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Single Copy Price-50' (47r plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People X,olume 11)(), Number 32 Glenville, Giimer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 i A Gilmer County Prayer-- That our nation's Armed Forces personnel serving as peacekeepers in Iraq and Afghanistan be made safe during the transitions in those governments. ditorial Page-- The Democratic National Convention & Editor meets Kerry Campaign in'PA. Page 3 Gilmer's Sports Scene -- Local sports update. : Page 4 Shopping Happim ss-- Stay up-to-date w ah sho ng bargains Via our Region's Best Marketplace page! Page ilmer Goings KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS The Knights of Pythias Fraternal Lodge, will have a picnic on Aug. 7, at 5:00 pm, at the Hall in Tanner. All Knights are invited and bring family and friends. Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns and drinks are provided. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the evening. ART SPECTACULAR Mountain State Parents CAN is spon- soring &n Art Spectacular, Sat., Aug. 14, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Burnt House Community Building. A day for families, children and teens to ex- perience and create art. FREE, for everyone. For more information con- tact: Stephen Schemel at 349-4525. SPEAKER ON INSURANCE A speaker from Mutual of Omaha Ins. Co., will be at the Gilmer Co. Senior Center on Thurs., Aug 12, at 10:00 am, for the Covered Dish Lunch. He will be talking about existing ins. that you have, long term care ins. and medicare changes. Everyone from the public is invited to attend. Come and ask questions! VOLLEYBALL There will be a meeting for any girls, 9= - 11 = grade, da,terested in playing volleyball, t(~l held at 6:30 pm, Thurs., Aug. 5,'~rthe Gilmer Co. High School. The first day of try-outs will be Aug. 9, you must have a sports physical before you will be allowed to try out. MINI-TIT/g~I CHEERI.E,M~ER$ Attention all students in 7111 and 8th grades. If you are interested in trying out to become a 2004-2005 Mini-Ti- tan cheerleader for football and bas- ketball, there will be a meeting on Thurs., Aug 5, at GCHS at 6:00 pm. All participants and a parent or guard- ian are asked to attend this meeting. If you have any questions, call Mary Beth Sauer, at 364-5768. Continued on page 11 l Society will meet at noon on Mon., Aug. 9 at the Society's Holt House The Gilmer County Comr "'sion will meet at 9 a.m. on this Thu.. Aug. 5 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on this Thurs., Aug. 5 at Gilmer County High. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Historical Museum's office at 202 East Main Street for lunch. Planning for the joint Gilmer and Calhoun County Historical Society picnic at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 12 at Grantsville and the County Park will take place. The Gilmer County Public Service District will meet at 7 p.m. on next Mon., Aug. 9 at its West Main Street office for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is welcometo attend. This The Editorial Page ............................. 3 Sports ................................................. 4 Obituaries ........................................ 11 Society ........................................... 7-9 Courthouse News ............................ 10 Lcgals .............................................. 10 Classifieds .................................. 12:13 GCK)s i&ll GSC News ................................ : ........ 5 CANA News .............................. 3 & 5 Region's Best Marketplace .............. 14 Meditation Moment Thought for Week -- "The historians and archeologists will one day discover that the ads of our times are the richest and most faithful daily reflection that any socie~, ever rrlade of its entire range of activities. " Marshall McLuhan Canadian author & philo.mpher (1911-1980) At the Glenville City Council Meeting -- By Kristal Sheets, after which the franchise will be renewed for City Editor an additional five years, pending a 180-day During a special meeting of the Glenville noticeofterminationbyeitherCharterorthe City Council, held before this month's regular "City of Glenville. The main purpose of this meeting on Mon., Aug. 2, an ordinance was contract is to ensure use of/he City's right- adopted to guard against backflow into the of-way by Charter. * local water system. There are currently 400 subscribers to Council members unanimously approved Charter's cable services in Glenville. the Cross-Connection. Backfiow Prevention City of Glenviile Police Chief John Moss Policy ordinance as a preventive action in the reported that citations, warnings and parking event that the pressure of heavily-used indi- tickets, issued by the city were down from vidual (non-residential) water systems exceeds last month, while calls for service and assis- the pressure of the main system. This is ~i main tance were up from last month. New investi- catalyst in creating backflow ofliquids into the gations of criminal activity and accidents main water system, held steady from June to July. Gas drive-offs A law dictating the use of devices to guard seem to top the list of local criminal infrac- against this occurrence has been on the books tions. in West Virginia since 1976. Many non-resi- General Fund balances for the city ex- dential customers of Glenville Utility already ceeded the projected figures by $15,190. The use the devices which prevent backflow, but overage will be used to fund the increased the ordinance has been adopted to enforce the police payroll, staff pay raises, the city's law to prevent future water pressure malfunc- litigation reserve, and acontingency fund, as tions, well as a $5,000 donation to the Gilmer During the regular meeting oftheCity Coun- Watershed Coalition toward the purchase of cil, Mark Kelemen, Director of Government a new stream gauge in the future. Relations for Charter Comm unications, spoke Due to a national holiday on Mon., Sept. 6, to council members regarding THE renewal of the next regular meeting of the Glenville City the city's franchise license with Charter. Dis- Council will be on Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in City cussed was a contract for a term of five years, Hall. HAVING A FEW WORDS - City of Glenville Mayor Brian Kennedy (center) turns to the City Recorder, Cathy Nolan (far right), to have a words during Monday night's meeting of the Glenville City Council, while Council member William Grottendeick (Ward 1) looks on. From staff reports senior military assistant to U. S. Secretary of A Doddridge County native with Gilmer Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In this capacity, County roots and cabinet level connections was he's been involved in the action planning for recently promoted to four-star general with the hot spots, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, as U. S. Army. well as other troubled sites around the world, Lieut. General Bantz J. 'John' Craddock, a according to area news reports. West Union native, is the grandson of the late Prior to that, he served as commander of Bantz Craddock, a leading Glenville lawyer the 7th Army Training Command in Ger- and former U. S. Attorney for this region, many and, earlier, the 1st Infantry Division. General Craddock has recently served as a Continued on page 6 e t By Kristal Sheets, awards in five areas: "Rookie of the Year" C/ty Ed/tor (Belinda Burkhammer, Director of Nurs- On July 21, 2004, SunBridge for Glenville ing), "Clinical Case Manager of the Year" took part in a corporate awards event at North (Sally Webb), "Business Office Manager of Bend State Park to celebrate a stellar year of the Year" (Tammy Foster), "Maintenance operation in the Hays City business district, Person of the Year" (Eric Williams), "Ad- bringing back many high distinctions to Glen- ministrator of the Year" (Diana Crickard), viUe and Gilmer County. and "Facility of the Year." Gathered with the staffs of 12otherSunBridge Maintenance Director Eric Williams was Nursing Home facilities in the Ohio-West Vir- the recipient of his award for the second year ginia region, SunBridge for Glenville swept up Continued on page 2 0000000000000 eeeeeeeeeeeee New 4-Wheeler Poker Run to benefit Fire Dept. A group of non-organizational local citizens has decided to put on Gilmer County's first 4- Wheeler Poker Run on Sat., Sept. 11. In distance, the ride will cover a 30-to-50 mile route, and all proceeds will benefit the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department which is trying to raise monies to build a new main fire station in Glenville, according to the organizers. The ride starts at 9 a.mo and ends at the same place -- the Stouts Mills' ball field on SR 5. Sign- in is from 7-9 a.m..that morning at the registration table on the field. Prizes will be given away and a 50/50 drawing will take place. The donated cost is $10.00 per rider and the prizes to be awarded are as follows: First Place, $300.00; Second Place, $200.00; and Third Place, $100.00. All riders under 18 must be registered by a parent or legal guardian and must wear a helmet. The main sponsor is I. L. Morris and the WACO Oil & Gas Company of Glenville. The idea's originator is Katina Smarr, says Scott Schimmel, a spokesperson for the organizers. "A group of us were just talking and decided that the Fire Department could benefit from a fund-raiser, so we decided on a 4-Wheeler Poker Run," Mr. Schimmel recalls. Brochures with pre-registration forms are located in many local stores. Contributions to the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department may be mailed to Katina Smart', Route 1; Box 64, Stouts Mills 26430. For further information, call anyone of the following organizers: Katina Smarr, 304-462- 8898; Scott Schimmel, 462-7270; Robin Schimmel, 364-4172; and Joe Frame, ,'62-7019. Del. Boggs makes Research Zone a priority In addressing the state's Council for Community and Economic Development on Mort., Aug. 2, State Delegate Brent Boggs (Dem.-34th Dist.) made a strong pitch for the Gilmer-Braxton county "Research Zone" concept. Continued on page 6 HERB LADY EXPLAINS THEIR VALUE --- Christine Dilworth, who is the owner of a new, small business in Gilmer County, doesn't have to do too much explaining about the value of her herbal plants to Ben Baker, a physician's assistant at Gilmer Primary Care. Herbs have been a remedy for many illnesses since ancient times, related Christine to the many passers-by and customers at her novel display booth at June's West Virginia State Folk Festival. Here, she smiles as she shows an herb to Ben. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) New Gilmer Coum herbal plant busi- ness taking off via the Internet and growth of health-conscious people By David H. Corcoran, herb right on it to get fast relief." Publisher-Editor The ancients used herbs to correct many A relatively new resident of the Cox's different medical maladies, she reviews. Mills area is making a living in an occupa- As to cooking, she divulges that lemon basil tion that most West Virginians ceased to do will enhance the taste of any chicken dish. a century ago. She's growing herbs on her A 4-H leader, she hasn't been bashful about farm ... in a big way. integrating herbal education into the children's 'Tve wanted to be in this business for the regular lessons. "The kids really respond to the past five years, and now it's taking off," taste, smell and beauty of herbs," she points out, relates Christine Dilworth, a Baltimore na- noting, "I teach my own kids how to grow and tive-turned Gilmer Countian. use herbs." As a first year vendor at this summer's She concedes that one of her goals is to teach West Virginia State Folk Festival, she area adults about the value and uses of herbs in doesn't want it to be the last one for her classes on her farm. "That is a future goal that Herbal Rendezvous Farm. The Cox's Mills I'm working toward," she says. lady predicts that her business will grow. Relative to adults being interested in herbs, "The Folk Festival is fun and so are herbs, she emphasizes, "Herbs are organic and health- so when you put the two together, it's dyna- ful for you, so it's worth your vhile to be into mite," she says with a grin. herbs -- they're the ultimate health food." Although the Folk Festival is just one Speaking of food, her Herbal Rendezvous weekend a year, she foresees her business Farm already sells herbs to several restaurants taking off on the Internet, thereby being for inclusion in their health-conscious menus." active throughout the entire year. "I can be rll grow specialty items for them upon re- reached for purchasing herbs or for advice quest," she adds. at herblady_l@hormail.com," she speci- SincemuchofherbusinessisdoneviatheU. ties. S. Post Office, she laments the closing of the Why grow herbs, though? Cox's Mills Post Office. "It's hard on your "I've been into plants for 15 years and businesswhenyoudon'thavealocalpostoffice have liked them ever since high school, so address," she sighs. I moved to Gilmer County six years ago to Nevertheless, the enthusiastic and knowi- get into this business," Christine recalls, edgeable Christine Dilworth believes that ev- quickly adding that she hasn't been disap- cry Gilmer Countian ought to look over her pointed: "I love it!" extensive inventory of herbal plants. So, she By growing herbs, she feels helpful to senses a good market area as being right here at people. "They (the herbs) do everything -- home. "There aren't any other farms that spe- make salts, soaps, and medicines --- they're cialize in herbs here," she remarks with a con- goodforpeople,"sheexplains.Continuing, eluding smile. she outlines, "Herbs are used to promote For more details, Christine can be reached at your good health, good cooking and good her Herbal Rendezvous Farm by phone at 304- smells at home and the office. For example, 462-4030. if .you get burned, you can stick a certain eral isaster pl ation Gilmer Countians, who suffered flood or mudslide damages from the late May thun- derstorms, can still receive federal assis- FOCUSING ON HISTORY -- Billy B. Burke, a Sand Fork farmer, state farm administrator and former State Delegate, has been promoting the Sand Fork area where he and his wife, Marge, own the Titan Farms. Here, he shows offthe nice, new'Historyof the Harmony Church and Sand Fork Baptist Church from 1879-2004" which was worked up for the chumh's recent anniversary celebration. In addition, he's writing a history of the "Gilmer County Medical -Center from 1967 to 1977," an organization for which he served as first president. (staff photo by Dave Corcoran, St.) tance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To-date, the total assistance approved for West Virginians affected by the floods and landslides that began Memorial Day weekend is approaching $27 million. More than 8,000 applications for disaster assistance have been received, according to a FEMA news release of July 30. The deadline for applying for disaster assistance is this Fri., Aug. 6, 2004. FEMA officials calculate that as of July 28, Housing Assistance for homeowners and rent- ers totaled $12.3 million. Housing Assistance may include lodging expenses, repair assis- tance and temporary rental assistance. Other Needs Assistance was $2.9 million, which includes medical, dental and funeral expenses; furniture, clothing and certain appliances; ve- hicle costs; and other eligible expenses. Close to $4.6 million in federal funds and $1.6 million (or a 25 percent share) in state funds brings the total of eligible Public Assis- tance funding to $6.2 million. This assistance is available to local governments in 12 disas- ter-designated couqties for debris removal; emergency protective measures; and repair- ing, restoring, or replacing damned public facilities. Disaster assistance also mW be pro- vialed to certain non-profit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emer- gency, medical, custodial care and other essen- tial government facilities. The U. S. Small Business Administration has approved $5.3 million. As one of the Mountain State's flood-desig- nated counties, Gilmer County, to-date, has filed 14 applications for housing assistance with $19,142 in funding beirfg approved. Continued on page 6