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Single Copy Price-50' (47' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People { zr 'y-- Be proud to be an American during these trying times! Don't forget to 'Fly Your Flag' on those two days! See cartoon on Page 3 and related advertisement on Page 7! Ex-P Reagan!M ; and the ing locany. ! l: Pagea i 1Gilmede Sports Sc=-'m -- The search fora new I I GSC head footbali & otheritems, ! / Page4 ! IHealth Happlne --- ; d | Stay healthy in 2004; our I I sponsoring provUers want to youtl ilmer Goings HUD MEETING The HUD Rental Assistance Program is available to residents who qualify under the low-income limits that need help with their rent through a private landlord. A meeting will be held on Monday, June 14, at 10:30 am at the Gilmer County Courthouse where qualified applicants can come and make application. For more informa- tion, call the Housing Authonty of Jackson County at 372-2343. 55 AUVE 55 Alive Driving Class, one day only Tuesday, June 22. Get a reduction for most insurance companies. Call 462-7278 Nelson Smith. THIMBLES AND THREADS QUILT GUILD Regular monthly meeting of Thimbles and Threads Quilt Guild will be held on Thur., June 17th beginning at 9:30 to set up the quilt show at the Meth- odist Church in Glenville. For more information, please contact Doris Norman 462-7012. TANNER BOARD The Tanner School Building Board of Directors will meet on Men., June 21" at 7:00 pro. The public is invited to attend. GILMER COUNTY REPUBUCANS Please meet on Sycamore Road Sat., June 19th, at 12:30 to line up for the Folk Festival Parade. Young Repub- licans and other intere mons are included. Continued on page 9 F ubDic Meetings The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on this Thurs., June 10 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on this Thurs., June 10 at the Society's Holt House Museum's office at 202 East Main Street. The Society will discuss its upcoming programs for the West Virginia State Folk Festival. The meeting is open to the general public. The Gilmer County Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on next Men., June 14 at the Gilmer County High School, A Special Reception for Sue Waggoner will be held from 6-7 p.m. pnor to the meeting, The general public is invited to attend, The Glenville State College Board of Governors will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Wed., June 16 in the Heflin Student Union's Verona Mapel Room. The public is welcome to attend. For details, contact Eleanor Nicholas at 304-462- 4110. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association will meet at noon on next Thurs., June 17 for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is invited. For details, contact President Denny Pounds or Michelle Kight at 304-462-8098. By David H. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor Showing a conservative approach to city gov- ernance, the Glenville City Council delayed making several important decisions until more facts could be obtained. A policy for the use of City Hall, an agree- ment with Charter Communications and the proposed Hotel/Motel Tax, among other issues --- all subjects of intense discussion at Monday's regular City Council Meeting were ultimately tabled for the time being until each city councilperson could study the proposals more thoroughly. Mayor Brian Kennedy and the Council just wanted more facts before committing City Coun- cil to these long-term policies. Although the Mayor had worked up" a very elaborate set of rules governing the use of City Hall by outside groups, the Council mainly couldn't agree on the time-frame for groups to schedule usage of the hall. Mayor Kennedy proposed a 30-day notice to his office, thus the understanding being that no community group could book the hall before one-month prior to their event. In the main, this would prevent any one group from scheduling the hall for every Friday evening throughout the year, thereby prohibiting other community groups from using LLOYD 'CASEY' JONES: R.I.P. -- A long- time Glenville State College administrator and Gilmer County civic leader died in a car accident near his Oakland, Md. retirement home on last Fri., June 4. The affable Uoyd "Casey" Jones, 92, a native of Richwood, will always be remembered for his love of his adopted Gilmer County and GSC where he received his college education and, later, served as its business officer for neady five decades. Of late, his quick and clear mind brought back many fond memones of past college and town events to friends at GSC and Glenville High School social occasions. Over the years, he penned down several of le it on that evening. Simultaneously, some Council members felt that certain groups, which have used the hall during traditional holidays, should be allowed to book the facil- ity months in advance. The matter was tabled to give the Council more time to think it over. Likewise, the City's agreement giving Char- ter Communications an exclusive franchise to offer cable services in the community was tabled. "I need to get further information on this, because the document presented to us seems different than what we've agreed to in the past," Mayor Kennedy observes. The Council notes that they would have the option to establish a public service television chan- nel, but the cost of Charter's equipment for this function appeared excessive to them. Finally, the Hotel/Motel Tax statute, which would tax each room at the Conrad Motel $1.50 per night, came under the Council's scrutiny. The Mayor, who met with Conrad owner Jack Conrad, says that Mr. Conrad contends that the tax would have to apply the law equally to all overnight boarding facili- ties in the city, if they rent rooms for under 30 days. Councilman Dennis Fitzpatrick questions, "How much revenue can be generated by this tax?" In quick response, Councilman Bill Grottendieck remarks, "When we looked at this before, it wouldn't produce any revenue for the city's budget." The matter was tabled. The Council did pass the first reading of a new ordinance to regulate cross connections and backflows on Glenville Utility custom- ers' property. Mr. Grottendieck, who is also the Utility's head, explains, "We want to make sure that people who also use wells that the well water can't get back into the city's system. This is a requirement of the Safe Water Amendment to the W. Va. Code. The Health Dept. recommends this too, espe- cially in light of potential terrorism. Glenville Utility has a right to inspect these situations." In the May Police Dept. Report, Chief John Moss outlined that his burea,a started eight new investiga oos, issued two traffic GILMER'S 2004 FOLK FESTIVAL BELLE -- Mrs. Louella Maxwell Stalnaker, a citations, gave out ! 3 motor vehicle warning long-time popular public servant and current civic volunteer par excellence, has been tickets: responded to eightcomplaints, gave namecJ as the 2004 Gilmer County Belle. In this position, she'll be able to assist the three assists during stressful incidents, coy- approximately 30 visiting Belles from the other Mountain Slate counties as to the ered two accidents and issued 18 parking history, folkways and entertainment at Gilmer County's premier event --- the West Virginia State Folk Festival, In this photo, she poses in her Folk Festival pioneer d ress in front of Job's Temple just 10 miles west of Glenville, her family's ancestral church which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Local seamstress Caren White made her two historic dresses for this major event next weekend. Louella Stalnaker, Gilmer's Belle, sees many assets in this rural tickets. In other business, the Council --- Heard Mayor Kennedy State that the high grass needed mowing before the Folk Festi- val; Gave provisional approval to hiring two part-time street workers to help out during the Festival; Okayed the typical blocking off of streets during the Fest; Learned that the federal prison is trying to correct the sewage disposal problems which have resulted in the bad smell at the Sewer Plant; Discussed several unsightly and danger- ous street and household debris problems; the humorous stories vividly for our newspapers' readers to enjoy. His wife, Ella, who preceded him in death, was also well respected as a masterful local public school teacher, as was attested by her former students when the couple returned for school reunions. See his complete obituary on page 5. county, is a master volunteer, By David H. Corcoran, Publisher.Editor After retiring in 1998 and concluding an illustrious 30-year tenure in County Gov- and ernment highlighted by her final 18 years as Upgraded Police Lieut. Charles CountyCterk, Mrs. LouellaMaxwellStal- member of the County's Health Department, Senior Center and Public Library, she affirms, "These volunteer jobs are the most important things I do in life. Best of all, I also enjoy doing McCroskey's job from part to full-time (fol- lowing a 20-minute executive session.) The 7 p.m. meeting adjourned at 9 p.m. The Council set its next regular monthly meeting for 7 p.m. on Men., Jul.y 12. i ; iii iiii !i!iii i iii! ii ii!!i ! !ii!i!i i ! ii i!i; i! ii ;i iii iii! i ii i!!ii! ; ! iii !ii i!i ii !! iiiii ii i!iii iiii ii!ii!iiiii ii iiii i !i i i ii ii ii iiii i !iiii ii iii ii!i iiiii iiiii iiii ii i i i!iiii!i i i these jobs, including several others, such as , working for the Cancer Society, Red Cross, naker admits that, unlike many retirees, it and my church." will be a long time before she ever slows Relative to her involvement at the Sand Fork down. Church of God of Prophecy, she prides herself A current resident ofGlenville with roots on beirlg a "Faith Walker" at the Cancer deep in the Dekalb District, this active ha- Society's annual Relay for Life. "At the 20(92 tive Gilmer Countian is proud to serve as Relay for Life, I won the top fund-raising the County's 2004 Folk Festival Belle. award and our church was the top team," she Although expressing shock at her selec- relates with an air of excitement, adding, "That's tion as this year's Belle, the humble and such a good cause." quiet,mindedMrs.Stalnakershouldn'thave Additionally, the long list of her volunteer been surprised by the high honor bestowed activities extends into a litany oftime-consum-. on her by the county's CEOS Clubs. After ing and often difficult jobs, such as being all, in her six years of retirement, she's active:as a member of the county's Historical , become a master of volunteerism, thereby Society, Public Employees Retirement System doing good for her county wherever and Assoc., Farm Bureau, Economic Development whenever she can and is needed. Assoc., Country Store Museum, Recreation Of her service as a board of directors' Continued on page 6 I II I I II I I I oeeeeeeeeeeeee S eleeeeeeeoeee Gilmer County Post Offices closed Friday Because this Friday has been declared a National Day of Mourning due to the death of ex- President Ronald Reagan, the Post Offices of Gilmer County will be closed. Glenviile Postmaster Don Markley made ttfis announcement on Monday. "There will be.no mail pick- ups or deliveries on that day, and this is a very unusual situation for us; I can't remember this happening before for a deceased president," he said. As of Tuesday's press deadline, no GILMER COUNTY COTTAGE RESTORATION: A GO -- The aging Gilmer County Cottage at Jackson's Mill 4-H Camp, which is pictured above in its heyday of 50 years I The Effttorial Page I ago. needs to be renovated into a showplace once again. And. if the Gilmer County Sports., ......... , ................ :.,,:.i ...... ,....,,,4 i CEOS organizations have their way. that specific improvement can be taken to the bank. At the same time, the local CEOS, which stands for Community Education , O'b Outreach Service under the WVU-Gilmer Extension Service program, are depending I News I on broad public financial support to achieve their goal of banking $100,000 for the total cost of the refurbishment. Meditation Moment Thought for the Week Most importantly, this major plea of the CEOS Clubs throughout the county has not fallen on deaf ears or empty pockets. Of positive note, the Gilmer County Senior Center will also take a leadership role in this massive campaign to renovate and update the "Gilmer County Cottage" at Jackson's Mill near Weston. Recently Helen Hardman, Jackson's Mill's stately executive secretary and administrative assistant, urged on the seniors in a speech here, pointing out that all of the county cottages were built in 1929. Hence, they are in critical need of complete renovations, relative to electnc widng, plumbing and other standard modemizations. The good news is that of the approximately $100,000 needed, $7,000 has already been raised. Moreover, every Gilmer Countian can participate in this worthwhile youth project by mailing a check (in any amount) to Eleanor Shock, CEOS Treasurer, at P.O. Box 113, Normantown 25267. Or, for further information on how you can help put this noteworthy project over the top, contact Mary Oldaker at 462-5761. Mary, the Senior Center's enthusiastic executive director, stresses, "We're now ready get the Jackson's Mill information out to Gilmer Countians. Many have benefited from this 4-H Camp and stayed in the County's Cottage in the past. It's a great project, from which we can all benefit." See related comments in this week's "Corcoran Co/umn" on page 3. "I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness toward anyone." decision had been made to close the Courthouse on Friday, but federal offices will be closed. Edith Otveil English nurse at her exec',~o~ by the Germar.s during~WW /for h~lping the Allies (1865-1915) Belles, 70-year-old ladies r presenting the finest pioneering traditions of 30 different counties, are expected to arrive at the 2004 West Virginia State Folk Festival on next Thurs. and Friday. "This has been a great response and they add much color and charm to the event," states Folk Festival President Ginny Hawker. Another festival highlight this year's fest will be the performances of over 45 musician s who excel in the folkanusic traditions which the Folk Festival tries to preserve, she explains, noting that her own daughter, Heidi, will be a visitor and join her on the stage for a rare mother- daughter singing duet. Moreover, Tracy Schwarz, as a featured fiddler, will kickoff the Festival on Thursday afternoon at the Country Store Museum and that evening also. Dave Bing and the Five Englishmen will be featured on Friday evening, and Gerry Milnes, on Saturday evening. This year's Folk Festival will take place in Glenviile on next weekend, June 17-20. Glenville State College selects ne v coach Alan Fiddler, who has led Moorefield High School to six state Class A championships in the past seven years, will return to his alma mater to succeed Paul Shaffner as the Pioneers' head football co:ch.See the complete story on page 4. Continued on page 6 t !