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The Glenville Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 105, Number 29 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, July 16, 2009 This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Assist the new mayors and Councils in Glenville and Sand Fork to make improvements in each community; 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 Margaret Moss, Jane Law, Bruce Hathaway, Tom Reaser, Judy Stal- naker, Mary Jo Ours, Wanda Luzader, Don and Marilyn Phillips, Blake Grogg, and Becky Sprouse; Thanks for guiding T. A. Corcoran, Jr. (,the editor's brother) successfully through his heart surgery last Friday; Finally, bless our many community vol- unteers who are trying to improve and beau- tify Gilmer County, notably David Millard and his great effort to create a bigger and be[ter Farmers' Market Sat. mornings. Amen. U.$. & W.V. History Shorts During this summer of high gasoline prices, take shorter trips, focusing on our rich Mountain State history. On July 3, 1965, Cleveland "Cleve" Monroe Bailey, a former WV congressman from Clarksbui'g, died. He won his seat to Congress in 1944 by defeating Edward G. Rohrbough, a Glenville Republican and former GSC president; On July 16, 1877, B & O Railroad workers began a strike in Martinsburg; On July 18, 1865, Samuel I. Cabell was murdered in Kanawha County; and On July 19, 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's Raiders -- the famous cavalry force -- was attacked by Union forces, while attempting to cross the Ohio River at the Battle of Buffington Island. Gilmer Goings On WV STATE FOLK FESTIVAL COMMITTEE MEETING The West Virginia State Folk Festival committee will meet Tuesday, July 28 at 5:00 p.m. at The Country Store. Everyone is welcome! Continued on page 9 IPublio Meet.ings The Gilmer County Economic Development Association, Inc. (GCEDA) will meet at 4 p.m. on this Thurs., July 16 at Town & Country Real Estate Agency in downtown Glenville. The public is invited: The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at noon on next Thurs., July 23 in the Holt House Annex. Them will be a short business meeting, followed by a luncheon. Also, a report is anticipated on the Normantown School's history and request for space. The Gilmer County Business After 5 PM Social Hour will commence, once again. The Job Squad, Inc., of Clarksburg, will present its innovative programs to identify and place qualified personnel and entrepreneurs into our local business, commercial, and educational market area. This is a must meeting for all local employers. Refreshments will be served. It will take place at 5 p.m. on next Thurs., July 23 at the Best Western. For details, call Dave Corcoran at this newspaper (304-462-7309). Fhe Editorial Page .................................... 3 Sports .... : .......... :.....,: .................................. 6 Society ................... : ............................ 7-11 Courtlaouse News ................................... .13 Legals .................................................... 13 Classifieds ...................................... 14-15 GGOs ......................................... 1 & 9 I st Baptist Church Concert ..................... 7 Spencer Auto Group ............................... 5 GSC Sports' Fund:Raiser ...................... I6 Obituary (Berl Kimble) ........................ 13 Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week- "Our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually." Woodrow Wilson American president (1856-1924) "The struggle of today is not alto- gether for today it is for a vast future also." Abraham Lincoln American president, (1809-1865) BOE's Town Mtgs. went well, school officials say By David 1t. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor Two weeks after announcing possibly exten- sive elementary school student relocations and visiting all of the communities potentially ef- fected, new Schools Superintendent John Ben- nett, along with several Board of Education members, believe that the people are coming together, thereby averting a crisis in trust with Gilmer's schools' management. "It was a good week, and everyone seemed receptive to our BOE's plan (to meet the state's recent building inspection mandates), but, in general, many people want to keep the students at home, if they can," states Superintendent Ben- nett, following the Normantown School meeting Monday evening, and after having held similar Town Meetings in Troy, Sand Fork, and Glen- ville last week. Board President Phyllis Starkey adds, "These meetings have gone wonderfully well. John is doing a good job in explaining the Board's deci- sions. The Board is supporting him." Concurring, Board Vice-President Larry Butcher affirmed, "We, on the School Board, are Continued on page 4 BOE authorizes progress -- Superintendent Bennett to take necessary steps toward keeping students at Sand Fork and Troy By Cassandra Huff, News Reporter The Gilmer County Board of Education held two meetings, in the same evening, on Mon., July 6. The Statutory meeting, as required by the State, was called to order, with the first item of business being the officers of the Board. Board members unanimously agreed officers, once placed in a position, have a term of two years; therefore, the officers remained the same. Mrs. Phyllis Starkey is President of the Board, Continued on page 13 Rick Kinder named 'Gilmer County Teacher of the Year' A veteran math teacher at Gilmer County High School has been named "2009 Gilmer County Teacher of the Year," and will, consequently, become a candi- date for the statewide West Virginia Teacher of the Year Award. Mr. Rick L. Kinder teaches Applied Mathematics and Algebra I and II courses to freshmen and sopho- mores. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in math educa- tion from Glenville State College, he earned a Master's Continued on page 11 RICK L. KINDER Area businesses & organizations asked to hear out the Job Squad's innovative programs for staffing and entrepreneurial start-ups next Thurs. at 5 p.m. For Gilmer County's business, educational, and non-profit leaders, the upcoming "Business After 5 P.M. Social Hour" is a must-attend meeting. The featured sponsor will be the Job Squad, Inc., a non-profit agency based in Clarksburg, which has created a unique, customized employment services program for the handicapped, disabled, and other SSI recipients in Gilmer County. This informational and social meeting -- open to all Gilmer County residents -- will take place at 5 p.m. on next Thurs., July 23 at Glenville's Best Western Hotel's Conference Room. The Job Squad, region-wide, has been the leader in reorienting jobless individuals receiving SSI payments that they don't have to lose these benefits, if they take a job. To the contrary, the Job Squad's career counselor, Brian Connaughton, who is also a Glenville resident, affirmed, "Many Gilmer County people on SSI say, 'No, I don't want to work, because I'll lose my social security benefits'." But continuing, he quickly stressed, "Anyone in Gilmer County, who is getting SSI payments, can probably qualify for our work incentives. Our organization helps handicapped individuals get jobs without losing their SSI benefits." Another Job Squad spokesmen, Manager Russell Sickles, propounds that most SSI recipients don't want to remain on welfare, or to be jobless for the rest of their lives. "There is a certain Continued on page 4 ......... Area Briefs ......... Marsh Memorial Poker Run set for Sat. The 17th Annual Marsh Memorial Poker Run, this region's largest charity motorcycle event, will take place on this Sat., July 18, starting in downtown Glenville at 12:05 p.m. In past years, this charitable fund-raiser, sponsored yearly for many of the area's ill or injured children, has demonstrated its popularity by drawing motorcycle enthusiasts to Glenville from the east to west coasts, from the extreme north to the far south. This year, the profits after expenses will be divided between the Gilmer County families of youngsters, Tyler Moore and Blake Grogg. in order to help defray their high medical expenses. Sign-ins are scheduled from 9 a.m.-12:05 p.m. on East Main Street. The route will be given to the entrants at that time. but ends at about 5 p.m. at the 33 Country Club, just east of Glenville on SRs 33/119. where a grand buffet will be awaiting the hungry bikers. Also, there will be biker games and dancing to end the full day's event. The cost is $15.00 per poker hand, with the ride being free to all who either ride their bikes or follow the crowd in their cars and trucks. City's 1st Annual 'National Night Out' to feature "Glenville's Got Talent" The Main Street Sidewalk Gang invites you to parucipate in Glenville's | s, Annual National Night Out/"Glenville's Got Talent." The event will be held on Tues.. Aug. 4. 2009,from 6:30pm - lO:OOpm, in Downtown Glenville. National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our communities by encour- aging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and, mostly importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. It's also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better. The first 100 kids will receive a FREE fingerprinting/ID kit. 'Glenville's Got Talent,' a talent show, is open to everyone 20 years of age and younger. Stop by City Hall, FRN's Thrift Shop, or The Friendship Gallery to pick up the official rules and entry form. Prizes will be awarded, and there will also be other fun activities. "See you there," the Glenviile Street Gang organizers say ! Continued on page 4 SURVIVORS FINISH THEIR FIRST LAP -- The Gilmer County Relay for Life, which was held on last Fri.-Sat., July 10-11 at GSC's Football Field, proved to be another very successful fund-raiser, with approximately 10 tents for teams being set up and more than 200 people participating. In this photograph, the survivors, their families and supporters showed up in droves to walk around the track in the first lap of many that evening. Also, the survivors had good fellowship with others who have shared their painful experiences. This is a project of the American Cancer Society, and this year's coordinator was Kip Colvin, of GSC. (Staff photos by Lisa Belknap, News Editor) County Commissioners deal with many money issues, 'stinky' smells, & health By Lisa Belknap, News Editor President Larry Chapman and Commissioners Dave Hess, Brian Kennedy opened the regular monthly meeting of the Gilmer County Commis- sion at 9 a.m., on Tues., July 2. Accompanied by longtime County Clerk Beverly Marks, the com- missioners addressed several areas of importance to Gitmer County, one of the most newsworthy being the current financial state of the Gilmer County Health Department. Health Dept. barely surviving "We're not underwater or anything like that," says Gilmer County Board of Health Chairman Gene Johnson, when appealing to the commission- ers on behalf of the Health Department, "but we need some funds." Mr. Johnson was accompanied by Health Dept. Administrator Carol Beam and cffice assistant, Connie Hacker. The three apprised the commis- sion of their worsening financial situation. They explained that not only is reimbursement down, due to a loss of important contracts to competing area organizations, but also the Health Center's Board of Trustees is entertaining a hike in the department's current rent. They appeared to re- quest the commission to offer assistance. "I've been told by Charleston that all other coun- ties donate health boards their rent as in-kind," said Johnson, who affirms that the health department "pays" for its space with services, not dollars. Continued on page 4 . II ii i ii ii iii I i Seven indicted by July Grand On Tues., July 7, 2009, Judge Jack Alsop opened his regular July 2009 term of Court in Gihner County. The Grand Jury met and returned the following indictments: Special Prosecutor Josh Downey, from Roane County, presented the case of Christopher McVaney. The grand jury spent two hours hearing this indictment and eventually returned a one-count indictment against him, charging Child Abuse Resulting in Injury. McVaney is free on a $5,000 bond, and he is represented by R. Russell Stobbs, of Weston. Arraignment is set for 9 a.m. on Fri., July 17, 2009. An indictment was also returned against Kathy Mae Marks, charging her with delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. She is under $2,500 bond, posted by Walton's Bonding, and is represented by Kevin Duffy, of Clay. Another indictment was returned against Tahitha Gibson, charging her with obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, uttering and forgery. She is under $3,000 bond, posted by B & B Bonding, and is represented by Christina Flanigan, of Buckhannon. Dustin Chad Reed was indicted for seven counts of forgery and uttering, one count of forgery, and one count of grand larceny. He is currently in jail in lieu of bond and is represented by T.J. Drake, of Sutton. Steven Ronald Crislip was indicted for two counts of grand larceny. He is free on $2,500 bond and is represented by Garth Beck, of Clarksburg. Jesse Lee James Milk is currently in jail and was indicted for one count of wanton endangerment and one count of malicious wounding. He is represented by R. Russell Stobbs, of Weston. Jessica Lynn Self was re-indicted for 19 counts of embezzlement. Her case had been dismissed previously, because of a faulty indictment. She is represented by T.J. Drake, of Sutton, and no bond has been set until she is arraigned. On Tues., July 14, arraignments were held for those persons indicted on the previous Tues., July 7. Continued on page 6 WARM GREETINGS AT JOB'S TEM PLE At the West Virginia State Folk Festival's final event--the Sunday church service normally only the Belles, theirfamilies, and the members of the Job's Temple Preservation Association attend the annual singing and praying festivity. Here, Fred Radabaugh, the Association's vice-president, greets two ladies from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Joyce Guthrie (left), of Waterford, and Mary Smith, of Purcellville, have been coming to the Folk Festival for the past six years. Joyce related, "We just heard about the Folk Festival and attended that first one. After that, we were hooked, so return each year for the great entertainment." And, last year for the first time, they stayed long enough on Sunday morning to participate in the Sunday Church Service. Mary adds, "The service is so good that we decided to come back this year." These two ladies can also be seen enjoying the musical jams during the day and square-dancing in the evenings. The Job's Temple, a log cabin church of Civil War Era vintage, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) -:+,v,[r.]j r-i,t+i rT |!] NTJi ;7"1! r +T/'fIII+DI, rig IJ]ill+l!/+lJlillflirilllJlill]qilill:r',IF]l;;]lllllliI]il]l I llt; i717 1 !1 +i I [I il 1   ,,!l-:i;lilllllililllilllltl?lVIF1FFlllillTlllllllllllll "