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May 30, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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May 30, 1975

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Published By And For Gilmer County People ~._ ....................... GLENV~iLLEI GIilMER COUN"I~'. wEST ViRG/NIA" ......................... Si g,e Copy Pri e r.., ...... ____j m=y, M=y-N, ,qllllll, I i I was appointed Years ago and has since. the job paid at that time. --~. ~e~b~c t 25 cents huckling. | "0oa onth for ~ and will earn $200 Fp~tY1,. when a pay oniy fitting LrtlPnsibilities. She miautes for all city as treasurer. and disburses all absentee ballots licenses, gives reports on the ]~street fund and is iffi..- ~ in order. leaves the city, eltlce, the ~fmcapproxi- al year Edna will be at her desk at an appointed daily time after the election. Business seams to be picking up. 'Tee enjoyed my job mostly, serving under three mayors {Boyd Collins, J.W. Beall and David Gillespie,) but there have been times when rye been a little frustrated," she said. "Council sometimes has argued and discussed business in the past when it should have been a little bit more organized. Recently, with an established agenda and letters of information, the council is more coordinated. I agree with an insight made by one of the mayoral candidates that a committee system should be used to facilitate matters. It's bard to keep track of things when everybody talks at once," she said. Edna never attended council meetings before being appointed recorder, but has a bit of advice for city residents who stay away. "It may sound high-toned now, but I believe citizens should attend council meetings. Except for the time when council was considering a business and occupation tax {November, 1973) and 55 parsons attended, them is rarely a face," she said. "The people ought to find out what's going on." It was a difficult time for Edna in February. 1974 when her husband, Dick, suffered a serious heart attack, but she didn't miss a meeting or slack up on her responsibilities, besides maintaining a nightly vigil at Dick's Grantsvilla hospital bedside. Dick. also 66. is fine now. He retired prior to this illness from the U.S. Agriculture Department. He and Edna built their home at 210 Howard St. 10 years ago, after living in rented homes here since their marriage in 1038, T'be ,. mrst in her position ~as the trial and subsequent lawsuit involving oil and gas well promoter Cecil Ranmey. presently living outside the county, Ramsay was found not guilt~ of assaulting a k~al police officer in trial last summer held in Braxton County. Ramsay's million- dollar suit against the city was eventually dropped, but the city had to pay a hefty sum of nearly $3,000 in court costs. "Other than the Ramsay suiL the city has not had to deal much with litigation," she said. "'And that's certainly a relief." crop/eta course is of the Gilmer Department 24-hour the Education with West fire chief in Uraathing search s fire well in the course, especially on the written test. The lowest score was 80 out of a possible 100," said Assistant Fire Chief Grog Nicholson, county-training officer, An advanced section of Basic Firemanship will be taught later in the year. Firefighters who enrolled in the course were: Gerald Davis, Roger Goff, James Gannett, Matthew HalL Freddie Helmick, Harlin Marks. Jerry Martz. David McDonald. Jess McVan~, James Messor. Gregory Nicholson. Ernest Richards. Daniel Williams, George Piasecki, Donald Bailey. John Landis and Edward McElwee. Judy Given sits astride RoMan palomino Thunder, both whmors in the Dressed Horse and Rider catogo~ in Hm~e Show last Sunday, ~ by Aunt Minnie's Farm. Five-year-old horse owned by John Given of Wlhde, Braxton County. Judy, a 21-year-old veteran rider, b John's sh|ter. For mm~ photos and story, see pags6, In a hearing before Circuit Judge P. Douglass Farr in Harrisville, Joseph Leigh Cushman. 34, of Burnt House was granted a mental evaluation by staff physicians at Western District Guidance CLinic in Parkersburg. Cushman appeared in connection with the April death of Robert Arthur Godfrey, 35, of Burnt House and alleged armed robbery of Nancy Godfrey, wife of the victim, also of Burnt House Cushman had bebn held in the Ritchie County jail in Lieu of $8,000 bond but will now be held in the Wood County Correctional Center while undergoing evaluation. He is being represented by Attorney David Hanlon of Harrisville. The hearing grew out of an investigation which had its start in Marietta. O.. where Cushman was arrested April 2, after a service station operator had alerted authorities to the possibility of a drunk driver on 1-77. What started out to be a routine traffic arrest saw Cushman booked for driving without a license and a concealed weapon and brought into the case the police of both Ohio and West Virginia. Subsequently police learned that Mrs. Godfrey had reported her husband missing. When authorities finally pieced together the story, they learned Cushman worked for a construction company operated by Godfrey and was a tenant on the Godfrey farm. April 1, Godfrey left home to pick up Mrs. Godfrey's car which had been left for repairs at a garage. Tuesday night Godfrey and Cushman were ~ogether at a home of an acquaintance and left together with Cushman driving C, odfrey's car. Later, Godfrey was reported missing. A hunt was started for Godfrey whose body was found near Beatrice on Rt. 47 along the North Fork of the ~hes River. He has been shot , ~.,~h the head twice at cb~e range. 'Authorithm also reported that tim same night David Poske of Rt. 47, reported his house had been broken into and a revolver had been stolen. CAA pkns mmer youti pro mns The Gilmer Calmly Community Action Association (CAA) today announced plans to initiate a full.~le program for youths 10-21 in Gflmer Coun4. Varions schools in the county will be open durin~ summer months to house varius youth programs. involving as many low-incoma youths as possible, according to Patricia Wilmoth, youth aide. Citizens interested in assisting with youth programs are urged to contact CAA. In addition, anyone desiring one or more young parsons on a part-time or a full-time basis to assist with farm chores, mowing lawns, running errands, painting, babysitting, tutoring or similar di~ties - may call CAA for referrals. The race for Mayor of Glenville has narrowed to three candidates with the surprise withdrawal lest Friday by Dr. Louis Manley. Still in the running for the June 3 election are Delbert L Davidmm Garry I. Klght and Patrick V. i~ale. Five City Council seats are also being contested and Edna White is running unopposed for recorder. The paUs will be open Tuesday at Hall fx~m 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All 1,082 registered voters are urged to participate in the city election, according to Mayor David M. Gill~pie, who chose not to run for a second term in order to pursue graduate studies in Library Science at Florida State University at Tallahassee. Manley's announcement that he chose not to run was made last Friday in the form a paid political advertisement which appears else- where in this newspaper. He offered no explanation for his withdrawal and could not be reached for comment or elaboration on his written statement. He was interviewed by this reporter a weak ago and appeared, at that time~ committed to a four-man contest. Edna White, city recorder, said that 1,750 ballot had been printed including Manley's name prior to Friday's withdrawal. She said his name would have to be crossed off in order to eliminate voter confusion. CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES ARE: Ward 1 - Robert Reed, 51, the incumbent from this district having served three consecutive terms. He is a guidance counselor at Lewis County High School and lives at 7 Bank St. Robert Cooper. 28, of 7 Morris St.. a photographer, graduated from Ghmvil~ State Collega with a BA degree in English and Education. He is a native of Sutton. WARD 2 - LD. Putnam, 53, Of 9 E. Main Gilmer County High School will graduate lOO seniors Thursday, May 29. In the meantime, an honors assembly at the school featured awards to the following students; Mrs. Rogucki presented art awards to Mike Bailey, Roger Stalnaker, and Jim Wilmoth. The business award was made to Gaylene Reed by Annette Summers, Jean Rhodes named Arnetta Wilson outstanding cheerleader and presented the cheerleaders for 75-76. Debbie Hemric, Kathy McCartney, Susan Williams, Cheryl Garr, and Barbara Lay for varsity; and Ann Perry, Abby Arnold. Sharri Summers and Moxie Steel for J.V, Abby McHenry received the English award from Bobbi Nicholson. The Home Economics honor went to Janet K. James given by Lavaughn St., a native of Gilmer County, owner of Putnam's Restaurant. Lowed IL Fredln. 30. of 412 Morris Rd., an associate presager of English at GSC since September. 1070. IessL Pritt, 70, of 3oe W. Main St. a retired employee of Equitable Gas Co. WARD 3 - Lmmle r'nzpatrk~ 62, of 701 Walnut St., running unopposed after two consecutive terms. He manages the State Liquor Store. WARD 4- l~stt~ C. W~t, 41 of 4 Charles St. a homemaker and wife of a retired U.S. Army First Sgt. Howard C Cm'r, 37 of 302 S. Lewis St., a maintenance employee at Four D Manufacturing Co, ~ark W~, 56 of 111 Park St.. Glenville Postmaster. WARD - Cl rl E. l m'ter, 72, of 426'/= Charles St., ratJred Equitable Gas CO. employee after 44 years and three montlm. W. lmmken, 42. of 12 Whiting Ave.. postal employee and owner of the Glenville Pizza Shop. Harry He,mr. 55. of 207 Whiting Ave., co-ownar of the Hays City Service Station. 24, Of 2O5 Third Ave., gradtmta of Glendale State college, sales manager for Gflmer Graphics. CANDIDA'rES FOR MAYOR Garry I. 29. of 417 DolUvor St., is a graduate of Gilmer County High School and is employed ns inventory clerk at CCS. He also rune the college print shop and is the owner of the pool hall at Court and Main St. Patrick V. Reals. 59. of 507 Walnut St.. is owner of Modern Dry Cleaners. He has been a resident of Glenviile since ,from the Army in Dersmrt L Bevldmm. 37~ Of 612-4 Walnut St., is owner of Bun ow Village Apartments. Bouch. She also Was given the Citizenship award for her FHA activities and shared the library award with Wilda Mohr Gervdg. Anita Harold received the Readers' Digest award, the Senator Robert C. Byrd scholastic recognition award, and shared the math awards with Rick Carr and Rhonda Fleshar. ]anette Cunningham presented the journalism awards to Kathy Denn/son, Ellen Minney. and Teresa Wright. Ins Burkhamer received the agriculture award. Best musician award went to Mary Beth Butcher, presented by Patricia Barhouse. Mike Boilon, student council president, received the leadership award. Mr. Piercy presented the Principars award to Arnetta Wilson and the "I Dare You Award" to Rick Cart and Rhonda Fleshar. Mike Boflon and Debora Robinson shared the adtivities award. m ,YY are greater ease than vocal conversation. Batten. a native of Weston. is living hands. Bradiim~ ~tttm Jr., an honor in Glanville with his mother, Norms, has the graduate of Georgia School of the Deaf after nearly completing his freshman showing in Cove Spring, recently agreed to year at the well-known Gallaudette a severe conduct a sign languge Adult College in Washington, D.C.. a school birth and Education class at Gilmer County H.S. primarily for shMents with hearing last sevenfor 25 area residents, children and disabilities. often with advts. "I left school in March because I just didn't know what I wanted to study." reasoned "the soft-spoken" smiting young instructor. Until he returns to college, Bradford will work. He's looking for a full-time job but will teach on a part-time basis to augment the family income, provided primarily by his father who works as a machinist in Cleveland, O. Mr=. ~a Ke~mcker, a friend of Bradford's mother and parent of a deaf child, created the idea for the class. "She talked with various social service agencies in the county and they referred her to us," said Bob Hardman, assistant superintendent of Gilmer County schools. "We're authorized by the State Board of Education to conduct Adult Education classes around any subject people are interested in." he added. "Approximately half of the persons an_rolled in Bradford's class have friends, children or other relatives who are deaf." Batton's experience qualifies him as an instructor, along with a vocational endorsement the local board received from Gallaudette. He is being paid on an hourly basis under an Adult Education Grant. according to Hardman. Sign language classes are Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, at the high school. "This is the first time I've ever a taught a large class and I was pretty nervous at first," admitted Batten. "I've only taught one or two persons at a time, usually friends who weren't deaf that wanted to communicate with other friends who are deaL" The ~-ail~t ~ers are a thing of the past, perhaps because tim students are so interested in learning to communicate with family members who suffer a hearing loss. Van Dine, her O-year-old twin brothers, Anthony and Mark. and her mother. Mrs. Keaeeeker, are taking the class primarily to better communicate with Richard, 10. a student at Romney School for the Deaf and Blind. "The kids are picking it up faster than the adults." Alecia said. "We're going to surprise our little brother the next time he comes hems." she added. Despite having a severe sensory neural loss in both ears, Bradford dam not consider himself handicapped, "I've read lips since around the third grade and nobody knows I have a hearing less unless I tell them." he said. Bradford's family moved often during his childhood years because of his father's company transfers. "I've lived in Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and Missouri bat never thought of going to a special school until we moved to Georgia," he said. "Our nsxt door neiZh oors there. ! were very friendly. And they both were deaf. They would come over to (Continued on Page 11) / Stark [I] .rod Vird= elmm. fm 4 /