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L @ A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COU~T'FY, V~W 26351 Friday, August 1, lm Summer fun at the waterhole Y fded against Roger Named as was John ~lNine, a employee Street 1973 apparently of brush has Corps of r msting at the soon-to-be have been the dam at and Rti Run is 20 miles Davidson with area about the might with Corps of Oral Ran Burke, County the 81"e8 and sewer place there. is slated for spring The of tha s Stumptown, doesn't hurt tn the middle of a tag match. R's the perfect tonic for a e with gasoline. Workmen from the Street Depart- ment were cutting and burning brush in August, 1973 when Wine was injured. The suit claims that Wine was unaware there were live sparks in one of the brush piles and that John Moore, a supervisor, "should have know that it was not safe for the plaintiff (Wine} to throw gasoline on the brush pile." The brush pile apparently exploded in the youth's face, resulting in Wine's being hospitalized for two weeks. The suit alleges that the youth will need plastic surgery to repair scars resulting from the burns. The suit, filed on behalf of Wine by Attorney George M. Cooper of Sutton, claims Moore and the city were negligent in the incident. The City of Glenville will be represented in the law suit by attorneys from Steptoe and Johnson, a Clarksburg law firm, according to Mayor Delbert L. Dart.risen, Form Bureau announces Good Will dinner The Gilmer County Farm Bureau's fourth annual Good Will dinner, featuring a sumptuous covered-dish buffet, will honor banker John E. Arbuckle on Saturday, August 16, at the Gilmer County Recreation, beginning at 6 p.m. Arbuckle, president of Kanawha Union Bank. will be honored "for his many years of service to the development of the community," according to Loren McCartney, Farm Bureau president. McCartney reminds all interested persons that the dinner is open to all county residents, not just Farm Bureau members. The only admission charge is a dish of home-prepared food. Music for the occasion will be provided by B.G. Roberts and his Trailriders. In addition. Jim and Triggy, a popular act from Buckhan- non will also entertain. Main speaker at the dinner will be attorney George McQuain of the law firm Steptoe and Johnson of Clarksburg. Expected to attend are State Farm Bureau officials, area politicians and community leaders from Gilmer and neighboring counties. McCartney said this dinner would be the biggest and best in the Farm Bureau's history and urged all area persons to attend. Tanner student W. Va.-Teen contestant Tm y Tammey Collins, a 13-year-old eighth grade student at Tanner School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Collins, has been selected as an entrant in the 1975 Miss West Virginia Tean-Ager Pageant to be held in Buckhannon on August 2. Miss Collins, who was selected as an entrant at large, will compete with girls from all over the Mountain State at the Pageant on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is being sponsored by Glenville Auto Sales and Kanawha Union Bank. The winner will compete in the Miss American Tean-Ager Pageant nationally televised on ABC-TV. Unspent rood money returned II IW Stun Meseroll Executive Editor This is the concluding ~paent of a two-part series investigated and written by Stan Meseroll, executive editor of Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Figures provided by the West Virginia Department of Highways (DOH} last week reveal that $48.022.25 of the monies budgeted to Gilmer County for routine maintenance of its road system went unspent in the 1974-75 fiscal year, in spite of the deplorable condition of Route 5 as described here last week, and of other roads in the county. A total of $678.800 was allocated; $630,786 was used. According to the DOH, another $123,052 was allocated to Gilmer in "74-'75 for special maintenance. In Braxton County, $673,386 was spent on routine maintenance last year. In Calhoun. approximately $640,000 was spent. "We've been concentrating on repairing back-country roads," GiLmer County DOH Supervisor Everett StonekLng says, "to get people in and out of the hollows." More and more people are moving back into these remote areas, he pointed out. Piling and cribbing for many of the slips along Route 5 East is currently being put in, but to date no resurfecing has been done, and potholes and broken pavement on that route continue to plague drivers. Present repair work under way appears to be hampered by the State DOH. According to Stoneking, heavy equipment needed to drive the pilings, and other equipment - even a line painting machine (at work in Braxton County two weeks ago) - must be brought in from the State Road Commission garage in Buckhannon. Unfortunately, it has a habit of breaking down. A pile driver to be used on Rt. 5, for example, has sat on the berm, inoperative, for more than two weeks awaiting the services of a welder. "We don't even have an electric welding machine here that we can use," Stoneking advSsed this reporter. "We have lots of paint, but can't get the machine with which to use it." In view of the heavy vehicles and number of vehicles currently using Rt. 5. several area residents have questioned whether just repair of slips on Rt. 5 is enough. "How about straightening the road like they are on Loaded coal truck hears down Rt. 5 towards tipple at Cdlmar Station, Heavi traffic than road bad will allow contrib es to Rt. 14 near Mineral Wells?" one Calhounian asked. "We deserve better treatment for our taxes," another irate motorist stated last week. After driving over Rt. 5 several times every week, it's difficult not to agree. There hasn't been a major realignment or change in the road base since horse and buggy days, Stoneking said, "except for the one section of Rt. 5 crossing Leading Creek in Gilmer County." The present load rating of Rt. 5 is 60,8~ Ibs., according to the State Police, but ~ ra~ was simply upped several years ago without any actual structural change in the road base. The amount of fuel and highway user taxes and license fees collected from residents in this three-county area, from truckers {local and out-of-the-area}, and travelers is considerable, yet the State Dept. of Highways in recent times apparently has not seen fit to embark on any meier improvement or upgrading of a highway system that is enriching state and federal coffers. Approximately 100 coal trucks travel over Route 5 East in Gilmer County every day unless weather puts a halt to mining operations. Th~ trucks pay astronomical license fees every year {as high as $471 for a truck hauling a gross weight of 60,800 lbe.), cents state fuel tax for every gallon of gas used {12P~ cents state and federal tax for diesel fuel), and a federal highway use tax that va~ from $81 to $240 a year, depend~ upon number of axles and gro weight. Tr'm:kars now hauling logs to the new electric sawmill at Stouts Mill and the too-numerous-to-count trucks owned or used by gas and oil drilling firms in Central West Virginia, and by well-fracturing firms such as Dowell in pay the same ta.x s Residents, of course, pay a high fuel tax too, as do the increasing number of travelers who use Rt. 5 as a corridor to Interstate 79, In November 1973, the voters of West Virginia passed a "Batter Highways Amendment" author'~ the sale of state bonds not exceeding $500 million, $100 million of which was to be used, as the ballot stated, for "upgrading state and local sarvi roads." Another $120 was to be for "bridge replacement and improve, ment," and still another $50 ~ for trunkline and feeder systems." Endorsing the Amendment in October 1973, Senator Iennings Randolph said,"The new bond issue {Continued on Page 7} Jar lids sh0rtag Despite reassurances from manu- facturers and politicans, the shortage of home canning supplles-especially lids-has reached critical proportions and is getting worse. White House consumer adviser Virginia Knauer told Congree last week. "Home canners stand to lose - and to lose much." she said. "For many it will be a wasted summer and a hard winter." "In many parts of the country right now it has reach~l critical nroDor- tions." Mrs. Knauer said. '"The harvests are starting to come in and canning lids are in tight supply. And with no other completely satisfactory said critical method of preserving the crops available, the end result will be spoiling fruits and vegetables, and for many people severe economic losses." Both she and Agriculture L)epan- ment officials reported mysterious gaps between what producers say they are shipping and what consumers actually are finding on store shelves. Mrs. Knauer appeared before a House small business subcommittee hearing into the shortage. A lawyer on her staff testifed that a Justice Department investigation into whether there was collusion among ~ar lid manufacturers showed "absolutely no law has been violated." But, Mrs. Knauer said, "some where in there these lids are disappearing." The Federal Trade Commission meanwhile announced it is o~ its own investigation. There have been some reports of "small-time hanky panky" such as black marketing and some "nmdium- sized hanky panky" where stores told customers they had to buy something else in order to get lids. according to a spokesman for Mrs. Knauer, Government and industry experts earlier this year predicted supplies of lids would be tight but adequate. master hei entke II w work= a piece of steel drill with Vic Vic Childers leaned an arm on the side of his work shed. shielding his eyes from the burning midday sun. "Why, Rick, I expect it'll take a feller about 50 years to learn to be a good blacksmith," he s~. "But with your books and stuff, it shouldn't take you too long." Rick Barnhouse, t6-year-old ap- prentice from Chester in Hancock County has been spending the week at Vic's place in Cedarville. learning a few of the master's smithing skills so he can make his own farm tools when he's ready, yeun~ hauled his own portable hearth and tools and set up shop in Vic's yard, along with an impressive array of handfashioned andirons, free, poker and shovel set. toasting fork and fancy dinner gong, He learned of Vic through Fern Rollyson. owner of Glenville's Country Store, gathering place for area craftsmen and headquarters of the W,Va. State Folk Festival. Rick is Fern's friend, "'I knew his sister when she was a student at Glenville State College and met ~ck at Cedar Lakes during the Ripley Festival. He was apprentice there to Michael Snyder for the past two years," she said. "I told him we had a real fine blacksmith in Gilmer County and Rick asked if he could visit Vic and stay a week." On the way back from Ripley. Rick stopped to meet Vic and was immediately presented with a cherish- ed "'hot cutter." a hatchet-like instrument made by Vic's father used to cut through hot metal when struck with a hammer. Rick went home and made the andiron set and came back to the study with Vic for a week. He drove his truck from Fern's city house to Vic's farm and spent t]ae day with the retired blacksmith at his forge. According to Vic. the young man destined to be a farmer is "doing real fine for a youngster." Vic, who'll he 73 in August. certainly should know a promising blacksmith when he sees one; he's been at the trade for over a half century. "My Dad. Dolph. was a blacksmith all his life. When I was six. he stuck me on a six-inch platform and I'd ~nd on anything I could find. I made me an arrow head out of a horseshoe nail and went on to bigger and better things as I got older.- he said. Vic was shoeing horses at 16 when he lived at Flower. near Braxton Ceunty. By age 21. he was on his own. traveling around with M.H. Cain. a road contractor. "I smithed for Cain in Webster County. between Cleve|and and Hackers Valley. sh-eing horses, building dumpwagons used to haul fill, repairing and making tools.'" "Two years later, in between jobs, I married a Normantown gal, Josephine Miller. at Oakland. and we went to "hree iobs for Cain at Pine Grove. Reader and Porter Falls. "'I also worked in Harrison County at a stone quarry, fixing drills and ~tone tools." In betwN road Vic and ]usephine returned to Normantwon where their three daughters. Bernice May Moyers. Idris Lavonne Mi~gh and Peggy ]ean Reed. were born, Eventually. Vic and |osephine bought a 70-acre farm iust outside Ce~larville on Lower Level Run. During the hard times of The Depression. making only 50-70 cents an hour. six tO-hour days a week and often repairing steamshovels on Sundays. Vic would leave the farm to the care of /CmHinued on Page 61