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08/01/09 SMALLTOWN PAPERS 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 ll,i,,h,l .... II,,II,,II ..... ll,,l,lll,,,l,,i,,,l,il Hey, Democrat Readers: Circulars enclosed in this week's paper are Glenville Foodland, Shop 'n' Save of Weston, and U-Pak of Glenville. These appear in The Democrat in specified local Zip Code zones or in all papers. We editors encourage you to try out these fine advertisers, as well as our regular On-the-Page advertisers. Also, don't miss our regular page 1 stories, community correspondents, sports, and editorials. Then, if you need local updates, log-on to: our newspaper's website! Have a safe and wonderful week and weekend! The Glenville Democrat Single Copy Price-75’ (70’ plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 105, Number 33 Glenviile, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 , Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Protect our U.S. and Allied Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the wars are heating up, once again, over there; Inspire our new Glenville State College students and teachers to study hard and to do meaningful community service this academic year; Provide the people of Gilmer County and their relatives with good health, happiness, and stable finances during this national re- cession; Give consolation to the families who have lost loved ones, especially to Jeffand Shawna Maxwell, who tragically lost their eight- year-old son, Tyler, last week; Also, ease the pain of those suffering from illnesses, notably Robbie Cottrill, Margaret Moss, Jane Law, Judy Stalnaker, Wanda Luzader, Don and Marilyn Phillips, Blake Grogg. and Tyler Moore; Finally, bless our many community vol- unteers in their efforts to improve and beau- tify Gilmer County, and to our new Superin- tendent of Schools, John Bennett, in his effort to bring our people back together again. Amen. Litt Regional Marketpla~::~::: Every s~:~i;:ta~e h0tei Come way out O~ ih~ ~i~ i~!~ Sh6P locally, ~hii~ i~i~i~iii~ii~iiY~ U.S. & W.V. History Shorts During this summer of high gasoline prices, take shorter trips, focusing on our rich Mountain State history. • On Aug. 11, 1904, the WV Legislature passed an act providing for the reassessment of all real estate; • On Aug. 12, 1968, the federal trial of former Gov. William Wallace B an'on and five other men, charged with bribery respecting state contracts, began in Charleston; and • On Aug. 13, 1992, Gov. Gaston Caperton created the W'V Streams Restoration Program. ilmer Goings GC PARKS AND REC. BOARD MEETING The Gilmer County Parks and Recre- ation Board meeting will be the third Tuesday on August 18, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the dining hall. Public is in- vited to attend. Continued on page 10 • The Gilmer County Economic Development Assoc. (GCEDA) will meet at noon on this Thurs., Aug. 13 at the Best Western. The public is invited. • The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at noon on this Thurs., Aug. 13 in the Holt House Annex. There will be a covered dish luncheon and short business meeting in anticipation of the Joint Gilmer- Calhoun Historical Society Picnic & Meeting at 1 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 22 here. • The Gilmer County Business After 5 PM Social Hour will meet at 5 p.m. on next Thurs., Aug. 20 at the Best Western. The Little Kanawha River Parkway Authority, based in Glenville, will be the sponsor. Reta Kight, the LKRP's chair and Phil Reale, its agent, will make presentations. In addition, all area business people and educators are encouraged to attend this meeting- business-social event. For details, call Dave Corcoran at this newspaper (304- 462-7309). • At 7 p.m. in Mon., Aug. 24, the Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at the GCHS Library. Inside This Week The Editorial Page .................................. 3 Sports .............................. i .................... 6-7 Society ............................................... 7-12 Courthouse News .................................. 13 Legals .................................................... 13 Classifieds ....................................... 14-15 GGOs ............................................. 1 & 10 Obituaries .............................................. 10 Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week "'To educate a I~erson in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt A merican president (1858-1919) "'Tis Education./brms the common mind, ./:,xt :4.s the Twig is ben/, the Tree'.': inclin 'd. " Alexander Pope :~nglish poet ( 1688-1744) College prepares for Fall Semester; enrollment up, classes start Aug. 17 By Drew Moody, Special to this newspaper Glenville State College faculty and staff are busy preparing for students returning this week for the fall semester. Freshman enrollment numbers have jumped about 30-percent over last year, according to Duane Chapman who heads the admissions office. And, for the third consecutive year, full- time total enrollment is posting positive gains as well. However, final totals aren't released for several weeks. Freshmen Move-In Day Administrators, professors and staff gather to help freshmen and their parents move into the dorms. Students are expected to report between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on this Fri., Aug. 14. In what has become an annual tall ritual, college personnel have become experts at speed- ily dispensing with checking everyone in, as- signing rooms and getting their belongings to the right place. Despite the heat and a seemingly endless line of cars and carts being loaded and moved about, it's accomplished with good humor and lots of smiles. Returning students have a more flexible check-in and are welcome Friday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday. Weekend activities After the students' arrival, a variety of activi- ties are slated during the weekend, including musical entertainment, a beach block party, and a picnic. The public is invited to attend the "Commu- nity and Campus Fair Picnic," beginning at I 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning on the Clark Hall lawn. A complete listing of all activities can be found on the GSC website by clicking on the "GSC 100" box located at the top left of the home page. That web address is http:// www. glenville.edt~/ Concluding a busy summer While summer is frequently seen as a time when "school's out," the GSC campus recently wrapped up one of its busiest summers. In addi- tion to class offerings, the college also hosted scores of West Virginia high school students and teachers participating in two three-week NASA programs. A total of 60 students were immersed in field and lab work, focusing on areas as diverse as robotics, rocketry, and collecting and Continued on page 4 FUN & GAMES: A SMASH HIT -- As you readers can see by this photo, Glenville's First National Night Out, sponsored by the Glenville Street Gang and other me(chants, was a gigantic success on Tues. evening, Aug. 4. About 150-to-200 youngsters and adults congregated in the Old Ford Garage's lot from 6:30-10 p.m. that evening in order to enjoy the music, dancing, games, and contests. Several happy youngsters won prizes in the American Idol Singing and Dancing Contests, as well as in some other contests. The music, which kept the crowd entertained and upbeat all night long, was provided courtesy of John and Jodi Rinehart. (Staff photos on page by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) Four lanes to Glenville to be subject of 'Business After 5' mtg. on Thurs., Aug. 20 Little Kanawha River Parkway project to focus on needs of prison, coflege, and travelers The four-laning ofSR 5 from Burnsville to Glenville will be one topic presented before the Gilmer County Business After 5 PM Social Hour's attendees on next Thurs., Aug. 20. This potential four-lane highway, which is being promoted by the Little Kanawha River Parkway Commission (LKRPC), would provide a quantum boost to commerce, Glenville State College, the federal prison, and tourism in Gilmer County, according to the project's advocates. Mrs. Reta Kight, the Little Kanawha River Parkway Commissi0ffs ~hair, who is also a Glenville businessperson, educator, and former county commissioner, states, "We will have attorney Phil Reale and Jim Fealy (two state capitol lobbyists with deep Gilmer roots) to present the program to update the general public on this important highway project for the county's future." The Business After 5 PM Social Hour is open and free to the public, and takes place at 5 p.m. on August 20 at the Best Western Hotel's Conference Room. Afterwards, there's a time provided to network for local businesses, the college, public schools, civic organizations, and governmental agencies -- all over light refreshments, provided courtesy of the LKRPC. By way of background, the LKRPC project originated in 1985, when several visionary individuals seeking to promote Calhoun, Wirt, Wood, and Gilmer counties, recognized the vast economic growth, and future development inherent in "opening up" the Little Kanawha River area. Continued on page 4 'Self Suds' offers laundry service and comfort in downtown Glenville One of the most pleasing alterations to Glenville's Main Street, would be the addition of a few new businesses. Among them, the new "Self Suds Laundromat" has brought both a welcomed boost to the local economy and great service to the community in general. Glenville State College student, John Brown, has been a resident since 2004, when he began work toward a teaching degree. The affable man says that he realized at his age of 41 years, he would have to teach for 38 years before being able to retire. So the former Pioneer mascot decided to supplement his work in the school system with a business he could run part-time. Wanting to bring needed student-centered services to town, he performed some formal and informal polling on-campus to determine what addition college students most wanted to see in Glcnville. The results were overwhelm- ingly in favor of a nice laundromat. Though Brown admits it was challenge to find a location that was convenient, safe from flooding, and on one level (who wants to carry laundry up a few flights of stairs), he maintains that the building he found turns out to be the "perfect place." In order to accommodate the movement and girth of the large washing machines and dryers, the building's 102 year-old floor had to be re- placed, the piers removed, rock-fill added, and concrete poured for the new floor. Brown put together a strong business plan, and sold his home. Calhoun Banks came through with the remainder of the needed capital, and roughly 101 tons of rock later (a bit of an under- statement), Self Suds became a reality. The significance doesn't stop with the avail- ability of laundry facilities, though. "We are the Super Clean, convenient, one- stop laundry-shop," smiles Bill Hardman, an attendant at Self Suds. As Brown prides himself on being customer-centered, this is a fitting slo- gan. At Self Suds, there is always an attendant on Continued on page 4 WHERE'STHE DOG?--In sponsoring a booth, theGilmerCounty Sheriff's Department, in addition to handing out informational literature to the crowd, also featured Sheriff Mickey Metz, who performed several tricks of magic. Here, he's challenging a young lady to find out where the dog went. The Sheriff's dog's lead would collapse, if the kids got too close, but straighten out, when they'd get out of range of the dog. Mary Lee McPherson, a downtown realtor and Street Gang volunteer, stated that the whole evening's activities were "wonderful," especially for the area's families, and "a great community success." Commissioners confront controveries By Lisa Belknap, News Editor The Gilmer County Commission held its regular monflily meeting on Wed., Aug. 5. The day brought some controversy," some welcomed news, and the typical mundane duties. Controversy The Gilmer County Board of Health re- stated their dismal financial condition. This time, Board of Health Chair, Gene Johnson, was accompanied by Health Department Of- fice Assistant, Connie Hacker. Commission President Larry Chapman stated that the com- mission would be willing to extend an inter- est-free loan to the department until their state funding comes through, saying that this same situation occurs each year. To the contrary, the Health Department representatives were not satisfied with this offering, hoping for a grant of some sort Continued on page 4 • ..-..-..- Area Briefs 0 0 0 • • • • • • 42 applications received on Cox's Mills waterline project; total of 84 is needed As of July 3 l, 42 applications to hook onto the proposed Cox's Mills Waterline Extension Project have been received by the Gilmer County Public Service District's Office. At the same time, a total of 84 are needed in order to bring the users' ratio up to the required federal limit of 80 percent of a potential 102 customers. PSD Board Vice-Chairman Ed Talbott comments, "This may be the only opportunity for that area to get a reliable public water service for a long, long time." Also, at the Mon., Aug. I 0 regular PSD meeting, Mr. Talbott urged the engineers and Region VII Planning and Development Council to fast forward the project's grant application for a Small Cities Block Grant. Although the grant isn't due until next April, he advises, "We ought to have the grant together by this October. In that way, if other avenues for funding open up for us, we'll have the facts and can move forward with them." For residents of the targeted Cox's Mills and surrounding area, the deadline for signing onto JOB'S TEMPLE'S RESTORATION ADVANCED -- On this past Sun. morning, Aug. 9, the attendees at the annual Job's Temple Church's Homecoming got quite a surprise and boost. Logs in the historic log church, which dates back to the mid-1860s, have the waterline project is October 1,2009, the PSD Board established Monday evening. The tap been moving outward, thereby endangering the aging structure. At the Restoration fec is $ 100.00 at this time, but that amount goes up after the contractor gets the go-ahead to start Association's business meeting, however, Mr. Randall Reed-Smith (I-r), the State's the actual construction. Commissioner of Culture & History, announced a grant of $32,500 to the church. "1 was In a related matter, Mr. Talbott urges the Cox's Mills residents to voice their support of the happy to advocate for you," he stated, as Bob Maxwell, the Assoc.'s president Continued on page 4 accepted the check, which will cover one-half of the restoration's cost.