DHC, Sr. lll DURING THE INTERIM .... IPUS - EDGE OFTHE CAMPUS - EDGE (As they say: He's hbk. rested and to gort) AN IDEA FOR GSC'S BOARD -- With the three top presidential candidates dropping out of the recent Glenville State College search process, Professor Emeritus George Harper, a retired art teacher at the College and our newspaper's regular cartoonist, advances a novel suggestion in this "Cow4oon." One criticism of the College's Board of Governors is that they haven't appointed any community representatives to the presidential search committee! Although we editors believe that Dr. Rob Freeman, the current academic veep, will do an excellent job as Interim President, the outcome of the new presidential search is still in question. Also, in question is whether the College's Board has the foresight and courage to hire a president who can save this college from future legislative attacks! DHC, Sr. The Glenville Democrat~Pathfinder David H. Corcoran, St., Publisher-Editor P.O. Box 458; 108 N. Court St., Glenville, WV 26351 PHONE 304-462-7309 FAX 304-462-7300 E-MAIL --- glenvillenewsad@rtoLnet VISA & Mastercard are now accepted