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June 13, 1975

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38 [ The GI Published By And For (;ilmer County People GLENVILLE. GILMER COUNTY. WEST VlitGINIA Single Copy Price tSc Ilacl. Tax] ] Friday, Juae 13. 1075 to re.route traffic by Upgrade traffic in of only to GSC Forestry today. program said citing of Mineral to in state road all the )le of clearing said Will not ease of Mineral to pave a is going to Once the GSC increased of Recreation and Medical by Dr. COmmunity revealed that flows at a month. The thought Road to sufficiently of traffic. Was some Road project to regain- Traffic back Walnut to traffic directions, would traffic Medical Walnut r for Safety was "no Charleston He telephone week. not enough PUrsue the 1 of a road which 5,000; Counread his ci] last across Said It all; Resurface and widen Mineral Road to 17 feet [road varies between 13-15 feet in width at present] and improve drainage only as far as the Forestry Building. Lower the grade near the intersection at Rt. 33/119. Traffic will remain two-way. Hall said project bids will be released soon. He estimated the project would begin in late Fall. Hall also told Gillespie the State Department of Highways would set up a Traffic Flow Program to determine if re-routing of traffic along the lines proposed by District 7 engineers were necessary. He said the survey would be made over the coming year. The proposed Mineral Road plan conceived by District 7 engineers followed an initial upgrading project in August. 1973. one of Mayor Gillespie's first undertakings. At that time. a triangle was constructed to improve traffic congestion at the intersection of Mineral Road and Rt. 33/119. Mayor Gillespie and City Council determined that the triangle would be the first portion of an improvement project. especially when it was learned the college was constructing a sports complex, including a football field. Medical Center officials wrote Hull and asked that the road be upgraded. Dr. Burke also notified Hull. Other groups that use the Recreation Center facilities, like the County Fur Trappers, requested road improve- ment, including re-routing of traffic. Heavy surveying by Department of Highways crews began in February and continued for three weeks, followed by a recommendation by state engineers at District 7, Weston, to re-route traffic, at a cost of $350,000. That recommendation was apparently not heeded by the Charleston office. As part of the re-surfacing project, the City Council passed a resolution June 2 giving up any fights to Mineral Road. requesting the Department of Highways to designate the road a part of the state system. It was also learned that a Department of Highways official suggested to Gillespie that the city repair a bad slip on Sycamore Rd. If the city repaired the slip, the official said, the state might be able to pave Sycamore all the way to Mineral Road. Giltespie reportedly spurned the offer, saying Sycamore was a county-maintained road and, in addition, that the city did not possess the estimated $20,000 to repair the slip and improve drainage. program for city workers is paid for by the city. "We completed the previous administration's project of expanded Events and Activities THURSDAY, JUNE19 All Day 3.~0 p,m. 7.~0 p.m. 7:30 p. m. 9:30 p.m. COUNTRY STORE AND SOME EXHIBITS SHAPE NOTE SINGING SCHOOL Glenville Presbyterian Church MUSIC AND STREET DANCING Main Street FOLK AND MUSIC AND DANCING GSC Auditorium RECEPTION FOR BELLES AND FRIENDS Dr. and Mrs. Byron J. Turner 211 High Street FRIDAY, JUNE 20 All Day 11 a.m. 11 a.m. p.m. 2. 0 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3. 0 p.m. 7.~0 p,m. 7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. COUNTRY STORE OPEN, EXHIBITS Et DEMONSTRATIONS BELLES LUNCHEON G SC F oneer Center [Reservations required] BARBECUED BEEF LUNCH AT THE FOLK FESTIVAL FOOD STAND MCGUFFEY SPELLING BEE Trinity United Methodist Church SHAPE NOTE SINGING SCHOOL Glenville Presbyterian Church OLD-TIME FIDDLER AND BANJO PICKIN CONTESTS [for performers over 50 years of age] GSC Auditorium BELLES TEA Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Smith 709 Walnut Street MUSIC AND STREET DANCING Main Street FOLK MUSIC AND DANCING GSC Auditorium INFORMAL GATHERING OF THE BELLES Wesley Foundation Building SATURDAY, JUNE21 All Day COUNTRY STORE OPEN, EXHIBITS Et DEMONSTRATIONS 10:15 a.m. FESTIVAL PAR ADE 11 a.m. BARBECUED CHICKEN LUNCH, FESTIVAL FOOD STAND 1:00 D.m.OPEN HOUSE Mrs. Fern Rollyson 206 Howard Street 1.'00 p.m. p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7. 0 p.m. 7:30 p.m. MUZZLE-LOADING RIFLE SHOOTING MATCHES Gilmer Co. Recreation Center SHAPE NOTE SINGING SCHOOL Glenville Presbyterian Church OLD-TIME FIDDLER AND BANJO PICKIN CONTESTS [for performers under 50 years of age] GSC ~ditorium MUSIC AND STREET DANCING Main Street FOLK MUSIC AND DANCING GSC Auditorium SUNDAY, JUNEZ2 9:30 a.m. RELIGIOUS SERVICE AND SHAPE NOTE SINGING Job's Temple Mayor-elect Delbert L. Davidson and ! I D ' A near-record number of voters | , turned out last week to elect Delbert L. | , Davtdson Mayor of Glenville. | An unsuccessful candidate in the D , last mayoral election. Davidaon logged ' nearly 200 hours in face-to-face ) meetings with city voters and trounced ) his two opponents, Patrick V. Reale and Garry J. Kight. Reale tallied 113 | , votes and Kight had 100. Davidson , collected 219 votes. A total of 465 registered voters | | turned out June 3, three short of the | , all-time record set two years ago when David M. Gillespie bested Davidson | , There are 1,O82 registered voters in | , the city. Official returns showed Recorder ! , Edna White returned to office for her if fifth consecutive', t~,,rm with 324 votes. | Elected to City Council were: | | | I Ward 1 Robert E. Reed, the incumbent, for his fourth consecutive term, over Robert Cooper. 59-15. Ward 2 - Lowell E. Fredin. over Jess R. Pritt and L.D. Putnam; 36 votes for Fred|n, 27, for Pritt and 22 for Putnam. Ward 3 - Lonnie Fitzpatrick, the , incumbent, for his third consecutive term, unopposed, with 81 votes. | ' Ward 4 - Clark Wolfe, over Betty C. | | Wilt and Howard C. Carr; 32 votes for ' Wolfe, 21 for Wilt, and 9 for Corr. I , Ward S - John W. Jam|ran, over Harry | | Hoover, Grog Nicholson and Charles E. | Porter; the closest council race with l | Jamison getting 40 votes, Hoover 37, I | Nicholson 16 and Porter 14. ' It was believed that Davidson = = campaigned more actively than his | , opponents. Reale and Kight. If correct. the hours of handshakes and conservation proved worth while. The scene at election headquart- ers, City Hall, was far from the excited throng which turned out for the final wife l,mdse ealey peet-election glow. count two years ago. A crowd of nearly 200 waited anxiously then as Gillespie won the five-man contest. Only a handful of interested onlookers awaited Tuesday's results, however. When it was over, a calm Davidson shook hands with a few friends while his wi~. Louise trembled with excitement. "I'm not an excitable person." Davidson said. smiling slightly. "Well, I am" Louise exclaimed. "I'm shaking all over." Swearing in June 13 Delbert L. Davidson will be sworn in as Mayor of Glenville on June 13. Mayor David M. Gillespie must leave the city to attend graduate school at Florida State University, Tallahassee, prior to his office expiration date, June 30. City Council accepted Gillespie's resignation effective June 13. in order to facilitate Mayor-elect Davidson's taking over. New members of City Council will be sworn in July 7 at the regular council meeting. Davidson said he ran a personal campaign, trying to contact as many city voters as possible. "I'm pretty tired," he said. "It takes a lot of time to talk to as many persons as I did." Counting votes inside City Hall were Eula Caste, Daisy Jones, Fern Rollyson, Hazel Gerwig and Mary White. Congratulating Davidson after the count were Reale, Kight and Gillespie. Mayor-elected Davidson will be sworn in June 13. Carr re-elected Sand Fork With only 20 persons voting, Sand Fork Mayor Carl R, Carr was re-elected to a third consecutive term last week, Sand Fork, incorporated under the Ray A. Jones, "city council, 18 votes. Lewis Edward, city council, 17 votes. Percy Tomblln, city council, 15 water and sewer services a a cost of name Layopolis. has a population of votes. $814,000; the first time in six years all approximately 200 persons. Carr Lylah Jean Sharps, city council, 10 received 17 votes. He ran unopposed, votes. ." Itsewage lift stations and treatment . ,,,,~ >,-,., d~p plant were in operation. ~ / ~ .... ~* Judy Jones, city council, 10 votes. ~dt ~* " i.~;" ........ ' Also elected to office were: All the council candidates ran as head "Hopefully. we've set a precedent ' '~ " ;"-. >. ~'~.~::~ :~ at cmmcil meetings by distributing i~~~ Judy O'Dell, recorder, 19 votes,unopposed, accordingtoClaudia Grey- College. unopposed, nolds, recorder for the last 23 years. )ane, and copies of agendas and copies of every '~. .... "J ~'~ ~ '~ ..... '~ " ~ Lorraine Foster, city council, 18 Mrs. Greynolds declined to run for to Florida letter sent and received by the mayor, ~ ~,< ~. . " " / ~' ' signifying total, open government. "~*" " ~ ' ~ ~ ~ votes, office this time. ee, Where "I also hope we've established =' '' ---' in library efforts towards long-ranxe projects ~f Police chief Ritch to step down Y nTitleIII such as street improvements. We've He'll only earmarked funds for blacktopping ~.~althoughCamden Flats. Brooklyn and finishing -,uve an the city streets. Hopefully, they can get Nolan Ritchie, chief of Glenville when Reed passed away. He will to Hays City in the near future. Police for the last eight months, has remain acting chief until a l appotntmut ? qP? "I hoped to establish a Business Gill pie and Occupation {1 O) tax at a 50 percent rate which could've brought ,~,, ~.. Vacant the city S38.000 in revenue for capital * ~, 7 ~, improvements and long range -: %, : planning. As it is, we pull in about $15,000 through personal property :~ taxes, $7,500 on utility property taxes and the remainder through a liquor tax a 2 percent utility tax, police fines and parking fees. That B&O tax sure could're helped, especially with our water tank in such terrible shape." "We haven't been successful with ' .......... ' for our loose dog problem. It was one of "" ' " " the biggest nuisances I had to deal : .- .' for with. I couldn't find an adequate . ., - Year. means of enforcing the dog ordinance. , 'o - ' , a ra, s Not only do people deny ownership but " , -,- " . , in, ~. * I'll 1 a-..os, ,, . Work ~-: ~" on Page 9J asked to step down. Ritchie last week told Mayor David M. Gillespie he wanted to revert back to his previous rank of captain. He told the mayor an older, more experienced law enforcement officer should be appointed chief. Ritchie is 24 and was appointed chief after the death of Wilson Reed. The position was supposed to have been a temporary one. Ritchie said. A former State Police officer, Ritchie has been with the local force since February. 1974. ""We will be taking applications for the position to be vacated by Nolan." said Gillespie. "He's done a fine job and we appreciate his taking the chief's ioh replacement is found," he said. In other police matters, Ernest Dale Starcher resigned from the city force Friday, June 6. He cited personal reasons for this decision to leave. Starcher was hired last October, the same time Ritchie was appointed chief. He was sent to State Police School at Institute for training several months ago but returned after two weeks when Officer Denzil Runyon was iniured in an assault and Dallas Goodrich sidelined due to a self-inflicted unshot wound. The police force will be maintained at a four-man level after a new chief is hired, according to Gilles