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Single Copy Price-50 (47 plus tax) Welcome home to Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the Wirt County native who was injured in action and held captive in Iraq until being rescued! May she fully recover from her injuries~ Marsh Memorial ihlights. Page 2 Freeman, GSC's deserves a chance. Page 3 GSC in CANA article on ... 1&5j On BENEFIT DINNER be held Sat., Aug. 2, in Gtenville at 9:00 a.m. will also be held at Club at 5:00 p.m., on Proceeds from both Sunshine Pierce BOOSTERS on Thurs., July high school. Elec- Everyone wel- ,4-H YARD SALE Jolly Millers 4-H Club annual yard sale on 14-16 at the Lions Rt 5 west, from 9-5 STORICAL on Thurs., July 31 at the Holt House. All to attend and the invited. MEETING meeting of the will be held on 7 at 232 W. Main St. to attend. meeting on Thurs., grades 9- trying out tor The meeting Gilmer County High P.m. If you plan on important that you If you have any can contact Jessica Mary Beth Sauer tYAN GROVE'S CELEBRATION ioin the Sand Fork Prophecy in eel- Groves' 20th Pastor. There will be Picnic Sat., Aug. 2 at ihe Burnsville Dam by a Special 3 at 10:00 a.m. For more informs- 462-8648. on Page 10) meet , Hall for meeting. The to attend. Town Council will Mon., Aug. 4 at general public Public Service it 7 on Mon., y meeting. iS Welcome to attend. Commission Thurs., Aug. 7 for of the month. agenda, any citizen Clerk Beverly days in advance, requested. on business, the just drop in. Week 3 ....... 4 10 ............................ 8-9 ................. II 11 14-15 .................... l&lO (ISSN 0746-5890) By Kristal Sheets, Staff Reporter During a two-week stay in Glenville, mem- bers of Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Appalachian Network Access (CANA) held several open meetings with the public to dis- cuss the wireless broadband Internet project that is partnering CANA with Glenville State College and Gilmer County residents. Perhaps the most notable and widely at- tended meeting between CANA and the citi- zens of this area was held on Tues. evening, July 22, in the auditorium of GSC's adminis- tration building. This open forum drew a crowd of nearly 50 residents, who witnessed a live demonstration of the lightning speed of a wireless broadband connection, as welt as several presentations from various consultants with the CANA group. These presentations covered myriad aspects of the broadband project, from the technol- ogy being put in place to the possibilities for economic growth in the county once the project is completed, A local advisory council is being formed to oversee the project, which will monitor progress and report to CANA, the Appala- chian Regional Council, and Benedum Foun- dation -- the latter two being the grant funding sources. Though other sources have quoted a $20 figure for use of the service, the true amount that local people will be charged to access the wireless broadband service is not yet determined. Doubtless, this is something that will be discussed and mandated by the advisory council, led by local attorney Phil Reale. CANA Project Originator John Whitehill, quoting from The Wealth of Nations (a At Gilmer School Board--- t I By David H. Corcoran, day morning, coming through the surgery Publisher-Editor okay, but was in critical condition in the Mrs. Carol Ross fell ill Sunday, was rushed recovery room at the time of the board meet- to the hospital, and underwent a serious opera- ing, Mrs. Waggoner relates. tion on Monday -- this was the ominous mes- Continuing, the Superintendent reports that sagerelayedtoherfellowGilmerCountyschool Ross will be considered in guarded condi- board members at the outset of Monday tion for the next 7-10 days due to the possi- evening's regular July meeting, bility of mini-strokes following surgery. "Her Being jarred by the bad news and looking at familyis thankful for the calIs that people are the meeting's over-weighted personnel deci- giving them," she adds. "The family was sion-making agenda, the Board of Education glad that she made it through the surgery." members voted to take the easy way out by After this unanticipated announcement at going into a three-hour-and-15 minute execu- the start of the 7 p.m. meeting, the board rive session to discuss "personnel matters" as entered into executive session at 7:05, not several job applicants awaited their decisions coming out until I0:20 -- a three-and-a-half on the edge of their chairs, hour private discussion period. And, with Mrs. Ross not present, the board. Approximately a dozen people, including which consists of President Torrr Ratliff and several job applicants, re~.~,,ncd for the du- members Larry Butcher, Gina Stalnaker, and ration of this executive session in order to Billie Summers, apparently couldn't reach the witness the remainder of the agenda's bust- necessary agreements on several o~he candi- hess. dates, thereby tabling decisions on them until a When the Board voted to come out of later date. executive session and to resume the regular According to Superintendent Sue Waggoner meeting, Mrs. Stalnaker moved that 14 per- who was in touch with Mrs~ Ross's family, she sonnel position decisions be tabled --- a fell ill on Sunday, was rushed to Weston's motion that was later seconded and passed. Stonewall Jackson Hospital, and, then, trans- Hence, the great majority of the following ferred to Ruby Memorial in Morgantown. Af- agenda items will be decided at a later meet- ter tests, her condition was diagnosed as a ing. Tabled was the item to accept the retire- dangerous aneurysm behind an eye. She was, ment/resignation of Michael Tice; to em- then, taken in for an eight-hour operation Mon- Continued on page 6 ine ) , ................. ;, / DONATING TO GILMER'S KIDS -- "Squeak" Shriver, of Weston (second from right), and Joe Hitt, of Camden's Hilltop Inn (far right), present a check for $650.00 to Glenville's International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge (No. 105) in order to benefit the disadvantaged children in this community. Joyfully accepting the gift on Tues. evening, July 22 at the Glenville Lodge is Past Noble Grand Bob Reinhart (far left), and Harless Turner, Vice Grand, both of the Glenville Lodge. Mr. Shriver remarks that the money was raised through a new and highly successful "July 4 Toys for Kids Dice Run" which attracted 138 bikers to Smiley and Joe's Hilltop Inn, The 33 Country Club, and several other area establishments. Because the 'Toys for Kids' organizers of the July 4 Poker Run included Gilmer County in their fund-raising benefit to cheer up our local needy children through the gift of a toy, we editors commend them and hereby shower our "Folks Who Shine" honor on them for their big hearts, hard work and dedicated efforts. Keep up the good work, Squeak, Joe, and all of you other volunteers! You are appreciated. See related photo on page 7. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) t t Gilmer County's Joe Hitt, the former county "This is an event that started out last year Moment Do~ Warden-turned-tavernowner, isproudto (2002) among a few friends and we enjoyed have played a small part in establishing an the bike ride so much that it was decided to the Week -- annual motorcycle "dice run" to benefit this make it areal fund-raiser forcharity the next area's needy children at Christmastime. year of 2003," recounts Joe. "At that 2002 therefore The first Lewis County 'Toys for Kids Dice non-publicized, trial-run fide, there were Tom notagree Run'tookplaceonthispastJuly4,andMr. Hitrs and Jeri Pospech, Steve "Hag" Haggerty, 'atraitor." "Joe & Smiley's Hilltop lnn" on Camden Hill in and my wife, Debbie, and me," he fondly Lewis County becameabeehiveoffund-raising recalls. III activity. Enter Squeak Shriver, an affable Weston Approximately 138 bikers supported this new charitable event, Joe estimates. Continued on page 5 Published by and for Gilmer County People classicstudyofeconomicsLclaimsthat"the president for technology, eschews Adam invisible hand of the free market" is what Smith's philosophy for a more pragmatic will pay for the broadband service once it is idea of how this dilemma should be viewed: in place. "'Ideally, this service might be distributed in However, Larry Baker, GSC's assoc, vice Continued on page 5 POINTING THE WAY TO GLENVILLE'S FUTURE - Bruce Maggs, a highly reputed Carnegie Mellon professor, is pictured during the town meeting held on July 22 at Glenville State College with a model of the broadband tower in the background. He explained the finer points of the broadband lnternet technology which will soon be made available to Gilmer Countians. As a widely published expert on computer networking and data transfer, he also answered the questions of about 50 college and community people in attendance that evening. i i; i;iY/;~i ~!il : ~ : i: iil :?i ................ , ......................... iii!i MOSS FAMILY SERVICEMEN -- At the Gilmer County Veterans Exhibit at the county's Historical Society in the Holt House Museum, Mrs. Margaret Moss, the Society's secretary and acting curator, proudly displays the historic pictures of her husband, Mike's, family members who have fought in many of America's wars. During these current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, she feels that the Veterans Exhibit is timely for our local veterans, educational for our school children, and patriotic for the general public. On the left is the U.S. Marine Corps uniform of Mr. Bill Bennett, of Kanawha Drive, andto the right, more family pictures of the veterans who have helped to maintain America's freedoms over the years. She is appreciative of the many veterans who lent their military service-related items to the museum on Glenville's East Main Street in order to make the display a terrific success. (Staff photos byDave Corcoran, Sr.) 'Gilmer Veterans Exhibit' outlines wars from persOnal angles at Historial Society's Holt Museum By David H. Corcoran, relatives, friends, childhood playmates, school Publisher-Editor classmates, and fellow churchgoers. Over 250 Folk Festival visitors, not to For outsiders, this display will outline the mention several dozens tourists since then, impressive role of Gilmer County in encour- took a break from the action downtown to aging its sons and daughters to take up arms in step back in at the Gilmer County His- defense of this great nation over the years. The torical Society.' observer -- upon close observation, will no- The Society, which wanted to participate tice that Gilmer Countian George L. Tomblin in the 54th Annual West Virginia State Folk served as General George Patron's chauffeur, Festival in a meaningful way, decided to that local men fought in the Civil War, among plan and build a Gilmer Veterans Exhibit. other interesting facts. Most importantly, the finished product, For our county's local veterans, this display which,is the result of many hours spent by will serve to refresh their memories of people volunteers, is a colorful, nostalgic, educa- whom they once knew as they were growing tional, and patriotic testament to the sacri- up. ltwillalsobolstertheirprideinservingour rices made by our local military service nation during the dangerous times of interna- personnel, tional conflict. For Gilmer Countians, this display is a As to these locals, evenacasualwalkthrough refresher course in the family names which the front, right parlor room of the Holt House have been prominent (and maybe not so Museum on East Main Street will yield inter- prominent) in the area's history. Nonethe- esting World War II-period pictures such as less, local people will see many familiar Creed Barton who flew a P47 fighter plane, names and faces with the pictures of their Continued on page 6 i: I