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Single Copy Price-50 (47 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 101L Number 35 www.GlenvilleNew .cum Glenville, Gilmer County. Ve t irginia 2635 ! www.Glenville.Vew .c,m Thursday, .-tug. 26, 2004 g A Gilmer County Prayer- For the families of all those Gilmer Countians who suffered losses during the destructive Hurricane Charlie in Florida. ditorial Page- Kristal explains your paper's new Web Site; 'Messy-Testy' should resign! Page 3A Gilmer's Sports Scene -- Gilmer County High & GSC Pioneers ready for season openers. Page 4-7A Go Gilmer Teams -- This area's merchants, professionals, business people and governmental officials wish GSC's Pioneers and Gilmer County High's Titans successful football seasons : - -- Page 1._... 0A,j ICHEERLEAnlNG TRYOUTS Attention all hig' iool students who are interested in ,,,,eering for football or basketball season: There will be another cheerleading try-out on Tues., Aug. 31, at Gilrner County High School at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in trying out, contact a varsity cheer- leader, or the varsity cheerleading coach, Jessica Montgomery. Also, a sign-up sheet will br the office at the high school for ,. yone to sign up. TANNERfest 2004 TANNERfest will be held Ffi., Oct. 1, and Sat., Oct. 2. Watch for upcoming schedule. If you have any questions please call, 462-7923. REGIONAL SUMMMIT A Regional Community & Economic Development Summit will feature key- note speaker Lewis Whitfield, prime mover in the revitalization of Tupelo, MS. and Gubematorial candidates, Monty Warner (Rep.) and Joe Manchin (Dem.) Its at f" pm, Sat., Sept 25, at the Ritchie C,, .aty Middle / High School, Ellenboro. Gilmer County will host this regional summit next year, so to sign up to help repre- sent our community this year, call Donna at The Community Showcase at 304-462-7545. LITrLE KANAWHA INFORMATION The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will of,'.ar a public information meetinc the ongoing feasibility study for Sand Fork of the Little Kanawha River, Thurs., Aug. 26, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pro, at the Gilmer County Courthouse, 10 Howard St., Glenville. Corps and DEP representatives will be available to answer questions. For additional information, contact Randy Campbell, 304-399-5825. BENEFIT AUCTION The Cedarville Community Associa- tion is sponsoring a benefit auction, on Sept. 4, at the Annual Homecom- ing, ~ -inning at 1:30 pm. Jeff Lowe, Auc. ~er. We are asking "-, dona- tions of new or used items .ftwo~ or antiques. No clothing please. Con- tact Karen Sponaugle at 462-5224, Tina Postalwait at 462-4810 or Linda Fisher at 364-4192 for information" concerning donation drop off. All pro- ceeds go to Cedarville Community Association to help continue the an- nual homecoming and other events. Continued on page 6B The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on next Thurs., Sept. 2 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 Editorial Page .......................... 3A Sports ....................................... 4 & 7A Obituaries ........................................ 7B Society ......................................... !-8B Courthouse News ........................... 7A Legals ............................................. 7A Classifmds ....... , ........................... 8-9A GGOs .................................... l A & 6B GSC News ................ 1, 3, 5, 6A & 1B CANA News 5A & Region's Best Marketplace ............. 8B Go Gilmer Football Teams ........... l 0A 2004 Job's Temple Homecoming 4-5B Meditation Moment Thought for Week -- "On one occasion, A ristotle was asked how much educated men (and women) were superior to those uneducated. "As much," said he, 'as the living are to the dead. "" Diogenes Laertius Greek hiugrapher (Circa 200 A.D.) At Economic Development Association -- New local business opportunities being publicized & promoted by Gilmer County's development board By David H. Corcoran, Sr., 3~t Publisher-Editor With a flourish, President Denny Pounds announced several heretofore little known Eco- nomic Development Association activities that have recently taken place to generate income for Gilmer County business people, area farm- ers and gardeners. Garden produce needed At the EDA's Thurs., Aug. 19 regular monthly "The warden was open with us, and these FCI people help to make an economic impact on the great majority of our local businesses," Pounds stresses. (There has been some local criticism of the prison, in that a number of community people have thought that not too many of the 300-plus staff actually lived in the county. The warden's comments, how- ever, seemed to quell these local suspicions that only a handful of staff members live meeting, he, firstly, reported on a recent discus- here.) sion with Federal Prison warden, Kevin Wendt, Finally, Warden Wendt relays to the local who is requesting local gardeners to sell the leaders that when the prison's industry gets facility all of their extra ,produce during this operational, the federal government will have current growing season. 'We (the EDA and to transfer the wartime forklifts from Califor- local officials) had an excellent to meet with nia to Glenville to be restored.The minimum him (Wen&), ' Mr. Pounds relates. "As to op- estimated cost for this cross-country move is portunities for business people, he mentions $5,600 per unit. Because of this, the EDA that farmers can sell their produce to the prison, president believes that if some local investors He'll buy any extra that they have." The EDA's got together, a new trucking business could be chief goes on to mention that not many local incubated here, and could do business for the people know of this gardeners' market outlet, so government more economically. the EDA hopes to publicize it promptly. In addition, Warden Wendt estimates that 74 Federal Correctional Institution-Gilmer (FCI- Gilmer) employees live within Gilmer County. Gilmer PSD update -- Log Yard to be studied Relati ve to the possibility of attracting a log yard superstore to this county, the EDA wants Continued on page 6A N e ect moves t The Gilmer County Public Service District would like to update the public on the status of the NormantowrdStumptown/Cedar Creek waterline project by way of this news release dated Men., Aug. 23. At this time, the Certificate of Convenienceand Necessity is pending approval from the staff of the state's Public Service Commission. The majority of the right-of-ways have been obtained, and this means the project is approaching its "Final Design Stage." Some areas of the project will then be considered to be "Deductive Alternates," meaning the PSC's Board of Directors will decide if the area has enough customer commitment for if not, it could he deleted from the project). If you have not yet paid your tap fee, please do so immediately so the engineers can complete this Design Phase, urges Gilmer PSD General Manager Brend#T.awson, The tap fee is now $100.00, but will go up to $250.00, once the design ts completed and the project goes to bid for contractors. Call the PSD office at 304-462-4272, if you have any questions about this above announcement Next public meeting The next Gilmer County PSD meeting will be on Men., Sept. 13 at its West Main Street office next to the Fire Station in Glenville. The general public is invited to attend. August 9 meeting's residual business At MorL, Aug. 9th's regular monthly meeting, in addition todiscussing the Normantowrd Stumptown waterline project and the federal prison water tank telemetry problem(reported in last week's newspaper), the Gilmer PSD Board members reviewed the following matters Heard that Herb Miller, a Rosedale resident, is vigorously attempting to set up a local Continued on page 6A The First Da College's CHECKING IN THE DORM -- On last Sunday, Pickens Hall was a beehive of activity, being the checking in point for Glenville State College's projected 350 incoming freshmen and women who will be living in the dorm. In fact, there were so many students that their parents and friends' vehicles filled up all of the adjoining parking lots and formed a long line all the way up Linn Street to the President's House after unloading the students's "essentials" in front of the dorm for this upcoming 2004-2005 academic year. The newcomers -- the Class of 1908 -- were met with smiles and a fistful of GSC Orientation Week information at this Check-In Table on Court Street at Pickens Hall. Helping the often-times anxious students and their parents to find the assigned dorm rooms were the -following GSC Student Mentors and staff (from left to right): Gabrielle "Gabby" Fritz, a junior from Bumsville majoring in accounting and computer science; Lindsey Hudkins, a sophomore from Flatwoods majoring in nursing; Stephanie Wines (with hat), GSC's director of Student Activities; and Lucinda Patrick, a senior from Sutton majoring in English. The three Student Mentors explain that their duties are to encourage, assist and make the freshmen feel at home during Orientation Week. The only staffer, Stephanie, mentions that the upper classmen and women were scheduled to move back to campus on this Tuesday, with the first day of classes being Thursday. s pnotos brD=, S,J MOVING IN HELPERS-- These two GSC students were literally a big help for sore eyes-- the typically tired freshmen students and their parents who had traveled long distances to get to Glenville for the Sunday moming and afternoon's designated dorrn move-in day. Here, Thomas Meeks, a junior from Cleveland, Ohio majonng in land surveying, and Rachel Renner, a senior from Fairmont majoring in Elementary Education, lend a hand to a newcomer by taking the frosh's suitcases up several flights of Pickens HaWs stairs. The thoughtful hands of help extended by current GSC students were very much appreciated by all of the recipients. Also assisting individuals at the dorm with their check-ins was College President Robert N. Freeman (not pictured), who comments, "Our tradition here at GSC is to help the freshmen and women move into the dorm. I'm so gratified that approximately 50 faculty and 25 students are volunteering their time to help these new students get their college careers off to a great start. The families are very appreciative of this courtesy." See page 1B for more GSC Moving-in Day photographs. At Gilmer's Commission mtg. -- County Commissioners announce possible plans for a log yard iffStouts Mills' Industrial Park By Kristal Sheets, City Editor The Thurs., Aug. 19 meeting of the Gilmer County Commission ran from a short agenda, lasting less than the three-hour standard meeting time for the second Com- mission meetings of the month. A 2 p.m. appearance by elected officials to discuss "personnel issues" was on the agenda, which necessitated an.executive session for commissioners and elected court- A 'KEY' TO GILMER'S RIVERBOAT ERA -- During this year's Folk Festival, Dr. Jim house officeholders. According to Corn- Shaver (I-r), a Weston dentist, presented a rare and large "riverboat key" to Mr. Hunter mission President Larry Chapman, no deci- Armentrout, president of the Gilmer County Historical Society. Dr. Shaver, son of the sions were made regarding the matter dis- late Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shaver of Glenville, relates that the key, which was used on cussed, due to the absence of Circuit Clerk a riverboat during the 1915-1920 era, came from a Duck Run relative of his, Marybelle Lane Smith. Summers Shaver. "I've wanted to give it to the Historical Society for years, because I'd Board of Education hate to think that it would be forgotten or thrown away," Dr. Shaver explains. President rent to resume Armentrout graciously accepted the artifact on behalf of the Society in front of the Following the regular opening remarks dentist's Classic Car, a 1967 Mercury Cougar. For his civic-mindedness and generosity, and typical administrative tasks, Commis- Dr. Jim Shaver deserves this week's "Folks Who Shine Award" from this newspaper, sionersmadethedecisiontobegincharging DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor the Gilmer County Board of Education its In an unrelated event, the Gilmer Watershed Coalition has announced that the regular monthly rent of $650. "Little Kanawha Riverboatin' Exhibition" has opened at the gallery in Glenville For two years, effective in September of State College's Fine Building. The exhibit traces the early history of life, 2002, the Board of Education was "for- re alien and commerct the Little Kanawha River, using period photos, descriptive given" its rent, with the BOE Central Office rrk...=rials, models, historic aems and a computer presentation. The exhibit's curator is paying nothing to the county for occupying Gary Coberly, of Glenville, who designed and had it fabricated with the support of the the space above the Gilmer County Court- W. Va. Humanities Council, the J. Mack Gamble Foundation, and Glenville State house Annex building. College. As this is the first time it's being shown in Glenville, the current display is Payments will recommence in Septem- sponsored by Glenville State College, the Gilmer County Family Resource Network bet of this year. (FRN) and the Gilmer Watershed Coalition. The free exhibit is .open to the general Log yard to be dli uen ,d public and the college's community on a limited basis from now through the impending It was also announced that the Gilmer 3rd Annual Glenville State College Bluegrass Festival & Car Show and the first-time County Economic Development Associa- Glenville River Days Festival, both taking place on Fri.-Sat.,,Sept. 17 and 18. For more information, contact FRN's Donna Waddell at 462-4704. Continued on page 6A DISCOVERY: SNAKE IN GRASS-- Like all youngsters, Zack Brake, a 12-year-old EIkview lad, always enjoys the Annual Job's Temple Homecoming, because of the new things that he discovers each year. Standing where he saw a snake and its eggs on Sun. morning, Aug. 8, Zack, the grandson of Anna Boggs of Charleston, is a regular at the homecoming. "I've been comir ,g he re since I was three or four years old," he relays smiling "And I find neat thinks like snakes when I explore the grounds every years." The Elkview Middle School student al=o enjoys sports and history. As in past years, see the Annual Job's Temple Homecoming picture section on pages 4.5B in this edition.