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Thursday, May 29, 2003 -- Page 3 deserves the support of the campus and town; county junk Board of Gover- in search- who like a ship's liege through the cur- waters that are of 74 appli- tually come to Glen- staff, student ith them, and Then, in the end. he, an up-and-coming at all, who is cur- institution, not of leading our proven col- near-term future may long-term viability mencement speaker, who likewise congratu- lated her. The Commission vs. Mr. James I regret that County Commissioners Larry Corcoran | Illll Chapman, Reta Kight and Dave Hess fell it Column [ [[[ll necessary to taken paid political advertise- merit as an "()pen Letter to the People of ByDavidHC~coran ~ [Hlli Gihner County" to explain their positions Publisher-Edlt~ ] |lll~ relative to complaints made in this paper by Mr. Jim James, a Nutter Run resident who 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 sch(~)l's Board of Governors named him as Interim President on May 14, 2(X)3 with his term commencing on July I. the Board made a wise decision. Dr. The commissioners advanced a number of good 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, corn- summer. 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- vith people, one- always has since its Freemanwillhelppromoteanunificationand ments, anddemandsthanwhathe'sexperienc- as in past decades,forward thrust that no outsider could achieve ing at the commission meetings to-date. r Glenville State in during this inter,,'al. He was a part of the As a small town publisher, I have to be ~:hia. Granted, thecomprehensivere-accreditationself-study, has many places-- all at the same time on some will have tochange worked with the faculty and staff, andsawthe days. In the ca:,~ of the May I commission " meeting, 1 was absent at the first of the after- Order to meet the de- blood on the legislative battlefield carhcr nn noon session, not being privy towhat went on land information age, the)'ear. ity. Most importantly, in the administrative and from I : 15-to- i :30 p.m. Be assured that ifl had Id's candidacy academic spheres, he is principled enough to known that controversy was going to erupt he drop-out who actu- do what is right for the college in the months then. 1 would have been there. I wasn t there ,points to the college's to come. is committed to doing the job as best because the Library Board had called me the s the reason he took he can, and will remain Interim President previousdaytoascertainifrdbethereat' 1:30 at'we out ofconten-until the search committee finds a suitable p.m." for their presentation. I told mere, for the top spot toperson for the permanent position, would, only to find out that they had come in ~ed Dr. Thomas Upon being ap~finted, Dr. Freeman is early to make certain allegations against the Ii who is moving quoted as saying. 'I am privileged to serve commission and Economic Development the presidency of Glenville State College as interim president Association chief, Jim Fealy. Mary's College during the continuation of the search process. The Library Board would do better in the Seminary at My intention will be to remain focused on the future to stick to its story, if they expect their and intense recruitment and academic issues fac- comments to get printed in the paper accu- ing Glenville State College." rarely and to have the corresponding public when first meeting Comeli connec- Virginia's fa- at Hillsboro, graduate. His off- wasn't on Lake seemed sort won both for Literature no other Cornell fact, those know, at the outset, vith my Pearl Buck a "Professor of Ore mov- Many of the Board of Governors' members 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 University and Georgia South- ern University. At Georgia Southern Univer- sity, he also served as department chair, Asso- ciate Dean and Interim Dean of Education. Before receiving his doctorate in Special Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennes~e, he had earned a Master of Arts degree in Colonial History/ Teacher Education and the B.S. Ed. in His- tory/S~:ial 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~GSC together during this interim. That's essential for the college and community's future welfare. impact. As it was, Mr. James chose to give his spin on the story which I personally didn't believe. I'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 rc~)m 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. I 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 el~ would want it now, she'd step aside. This brings up the issue of whether Gilmer Countians practice "good citizenship." For the most part, I 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 bl~ at times in order to create more vital organizmions, inl~ EDA's ease, fund-raising needs to 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- ' to One student s s ry articulated i was impressed with the success story of ceive, they put in much more time on those ['its Appala- Aundreasha J. Overbaugh Bayless in earn- jobs than the monetar~ reward they receive. and historic heft- ing her college degree from Glenville State They aren't perfect, but in covering that group ght tfiat we could College at its May I0 graduation, for this newspaper for the past eight years, I )nal Commission Although some of our state's legislators haven't found them to stray very far, if at all, tionship with the don't think Gienville State College is neces- from their primary duty of serving the people d the needy in this sary, this 1998 graduate of Richwood High of Gilmer County. ! couldn't recommend that 1. School, and resident of the Richwood area any of them resign at this time; they re too l~reeman couidn t have earned her teaching degree with- valuable to the county s future. (In the past and ents without GSC. Most importantly, the high level of in other counties, I ve fought the commission- encouragement that she received from her ers tooth-and-nail, calling for their resigna- GSC was educator to head RObert Freeman's Provost he's a man of action, very helpful fying the and in family and the school's faculty made the daily two-hour drive from Richwood to Glenviile 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 corn- 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 erfurt 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. ] It [k Festival isthe States. Of we have become heard from. Actually the first West Virginia State Folk Mary Vitale po~ the question"Are we the Festival was held at Jackson's Mill in the 40s. oldest?" on our Folk Festival web site It, too, died out for a few years and was with no response. I re-activated in Glenville in 1950by Dr. Patrick asked Tracy and Ginny Schwarz and others Gainer. We receive a small government grant who attend other festivals. Several mentioned and are tax-free. All fifty-five counties are was Galax, Virginia. invited to send Belles, and fifty-four of them : a claim that Now we get into semantics. Note the word- have done so in past years. Musicians come the oldest. The ing oldest "continuous" or "longest running." from numerous states, but crafiers are limited i, and here v asSeveral older festivals stopped for a few years to West Virginia. We strive to remain pure in don't know to and picked up again. Notice the word "state.'" folk music and art that is indigenous to our date in wille was Ginny had a recen! contact with Galax and state. was told it is privately run- Nw vt appears mat Our publicity declares that on June 19, West Virginia has the oldest, continuous state 2003, we have the 54th Annual West Virginia COordinator and Folk Festival in the United States. A purist State Folk Festival. ! believe it to be truthful may ask if we have the right to that claim if it to claim that we are the oldest. We would like brochure is not organized by the WV Division of Cui- for you (the reader) to come. she had ture and History. used in a s to illustrate how of the power to take it away. Furthermore it is evident they are trying to intimidate you (the Editor) and me. in the first paragraph of their response they appear to be highly upset about you printing ' Situtation my letters. They state I am attacking them. There is no altack. I am just stating facts and asking questions. Second paragraph, first ~ntence: Would Letters continued on Page 5 & You can gain publici for your civic, social, church, or youth group or of our 'Guest Editors of the Week!' or column, your mug shot, and a 4-5 sentence biographical sketch of yourself. We're at: P.O. Box 458; 108 N. )n candidates for elective office that their n~ssages for county and civic improven~nts should be in "Paid Political Advertisements" in order to t',z in compliance with the election laws. iii i HI iiiiiiiiiii i , i iiiiiii iiiii1,111 ii i Congratulations 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 / ?ple the best in the future. See Congratulations Grads advertisement on page 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! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor 'Service above Serf' Dinner next Tues. The Glen ville-Gilmer Rotary Club deserves the support of the County's people, especially from all four magisterial districLs. 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 Mapel 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 selfless civic-mindedness would go unrecognized, thereby decreasing the amount of volunteerism in each of our communities. Over the past few years, this once-a-year recognition dinner has suffered from dwindling numbers of attendees. Yes, people are too busy with their work, too busy with their recreation, t(,J busy with their preoccupations, etc. to set aside an hour-and-a-half to attend |civic dinners unless their husband, wife, child, mother, father, aunt, or uncle is specifically Igetting an award. Everyone, of course, can't go to every achievement dinner that this county's organizations sponsor. At the same time, this Service Above Self.Award is something special, much like the GilmerCounty 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 Gilmer County High School's Improvement Council, West Virginia State Folk Festival, Family Resource Network, the county's Historical Society, Glenville's Good 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-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 tor many county residents to thank the Powells for 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 Glenville for Emmittsburg, Maryland, where their husband and father, Dr. Thomas Powell, Will become president of Mr. St. Mary's College and Seminary. The best remembrance that Powells could Ssibly have of Glenville and Gilmer County will lot of individuals wishing them well. Reservations for the Service Above Self Awards Dinner can be made by calling Mr. Paul Harlmann, 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 Care, 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. D_._HC, Sr. i, bURING THE INTEI ..T.M. "'--s. (As sa/; ,ha to AN IDEA FOR GSC'S BOARD -- With the three top presidential candidates dropping out of the recent Glenville State College search process, Professor Emedtus George Harper, a retired art teacher at the College and our newspaper's regular cartoonist, advances a novel suggestion in this "Cow.toon. One criticism of the College's Board of Governors is that they h ven 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. III I IIII IIIIII II I $1111 I IIIII IIIIIIIIIIIIII1[ II II I 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 & Mastereard are now accepted