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T ,&apos;rt,"h i'4 i-".;'-' -<..,"- SMA L' .... ,, !E SW Hey, Democrat Readers: these fine advertisers, as well as our regular On-the-Page advertisers. Also, don't miss our regular page I stories, Circulars enclosed in this week's paper are U-Pak of community correspondents, sports, and editorials m all Glenville, Glenville Foodland, Shop 'n' Save of interesting news.Then, if you need local updates, log-on Weston, and Hardman's of Glenvi!le. These appear to: our newspaper's website! in The Democrat in specified local Zip Code zones Have a wonderful week, good readers; let's all have a or in all papers. We editors encourage you to try out "Happy and Safe Fourth of July Holiday!" Th GI viii D t e en e emocra Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published b3L and for Gilmer County= Peoole Volume 105, Number 27 www.' Glenville, Gilmer County, West Vh-ginia 2f;351 Thursday, July 2, 2009 This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Bless all of our city of Glenville's dedicated volunteers, some of whom were out painting downtown store- fronts earlier this week, including new mayor, Tashua AIIman; Provide the people of Gilmer County and their relatives with good health, happiness, .and stable finances during this national re- cession; Also, ease the pain of those suffering from illnesses, notably Jane Law, Brace Hathaway, Tom Reaser, Judy Stalnaker, Mary Jo Ours, Wanda Luzader, Don and Marilyn Phillips, Blake Grogg, Becky Sprouse, and T. A. Corcoran, Jr. (the editor's brother who faces surgery). Final!y, help our community people come together under new mayors in Sand Fork and Glenville. May they, along with their new Councils, prove to be good leaders and help to improve and beautify Gilmer County. Amen. U.S. & W.V. History Shorts Happy Fourth of July week! Let's especially not forget our state's rich history this week. On July 2, 1949, the Ritchie County community of Mole Hill changed its name to Mountain (perhaps the only time in history a mole hill has grown into a mountain); On July 3, 1941, Albert Blakeslee White, who served as governor of the state from 1901 to 1905, died in Parkersburg; On July 4, 1928, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park was dedicated; the Pearl Buck Birthplace Museum is also close by on U. S. Route 219 i n Hillsboro, Pocahontas County; and On July 6, 1788, Bishop Francis Asbury preached to a large congregation at Rehoboth Church in present-day Monroe County. i Gilmer Goings LITTLE PIONEERS FOOTBALL FINAL SIGN-UP DAY The last day to sign up for Little Pio- neer football is July 11 at the GSC football field from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Please bring a copy of Birth Cer- tificate and wallet sized photo. The basket bingo will be Thursday, July 16 at the Gilmer County Senior Cen- ter. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Games start at 6:00 p.m. For more informa- tion, please call Angie Linger 462- 8265 or Tammy Moore at 462-7588. Continued on page 10 [00ublio M@@tins At 7 p.m. on Men., July 6, the Glenville City Council will meet at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. At 7 p.m. on Men., July 6, the Sand Fork's Town Council will meet at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. At 9 a.m. on Tues., July 7, the Gilmer County Commission will meet at the Courthouse for its regular monthly meeting.The public's input is welcome; but getting an appointment is recommended. Call County Clerk Beverly Marks at 462-7641 for details. The Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Men., July 6 at the high school's library for one of its regular monthly meetings. Inside ThisWe ek The Editorial Page ..... :..,,i ....................... 3 Sports ...................................................... 6 Obituaries .............................................. 10 Society ............................................... 7- I 0 Courthouse News .................................. 11 Legals .................................................... 11 Classifieds ....................................... 12-13 GGOs ............................................. 1 & 10 1st Baptist Church Concert ................... 14 Del. David Walker's Salute ..................... 5 Spencer Auto Group ............................... 7 Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week -- "7}) conquer Fortune and everything else, begin by independence." Jean Jacques Rooseau French philosopher (1712-1778) "Liberty is the capacity to do any- thing that does no harm to others. " Thomas Jefferson American president & Author of the I)eclaration of hzdependence ( 1743-1826) Happy Fou, "th of July! New Superintendent Bennett up- beat about local schools' future By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor In facing the many problems perplexing our Gilmer County's schools, John Bennett, the newly-hired Superintendent of Schools, be- lieves that with the cooperation of everyone concerned, reasonable and workable solutions can be identified and implemented, but school relocations will have to be put into effect in the meantime. These major changes are now in the works for the students and teachers of the Sand Fork and Troy Elementary Schools, along with Glen- ville Elementary (GES), which will house the influx of displaced students, according to Mr. Bennett. Pointing to a January 2009 directive from State Superintendent Steven Paine to Gilmer's Board of Education (BOE), he commanded that the structural soundness of the Sand Fork ind Troy buildings be authenticated, before the state's School Board would allow the students and teachers to remain in them. At that time, the local BOE decided to hire West Virginia University's engineering consultants to exam- ine those buildings. And, they'll start their re- view at the Troy School on July 1, Mr. Bennett announces. Until the review's results either confirm or deny the structural soundness of these build- ings, the local Board has worked up a plan to transfer the Troy students and Sand Fork's 5th and 6th grades to GES, leaving Sand Fork's Pre- K through grade 4 in other buildings at Sand Fork. "There's enough room in the outside build- ings to house the Pre-K through grade 4 classes at Sand Fork," Bennett points out. "There's also enough space at Glenville El- ementary to handle the extra students," he cal- culates. Simultaneously, he is fast to affirm, "We don't want to close any of these small schools, but we must comply with the state's regulations for the health and safety of the students and teachers." Continuing, he hypothesizes, "If the Troy School is found to be okay, they won't have to be moved. We want to put the people of Troy at ease." At this point, he relates that neither of these schools has been found to be structurally un- sound, but they haven't been documented as being sound. "What we're concerned about is that we were directed by the state's School Board to act on this, so it has to be done," he stresses. Schedule of Town Meetings Most importantly, new Superintendent Ben- nett intends to keep the people informed of the progress being made at the schools. "I promise that we will all work together -- the BOE, SBA (School Building Authority), teachers, parents, and the State Board of Education," he empha- sizes, adding, "We'll also need to keep the public informed, via this newspaper, because we don't want anything hidden from the public." As a result, to allay any fears of the public and to explain this projected relocation plan to the respective communities, the Superintendent is establishing the following Town Meetings, and encouraging those interested to attend them. 7 p.m., Tues., July 7, Troy Elementary School; 7 p.m., Wed., July 8, Sand Fork Elemen- tary School; 7 p.m., Thurs., July 9, Gienville Elemen- tary School; 7 p.m., Men., July 13, Normantown El- ementary School. Untrue rumor One of the latest rumors circulating on the street is that the State's BOE will take over the Gilmer County Schools in order to correct the problems, thereby taking away the local BOE's authority to administer the Gilmer schools and putting Mr. Bennett out of a job. "To my knowledge, this rumor just isn't true," the Superintendent states, mentioning that he'd just talked to Dr. Steven Paine, who told him, "We want to work with you. We're not interested in taking over your school system." A futtriew with  32years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and career center administrator-director, John Bennett feels up to the task of leading this school system into a positive future. "This is a great challenge, and I'm looking forward to working with everyone to correct our problem areas," he stated, with his characteristic smile and can-do attitude during an exclusive interview with this newspaper. At the same time, he foresees that all factions Continued on page 4 Gilmer BOE able to make progress with new Superintendent at the 'Wheel' By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter The Men., June 22 Gilmer County Board of Education (BOE) meeting was quickly on-track with business, and chugged peacefully right along. The meeting was called to order, and the matter of approving minutes of two previous meetings was put before the Board. It was brought to their attention that the minutes of the June 8 regular meeting, as well as the June 17 special meeting, needed to be corrected and amended. This was done unanimously. Reports Board Member Dorothy Rhoades gave a report on RESA VII, and the Medicaid monies received I through May 30, 2009. Vice President Larry Butcher gave a report on varied items involving the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center. He indicated that the SBA Project is to be started this summer. Vice President Butcher also gave a brief on the expense the EPA is causing the Career Center. Its wastewater treatment station is tested on a periodic basis, and some time ago, only one of the tests produced a bad result. Thereafter, the EPA is charg- ing the Career Center approximately $1,000 per month for monthly testing over a period of at least Continued on page 4 i ..-.-.... Area Briefs ......... Gilmer PSD wants water for Cox's Mills At its June 8 meeting, the Gilmer County Public Service District (PSD) announced that it would be seeking $3.2 million in governmental assistance in order to extend reliable, public water to the Cox's Mills area. PSD Chairman Bill Stalnaker stated, "The people in Cox's Mills have been requesting it for some time." Since the SR 5 project has been completed, providing 140 customers with water, the PSD Board felt it was time to press forward to provide up to 104 customers in the Cox's Mills area with public water. As a result, the Board gave the go-ahead to Matt Fluharty, an engineer with Thrasher Engineering, to seek $1.5 million in Small Cities Block grants and $1.7 million from other sources. "We now just need to get the local people out to see Congressman Alan Mollohan's representative, and to say that they want the water," Mr. Stalnaker urged. The next PSD meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Men., July 13 at the West Main Office. Glenville City Council hears Mayor Bennett in his Farewell Address on June 1, Mayor John Bennett, who is now Gilmer's new Superintendent of Schools, told his City Council: "It's been nice serving as your mayor?' Continued on page 11 00ilmer 0000i,ilestone "  In memory of Q 004aIpr Carl t3-00. Carr (z94-2oo9) who was the 38-year Mayor of Sand Fork, a Gilmer County contractor, and Board member of many civic organizations over the years. First and foremost, though, he was a steadfast advocate for the Sand Fork area in many, varying forums, making a lasting impact on that region. The complete obituary of the Honorable Carl Carr is located on page 10 in this issue. DEDICATING THE NEW TOWN HALL-- Sand Fork Mayor Frank Tomblin (I-r)looks on, as Senator Richard Facemire addresses the crowd gathered outside of the newly constructed town hall during the facilities dedication on Mon., June 29. House of Delegates Majority Leader Brent Boggs and State Senator Joseph Minard prepare to cut the ceremonial ribbon. (Staff photO by Lisa Belknap, Staff Reporter) Ga,'a Dedication Ceremony at Sand Fork's new Town Hall Building By Lisa Belknap, town council -- pointing out efforts by Sue Edwards, Staff Reporter Judy Jones and Bud Spear. The town of Sand Fork was bustling with digni- "It's a pleasure to be here dedicating and bring- taries on this Men., morning June 29. ing-on this new facility, that we've all watched Mayor Frank "Andy" Tomblin, and his town grow," said StateDelegate Boggs, extendingthanks council, welcomed state and county officials to the to the town council, county commission, former l0 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly- elected representatives and volunteers who, to- constructed and landscaped Town Hall. gether, helped make this new building a reality. "This is something tO be proud of," State Senator "It's only going to be good things in the future," Richard Facemire (Dem.-I 2th Dist.) told the crowd he said and; then, spoke of the Gilmer-Braxton gatheredoutsidefortheevent,"Iknowtherewillbe Technology Research Center. The research center many fun and good and sometimes even sobering will be instrumental in bringing high-sPeed wire- times here. lt is a wonderful day to be an American. less technology to the area. He explained that It is a wonderful day to be a West Virginian." federal money has enabled a collaboration with Adding to that bright message, Mayor Tomblin Micrologic of Buckhannon that will eventually told the public, "The work you see here has been bring the needed innovation to Gilmer County. performed through private donations and grants "Sand Fork is certainly one of the areas where we through both federal and state government." His want to get a tower ... and get wireless out to as remarks followed the ribbon-cutting by House many people as possible," he says. Majority Leader Delegate Brent Boggs (Dem.- Delegate Boggs explained that these efforts to 34thDist.)andSenatorJosephMinard(Dem.-12th bring more modern technology to this area are Dist.). The mayor went on to extend thanks to his Continued on page 4 WARRIOR HOLDS CROWD SPELLBOUND -- For his hour-long presentation, and later one-and-a-halfhour question-and-answer session, Ostenaco (second from left), a French & Indian War warrior (portrayed by Doug Wood of St. Albans), told of his 18th century story of war exploits, explaining his tribe's customs, meeting with governors of Virginia, and singing a few Indian songs. He entertained a packed house on Thurs. evening, June 18 at the Gilmer County Historical Society's Annex, as a part of the Society's contribution to the Folk Festival's 2009 success. Conversing with him for some time afterwards were from left to right: Shelly Williams, of FL; (Chief Wood), Marion Reed (Society president); Karen Pennebaker, of Troy (Society's master volunteer); and Martin and Marian Wade, of Philadelphia, PA. The Wades said that they came to the Folk Festival from so far away, because they just love music. Moreover, they stayed in Glenville for the whole festival. Gilmer County Circuit Court News Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire appeared in Gilmer County last week and conducted his motion day (rescheduled from Men., June 22). One fugitive from justice waived extradition back to New York for a probation violation. Antonio Romero Vaquero was represented by Brian Bailey, of Homer. New York authorities have seven judicial days to pick up Vaquero, or he will be released July 6. One juvenile was before the Court for a status atter being placed on a one-year improvement period February 23. Prosecuting Attorney Gerald B. Hough represented to the Court, saying the subject was doing well and will return to Court for another status hearing Sept. 28, at 9:00 a.m. Four criminal cases were in Court for sentencing as follows: State vs. Jermaine Graham: He was given 30 days in the Central Regional Jail for destruction of property (with credit given lbr time already served). He also was placed on a six-month pre-trail diversion for brandishing. No fine or court costs were imposed on Graham, who was represented by Christina Flanigan, of Buckhannon. State vs. Roy Jenkins, Jr.: He was found guilty by a jury earlier in the term of two felony charges: Continued on page 4 E  1- t t  I tI 0000llBi00]i00i[Jgll]|ilill;lllli]lJilll/lllliillllll];I ] IllllllJglilllTIi, I |:t!' tll )l[I;ltilll :: 00}ll]r00lll00:rllll