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P__e_ le Volume 105, Number 23 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, June 4, 2009 This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Bless all of our students who have recently graduated, both at Gilmer County High School and Glenville State Col- lege, so that they might march forward in their lives and careers without perplexities. Provide the people of Gilmer County with good health, happiness, and stable finances during this national recession. Most importantly, ease the pain of those suffering from illnesses, among them Judy Stal- naker, Michaela Bame, Wanda Luzader, Mar- garet Moss, Tom Reaser (recovering from by- pass surgery), Don and Marilyn Phillips, Blake Grogg, Becky Sprouse, and T.A. Corcoran, Jr. (who faces artery repair surgery). Finally, help our community leaders come together in order to support the Glenville Mov- ing Forward Downtown Revitalization plan, via of the Mollohan-FRN grant. Amen. ii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiill ~! i!iii::iiii::':iiiii::ii :: i:: :: ~!~:iliiii::ii:ii:; ili::::;::: ::;::~i:,i~i~!i:~:~:~:!iiii:.i:i:.:: i:: :::: :i~:i; iiii:: i i:~i!:! :, i ::i~ :::::iii:: i~i~:!i: U.S. & W.V. History Shorts Be proud of West Virginia and American history, and learn some of it here! Addition- ally, don't forget to fly your Red, White, and Blue Stripes on Sun., June 14 -- Flag Day. On June 2, 1951, Sgt. Cornelius H. Charlton, a native of East Gulf in Raleigh County, Was mortally wounded in Korea. For his heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor; On June 3, 1861, the first land battle of the Civil War was fought at Philippi; On June 4, 1750, Thomas Lord Fairfax conveyed 400 acres on Lost River in present- day Capon District, Hardy County, to William Warden, on which he later built Fort Warden; On June 6, 1944, Allied forces, including a substantial number of West Virginians, launched the Normandy mvasi~ri; and On June 7, 1895, Elizabeth Kee, who later became the first woman to be elected to the U. S. Congress from West Virginia, was born. (Her husband's parents are buried in the Otterbein Cemetery in Gilmer County.) ilmer Goings VETERANS' FLAG UNIT The Veterans' Flag Unit will be a part of the Folk Festival parade on June 20 at 1:30. Organizer Damon West suggests that all veterans report to the Pizza Hut parking lot at 1:00 p.m. Those veterans not able to walk, please bring your car and join the parade. (Continued on Page 7A) P u blic Mieetings At 7 p.m. on next Mon., June 8, the Gilmer County Public Service District's Board will meet at their West Main Street Office. The public is invited to attend. Community General Elections will be held all day in Glenville and Sand Fork on next Tues., June 9. At 5:30 p.m. on Mon., June 15, the Glenville City Council will meet at City Hall to canvass the General Election's ballots. Then, if no challenged is issued, the election's results will be certified at another special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., June 17. The winners will be sworn in at 6 p.m. on Tues., June 30. The Gilmer County Board of Educa- tion will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon., June 8 at the high school's library for one of its regular monthly meetings. Inside This Week The Editorial Page ...................... 3A Sports .......................................... 1B Obituaries ................................... 6A Society ...................... 6-7A & 5-10B Courthouse News ....................... 4B Legals ....................................... 2-4B Classifieds ............................... 8-9A GGOs .......................................... 7A Ballard's Chevy (Weston) ......... 5B Jack Garrett Ford (Spencer) .... 5A Spencer Auto Group .................. 7B Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week "[The] spirit of brotherhood recog- nizes of necessity both the need of self- help and also the need of helping others in the only way which ever ultimately does great good, that is, of helping them to help themselves." Theodore Roosevelt American president & war hero (1858-1919) "We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is." Mark Vonnegut In a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut High School highlight graduation ceremonieS weekend in Gilmer By David H. Corcoran, Sr., bed every day and gave us money to spend Publisher-Editor and have fun." She also credited the school's There were no surprises at the Gilmer teachers for doing a good job: "We need to County High School's graduation exercises keep a special place in our hearts for them." on last Friday evening. The most humorous speaker that evening The smiles on all of the seniors' faces and was senior, Tiffany Hall, the class's historian. their jubilation was only surpassed by the She traced the antics of some of her class- pride of their parents, grandparents and guard- mates in each year starting with the seventh ians in attendance -- when they were finally grade and ending that evening at graduation. handed their hard-earned diplomas. "We now have to reflect on these memories," One of the class's two top students, Brit- she added. tany Ellyson, noted, "We have established Notably,shesingledoutCatherineButcher many friendships over the years, and every- (a classmate) who scored over 1,000 points one in this senior class believes it was the best on the Lady Titans' Basketball Team. She, ever (to graduate from the school)."also, stressed that the school's other athletic In concluding her remarks, she urged her teams were strong, as well. classmates"nottogiveupontheirdreamsand In an upbeat concluding wish, she in- to persevere in the years to come." structed her classmates to "go out and to The second top senior, Beth Ann Moyers, change the world." stressed that her classmates shouldn't forget Lastly, Mrs. Butcher, who is noted for the sacrifices made by their parents and grand- parents, outlining that "they got us up out of Continued on Page 4A PRESENTING THE GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL'S CLASS OF 2009 -- To highlight last Friday evening's commencement ceremonies, High School Principal Nasia Butcher presented the 75 members of the senior Class to Schools' Superinten- dent Ed Toman, saying that they had met all requirements for earning their high school diplomas. Mr. Toman, then, declared them to be graduated. (Staff photos on this page by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) eooooeoooo ooooooeooo Pisgah Church on SR 5 to feature Harmony Boys At 2 p.m. on this Sat., June 6, the nationally-respected Gospel Harmony Boys and the local Steve and Leonard Stalnaker brothers will be the featured singers at the Pisgah United Methodist Church. Both groups have entertained the Homecoming crowds at the historic church in years past. Pisgah is located on SR 5, seven miles west of Glenville. The general public is welcome to attend this free gospel and Bluegrass gospel sing. Elections in Glenville & Sand Fork next Tues. Don't forget that the General Elections in the communities of Glenville and Sand Fork will take place on next Tues., June 9. In Glenville, voters will decide who the next mayor will be: Councilperson Lisa Smart is seeking that post, with her name being on the ballot, while the "Write-in Candidates" challenging her are civic activist and volunteer, Tashua Allman, and Glenville businessman, Joe Putnam. In the race for I st Ward Councilperson is incumbent William J. Grottendieck, III, who is being opposed by a former GSC dept. head and federal wildlife retiree, Carl. L. Armour. For the 2rid Ward seat, incumbent Councilperson Kay Moore is in a face-off with volunteer firefighter, Charlie Campbell. Running unopposed are the following incumbent candidates: City Recorder-Treasurer, Cathy Nolan; 3rd Ward Councilperson, Dennis T. Fitzpatrick; and 4th Ward Councilperson, Jimmy Mencer. Finally, in the 5th Ward, no one filled for the councilperson's seat in order to be listed on the ballot, but long-time educator, Betty Anderson, is running for it as a "Write-in Candidate." In the Town of Sand Fork, Martin Hess and Frankie "Andy" Tomblin Jr. are both running for mayor, thereby replacing long-time Mayor Carl Carr. For the Town Council, Sue Edwards and Judith Jones are the only candidates on the ballot. Since up to five candidates can be elected, James "Bud" Spanr is the only "Write-in Candidate" running. Also, for the Town's Recorder, Karl N. Hamric, is running as a "Write- in." According to Sand Fork officials, the town needs more citizens willing to run for Town Council seats. Old Glenville High's banquet deadline: June 10 Quentin Stewart, president of the Old Glenville High School's Alumni Association, announces that the 2009 All-Class Reunion will be on Fri.-Sat., June 26-27 in Glenville. For alumni banquet reservations, it's essential that you contact Denzil Huff at 304-462-8738; or, better yet, mail him the $20.00 per dinner price, with checks payable to "GHSAA," to: Denzil Huff, RR # 1; Box 143, Cox's Mills, WV, 26342-9742. He needs this information by next Wed., June 10 in order to inform the College of how many meals to prepare. The Alumni Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. on Sat., June 27 in GSC's Mollohan Center's Ballroom. The anniversary classes of 1939, 1949, and 1959 will be honored. Moreover, as always, the Friday night "Pew-Wow" will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Fri. evening, June 26 at the Gilmer County Senior Center. The honored classes-- mentioned above -- are asked to bring any memorabilia or photos of their classes in action that they can find in order to display on the Senior Center's tables. "Memories are made of this," states Margaret Miller Goodwin, a long-time backer of the alumni gathering and chief sponsor of last week's "Glenville High School ... Through the Years" special edition to this newspaper. Finally, President Stewart stresses that it's not too late for all alumni and their families to mark June 26-27 on their calendars, and to reunite with their classmates at the 2009 GHS Red Terror Alumni Reunion. More information and updates can be found at ~~~ Corrections and clarifications ~~~ In the May 21 issue of this newspaper, we editors did an "Area Brief" story about several teachers getting sick from the flu bug at Glenville Elementary School. To the contrary, Principal Toni Bishop confirmed that only one teacher saw a physician, but that it was never determined what brought on the school personnel's illnesses. She did stress that it wasn't the Swine Flu, which was perplexing public health officials all over the county at that time. Also, in that issue, we editors ran a picture and caption about Hospice's Health Fair, noting that a Breast Exam vehicle would be provided at the June 22 Health Dept. Health Fair (announced on page 1 in this current issue). We'd understood that Minnie Hamilton was sponsoring this special vehicle for physician-prescribed breast exams, but were later corrected, Continued on Page 4 ilmer JI4i/es/one In memory of (19 2-2OO9) This sociable gentleman was a Glenville High School alumnus, Korean War veteran, postal clerk, civic participant, and the owner-operator of the old Glenville Pizza Shop for 30 years. Mr. Jamison's complete obituary can be found on page 6A in this issue. TRYING TO KEEP GILMER COUNTIANS HEALTHY -- This energetic crew at the Gilmer County Health Dept. is preparing to sponsor a county Health Fair from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Men., June 22 at their Mineral Road Medical Center office. They are organizing this event, because knowing that times are now economically tough for some families, the need for no, or low, cost health tests is critical. In planning for this mega-preventative healthcare event are the following county Health Dept. personnel from left to right: Connie Hacker, Office Asst. II; Carol Beam, Administrator; Brenda Smith, RN; Laura Self, OA I; and Jessica Shreve, Sanitarian. Because of these troubled financial times, and the determination of the Gilmer County Health Dept. to aid this area's struggling families through a much-needed Health Fair, they definitely merit our newspaper,s "Folks Who Shine" recognition for this week. Thanks and keep up you r good spirits and good public services, Health Dept. folks! We editors appreciate your efforts! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor ning for a public Health Dept. plan- Mon., June 22 Health Fair From 8 a.m.-to-3 p.m. on Men., June 22, is, please urge them to come take advantage of the Gilmer County Health Dept. will sponsor the services being offered." a Health Fair at its office in the Mineral Road All screenings will be free, with a reduced Medical Center in Glenville cost for blood work. "Times are hard for many of our citizens Owing to this unusual medical opportunity and quality healthcare is not cheap," stated this June 22, Mrs. Beam advises, "Don't ne- Carol Beam, the center's administrator, in glect your health, take care of yourself. Come making the announcement, out and let us see, if we can help you in any Continuing, she explains, "This is an op- way. portunity for us to provide free services to Formoreinformationaboutthetestsorthis many people who would not otherwise be able Health Fair, please call the Health Dept. at to afford them. If you are not in need of this 303,-462-7351. valuable opportunity, but know someone who Gilmer County's BOE also frustrated by SBA's inaction By Cassandra Huff, unanimously approved the minutes from their May News Reporter 11 regular meeting, and the May 15 special meet- The Gilmer County Board of Education meet- ing. ing held on Tues., May 26 was quite a busy one, in Under Superintendent's information, Superin- more ways than one. tendent Ed Toman touched briefly on the matter of ~[[~r lhe meetinc~ wa~ called to order_ the Roard rescinding one of the. RIF's already approved, and not posting the first grade position at Sand Fork ! Glenvdle s mayoral Elementary. He acknowledged, though, that the matter would be covered when the Board reached race heats up the personnel items on the agenda. Board Reports By David H. Corcoran, St., Board member Dorothy Rhoades gave a break- Publisher-Editor down on the Medicaid funding the BOE has re- Early this week, Tashua Allman, one of the ceived through April 2009 as $158,958.67. two "write-in" candidates for Glenville's elec- She indicated that she had recently attended a workshop, with the major topics being a new style tive mayoral position, brought in a political of leadership and standards. Member Rhoades, advertisement, which was critical of one of her further, related that the same speaker wouid look opponents, Lisa Smarr, a current forward to making the same presentation to the councilperson. Principals of all Gilmer County's schools. For details, Ms. Altman's ad is located on BOE President Phyllis Starkey shared with page 6A in this issue, those present that she had spoken with Mr. Howard But, applying our newspaper's long-stand- O'Cull, Executive Director of the West Virginia ing "fairness" rule as it relates to the issue right School Board Assoc., and that Mr. Ron Continued on Page 4A Continued on Page 4A l E-mail this newspaper at 91envillenews@gmaiLcom or at; or fax us: 304-462-7300.