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10 m r Single Copy Price-50= (47= plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for Gilmer County People Welcome home to Pfc. Jessiea Lynch, the Wirt County native who was injured in action and held captive in Iraq until being rescued~ May she fully re~Over from her injuries! Marsh Memorial ghts. Page 2 Freeman, GSC's deserves a chance. Page 3 GSC in CANA 013 ... Pages 1 & 5 BENEFIT DINNER held Sab Aug 2, 9:00 a.m. Will also be held at at 5:00 p.m., on from both e Pierce BOOSTERS on Thurs., July school. Elec- Everyone wet- YARD SALE Millers 4-H Club ,nuat yard sale on 14-16 at the Lions 5 west, from 9-5 HISTORICAL on Thurs., July 31 Holt House. All and the d. meeting of the be held on at 232 W, Main St. a~end. :eting on Thurs. in grades 9- in tryin{j out for =ng. The meehng t/y H~gh If you plan on that you If you have any contact Jessica or Mary Beth Sauer 'AN GROVE'S DN the Sand Fork Prophecy in col- Groves 20th There will be Sat. Aug. 2 at Burnsviile Dam by a Special 10:00 a.m. or more informa- 8648. 10) Council meet rg. 4 at City Hall for meeting. The to attend. OWn Council will Mon., Aug. 4 at public Public Service 7 P.m, on Mon., meeting. attend. Commission g. 7 for of the month. y citizen Clerk Beverly requested. ass, the to just drop in, Week 3 ................... iiiiiiiiiiiiii0 ........................... 8-9 ....... -i:iiiliZiiiiill ........... lIll ...... i-154- .................. I&lO O ;ees B.v Kristal Sheets, Staff Reporter During a two-week stay m Glenville, mem- bers of Carnegie Mellon Universit,,'~, Center for Appalachian Network Access (CANAl held so:oral open meetings with the public to dis- cuss the wireless broadband lnternet 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, Jul) 22. in the auditorium of GSC's adminis- tration building. This open forum drew a crowd of nearly 50 residents, who wzmessed a live demonstratmn of the lightning speed of a wireless broadband connection, as well as several presentations from various consultants with the CANA group These presentations covered myriad aspects of the broadband project, from the tech'nol- ogy being putm place t(> the possibilities for economic growth in the county once the project is completed A local advzsory 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 ha',e quoted a $20 figure for use ~yt{he 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 Origlnat& John Whitehill, quoting from The Wea!th of Nations (a At Gilmer School Board --- take 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 Superintendentreportsthat sagerelayedtoherfetlowGilmerCountyschool Ross will be considered in guarded condi- board members at the outset of Monday tiontorthenextT-10da>~duetothepossi- e:ening s regular July meeting, bihty of mini-strokes follow mg surgery. "Her Being jarred by' the bad news and looking al family is thankful for the c~dlsthat 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." member, ;.,led to take the easy ',~ay out by After this unant c~pated announcement at going mid a three-hour-and-15 minute execu- the star1 of the 7 pm meeting, the board t~;e session to discuss "personnel matters" as entered into executive ~ession at 7:05, not several .)ob applicants awaited their decisions coming out until 10:20--- a three-and-a-half on the edge of their chairs, hour pn:ate discussion period. And. w ith Mrs. Ross not present, the buard Apprx~mate]? a dozen people, including 'ahlch c,,nsists ot President Tom Ratltft and se,.eraijob app[icams, rerna~d ~ol the du- members Larry, Butcher. Gina Stalnaker. and ranon of this executi:c session m order to Billie Summers. apparently couldn't reach the v, lmess the remainder of the agenda's busi- necessar,, agreements on several cffthe candi- hess. dates, thereby tabling decisions on them until a When the Board voted to come out of later dale execuuve session and to resume the regular According to Superintendent Sue Waggoner meeting. Mrs Stalnaker moved that 14 per- whov, as tn touch with Mrs. Ross's family, she sonnel position decismns be tabled --- a fell ill on Sunday'. was rushed to Weston's motion that ~as later seconded and passed. Stonewall Jackson Hospital, and, then, trans- Hence, the great majority of the following ferred to Rub,, Memorial in Morgantown. Af- agenda items wiil be decided at a later meet- tar tests, her condition was diagnosed as a ing. Tabled was the 1tern to accept the retire- dangerous aneurysm behind an eye She was. mentJresignation of Michael Tice: to era- then. taken m for an eight-hour operation Mon- Continued on page 6 ine ) i/ ,,11 DONATING TO GILMER'S KIDS -- "Squeak" Shriver, of Weston (second from right), and Joe Hilt, of Camden's Hilltop Inn (far right), present a check for $650.00 to Glenvilte'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 Remhart (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.) ? I J.v!"oment O,,m,, Count: s Joe Hilt. the former count, -~ "Th,s. is an e,ent thai started out last ,'ear Dog Warden-turned-ta ern nor. proud to among a fe: friends and we enjoyed ha~e played a small part m establishing an the bike ride st, much that it v, as decided to "Week .-- annual motorcycle "dice run benefit this make it a real fund.ra ser for charitw next areas need children at Christmast me ear c,f 2003.- recounts Joe. "At {hat 2002 therefore The first Le::is Count: 'To:s for Kids D~ce non-publicized trial.runnde,therev, ereTom des Run took place on this past Julx -l. andMr Hnts and Jeri Pospcch. Ste~e 'Hae" Hae~ert,,. traitor." Joe&Smfley"sHilltoplnnonCamdenHillm and m~ :~ife, Debbie. and me." he'fondJ', Le )s Counr, became a beeh) e of fund-raising recatb II1 acu~ It: Enter Squeak Shr)~er. an affable Weston Approxm~atel.,, 13S Nkers suppc.rteJ fi:s ne~ char)table ex ent+ Joe estimate~ Continued on page 5 cla,,,,icstudyoleconomics),claimsthatthc prc:,ndcnl l{ir technology, c,,chcws Adam invisible hand uf the hec market" is what Smiths phdosophy for a more pragmatic will pay lor the br~mdband service once il v, idea ot how this dilemma sh~)uld bc viewed: in place, 'ideally, this service might hc dis4ibutcd in However. I,a)ry Baker, GSC's assoc, wcc Continued on page 5 \ POINTING THE WAY TO GLENVILLE'S FUTURE - Bruce Maggs, a highly reputed Carnegie Mellon professor, s p~ctured rjur,,r~c~ the town meeting held on July 22 at Glenville State Coi ege w,,tb, :,, model of the broadband tower in the background, He explained the finer points of the broadband tnternet technology which will soon be made ava)~e..~ un~u~r~ ~ a,-~)det~/ pubt, shed expert on Computer networking and data transfer, he also answered the questions of about 50 college and community people in attendance that evening. ( 2003 Folk Festival Highlights ) MOSS FAMILY SERVICEMEN -- At the Gitmer 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 traq 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, and to 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 by Dave Corcoran, St.) 'Gilmer Veterans Exhibit' outh'nes wars Historial from personal Society's Holt angles at Museum By David 1t. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor O,.er 250 Folk Festi,,al ',isltors. nol to menuon several dozens tourists s)nce then. took a break from the actmn do,, ntov, n to step back in time at the Gilmer County His- torical Society. The Society. which v, anted to participate in the 54th Annual West Virgima State Folk Fesmal m a meaningful way. decided to plan and build a Gilmer Veterans Exhibit. Most importantly, the finished product. which is the result of man,,' hours spent b3 volunteers. ~s a colorful, nostalgic, educa- tional, and patriotic testament to the sacri- fices made by our local mditarv service personnel. For Gilmer Countians. this display is a refresher course in the famil,, names :hich have been prominent (and maybe not so prominent~ in the area's histor~ Nonethe- less. local people v, il] see many familiar names and faces ith the pictures of their retati: as. friends, childhood playmates, school classmates, and fellov, churchgoers. For outsiders, this display will outline the mpressive role of Gilmer County, in encour- aging its sons and daughters to take up arms in defense of this great nation over the years. The observer -- upon close observation, v, ill no- tice that Gilmer Countian George L. Tomblin served as General George Patron's chauffeur. that local men fought in the Civil War. among other interesting facts. For our county's local veterans this display v, ill serve to refresh their memories of people v, hom they once kne:~ as the: ~ere growing up It ,,ill also bolster their pride in serving our nation during the dangerous t~mes of interna- tional conflict, As to these Ic~'als. e ~ en a casual walk throu ~h the front, right parlor mum of the Holt Hou"se Museum on East Mum Street v, ill ~ietd inter- esting World War lI-period Dctures such as Creed Barton ,xho ftev, a P47 fighter plane. Continued on page 6 I t