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Single Copy Price-50c (47' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for Gilmer County People democratic and economic be formed in Iraq ill order to aid the ~ity to benefit from a cOncept there -- the "good life." Titan Baseball playoffs. Page 4 GSC's ratulations Pages 3 & 14 the ON invited to at- exercises on May ool gym- in ~med.iately fol- ~S, : GAS the Common SALE 4-H Club and bake 10 a.m.- ? Center on p.m. All wel- contact 462- monthly Gilmer Co. a.m. For Execu- 11) al its Open from 9 ' 30 at off the only have to For at 304- 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, andthePeerMediatorgroup. 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 participated intheW.Va. Baptist Convention's graduating with academic honors, many of YouthMinistryPlanningTeam'sprojects. She's whom have earned substantial monetary schol- 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" Powell, 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 gp.a.'s. Service Connection, a community service or- The three straight A students for their high ganization ---a volunteereffort thatearned 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 treasurer, and a PeerMediator. In dential Spirit of Community Award, addition, she holds membership in the Na- PROMISE Scholarship, Discover Card tionat Honor Society, Service Connection, 4- Tribute Award, and the Ruby McCormick H, National Latin Honor Scxziety, 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 sch~ffs 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 meeting, Gilmer County School Board member Carol-Ross (far dght, 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 unannounced 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 Tom Ratliff are not pictured. Ross's motion to rescind the questionable reorganization was later voted down, 3-2. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) on I As for Mr. Butcher who had been voted out By David H. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor as president, he explained later in the meeting Although the Gilmer County Board of Edu- that according to the 1999 State Statute deal- will meet cation meetings are normally pretty friendly ing with Open Meetings, the agendas for pub- rHallfor affairs, some harsh assessments of and corn- lic meetings must be made public three days The ments about the public body's operating pro- before the actual meetings or two days in attend, cedures were made during its regular May 12 advance for emergency sessions. This law will session by two of its own. wasn't followed at the time of the Apr. 28 • , June 2 at Board member Carol Ross questions the election of officers, he maintains. pUDIIC legality of the board's recent reorgamzat~onal In a written statement, Mrs. Ross, further- meeting, at which time Mr. Tom Ratliff was more, argues that the election was invalid for Service elected president to replace the then acting the following reasons: First of all, "the new on Mort., president, Larry Butcher. Owing to the resig- agenda item, 'reorganization of the Board' is g- nation of long-time President Steve Duelley, too important to be done hastily. All board the then vice-president, Mr. Butcher, had members-- and the public -- should have had stepped up to sit in the board's top chair, at least three days notice to consider the item." for In reviewing the procedure followed to Secondly, "there was no emergency situa- the month, replace Mr. Butcher at its Mon., Apr. 28 tion requiting immediate action. Any board tcitizen meeting, however, Mrs. Ross urged her fel- member can act as president pro tern." Bevedy low board members "to rescind the motion Thirdly, "the configuration of the board passed (at that previous meeting) t° add 're°r- table made seeing, hearing, and discussion uested, ganization of the Board' to (its) agenda." extremely difficult" because they were at a the As a result, she says, "I would also ask that local school's linkage meeting where the seat- tn. thesubsequentelectionof°fficersbenulland ing provided didn't offer opportunities to void." She, herself, had been elected vice- president during the move. Continued on page 6 IIIIII 3 13 7-8 9 9 ............... 12-13 .......... | 1~ |! 14 0ment S --- granted to of Small in those hand of hourty yet escape 000000000000 000000000000 U.S. Senator Byrd to have visited federal prison for dedication; Open House update The new Federal Correctional lnstitution-Gilmer (FCI-Giimer) planned a special, semi- private Dedication Ceremony featuring U.S. Senator Rohert 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 380 personnel, marly of whom will be W l~St Virsg~mitns, thereby resultingnitnca decrease in unemployment in this hard-pressed state, p " "re here, also, was an " "ement, 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 LIONS CLUB'S CARNIVAL -- Last week The Lions Club of Gienville 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 com dog"), Larry Chapman, Ashley Hickman, Brenda McCartney, Bob Archer, and Oral Cunningham. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor i 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 opumlsm at~out tlans localvty's May 28~30, the new motel's (Lilenvllle Inn- economic growth of today and lookfng even Best Western) construction is moving ahead more favorably to its future, fbr 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 ley, owner of the Manley Farm across the county's Economic Development Ass~ia- 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 0 POST OFFICE FOOD DRIVE: A SUCCESS -- The 11th Annual Letter Carriers' for more stories. Food Drive in Gilmer County was a major success on May 10. This U.S. Post Office Nevertheless, the general public will also get its chance to view selected parts of the large initiative, spearheaded by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is designed complex of buildings. From 9 a.rn. until 2 p.m. on this Fri., May 30, an Open House will be held to pick up non-perishable food from postal patrons one day a year. Glenville for the public at the recently activated correctional institution. Postmaster Don Markley (I-r) proudly shows the postal bins of food collected --- a According to a news release from Warden Bryan Bledsoe's office, the walking tours, which cache of about 850 Ibs. to benefit Gilmer County's Community Resources, Inc. which will be guided by prison employees, are estimated to last one hour, commencing every 15 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 minutes. 'Area Briefs' Con ued on page 6 comes just in the nick of time. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.)