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Also, see www.glenvillenews.com The G lenville Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Bless our people and give us some relief from the recent rain and wind storms and tornados; Give comfort and recovery to the sick, especially to the family of Eddie Bailey (killed in a 4-wheeler accident), C.J. Cottrill (badly injured in a logging accident), Jerry McLean, Carolyn Corcoran (publisher's sister-in-law: breathing problems), Mar- garet Miller Goodwin (cancer treatments, but in good spirits), Patricia Ellison Golden's mother, Kenny Goff (infant), Blake Grogg (youth), Jo Cailliouet Flesher, Matthew Cottrill (cancer/leuke- mia patient), Delbert Sears (getting stronger). Jordain Bush (still ailing), Richard & Marion Reed (recovering), Brittany Malcomb, Judy Eaton, Bar- bara McHemy (prayers still needed), Leonard Moat- gomery. Stun Mazzagotte (needs cheering up), and others needing Christ's healing touch (if you need prayers, call us: no pranksters, please); Prayers for the family of this week's deceased, Bernard Gideon .Weaver. God bless all of them and you!. Amen. This Week in WV History July 5, 1950: Army Private Kenneth Shadriek, of Wyoming County, was the first U.S. serviceman killed in action in the Korean War. July 8, 1924: Rock 'n' roll pioneer Johnnie Johnson was born in Fairmont Johnson collaborated with Chuck Berry on songs, like "Roll Over, Beethoven." Berry' s hit"Johnny B. Goode" was writ- ten as a tribute to Johnson. July 8, 1961: Sutton Dam was dedi- cated by Governor Wally Barren. The Army Corps of Engineers operates the dam for purposes of flood control, low- flow augmentation, and recreation. July 10, 1936: The temperature in Martinsburg reached 112 degreesIt tied the record for hottest temperature on record, which had been set August 4, 1930, at Moorefield. 00naer Goings On iv. Happy 4th of July to all area people! Editors & Staff of this newspaper FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Robert Stout will be sponsoring the Fourth of July Celebration on Sat., July 7. In conjunction with this event the Gilmer County Fire Department will have a concession stand with drinks and pulled pork sandwiches and other refreshments. Entertain- ment provided by the Karaoke Cow Boys early evening. EMERGENCY NEED FOR BLOOD The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donors of all blood types. A top reason cited by people about why they don't give blood is because they weren't asked. Consider yourself asked! Give before you go on your Independence Day holiday. Blood Drive: Fri., July 6, at Glenville Baptist Church from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Continued on page 6 IPubOic Meeti00g00 At 7 p.m. on Mon., July 8, the Gilmer PSD will meet at its office. At 9 a.m. on Tues., July 9, the Gilmer County Commission will meet at the Courthouse. Inside This Week The Editorial Page ................................. 3 Sports ........................ ,7 (None thig week) Society .............................................. 6-12 Courthouse News ................................. 13 Legals....., .......... :.. ................................ 13 ClasSifieds .: .......................................... 14 GGOs .... ............................. .................... 6 Obituaries ............................................... 6 Regional Marketplace .......................... 16 Meditation Moment Thought(s) on Hard Times 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Joseph Kennedy American businessman (1888- 1969) "It is durulties which show what men are." Epictetus Greek Sage and Stoic Philosopher (AD 55 - 135) Impacts on Gilmer County- Terrific summer rain & wind- storm knocks out power to over half a million West Virginians By Dendra Miller, News Editor A strong storm raced across the eastern United States on F.ri. evening doing damage from the midwest to northeast. An estimated three million people were left without power. West Virginia was particularly hard-hit and the governor called a state of emergency. Reports varied, claiming between 500,000 to 650,000 were without power here. The storm hits At around 5:30 p.m. on Fri. evening, folks traveling home after working through the 95+ degree heat all day, may have heard the National Weather Sc:'vice warning on the radio. It warned of a strong storm moving 80 mph and heading right towards central WV. Some Gilmer Countians, no doubt, did not hear the warning. They were preparing to go to Sand Fork and watch the fireworks display or to the Glenville High School Red Terrors' Pow Wow (the Sat. Alumni Dinner had to'be cancelled, due to the storm and electric outage). Several folks Continued on page 4 MASSIVE HOME DAMAGE -- This is an example of what happened to many homes and yards in Gilmer County, due to the Fri. evening 80 mph wind and rain storms that covered the entire Mountain State. This is the home of David and Av0nne McPherson (pictured on the left) at 204 Johnson Street in Glenville, just behind GSC's Pickens Hall. They were fortunate not to be at home when the tree fell, but other people may have been in their homes when like disasters took place. Another two houses on College Street were likewise affected. (sta, photos on this page by Dave Corcoran, Sr., except where otherwise noted) After rough Friday, McPherson's are back at home on Glenville's Johnson Street on Mon. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE COUNTY'S ONLY STOPLIGHT GOES OUT? Well, in the case of last weekend's statewide rain and wind storm disaster, Stanley Starcher (left), the city of Glenville's Street Supervisor, and the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Dept. came to the rescue at downtown Glenville's major three- highway intersection. On last Fri. evening at 6 p.m., Mr. Starcher took over the traffic detail when the storm broke out, and stood there all night until he got relief at 10 a.m. from Bub Riffle (right), of the Volunteer Fire Dept. Why did he do it, when motorists should know to stop-and-go when traffic lights aren't functioning? "The safety of the people is the main thing," Mr. Starcher explained, lamenting that in hot and stormy weather, people are more interested in driving fast to get to their destinations than in safety. "1 about got run over twice, so safety of everyone is the main idea of directing traffic at this stoplight," he explained. Because of Mr. Starcher, Mr. Riffle's and the Fire Dept.'s help throughout this disaster, they certainly well deserve this week's "Folks Who Shine" commendation. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor Coalition's 'exit plan' presented to Vision Shared, Inc. at public forum By Dendra Miller, News Editor Recently, Dr. William Simmons, spokes- man for the Gilmer Schools Coalition and a newly elected Gilmer school board member, presented a project management plan to Vi- sion Shared, Inc. with the hopes of helping Gilmer County schools, and others under state control, get the power back in the hands of local elected officials. In a letter to Rebecca Randolph, presi- dent and CEO ot Vision Shared, the group that is conducting a total of eight commu- nity public forums throughout West Vir- ginia based on the recommendations of the Education Efficiency Audit of the state's primary and secondary education systems, Continued on page 4 .. Area Briefs ... , David I1. Corcofan, Sr., ' Publisher-Sr. Editor One couple in Glenville was very lucky during the start of the massive and destructive rain and wind storms on last Friday that left most homes just without power. For David and Avonne McPherson, of 104 Johnson Street, though, it left them without power and a liveable home, as well. A giant tree ended up being uprooted and falling onto their roof, puncturing a large hole in it and knocking down the brick chimney: "We weren't here at the time, Avonne relates with a sigh of relief. The couple'had gone to the pharmacy when the downpour started. "When we got home at about 6:40 p.m. on Friday, we were stunned by the scene," she recalls. Since the large tree moved the wood frame house so much, the doors wouldn't open or close properly. As a result, they stayed at The Conrad the first night and, then, with a friend for the next two nights. The couple is buying the home on a land contract from the owner, Alvin Engelke, of Creston (Calhoun County). "He says that the house and tree are very historic, so the tree shouldn't be cut down," Avonne relates. In spite ofthepersonal tragedy, the Glenville couple remains optimistic, in that they have really been assisted by friends to get the tree removed, the roof temporarily repaired and the power turned on again. They are, consequently, thankful for friends, such as Ross Wyers, Wilma Powers, and Don Continued on page 4 Waiting fo,00 the Power READY TO SERVE, BUT CAN'T-- Here at McDonald's on Saturday morning, Manager Cindy Langford (I-r) chats and jokes with two of her staff: Jessica Nicholson and Shelby e111 Scott. To the dozens of cars pulling through the parking lot, they just had to say, "Please Sand Fork fireworks wait until Will aeptemaer return when the power comes on." This was typical of all the eateries and gas stations. The fireworks display the Town of Sand Fork had scheduled for last Fri. night was cancelled, due to the severe storms that blew through the area on that evening. However, Sand Fork's Mayor, Andy Tomblin, confirmed that they will have the firework: display and bouncy houses over Labor Day weekend. They will also have a city-wide garag sale the same weekend. Hopefully, everyone can come back out at that time and enjoy funfilled family evening. Racing For The Gasoline Gilmer County Gospel Sing at Sr. Center The Gilmer County Gospel Sing will next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sat., July 14 at the Senior Center. The featured group is "The New Christian Friends." Late news about storm damages, etc. The Senior Center did sustain some roof damage during the Thurs. evening, July 29 rain and wind storm. The area's filling stations seem to be out-of-gas at presstime (Mort. PM, July 2). No information is available as to when they will be resupplied. In addition, the Court House will be closed for the entire week, and open back up on Mort., July 9. This is necessary because employees in outlying areas don't have electricity, gasoline or water, Commission President Brian Kennedy explains. SERVING HIS COMMUNITY-- Brian James (left, with wet town over head) stood in the Historical Society seeks old town pies heat and pumped five gallons of gas for each customer wanting it on Sunday afternoon. Previously, the limit was ten gallons, but as supplies ran low, he wanted to make sure In a new initiative, Gilmer County Historical Society Curator-Librarian Dot Fry announces that everyone that needed gas for their generators could get a little bit, and the people that the group is collecting old photographs of"all towns in Gilmer County, past and present." were lined up. George (middle) and Marvin (right) Hart were surely thankful as they had She stresses, "Even the smallest of towns we want, because we are looking to create a book gone to Gassaway in hopes of getting necessitiDs only to find everything still shut down of all these towns." there. Brian and his wife, Christy, have actually stayed open 24 hours a day while the Continued on page 4 power has been out. (Staff photo by Dendra Miller, News Editor)