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July 4, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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July 4, 1975

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I L @ Published By And For Gilmer County People GLENVILLE, GIL,MER COUNTY. WEST VIRGINIA j Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] Friday, 4. fSS / / hem in H. a south of have been a forest of a for single engine lames Fayette in the crash. Commissioner plane was Service in employed was one Philltp H. Stump aro location is c~w treats the -ane took off and was to Search was retu~-n. I~ WaS dev that crashes and locate the )olice the crashed on after tops in the e rugged area, according to police. Rescuers had to use four-wheel drive vehicles to reach the crash site. Stump was born in Calhoun County end was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stump Jr. of Stumptown. He was a 1074 graduate of Gilmer County High School and studied civil engineerin__g at West Virginia Tech one year before transferring to GSC, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilen fraternity. In addition to his parents, Stump is survived by two sisters. Sheila and Shirley: a brother. Jeffrey; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Howard Stump of Stumptowm and his maternal mail on wh he 15, six !p.m. HIS at Revel to an .jd mark. cm Sea those days, and his earning power grew with the changing times, but carrying the mail remained a strong passion for the 90-year-old whose contract ran out June 30. The name star route derives from the practice of delivering mail between several post offices along a marked route, accordin___8 to Glenville Postmast- er Clark Wolfe. The route that Shuman is surrendering to Ralph Sims of Weston runs from the Clarksburg Sectional Center to We=ton to Glenville. There are several stops along the way and a return route is made from Glenville to Clarksburg. Shuman began contract- ins on his own in 1905. He made the will net* imblish July I0 ttmt ,veek except lilly Ordmm for printing and advm'tismg will be socked during that week. Photo credit: Huntington Herald-Dispatch grandfather, Otho Suttle of Lockney. Funeral services were conducted at'Mr. Pisgah Baptist Church with the Ray. Rodney Minney officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown. The Stump family expressed deep appreciation to the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity of GSC for their generous contributions of flowers and food. II Jm/y 4, a doy to boaor Isdepeadesce By 1776, a population of 2 million persons had established town centers and begun to cross the Appalachians into what is now West Virginia. This restless collection were already calling themselves Ameri- cans. These men and women of numerous ancestries, tradesmen and aristocrats, farmers and scholars, became a people united in revolution, united in becoming free and independent. July 4 marks the independence of the U.S. and the Bicentennial begins a time of commemoration of the strength, courage and idealism of those founding patriots, many of whom settled in central West Virginia. The staff of the G|enville Democrat/Pathfinder wish all residents of Gilmer County a safe and happy holiday. low bid on the Weston to Glenville route through the U.S. Postal Service and has held it ever since. Sims has sub-contracted the route for the last nine years, according to Shuman. John spared a few moments for a~ interview during a break from painting one of his 16 houses in Glenville. He likes to keep active and stiU tends a large garden. "I was bran in Bearsville in a Io8 house my father out and built. We were very poor. My father worked 12 hours a day for 50 cents. When Ma took sick us kids were shipped out; I was sent to her folks in Burnt House. When mother died and father ~arried I went back to the home pl~ce. But I didn't like mY step-mother and when some horse traders came along one day I stole away and rode a blind pony to Glenville where I met Charlia Grimth. "Charlie had the mail contract then and owned stables where the {Continued on Page 7) Persons who will be absent from Gilmer County or who are unable to vote during the special August 22 special school bond election due to illness may request applications for absentee ballots, according to Supt. Ron Welty. Registered voters who, for one reason or another, will not be able to vote in the regular manner have two absentee options. For those who will be on vacation. stationed in the armed services or confined to home due to illness or injury, applications for mailed absentee ballots can be requested. Requests for mailed absentee ballots must be made by August 18 to allow 9 Joe Messina, president of the Gilmer County Planning Commission since February and his business partner. Dave Alton, CPC member resigned from the county agency effective July I. They presented letters of resignation at a June 25 meeting announcing dissolution of the Aiton- Messina Corporation, a building and designing company formed two years ago when the two men moved here from Ohio The young architect/build- ers said they were leaving "not for business reasons but for reasons of personal philosophy and pursuits." A search for replacements is being conducted by Dr. Ron Burke. CPC secretary. Alton and Messina were key members of a planning com~ttee ~tablished to prepare an Overall Economic Devolopme~ Plan for Gilmer County. The plan was prepared to qualify the county for further state and federal development funding. It was also reported that the Region VII Planning and Development Council recently approved a $90,000 Bridge Improvement Project for Gilmer and Lewis counties, including widening of bridges on U.S. Route 33 at Grassy Run, Collins Run and two sites along Leading Creek. CPC officials approved the project but also requested that the State Department of Highways and Region VII give consideration to upgrading Leading Creek bridge at Linn, Stawart's Creek bridge at Glenville. and Sand Fork bridge on Route 5. Commissioners said not only were the bridges at those locations too narrow but had approachs that needed refurbishing, citing the high rate of accidents at Sand Fork bridge. Gilmer County's application for a federal Flood Insurance Program was also discussed. A decision to complete application was postponed until a thorough study of the program's requirements could be completed, it was learned. There have been conflicting rel)prts of county-wide building permit systems from officials in Charleston and Washington, D.C. A flood insurance specialist in Washng- ton said building permits for any structure would be required of all time for processing. -Those desirin~ to vote bv personal appearance but who won't be in the county on election day may request applications in person before August 22. They may then vote in the Board of Education offices after the application is completed. For information about absentee voting procedures, interested persons may contact the Board of Education by telephone {462-7300} or by visiting the offices on the second floor of the Gilmer County Courthouse Annex." Requests for absentee voter applications through the mail may be made by writing the Board of Education, Gilmer County Courthouse B m residents in Gilmer County, on or out of the flood plain, ff the county adopts a flood insurance ordinance. But flood insurance specialists from Charleston dispute this claim, saying that a building permit system would apply only to residents of the county within the mapped flood plain. CPC officials are also studying the possible requirements for anchoring any new structures built under a permit system. The next regular meating of the CPC is scheduled for July 30. The Clarksburg Chamber of Comm~e ~ttm ~ ~ t~ long-proposed Lewis County hi-flee dam and reservoir by hosting a June 19 luncheon. Invited were Rod Clay of the Department of Natural Resources, representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and dam opponents, Thomas Bond and Kenneth Parker representing the Upper West Fork River Watershed Association. The watershed group favors flood protection by the less costly construction of a series of smRU, earthen dams on tributaries of the West Fork requiring relocation of only a few families. The Clarksburg Exponent report- ed that "a raised hand vote" showed a majority in favor of the Stonewall Jackson Lake project. Also attending the luncheon was a Weston delegation. including members of ~t city's Chamber of Commerce. The Clarkstrarg Exponent quoted sources at the meeting salting that West Virginia Governor Arch A. Moore Jr. has bean hoping to obtain federal funds for the state's share of the project. Moore has so far refused to sign a recreation cooperative agreement committing state funds to the project. However. it would be impossible to use federal funds to match other federal monies, under the law. The corps of engineers has been working with the State Department of Natural Resources on the recreation phase of Annex, N. Court St.. Glenville, W.Va. 26351. Pre-Vocatlonal exploration Classes offering theory and practical experience in pre-vocational exploration will be offered this fall to ninth graders at Gilmer County High School, according to Welty. The survey-type program is aimed at better preparing youngsters to make wise choices when enrolling in vocation/career courses at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center. The program calls for a $20,000 expemditure, funded by the State Board of Education. Classes will parallel courses to be taught at the new Calhoun-Gihner Career Center, allowing young students to sample many career fields in one year's time prior to signing up for career traini~ the following year. Examples of exploration classes to be offered at the high school are ~ercial sewing, food service, distribution and marketing, furniture renovation and upholstery, wood- working, health occupations,and pre-businmm and office work. The aim of the survey classes, according to Welty is to allow students to "explore the worm of work" before deciding on types of career training in later years. Hopefully, the program may be expanded in the future to include students in all elementary grades throughout the county. In addition, a drafting teacher -Tillman Lee Williams-has joined the high school faculty. ~ in dra~ will be offered to all students in grades 9-12 this fall, it was announced. the proposed $106 million proiect, the Ciarlmburg newspaper, chai~ the m~ting. The army engineers ca~ at the invitation of Clarksbur8 Chamber of Commerce President Willis O'Shay. Jack Minnotte, chief engineering advisor for the Pittsburgh division of the corps, fielded questions from the group on fits dam project. He reminded the onlookers that the Upper West Fork River Watershed As~iation has challenged the project's environmental impact statement and said that the ismm is now in federal court in Elkins. Tom V. Freeney, vice-president of the Citizens Bank of Weston, and Robert Lee Borchert, vice-president the Colouial Glass Company in We=ton, " urged that Gee. Moore makes a prompt decision on the recreation agreement, "one way or the other." The engineers pointed out a number of facts surrounding the project and the reasons for its delay. The engineers have less than one million dollars of appropriated ftmds left with which to begin land acquisition. The City of Weston has agreed to use water from the impoundment through 2010. The City of Ciarksburg has not. Once the project is approved, four to six months would be required for land acquisition. The dam would take about six years to build. The State of West Virginia would be obligated for about nine million ~rs for recreation end mainte. nance. t i loire IL Slmmu, ~tuding, poem with three carrtm's, mulN and hors~ with 2,400 ~ dmail In 1917 at ~ m~d~ strut=, wesum, were [l r] we= l, ud ,dmd . :